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Shear Cutter Modifications

Case Study:

Sheridan Electric was recently approached by a key player in the metal manufacturing industry about upgrading an old servo system on a metal shearing machine to present day technology. The goal was to increase productivity through an increase in shear cutting speed, while simultaneously improving the quality and accuracy of every cut. The machine consisted of a feed servo motor, master shear turning servo motor, and a slave shear turning motor, all using old servo technology.

Project Details:

  • Design the electrical controls and produce professional drawings showing the new system and the interconnections with the existing machine wiring.
  • Achieve a Category 3 safety rating and Pre-Start Health and Safety compliance.
  • Bench test the entire servo system complete with gear boxes attached in-house.
  • Install new Simatics PLC, transformer, profibus cables, gearboxes, and new servo motors.
  • Working with the customer’s production downtime schedule Sheridan Electric was able to complete all wiring, programming and commissioning in less than a week.
  • Commission and test all program configurations during live production.
  • Remove all old machine wiring.
  • Data and knowledge transfer to maintenance personnel.

Process Design Specifics:

  • Design the electrical controls and produce professional drawings showing the new system and the interconnections with the existing machine wiring.
  • Achieve a Category 3 safety rating and Pre-Start Health and Safety compliance.
  • Bench test the entire servo system complete with gear boxes attached in-house.
  • Install new Simatics PLC, transformer, profibus cables, gearboxes, and new servo motors.
  • Working with the customer’s production downtime schedule Sheridan Electric was able to complete all wiring, programming and commissioning in less than a week.
  • Commission and test all program configurations during live production.
  • Remove all old machine wiring.
  • Data and knowledge transfer to maintenance personnel.

Wrap-Up

The process improvements surpassed previously established max production rates through faster shear speed while allowing for more accurate cuts and reduced metal waste. The purposely flexible design and powerful servo technology will allow for greater cost savings to be realized through additional process improvements in the future.

“Sheridan Electric’s staff brought a level of safety knowledge and integration experience necessary for a project like this to succeed. We were very pleased with how everything turned out.”
Sonoco Management 

Case Study

Sheridan Electric was recently approached by a key player in the metal manufacturing industry about upgrading an old servo system on a metal shearing machine to present day technology. The goal was to increase productivity through an increase in shear cutting speed, while simultaneously improving the quality and accuracy of every cut. The machine consisted of a feed servo motor, master shear turning servo motor, and a slave shear turning motor, all using old servo technology.

Project Details:

Process Design Specifics: