Striebig Celebrates 50 years of the Vertical Panel Saw
In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the President of the USA and the Russian
Yuri Gagarin was the first person to travel into space. The very same
year, Swiss master joiner Ludwig Striebig revolutionised sawing. He
registered his patent for a “Device for cutting major structural plates
to size or for cutting sections therefrom” – heralding the birth of the
vertical panel saw.
Leicester, UK, June 10, 2011 -- In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the
President of the USA and the Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first person to
travel into space. The very same year, Swiss master joiner Ludwig
Striebig revolutionised sawing. He registered his patent for a “Device
for cutting major structural plates to size or for cutting sections
therefrom” – heralding the birth of the vertical panel saw.
Striebig, who died in 1995, was a practical craftsman, a brilliant
problem solver and a visionary inventor all in one. His revolutionary
principle transformed material handling in the workshop and made the work
of the woodworker much easier. Thanks to his innovative ideas the
vertical panel saw developed from an original, simple basic cutting tool
to a high-precision, automatic sizing and cutting machine.
From the middle of the 1950s, the large size chipboard panel took over
the European market. This initially meant strenuous work for the operator
in order to cut the panels to the required format.
Striebig, the master joiner, solved this problem with an astonishingly
simple solution – he stood the horizontal panels upright. The cutting
device he constructed was a wooden frame that supported a horizontal,
moveable beam on which he attached a circular hand saw that could be
moved vertically and pivoted into a horizontal position.
After gaining extensive hands-on experience with the saw in his workshop
in Littau, near Lucerne, Striebig registered the patent in March 1961.
Later that year he made and sold his first vertical panel saw, the Model
62. The frame and the beam were by now made of metal and a proper saw
unit was built into it. Machines he built in 1961 are still in use today,
which provides irrefutable evidence of the legendary durability of the
Swiss craftsman‟s precision engineering.
The high level of demand for a „Striebig‟ from his Swiss woodworking
colleagues convinced Ludwig to give up his joinery business. He
concentrated solely on the production of vertical panel saws, established
initial contacts with dealers abroad and exhibited his products at the
Swiss National Exhibition in Lausanne in 1964.
In 1968, Striebig launched the completely new Model 68 series which was
to be the basis of the fledgling manufacturing venture‟s global success
story. The saw was technically light years ahead of the rest of the
market, with its 80mm cutting depth; 300mm saw blade diameter; integrated
extraction system; and a powerful saw motor.
Model 68 was to become what it stood for – the industry standard. Today,
with more than 30,000 machines produced, the Striebig Standard is still
the world‟s best-selling vertical panel saw.
Striebig has always been a trendsetter in terms of technical
developments. For example, in 1984 the award-winning Tempomat was the
first panel saw to feature an automatic lowering device, offering
hydraulic panel clamping for continuous cutting. It was soon discovered
that the increased cost of these machines pushed them out of the market
niche successfully exploited by Striebig and the model was discontinued.
After the Striebig patent had expired the technology was copied by other
manufacturers and was being promoted in 2010 as a new innovation!
Half a century on, the vertical panel saw is still the sole focus of all
commercial activities at Striebig AG‟s ultra-modern factory. Every member
of the design and production team concentrates on a series of important
questions each working day. What added value can we offer to the market?
How can we make panel cutting even more comfortable and efficient? How
can we continue to guarantee precision, safety and durability for our
customers in the future?
Striebig is notable amongst woodworking machinery manufacturers for not
continually introducing new models, but refining existing machines to
improve their productivity and ease of use.
The current Striebig vertical panel saws product portfolio consists of
four machine series catering for all sizing needs. There‟s the entry-
level Compact, the Standard, the Evolution and the high-tech Control
vertical sawing centre. Each is available in nine standard sizes with an
extensive selection of options available to improve the saws‟
effectiveness still further. Machines can also be built in special sizes
and fitted with specialist equipment to suit individual requirements.
The Striebig Compact comes in frame sizes starting at 10 ft x 5 ft.
(3100mm x 1644mm) and includes an automated cut cycle version, the
Compact AV, while the ever-popular Standard – the original heavyweight,
tried and tested over decades - is the perfect saw for companies of all
The fully-automatic Control now offers an optional Electronic Positioning
System (EPS) on both axes for the automatic positioning of both the
length stop and saw head. This increases the saws‟ productivity by
delivering automatic repeat strip and upper trim cutting.
Latest standard features include a laser-supported display for totally
accurate horizontal cuts, another industry „first‟ for Striebig. There‟s
also a cutting list input function, provided via a USB memory stick.
With manual feeding of the saw unit eliminated the operator‟s job is made
easier, giving him ample time to prepare the next job. Numerous
procedures are carried out at the press of a button, including locking
and releasing the beam saw, setting the horizontal cutting height,
plunging and swivelling the motor, locking the support rollers during
sawing and fine saw blade adjustment.
Where high levels of panel throughput are needed, the Control and the
Evolution now offer an optional 100mm cutting depth instead of the
previous 80mm. The Evolution has many similar features to the Control,
making it one of the most advanced manual panel saws available.
Both series feature as standard Striebig‟s user-friendly “touch and saw”
operating system. This delivers easy and convenient machine control
through a touch screen panel that operates all of the machine‟s
Other standard features include a digital measuring system, accurate to
0.1 mm, and an adjustable precision display that can be set to an
accuracy of 1.0, 0.5 or 0.1 mm, according to the thickness of the panels
being sized. A unique option on both models is four-sided trimming, which
enables the bottom trim cut to be carried out automatically without
having to lift or turn the panel.
All Striebig models, which can be wall-mounted or freestanding, cut
practically all wood-based sheet materials as well as timber, plaster
board, plastics and aluminium panels. They offer impressive dust limit
values well below 1mg/m3. Due to their versatility they are used in a
wide range of industries from shop fitting to exhibition stand
construction, and from car making to aircraft construction
To mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the vertical panel
saw, Striebig is continuing to concentrate on further extensive detailed
enhancements to its product range.
One example is the tool database for the Control and Evolution models.
Data from the saw, profile cutter and grooving tool can be stored in this
high-performance software module. The tool database is easy to use via
the touch screen panel. A connection to the electronic positioning system
(EPS) ensures a high degree of flexibility and excellent repeat accuracy
for panel cutting.
The tool database has been built into every new Control and Evolution
machine since February and was officially launched to the trade at this
Striebig AG‟s managing director Marcel Brunner said: “Innovation for
innovation‟s sake is not the way we have achieved our success. We place a
great deal of importance on continually developing our saws in order to
constantly provide customers with new or improved features.”
Because of this product strategy the company gives its customers an
excellent degree of protection for their investment. With new
developments and enhancements continually being introduced, in many cases
the saws can be retrofitted to upgrade them to the most up-to-date
Striebig panel saws are available in the UK from long-time dealer T.M.
Machinery Sales, of Leicester. Sales director Matt Pearce said: “After
half-a-century, Striebig saws have not lost any of their main advantages.
They still offer space-saving, economic sawing with exceptional operating
convenience and top precision.
“The constantly evolving sawing technology pioneered by Ludwig Striebig
back in 1961 will continue to offer these same advantages for many years
T.M. Machinery Sales
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