Mid Atlantic Global | FINISHLINE

6332 Flank Dr
Harrisburg,  PA  17112-2779

United States
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  •  Penn Sheet Metal, an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based sheet metal company, has added a FINISHLINE finishing machine from Mid Atlantic Global to their business. This all-in-one finishing and deburring machine specialize in deburring, graining, surface polishing, oxide and slag removal and edge rounding.

    Penn Sheet Metal provides roofing and construction, wall systems, and manufacturing and cutting services to companies all over the United States. Their wide variety of customer needs led them to seek out a way to create uniform, repeatable products for multiple industries. 

    After many years of working together, Mike Roeder, Penn Sheet Metal president and owner, reached out to Mid Atlantic Machinery to explore secondary processing solutions. Roeder explained the need for a solution that will automate their deburring and relieve his employees of hours of grinding, sanding and perfecting each part. “We really needed a machine to create uniformity and reduce time spent on edge rounding,” said Roeder. 

    After careful consideration with industry experts at Mid Atlantic Machinery, Roeder landed on a FINISHLINE: All-in-One Finishing Solution from Mid Atlantic Global. FINISHLINE is a compact machine utilizing an intelligent design and quality components for finishing parts originating from a laser, plasma waterjet or punch processes. This one machine would be able to smooth bottlenecks, create the uniformity Roeder was searching for and expand capabilities within other industries Penn Sheet Metal serves.

    Penn Sheet Metal invested in a FINISHLINE FL5100RDDR, 51 in. wide finishing machine. This machine has quick release adapters for top-brush units capable of handling 12 brushes, belt thickness compensation, small part processing, a swivel control panel and complete with the HAZ 4800 Dust Collector with duct work. 

    Since the purchase of the FINISHLINE, Penn Sheet Metal has been able to cut their labor efforts in half, handle edge rounding, dross and slag removal easier, and “take care of things we were never able to do,” said Roeder. Roeder explained that each part and product that leaves the Penn Sheet Metal building has touched the FINISHLINE. Whether it be a part for a roofing application, cutting a part for other manufacturing companies or a wall system, the FINISHLINE machine is able to handle all parts Penn Sheet Metal processes.

    Penn Sheet Metal is now capable of producing more in less time with less labor. If you want to learn more about how FINISHLINE can increase your businesses throughput and increase repeatable parts, contact Mid Atlantic Machinery.

  • (Jun 07, 2022)

    All eyes were on New York City in March as the metropolitan area was the first major epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. In addition to personal protective equipment, city officials and medical professionals also sent out a call for ventilators. In those early days, many who were admitted into the hospital with the virus struggled mightily with breathing, and the lack of access to an inventory of ventilators worried everyone.
    Spurred on by news coming from Italy and the call for manufacturing help, some New York City engineers from firms like NewLab and 10XBeta got to work and developed a design for a “bridge” ventilator, also called an automatic resuscitator. It’s a streamlined ventilator that is designed to help less critically ill patients breathe. It also happens to cost about a tenth of a standard ventilator, which starts at around $30,000. After receiving expedited approval from the Food and Drug Administration, product designers reached out to local manufacturing contacts and found Boyce Technologies, a local manufacturer of safety and security equipment for the city’s mass transit system. Boyce Technologies then found Miller Metal to help with the red-hot manufacturing effort.

    Miller Metal was charged with making chassis components for the ventilator. Laser cutting the blanks would be no problem given the shop’s equipment. Finishing the parts coming off the laser cutting machines, however, was going to be a challenge. The fabricator had a single-head grinding machine, but that was primarily used to put a grain on metal surfaces. Grinding off the microburrs that are often left on fiber laser-cut parts and rounding edges of the stainless steel parts to meet medical standards was going to have to be done manually, which was going to take more time than Miller Metal had.

    “We had three days to order 200 sheets of stainless steel and have the parts cut, deburred, and bent,” Miller III said. “Even with 20 people sanding it, you’re not going to get the job done in two days. You’re probably going to need a week.”

    Fortunately, around the same time, the company was entertaining the thought of investing in an automated finishing system. The fab shop had been in contact with its equipment dealer, Mid Atlantic Machinery, about its FINISHLINE machine, but it wasn’t exactly ready to make the investment—at least until the ventilator job came along.

