Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI)

RFCI Promotes hard surface flooring from vinyl and linoleum to rubber and cork

Looking for more information on Resilient Flooringcontact RFCI!


RFCI is all about resilient flooring…and resilient flooring is all about sustainability, durability, affordability, and style. It encompasses a surprisingly wide variety of hard surface flooring products – from vinyl and linoleum to rubber and cork.

Floor LVT tile imagesThe Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) is an industry trade association of leading resilient flooring manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, additives, and sundry flooring products for the North American market. The Institute was established to support the interests of the total resilient floor covering industry – as well as the people and communities that use its products.

RFCI Manufacturing Members:

American Biltrite




Burke Flooring












Novalis Innovative Flooring

Nox Us


Shaw Resilient

Tandus Centiva


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Luxury Vinyl Planks die cut on Nylon Belt Feed Handling System

Cutting Luxury Vinyl Planks with Nylon Belt Feed System

SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR 230 features:
• Automatic Slab Pallet Transfer
• Automatic Side Die Loader
• Recycle / Scrap Convey
• Die Transfer Cart
• Die Maintenance Cart

General Specifications

Cutting Force – 230 U.S. Tons

Head & Bed Size – 60”D x 80”W
Cutting Stroke – 0” to 8”, fully adjustable
Daylight Opening – 12”, from head to bed
Cutting Speed – 12 strokes per minute, assuming a 1.0” stroke and 61” Slab depth.
Stroke Control – Controlled by Linear Transducer for precision

Cutting Surface – Nylon cutting belt, see section 4 for more details
Hydraulic System – Freestanding hydraulic powered unit includes pump, hoses, valves, gauges, etc. Featuring RexRoth Cylinders, Valves and Pumps.



Infeed Outfeed

InFeed Material Handling System

Type – Continuous nylon cutting belt, traveling through press, utilized as a material carrier and cutting surface, driven by a drum roller.


Sheet feeder designed to feed Slabs up to 61”D x 78.7”W.
Slab Sizes – 1.25M x 2M (49” x 78.7”) and 1.55M x 2M (61” x 78.7”)
Slab Thickness – 1.5mm to 5mm
Slab Weight – 68 pounds

Tile Sizes will be 12” x 24” and 24” x 24” 
Plank Sizes will be 6” x 48”

Vacuum Cups releases Slab onto 45 degree down incline with pusher bar positioning the Slab, approximately 80” long. Photocells controls stoppers and pushers assuring the Slab is the exact position before moving onto the cutting belt.


OutFeed Material Handling System

Parts conveyor: ~80” long removes parts from the cutting belt, a space between the cutting belt and conveyor lets the scrap fall to an awaiting scrap conveyor. 

Features of Feed System:
 Cutting Surface – Nylon Cutting Belt included
 Belt conveyer cleaner – stationary brush type
 10” of take up on belt tensioning device; makes changing belt quick and easy.
 Leading edge sheet sensor.2HP servo motor positioning system, positional accuracy of +/- 0.005” (belt only)
Belt shifter, shifting distance of +/- 1”; greatly extends the life of the belt.


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Machine Press Flooring Equipment – Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) from Slab Feeder

Precision Cutting LVT with Automatic Slab Feeder.

SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR 180

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General Specifications

Cutting Force – 180 U.S. Tons
Head & Bed Size – 60”D x 60”W
Cutting Stroke – 8”, fully adjustable
Daylight Opening – 12”, from head to bed (FSM to confirm with tool builder)
Cutting Speed – 12 strokes per minute, assuming a 1.5” stroke and 52” feed.
Stroke Control – Motorized positive stops located in head of press
Die Mounting – Fixed position pneumatic die rails in head of press for Pieper style tooling, maximum weight of 4,500 lbs. Separate die loading rails on the in feed and out feed section of the machine allows tooling to be loaded and unloaded while the machine is running, greatly reducing the changeover downtime. 
Cutting Surface – Nylon cutting belt,

Luxury Vinyl Tile die cutting press machine

SCHWABE USA – Model SR-180 cutting luxury floor tiles with automatic slab feeder

SCHWABE Press Construction

Construction – Central Guide Straight Ram Electro Hydraulic Beam Press with multiple cylinder hydraulic system. The cylinders also act as the actuating mechanism of the press, pushing down from a top structure vs. pulling down from a bottom structure.

The cylinders are mounted inboard on the press in order to create a matching deflection between the head and the bed, rather than having them gap the way conventional four post units tend to do.

The heavy duty, rigid, large diameter center guide is used to keep the head and bed parallel vs. a hydraulic balancing system or some type of linkage mechanism. This type of construction eliminates the need for adjustment should the system be carrying an unbalanced load.

Additional SR Series Features:
The “SR” straight ram press is capable of developing full tonnage through the entire stroke.
Minimal parts assures low maintenance
Many JIC components for available global sourcing
Over 700 SR Series Machines In Production Around the World – Proven Robust Design
3 Basic Moving Parts in the SR Design – An Exclusive Benefit of the Freeman Schwabe SR Series – No Linkage Involvement – results in less scheduled maintenance & low spare parts inventory.



Feed System

Type – Continuous nylon cutting belt, traveling through press, utilized as a material carrier and cutting surface, driven by a drum roller. Includes ~60” of belt on the in feed and out feed for the die loading rails.

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In Feed Section

Sheet feeder designed to feed sheets up to 50”D x 50.25”W (down to 1m x 1m), with thicknesses from 0.080”-0.175” and a max weight of 30 lbs; stacks 40” tall and 6,500 lbs. Pneumatic x/y pick and place device utilizing vacuum suction cups to secure the sheets.
Live Roller conveyor with 45 degree bias for positioning the sheet, approximately 80” long. Photocells controls front edge stoppers and adjustable side guide assures the sheet is an exact position before moving onto the cutting belt.
Side guide is adjustable to accommodate varying sheet sizes.

