The Bradbury Group announces the addition of Thomas Hofstetter to its North American customer service and sales support team. As a Service Technician for The Bradbury Group, he will focus on servicing Athader equipment and customers. Athader, located in Renteria, Spain, is a company within The Bradbury Group and a world-recognized supplier of technologically advanced, customized slitting and cut-to-length lines. With hundreds of coil processing lines operating on five continents, Athader has improved customer productivity and coil processing operations for 30 years.
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Nova Steel Inc. recently purchased a Heavy Gauge Slitting Line from Athader S.L., a member of The Bradbury Group. The line, to be installed in the Nova Steel and Tube LLC plant in Delta, OH, will slit 0.500” x 74” x 80,000lb coils.
The slitting line features state-of-the-art automation, automatic coil loading, automatic slitter tooling changeover, and automatic separator changes to minimize production delays.
Steve Baker, Sales Area Manager for Athader S.L., will present "Advanced Features of Modern Coil Processing Lines" at the FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association) Coil Processing Workshop. The conference, to be held October 27 - 28, 2021, in Michigan City, IN, allows experts in the industry to share their knowledge and answer questions regarding leveling, slitting processes, controls, and more. Nine various instructional sessions will be offered at two different times throughout the two-day conference.
Steve's presentation will highlight various advancements in modern coil processing lines including Leveler Advancements for High Strength Material, Automatic Leveler Setup and Adjustments, Automatic Shape Correction, Stretcher Levelers, Rotary and Flying Shears, Sheet Inspection on the Fly, Continuous Stacking, Automation of Stack Packaging, Electrical Drives and Controls, and Online Service and Support.
When Randall Metals Corporation needed a new high-speed production slitting line, they knew they wanted the most technologically advanced, safe, and efficient line available. Flexibility and serviceability were also top requirements. After researching the options, Randall Metals purchased an Athader slitting line.
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WILLBANKS METALS TRUSTS BRADBURY'S FLAT TRAK® CL TO DELIVER ABSOLUTE FLATNESS
Willbanks Metals knows that flat material is key to making quality parts and products. They currently have a Bradbury Flat Trak® CL installed in a cut to length line. Watch their video to discover how the Flat Trak® CL system makes automatic adjustments to their Bradbury e-Drive® leveler. Willbanks Metals utilizes Flat Trak's A.I. to detect, record, and automatically adjust their Bradbury leveler to produce absolute flat material. The Flat Trak® CL system provides consistent and reliable results from shift to shift and day to day. “The goal is to deliver truly flat material so our customer can be confident that no time, effort, or money will be lost because of an unseen material shape issue” – Eric Letz, CEO/President, Willbanks Metals.
REDUCE SCRAP AND OUT OF FLAT MATERIAL
The Flat Trak® CL Strip Evaluation System is Bradbury's recent technological evolution that utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze strip condition and provide suggested adjustments to your leveler to process flat material.
How does it work? Bradbury’s 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 e•Drive® Leveler, the Flat Trak® CL System can automatically adjust the leveler to maintain a flat strip, allowing your operator to focus on other production line tasks.
Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing
Bradbury's largest leveler series to date includes a heavy gauge eDrive® leveler (U.S. Patent #8893537) and production shear, capable of processing 1.0” thick by 120” wide hot rolled steel. The leveler has 8.5” diameter work rolls, two 250 Horsepower motors and can impart up to 8,200,000 lbs. of hydraulic leveling force to the material it processes. The shear is equipped with an automated cartridge blade change system which reduces the changeover time when shear blade sharpening is required. The cartridge can be extracted from the shear’s main frame in approximately three minutes. It requires the same amount of time to reinsert the cartridge making it ready for production. The heavy-duty machinery is controlled by an industrial touchscreen PC running proprietary software. The software is intuitive, allowing for saved setup parameters for future recall.
When combined with the Bradbury Flat Trak® CL (U.S. Patent #7185519) and the Bradbury Bow Scout® (U.S. Patent #9021844), Bradbury eDrive® levelers offer you the most advanced leveling system in the world.
Bailey Metal Products Ltd. and Athader S.L., a member of The Bradbury Group®, are pleased to announce Bailey Metal Products has purchased a High Strength Slitting Line from Athader. The line will be installed in Bailey’s new manufacturing facility in Surrey, British Columbia, and will have the capability of slitting 0.135” x 62” x 60,000 lbs. coils and includes a high-speed packaging line. The line will feature state-of-the-art automation, including double eccentric slitter heads and loop doubler for precise slit edge tolerances and a highly automated slit coil packaging line.
Jim Sugars, Industry Sales Leader - Flat Products for The Bradbury Group of Companies, will be presenting at the South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute Conference. The conference will be held June 25 – 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A common issue manufacturers face is providing flat material to their customers. What appears to be flat, is not. The problem is residual stress in the steel. Jim’s presentation, “When Flat isn’t Flat – Equalizing Internal Stresses Through Roller Leveling,” will cover newly developed methods of equalizing the internal stress allowing the strip to stay flat after secondary operations. By implementing the latest technologies, an operator can understand the strip condition more than ever before, providing end-users with the flat product they require.