New equipment at Co-Line

BLM Fiber Tube LaserThe first pieces of the new BLM Fiber Tube Laser is uncrated and set in place. Five semi loads were required to transport this machine to Co-Line.

The new 4000 watt Fiber tube laser will increase our capability, capacity, and productivity of our tube laser department. Acting on a last minute opportunity buy at the end of 2017, Eric and Dale Brand are excited to see this latest technology in action.

“This system will give Co-Line the opportunity for efficiency gains in laser operations and processing of orders,” said Brand.

Fiber tube laser

 

One week later, nearly all pieces of the Fiber Tube Laser are in place as of the first of February and initial “power on” has happened.

 

BLM

 

A great vendor experience with the gentlemen from BLM has made the installation process enjoyable!

 

Laser feeding automation

Also in January, new laser feeding automation was installed over the cell of three Optiplexes in the south building. This automation will include over 100,000 lbs storage capacity in a 20 bin sheet tower and four bin storage for processed material. After a lengthy install process by Mazak, a vendor of Co-Line’s, the laser department hopes to be fully functional within a week.

Working on new equipment

 

Co-Liner Frank Ready applies his expertise to the new flat laser automation.

 

 

hoists

Last month and continuing into February, overhead hoists are being installed over the expanded weld area in the south building. With the final touches almost complete, it will be the most professional and most versatile welding set-up that Rail has ever seen. Additional welding booms, blueco tables, and 6S initiatives will bring this department to world class. Bring on the welding! 2018 is going to have more sparks flying than ever before!

Goalsetter weld team

 

The Goalsetter weld team began 2018 in a new location in the south building. Jeff Schultz, Kevin Chapman, Mike Moore, and Brad Elder are meeting increased customer production needs with improved process flow, component staging, and job traveler sequencing. Great job guys!

Support team

 

The support operations are essential to the weld team’s success. Jamie Tyrell, Dale Maston, Steve Davis, and Justin De Jong keep the area well-stocked and well-organized preventing expensive outages and delays to the weld cell.

 

Tube cutting

 

Keeping tube cut ahead of the weld group has been Jeff Schut’s priority and has also improved the production flow.

 

 

Saw cut parts

 

Saw cut parts, staged with travelers attached, make an efficient and chaos free transition to the weld cell. Jeff Davis, saw operator, enjoys being ahead and using road runner approach.