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Amada AE2510 NT

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END USER: J.I.T. Sheet Metals

J.I.T. Sheet Metals, North York, ON, is a sheet metal fabricator that has carved a niche in the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) business, manufacturing components and ductwork.

Owner Fred Dametto recognizes the value of investing in technology; in the past year and a half he’s made a substantial investment in his 20,000 sq ft shop, with the recent being the installation last December of an Amada AE2510NT punch machine with Amada’s Alpha Guide tooling. While Dametto could have purchased the machine from any supplier, he selected Amada because he says it’s a name he could trust. “I purchased two Amada machines used, one 15 years ago, and the other one five years ago, and they’re good machines. I trust the name and though they’re not the cheapest machines on the market, people say they’re the Cadillac of machines.”

The Amada AE2510 NT turret punch press has a punching force of 200 kN with Y and X axis travels of 1270 and 2500 mm respectively. An AC servo motor drives the ram, eliminating the hydraulic power supply and the hydraulic fluid chiller. Electrical consumption is less than one half of comparable hydraulic machines; it requires only a 19 kVA power hookup. The drive system delivers up to 370 hits per minute.

Dametto says the machine is much faster than other punching machines he’s used. “We have a plasma machine where we would burn materials and now we’re able to do everything on the Amada. It’s a more advanced machine so we can do many more products such as filter racks for furnaces, which is one of the main reasons we purchased the machine.”

The Amada punching machine has helped J.I.T. improve productivity, but Dametto is looking to make further improvements in his shop, and is in the process of retooling the plant. “I’m looking at an automatic loader for the punching machine because it will eliminate manpower.”

The AE-series machines are available with Amada’s “Triple-Track” high capacity 45 or 51-station turrets equipped with four auto-index stations. It allows fabricators to load the turret with enough tools (up to 4.5 in./114.3 mm in diameter) to run multiple jobs without tool changes.

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