Rafter RT-2500 Tandem HFI Weld Upset Bead Trimmer
​Strongsville, Ohio, USA, February 3, 2017 – Rafter Equipment Corporation has shipped an RT-2500 Tandem HFI Weld Bead Upset Trimmer to a major North American custom roll form parts producer. The equipment includes a cam actuated quick-lift feature to raise and lower the trimming tool automatically when the mill stops or manually when a coil end joint passes underneath. The use of a cam motion locks the tool in the down position mechanically. It also returns the tool to the preset trimming position automatically after it has been raised. The tandem tool arrangement allows for the continued production after the first tool becomes dull or damaged.
The equipment will be used for the production of HSLA welded seam profiles up to 3″ square x 0.160″ thick for an automotive application on the customer’s existing RLM Manufacturing roll former. This unit is a follow-up order from the previously supplied HFI weld squeeze box and double-sided turkshead straightener delivered last year. The success of this previous project gave the customer the confidence necessary for the purchase of additional equipment from the company.