Ken Shoop

Contributing Writer
Braner USA Inc.
9301 W. Bernice
Schiller Park, IL 60176


Phone: 847-671-6210
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www.braner.com
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Braner designs and builds high-production coil processing equipment and systems.
Stamping manufacturing

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6 ways to focus on slitting lines

September 11, 2007 | By Ken Shoop

By improving entry coil storage, coil inside diameter (ID) changes, slitter tooling changeover, scrap handling, and strip tensioning, you can slitting line efficiency.

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Roller Leveler

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Leveling flat-rolled strip

September 11, 2007 | By Ken Shoop

Operating a leveler requires training and skill, but computers are making the task much easier. A computer can quickly set the machine to a good starting point and allow very fine adjustment of the back-ups. Once the leveler is delivering good results on a particular coil, the settings can be saved and called up later. That saves setup time when coils are partially run and then sent back to stock.

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Holding the line on metal costs

September 12, 2006 | By Ken Shoop

Stampers and roll formers can look at edge trim, heads, tails, skeletons, and coil damage for ways they can reduce scrap to hold the line on metal costs.

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A focus on slitting lines

September 13, 2005 | By Ken Shoop

As manufacturing has moved overseas, the U.S. slitting market has become saddled with overcapacity. Coil processors can improve efficiencies by upgrading the equipment they use in the following areas: coil storage, changeovers in coil and slitting tooling; scrap handling; and tensioning.

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Survival of the fastest

September 14, 2004 | By Ken Shoop

Because metal fabricators and OEMs have increasingly strict requirements, many suppliers of sheets and blanks must provide high-quality metal stock in terms of flatness, finish, and dimensional accuracy. Competition for every bid is tight, making it easy to take the quality for granted. If every...

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Improving stamping production end to end

May 30, 2002 | By Ken Shoop

Exploring the benefits of welding coils in roll forming and progressive stamping operations. Welding coils can reduce scrap, downtime, and tooling damage. A variety of coil end joiners are described, such as portable, stationary, single-and double-cut, fully automatic, and semiautomatic.

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Multiblanking line

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What's new with multiblanking lines?

May 30, 2002 | By Ken Shoop

Multiblanking lines are used to produce small, accurately shaped blanks directly from large coils. Modern lines can process many different types of material over a range of thicknesses, while still allowing quick changeovers and minimal maintenance. New technology is available in several key areas that limit the capacity of a typical multiblanking line, which include leveling, slitting, feeding, shearing, and stacking.

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