Ulbrich of Illinois (UOI) is pleased to report the installation of its ninth and most versatile slitting machine yet. The new 24” Stanat Slitter will increase productivity and precision at Ulbrich’s largest Service Center in Alsip, Illinois. This high-performance slitting line features adjustable rolls for producing various widths and powerful, state-of-the-art motors that will limit downtime. As a leaner, more energy efficient assembly, the new slitter is expected to help UOI serve customers better than ever!
Tom Hornik, Field Service Center Maintenance Managerm UOI, led the 24” Stanat Slitter installation project from its inception. For the last few years, Tom jokingly called the previous 24” Slitter the “Frankenslitter” because it was largely made up of retrofitted components. Trying to keep up with Ulbrich of Illinois’ expanding light gauge, automotive orders was becoming a challenge with outdated equipment. In June of 2015, UOI started to look for a replacement and came across a slitter in upstate New York used in processing material for cutlery products. This 24” Stanat Slitter was initially underused, then put in storage and is now in great condition. Tom gave Ray Sistino, General Manager, UOI, and Kirk Smith, Operations Manager, UOI a positive evaluation of the slitter, its components and its relatively low cost.
The purchase was made and Tom, Ray and Kirk agreed on an area in the plant to install the line. The Stanat Slitter needed 4000 sq. ft. of floor space. “We chose to relocate the maintenance area,” Tom explained with a satisfied grin. “We were able to reorganize and reposition the maintenance area elsewhere and the contractors broke ground on May 2, 2016 to start the slitter installation in its place.” The factory floor underwent a progressive transformation to accommodate the slitting line and its sixteen-foot looping pit. Thanks to Tom’s direction and the persistent efforts of Victor Carreno, Lead Maintenance Technician, UOI, the project was well executed and ahead of schedule. The entire UOI 2nd shift also deserves to be recognized for graciously moving to 3rd shift hours during part of the installation process.
Collaborative efforts, diligent preparation and expert planning made the slitter installation a success, from start to finish. With added capacity and capabilities, the 24” Stanat Slitter is expected to boost UOI’s overall output. The slitting line will also meet product specifications while using less time, energy and resources. New machining often requires less maintenance and UOI’s management believes this will be the case for the Stanat Slitter. Meticulous plans and procedures were taken in setting up each component for long-term success, and with limited interruptions. Kirk Smith stated, “The new 24” Slitter line will relieve pressure and workload, especially from Slitter #5, and become our high workload, high volume machine. It’s also going to allow us to produce material with larger OD’s (outer diameters) and help our customers reach greater efficiencies.” It’s evident that this new slitter will produce fast, versatile solutions and most importantly, more value for Ulbrich of Illinois customers.
Great work and many thanks to all UOI contributors and outside contractors.
Written by Weston Ulbrich