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American Manufacturing Spotlight - Benefits of Adding Automation

There is no denying the incredible impact technology has had on our lives over the past two decades — it has changed the traditional workplace and reshaped business expectations.

Technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency within your business operations, and therefore, save you time. And time is money, right? The ways you adopt and integrate technology can play a major role in business innovation and productivity improvement.

Here are a few ideas to get you started… or see our Automatic Sawing Line

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Technology Spotlight - Get a tight fit for tube and pipe assemblies.

Handrailings, race car frames, gates, fences, and furniture. Those are a few examples of structures that support and protect. Their construction typically involves steel or stainless steel tubes and pipes that have been notched, fitted, and welded to provide strength and durability.

Getting the right fit can be difficult when you are using a welding torch to manually cut the notch. Gaps where the tube doesn’t connect properly will need to be filled during the welding process.

Jerry Kroetch, president of Scotchman®, talked about how notching equipment can make working with tube and pipe assemblies easier and more efficient. Read more here >>

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The Ironmen - Scotchman has Built a Strong Reputation with its High-Quality Ironworkers.

The oldest hydraulic ironworker manufacturer in the world celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 in its hometown of Philip, S.D. Scotchman Industries manufactured its first-ever hydraulic machine in 1967 and the Scotchman Ironworker has become synonymous with quality machinery.

“We have been manufacturing ironworkers for 50 years, so we have a strong name in the market,” President Jerry Kroetch says. “There are manufacturers in Europe who have been building ironworkers for a hundred years, but originally it was mechanical. We manufactured the first-ever hydraulic ironworker machine on a national level. Scotchman is a household name in the metal industry.”

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A Fine Cut - Scotchman Saw Provides Solution for Canadian Company to Produce More Parts at a Lower Cost.

Despite being located more than 1,300 miles apart, executives at Philip, South Dakota-based Scotchman Industries Inc. and Hamilton, Ontario-based Motis Inc. developed a mutually beneficial business partnership. In 2012, Scotchman unveiled its GAA-500-90 Automatic Upcut Circular Cold Saw with an adjustable vertical and horizontal clamp system that fits the majority of profiles. The GAA-500-90 is a large-capacity upcut automatic saw that is designed to cut nonferrous materials like aluminum and copper, including large-diameter profiles up to 6 inches square or round, at angles up to 90 degrees.

Motis’ founder, Paul Terpstra, initially spotted the GAA-500-90 at a trade show and was drawn to its potency and effectiveness. Terpstra conducted due diligence and determined that Scotchman’s saw could maximize Motis’ in-house production of its Snagger Tool. The Snagger Tool is a multipurpose device that can be carried in a firefighter’s pocket to handle everyday issues they encounter on the job.

“Before our final purchase decision, I sent a piece of raw extrusion, which we use to make the Snagger Tool, to Scotchman,” says Terpstra. “They cut them to size with the GAA-500-90 saw and sent back the samples. They also sent videos they had recorded showing the saw in action and how to best mount our odd-shaped extrusion. We were impressed. Read more here!

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Automating Saw Operations -

Benefits of automating your sawing process.

Automation will maximize fabricating efficiencies and reduce operating costs.There is no denying the incredible impact technology has had on our lives over the past two decades -- it has changed the traditional workplace and reshaped business expectations.

Technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency within your business operations, and therefore, save you time. And time is money, right? The ways you adopt and integrate technology can play a major role in business innovation and productivity improvement. Read More. Check out our Automatic Saws

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Manufacturing in America’s Heartland

Most often, the success or failure of a business may depend much on fate as it does on ingenuity, hard work, and business sense. A combination of these things has led Scotchman Industries, Inc. to becoming one of the largest manufacturers of hydraulic ironworkers in the United States.

Located in Philip, a town of 880 residents situated in the middle of western South Dakota, Scotchman Industries did not start out manufacturing ironworkers, but eventually evolved into that business thanks to the determination and foresight of one man: Art Kroetch of Philip, SD. Read the full article here!

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50 Years of Scotchman

Firmly rooted in tradition with an eye on the future, Scotchman Industries, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

It’s been half a century since Scotchman debuted its hydraulic-powered ironworker and we are honored to have served the manufacturing industry in America and abroad over all those years.

Although five decades have passed since Arthur A. Kroetch founded the company, Scotchman has remained committed to building high-quality dependable products, providing first-class customer service and believing in the strength of American manufacturing. Click here to read more.

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The Evolution of the Hydraulic Ironworker

The hydraulic ironworker was originally invented in 1949, but it never really entered the scene until 50 years ago when the patent was acquired and manufacturing of these metal fabricating machines in the U.S. began. Many of the earliest models are still operational on shop floors and in maintenance departments today .

For example, the first model produced by Scotchman was the 314, and we continue to get calls for replacement parts for that model. The original design was a hydraulic system, but it was powered only in one direction. It had a spring return. When the punch was engaged, the ram went down, and the spring pulled it back up. That coil spring was similar to one found in a ’57 Chevy at the time.

Fifty years later, we continue to sell dozens of those springs per month. So we buy the spring, compress it, and weld a frame around it for delivery to the customer. When the fabricator gets it, he drops it into the ironworker and cuts the frame to expose the compressed spring. That old hydraulic ironworker is ready for more work.

That’s no surprise. It’s a testament to how those ironworkers were made. Click here for the full article.


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Half-Century Celebration

Big businesses in small towns – sometimes it just works. Sure, there are challenges, but Scotchman Industries Inc., located in Philip, S.D., a town of 880 residents, not only made it work, they’re thriving. In fact, 2017 marks the company’s 50th year in operation.

Art Kroetch founded Scotchman in 1967 after years of making and selling farm-related products to area ranchers and farmers out of a small shop starting in the 1950s. Gates and chutes, pickup stock racks, corral panels – these were the staples of Kroetch’s business in the early 1960s.

One of the most important of the early milestones for Kroetch’s company involved the purchase of a patent for a hydraulic ironworker, the first of its kind. The year was 1966 and the machine Kroetch created the next year around that patent would alter the course of his career and offer a staple for employment for the residents of his small town that he held dear to his heart. Read more here!

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Staying Sharp

Blade failure can have a catastrophic impact on your sawing operations.

The sawing operation is arguably one of the most crucial elements in a fabrication shop. Problems in the process can create bottlenecks in downstream operations, introduce costly production inefficiencies, and delay customer deliveries.

Whether you’re working with circular cold saws or band saws, the rule of thumb is the same: maintain blade life to eliminate catastrophic problems down the line. Read More Here!

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