Equipment upgrades included changing the reel from traveling to stationary, replacing the stationary coil lift with a traveling coil car, a new heavy duty peeler-threader hold down station and a new threading table. Additionally, individual components such as straightener bearings, rolls, gears and idler shafts were replaced as needed.
New configurations and line modifications included changing the direction of the reel and straightener, changing the straightener from an “incline” head to standard, changing from an overhead loop to a standard loop area, relocating all operator controls for the new feed direction, and repairing damage to straightener keyways.
Additionally, the entire system was upgraded to a new ServoMaster Controller and motorized passline height adjustment to improve set-up and reliability of the servo-feed.
All combined, this $150,000 in upgrades will provide the company with another 15+ years of dependable performance, plus save them about $125,000 additional money that new equipment would have required.