Out Feed Section

Parts conveyor: ~80” long removes parts from the cutting belt, a space between the cutting belt and conveyor lets the scrap fall to an awaiting scrap conveyor, which moves to an incline conveyor and into a scrap receptacle (by customer, height TBD)
Acceleration conveyor: ~80” long separates parts for easy picking. Parts then move into stacking device (supplied by customer).


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Floor Covering Cutting Systems designed for Type of Material Application

SCHWABE USA Die Cutting Presses designed to cut
Modular Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) and Mats

Both Web SLAB

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SCHWABE USA Floor Covering Manufacturing Solutions

Schwabe USA supplies die cutting presses and cutting systems to the major global manufacturers in the Flooring Industry.


SCHWABE USA has developed robust die cutting presses specifically designed to cut carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) for accurate and fast results.


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SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Capabilities

  • Cut Roll or Sheet Goods
  • Handles Large Die Boards with Large Amounts of Rule
  • Kiss Cutting Capabilities Through Mechanical Stops
  • Feed Systems – Roll Feed, Clamp Feed, Single & Dual Sliding Tables,
  • Manual & Powered Tables, Progressive Die Cutting, Vacuum Die Cutting
  • Matching deflection between Head and Bed of hydraulic press
  • Eliminates the need for complex balancing systems.
  • No more than 5 moving parts in the SR design
  • No Linkage involvement, means less scheduled maintenance and less spare parts inventory.
  • Schwabe SR hydraulic system is freestanding for easy access for maintenance.


Core Skills & Expertise in Floor Covering
Contributing to our Customers’ Lean Manufacturing Value Chain

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SCHWABE USA Presses cut and shape Automotive Interior Soft Trim & Automotive Seating Covers

SCHWABE USA Die Cutting & Molding Presses / Systems cut and shape Automotive Interior Soft Trim & Automotive Seating Covers. 

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Clamp Feed Urethane Belt Feed System – Die Cutting Fabric for Auto Interior Trim

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SCHWABE Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press Model SR300
Cutting Acrylic Material with Clamp Feed Urethane Cutting Belt Feed System


General Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA

Press Driving Mechanism – Hydraulics

Cutting Force – 300 U.S. Tons

Bed & Platen Size – 60” D x 80” W

Maximum Material Width – 68”

Min Material Thickness – 1mm (0.04”)

Max Material Thickness – 6mm (0.25”)

Steel rule height – 32mm (1.25”)

Board Thickness – 16mm (0.63”)

Cutting Speed ~ 10 strokes per minute with 60” index and 2” stroke

Cutting Stroke – 8” fully adjustable

Daylight Opening – 9” from head to bed without cutting surface

Stroke Control – Controlled by linear transducer for accurate positioning of the moving platen.


Heavy duty tubular steel clamping beam feed system. One moving clamp to index material and one stationary clamp to hold down material during cut cycle.

  Notice Head Safety Block w/ electrical interlock for safety

All access doors feature safety interlock switches with LED lights for quick trouble-shooting


Shown with the Choice of an Outfeed Parts Picking Conveyor in which the cycle speed is synched with the cutting belt speed using standard VFD’s or the choice of Servo Drives.

  The Parts Picking Conveyor moves laterally or horizontally for easy die change, less than 5 minutes. 

The Outfeed guard swings conveniently up and out of the way for operator to change tooling; notice the dual e-stop buttons



Features a utilitarian transfer plate between the end of the cutting belt and the beginning of the parts picking conveyor allowing cut parts and web to easily move into position for easy and efficient operator handling.


Features Pneumatically adjustable and locking die clamps with center clamp device that enables the die board to be flush against the orange Moving Platen at all times.

In this view, the Outfeed safety guard is in the up position allowing for easy, fast and repeatable die changeover in less than 5 minutes.DSCF5663

Infeed view of the Schwabe Model SR300 w/ Clamp Feed Urethane Cutting Belt Feed System 


Featuring Allen Bradley HMI (Seimens HMI is also a Choice) in color with robust data capabilities. All Software is written and serviced by Freeman SCHWABE engineering located in Cincinnati, Ohio USA.

  Remote connectivity is accomplished for remote on-demand service by our eWon Cosi device; this is complimentary.

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Roman Open – May 14th Dalton Golf & Country Club – Freeman SCHWABE

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Freeman SCHWABE – Sponsor of Roman Open

Freeman SCHWABE is once again proud to be a Sponsor of the Roman Open being held at Dalton Golf & Country Club on May 14th.

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The Roman Open Charities

The Roman Open Charities, Inc. were founded in 1975 to support charities in the Whitfield, Murray and Gordon County communities with the funds raised with their single fundraising event The annual Roman Open Charities Golf Tournament, held at the Dalton Golf & Country Club.

The entry fee is $200.00 per player, or $800.00 per team. In accordance with IRS Regulations, we have determined the fair market value of “goods and services” received is $65 per player. Therefore, $135 of the individual fee may be tax deductible as a charitable donation. The format will be four person select shot. Individual golfers and teams composed of ladies and/or gentlemen are welcome. Your entry fee includes green fees, cart, ditty bags, red tees, prizes, meals, beverages, and an opportunity to win door, closest to the pin, long drive, team and hole-in-one prizes.


Freeman Schwabe is a global OEM of the highest quality die cutting presses, material handling systems & manufacturing software, including the world-renowned brand of SCHWABE USA presses, designed, engineered and built in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

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