SCHWABE Die Cutting favored by Leading Automotive Seating Company for High Volume / Mass Production.

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SCHWABE Die Cutting Vacuum System favored by Leading Automotive Seating company for High Volume / Mass Production parts manufacturing.

“The automotive seating market is a highly consolidated market dominated by major companies such as Adient, Lear Corporation, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin…together hold more than 66% of the global market.” Mordor

Global Auto Interior Trims and Seat Cover Industry

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LEAR Corporation is a global manufacture of seating and has 96,000 seating employees across 31 countries, with 23% market share of seating globally. Revenue of seating surface materials is $4.1 Bn, and the company is leader in leather and cut & sew.

LEAR Corporation is the world leader in luxury & performance automotive seating.

“Lear Corporation fully integrated manufacturer of the entire seat, we have a proven track record in delivering quality seating systems to the auto industry at competitive prices. At Lear, we work with every major automaker the world over, supplying completed seats for programs ranging from the highest-volume platforms to specialty applications, covering every segment from small car to full-size sport utilities”.(Ref: Lear Website)

Seat Cover Manufacturing

LEAR Corporation is the most vertically integrated seat cover supplier in the Automotive Interior industry, and has 257 seating & component manufacturing facilities across the world, producing from niche quantity products to high volume / mass production of seating parts and the finished seats. 

Different Machines & Technology to Optimize Different Production Manufacturing Needs 

LEAR Corporation uses different machinery and technology to optimize its different production and manufacturing needs i.e. automated cutting machines for smaller niche production, and SCHWABE USA large format die cutting systems for its high volume / mass production parts manufacture. Most leading automotive interior trim and seating companies optimize their lean manufacturing in this way. 


SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press with die vacuum cutting system.


Seating Innovation

LEAR Corporation is a leading innovator and is “uniquely positioned for innovation and growth with electronics and software expertise”

Lear Investor Day Presentation June 2018

Lear is focused on the CONVERGENCE of MOBILITY, CONNECTIVITY and ELECTRIFICATION in line with the auto seating industry mega trends of:

  • configurability
  • convenience
  • safety
  • personal network
  • light weight
  • personalization
  • shared mobility
  • comfort
  • health and wellness
  • sustainability
  • electrified products

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LEAR Manufacturing – Best Practices 

LEAR Corporation uses best practices in it’s efficient seat cover manufacturing to ensure the best quality performance and integration of the trim and seat assemblies 

“…manufacturing cells offer cutting-edge technologies and premium surface enhancements to deliver distinct designs for brand differentiation”. 

An example of an efficient seating manufacturing cell is the embossing of seat covers using SCHWABE USA – Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Presses Made in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Schwabe Model SR470 Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press With Single Sided Die Vacuum System

SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press with Die Vacuum System – High volume manufacture of automotive interior trim components is achieved with great precision and excellent material efficiency using Ontario Die International’s Die Vacuum System on a SCHWABE progressive feed straight ram hydraulic beam press.

This system of diecutting is used for cutting both rolled and sheeted laminated fabrics and vinyl in multiple layers in widths up to 2m wide.

The Die Vacuum System is used to precompress laminated materials prior to cutting on SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press therefore eliminating material movement and insuring accurately cut parts. Excellent material efficiency is achieved through tight nest spacing thereby reducing scrap material.

For more information

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Direct Drive Urethane Cutting Belt Feed System – SCHWABE Model SR 350

Direct Drive Urethane Cutting Belt Feed System SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR 350

General Specifications


Cutting Force – 350 U.S. Tons

Head & Bed Size – 104”D x 54”W

Effective Cutting Area – 100”D x 50”W

Cutting Stroke – 8” adjustable

Daylight Opening – 9”, from head to bed without cutting surface or feed system

Stroke Control – Controlled by Linear Transducer for accurate and repeatable head position during cutting stroke

Steel Safety Stop Blocks – Act as a preventative device for cutting through the belt.

