Strongsville, Ohio, USA, January 23, 2015 – Rafter Equipment Corporation has completed a RT-7000 weld squeeze box for a major North American tube producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing HFI tube/pipe mill. It is sized for up to 8.625" OD x 0.500" wall (219 mm OD x 12.7 mm wall) HSLA steel pipe. The design includes motorized push-on-center squeeze roll adjustments, linear displacement transducers, high-capacity tapered roller bearings within the roll tools, and a removable head roll assembly for quick-change. A second removable head was included to speed the changeover process even more.
Integrated with the weld box was a weld bead upset nicking wheel system and a tandem OD bead trimmer. The nicking wheel unit is designed to provide truly hands-free weld bead upset removal. Also included was an RT-4500 ironing stand for use with the customer's ID scarfing system.
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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