Coil handling equipment is one of the most widely used and versatile components in industrial maintenance and repair. It is used to lift and position mechanical assemblies, especially those that have large momentous loads. Some of these include cranes, winches, overhead crane systems, welding platforms, pneumatic lift tables, and cranes used for loading and unloading ships. Coil handling is a critical component of several major industries, including automotive, communications, military, power generation, oil refinement and so forth. It is also used in other specialized fields and in some atypical situations.
For the purpose of industrial maintenance and repair, coil handling equipment includes a variety of unique design features. The most fundamental of these features includes a wide variety of options for positioning and sizing of the lift. A common option is to position the equipment on a vertical axis. This means that the device will be positioned inside a horizontal plane, which may be either on a ground or an inclined plane. This option is preferred when the equipment has a relatively small and light lift, and that the amount of floor space is limited. For applications that require greater floor space, such as in vertical processing equipment or for positioning larger and more complicated assemblies, vertical axis processing equipment is an excellent option.
In addition to the vertical positioning option, some companies may also elect to place the coil handling equipment on a rotary or a semi-permanent axis. Regardless of which type of rotating arrangement is chosen, it is very important that the motorization characteristics of the system are compatible with the specific application in question. The rotary and semi-permanent arrangements tend to provide the best of all worlds, as they can be operated in both counterclockwise and clockwise motions, as well as in various widths. However, while both arrangement types can be effective, additional benefits are provided through the use of special attachment points, and through the ability to rotate the lift in varying widths. When additional features are desired, such as the ability to move the machine up or down an incline, special attachments can also be purchased.
The next feature to consider when purchasing coil handling equipment is the flexibility of the device’s power source. Typically, most systems will be tied into a transformer that offers either direct or alternating current. While each type is capable of powering the equipment in a diverse manner, in some instances power requirements must be stepped up to provide sufficient voltage for the upenders to operate properly. Depending upon the number of upenders being used and the available power sources, power stepping up may be required in order to maintain adequate charging rates throughout the operation.
Perhaps, the most important consideration for any company seeking to utilize high-quality coil handling equipment must do with quality control and customer satisfaction. Ideally, equipment will undergo a series of quality checks, consisting of a thorough visual examination of each stage in the manufacturing process, as well as a review of any material samples. The visual inspection of components, as well as testing of completed items, should be performed on a periodic basis. Each stage of production may require further observation to verify that all components have passed production standards. If a manufacturer observes a flaw or inconsistency in a component sample, it can usually be corrected during the manufacturing process, which can extend the expected life of the device.
Another aspect to consider when selecting coil handling equipment is the range of applications to which it will be used. While larger scale applications such as commercial and industrial food service operations typically require motorized drums of varying sizes, there are a variety of feeder sizes to meet the needs of almost any size operation. Likewise, the application of standard uprights and feeders of varying widths can provide different levels of mobility and versatility to even the most basic of operations.