Is the Ocean Clipper CNC Angle Line the Right Angle Line for me?
This American made clip angle processing machine has been especially designed for the structural steel fabricator to eliminate costly layout and manual drilling procedures and to fabricate larger profiles in less time. By expediting processing times through elimination of human labor, fabricators achieve greater profits while greatly increasing their tonnage-per-month and tonnage-per-employee outputs.
The Ocean CLIPPER CNC Angle Line can be installed in any structural steel fabrication shop or other operation where layout and punching of clip angles or similar parts is required. It is capable of processing angles from as small as 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 1/8” all the way up to 6” x 6 x 5/8”.
Main Characteristics of the Ocean Clipper Angle Line
- Ability to process short clip angles as well as long bracing angles.
- Eliminates manual layout, and manual drilling / punching
- Provides exceptional accuracy of hole placement, eliminating costly field modifications
- Easy installation by fabricator
- Very space efficient – no bigger than most ironworkers
- Simple and easy to operate
- No computer experience required
- Fully automatic punching, drilling, and shearing cycle
- Immediate payback on a low investment through attractive finance options
The Truth about Angle Lines
Most fabricators who have angle lines will tell you that they seldom run their angle lines all day – they normally run in short bursts producing enough clip angles to provide the fitters clips to last the shift or possibly several shifts.
Despite only running a few hours a day, angle lines still make great economic sense – producing perfectly accurate clip angles in the fastest possible time, eliminating huge amounts of expensive man hours, and eliminating errors. These clip angles fit up faster due to their accuracy and the fabricator never has to wait for his steel merchant to deliver clips.
But it was this knowledge that the average fabricator would only run his Angle line a few hours a day, that prompted Ocean Machinery and Peddinghaus to produce a completely unique machine that would do it faster and cheaper than any other angle line on the market, and at last make angle lines affordable for the small to medium fabricator.
We closely studied the clip angle market in the USA and the rest of the world, and realized there was an opportunity for a machine that was more compact and more affordable than the current offerings. We noticed too, that over 85% of all clip angles feature round holes in one leg and slotted holes in the other leg, and this led us to our design approach.
PUNCH, DRILL AND SHEAR To achieve our design approach we needed to reduce the overall size of the typical angle line. In doing so we would also help to reduce the cost of the machine as well.
In all angle punch lines, the opposing punches cannot be set on the same X-axis datum line as they are too large and have to overlap – this means that the angle is positioned for the first leg punch, the hole is punched, and then the angle has to be fed in the X-direction at least 6 inches before the opposing leg can be punched. This makes for a long machine, as well as an expensive machine. It also has the additional down side of having a long “drop” (the length of angle that cannot be processed)
This situation allowed us to design an angle line that is vastly different from all the other angle lines on the market. The Ocean Clipper uses a drill spindle in combination with the traditional punch and shear that is typically found on other angle lines. By using a drill/punch combo, the punch and drill can be positioned directly opposite each other – something that is not possible with traditional punch systems.
This allowed us to shorten the overall length dramatically. The Ocean Clipper CNC angle line is absolutely unique in the marketplace, and it is the most compact CNC angle line that is capable of processing steel angle sections up to 6’x6’x5/8″ (150x150x16mm).
This allows the entire machine size to be reduced, making the Ocean Clipper CNC angle line the most compact CNC Angle line in the world. The end plates containing the punching and drilling stations are only 16″ apart and the overall length of the machine (excluding the feeding roller conveyor) is less than 3ft”.
Because the drill and the punch are in-line, holes in both legs can be made without having to jog the material forward, something that has to happen on regular angle lines.
This shortens the overall processing time significantly and it also makes the “drop size” the smallest in the industry at only 8-1/8″ completely eliminating the need for a welding station.
BUILT FOR SERIOUS DUTY
Despite its compact size, the Ocean Clipper Angle Line is designed for heavy duty work in the toughest fabricating shops in the world. It uses the same hydraulic spindle as found on the Ocean Avenger Beam Drill Line.
This virtually bulletproof drill spindle is 13-3/4 HP and is capable of drilling through 10″ of steel. And being hydraulic makes it almost maintenance free.
Maximum hole diameter is 1-9/16″.
The 75 Ton Hydraulic Punch is One of Peddinghaus’s standard heavy duty units and its punching cycle is less than 2 seconds.
It has a maximum slot size of 1-1/4″ (Standard 270 punches)
Standard inexpensive Peddinghaus punches and dies are available from Ocean machinery.
The robust 100 Ton Double Cut Shear has a cycle time of only 5 seconds and shears steel to 5/8″ thick, with a drop of only 1/2″.
For 4x4x3/8″ angle or smaller an optional single cut blade will eliminate the drop.
With the Ocean Clipper, Peddinghaus and Ocean Machinery have succeeded in creating a powerful yet compact clip angle processing machine that eliminates another costly labor area in steel fabricating.