    That led Miller Metal to ask for a test to see just how fast and effective the finishing equipment would be. In early May Mid Atlantic Machinery delivered the machine, which has a 43-in.-wide working window, and set it up between the newest laser cutting machines.

    “As soon as the machine was installed, we were running parts in production,” said John Rutkiewicz, Mid Atlantic’s FINISHLINE specialist.

    The 11- to 14-ga. stainless steel parts were about 14 in. wide by 18 to 20 in. long. An operator fed the first one through and proceeded to feed another 1,099 parts through the machine. In 105 minutes, all of the parts were deburred and had rounded edges. Miller III said that if the process had been done manually, it probably would have taken a 10-person crew a full shift to match the results of the automated finishing machine.

    “I don’t know if we would have bought the machine without that demonstration, but we were glad to see it in action. It was kind of the pushing-off point for that machine,” Miller III said. The fabricator also used the machine to deburr and edge-round some 0.25-in. stainless steel base plates.

    Rutkiewicz said the finishing machine has four heads that can handle not only deburring and edge rounding, but also oxide removal on edges for better paint adhesion, deslagging of plasma-cut parts, and graining of metal surfaces. Because Miller Metal was more interested in accentuating the deburring and edge rounding, the machine was staged with an abrasive belt (65 to 70 Shore hardness) for deburring, then a brush for edge rounding, then another brush, and finally a softer abrasive brush (35 Shore hardness) for a specified grain. The ventilator parts needed to be run on only one side, so they didn’t need to be flipped and fed through the machine again.

    Kevin Kilgallen, Mid Atlantic Machinery president and the first sales representative to introduce the TRUMPF laser technology to Miller Metal back in the 2000s, said he knew the machine would make an instant impact at the metal fabricating company, but he also believes that the machine will have an additional impact down the road as the deburring process is now streamlined. In particular, he pointed to the machine’s automatic thickness adjustment, where a sensor determines the material thickness and moves the belts and brushes to deliver specified results. That and the machine’s CNCs, which can store up to 250 finishing recipes, promise to help even less experienced employees get up to speed on the machine in a few days.

    Miller III said the finishing equipment enabled the company to meet its obligations to deliver the ventilator parts in its three-day time frame and it’s hoping to find similar time savings on other projects because the bottleneck of manual deburring has been removed. Additionally, he said he was intrigued by the polishing and graining capabilities, some he called “a science to its own.”

  • Making sure that you have the right system in place for your specific application requires complete understanding and careful consideration of a number of factors such as; part size, profile, material, desired finish quality, and part thickness to name a few.

    At Mid Atlantic Global, thanks to decades of experience working with a wide variety of manufacturers and fabricators, we know FINISHLINE is one of the leading machines and offers the best technology for just about any application.

    The right deburring equipment can eliminate time-consuming hand grinding of parts, it can add different finishes, and it can make sure parts fit up quickly and accurately during welding or final assembly. When taken together, these factors mean higher quality throughput and more efficient workflows that will save your business time and money.

    Feature Highlight Video – Automated Part Thickness

    One of the many advanced features of FINISHLINE is the “Automatic Part Thickness Measuring”.  When accuracy and attention to detail is paramount this features allows any business or operator to dial in the correct measurements for accurate, repeatable results. Watch this short video to see for yourself and contact us today to learn more or request a sample part run with your very own parts. 


  • FINISHLINE: All-in-One Finishing Machine
    FINISHLINE provides a compact all-in-one solution utilizing intelligent design and quality components for finishing parts originating from laser, plasma, waterjet or punch processes....

  • As a solution to your particular needs, FINISHLINE metal finishing machines are available in a variety of widths and with one to six working units. Desired part finishes can be efficiently achieved with the use of a single unit or with any combination. Achieve the results you want with the control you deserve.With 2, 3 or 4 head options, this machine performs many functions for laser cut, waterjet cut, or plasma cut parts. Deburrring and graining with variable speed control; edge rounding; oxide removal, and slag removal with a quick-change brush system and full surface contact.