Strongsville, Ohio, USA, February 15, 2013 – Rafter Equipment Corporation has shipped a new RT-3000 tube mill to a major American automotive supplier first announced in May 2012. The mill was custom built for the production of 5" OD light-walled tubing. For quick-change capability, the mill was rafted and includes a spare raft set for offline tool changes. Also included is a nicking wheel assembly that allows for hands-free removal of the OD weld bead upset (i.e., scarf).
Included with the mill is a Rafter/TAKECO strip entry system consisting of a double-swivel uncoiler, hold-down/peeler/leveler, coil end joiner, and a vertical strip accumulator. The entry system combines simple, robust design and construction with state-of-art controls. The line is expected to be operational in April of this year.
Rafter Equipment Corporation is a manufacturer of tube mills, pipe mills, roll forming machines, cutoff machines, and other related tube and pipe mill machinery. Additional services include mill refurbishing, design engineering, and contract manufacturing. Originally started in 1917, the Rafter name is known for reliable, high-quality tube mill and roll forming equipment.
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