Kasto Inc

3002 Venture Ct
Export,  PA  15632-8949

United States
724-325-5600
http://www.kasto.com/us
  • Booth: 4211

KASTO

Saws. Storage. And More.

KASTO is a global market leader for metal sawing machines, storage systems, automated handling equipment for metal bar stock, sheet metal and parts cut to size, as well as the associated software, from Germany for over 175 years. 

The Canadian market is served by KASTO Inc., the US subsidiary of KASTO, since 2018 with local sales and service staff based in Canada, as well as regional dealers in different regions of Canada.

KASTO Inc. offers universal sawing machines for workshop use to high-performance band sawing machines for the industrial cutting of large bar, blocks and plates. KASTO develops and produces semi-automatic and fully automated bar stock and sheet metal storage systems to meet a wide range of requirements: from compact, standalone storage towers up to fully automated high-rack honeycomb systems with thousands of storage cassettes. The product range also includes fully automated sawing centers and combined storage solutions, which handle all storage, sawing, marking, palletizing and bundling processes – beginning from loading the raw material to robot-assisted retrieval of the cut parts. 

Brands: KASTO Saws. Storage. And More.


 Press Releases

  • From a one-man company to a global player

    From Achern throughout the entire world: In its 175-year history, KASTO has developed into an internationally successful company. Around the globe, a close-knit network of branches and agencies ensures that the sawing and storage technology specialist company is always close to the markets and its customers and can offer fast and individual service.

    As early as the 1970s, KASTO was one of the most innovative suppliers of metal sawing and storage technology for industry and trade. The solutions of the family business from Achern in Baden-Wuertemberg are in demand – not only on the home market, but also beyond the national borders. KASTO therefore relies on internationalisation in order to provide a high standard of service to customers and markets outside Germany. This was a pivotal step to ensure the future success of the manufacturer.

    The first step abroad led to France

    In 1977 KASTO founded its first branch in neighbouring France. The company's current main site in Obernai, Alsace, is only a few kilometres away from the German headquarters – this makes the general organisation easier and ensures short distances. Target industries included steel trading, window construction and the aviation industry. The new branch quickly became a success – and today KASTO France has 30 employees, who serve around 4,000 customers in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and North Africa, achieving a considerable proportion of KASTO's steadily increasing foreign turnover.

    A short time later KASTO dared to cross the pond and opened another branch in Pittsburgh, USA. The fluctuating economic development in the USA resulted in this site experiencing both highs and lows – and the "Steel Belt", the region around the city with its then booming steel industry became a "Rust Belt" in times of crisis. Since the end of the 2000s, however, Pittsburgh has been on the rise again, with numerous technology companies settling in and around the city. The American KASTO Inc. with around 40 employees and an extensive spare parts warehouse is also the contact for KASTO users in Canada. In 2018, the company inaugurated a new showroom with a Technology Centre in Chicago. Among other things, customers can see machines and digital solutions in advance there and carry out test cuts.

    Time for the island!

    At the beginning of the 1990s, many companies invested in the new German federal states due to strong demand, and KASTO also established a plant in Schalkau, Thuringia. In 2003, the company also positioned itself on the British market with its own subsidiary on the island. Today KASTO UK's 13 employees provide support for customers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland and the Middle East. This means that the company's geographical and corporate stance is broad enough to cushion the economic risks of the UK's impending EU withdrawal. Nevertheless, nationally oriented tendencies like Brexit are not particularly welcomed by an international company like KASTO.

    When KASTO took its first steps on to the Asian continent in 2015, the company realised that protectionism, legal restrictions and administrative hurdles were among the greatest challenges on its route to becoming a global player. Starting a company in a country like China is a very lengthy process. From legal forms to the search for personnel, and from insurance to local legislation, there are so many aspects that are completely different than those in Germany. Nevertheless, KASTO succeeded in establishing itself in Asia, opening a branch in Singapore in 2015, and another in Taicang, China in 2018. Customers benefited from a much faster and more flexible service – and from employees who were familiar with the respective countries and cultures and who spoke the local language.

