KOP-FLEX inventory and maintenance programs cuts cost and turnaround time in half for mill couplings, gear spindles and universal joints
FLORENCE, KY April 1, 2012 Power Transmission Solutions, a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation, introduces a repair and maintenance program for KOP-FLEX® mill couplings, gear spindles and universal joints that can cut replacement cost and turnaround time by half or more. Developed for production-critical steel industry applications, the custom program has already cut spindle maintenance cost per ton of rolled steel by half at one Midwest U.S. mill. The program includes repair and maintenance, as well as custom-tailored inventory management that ensures shipment of replacement heavy-duty couplings and gear spindles in 12-24 hours.
Proven to reduce unscheduled downtime, the inventory management program includes development of a usage profile and maintenance of safety-stock inventory at KOP-FLEX service centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. KOP-FLEX monitors inventory usage and requirements which helps reduces customers' taxable asset inventory and ends needless expenditures on incorrect spare parts. It also helps to reduce unscheduled downtime by optimizing a change-out schedule based on the customer's production needs. Under the program, KOP-FLEX recommends replacing worn components with new, so that used parts can be refurbished where possible and maintained for future repairs, reducing costs further.
The custom maintenance management programs are based on the RMR tracking history of spindles and couplings as they are returned for service. The history includes number of times a spindle has been returned for inspection/repair, its repair history, and the total number of tons rolled with the unit. This history provides valuable information so that new maintenance management programs are tailored to deliver maximum product life at minimized cost. Customers covered under management programs also received priority handling of repair quotes, failure analyses and reverse engineering of old components.
For information on KOP-FLEX's custom inventory and maintenance programs for mill couplings, spindles and universal joints, contact Kop-Flex customer service or visit Kop-Flex on the web at www.emerson-ept.com.