Heidtman Adds Levelers to 2 Pickle Lines
By Metal Center News Staff
on Jan 7, 2019
Heidtman Steel, Toledo, Ohio, has completed installation of two Bradbury hydraulic levelers on its pickling lines in Granite City, Ill., and Butler, Ind. Both lines have been re-engineered to include Bradbury’s 17-Roll hydraulic levelers with e-Drive technology. This is the first time that Bradbury e-Drive levelers have been installed in pickle lines.
“The capital investment of $1.5 million has enabled us to statically upgrade these pickling lines,” said Heidtman Corporate Engineer Ben Shinkle. “Because each pickling line is configured differently, we had to install the units at different positions. Granite City necessitated post acid tank positioning, while Butler was installed in a pre-acid tank configuration. Among the benefits we have realized are improved shape and surface, more efficient line speeds, and less cropping scrap.”
The Bradbury Group combines the expertise of The Bradbury Co., Inc. and Athader S.L. to provide solutions for lean manufacturing, scrap reduction, and highly efficient coil processing and slitting lines.