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Old 03-10-2010, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A REALLY BIG Steel Roller and how the plate marker made a difference

So, you guys on here often get to see cool drawings and things done with our Plate Marker. This company in Bogota, Colombia managed to cut the production of one steel plate down from two days to three hours. We are talking 10x20x1.5" steel plates. They make the tubes that are used in dams to direct the water into the turbines for power generation. First off, here are a few pic's of their 10x40 Torchmate X. What you see is 1.5" mild steel being cut and marked with bend lines. Wait until you see what they do with it once it comes off the table.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Once the plates are cut, they are loaded into a giant steel roller to be bent into pipe. The bend lines used to take two days and three people to line out on the plate. Now it takes 25 minutes with the plate marker. Here are a couple of pic's of the roller, the plate as it comes off the table and one in the roller. They mark the lines so they know where to turn the piece as it is being rolled in order to come up with the correct shape. The bend lines are critical.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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just goes to show how much of a revolution you have made to industry with your machines.
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I bet that makes you feel proud for them to save that much time and money in production
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here are a few more shots. I will say that it is extremely satisfying to see what a huge impact our machines have on different industries. This particular company never could have afforded to automate any other way. What we have only recently managed to do for the offroad industry in the way of making cnc technology more affordable, we have been doing in other industries for years and years. Let me tell you, it is a very different conversation with a customer if your machine has a problem when cutting up a $10k+ sheet of steel versus a 4x8 sheet of .25" thick stuff. These kinds of companies pay off the machine in one single job. When they screw up, it can end up costing more than the machine. This is why we have put so much emphasis on customer support. I could not sleep at night if we didn't and I don't know how anyone else does.
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Check out the waste. Not a small crane moving this stuff around.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That roller is ridiculous! Cant imagine what kind of tonnage it takes to roll 1.5" plate. The guys with the shop next to mine have a roller that does 1/4" pretty easily but 1.5", dang!
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Amazing!

A couple of those pics make me think my tube notcher is inadequate.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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very cool! We do stuff like this at the shop where I work and can do up to 1" but 1.5" is massively more work! Believe it or not a shop we work with sent us a brochure on their new roller.... 12" thick x 8' wide!
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wow, nice to see the scale of wich this tool can be used
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just bumping this up for how freaking awesome it is. was researching plate markers and came across this.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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does anyone know what kind of tolerances these guys work with?

Is it +/- .100

or +/-1.00?

Just a curiousity thing really
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'd hate to be the guy that fawks up a bend on that thing!!
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