KASTOsort Tower

September 26, 2023
Space-Saving, Fully Automated System for Processing, Including Sorting

Automating sawing and storage processes with a hall that is already full? For metalworking companies, this has been a pipe dream. KASTO took on the problem. The solution: a space-saving, fully automated system for processing, including sorting that works 24/7.

Sawing, storage - and now a whole lot more: KASTO tops its own motto with the idea of enabling its customers to automate in the tightest of spaces. "This concept is a world first for unstaffed processing," says Sönke Krebber, board member at the sawing and storage specialists from Achern. "Up until now, the saw storage system has just fed the bar stock for processing. Now, the saw can feed the storage system," explains Krebber. The sawn parts are then stocked on the other side of the process in the new system.

The new KASTOsort tower will appeal to, for instance, metalworking companies who already use a high-performance saw such as the KASTOvariospeed oder KASTOtec with or without KASTOsort robots. For an efficient process, the parts must be sorted by order after sawing and handling and placed in appropriate boxes. One of the solutions used to date has been a container carousel with eight pallet spaces on which the robot can independently place and fill the respective boxes. This is a simple and cost-effective solution for buffering manageable quantities of material. "The recirculating sorter has its strengths, but it was clear to us that we wanted to offer customers an alternative for confined spaces," says Krebber, describing the background to the new development.

Related Glossary Terms

  • feed


    Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.

  • metalworking


    Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.

  • sawing


    Machining operation in which a powered machine, usually equipped with a blade having milled or ground teeth, is used to part material (cutoff) or give it a new shape (contour bandsawing, band machining). Four basic types of sawing operations are: hacksawing (power or manual operation in which the blade moves back and forth through the work, cutting on one of the strokes); cold or circular sawing (a rotating, circular, toothed blade parts the material much as a workshop table saw or radial-arm saw cuts wood); bandsawing (a flexible, toothed blade rides on wheels under tension and is guided through the work); and abrasive sawing (abrasive points attached to a fiber or metal backing part stock, could be considered a grinding operation).

  • sawing machine ( saw)

    sawing machine ( saw)

    Machine designed to use a serrated-tooth blade to cut metal or other material. Comes in a wide variety of styles but takes one of four basic forms: hacksaw (a simple, rugged machine that uses a reciprocating motion to part metal or other material); cold or circular saw (powers a circular blade that cuts structural materials); bandsaw (runs an endless band; the two basic types are cutoff and contour band machines, which cut intricate contours and shapes); and abrasive cutoff saw (similar in appearance to the cold saw, but uses an abrasive disc that rotates at high speeds rather than a blade with serrated teeth).