Don’t take it from us, take it from the companies and individuals that rely on their Autobrakes day in and day out.
“we do multiple things in this machine, anywhere from the large skins on down to some small finger parts and we use the memory to hold the jobs…” - Gas Pump Heaven
Our latest Autobrake testimonial comes from Andy Anderson, Owner of Gas Pump Heaven in Omaha, Nebraska. Gas Pump Heaven has been building and manufacturing parts for antique gas pumps since 1990, and since then they’ve become the nation’s largest manufacturer of antique pump parts as well as replica gas pumps, gas station signs, globes, air meters and mostly anything you would have found at a service station ``back in the day``.
See it here: https://youtu.be/77PL-SGh3W8
'As soon as I had my Roper 1014K up and running, it was making us money' - D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal
Dear Roper Whitney,
I want to thank you for selling and Roper Whitney for manufacturing an excellent piece of equipment.
As you know, I was in the market for quite a while for an AUTOBRAKE. My company and I had decided after my extensive research, to purchase a European manufacturer’s model as it was the same manufacturer of a machine we had decades ago. We were told it was the first of the model to be sold in the US and told it would satisfy all of my fabrication needs. It was very uncomfortable to operate and overly complicated to program and run. I had nothing but issues and considered myself lucky if I didn’t have to call the manufacturer more than once a day to get the machine functioning so I could complete jobs. I wasted countless hours and destroyed material trying to jump through hoops to bend simple profiles with this machine. For almost a year I had nothing but issues from programming and simple functioning of my European model, not knowing from day to day if I would even be able to fabricate what my installers needed to complete jobs. In 16 years of operating this type of equipment, I’ve never had so many issues. I ultimately returned the machine to the manufacturer.
I then contacted you to look at and operate Roper machines of the capacity I required. You diligently researched contractors on the west coast that used those AUTOBRAKES and arranged for me to visit them.
As soon as I had my Roper 1014K up and running, it was making us money. Completing tasks without fail, functioning day in and day out, doing all that I asked of it. The ease of use, ease of maintenance, the taller table and the ability to switch to the segmented tooling in a snap had me grinning ear to ear. My 1014K was and continues to be a breath of fresh air. I’ve had my new Roper over 6 months and I’ve only had to call Roper service 3 times. Each time there was an almost immediate response and resolution, something else that was lacking with the European manufacturer.
I want to thank you and Roper for designing such a great, reliable piece of equipment, coupled with outstanding customer service that can be relied on without fail. You never know how bad you had it until you have it good. Our company certainly appreciates Roper Whitney’s efforts to furnish equipment that can actually do what we require for our success.
D&D Roofing and Sheet Metal
Cowin Construction: A Classic Coppersmith for Over 30 Years
Daniel Cowin is a custom coppersmith and he and his team have extensive knowledge in copper fabrication, working in the old world style fabrication to provide high quality residential and commercial copper work to their customers.
“I bought my first Tennsmith equipment at the age of 19 and have been using it for 30 years. I have completed many projects in metal and copper in those years.
The Autobrake is a sheet metal solution like I have never encountered. From hand tools, to pan breaks, and 10 foot manual brakes, the ease of use and repeatability are unmatched. The ability of a single worker to manipulate the material and operate the brake are a major asset in our environment. What used to take a second person to handle the project, and operate the manual clamping/bending at either end, has been virtually eliminated. Accessing the touchscreen interface, you are able to create profiles and programs to bend an unending assortment of metal products. The function of material corrections allows for the same profile to be used across an assortment of gauges and compositions, and once set, result in very repeatable products.
We are continually amazed at the reduced layout time, reduction in man hours, and consistency with which the brake performs. Within moments, a profile can be retrieved, adjusted if necessary to compensate for a new material, and the expected product can be generated. With the Autobrake, we are able to offer the customer virtually any metal product, and once profiled in the system, repeat it again and again. From guttering, roofing valley metal, and even small projects with simple bends, the Autobrake is an indispensable tool in our shop. The bump radius function allows for a broad offering of guttering and cornice products, and the other capabilities of the unit and what a skilled operator can accomplish are beyond the scope of what I can write in this review.
