by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

New Touchscreen Display & File Management on Saber Spreading System

The Eastman Saber C-Series E computerized, cradle feed machine is a robust yet smooth operating material spreading system capable of handling material rolls up to 2,200 lb. (1,000 kg) and 50 inches in diameter. Manufactured in Buffalo, New York (USA), the Saber C-Series E Spreading system offers three spreading modes: face-up with knife; face-to-face with knife; face-to-face with catchers.
A newly integrated touchscreen display facilitates fast and intuitive input of operational factors like spread length and splice points from clearly defined menu options. This failsafe display limits the options given to users based on various authorization levels, reducing operator errors and minimizing training time. In comparison, earlier Saber models had antiquated push buttons and minimal computer-assisted prompts. This made the user’s experience cumbersome and routine job settings unreliable.
Saber C-Series-EThe updated Windows-based operating system makes it easy to upload marker files via WiFi (optional) from a remote computer location, or they can be generated on the spreader. The operator can select multiple files remotely to create a list. An input / output diagnostic analysis report is also available through the new color display.
Overall ease of use for the operator is simplified with the implementation of material file management capabilities. The user can save regularly used material parameters like, but not limited to: speed, length of spread, acceleration, ply count, and cut mode, either on the machine or network connected computer to ensure operational settings are uniform and optimized at any given time.
A new machine-mounted barcode scanner (optional) helps manifest information quickly and accurately across system platforms and enables accurate control over inventory or other variables that are tracked.
New “Saber C-Series E” Features include:

  • Windows-based operating system
  • Modern, color touchscreen
  • WiFi capabilities (optional)
  • English/Spanish language controls
  • Machine diagnostics
  • Maintenance prompts
  • Upload files remotely
  • Material utilization package with splice recognition
  • PLC
  • Material File Management
  • Step Layer Capability

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Raptor 75x™ Multi-Ply Cutting System is an automated reciprocating straight knife cutter, with conveyor, capable of cutting up to 7.5 cm (3 inches) of compressed material. Precise system operations, driven by state-of-the-art motion control communications combine to offer an industry-leading solution for medium- to high-ply cutting of flexible material goods. The systems have been installed at facilities cutting for garments and for industrial fabrics applications like marine, medical and agricultural products.
Eastman SLS3 Stack Labeling System fully automates the labeling process, reduces time, labor and eliminates costly errors that can occur with manual labeling. Small, self-adhesive labels replace large paper patterns or markers used for identification purposes. The SLS3 can interface with any CAD system and accurately print and affix pattern labels to the top layer of fabric stacks up to 4 inches (10.16cm) high. The stacks are then ready to move to a high-ply cutting where they are cut and bundled

by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

Ultrasonic Tool Head For Composites, Gaskets and More

Eastman’s new Ultrasonic tool head has been designed for cutting adhesive backed, composite or gasket type materials with 20,000 oscillations per second. The ultrasonic technology reduces blade gumming and friction between the material and blade. The Ultrasonic tool head option is available for static table and conveyor systems.

  • Designed for cutting adhesive backed, composite or gasket type materials
  • One ultrasonic and two heavy-duty tool spindles
  • Ultrasonic spindle available with 30, 45 and 55 degree drag blades
  • Reduces blade gumming and friction between the material and blade
  • Frequency: 20,000 Hz (20,000 oscillations per second)
  • Includes pneumatic pen lift/holder assembly for labeling parts and/or system calibration purposes (computer-assisted calibration available)
  • 3 inch (7.62cm) stroke
  • Compatible with JetPRO, LabelPRO and Router Options

Includes Two Heavy-Duty Tool Spindles

  • Heavy-duty tool spindles with your choice of up to two tools
  • Stiffer, thicker tool spindles offer less deflection when cutting rigid materials
  • 3 inch (7.62cm) stroke
  • Compatible with complete library of blades, punches, notches and more.


