At Dallas Industries, our “conventional” lines are anything but. That’s because we listen to your objectives in order to provide the right equipment for each application. Using advanced technology, we design, engineer and build each feed line with your needs in mind. With coil weights from 1,500 to 60,000 lbs. and widths up to 84-inches, Dallas Industries can provide a complete line to fit your application, whether that application requires heavy gauge hot rolled steel or thin polished aluminum.
Is floor space a concern? Then SpaceSaver may be the solution. We have three varieties. BackLoop SpaceSaver. UnderLoop SpaceSaver and LoopSelect SpaceSaver. They are available in coil weights from 10,000 to 60,000 lb. and widths from 12 in. to 72 in. Any SpaceSaver system can be equipped with SyncLoop™ to enhance the loop control.
BackLoop SpaceSaver™ feed lines can have a footprint as short as 20’. Featuring servo feeds with pull-thru straighteners and heavy-duty drives, BackLoop SpaceSaver™ has the power to handle materials up to 1/2” thick safely while maintaining accurate feed tolerances. These lines feature a peeler/threader/debender with coil restrictor providing hands-free threading of material from coil to press.
UnderLoop SpaceSaver™ feed lines can have a footprint as short as 15’. These lines feature servo feeds with piloting pull-thru straighteners making them ideal for progressive die applications. The loop is developed directly under the coil reel to conserve space. The line has a common base that ties all the equipment together for easy setup and installation. UnderLoop SpaceSaver™ systems are available in single and double reel configurations, with or without load car.
Our most flexible option is our LoopSelect SpaceSaver.™ This design features a selectable loop control. Front loop mode allows processing of light-gauge material at long feed lengths and higher speeds. Back loop mode allows processing of heavygauge materials by allowing a clock-spring loop to form beneath the coil.
Dallas coil cradle lines can be an excellent choice for safely running thick material. Depending on the style of system, the feed line footprint can also be quite compact. Cradle lines range from 4,000 to 50,000 lbs. capacity and in widths up to 84” wide. Heavy gage and high strength material can be run in these type of lines successfully. Equipped properly, these systems can be used in blanking, progressive die, even transfer applications for standard finish (non-cosmetic) materials. Note some of the ways cradle lines can be configured below…
Cradle with Overhead Deflector – this is a common configuration for a cradle line. The coil is driven via the cradle nest rolls and a pinch roll assembly up the overhead deflector where the loop is stored. The material travels down the chute to a servo feed with pull thru straightener for an effective and compact, heavy gage feed line. Alternatively, a powered straightener may replace the pinch roll in the cradle base if desired. Numerous options can be added to help safely process thick materials.
Xtreme-Duty Cradle/Straightener/Feeder – This design is ideal for running very thick material in the smallest footprint. The cradle, straightener and feeder are all combined into one machine utilizing either a single or dual servo drive for accurate feed positioning. Adding the pilot release option to the upper straightener rolls can increase flexibility of the system in both blanking and progressive (piloted) die applications.
Cradle/Straightener Combo – This design combines the cradle and powered straightener into a single piece. The material is decoiled from the top and is driven into a slack loop in front of the straightener. A servo feed can be cabinet or press mounted to complete the feed line. Optional “hands-free” threading devices can be added to optimize operator safety.
Eliminate excess toll processing charges by installing a Dallas Industries’ Cut-To-Length line (CTL). Dallas CTL lines incorporate a Dallas conventional or Space Saver feed line with a hydraulic or mechanical shear. A stacking system can also be added to automate blank stacking and handling. By blanking in-house, our customers can save money on outside toll processing charges. Inventory can be controlled effectively since blanks can be cut to the exact size and quantity needed. Dallas CTL lines can be built in widths from 6” to 72” wide and coil weights from 2,500 Lbs. to 60,000 Lbs. with a wide array of thicknesses and yield strengths able to be run. Options can be added to assist when running cosmetic, non-marking materials as well as adding AutoSet for simple line setup.
The choice of a coil line style (conventional, compact, etc.) depends much on the product being produced and the space available. While requiring the most space, a conventional line provides maximum versatility for the widest range of material thicknesses and yields. Additionally, it is the best choice for surface-critical applications. If floor space is tight, one of our SpaceSaver lines may be best. To lower the capital investment when running light gage materials, consider a servo feed with pull thru straightener and a powered reel (shown).
Shear options include pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical. The material characteristic, cutting speed and budget all play a part in determing the best shear. This also is true of stacking options. Stackers can be as simple as a drop stacker for non-sensitive materials or finger drop stacker can be used for more delicate materials. Any of these stackers can have a lift table (with or without powered roll out) or a conveyor (roller or chain) positioned under them for blank handling.