If you are looking for a brake that can offer accurate repeatability, excellent end product, and maximum use of workforce, the Autobrake is the tool to have.
I have found the Tennsmith/Roper Whitney equipment to be the best in the business and plan to continue to purchase and use it now and in the years to come.”
Daniel Cowin Construction, LLC
Metallic Products Automax
During Metalcon 2018 we had a chance to sit down with Travis Wendt, President of Metallic Products out of Houston, TX and discuss their recent AutoMax purchase and why they chose Roper Whitney.
See Here: https://youtu.be/FNvrib5K4kU
Houck Services, Inc. located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is the industry’s choice for everything from masonry/flooring repairs to roofing. Houck’s experience with Roper Whitney started three machines ago. According to John Monismith, Houck’s Operations Manager “I bet the first machine would still be here today, except our owner likes to keep our equipment updated. We are VERY satisfied with Roper Whitney…that’s why we keep buying equipment.”
As Monismith said, “They are one of the best equipment vendors we’ve used over the years. In addition to the quality machines, their sales team keeps Houck going back to RW. Their attentiveness and personalized service shows they aren’t just sales people…they truly care. When it comes to service, although seldom needed, they are responsive either via phone or sending out a tech promptly.”
Looking for a reliable company, American company that truly cares about its customers? Look no further than Roper Whitney.
Nutting-Acco is a manufacturer of non-motorized material handling equipment. Located in Watertown, South Dakota, their equipment is used in auto assembly plants, furniture warehouses, grocery warehouses, freight handling facilities and other custom applications.
In January 2017, Nutting-Acco purchased an AB 1009K Folding Machine from Roper Whitney. With many factors going into the decision, the fact that Roper Whitney is proudly made in the USA and offers service and tech support in a quicker timeframe than other manufacturers set them apart.
They knew that Roper Whitney's commitment to service and keeping their customers running was the ultimate priority. Should an issue ever arise, Roper Whitney's support can walk Nutting's maintenance department or local technician through the process to find a solution quickly.
Nutting-Acco couldn't be happier with their decision. The level of prompt service Roper Whitney provides is unparalleled.
FLC Systems, a division of FL Crane and Sons, fabricates metal wall panels, trim and miscellaneous accessories. When selecting a manufacturer, FLC Systems chose a 12'14'K Autobrake from Roper Whitney because they could deliver the equipment they needed faster than anyone else. Since it was purchased in the Summer of 2016, their Autobrake has done everything they needed and more.
In addition to the performance of the machine, FLC Systems has been delighted with the service received by the Roper Whitney team. As Chris Martin, Division President, stated: ``Roper Whitney has been great to work with, they routinely call to check in with us and make sure we aren't having any issues. When we have had an issue or question, they have always helped us in any way possible. I really like the fact that we are working with an American-made product. We don't have to call someone overseas for support when we have a problem. Not to mention, they build a top notch very high-quality product.``
CEI is in the architectural sheet metal business and our machine runs a minimum of 40 hours per week. In 2016, we purchased an Automax 200, 14-gauge long folder.
This is the third folder we have purchased from Roper Whitney over the past 20 years, and their customer service has provided a seamless transaction from start to finish each time. The Automax 200 is the work horse we were looking for and has been everything Roper Whitney promised. It is easy to program and adjust and produces a great 20-foot product. We are so glad we bought American-made and cannot imagine buying from another company in the future.
- George Cook, Senior Manager, CEI Michigan LLC
Whitefield Roofing needed to make some modern day improvements to a 58-year-old copper roof on a church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The old roof was 16 ounce copper, batten seam with transverse seams. It was originally done with hand breaks. For the new roof, Whitefield wanted to install 20 ounce copper. They purchased Roper Whitney's American-made 10M14 mechanical shear. These shears utilize a simple low maintenance design, coupled with an array of standard features that results in high value and solid performance.
They also purchased the Autobrake 1014K. The Autobrake combines automated bending of angles up to 145°, material clamping, and material support into a single CNC controlled system employing wing bending techniques. The equipment provided the perfect amount of precision the company needed to get the job done!