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Metal Strip Producers FAST FACTS That Save Time & Money 

Metal Strip Producers FAST FACTS That Save Time & Money 

For Metal Strip Producers Looking to Optimize the Surface Cleanliness in Their Metal Strip Cleaning Section Process   Wide-face Abrasive and Non-Abrasive Bristle Brushes in Your Cleaning Section  With both abrasive and non-abrasive Bristle Brushes, increasing the stiffness of the brush improves efficiency in your alkali and rinse sections, because [...]
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PROCESS MACHINE MODULAR DESIGN FOR EASE OF MAINTENANCE

PROCESS MACHINE MODULAR DESIGN FOR EASE OF MAINTENANCE

Process is reduced to disconnect, pull out old, put in new, reconnect Increase line uptime Concentrate maintenance to be performed on the entire unit Minimum on machine maintenance time   In 2013 the red bull racing team set the F-1 record pit stop at 1.923 seconds. The common request we hear is what we call the […]
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Bristle Brush Pro Tip #2 The Spaghetti Effect

Bristle Brush Pro Tip #2 The Spaghetti Effect

Be aware of the process taking place inside your machine. In our first bristle brush pro-tip, we demonstrated the importance of making sure to engage the tip of a bristle brush with a strip surface. This content piggybacks on the concept of bristle tip engagement and will bring you value from understanding how to get […]
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Metal Strip Cleaning Section Brush Machine Calibration

Metal Strip Cleaning Section Brush Machine Calibration

“Big improvements are rarely done by a single act or change, but rather the result of small steps taken consistently.” This wisdom applies to many facets of life, but since APT is in the business of process line improvement, we will apply this wisdom to brush scrubber calibration. The calibration of your brushes should be […]
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METAL SURFACE SCALE CLEANING BRUSHES

METAL SURFACE SCALE CLEANING BRUSHES

The suitability of the brush roll is measured by cleaning capacity and their lifetime, but also for the cost per kilometer of cleaned metallic sheet and the risk of collapse and damage before the end of the expected long-lasting life: A brush that cleans a lot but does not last is not useful.  A long-lasting […]
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GETTING STRIP CLEAN-BRISTLE BRUSH

GETTING STRIP CLEAN-BRISTLE BRUSH

The reason your strip isn’t clean. (You don’t need more pressure.) Did you ever take a look at your finished metal strip surface and throw your hands up because you can’t figure out why it’s not getting all the dirt, smut, and iron fines off the surface? You probably thought there was something wrong with […]
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REPLACING SCRUBBER BRUSHES

REPLACING SCRUBBER BRUSHES

How to replace your metal strip surface cleaning section scrubber brushes, without damaging them.   Well, APT actually has figured out a way, but many metal strip and coil producing foundries still change the large heavy-duty industrial scrubber brushes the old way, which puts them at risk for bending the shaft or damaging the bearing […]
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ULTRASONIC CONTINUOUS CLEANING SYSTEMS FOR WIRE ALLOY

ULTRASONIC CONTINUOUS CLEANING SYSTEMS FOR WIRE ALLOY

There are 3 methods industrial wire, rod, and bar manufacturers and producers use today for cleaning, degrading, and removing stearates, and drawings oils from the metal surface.  Electrolytic cleaning using chemicals,  Mechanical cleaning by means of shot blasting, coated abrasives, and/or abrasive brushing, and  Ultrasonic cleaning In today’s [...]
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PROCESS OPTIMIZATION: FILTRATION SYSTEMS

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION: FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Nearly every filtration system in metal strip producing lines show weak points that compromise effective filtration. As a result oil and iron fines are redeposited on the surface in closed-loop lines, alkali solutions, shorten process life due to premature media saturation. We can be really good at getting the oil, iron fines, dirt, smut, etc. […]
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Re-think Brushing – Brush Scrubbers and Satin Finishing

Re-think Brushing – Brush Scrubbers and Satin Finishing

CLEANING SECTION BRUSH SCRUBBERS AND SURFACE CLEANING & FINISHING This is a subject that many users would like to forget, rather than be reminded of! Having built cleaning section equipment for over 60 years, we have looked at many process lines and listened to scrubber issues from maintenance, operations, and quality team members and have […]
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