Case Studies

Robotic Debander/Coil Marker for Steel Coils

Posted on: 8/10/2012 9:02:57 AM

case study pic"We need to increase productivity, reduce labor costs, and improve safety."

No doubt, this is a challenge voiced around the board tables at the many steel mills looking to make improvements on their production lines. This challenge works parallel to the commitment of using the latest in technology and systems to serve each customer's need and to produce a quality product in a safe, cost-effective manner.

In evaluating their production lines, the voices around the board table may dictate a wish list identifying areas of possible improvement. Wish lists, however, cannot be brought to life without the resources and solutions to deliver the improvements. Let us identify a few areas common to this discussion, along with state-of-the-art solutions.

First, in many scenarios, before coils are moved into a mill the straps need to be removed from the coil. Performing this task manually creates much downtime for the line, while safety records also prove that many injuries reported can be directly related to banding and packaging. The solution? A debander system that would remove the bands mechanically without having to stop the line - or place any workers in any danger of injury.

Itipack Systems, a producer of quality automated strapping systems, has introduced a robotic debanding system to the steel industry that will, no doubt, instigate a few cheers around even the stuffiest board table. In researching for a partner to deliver a debander system that meets most steel mill's requirements, it is being discovered that the only system that meets high demands for efficiency and safety was the innovative design presented by Itipack Systems. Compared to other designs, the robotic debander from Itipack Systems is extremely flexible in its application (location of band, colour of band, strap tension) and the only system capable of handling both I.D. and O.D. banding.

Secondly, let's investigate an area often noted for improvement at the end of the production line, namely the efficiency in which the coils are labeled. Incorrectly or poorly labeled coils may result in losses due to lost coils or an inability to track coils if any issues arise. Solution? Partnering again with Itipack Systems, Steel mills can install a new, state-of-the-art robotic coil marker system to accurately mark and label each coil when it comes out of the mill. Itipack Systems has gained a solid reputation for the reliability of their robotic system, their proven performance in mills across the world, and their system's ability to mark and label with one robot. This new system marks each coil in the exact same location in a manner that is much easier to read, allowing for better tracking of coils.

Itipack Systems has recently completed a successful install of both a robotic debanding system and a coil marking system in Hamilton, Ontario, at one of the most profitable North American steel operations based on earnings per ton. They also been able to successfully provide other steel mills with many state-of-the-art machines, such as automatic strapping and packaging systems. They continually show a capability to deliver modern, high speed systems that meets high requirement standards. Their experience, as well as their company size, allows them to design and deliver a quality product while also providing service second to none. Customers are guaranteed satisfaction.

Increased productivity, reduced labor costs, and improved safety. In partnering with a quality supplier like Itipack Systems, many steel mills continue to move forward, meeting challenges with state-of-the-art technology.

Weld Joint Technology

Posted on: 8/10/2012 9:04:06 AM

machine partIn November 2005 a large beam mill in Berkeley, South Carolina installed three new Itipack SKE Strapping Systems with VS-32 Weld Sealing Heads. The following is a list of paybacks through their partnership with Itipack Systems:

  • One less band is needed per bundle due to the strength of the weld seal. This has resulted in a savings of $360,000.00 per year in strap consumables.
  • Due to strap breakage, the mill lost nearly 310 tons of steel product during transit and shipping. Since adopting the weld seal, no bands have been broken decreasing damages and lost product.
  • Via the old Sealess-joint banding head system, 239 jaw rebuilds were performed each taking 1 hour totaling $7,000 in labour and over $100,000 in replacement parts.

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