The 8"x8"x1" angle line that thinks it's a tank

  • The most versatile large capacity angle line on the market

    The ABL-100HS is the most versatile, and fastest angle and flat bar punching and shearing machine on the market today. The high speed servo motor, continuous probing, continuous clamping, and valve positioning software make it not only fast but very accurate. The ABL-100HS is offered by Controlled Automation with such options as, 143 ton single, double or triple punches, single or double cut shear options ranging from 215 tons up to 425 tons, dual shear machine models, a variety of length measurement options as well as part marking and stenciling options.



  • Single-cut shear options

    These units are designed to cut the material without material loss (kerf). Regardless of which model shear you choose, our shear frames are the most rigidly built in the industry. This provides for a more square cut and longer tool life. Most shear blades have multiple cutting edges which can be sharpened. By sharpening the same blade for continued use, the blade life is longer and more economical.



  • Punch frames

    The ABL-100HS is offered with two punching tonnages, 115 ton or 143 ton. On a dual single punch machine model, the customer can choose between either option. However the double-punch or triple-punch machine, it is only available with 143 ton punches. The punch frames are a closed “O” style frame, not an open “C” frame as with most machines. This means that the frames deflect less during punching, which in turn provides a longer tool life. As with all Controlled Automation machinery, the majority of the parts are manufactured in house, including the electrical panels, the guide ways, and clamps.


  • Double-cut shear options

    These units are designed to cut the material, while removing some material as scrap (kerf). This allows the material to be cut with less residual stress in the material. One of these shears can also be paired with a CAL single cut shear to accommodate both types of cutting, depending on material size and type of job.


  • Part stenciling units

    The optional Standard part stenciling unit is specifically designed to imprint 36 alpha and numeric characters on one leg of angle and flat bar. The marking unit is built from a ‘O’ style steel frame hydraulic press with a character indexing wheel turned by a servo motor. The marking press is mounted on its own base with all necessary valves, cylinders, and hoses included. With this unit one character is imprinted at a time. This unit produces permanent marks approximately 1/32” deep. The marks are legible even after hot-dip galvanizing.

    Another option is our Six-character Multi-Position Wheel Stenciling Unit (which comes with the interchangeable Standard 36 character wheel). The Six-character wheel allows ten different character strings of six characters per string to be preloaded into the character wheel. The entire string of six characters is imprinted at one time. This works well for customers that have many repeating parts with the same name.

  • Heavy machine base construction

    The punch frames and clamps are mounted onto the surface of a steel platform which is reinforced with steel braces inside. The punch frames are flame cut from solid steel plates, which are machined to suit the design of each particular machine in our own machine shop. Most machine plumbing, both gas and air, along with all electrical wiring is routed through the machine base to eliminate tripping hazards and clutter on and around the machine. This machine base is engineered with the rigidity to support the shearing and punching operations, and to maintain consistent part accuracy over years of strenuous angle and flat bar production.

  • Automated storage and loading conveyor

    The purpose of the Storage and Loading Conveyor is to stage angle and flat bar adjacent to the ABL-100HS in-feed conveyor and to load this material onto the in-feed conveyor for processing. The loading conveyor is indexed by the operator as each piece is loaded. When the table is full the operator need only roll another piece onto the loading conveyor as a piece is processed through the machine. This system frees up the crane or lift trucks while the material is being processed. This also allows the loading conveyor to be staged with different material as the machine is running. Pneumatic let-down arms (which are purchased separately) are located on the infeed conveyor, which gently lower the material into the infeed V-rolls. This reduces wear and tear on the machine. The addition of this optional feature greatly improves the production of the machine. A bundle of material can be placed on a customer supplied bundle rack and material rolled onto the loading conveyor.

  • Length measuring options

    Pushing measuring probe carriage
    The pushing probe is mounted on the In-feed side of the machine and the probe pushes the material through the machine all the way to the shear, providing length measurement data to the computer during production. This is the most accurate type of positioning system available by any machine manufacturer, due to the rack and pinion measurement system used.
    Single and dual wheel measuring
    This material length measuring option uses one or two servo powered pinch wheels, one before the first punch and the other before the shear, to pull the material through the machine on a non-powered “V-roll” conveyor. On the dual measuring system, two units measure the material as the pinch wheels move the material through the machine. The single-wheel option may be combined with the weld station to eliminate the material drop. The drop without using a weld station is approximately the distance from the powered pinch wheel to the shear blade.

Standard specifications

Shear    Single-cut, Double-cut, or both shear styles
Hole Process    Punch on both legs (single, double or triple-gag)
Measuring System    Powered X-Probe or Wheel-measure
Machine Speeds    0 to 250 FPM  
Positioning Accuracy    ±.1/32"in.
Maximum Angle    8"x8"x1"
Mininum Angle (with pinch-wheel)    1" x 1" x 1/8"
Mininum Angle (with probe)    1-1/2" X 1-1/2" X 1/4"
Maximum Flat Bar    12" x 1"
Minimum Flat Bar (with probe)    1/4" X 2-1/4"
Minimum Flat Bar (with pinch-wheel)    1/4” x 2”
Maximum Channel    12” (web punching and marking only)
Minimum Channel    3” (web punching and marking only)


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