Cut-to-Length Line

Metal cut to length lines are used for processing coiled metals into precise length pieces for resale or further processing. Cut-to-length lines typically incorporate a number of machines to provide value added services while processing coil to piece. Light gauge cut-to-length lines are typically for processing material thicknesses up to 0.0625″ (1.6 mm) while heavy gauge cut-to-length lines can be used for processing material up to 1″ (25.4 mm) thick or greater.

Metal cut to length lines typically have relatively tight tolerances on overall piece cut lengths. As with most metals processing, the industry standards that govern these tolerances are ASTMANSI (American National Standards Institute)AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute)EN (European Standards) JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards Committee), or API (American Petroleum Institute).

Element Machinery has supplied cut-to-length lines handling thicknesses from 0.015″ (0.4 mm) to 1″ (25.4 mm) and strip widths from 24″ (635 mm) to 120″ (3048mm).

Some advanced features Element has supplied in the past include:

  • Automatic Threading
  • Edge Tracking
  • Edge Trimming
  • Slitting
  • Scrap Processing
  • Combination Cut to Length/Coil to Coil
  • Automatic Stacking and Bundle Run outs
  • Flying Shear (Up to 1/2″ [12.7 mm])
  • Combination Light/Heavy gauge lines

Cut-to-Length Line Experience


Our Cut-to-Length lines have met the following tolerance standards:

Element Machinery has pioneered cross light/heavy gauge cut-to-length lines. Our experience has included material as defined by the following dimensional ranges:

Minimum Maximum
Material Thickness 0.005″ (0.127 mm) 1″ (25.4 mm)
Material Widths 1″ (25.4 mm) 144″ (3,658 mm)
Coil Weight 500lbs (228kg) 100,000lbs (45,359kg)
Cut Length 1″ (25.4 mm) 80′ (24 m)
Line Speed 50 FPM (15 MPM) 200 FPM (61 MPM)
Cut Tolerance +/- 0.010″ (.254 mm) +/- 1″ (25.4 mm)

Our Cut-to-Length lines have met a wide variety of multiple applications. They have been used in different industries with the following options.

Control Options Strip Material Industries Served
  • All PLC Platforms
  • Allen Bradley
  • Siemens
  • ABB
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper/Brass
  • Integrated Mills
  • Mini Mills
  • Aerospace/Military
  • Manufacturing
  • Service Centers
  • Construction

What We Offer

Looping cut-to-length lines are designed so that the material is accumulated in a loop while the shear performs a cut to allow for cutting material without stopping the feed.


Flying shear cut-to-length lines allow for the shear to accelerate and synchronize to strip speed to cut material without stopping material feed.

Heavy gauge cut-to-length lines are designed for material thicknesses larger than 1/2′′ (12.7 mm). By alternating between corrective leveling and plate flatteners, a wide range of input thicknesses can be accommodated.

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