    Globally successful cooperation

    2016 saw KASTO move into less exotic, but equally attractive regions, with the establishment of a branch in Rheinfelden, Switzerland. Although it is not far from Achern to Switzerland, it is still very advantageous to have a presence in the country, because it facilitates faster customer service and the speedier supply of spare parts. Swiss customers are also pleased to hear the KASTO service staff speak in Swiss German, which is the national language. At this point in time, KASTO now has its own subsidiaries in six countries. However, no more will be added in the foreseeable future. This is also due to the excellent cooperation with numerous independent KASTO agencies in many countries of the world – from Norway to South Africa and from Brazil to New Zealand. The oldest of these is located in Japan and has existed since 1965. The company regularly invites all its representatives to training courses at its headquarters, which then hosts cultures from all over the world in its main plant at the edge of the Black Forest.

    Over the years, much courage and commitment have paved the way for KASTO to become a global player. Nowadays, saws and storage systems from Achern can be found in every corner of the world: on La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, for example, or on the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Trinidad, on the Greek Cyclades, in Namibia, Oman and even New Caledonia in the Pacific. These KASTO products sometimes have to deal with extreme environmental conditions in Finnish Lapland, for example, in the mountains of Nepal or in the Sahara in Algeria – and this can make delivery, installation and of course operation challenging at times. However, the high quality and robust designs of the KASTO solutions ensure that they always carry out their tasks reliably – anywhere in the world.

    For the future, the manufacturer has set itself the goal of continually strengthening its international locations and expanding the constantly increasing share of foreign sales. KASTO sees a lot of potential here – in regions like Asia and the USA, the demand for intelligent solutions for sawing and storage technology is high, since automation is not as advanced there as it is in much of Europe. A strong presence in these promising markets is the basic prerequisite for KASTO to support local users in the best possible way and thus continue to set its course for worldwide success.

    https://www.kasto.com/us/company/latest-news/news/news-detail/from-a-one-man-company-to-a-global-player-2.html

  • https://www.kasto.com/uk/company/latest-news/news/news-detail/from-long-goods-raw-material-to-a-palletized-finished-part-1.html

    Automation, networking and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking – and in storage and sawing technology. Storage systems and sawing machines are increasingly being integrated into a uniformly controlled material flow in which all processes between incoming and outgoing goods are fully automated – from the storage of the long goods raw material to the dispatch of the palletized finished parts. This enables users to make their production processes much more flexible and efficient, improve working conditions and significantly reduce operating costs. At KASTO, these topics have long since ceased to be visions of the future.

    Whether they are in the steel trade, the automotive and supplier industry or in mechanical and plant engineering, metalworking companies across all industries have been facing increasing demands for years. Customers expect ever greater production flexibility, from batch size one to mass production. The variety of materials and sizes is steadily increasing. At the same time, quality standards are rising and there is continuous pressure to cut costs. To hold their own against international competitors, companies need versatile and efficient solutions for a wide variety of production tasks.

    KASTO offers efficient raw material management through fully automated storage systems

    More and more users are relying on the automation and intelligent networking of individual workflows in production and logistics. This begins with the storage of the delivered raw material – instead of the previously widespread floor or cantilever storage, companies are increasingly relying on fully automatic long goods storage systems. These automated software-controlled systems have completely convinced users with their significantly higher storage density, fast access times and maximum stock transparency.

    Cassettes are usually used as load handling devices for the storage of long goods. A storage and retrieval machine automatically transports these to one or more transfer stations in line with the "goods to the next process" principle. These can be designed differently for the respective requirements, as fixed stations, for example, or in movable form as longitudinal or transverse transfer carriages. Automatic storage and retrieval is not only much faster than by hand, it also protects employees from accidents and injuries as the heavy and bulky goods do not have to be moved manually. Orders are processed at the push of a button via the warehouse control system – or directly via a higher-level ERP system to which the control system is connected via an interface.

    Optimized added value thanks to the linking of the storage systems with fully automatic sawing machines

    The sawing of the articles removed from storage is often the first step in processing or manufacturing. Here too, all processes are increasingly organized without any human participation. The modern KASTO sawing machines can be seamlessly connected to the raw material warehouse by means of manipulators and conveyor technology and are supplied with the required materials. Depending on how it is equipped, the sawing machine can also run by itself. Material is fed to it automatically, and an intelligent machine control system sets all parameters, such as cutting length and cutting speed, based on the job data. State-of-the-art production saws can thus carry out a variety of jobs in succession with different materials and diameters, and operate autonomously for long periods.

