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Product Guide Systems

Guiding hot or cold products such as strip, rod, bar and plate into rolling mills and other finishing processes is a common industrial problem. The product contact surface fails by wear and the bearings fail by lack of lubrication. The use of self lubricating bearings and wear resistant claddings has improved life cycle for these types of applications.

Edge Guide Roller
Edge Guide Roller
Slideway Systems
Slideway Systems

Slideways for adjustment of guide systems typically use lubricated bronze or cast iron against steel. Lubrication failure, or dirt trapped in the lubricant are common causes of degradation. Buttonized or TRIBOLITE® coated slideway wear plates can reduce or eliminate dependence on third party lubrication, while providing a greatly improved life cycle.

Compliant guiding of hot or cold mill product is a way to reduce the impact damage and high stress associated with steering a product through the next operation. Rigidity in a guiding system puts very high stresses on the contacting surface, and can possibly damage the product. Compliant guiding reduces the impact stresses without loss of the guiding function. This feature is particularly important when guiding the "tail" of a hot strip into a downcoiler.

Compliant Guiding
Compliant Guiding
Side Guiding Application
Side Guiding Application

This is a side guiding application in a reversing cold mill, where the array of 3" dia rollers shown above was wearing out due to aggressive strip edge contact. Carbide coated rollers were wearing out in about 10 days and flakes of carbide were getting trapped in the rolled product. When converted these rolls to the FENCR treatment, the flaking problem stopped and service life went to about 6 weeks. When the roller bearings that supported these rolls were converted to the FENCR process, the system service life went to about 10 weeks.

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