CAMX 2020 preview: Eastman Machine

Appears in Print as: 'Conveyor cutting system, precision cutting tools'

Eastman Machine Co. is featuring the latest design of its Eagle C125 conveyor cutting system and additions to its catalog of precision tools.


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Eastman Machine Eagle conveyor cutting system

The Eagle C125 conveyor cutting system. Source | Eastman Machine

Eastman Machine Co. (Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.) is featuring the latest design of its Eagle C125 conveyor cutting system and two recent additions to its catalog of precision tools, an oscillating tool head and a 10-sided blade.

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 fiber and aramid fiber; industrial fabrics and insulations as well as traditional textiles. Eastman says the system continuously conveys rolled material goods with consistent speed and control, and requires minimal operator guidance to automatically feed and spread material to the identified start position. The system is available in widths from 60 inches to more than 14 feet wide and in several lengths.

The C125’s latest eight-foot length, single-frame configuration was developed to minimize production space. The system is said to be ideal for companies that need to cut long parts, require continuous conveying or want to minimize the material handling commonly associated with a static table cutting system. Featuring an industrial build, durability of critical components and proven rack and pinion drive system, the Eagle C125 system features cutting speeds up to 60 in/sec (152 cm/sec).

Optional features include:

  • 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 IP55 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
  • 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
Eastman Machine Co. oscillating tool head for composites cutting system

Oscillating tool head. Source | Eastman Machine Co.

In addition, Eastman has added an oscillating tool head and 10-sided blade to its precision tool offerings, and says the new tools have been engineered to offer maximum versatility and adaptability while adhering to stringent industry requirements for accuracy, speed, and repeated quality.

The high-speed sawing motion of the oscillating tool head (around 12,000 oscillations per second; 12,000 Hz) is said to decrease drag force, creating a clean and precise cut while also nearly eliminating hangars and minimizing overcut. Furthermore, the oscillating tool is engineered within a heavy-duty tool head that contains two supplementary tool spindles. These individually aligned and calibrated spindles can be used with any two tools in addition to the oscillating; pneumatic pen lift/holder assembly is included. The spindles offer less deflection when cutting rigid or dense material due to their stiff, thick, and durable nature. A variety of blades specifically designed to handle a wide range of applications are available.

The 10-sided blade is engineered to cut through advanced textiles, like stitched fiberglass, with ease while offering maximum versatility and adaptability. It is designed for ideal pairing with Eastman’s multi-spindled heavy-duty tool head. The blade is available with a variety of exclusive depth limiting discs and is compatible with both the C125 conveyor cutting system and the S125 Static Table.


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