Friday, August 26, 2016

What To Do When Your Roll Feed Gets Old And Cranky? Consider A Feed Lease Servo Retro Fit.

Just like people, your roll feed ages over time. And given the tough and demanding environment where they “live,” it’s no surprise that with all that wear and tear, they don’t age gracefully. Even if they did, the electronic controls are only supported for about ten years before they become obsolete (which, incidentally, is far better than can be said for that iPhone or smart phone in your bag). What to do?

This is where a Feed Lease Servo Retro Fit comes into play.

So it’s the middle of the afternoon and your roll feed starts acting funny. Or it stops acting altogether. Either way, you’re in a jam.

You try to patch it up. Again. And why not? It worked the last two times. But this time, it doesn’t.

Now you’re left wondering, Is it the motor? The controls? Something else?
Enter Feed Lease.

A trained, professional technician will come to your rescue - minus the spandex and cape, of course. The technician will perform an onsite evaluation right there on your machine floor to determine if your issue can be fixed with a servo retro fit. They often can, with the drive being sized to your specifications to meet the needs of your old machine as it was originally built.

And if it can’t be fixed with a retro fit, or doing so is not the best economical choice in the long run, you’ll be given other options to fit your needs.

But what if my equipment is not from Feed Lease?

No problem. We’re all about what we call equal opportunity repairing.

So if it’s old and cranky and in need of help, we don’t care where you got it. We’ll help you bring it, and your factory floor, back up to speed.

Now if only it were that easy for people.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Feed Lease Full Installation Process Includes Confidence At No Extra Cost

Picture it.

A brand spankin’ new Feed Lease press line. Just installed. It’s a sight to behold.

And soon, you’re remembering with fondness the process to get this piece of equipment all the way from concept to factory floor. (Go ahead. Insert flashback scenario and time traveling music here.) It went something like this:

1. You chose Feed Lease.

You heard about their stellar customer service and commitment to work with you through the entire installation process. You heard that they’d provide turn-key if needed, including trucking, rigging on sites, locating the equipment with the possibility of outside contractors, and supervision of the entire process, as well as training.

So kudos on that decision. Good move.

2. You placed your order.

You were able to do this with confidence, knowing that the dedicated and factory-trained technicians at Feed Lease would build your line to your specifications and test everything to be sure it was all in top running condition.

3. You waited eagerly for its arrival like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.

Well, that might be an exaggeration.

But it was a good feeling when the equipment showed up on the truck, the riggers off-loaded it onto your factory floor, put it in place, then leveled it, anchored it and aligned it with lasers. (Nothing space-age here; lasers are just the most accurate and precise way to do alignment these days.)

4. You worked with the friendly technicians from Feed Lease in coordinating final interconnections.  

Once those interconnections were coordinated (electric, pneumatic, etc.) you looked on as the technicians powered up and tested the system, loaded material into the machine, then ran it and tested it.

This is when it started to feel REAL.

5. You were wondering if your in-house technicians and operators would be up for the challenge of this new machinery.

You didn’t need to worry though.

Once initial installation was done, Feed Lease happily worked with your operators and maintenance people to go through the process of proper operations, function, adjustments, various features of the equipment and how to make those adjustments.

They also worked with each individual group to target their needs. For example, with the maintenance personnel, they walked through pieces of the equipment pointing out areas that pertain to them specifically, like filters and lubrication.

After that, you and others in your company may or may not have high-fived the techs. They’re just that friendly.

More than satisfied with the prompt and courteous service and the professional manner of the service techs, you knew the time had come to bid them farewell.

But wait.

That wasn’t the end of your story.

Because at Feed Lease, out of sight is not out of mind.

After the installation process was physically complete, you later received an owner’s manual for your equipment.


You’ve never heard of any of their competition offering such a thing.

And here is what was contained in that manual:

A detailed explanation of the equipment
Safety warnings and recommendations
Installation guidelines and recommendations
Specific instructional documents regarding operation and functions of various features of the     machines
Recommended preventative maintenance
Complete parts list
Recommended spare parts list
Assembly drawings with parts lists
Hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic schematics and parts list
Troubleshooting guide

This wasn’t some flimsy little number written in six different languages with confusing illustrations either.

Feed Lease spent three years putting together these manuals with controls engineering professionals providing proper documents and drawings. And there is one specific manual for each specific machine.

Feed Lease feels there can never be too much information as far as operational procedures.

So with your brand new equipment and that operator’s manual in hand, you feel confident that you’ll have your new press line for a long time to come.

And Feed Lease is confident too.

Great job.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

At Feed Lease, Nothing Stamps Out The Importance Of Customer Service

When you take the step to purchase metal stamping equipment, you’re making an investment in the future of your company. So of course you want the peace of mind that the entire process, from placing your order to full operation on the factory floor, goes as smoothly as possible.

We get this.

That’s why we place the same premium on constructing quality machinery and components as we do on customer service.

And frankly, we just plain like the opportunity to build relationships with customers and help them improve their operations.

