TMW Introduces Next Gen EPS
The Material Works, Red Bud, Ill., has developed the next evolution in EPS technology. EPS Generation 4 is a redesign of nearly every aspect of EPS technology – from slurry flow to a radically different cabinet configuration to the new EPS Scalebreaker accompanying the EPS cell.
With Generation 4, carbon-free EPS pickling has reached $12 per ton, TMW claims. That means the EPS cost advantage over acid pickling is even greater with Gen 4.
The advantage is magnified for steel grades that are notoriously difficult to pickle with acid, such as AHSS, silicon steel and stainless. To help explain what that cost advantage may be for a given situation, TMW has updated the EPS Cost Calculator to feature the Gen 4 Cell.
The Generation 4 EPS Cell is simpler, yet more efficient and powerful than previous models. In fact, a Gen 4 Cell uses only four slurry turbines, yet it descales at 75 percent of the rate of a Generation 3 Cell that used eight turbines.
For more information, visit www.thematerialworks.com
.ASP Offers Variety of Levelers
American Steel Products supplies all types of levelers.
Advantages of the large roll leveler/processor/flatteners offered by ASP include little to no maintenance, heavy duty construction that accommodates overloads due to yield or gauge variation, large universals and gears running in oil, and adjustability with crowned pinch rolls, the company claims.
Additionally, the products produce uniform stress lines, eliminating the need for skin pass rolling or stretcher leveling. The machines are not sensitive to change in thickness or yield strength through the coil.
For more information, visit www.americansteel.com
. COE Creates Calculators
COE Press Equipment is offering “Science Behind the Solution” calculators, a series of software utilities based upon actual FEA data used to prove to customers that proposed coil processing equipment can meet their processing requirements, as well as optimizing various operations.
“Since the introduction of dual- and triple- phase steels, we’ve seen customers sold equipment that was promised to process these materials, but unable to deliver,” said COE President Reid Coe. “Our engineering department built these calculators to verify that our equipment can withstand the forces generated in any particular application so that companies can be confident in their investment.”
The calculators require COE to plug in customer parameters, such as material to be processed, required speeds, etc., and once the information is entered, a special algorithm indicates the processing requirements of the equipment. COE has calculators that help determine the right processing equipment as well as ones that can help determine optimal operating parameters.
For more information, visit www.coepress.com
. AFC Adds Thermal Imaging
Automatic Feed Co., has added Thermal Imaging to its service offerings for troubleshooting and diagnosis of coil processing equipment repairs. Heat can often be an early symptom of equipment issues, making thermal imaging an effective tool for preventive maintenance, helping to avoid equipment failures, extensive downtime and the associated costs.
Thermal imaging is used to produce images of the infrared energy being emitted from components, helping to detect properly energized areas as well as hot spots – areas indicating overly-high temperatures. An elevated temperature can be indicative of an internal defect, an airflow blockage, faulty coolant flow, coolant leakage or overheated water/coolant, as well as an under-performing or incorrectly performing component.
In addition to preventive maintenance offerings, the company offers leveler calibrations and rebuilds, pneumatic and hydraulic lubrication repairs, remote diagnostics, preventive maintenance, repair upgrades for both equipment and controls, supply of spare parts, operator and maintenance training and many others.
For more information, visit www.automaticfeed.com
.LaserCoil Intros Virtual Controller
LaserCoil Technologies LLC has announced its Virtual Controller, which can run the company’s coil-fed laser blanking systems virtually using true production rates and enabling the optimization of nesting patterns for maximum material utilization or cycle times, as well as detecting any programming issues prior to running a program using actual material. An enhancement to the company’s LaserCoilCAM software, it only takes a matter of minutes to create a program and run it on the Virtual Controller.
The LaserCoilCAM software allows operators, even those with little experience, to quickly create an optimized program. Material parameters (type and thickness) are selected. Critical cutting parameters are imported based on the material parameters. A 2D CAD file is imported, and the nesting pattern is created for a material width that optimizes material usage, or the programmer can input a specific coil width that they need to nest the part in. The programmer can also select any grain constraint requirement during the nesting process.
For more information, visit www.lasercoil.com
.ARKU Precision Levelers
Manufacturing needs to be flexible and so should your equipment. Regardless of how demanding leveling requirements might get, ARKU has you covered.
ARKU manufactures precision levelers to ensure complete flatness for parts, sheets and plates with reduced internal stresses – for materials as thin as 0.005 inches up to a max. thickness of 2.4 inches. Compared to other methods, ARKU’s levelers deliver perfectly flat and nearly stress-free materials in a matter of seconds, allowing for subsequent processing to become more efficient and cost effective. Ultimately, it leads to a higher final product quality.
Thanks to the precision, quality and flexibility of these levelers, the choice is simple. The comprehensive lineup of ARKU precision levelers allows for optimal product quality and process reliability that will put your business a step ahead of the competition, the company claims.
For more information, visit www.arku.com