Strokes per Minute 4-5


Features of Feed System:

Cutting Surface – Urethane Cutting Belt
Belt conveyer cleaner – stationary brush type which helps remove material particulate/debris.
Servo motor positioning system on the cutting belt.
Belt shifter, shifting distance of +/- 1/2”
Includes in-feed sheet sensor
Outfeed Conveyor system with a sensor to stop the material once it has reached the end of the outfeed conveyor.


Panel Control – Allen Bradley Compactlogix PLC and Panelview touch screen operator interface controls (menu driven). Includes 250-die memory for recall of feed length, sheet rows, etc., accessed thru a touch screen). Includes various production/maintenance reports (screens) menu driven as well as computerized diagnostics with Ethernet capability for internetdiagnostics/trouble-shooting.

Operational – Controls for set-up and operation, with low pressure die height setting.

Press Shutdown – Mushroom type shut-off button easily assessable at the control panel and on all corners of the machine.

Strong Arm Pendant mounted on the press long side in the center allowing the operator freedom of movement in the press operation. The electrical cabinet now can be positioned behind the press next to the hydraulic power unit.

Activation – Push button activation after input of information thru the Operator Interface/Touch Screen.

Stroke Counter – With automatic shutdown accessed through the Touch Screen.

Remote Connectivity – Included Ethernet connectivity


More info contact :


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High Volume Production of Auto Trim and Seat Cover Parts NOW 30% FASTER

High Volume Manufacturing of Auto Interior Trim and Seat Cover Components NOW 30% FASTER

Schwabe USA Model Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press 

With Single Sided Die Vacuum System Model SR 675

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Leading Automotive Interior Trim and Seating manufacturing companies continue to use SCHWABE Die Vacuum Cutting Systems for high volume parts production.

The SCHWABE Press with Vacuum Cutting System is favored over automated / digital cutting systems for the die cutting accuracy and close tolerance. 

How does the Die Vacuum System work?

Up to 40cm (10″) of tri-laminate material is positioned on top of the steel rule die.

The hood then encloses the die and material within the carrier, the cutting matrix being mounted in the hood.

A vacuum pump then expels the air from the system which draws the hood down and compresses the material to approximately 5cm (2″) in height.

The entire system is then incrementally fed through the SCHWABE hydraulic cutting press .

When the vacuum is turned off, the lay recovers to its original height and the hood is automatically lifted clear.

The components are then removed and the cycle can be repeated with a new lay of material.



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Freeman SCHWABE Die Vacuum System Model SR 675



Cycle Speed – This 675 ton Schwabe press with a 60”platen depth requires less cuts to complete a standard 216” die board.
Total cycle speed is approximately 30% faster than previous generation.

General Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA
Press Driving Mechanism – Hydraulics
Cutting Force – 675 U.S. Tons
Head Size – 60” Deep x 73” Wide
Bed Size – 60” Deep x 84” Wide (between frame), with wear plate 60”D x 84”W x 1⁄4” thick.
Die Board Size – 74.25” Wide x 216.25” LongMaximum Material Width – 74″
Cutting Stroke – 8” adjustable, with reduced pressure die setting.Daylight Opening – 12”, without cutting surface, this must be confirmed.

Feed SystemType – Incrementally programmed power-operated chase feed system consisting of one (1) Chase Feed on the infeed of thepress and two (2) extension tables with controls.

Designed for lateral power transfer on and off the chase feed of 74.25” Wide x 216.25” Long die boards.
Die Board Transfer Arms – for both sides of the infeed.

Electrical – High performance variable speed drive; feed and return speeds are variable.

Cutting Force – 675 U.S. Tons
Head Size – 60” Deep x 73” WideBed Size – 60” Deep x 84” Wide (between frame), with wear plate 60”D x 84”W x 1⁄4” thick.

Die Board Size – 74.25” Wide x 216.25” Long

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Vacuum Shroud Lift Units on Infeed of Press

Low profile; mounted on press feed system; underside of unit to be approximately 16” above Chase Feed; equipped with Vacuum lift unit, all controls, including an air blow-off to release vacuum cups.
Two (2) Vacuum Blowers & Hose
Floor mounted under vacuum lift side of extension table; Vortex type, with pressure relief valve.
Vacuum unit to be provided with blower switches so that air can be blown into the shroud after the cutting operation for faster shroud removal.


For more information contact

+1 513 947 2888


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Arrange to meet up at Converters Expo South on February 5th in Charlotte SC


Freeman SCHWABE is looking forward to attending Converters Expo South. 

CHARLOTTE Convention Center NC Feb 5th

Converters Expo South is a one day expo that unites converters of paper, film, plastics and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists and suppliers.”


If you are also attending the Converters EXPO South contact us and let’s plan to meet up, contact


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Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring – demand continues to grow

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The Floor Covering Industry, especially the resilient Luxury Vinyl Tile category, is a key sector for SCHWABE USA cutting presses.

The latest projections of the industry is for continued positive growth in 2019 which is good news for SCHWABE USA.

The latest edition of Floor Covering Weekly expects “another stellar year for the resililient category”

David Sheehan, senior vice president, product management, Mohawk Resilient is quoted as saying:

“The rigid LVT category has been growing at a rapid pace, and in fact it is driving nearly all the growth in floor covering, not just within LVT.

It’s growing so rapidly and taking such a significant amount of market share that the rigid category alone is driving most of the growth in the industry.

We predict that that dynamic is going to continue in 2019.”

Sourcing continues to Move Back to USA

While the majority of Luxury Vinyl Tiles sold in USA are still being manufactured in Asia, but things may change if the 25% tariff is introduced.

Many industry leaders have already started to reshore production to US and this likely to continue, especially if the tariffs reduce demand for imported LVT.

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Attending Techtextil North America Feb 26-28th, Raleigh NC ?

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Freeman SCHWABE will be attending TechTexil North America [#techtextil] next month being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on Feb 26th-28th


Let us know if you are also attending and we will arrange to meet up!

Here is a link to current Floor Plan of Techtextil


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Smart Buyers Machine / Cutting Press Purchasing Checklist


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Buying Machine or Cutting Press?

Top 10 Purchasing Tips

Machine Purchasing Checklist 

   1. Selecting New or Used or Refurbished Press

  •    Consider needs and risk, Freeman SCHWABE can help you decide

   2. Production Output

  • Ideal selection will meet maximum production with minimum running costs, within budget price range

   3. Manufacturing Space / Footprint

  • Check total operating space size for machine and any accessories vs available space in production area

   4. Financial Stability of Supplier

  • Check the financial background of each potential supplier

   5. Competitive Price 

  • Compare machines prices and similar features, and most important compare overall quality and total value

   6. Complexity of Machine / Equipment

  • Make sure current / future personnel can operate machine without expensive training or unique skills. 

  • Is training provided?

  • Is there a machine manual and schematics available?

  7. Warranty 

  • Check Guaranteed Warranty and all items included and time period

  8. Maintenance Support

  • Is follow up support included, is low cost remote diagnostics available ?

  9. Installation of Machine or Press

  • Is installation provided within price, how complicated is installation?

10. Testimonials / Customer Feedback

  • Ask for references so you can speak to the potential supplier’s customers

SCHWABE USA provides a Total Value Solution to our customers manufacturing operation:

  • supplying efficient top quality die cutting presses and systems 

  • machines are made in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA therefore built stronger to last longer

  • smart pricing based on your specific application needs

  • innovative and simple design, minimizing downtime & maintenance / service

  • design build from range of standard presses (cutting, embossing, heat seal, mold trim) and options

Smart buyers assess the total cost and value of machinery purchase i.e.

  • Machine: cost, compliance, delivery, installation etc

  • Lifecycle: life of the active press, maintenance, operating costs etc

  • Operations: reliability, availability, support / back-up etc









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