Striebig observes vertical panel saw's 50th birthday
August 16, 2011 | 10:40 am CDT
Striebig observes vertical panel saw's 50th birthdayLITTAU, SWITZERLAND

-- John F. Kennedy was President of the U.S. and Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first person to travel into space when Ludwig Striebig  registered his patent for a “Device for cutting major structural plates to size or for cutting sections therefrom” – heralding the birth of the vertical panel saw.

Striebig, who died in 1995, realized the advantages of cutting material in a vertical position, reducing the strain put on operators.

Striebig's first commercial vertical panel saw was the Model 62. The early success convinced him to give up his wood joinery business to devote his full attention to further development of vertical panel saws.

In 1968, Striebig launched the completely new Model 68 series featured an 80mm cutting depth; 300mm saw blade diameter; integrated extraction system; and a powerful saw motor.

In 1984 Striebig introduced the award-winning Tempomat, the first panel saw to feature an automatic lowering device, offering hydraulic panel clamping for continuous cutting. Alas, it was soon discovered that the increased cost of these machines pushed them out of the market niche successfully exploited by Striebig and the model was discontinued.

The current Striebig vertical panel saws product portfolio consists of four machine series catering for all sizing needs. There’s the entry-level Compact, the Standard, the Evolution and the high-tech Control vertical sawing center. Each is available in nine standard sizes with an extensive selection of options available to improve the saws’ effectiveness still further. Machines can also be built in special sizes and fitted with specialist equipment to suit individual requirements.

Striebig is represented in the United States by Colonial Saw of Kingston, MA.

Read more about Striebig's 50 years of history.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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