TKM – The Knife Manufacturers

There is much more to us than being “The Knife Manufacturers”. For more than 100 years, the TKM Group as a family business, stands for quality and sustainability in products and services. As the world market leader, it is our ambition to develop highly efficient tools and solutions with innovative ideas and advanced technology, all the while setting sustainable trends to help our customers.

Author: TKM GmbH

The satisfaction of our customers, from the small craftsman’s workshop to the global industrial company, has always been, and still is, the focus of our activities. We guarantee optimal customer proximity and competent support through our worldwide network of our own sales, service, and production companies as well as through the high qualification and continuous training of our employees. Our motivation is always to find the best solution for our customers. All of the knowledge and experience we obtain from our customer interactions in all industries we serve we transfer forward, therefore increasing the quality of products, optimizing production times and reducing customer cost.

Our paper cutting knives convince with improved cuts and lifetime, reduced cutting pression and dust formation


Based on high quality raw material, the TKM GmbH executes all production steps, on fully automatic machines located in-house. Unique: as an example, each TKM log saw blade is, before the delivery, inspected to all dimensional values by the most modern automated inspection equipment available.
This includes the important step of dynamic balance. Additionally, an internal record is established for each log saw blade for future tracking purposes. The high quality and consistency of the log saw blade in combination with the technical service provides significant cost reduction on the customer side.

The details

The quality of a tool starts with the raw material. Therefore, TKM utilizes for since many years a middle-sized, German steel manufacturer, which specializes in high quality tool steels. Furthermore TKM invests every year into new and fully automatic machines and inspection equipment. The latest investment has been a fully automatic heat treatment furnace, to guarantee the highest possible hardness and consistency of the steel structure.
The blades move, step by step, through different and fully automated grinding processes before they arrive at our unique and proprietary, sharpening device. Every blade gets sharpened, a dynamic balance check and a check of axial and radial runout as well as the stiffness/tension measurement to specification follow. Finally, all relevant parameters and an individual blade number is engraved on every blade, so that TKM is able to trace every single blade.

Cost reduction through the highest possible productivity of the converting lines

The application of log saw blades is quite complex. Mounted on a rotating arm with an additional axial movement and regularly sharpened by CBN grinding wheels, the blade needs to cut tissue paper rolls on different types of machines. Additionally, the tissue paper rolls have very different characteristics (i.e. composition of paper and core, number of plies, diameters, hardness, type of embossing and types of glue). Therefore, training and a survey are customized for every customer and a standard technical service we provide twice a year. The survey considers all machine parameters and, as well the condition of the machine, the log saw blade, and the grinding CBN wheels.

The technical training with all persons who are involved in the cutting applications, considers the problems on the cutting application per machine. In conjunction with the customer, the TKM experts work out step by step options for improvements on the cutting quality and/or the life time of the equipment.
During 2020 we added two more tools, to be closer to our customers:

  • The TKM Group App, available for Apple and Android, includes a trouble shooting of the most common problems with the log saw blade application. All our customers can use the app for free. Try it out.
  • With the introduction of our new App, we are building a simple but efficient TKM performance centre. This will be an easy access channel for our customers to connect and access our services. Our experts have a deep understanding of the cutting applications of your tissue roll converting lines. With remote connections and tools, we provide the needed support and guidance without delay.

The TKM Group serves a wide range of industries within the paper industry


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