by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Relying on Trusted Hardware

Finishing with a Workhorse Achievements of a Visual Imaging Provider

Eastman is featured in the April 2016 issue of Digital Output magazine. To read the entire article click here. An excerpt, below:

Workhorse Caliber
Because of the cyclical nature of sales, most of Coloredge’s clients change out graphics around the same time due to seasonal promotions. To handle this, the company relies on trusted hardware.
It uses an Eastman M9000 Static Table System from Eastman Machine for much of its in-store displays and light box work. The company has owned this piece of equipment since 2000. According to Sebastian Pratap, director of graphic panel production, Coloredge, the “workhorse” survived historic Hurricane Sandy even after the production facility in NJ took on four feet of water. “We only had to change out a few parts and it was up and running,” he continues.
The 78-inch by 24-foot flatbed on average cuts 150,000 linear feet a year. This includes paper and vinyl with thicknesses anywhere from 23- to 27-mil. It’s used daily, eight hours a day.
Other flatbed routers are used for drilling holes into materials and an XY cutter works to cut rolls of flexible media. Which device utilized is dependent on the job. The Eastman M9000 handles the majority of the in-store display and light box work.
When it comes to thinking about the Eastman M9000 and the difference it’s made to the company, Pratap points out that its existence pre-dates his employment. However, he says, “There really is no comparison. It’s machine versus man. Before it, they cut by hand. Now it takes the machine a minute to cut a 30 square foot pattern with no waste and little room for error. It’s all about accuracy and productivity.”

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Improving cutting efficiency at Harris Corp.


Composites World – Harris Corp., Rochester Plant Tour – Read Full Article Here.

Eastman Machines for Cutting Composites

Please contact us directly with any questions or to discuss your unique application requirements. Eastman systems are suitable for cutting composites in both dry and pre-preg form – with or without peel ply. Our team of applications specialists have significant experience with R&D and production cutting of (but not limited to):

  • Unidirectional continuous strand roving
  • Bidirectional (woven roving, woven fabrics, continuous strand reinforcement)
  • Multidirectional (chopped strands, continuous, chopped strand mat, tri-axial, multiaxial)
  • Nonwoven core materials
  • Aramid (Kevlar®)
  • Fibre-reinforced plastic / FRP (Fiberglass)
  • E-Glass, S-Glass
  • Carbon Fibre (CF)
  • Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) / impregnated with epoxy resin
  • Carbon- Glass and Carbon- Aramid Hybrid fabrics

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Eagle C125 Conveyor Cutting System
Eagle S125 Static Table Cutting System
Buzzaird Pneumatic Shear
Blue Streak & Brute Straight Knife Cutting Machines


by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

January Specialty Fabrics Review Article

Eastman featured in latest Specialty Fabrics Review article (January 2016). To read the entire article, please visit

Excerpt from the article:

For most businesses, change is an essential part of long-term success. Ongoing innovation, in products, processes, service and value, is the best way to beat the competition.

Innovation. It’s the essential ingredient in any company’s ability to thrive and stay viable for the long haul. Innovative companies are restless explorers, constantly searching for and testing out new ideas, investigating new markets, looking for ways to become more value-added for their customers. It’s a relentless undertaking, not for the limited of vision or the “we’ve always done it this way” thinkers. Instead, innovation requires a willingness to examine assumptions, stick your neck out and possibly fail. Risky, yes, but the potential rewards make taking the chance worthwhile.

…Another example is Eastman Machine Co. Headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., it has been manufacturing fabric cutting equipment since 1888, says Robert L. Stevenson, president and CEO. Originally, Eastman Machine manufactured cutting machines for harnesses and other horse-related items. Later, the company began offering cutting machines for apparel. Later still, noticing a rise in the use of industrial specialty fabrics, the company moved into this arena.

