Our first step was to inspect the existing gauge frame to see if a retrofit would be possible in order to save the customer the cost of a complete replacement. Our team was able to upgrade their current system and retrofit into the existing frame. Next, we replaced the APC control panel. To complete the job, we also reinstalled a cooling blower and rebuilt the die with new wiring and bolt heaters.
The customer had their initial problem solved with the new gauging system that was reliable, faster, more accurate, and more repeatable than their existing system. The new configuration also provided multiple-layer thickness feedback and delamination detection and reporting that was missing from the previous system. Plus, we were able to offer additional benefits by repairing and commissioning their automatic profile control. This made the system faster to come into specifications and took the responsibility off the machine operator.