It all starts with dedicated, trained and qualified service technicians.

Our factory trained service technicians are one of a kind.

They understand not only the installation process and proper functionality of each piece, but are also able to troubleshoot if there’s a problem. They also have comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the area of the machinery and controls.

To put it in simple terms, they understand the application of our equipment.

Yeah, sure there are people who can do installs. But you want more than just someone going through the motions. Especially if they don’t understand how the specific equipment was designed to be used because then they won’t be able to explain it to anybody else.

And when it comes to explaining the equipment to anybody else, our technicians are top of line. Beyond just knowing their stuff, they’re patient, respectful and kind. We expect as much. And so should you. Add to that the value of their being able to handle stressful situations because, well, let’s face it, things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. 

They also understand urgency and the importance of time, so they won’t waste yours.

The bottom line, proper training ensures a smooth launch, leading to an effective and efficient system - which is what you’re really purchasing.

Speaking of a smooth launch, Feed Lease is with you through the entire installation process.


Our start-up process insures that everything is operating correctly and as designed. After all, proper installation is crucial for equipment to operate accurately and effectively.

And we can provide the whole package including delivery, laser alignment, components, rigging, pneumatics, electrical, testing and troubleshooting.

Feed Lease’s customers range from metal stampers with a few small presses to larger tier-one and -two stampers with multiple presses spread out over many facilities. So whether it’s your first or your seventy-first machine, we provide the same attention and care to getting you up and running.

And once you’re set to go, you’ll receive an owner’s manual.

Our competition can’t say that.

We spent years generating these owner manuals, working with a collective of highly experienced engineers, technicians and other specialists to get the exact specifications as they apply to each individual machine.

After all, don’t you want the full return on your investment?

We’re committed to getting you that return faster.

And we’ll do it with a smile.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Shankshot Redemption

Your friends and business partners at Feed Lease will be attending this year’s Annual PMA Golf Outings in Grand Haven, MI on June 13 and in Cleveland on June 16. We’d love to see you there to find out what’s new with you, hear what’s going on with us, play some golf and basically, socialize. It doesn’t matter how well we play. For us, it’s refreshing and rejuvenating just to get out from behind our desks and away from the shop for a minute.

Of course, if we’re being honest, we know we’re not totally getting away. Business will undoubtedly sneak onto the links – it always has and always will. Doing business on the golf course may be a tired stereotype, but it still happens. And as well it should. Golf provides the perfect atmosphere for business communication, decision making and selling.

First, since it’s not likely anyone on your foursome is a scratch golfer, there will be a fair amount of shanking, slicing and hooking from everyone. Golf has a way, sometimes a very cruel way, of leveling the playing field. And in fact, the hillier and more undulating the course, the more level that playing field becomes.

Suddenly, that competitor CEO isn’t such an impenetrable force. He or she is just like me, wandering around the rough trying to find my ball. There is common ground to be found at a golf outing. Back in business, our relationship may be ‘them’ versus ‘us.’ But on the golf course, it’s both of us versus little white dimpled balls and a holes in the ground.

On the course, dare I say, we’re partners. We’re even friends. Like a bunch of kids playing in a sandbox. Well, hopefully not too many of the sandboxes.

Everything you encounter in business, you’ll encounter at a golf outing. There’s a lot of planning, a lot of time spent lining things up. Both settings present possibilities for hope, success, disappointment and immense satisfaction. Just like in business, there are times on the course when you just have to survive a hole. You have to play through the failure. You get all your ducks in a row, you take your shot, and for some unknown reason, you end up hitting one of the ducks.

Or worse, a duck picks up the ball and walks away with it. That happens all the time on golf courses and in board rooms.

In the end, though, golf outings like the Annual PMA Golf Outings are all about the golf, recreation, getting out into nature, beer carts, steak dinners, door prizes and, under the best possible playing conditions, getting commitments for future orders.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Do Your Coils Need To Be Cradled?

What’s old is new again. Coil cradles are making a big comeback these days. But here at Feed Lease, they never went away. We’ve been building the kings of coil containment with rugged, heavy-duty steel construction and hardened nest rolls all along, although in recent years they’ve been upgraded and refined with enhanced features. 

Coil cradles don’t get promoted as much, but there are several benefits to choosing them over more conventional coil-reel-based lines. They are generally less expensive and, depending on the application, cradles can be a more effective and efficient way to handle thicker materials since they are ideal for thicknesses between .060 inches and .75 inches, including high strength materials. That also makes them particularly useful for fineblanking applications. 

Cradles may have you thinking of babies rocking, but there’s nothing delicate about Feed Lease coil cradles. They can handle coil weights ranging from 4,000 to 60,000 pounds, and widths from two inches to 84 inches. Surely, those material capacities can satisfy almost any application.

Coil cradles are a good choice because they will generally require less floor space than a conventional feeding system. They also offer excellent containment as materials stay within the confines of the entire system.

Coil cradles are simple to operate; so less-experienced people can work the machine. That’s important with employee turnover and rising labor costs.

