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New Eagle-C125 conveyors available for small spaces

The Eagle C125 conveyor is a computer controlled (CNC) ply-cutting system engineered for single- to low-ply automatic cutting of flexible fabrics; composite reinforcements like fiberglass, carbon and aramid; industrial fabrics and insulations as well as traditional textiles. It has the ability to continuously convey rolled material goods with consistent speed and control. This computer-controlled cutting system requires minimal operator guidance to automatically feed and spread material to the identified start position. The conveyor system is available in nearly a dozen different widths from 60 inches to over 14 ft. wide and several lengths.

Eastman is proud to announce the fall 2019 release of the Eagle-C125 conveyor cutting system in three new configurations.  The latest development features several options aimed to minimize overall factory space required but maintain complete cutting automation for industrial cutting applications. The Eagle-C125 will be demonstrated at the IFAI Expo (Orlando, Florida) on October 1-3 in booth 2136.

The fall 2019 highlight is the release of a new, eight foot length, single-frame design in 60”, 72” and 78” widths. Following 25 years of successful and continued production of longer conveyor systems, the 8ft. configuration is anticipated to answer the need of small and large companies who are eager to minimize production space. The C125 conveyor system is an ideal choice for companies who need to cut long parts, require continuous conveying or simply want to minimize the material handling commonly associated with a static table cutting system. It is the system of choice of thousands of manufacturers around the world for its industrial build, durability of critical components and proven rack & pinion drive system. The Eagle-C125 system features cutting speeds up to 60 inches per second (152cm/second).

The demonstration at IFAI will also highlight several options available to further streamline floor space necessary as well as features that can be built into other, larger size configurations:

  • All computer hardware and electronic control mechanisms are contained within the base of the machine, an upgrade from the standard free-standing kiosk (not available for 60” system).
  • Positive air pressure may be added for further protection in high particulate environments and meets IP compliance demands
  • Computer monitor and workspace are machine-mounted at an ergonomic height and pivot for operator preference
  • Internally mounted variable frequency drive for vacuum control and step-up or -down transformer ensure simple access for operators but also eliminates the need for external mounting or additional enclosures (both optional)
  • Belt scraping device stops material scrap and debris from going under the machine but also deflects hands from gaining access to pinch points
  • Fork pockets welded to the frame for ease of unloading or movement

The Eagle-C125 conveyor system is proudly engineered and manufactured at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters along with hundreds of other solutions for the cutting room.

Demonstrations will be hosted during the IFAI Expo in Orlando, Florida from October 1-3 in booth 2136. Full list of upcoming events is available here

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Eastman Introduces the Hawk™ Automatic Cutting System

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of handheld cutting machines, automated cutting systems, spreading and material handling systems announces the release of the Hawk automatic cutting system. The Hawk joins the equipment portfolio as a solution specific to professionals working in the advanced printing, packaging and graphics sector as well as industrial applications like gaskets, foam and insulation which require special cutting applications. Eastman debuted the Hawk TL at the ISA Expo (International Sign Expo) in Las Vegas, Nevada USA in April 2019.

The Hawk is a high-speed, precision cutting system which focuses on the essentials: the work surface is freely accessible from all sides; it has an extremely robust yet slimline traverse cutting gantry; rack and pinion drive system in all axis for slip-free drive; and powerful AC-servo motors and CAN-Bus-steering techniques for high throughput. A multi-functional tool head is the highlight of the system, answering the specific need of packaging and graphics professionals that seek a wide variety of tools on one system. A combinable single and multi-functional tool head with tangentially controlled tool holders is designed to hold up to 7 tools, features controlled depth adjustment and AutomaticEye™ intelligence. For facilities working outside of traditional flat packaging board and soft signage, there is a variety of more traditional tools which can be mounted – a driven “pizza wheel”, a bevel cut tool, and router.

Optional features include, but are not limited to:

  • Conveyor system with integrated unloading table
  • Motorized and manual unwinding / winding devices for rolled goods
  • Camera system for accurate assignment of scaling of prints
  • Barcode reader
  • Projection of the cutting outline onto the material
  • Felt or polyurethane cutting surfaces

The Hawk is available in many working widths and lengths and features cutting speeds of 45 to 90 inches per second depending on the cutting system size, configuration and tool head configured.

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iSpecc Limited (U.K.) – Advanced composites specialist joins team

BUFFALO, New York –Eastman Machine Company, a 130 year-old manufacturing company specializing in cutting equipment, announces that it has appointed iSpecc Limited of the U.K. to represent its line of automated cutting systems and material handling equipment for the composites market. iSpecc will be represented together with Eastman at  JEC World in Paris. JEC World unites the global composites industry over three days. A range of bespoke automated solutions custom-engineered for the industry will be demonstrated in Eastman’s stand (hall 6, stand D59).

iSpecc offer a variety of equipment and industrial services to the aerospace, automotive, energy, defense and advanced composites sectors with in-depth knowledge of capital plant including Eastman cutting systems, robotic production cells, industrial ovens, presses, hot drape formers, RTM equipment and advanced mould/tools. iSpecc assist with; capital plant design, specification, production process optimization and procurement assistance. Their project management division offers professional implementation of capital plant installations whilst their consultancy offers real insight and market intelligence for infrastructure programming, return on investment analysis and advice on compliance to key legislation governing operation of capital plant with guidance on advanced controls for industry 4.0 to increase productivity. iSpecc will take the time to understand your process, production and quality targets and specify the optimal Eastman solution.

A demonstration facility featuring a range of Eastman solutions is expected to be established together with iSpecc by 2020. The site will be open for cutting trials and software training to all customers in the EU.

“We are really pleased to represent Eastman. They have an amazing heritage for engineering really robust machinery with advanced software solutions and they have an ethos of going the extra mile for customers which fits well with our approach”

Nigel Clifford, iSpecc Limited

 

“We are excited about the partnership with iSpecc for a number of reasons, including their ability to localize project management together with the technical and commercial skills needed to address a wide range of customer applications. We look forward to collaboratively growing our businesses.”

Trevor Stevenson, VP Eastman Machine Company

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Polisea S.A. (Romania) joins growing global sales force

BUFFALO, New York –Eastman Machine Company, a 130 year-old manufacturing company specializing in cutting equipment, announces that it has appointed Polisea S.A. to represent its line of automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and manual cutting machines.

A targeted effort to grow the company’s footprint in Southeastern Europe will be led by the expertise of Polisea’s nearly 25 years of business in the flexible goods industries. Polisea is strategically positioned in south-west Romania with the ability to provide sales, field service engineers, CAD specialists and overall support to Eastman clients across the region. Polisea provides automatic and manual cutting solutions and comprehensive software packages for end users in apparel, furniture, automotive, technical textile and composites. Their business model has been focused since 1995 on selling, servicing and supporting automatic cutting solutions.

“As more production from large companies returns from Asia to the EU and develops these markets beyond 2020, Eastman and Polisea will collaboratively support local businesses through analysis, acquisition and start-up of critical equipment and software investment,” said Robert Stevenson, Eastman’s president and chief executive officer. “The experience, product offering and business network of the two family-owned businesses complement each other and we expect to see real success from this cooperation.”

A demonstration facility featuring a range of Eastman automatic and manual cutting machines is expected to be established at Polisea’s Dolj headquarters within the year. The site will be open for cutting trials and software training to all customers in the EU.

For more information on Polisea please visit www.polisea.ro.