Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One Great Relationship Leads to Three Coil Handling Equipment Lines Built, Delivered and Installed in One Plant

In business, just like in life, great relationships are everything.

In more than 45 years building and installing the coiling feeding and coil handling equipment that moves the stamping industry we’ve established some great relationships with great companies and great people.

There’s a quote we found from a guy who calls himself the “pit bull of personal development”, named Larry Winget. It sums up how we do business:

“Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it.”

That about says it all when it comes to our approach to designing and building coil handling equipment. Whether it’s a single space saver machine for a regional stamping shop, or building and installing three complete lines to feed and straighten coil for global companies like Tower International, we approach every job that same way.

In the case of Tower, just last month we finished delivery of a conventional complete line system with a max capacity of 36” and 20,000 pounds.  The system was the 2nd of three we’re building and installing at a Johnson Controls stamping plant in Ramos, Mexico.  The third line, going in this month, is a 72”, 50,000 pounds capacity Reel/Feeder/Straightener Combination.

We put in a Space Saver line at Johnson Controls plant in Athens, Tennessee about six years ago, but it was our work for Tower that set us up for this joint venture. After working with them on their Elkton, Michigan and Bluffton, Ohio plants they stipulated using only Feed Lease machines at the Ramos plant. There’s not a better compliment than your customers demanding their colleagues and partners do business with you.

We used Allen Bradley controls in all the lines and built and delivered all three coil handling systems within the 18-20 week timeframes they needed. 

The 72” Reel/Feeder/Straightener Combination line included a magnetic tail out servo feed. Adding the magnetic tail out may seem like a small thing, but when it saves you losing 8’ of scrap per roll, we think it’s kind of a big deal.

Turning that 8’ of scrap into usable metal means more parts from every coil, higher productivity and more efficiency on every stamping run they do. When it’s feasible to do in the facility, we think it’s worth doing.

Like all of our turnkey installations we provided on-site operator training with the new machines and systems.  Making sure everything is running smooth and all the people actually working with the machines can use them is just part of the package.

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