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December 2007

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Refurbished Carter Wire Rope Closer Pays Dividends

Specialist company avoids pitfalls of used equipment

The cable and wire industry is well aware of the high cost and long lead times of new production machinery.  For this reason, many producers favour the more cost effective used equipment route. 

However, there are several hidden dangers with used equipment.  These include existing maintenance problems, unreliable electrical controls and uncertainty about the capability of the original machine.  When combined with transport costs, new foundations for the machinery and immediate running repairs to get the newly installed equipment working again, the true costs can be much higher than expected.

The best way to ensure that the decision to put in used equipment is successful, is a professional refurbishment of the plant before installation.  Furthermore, if the refurbishment company has all the original manufacturing and design information to hand, this will avoid copying worn parts or specifying inappropriate materials.

Extensive build documentation and arrangement drawings

Cable Machinery Spares Ltd is a company formed for the specific purpose of supplying fully refurbished equipment, built to the original specifications.  The company owns and maintains the original drawings and retains the individual build documentation for a wide range of machinery, including B&F Carter, Babcock Wire Equipment, Hanson & Edwards and Winget Syncro.  Similar detailed information for General Engineering and Francis Shaw Cable Machinery is available in association with FSCM.

Many of the Cable Machinery Spares engineering team worked for one or more of the above companies and have extensive first hand knowledge of these machines.

The refurbishment process starts with either the complete or partial rebuild of existing equipment (or alternatively the supply of newly refurbished machinery to order).  However, due to the extensive working knowledge of these machines, the refurbishment can also incorporate a number of later design modifications, as well as the latest advances in drives and control systems.

At the same time, customers with long experience of using these production machines often suggest further improvements that are also engineered into the final refurbished machine.  The end result is the best of both worlds – the simple, rugged design of the original machinery, combined with the latest drive technology and design improvements; leading in some cases to a three or four fold increase in productivity and reliability.

The service from Cable Machinery Spares does not stop on installation, as the company can supply consumables and spare parts, as well as regular service visits to minimise down time, keeping the equipment running efficiently for years to come.

Recent examples of work completed include:

B&F Carter 35 Tonne Closer

Recently refurbished in-situ, the B&F Carter 35 tonne Wire Rope Closer was given an extensive overhaul.  New basket rings and a replacement central tube were fitted, whilst the cradles were refurbished and refitted.  Part of the overhaul included the installation of upgraded controls and drives, leading to smoother, more reliable running, with increased productivity.






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