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Lapham Hickey Steel Orders New Slitting Line

This High Speed Slitting Line from Red Bud Industries will increase their capacity to supply slit coils to the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast U.S.

Posted: August 21, 2018


Lapham Hickey Steel Corporation (Bedford Park, IL) is a fourth generation family-owned and operated full line carbon service center that was founded in 1926 and now has 11 total locations throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast that supply slit coil, sheet, plate, bars, tubing and fabricated products. They recently ordered a new 60 in (1,525 mm) by 60,000 lb (27,000 kg) High Speed Slitting Line from Red Bud Industries (Red Bud, IL) that will be capable of processing material from .008 in (.2 mm) up to .250 in (6.3 mm) thick. This line will be installed in a new 35,000 sq ft addition to their Bedford Park plant.

The line is designed for quick setup and changeover. A coil prep and automatic coil loading system will be provided, and the line will also feature “hands free” push button strip threading from the uncoiler and directly into the recoiler’s gripper slot to allow operators to thread the coil without ever coming in contact with the strip. The system will also include three slitting heads, a double looper, as well as dual helical scrap choppers. In addition, a dual mandrel recoiler is included, as well as a complete packaging line that will feature a fully automatic banding system and stretch wrapping system. This slitter is also equipped with state-of-the-art guarding, providing the operators a high degree of safety.

Overall, the new line will integrate an automatic coil loading system, uncoiler, peeler breaker, entry crop shear, three packed arbor slitting heads, dual helical scrap choppers, double looper thread system, tensioner system, exit crop shear, dual mandrel recoiler, exit coil lift, four arm powered turnstile, and a fully-automatic packaging line.

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