First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

Sawing is one of the fundamental activities in any manufacturing, steel processing or fabrication business. The more efficiently this can be carried out, the more profitable the business will invariably be. Available locally from leading cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut, the BLM SC425 – a semi-automatic upstroke circular sawing machine – will bring higher levels of efficiency to any manufacturing or fabrication business. The sawing machine is ideal for making straight or angled cuts in steel tubes or profiles, thanks to the SC425’s convenient rotating head. While…

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First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

  In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and increased activity the company has been experiencing. “We needed to expand our stores and to expand our footprint across all divisions. For example, we decided to renovate our showroom area for capital equipment from our international principals such as Starrett,…

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Bystronic’s ByStar fiber laser and ByTrans loader from First Cut offers warp-speed productivity combination

The developments of sheet metal cutting technology over the past 30 years have been remarkable. The latest developments in fiber laser technology are taking sheet steel component production to even higher output and quality levels. Bystronic – a world-leading provider of cutting and bending solutions – offers the steel industry the ultimate in productivity solutions. By linking its flagship ByStar 10kW fiber laser to a ByTrans loader, it is now possible to automate production to a far greater level than was possible previously. In South Africa, First Cut, a foremost…

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No ‘brakes’ on innovation: First Cut brings Bystronic’s award-winning Xpert 40 press brake/Mobile Bending Cell combination to South Africa

Great innovation deserves to be rewarded. In the case of the foremost Swiss OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Bystronic – a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet-metal processing industry – their Mobile Bending Cell was recognised with an award for innovative solutions in the field of sheet-metal processing at the Blechexpo 2017 exhibition. This remarkable bending technology is available in South Africa from First Cut, Bystronic’s South African distributor and leader in the provision of capital equipment and consumables. Global fabrication is demanding an ever-greater variety of sizes…

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Extended’ suite of Bystronic automation solutions on for ultra-fast sheet steel processing

Extended’ suite of Bystronic automation solutions on for ultra-fast sheet steel processing While the company is a global leader in design and manufacturing of equipment such as fiber lasers, press brakes, and the requisite software to work with these various systems, Bystronic’s focus is very much on providing the leading-edge in innovative solutions for its customers. In South Africa, the company First Cut, a foremost South African distributor of a range of cutting consumables and capital equipment, represents Bystronic. Automation solutions for greater productivity These cutting-edge solutions also include a…

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Manufacturing multinational Caterpillar to help empower black-owned companies

Mining and construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar,

JOHANNESBURG – Close to 4,000 jobs are being created in the welding and mining equipment manufacturing sectors, thanks to a brand new investment programme. Mining and construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar, will launch the project in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry. Caterpillar said through the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme it aims to empower local and black-owned companies by developing companies and suppliers. The company was granted exemption from selling equity, instead opting to participate in the investment programme. The investment totals R1.3-billion. “It’s basically the guys who are good…

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Renttech SA: ‘Business as usual’ – with a renewed focus: New MD to ensure higher than ever service, product and technical excellence

Duncan Whitehead, new Managing Director of Renttech SA.

Renttech South Africa has a proud 20-year track record of providing a combination of high-quality local and international branded equipment for rental or purchase, allied to superb customer service and business integrity. After two decades, a new Managing Director, Duncan Whitehead, has taken up leadership of this well-known business. Renttech SA is the preferred supplier of welding, power generation, lifting and rigging equipment for rental or purchase to the engineering, industrial, construction, pulp and paper, petrochemical, power generation, agricultural – and many other sectors – across Southern and sub-Saharan Africa.…

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Taking the stress out of cutting: First Cut endorses the use of high-quality stretcher-levelled steel from Allied Steelrode for production cost-savings of up to 15 percent

L-R: Arun Chadha, Group CEO of Allied Steelrode and Andrew Poole, Managing Director of First Cut.

Change in one type of technology often dictates change in another. The changes to steel cutting technology in the past three decades have been very significant and, with the development of high-speed fibre lasers, are now influencing the quality of steel that the industry uses. Swiss steel cutting technology company Bystronic has taken the lead in the development of fibre lasers, with the introduction of the Bystronic 10kW ByStar fibre laser. Represented exclusively in South Africa by First Cut, the foremost local experts in the provision of consumables and capital…

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Elquip Solutions and Kinkelder partner for long-term cutting-edge excellence, return-on-investment and lower cost-per-cut

Gerrit van Oosterum, Commercial Manager: Kinkelder during his recent visit to the Machine Tools Africa expo held at Nasrec earlier this year.

Manufacturers who use large capital equipment sometimes shy away from purchasing top quality machines. The most common reason for this is the initial capital outlay. However, is this always a wise decision? Mike Cronin, the Managing Director of Elquip Solutions, gives good reasons why it is not. Firstly, the life-cycle costs of an inexpensive capital equipment item or consumable could be appreciably higher than those of its more expensive counterpart. One has to question: Will the cheaper machine give the same level of performance and produce the desired product quality?…

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Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox incorporates four models from the Miller range of premium quality welding machines for large industrial applications. Bespoke rental agreements will give Afrox customers the choice of short or longer term rentals, delivery and collection options, maintenance packages, on-site service, and complete customer support through Afrox’s national Service Engineering…

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