To prepare for further growth in demand, Metalcolor is boosting its slitting capacity with the inauguration of a new Redex high-performance slitting line in early 2021.
“Demand is increasing. Having already added new shifts and introduced overtime, we are currently upgrading our slitting department”, explains Hugo Goncalves, the head of the department. A new 1250 mm wide line has been installed. It operates at a maximum speed of 250 m/min. The increased axle diameter ensures that the shafts are perfectly parallel. This guarantees high precision and burr-free edges. In addition, the tension device adjusts automatically to the increasing coil diameter, which ensures even recoiling tension.
The integrated and fully automated coil extraction, handling, weighing and packaging section is a boost to productivity. “This equipment is fully in line with our environmental commitments. Safety and ergonomics as well as energy consumption were among our top priorities in making this investment”, explains Silvano Moreira, Project Manager for this investment. “Thanks to high-performance motors and electronic controls, energy consumption has been significantly reduced for this production section – despite a substantial increase in our output!”
“The new slitting and packaging line also enables us to optimise labour resources. In the long term, we will be able to increase production while keeping the same number of operators in the department”, says Silvano Moreira.
Some processes still need to be adjusted. After this and at the end of the training phase, a productivity gain of around 50% is expected in the slitting department.
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