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Red Bud Launches T Series Stretch Levelers
Red Bud Industries has been building Stretcher Levelers since 1986. With almost 55 Stretcher Levelers sold worldwide, Red Bud Industries has earned a reputation as a leader in the design and production of stretcher leveling technology.  
In addition to producing whole lines, Red Bud Industries has retrofitted many other manufacturers’ lines with Stretcher Levelers. RBI has retrofits around the world and has been doing so for many years. The company says it can work with virtually any existing line to deliver the enhanced capability a Stretcher Leveler can offer.  
Red Bud’s “T Series” Stretch Levelers are the next evolution in stretcher leveling technology.  The design is the first to incorporate a bolt-together, tie-rod construction. These machines are floor-mounted, require minimal foundation work and come in fixed bed lengths up to 50 feet. Stretch Levelers are also significantly less expensive and have lower overall maintenance costs than comparable temper mill cut-to-length lines, Red Bud claims. 
Depending on the model, these Stretcher Leveler units can handle material thicknesses from .039 inches all the way up to 1 inch on the same machine.  RBI’s Stretch Levelers also include Quick Draw technology that produces the fastest cycle times on the planet. In addition, the SUREGRIP System features adjustable clamping pressure and specially designed non-slip, long-life metallic grippers, which won’t slip even when running high strength and/or oily material.
For more information, visit www.redbudindustries.com

Dienes Debuts New Knife
Dienes Corporation, Spencer, Mass., has introduced a new knife material grade specially designed for slitting advanced high-strength steels.  The new “High Wear” knife grade extends knife life and reduces the total cost of ownership on the knives and rubber rings sets when compared to standard tooling grades.  
The High Wear MN27s offer excellent cutting results due to the ultra-high wear resistance and toughness characteristics. The knives have been field-tested and are capable of slitting Martensite grades with tensile strengths up to 290KSI (2000MPa).  
As the metals industry continues to develop stronger materials, equipment manufactures and tooling manufactures alike are adapting to overcome today’s new processing challenges. The customer demand for higher quality and process automation continues to pave the way for innovation in the coil processing industry. Dienes Corporation and Messerfabrik Neuenkamp GmbH has made advancements in slitting technology and processing automation with their development of specialized tooling for Automated Tooling Robots – a trend that has seen an uptick globally and is now in operation in the U.S. 
For more information, call 618-606-0152 or email dgoodloe@dienesusa.com

ARKU Precision Levelers
Manufacturing needs to be flexible and so should your equipment.  Arku can meet the challenge of any leveling requirement, the company claims.
ARKU manufactures precision levelers to ensure complete flatness for sheets, parts 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 leveling methods, ARKU’s levelers deliver perfectly flat and nearly stress-free materials in only a matter of minutes, allowing for subsequent processing to become more efficient and cost effective. Ultimately, it will lead to a higher final product quality.   
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, Arku claims. 
For more information, visit www.arku.com

Schnutz Specializes in Leveling Perforated Sheets
Schnutz GmbH is part of the b+s group and specializes in sheet metal levelers. The company is the oldest manufacturer of levelers and sold its first machines in 1882. Today, the company is the global technology leader in the field of  high-precision leveling machines. 
One of Schnutz’s specialties is precision levelers for the perforated metal industry. Perforated sheets often have deformations due to their manufacturing process. Yet perforated sheets often have extreme flatness requirements. Schnutz offers its customers specially developed precision levelers for this purpose.
All Schnutz levelers are commissioned and tested at the manufacturing plant before delivery to the customer. The machines are delivered “ready to work. “ Of course, Schnutz offers intensive on-site instruction and training for the operators. The machines are equipped with a modern control system and an extremely user-friendly HMI.
A lot of its customers have several Schnutz machines, making Schnutz available to its customers as a long-term partner.
Even though the machines are “made in Germany,” well-trained service personnel in the U.S. is available.
For more information, visit www.schnutz.com.

AutoSync Separates Drives
As part of Machine Concepts’ ongoing effort to develop new technologies, the company has introduced a patented roller leveler drive called AutoSync.  This drive train design allows for a rotation speed differential between the entry and exit work rolls.  
In a roller leveler with a standard drive train, all the work rolls are the same diameter and are geared together.  Consequently, all the work rolls must rotate at the same speed.  
However, when leveling material, the entry work rolls are nested deeper than the exit work rolls.  This elongates the material and levels it.  However, since the exit rolls are geared to the same rotation speed as the entry rolls, the elongated material has nowhere to go.  The extra length accumulates between the work rolls of the leveler until it is forced through the exit work rolls.  This causes excessive wear on the drive components and wastes a large portion of the energy the leveler consumes.
AutoSync Drive separates the drive for the entry work rolls from the drive of the exit work rolls.  This drive separation allows for different rotation speeds between the entry and exit work rolls, enhancing the leveling process while reducing energy consumption.  It also extends the life of the drive train components.  
For more information, call 419-628-3498 or visit www.machineconcepts.com.

AFC Intros Dual Cassette Change Table
Automatic Feed Company has announced the availability of its Automatic Dual Cassette Change Table for use with the AFCO HD-HSS or XLC-HSS cassette levelers.  These tables enable two cassettes to be stored and automatically changed out in under five minutes for the processing of different materials. This reduces downtime and improves production output.
The Dual Cassette Change Table is available in either a permanent position style or a version where the table folds away, allowing space for the operator to walk between the press line and the shifting table. Both styles come with perimeter fencing and a gate. 
With the HD-HSS model, capable of processing materials from 0.5 to 4 millimeters thick,  and widths up to 2,134 millimeters, the tables are suited for changeover of the same-size cassettes. With the XLC-HSS model, capable of processing thicknesses of 0.5 to 6 millimeters for materials up to 2,134 millimeters wide, cassettes of different-sized work rolls can be stored and changed out by the Automated Cassette Change Tables.
A key benefit of the AFCO cassette klevelers is that a single leveler can handle a broader range of thicknesses for various different materials.  The XLC-HSS leveler offers interchangeable cassettes with different roll diameters and spacing to meet specific material processing requirements. In general, cassette style levelers provide easy access for machine inspection, cleaning and maintenance, the company claims. For more information, visit www.automaticfeed.com.

Flat Trak Uses AI to Analyze Strip
Bradbury’s Flat Trak CL Strip Evaluation system is the company’s technological evolution that utilizes Artificial Intelligence to analyze strip condition and provide suggested adjustments to the leveler to process flat material. 
Flat Trak CL continuously scans the strip surface for shape defects. The included video monitor depicts actual shape conditions in real time and allows the operator to make an informed decision for adjustment to improve flatness. The operator can adjust the leveler and see in real time how the changes affect material shape.
When installed with the Bradbury eDrive Leveler, the Flat Trak CL System can automatically adjust the leveler to maintain a flat strip, allowing the operator to focus on other production-line tasks. 
For more information, visit www.bradburygroup.com.