Metlsaw Systems Inc., Benicia, CA, is a manufacturer of plate, cut off, extrusion, cold and combination saws for industrial metalworking and plastics production applications. Metlsaw differentiates itself by producing saws which offer a unique combination of accuracy, speed and automation advancements. This combination allows precision-manufactured parts to be cut once, with little or no subsequent machining required. What enables the Metlsaw fully automatic cut off saw to offer such high precision positioning tolerances is the use of a linear encoder for closed loop feedback of the back gage position.