Now, Stevenson says, they manufacture cutting equipment for fabrics used by aerospace (such as carbon graphite pre-preg and resin-coated fabrics), the wind energy field and for fabrics used for inflatable and permanent structures (such as the fabric roof of the Denver International Airport), in addition to other markets such as recreational space. “Staying innovative is the only way to stay in business,” Stevenson says. “We’re continually expanding our product—like in terms of creating faster machines and developing user-friendly software. Seventy percent of what we sell today wasn’t even invented 25 years ago.”

For more information on Eastman cutting machines for industrial fabrics, click here.

by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

SLS3 For Stack Labeling

The Eastman SLS3 Stack Labeling System fully automates the labeling process, reduces time, labor and eliminates costly errors that can occur with manual labeling. Small, self-adhesive labels replace large paper patterns or markers used for identification purposes. The SLS3 can interface with any CAD system and accurately print and affix pattern labels to the top layer of fabric stacks up to 4 inches (10.16cm) high. The stacks are then ready to move to a high-ply cutting where they are cut and bundled.

  • Prints and applies labels in one step
  • Thermal print head
  • Adjustable speed control
  • Uses standard 1” x 2” or 1.25” x 0.5” labels
  • Supports numbers 0-9; characters A-Z; +/-/./$/% and SPACE
  • One of seven available barcode types may be selected (standard is CODE39)
  • Accommodates 9 information fields in various font sizes
  • Operates on all standard spreading tables
by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Cutting system supplier of choice for IBBI

Eastman Machine Company is proud to announce a recent collaboration established with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) of North America.
IBBI is a purchasing cooperative founded by a group of independent boat builders. Eastman was selected as the vendor of choice for CNC cutting equipment.
More information on Eastman’s line of automated cutting systems and other automated solutions is available at IBBI can be reached by calling (618) 932-4476 or visit

by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

Cardinal Round Knives – Proudly Crafted in the USA

Eastman Cardinal® round knives are proudly manufactured in the USA.
Eastman recently invested in the Buffalo, New York production facility to increase capacity and decrease lead-times. Lead-times for most round knife cutters is approximately 5-7 business days. The manufacturing facility enhancements have also increased the quality and precision of this equipment, especially in terms of the motor, and matching of gears and rotor shaft.
These cutters are so versatile they can be used as stand-alone or integrated with other production equipment. Commonly used to cut straight lines or large radius curves, Eastman round knives are a combination of power and ease of use. The round knives are designed for a wide range of applications – from the softest silks to the toughest industrial fabrics. With five different blade sizes, various horsepower ratings and custom engineered gear ratios, the round knife is unsurpassed for straight cuts.
Please contact Eastman’s Customer Service group for more information.
U.S. (Toll-Free): 1-800-872-5571
International: +1-716-856-2200
Fax: +1-716-856-1140

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Extended Service Plans – Protect Your Investment

Eastman Machine Company is the recognized industry leader in cutting machine customer service and satisfaction. To perpetuate this 127 year-old tradition, we are proud to offer Extended Service Plans™ (ESP) with a choice of four levels of premium protection, giving you the flexibility to choose the plan that best fits your needs. As a participant in Eastman Plus, you ensure added protection for a critical asset of your business.
The plans take away the worry of paying for support while paying you back in discounts for the entire year. It is the perfect way to protect your investment, keep your production running smooth, and to provide predictability for your financial budgeting.
Please contact Eastman’s Customer Service Group or your Sales Representative for plan details.
Customer Service Group
U.S. (Toll-Free): 800.872.5571
International: +1.716.856.2201, ext. 500
Fax: +1.716.856.1140

by Annawade Stevenson Annawade Stevenson

Eastman Cutting in Composites World

Eastman featured in latest Composites World article (October 2015)

Materials Sciences Corp. (MSC, Horsham, PA, US) was established in 1970 by a group of scientists who helped develop the constituent relations that describe the behavior of composites. Performing research for NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Departments of Defense and Energy, MSC was an elite materials engineering company from the start.