Shearing Press Launched at Uralvagonzavod’s Foundry Shop

December 14, 2012. The 1,000-ton-strong machine is meant for cutting bar sections and can produce between 600 and 800 ingots with the diameter range 80-170mm per shift. The new shearing press cost about 12m RUR; it was manufactured by the German firm Erfurt, Uralvagonzavod Corporation’s press service reports.

The foundry shop is already using a few shearing presses produced by the same company. The 315-to 1,000-ton ones have been ‘the weakest link’ so far, as they were made in the 70s and the 80s, grew totally obsolete, and needed repairing almost every week. Quite often, workers had to compensate for the stoppages by working overtime and at the weekends in order to meet the target production figures. The launch of the new shearing press means the current equipment can be used less, and be given an overhaul, which, in its turn, means the plans will be fulfilled within deadlines.

Unlike its predecessors, today’s shearing press is faster and offers higher quality cutting in an automated mode. What is more, this shearing press has more up-to-date appliances and a user-friendly control panel. Its capacity is estimated to be 10% to 15% higher than that of the existing machinery, and the press is expected to pay off in 4 years.

Next year, two more shearing presses (the 315- and the 500-ton ones) will be replaced at Uralvagonzavod’s foundry department.


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