The Bradbury Group News

Bradbury's Jim Sugars to Present   "When Flat Isn't Flat" at SEAISI

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jun 22, 2018 9:50:41 AM

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.

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News

Bradbury Group's Steven Baker to Speak at FMA Coil Processing Workshop

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Apr 3, 2018 12:39:30 PM

Steven 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 Conference. The conference, to be held May 15-16, 2018, in Florence, 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 three different times throughout the two day conference.

Steven's presentation will highlight various advancements in modern coil processing lines including:  Slitting Line Equipment Advancements,Slitting Line Automation, Tooling Changeover Automation, Robotic Slitter Tooling Setups, Separator Changeover Automation, Offline Strapping of Slit Mults, Roller Leveler Advancements, Automatic Leveler Setup and Adjustment, Cut to Length Equipment Advancements, and Online Service and Support.

Steven Baker, a member of The Bradbury Group's Coil Processing and Leveling team, has over 20 years of experience in the industry including cut-to-length lines, slitting lines, galvanizing and paint lines, as well as push/pull pickle lines. 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News

Samwoo Purchases Bradbury e-Drive® Leveler

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

While the world was watching the 2018 Winter Olympics, The Bradbury Co., Inc. had reason to celebrate its own victory in South Korea: A Bradbury e-Drive® cassette leveler sold to Samwoo located in South Korea. The leveler will be ready for commissioning in mid-2018.

Samwoo Co., Ltd., a primary supplier to the automotive industry, purchased the 17 roll cassette e-Drive® leveler (Patent #8893537) with the Flat Trak® CL Series automatic monitoring system (Patent # 7185519) to improve the quality of material they provide to their automotive customers. Their goal is to consistently produce flat products.  Bradbury ran tests with various materials on e-Drive® levelers for Samwoo; the results provided the consistency they were looking for.  

Pictured Above: Mr. Dong-Kil Lee, Managing Director / Plant Manager for Samwoo (left), and Mr. Jim Sugars, Industry Sales Leader - Coil Processing Lines for The Bradbury Co., Inc. (Right)

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News

Bradbury Receives Leveler and Laser Flat Trak® CL Testimonial

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jan 10, 2018 8:09:46 AM

Dickie Jones, Plant Operations Manager at Centria in Frankfort, KY, USA, had this to say about their Bradbury e-Drive® leveler with the Flat Trak® CL monitoring system: 

“Our Auto Selective Hydraulic leveler from Bradbury is an awesome machine! By running in automatic mode and letting the leveler adjust itself, we achieve an in-house material flatness within ½ an I-Unit or less instead of the usual five to ten I-Units from outside sources. The steel and aluminum sheets from this machine are so flat you can’t physically find material issues. We now have zero problems feeding a production machine that requires sheet flatness to be within .004.”

The Flat Trak® CL Series measures, displays and makes automated adjustments to the leveler! 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Customer Testimonials

Bradbury Announces New Flat Trak® CL

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Aug 21, 2017 2:07:42 PM

Bradbury hydraulic leveling technology continues to lead the industry in innovation and ease of operation. The new Bradbury Flat Trak® CL monitoring system is accurate, intuitive, and easy to operate. Monitoring the material flatness is performed prior to the material being sheared which greatly reduces the amount of scrap material produced.

The system incorporates a laser measurement system to acquire an accurate surface shape. The laser view of the material is shown in real time and displayed on the operator screen in the form of a three-dimensional topographical view.  Material shape is measured in I-Units so verification of flatness is achieved per ASTM A568.

Watch a Video of the Flat Trak® CL Series in action

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News, Product Announcements

Heidtman Steel Products Purchases Bradbury Levelers

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Aug 3, 2017 10:53:24 AM

Heidtman Steel Products, Inc. and The Bradbury Co., Inc. are pleased to announce Heidtman Steel has purchased two 17-Roll Bradbury Auto-Selective™ Hydraulic Levelers. Each will be installed in Heidtman’s existing push/pull pickling lines in Butler, IN, and in Granite City, IL. Both will have the capability of leveling 0.250” down to 0.050” material thickness and feature state-of-the-art automation, including Bradbury’s Patented e•Drive® Technology.

 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News, Product Announcements

Nova Steel Purchases Athader Ultra High Strength Slitting Lines

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Feb 2, 2017 8:29:08 AM

Athader, S.L., a company within The Bradbury Group, is pleased to announce Nova Steel has purchased two Athader Ultra High Strength Slitting Lines. 

The first line will be installed in the Nova Steel, LaSalle, QC, location with the capability of slitting .375” x 74” x 80,000# coils. The second line will be installed in the Nova Steel, Stoney Creek, ON, location and has the capability of slitting .280” x 74” x 80,000# coils - including a high-speed packaging line.

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News, Product Announcements

Bradbury's eDrive® Levelers Featured in Modern Metals Magazine

Posted by Matt Werner on Jun 13, 2016 8:51:20 AM

The Bradbury Group was recently featured in Modern Metals Magazine with Aceros Tepotzotlán, who recently purchased a 3/4" X 96": Cut to Length Line with eDrive® Levelers. The article details Aceros Tepotzotlán's move to bring processing in house to produce steel plate with superior features. You can read the article by visiting their website here: http://www.modernmetals.com/item/13350-moving-markets.html 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing

Levelers Added to The Bradbury Group Trade-In Equipment List

Posted by Taylor Graber on Feb 11, 2016 9:19:34 AM

The following items have been added to our trade-in equipment list:

  • Bradbury 11 Roll 1-1/8" Leveler
  • Bradbury 11 Roll 7/8" Leveler

These types of levelers are typically used in standing seam or canopy panel lines to minimize oil canning in the flat pans by stretching the edges of the coil before roll forming. Both levelers were either serviced or rebuilt in 2011.

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Used Equipment

e-Drive® Leveler installed in Mexico

Posted by Matt Werner on Jan 4, 2016 9:26:00 AM

The Bradbury Process Line Group recently completed commissioning of a new 3/4" X 96: Cut to Length Line at Aceros Tepotzotlan in Monclova Mexico. Their sister company, Aceros Dondisch, in Mexico city were the first company in Mexico to decide on the Bradbury e-drive® technology in 2008. This led to a market shift toward the Bradbury e-drive® system and today in Mexico alone there are 15 installations. 

For the Aceros Tepotzotlan line, as well as others in Mexico, it was decided to use the full strength of the Bradbury Group. The line itself is produced from our company Athader in Spain and the e-drive® levelers come from Bradbury USA. With this combination The Bradbury Group can offer the highest level of technology in the market today.  Click below to watch a short video of the line during commissioning, and how well it handles a 3/4" coil tailing out. 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing