Visiting Foam EXPO March 26-28th Novi, Michigan

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Just confirming that Freeman SCHWABE will be at the FoamEXPO North America 2019 March26-28th in Novi, Michigan.


Let us know if you are attending and we can arrange to meet up.


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Freeman SCHWABE Associate Member of Coated Abrasive Fabricators Association


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Freeman SCHWABE confirmed as Associate Member of the Coated Abrasive Fabricators Association.

Established 40 years ago the CAFAprovides a great forum for members to discuss and exchange ideas on improvements in the manufacturing process of Coated Abrasives.

CAFA also coordinates policies of national and international importance and concern for Coated Abrasives Industry. 


Die Cutting Coated Abrasives (machine video demo)

High Speed Hydraulic Cutting Press Model HS60

Capable of 60 strokes per minute




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How to Optimize High Volume Fabric Cutting Production

Fabric Cutting – High Volume Manufacturing

Benefits of Die Cutting Machine Press vs Weaknesses of Automated Cutting

Operations, Cost & Quality Efficiency Comparison


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Compression Machine for Large Area Folding – Made in USA by SCHWABE

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SCHWABE USA Large Area Folding Compression Machine Model LAF

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Large Area Folding Press Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA
Variable Pressure – from 1.5 – 8 Tons
Product Area – 36” x 36”

Stroke – 14”
Daylight – 18.5”

Built in head and dwell control
Cycle Time: 12 seconds
Dwell Time: 4 seconds 

Safety Guarding – Meets or exceeds all OSHA machine safety requirements including specification 1910.217(f) as interpreted by the Manufacturer.

Dual Cycle Start Button Activation – with ATD (anti-tie down)

Hydraulic System – Freestanding hydraulic powered unit includes pump, hoses, valves, gauges, etc.

SCHWABE USA Large Area Folding Compression Machine Model LAF

Applications include automotive components such as door panel inserts, sun visors, door handles, seat backs or center consoles. Options that can be included are: variable pressure, dwell and temperature depending upon your application needs.

Common materials that can be formed around a substrate include cloth, vinyl, carpet and other types of textiles. It is also possible to not only edge fold the part but also die cut the blocker into its final shape.

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LAF Compression Machine SCHWABE USA

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LAF Compression Machine SCHWABE USA

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FloorTek EXPO Sept 10-12th 2019 – Meet up with Freeman SCHWABE

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Just registered Freeman Schwabe to exhibit at FloorTek EXPO September 10-12th 2019 in Dalton.

Look forward to seeing you there!


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Receding Head Hydraulic Die Cutting Press – Freeman SCHWABE Model RB80

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Freeman Schwabe RB80 Receding Head Hydraulic Die Cutting Press 

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General Specifications

Cutting Force – 88 U.S. Tons
Cutting Stroke – 4.3” adjustable
Daylight Opening – 6.3”, from the head to the bed of the press, without cutting surface.
Cutting Speed – Assuming full recede (31.5”) and 3” stroke, estimated speed is 6 seconds per cycle, not accounting for operator involvement.
Head and Bed Size – 35.4”D x 70.9”W
Maximum Receding Distance – 31.5”
Effective Cutting Area – 33.5”D x 63.4”W with pad shifter but no die rails.
Stroke Setting – Set by linear transducer
Tool Mounting – Head Mounted with Pneumatic Adjustable Die Rails.


Panel & Box – Allen Bradley PLC, Model C600 Touch Screen Operator interface controls (menu driven), capable of storing cutting information for up to two hundred (250) dies. 

Includes cycle timer, with information such as stroke setting, receding depth, etc. 

Includes various production and maintenance reports (screens) menu driven as well as computerized diagnostics with Ethernet capability for online diagnostics/ trouble-shooting. 

Critical controls to be protected with password security system in PLC software. 

This information will be utilized to automatically set press parameters after three (3) digit die number is recalled (information must be initially entered into the memory for later automatic recall and operation).


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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. 


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Seating Innovation

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

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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.

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