(PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Graebener-Reika, Inc. (GRI), a provider of machinery for processing tube, pipe, bar, plate and sheet, has announced its extensive tube finishing line capability for oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and other premium tubular product applications. As a representative of Reika machinery, GRI can supply fully automated turnkey lines or individual machines and integration into existing lines.
With GRI’s automated finishing lines, product flows without manual interference through the system where non-compliant sections are automatically removed and ID/OD chamfers are applied during the cut-off operation. By integrating all process elements into a master line control, GRI finishing lines improve yield, reduce scrap, shorten order fulfillment time and reduce labor cost.
In contrast to traditional fixed crop length systems, a GRI line offers the unique ability to utilize NDT data to crop only the material that does not meet specification, significantly reducing the scrap rate. The data is also utilized during the mid-body cutout process where automatic positioning of the exact lineal dimension for removal is enabled, maximizing prime material versus the traditional process of paint-marking flawed areas for subsequent manual cutout.
After cropping and defect cutout, the intelligent master control system automatically compares remaining lengths to ‘best fit’ any open orders. Alternate lengths produced out of sequence are accumulated in a storage bin for future use while the primary order is processed.
Says Rich Marando, GRI president, “The key is our ability to provide an integrated system where incoming product is serialized and tracked from end to end and flaws are detected, logged and immediately communicated to the cutting station for defective removal. This allows our customers to produce high quality product in a consistent and efficient manner.”
Finishing lines offered by GRI are optimized for high duty cycle applications and are well-suited for high alloy and heat-treated seamless pipe mills and precision DOM pipe mills.
In addition to complete line integration, GRI can supply front end, back end or any other finishing capability that a producer may need including multi-roll straighteners, NDT test benches, rotary head cutoffs, end facers, bundlers, customized material handling systems and more. In addition to its extensive line of original equipment, the company maintains a network of strategic partners to provide additional finishing needs such as hydrotesting, drift testing, spark testing, stenciling, etc.
For more information on the full line of Graebener- Reika equipment and services, visit http://www.gr-inc.com or email sales(at)gr-inc(dot)com, where you can also request an appointment to see the equipment in action.