Ocean Liberator speeds up production at Union Steel in South Africa

Coping of steel beams is time consuming and is fraught with potential problems. Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel in Cape Town, has been a long time believer in embracing CNC machinery wherever possible, and has built his operation into one of the most successful steel fabricating enterprises in the Western Cape. The latest addition to his factory floor is the Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping machine, which has been operating continuously since its installation.

1.Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool

Michael Papanicolaou of Union Steel with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool

2.Clean flange stripping performed on the Ocean Liberator

Clean flange stripping performed on the Ocean Liberator

Typical end copes done with the Ocean Liberator

Typical end copes done with the Ocean Liberator

His operators Elron Groenmeyer and Mluleki Gelem adapted to the machine quickly and are performing some of the cleanest copes that we have ever seen done by this machine. The cleanliness of the cuts significantly reduces additional non-value added tasks such as grinding of copes and other unnecessary clean up.

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Ocean Liberator operators Elron Groenmeyer and Mluleki Gelem in front of the control pedestal

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The Ocean Liberator performs complex end copes with ease and significantly reduces grinding and clean up

Ocean Avenger Optimizes Western Cape Steel Fabrication

Local South African steel fabricator LJ Le Roux has significantly improved his fabrication capabilities with the installation of several pieces of highly productive steel fabricating equipment. For beam fabrication Le Roux  has installed the incredibly popular Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line, which is fed by an automated Peddinghaus sawing line that miters in both directions. For his angle production he utilizes the Peddinghaus Angle Master.

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Andre Matthee is the operator for the Ocean Avenger drill line and Peddinghaus saw

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Here the Peddinghaus Saw feeds the steel to the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line