Lenox wins trio of awards

Lenox has won three Pro Tool Innovation Awards, representing best-in-class products in the construction industry. The winning products were selected based on innovative features, advanced power delivery, improved ergonomics, technological advancements, developments in job site safety and overall user value. Nearly 500 tools from 89 manufacturers were tested to determine this year’s winners.

The Lenox product award winners were: the Lenox 360 bandsaw monitoring system (Best Software & Apps – Tool Control); Lenox Aviation snips (Best Hand Tools – Cutting); and the Lenox Gen-Tech bandsaw blade (Best Accessories – Blades, Band Saw).

“Innovation is the cornerstone of product development across all Stanley Black & Decker brands,” says Jaime Ramirez, executive vice president and president of global tools and storage for Stanley Black & Decker. “To deliver on our mission of empowering those who make the world, we are unwavering in our promise to provide the tools, technology and resources that professionals in the trades and construction industry need to get the job done.”

The Lenox 360 system is one of the most notable wins for the brand. This monitoring system provides access to key insights, measurements and the control of valuable sawing operations data. As a result, the technology is ideal for steel service centres and fabrication shops, where it can improve decision-making and maximise efficiency through the capture of data in real time via sensors installed on the saw.

“Our brands are continuing to push the industry forward through ground-breaking new features that improve the user experience,” says Tabata Gomez, chief marketing officer of global tools and storage for Stanley Black & Decker.

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FEIN launches metal chop saw

Power tools and accessories manufacturer FEIN has released a series of new products to the UK market, including a metal chop saw, a Bluetooth charger and the my.FEIN service app, allowing users to access everything from warranties and receipts, to battery information and services.

FEIN’s new MKAS 355 metal chop saw has launched across the UK, delivering precise and rapid results when cutting metals in the workshop or on-site, reports the company. The cold cutting process means the material is not heated, resulting in no metal dust to ensure maximum safety for end users. The saw also includes an 1800 W motor with soft start technology, alongside an ergonomic handle design to combine comfort, safety and power.

“We’re always looking for more ways to make our customers’ lives as easy as possible, with safety firmly front of mind,” comments Andy Mills, managing director of FEIN UK. “We’ve channelled this into our new MKAS 355 metal chop saw, Bluetooth battery and the my.FEIN app. The products aim to create a more efficient experience for our end users, in turn offering increased productivity,”

Now available in stores nationwide, the new ALG 80 BC battery has 8 A charging current for short charging times and Bluetooth connectivity. The product is compatible with FEIN’s entire 18 V cordless range, including MultiMaster and the 18 V Combi Drill, as well as the my.FEIN app.

With the my.FEIN service app, users can access all of FEIN’s services in one place. The app will store all registered tools, including an individual inventory number for each tool, while making it even easier to register new tools.

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New bi-metal blades available in UK

US-based saw blade and file product manufacturer, Simonds Saw, has launched a new range of bi-metal bandsaw blades. Multiple rounds of testing, prototyping and optimisation with professionals in the field led to the development of four bi-metal bandsaw blades in total. According to the company, the new product range excels at general purpose cutting, production cutting, structural steel cutting and exotic alloy cutting.

“We fully expect our new product line of bi-metal bandsaw blades to have a global impact on the metal-cutting industry,” says Simonds Saw president David Miles. “We’re excited for loyal bandsaw users all over the world to put these new products to good use. Whether they’re cutting structural steel in Indiana or titanium in Shanghai, we now have the optimal bandsaw blade to maximise uptime and materials, in any application.”

Simonds Saw has now stopped production of Dieband, Broadband, Blockbuster, IC Enduro and X51 in favour of new range. However, these products may still be available while stocks last.

Dieband, Broadband and Blockbuster will be phased out in favour of Epic GP, while SBX GP will replace Broadband and IC Enduro. X51, Simonds’ existing product for the cutting of tough steel and high-nickel alloys, will be phased out in favour of SiClone XP.

After extensive field testing, the existing Simonds’ SiClone bandsaw blade was determined to be high performing in its current state and so stands prepared to meet the next generation of metal-cutting needs.

Addison Saws is the UK’s exclusive Simonds retailer, with the full range available directly from the company and its network of nationwide dealers. All bandsaw blades are hand-welded on site and to order, with many available for next-day delivery.

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Separating 3D-printed parts from bases

While many companies separate 3D-printed parts from their base plates using wire EDM, or even with a hammer and chisel, Edelstahl-Mechanik GmbH, a specialist in additive manufacturing, has found another solution: the Meba 3D 335 bandsaw.

Managing director and owner of Edelstahl-Mechanik, Josef Eisele, says: “Additively manufactured components can be cleanly separated from the base plate with the Meba bandsaw, without any damage to the components or base plate. We are very satisfied with the results.”

The Meba 3D 335 is based on the straight-cut MEBAeco 335 model, which is equipped with feed monitoring and a frequency-controlled ball-screw drive, while a special clamping device holds the 3D metal printing base plate. It is possible to move and align this base plate as desired via linear guides. The Meba 3D solution works with a two-column guided saw frame that is infinitely driven, with the potential to adjust cutting and feed speed very finely.

In combination with the right selection of bandsaw blades for the respective workpiece material, users can even separate filigree parts very precisely.

“The practical clamping system and the precise work of the bandsaw are convincing throughout,” states Eisele. “Compared with alternative solutions for separating the components, the Meba saw is not only time- and resource-efficient, but also cost-effective. In addition, the finished components are of very high quality.”

He adds: “As a further positive side effect, the saw can also be used for standard sawing tasks and is therefore the perfect complement to our 3D printer in the overall package.”

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Understanding saw blade terminology

When it comes to bandsawing, it is not just the design of the blade or the workpiece material that is important; it is also necessary to have the correct blade in the first place. With this thought in mind, Saws UK has published a guide to blade terminology and material blade types.

To get the most economic cut possible when bandsawing it is necessary to choose a blade with the correct number of teeth per inch (TPI). This number will vary depending on the workpiece material. TPI also depends on whether the shop is cutting individual pieces of material or bundled amounts. As a point of note: the positioning of material in a vice can also alter the blade’s TPI, as can material size and shape.

There have been a number of new techniques introduced to the bandsawing sector within recent years. So, to ensure sufficient knowledge to take advantage, the following is Saw UK’s list of blade technology: tooth face – the surface of the tooth; tooth pitch – distance between the tip of one tooth and that of the next one; gullet – curved area at the bottom of the tooth; TPI – teeth per inch (measurement between the gullets); tooth rake angle – angle of the tooth face perpendicular to the direction in which the saw is cutting.

Further terminology includes: blade width – measurement between the end of a tooth and the back of the band; blade thickness – how much the saw measures between either side of the blade; and blade set – clearance from the back of the blade through the cut.

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