Serapid’s RollBeam Streamlines Quality Control Application for Steel Producer

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (June 6, 2012) – SSAB, a leading producer of high strength steel, with a worldwide presence, has recently used Serapid’s RollBeam actuator in a streamlined quality control application in its Muscatine, Iowa plant.

In the US, SSAB produces high strength, heavy plate steels, entirely from recycled scrap, following a specific metallurgical recipe allowing for fine adjustment of composition. In this application quality control and high precision are critical elements. The new system utilizing the Serapid RollBeam allowed SSAB to move from a manual to a video quality inspection process.

The installation used a RollBeam with a 189” stroke (15 ft) and a 25,000 lb. capacity to move an inspection station on and off line. The inspection station can be pulled off line for maintenance purposes.The RollBeam actuator is made of an electro-mechanically powered chain that, when retracted, rolls up into a housing that allows for vertical storage of the actuator chain, taking up minimal floor space. In this application when the chain is extended, it pushes the inspection station against a hard stop to a calibrated position. It can be repositioned to the same stop every time making it possible to track where blemishes are occurring. The design of the RollBeam allows for a smaller pit length, provides the long stroke, and is easy to maintain with a simple and fast installation.

Serapid has a longstanding commitment to providing leadership in the advancement of engineering practices worldwide, and is pleased to be part of industrial solutions that promote sustainability.

About Serapid Inc.

The award winning lift and transfer systems provider, Serapid, Inc. (, specializes in Rigid Chain Technology -The Chain You Can Push With.  This push-pull chain has  unique advantages: it’s telescopic, providing long strokes with short storage.  The Rigid Chain has  applications in diverse industries including:  architecture, nuclear, medical, defense, steel, automation, engineering, manufacturing, theater, and entertainment.

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