Today, Feed Lease coil cradles feature AC variable frequency drives that provide automatic variable payout speeds and inside plates that are independently adjustable to handle a variety of widths. Our cradles are also available with inline pinch rolls or powered straighteners; curved material deflectors for loop confinement, flip-open chutes for loading and a peeler/debender to peel the leading edge and backbend for threading.

So, are you ready to take a step back in history to save money and floor space? Give us a call at 248-377-0000 and we’ll get your coils cradled asap.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Congratulations! It's an ERP!

coil handling equipment, decoiler, uncoiler, coil cradles, upender,

We adopted an enterprise resource planning software package (ERP) at Feed Lease. Perhaps “given birth to” the software is a better description since we felt like we were going through contractions, hyperventilating and feeling an intense pressure to push during its early installation. 

But now that our baby is mostly up and running, we are experiencing some of the joys ERP’s bring to businesses. Still, this whole process of transforming our business to operate at a much higher level of efficiency has been our greatest undertaking. And while this transition will probably take 12-18 months to be fully realized, we all see it as very promising. (Twelve to 18 months...that’s when children start walking on their own, right?)

Just as the addition of a baby changes everything for parents, adjusting to our new ERP has been both challenging and eye-opening. How our business operated without an ERP was a lot like how the human body operates on junk food. It’ll run on junk food, but it won’t be as healthy, predictable and energized as it could be. You’ll never get peak performance from junk food. The ERP has allowed us to see that peak performance is well within our reach. And that’s very exciting for us.

The whole process isn’t without its trepidations. You have to expect some level of anxiety when you go from using a hammer and chisel to the space age overnight. We’re all electronic now. We’ve gone digital and now, nothing can happen unless it’s in the system. Deals we used to do over the phone have to be done within the ERP.  

But that inconvenience is way overshadowed by the information that is now instantly available at our fingertips. Data analysis, which we lagged in, is instantaneous.

If nothing else, and there is a ton of “else,” the ERP is letting us see down the road. Operating efficiencies, accuracy in reporting, data, cost breakdowns; this system will positively affect our entire processing system in terms of time and money. 

We understand there is little instant gratification in the early days of this 12-18 month implementation. We’re changing a lot of dirty diapers. But we have all the tools we need now for success and most of them were already a part of us: our strong, cohesive team. Our family. Who better to help us grow and nurture this ERP? 

You know, I just realized if you change the “E” in ERP to a “U,” you get something else newborns do. 

Looking for more information from Feed Lease? We are the experts in coil handling equipment, coil cradles and more. Visit our website today to learn about all the products and services we provide!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Zig-Zag Is In. Are You?

Imagine a customer ordering and receiving a press mounted Zig-Zag Roll Feed and you're on your way to enjoying your own bliss. One Ohio customer recently learned that he could rake in the savings with the Roll Feed Model RFZZ-3-24 Zig-Zag.

Not only could he run multiple blanks out of a single strip, his metal stamper roll feeds guaranteed him optimization in part output, which in turn, minimized his web scrap.

Consider for a moment what he now sees happening within his own shop - multiple out blanks based on blank diameter for added scrap savings.

This Ohio customer has seen the light when it comes to the Zig-Zag Roll Feed Model RFZZ-3-24, and so can you!

Discover the mechanics of Zig-Zag roll feeds. They are mounted on linear rails and can be programmed to move up to 6" in either direction. Up to three 3.25" blank can then be stamped. The Zig-Zag is height adjustable and is entrance self-centering. Zig-Zag Roll Feed Model RFZZ-3-24, can accept a maximum stock width of 24" (61 cm), a maximum stock thickness of .125 (3.1 mm), and finally, a maximum side shuttle of 12" (30.5 cm). The Zig-Zag also provides hand crank adjustment and V-Grooved edge guides.

Take a look at the other model sizes to suit almost any application and you're on your way to additional bliss.

Try your own hand at a Zig-Zag; you don't even have to live in Ohio.

Call us! We will be more than happy to provide you with a proposal with full specifications.

Maximum Material Yield? Are you getting the most out of your material?

Get the Feed Lease Zig-Zag advantage to optimize part output and gain scrap savings of up to 13%!
Feed Lease Servo Driven Zig-Zag roll feeds can get you the boost you deserve. Simply enter the Blank Diameter, Web Width, Strip Width and 2 or 3 blanks out of the strip to achieve optimal material yield and maximum savings.

Feed Lease Zig-Zag roll feeds are available in a wide variety of width, thickness and blank diameter capacities and come with numerous standard features. Fully programmable and available press mounted or cabinet mounted, the roll feed rides on linear rails for smooth, accurate operation. A servo driven ball screw drives the X-axis while a second servo drive simultaneously advances the Y-axis for optimal positioning. Entrance and exit self-centering, hand crank adjustable, V-grooved, edge guides provide consistent, accurate guiding through the roll feed and into your die.

Call today with your requirements and get the Feed Lease Zig-Zag advantage! You can also contact us on the web! We look forward to working with you!