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July 1, 2014
Braner/Loopco ships slitting line to Goldin Metals
Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has shipped and commissioned a precision shape-correction slitting line to Goldin Metals in Gulfport, Miss. The line can process 60,000 lb. by 72-in.-dia. surface-critical coated carbon steel and stainless coil... Read more...

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March 21, 2014
Braner/Loopco installs stretch leveler at Russel Steel
Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has installed a high-strength stretch leveler at Russel Metals Winnipeg Manitoba in western Canada. The leveler produces panel-flat, memory-free sheet and plate from 72-in.-wide by 0.5-in.-thick coil. The... Read more...

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January 12, 2012
Braner USA names new president
Braner USA Inc., Schiller Park, Ill., has named Chuck Damore as president. He joined the company in 1988, serving as sales manager and most recently as executive vice president. Damore holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from... Read more...

Article

September 16, 2008
What's up with scrap (besides price)?
At today's elevated prices, scrap is almost considered a precious metal. In some cases, scrap is double its value only a few years ago. Scrap metal is one of the U.S.'s largest exports and the main component in electric arc furnace (EAF)... Read more...

Article

September 11, 2007
6 ways to focus on slitting lines
Editor's Note: This article is an edited version of an article that was published in the September 2005 issue The FABRICATOR®. As some stamping manufacturing has moved overseas, the U.S. slitting market has become saddled with... Read more...

Article

September 11, 2007
Leveling flat-rolled strip
Many users of flat-rolled strip are demanding material with exceptional flatness. One reason is the increased use of lasers, robots, and other manufacturing techniques that are intolerant of height deviations and springback in material. In... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
Holding the line on metal costs
Minimizing coil processing scrap maximizes yield. Nearly everyone who processes metal—aluminum, carbon, or stainless steel—is concerned about scrap loss. Scrap loss in coil processing operations, such as slitting,... Read more...

Article

July 11, 2006
Mission: Spectacular scrap handling operations
Photo courtesy of Prab, Kalamazoo, Mich. Stampers, precariously squeezed by tight margins, high material costs, and increasing pressure to be leaner, have issued a request: We want our scrap handling operations to be speedy,... Read more...

Article

September 13, 2005
A focus on slitting lines
A common theme among fabricators and service centers is that slitting steel has become a commodity process with very low margins. Considering the staggering amount of manufacturing that has moved overseas recently, it follows that too many... Read more...

Article

September 14, 2004
Survival of the fastest
Because metal fabricators and OEMs have increasingly strict requirements, many suppliers of sheets and blanks must provide high-quality metal stock in terms of flatness, finish, and dimensional accuracy. Competition for every bid is tight,... Read more...

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March 11, 2004
New Features in Coil-to-Coil Slitters
Productivity is at the forefront for equipment builders today because their customers demand it, and processing margins for users of coil processing equipment haven't changed from years ago. For a company to be profitable, its equipment has to... Read more...

Article

May 15, 2003
Examining slit coil handling and packaging
Figure 1 A turret recoiler with two rewind drums and two overarm separators mounted on a 180–degree rotating base can save time by allowing coil tails to be taped or banded while the slitter is running. Today slit coil packaging... Read more...

Article

May 30, 2002
Improving stamping production end to end
Welding coil ends is a common practice in the tube producing, strip processing, roll forming, and stamping industries. Coil end joiners are used most often in tube mills because they run high volumes of coil at fast speeds. When a coil end... Read more...

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May 30, 2002
What's new with multiblanking lines?
Multiblanking lines are used to produce small, accurately shaped blanks directly from large coils. Sometimes they can eliminate the need for a separate slitting line, which helps to decrease floor space requirements and reduce capital spending... Read more...