FAGOR ARRASATE, as a leading global supplier of integrated blanking lines, has successfully completed the relocation and updating of a large, very high tensile sheet steel blanks cutting line (including feeding from the uncoiler, levelling and press cutting) for their customer, ARCELORMITTAL TAILORED BLANKS (AMTB) at its plant in ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Lorraine, in northern France. This allows the leading global manufacturer of steel for motor vehicles to supply blanks of a high quality and strength, mainly for the construction of the body.
This project was completed during the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015. The project involved the modification and updating of a blanking line for a strip thickness of between 0.5 and 3 mm and a width of 2000mm, with a FAGOR press and stackers from another supplier. This line was relocated from a plant belonging to a major car manufacturer located in Antwerp (Belgium). A line which AMTB bought, dismantled and stored in various locations, to then modify, 3 years later, its original configuration and features in order to adapt it to the production of tailored blanks with a thickness of 0.5 to 3.5 mm and to install it in another of its plants in northern France.
Besides the difficulties inherent to this type of work where, over the years, the lines have been changed from the original project; where there were no construction drawings of machines unrelated to FAGOR to allow a redesign of the modifications; we were also faced with the added difficulty that Fagor did not develop the plan for the dismantling, packing and storage of the equipment, in addition to the resulting lack of knowledge regarding the condition of the machines, their operation, the degree of automation, the changes made, etc.
With this important project, FAGOR ARRASATE has once again demonstrated their high capability and experience both in the supply of technologically advanced machines, as well as in the relocation of production lines and retrofitting aimed primarily at increasing the productive capacity of these, as well as improving the quality of the end product.