    High performance and perfection thanks to the integration of intelligent robots

    Industrial robots also have considerable potential when it comes to handling and processing finished cut parts. Depending on the production cycle, for example they can remove the sawn parts from the machine at maximum speed, so employees no longer have to carry out this repetitive task. In addition, the robots can be used with the appropriate tools to add value for deburring, chamfering, marking, centering, cleaning or measuring and testing the workpieces. The sections can be weighed, sorted by size or order, and stacked on pallets or in tightly packed containers. For complex processes with different work steps, combinations of several robots and clamping devices can also be realized with KASTO systems. Further connection to driverless transport systems (AGVs) is also common practice nowadays.

    Downstream processes are relatively easy to automate with volume saws that process only a few different component geometries. The situation is somewhat different with individualized job saws, however; they have to flexibly process numerous materials and dimensions, and the greater the diversity, the more challenging it is to fully handle all the tasks. For example, the optimal selection of robot tools is important, because the robot should be able to manipulate all the objects to be handled with as few aids as possible. This reduces procurement costs, minimizes idle times and increases productivity. Users can choose from mechanical, magnetic or vacuum-driven grippers. The grippers should be as compact as possible to give the robot easy access to the cut parts. KASTO supports users in defining the optimal tools for the upcoming tasks. In regular operation, the robot then independently decides which tool is best suited for the current task. The decision criteria may be the accessibility of the workpiece or the optimization of the stacking pattern.

    Industry 4.0 has long since arrived in the world of storage and sawing technology

    With the right components, storage, sawing, automation and robotics technologies can be combined to form decentralized and highly integrated systems that are seamlessly integrated into one continuous material flow. The manufacturer KASTO realizes combined storage-sawing-robot systems for its customers, in which all storage, handling, sawing, marking, palletizing and bundling processes run fully automatically, from the storage of the raw materials to the picking of the sections. The big advantage here is that the entire system functions with a uniform control software, which can be connected to existing ERP systems such as SAP with only one interface. This significantly increases transparency and efficiency. With additional production machines, such as for turning or milling, the storage, sawing and robotic systems can be linked to form a fully digitalized and automatic production system that organizes itself decentrally and independently, in line with industry 4.0.

    Automation and robotic support offer significant advantages for the user, who can significantly increase productivity with less personnel, since many processes are not only unmanned, but also run much faster. It is easier to compensate for staff absences due to illness, and production simply continues even during breaks or after shifts. The result is lower personnel costs and a high degree of flexibility in terms of capacity utilization. For example, companies can process order peaks much better and drastically reduce non-productive times. This also quickly becomes noticeable from a profitability point of view.

    Users and their customers benefit equally

    Working conditions are also improved by the automated technology, because employees are relieved of heavy, tiring and monotonous work, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. The quality of the sawn sections is also enhanced, because the robot processes all the parts uniformly and precisely, sorts them reliably and stacks them cleanly. This ultimately benefits not only the plant operators, but also their customers.


 Products

  • KASTOwin A 3.3
    Fully-Automatic Bandsawing Machine with cutting range up to 14 in. (W) x 13 in. (H) for mass production sawing of solid material, tube and profile.
    Machine features servo drive and ball screw spindle for the material feed & linear guided saw frame....

  • KASTOwin A 3.3 (Cutting Range: up to 13 in.)

    The new, fully-automated bandsaws from the KASTOwin range have been designed for mass production sawing of solid material, tube and profile. Designed in Germany and manufactured in state-of-the-art, flow line production lines at our assembly plants in Achern (in the northern Black Forest) and Schalkau (Thuringia), KASTOwin creates the ideal conditions for optimum efficiency.
     

    • Customised to the specific application using a modular system design
    • Quick motion using servo drive and ball screw spindle for the material feed and the linear guided saw frame
    • Automatic band guide arm adjustment
    • Quick and easy programming via colour touch screen
    • SmartControl to ensure high bandsaw blade lifetimes
    • Incremental feed for cutting batches of short pieces
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