The project, which required nearly one year of work, included complete disassembly of the entire press and replacement of all wearable components. The equipment employs indirect extrusion technology with a 5,700-ton capacity and 16" cylinder size. The press and its peripheral systems are now rated to be in "as new" condition.
To improve reliability and control of temperature and operating speed, upgrades included significant investment in a new furnace, press control valves and Programmable Logic Controls (PLC). Also installed was new equipment for consistent stretch control and improved handling systems to protect product finish.
Rick Worst, Plant Manager at the Cressona facility, said the press enhancements “are part of our continuing investment to better serve our customers with increased efficiency, reliable high quality and dependable delivery."
Sapa Industrial Extrusions, part of the world's largest aluminum profile company, is a prominent supplier of extruded aluminum products to the Distribution, Commercial Transportation, Automotive, Defense, and Industrial & Consumer markets. Its principal plants in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Utah are supported by five additional Sapa plants and able to deliver anywhere in North America.