Distribution & Production

Diamut North America Expands to Include Tool Redressing and Manufacturing

Diamond tool manufacturer Diamut, which is part of Biesse Group, will open a new tool restoration operation run by Diamut operators and engineers on the Biesse Group campus in Charlotte, N.C. The company’s customers and distributors who use Intermac and other glass and stone machines will be able to send their worn tooling to the Charlotte facility to have it re-profiled and restored, a process often known as redressing.

“The new facility will enable us to provide our customers and distributors with a fast turnaround on the redressing of Diamut tools, as well as other brands, from our conveniently located North American campus,” says Intermac and Diamut America and Canada CEO Federico Broccoli. “In order to ensure we are providing exceptional quality, we meticulously selected trusted machinery partners with great technical expertise, to demonstrate our strong dedication to the tooling market in North America.”

Following the redressing operation opening, the new Diamut facility will also add manufacturing capabilities and will host customer visits later in October.

“The objective of this investment is to respond to growing market needs through more timely and attentive customer service fully centered on the North America region,” says Diamut tooling division director Gianluca Grianti. “By geographically broadening our service, we are able to bring Diamut a step closer to our end-users. This expansion will allow us to provide more customized support, faster turn-around time and reduction in shipping costs, all while maintaining superior product quality.”

“Even in this era of automation, innovative software and interconnected factories, the tool is still the crucial point of contact between machine and material,” adds Diamut America manufacturing engineer Alan Hooper. “Keeping tools honed to the most precise standards so they perform like new tools, is part of the power behind our technology promise. The skills and knowledge technicians and engineers bring to redressing tools here in Charlotte will be crucial to machine life and realizing maximum return on investment for our customers.”

Benada Aluminum Ramps up Production

Benada Aluminum has opened a new production line in Sanford, Fla., that’s expected to have an annual capacity of 60 million pounds of aluminum extrusions. The new line will also create additional jobs.

“With a favorable business climate in Florida, we are excited to add this capacity and optimistic about the future of Benada,” says president Jim Piperato. “We’re also looking forward to adding more jobs to the community.”

When the current management team took control of Benada in 2015, the company employed 110 people. After the most recent expansion, Piperato anticipates employing 250 people.

Roto Fasco Canada Adds New Die-Casting Machine

Roto Fasco Canada recently installed a new Frech die-cast machine at its Mississauga, Ontario, plant.The addition enables Roto North America to further expand its manufacturing of door and window hard-ware by increasing automation and producing at optimal capacity.

“Acquiring a new, automated die-cast machine is an-other great advancement for Roto,” says Adrian Steenson, director of operations. “We continuously strive to improve our productivity and quality of our hardware.”

The company says the addition of the machine has increased productivity by 20 percent by producing more parts with fewer rejects. It also requires minimal maintenance and has sensors for mold protection.

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