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.
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