At First Cut, customer service excellence is the underpinning operational ethos. As part of this, the company’s consumables division recently hosted a technical visit by Luca Dreossi, Sales and Technical Support: Julia Utensili S.p.A., one of First Cut’s European principals.
Julia Utensili is one of Europe’s foremost circular saw manufacturers, producing solid carbide saws, carbide-tipped circular saws for cutting non-ferrous metals and steel, as well as ‘dry cut’ saws for use on dry cutting machines.
First Cut recently hosted a technical visit by Luca Dreossi, Sales and Technical Support at Julia Utensili, one of First Cut’s European principals. The key purpose of Dreossi’s visit was to assist a First Cut customer in finding the most appropriately tailored solution for their particular cutting application.
Dreossi explains that while Julia Utensili is constantly developing new products, they have recently developed a new blade called the ‘Iron Lady’. This new product is completely different to Julia’s standard blades, as the steel, blade coating and the process used to produce it are all highly advanced.
“The Iron Lady is an innovative circular saw blade combining the toughness of steel with the performance of carbide. This results in even higher standards of hardness, toughness, finish and durability – not to mention best cost-per-cut,” Dreossi explains.
This extra fine-grained high-speed steel (HSS) blade has hardness values above 900 HV (Vickers hardness rating). The efficiency of the blade is enhanced by a multi-layer physical vapour deposition (PVD) coating with a surface hardness of more than 3650 HV. The innovative production process allows for very tight manufacturing tolerances, while the teeth have a specific profile designed for high-performance cutting.
Julia’s vast pool of cutting technology combined with practical experience in heat treatment has allowed it to develop, in conjunction with a technical university, an innovative heat-treatment process. “This creates a steel microstructure with particularly high performance and resistance to wear caused by friction, or thermal and mechanical stress,” continues Dreossi.
“However, the Iron Lady is only one of many blades that Julia Utensili offers to the professional industrial market. There are countless types of material such as steel, alloys, wood and plastic – to name only a few – which our customers need to cut. For each of these applications, Julia has developed a blade to do the job, as accurately and efficiently as possible,” comments Gary Willis, director at First Cut responsible for the consumables division.