With the continued push toward even smaller batch runs, die changes and set up time have become more critical. Flexibility of the major components (press, feed, straightener, uncoiler, coil cradle) is an important factor. The time saved in set up and the flexibility of Electronic Roll Feeds (ERF) are helping manufacturers increase productivity.
Ease of set up is a key feature. ERF’s take less time to set up than mechanical feeds and trial and error adjustment: at the control panel, just enter feed length, speed, and press “start.” Mecon will size the drive and set the acceleration and deceleration to best match the production requirements.
When possible, lower accelerations and speeds are used. This gives increased accuracy, smoother material flow, and eases the load on the uncoiling system. Another outstanding advantage of the ERF units is their ability to easily adapt to the press feed angle.