Unnecessary material handling in structural steel destroys productivity and profitability. On average fabricators handle each beam 17-20 times from the time the raw material arrives at his shop to the time it has it on the truck ready to be shipped to site.
Removing this non-value-added component from your fabrication process must be one of your highest priorities.
And to this end, Ocean Machinery designed a totally modular material handling system that can be modifies, extended or upgraded at any time, not locking in the customer to a system that gets outdated the minute it is installed.
The Ocean Eliminator System is ideal for saws, beam drilling or punching lines, beam coping lines, shot blast machines, paint lines, etc, and will help you significantly reduce your labor and fabrication costs, as well as improve the safety of your workplace
The Ocean Eliminator System is a totally modular system that can comprises 3 components (see below) that can be added to the system at any time without any modification.
Unlike other competitive material handling systems, the entire Ocean Eliminator Material Handling System is supplied as a complete, easy-to-install system and includes the variable speed drives, operating control pedestal as well as all the hoses and fittings.
So when you purchase the Ocean Eliminator System, you have no hidden costs.
The Three Components of the Eliminator System are:-
Cross transfers are used for easy loading and off-loading from your roller conveyors, and are useful in creating a space efficient buffer zone between two machines. Buffer zones are critical to efficient operation especially when each machine has a different processing time.
Cross transfers are available in standard 20ft or 40ft lengths. The 20ft length is used when you only require the material to be moved off one side of the conveyor line. If you want the option of moving the material off either side of the conveyor, then the 40ft cross transfer is used.
Cross transfers are usually 4 or 5 arm systems, and feature chain driven transports using heavy duty #100 chain. These hydraulic lift and carry units move at 20ft per minute in either forward or reverse directions.
The Ocean Eliminator Remote Controlled Measuring system features a stop that is attached to the out-feed conveyor on the machine (typically a band saw or coping machine).
From the part to be cut, the operator sends out the measuring stop to the correct position which is displayed on a CCTV monitor that accurately displays the length to be cut.
Material handling can be one of the most time-consuming, non-value-adding tasks performed in a fabricating shop.
Any fabricator dealing with long heavy profiles that either uses overhead cranes or forklifts to position and move the profiles, should seriously consider using the Ocean Eliminator modular material handling system.
In small shops customers start small purchasing just the roller conveyors, and as their business expands and their needs grow, they add the measuring system and cross transfer conveyors
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions
The Ocean eliminator system can move all steel profiles including beams, channels, angle, flat bar and more. The system is not ideal for round pipe as it can roll off the conveyors but several of our customers had added vertical retainers to be able to handle round profiles.
The Ocean Eliminator material handling system is supplied with all the components included.
The entire Ocean Eliminator System is simple to install and most customers install the various components themselves. Ocean Machinery does offer an optional installation service at competitive rates.
Very detailed installation instructions are supplied with the system. The items that the customer needs to provide will be anchor bolts, as well as an impact drill and wrenches.
This typically depends on the stock length of the raw steel that you purchase, but in most cases we recommend 45ft of infeed and 45ft of out-feed. Obviously this will easily handle 40ft (12m) stock lengths, but will also handle 60ft (18m) beams with the ends cantilevered over the ends of the roller conveyors.
Our 20ft cross transfer arms are designed for loading and offloading profiles to and from your roller conveyors from one side. This gives you a lateral loading area of approximately 15ft and creates a valuable buffer zone of work in progress. If you want to load or offload your steel profiles on either side of the roller conveyor then we recommend using our 40ft cross transfer arms.
Most cross transfer systems comprise either 4 arms or 5 arms per side. It is important to have at least two cross transfer arms close together (say around 5-10ft apart to handle short parts)
Heavier profiles like Jumbo Columns might require 6 or more arms to ensure that these heavy profiles can be transported. Each cross transfer arm can lift 2,500lbs
It is very popular to install the infeed cross transfers and roller conveyors outdoors to minimize the impact on the valuable shop floor space, and we have many installations outdoors.
In very cold climates it will be necessary to install an immersion heater in the cross transfer hydraulic tank to get the hydraulic fluid up to operating temperature. Also understand that snow can melt and freeze and this can adversely affect an outdoor installation in extreme climates.
|Powered Roller Conveyors for Structural Steel|
|Modular Section Lengths||4′ and 9′ (1220mm and 2740mm)
Effective Length is 5′ and 10′ (1524mm and 3048mm) with 12″ (300mm) gap between sections
|Roller Spacing||18″ (457mm) on centers|
|Roller Diameter||3-1/2″ (89mm)|
|Usable Roller Width||30″ (760mm) and 44″ (1120mm)|
|Capacity||700 pounds per foot (1000kg/m)|
|Drives||Electric Inverter Drive – variable speed control|
|Transport Speed||20 FPM (6m/min) forward and reverse|
|Controls||In-feed, Out-feed, Both, Forward, Reverse, Variable Speed, E-stop|
|Note: All Powered Roller Conveyor Systems are complete and include all hoses, hardware and fittings.|
|Cross Transfer Systems for Structural Steel|
|Transfer System||4-arm or 5-arm Systems|
|Transfer Lengths||20′ or 40′ (6m or 12m)|
|Lifting Capacity per Arm||2,500 lbs (1000kg)|
|Transfer Speed||20 FPM (6m/min) forward and reverse|
|Controls||In-feed, Out-feed, Left, Right, E-stop|
|Note: All Cross Transfer Systems are complete and include all hoses, hardware and fittings as well as the cross-under chain drive kit for your roller conveyor sections to allow for the cross transfer arm.|
|Measuring Stop for Structural Steel|
|Measurement Method||Steel Tape with CCTV Display|
|Contact Arm Lift||Hydraulic|
|Contact Arm Clamping||Hydraulic|
|Positioning Accuracy||Initial +/- 1/8″; Repeatability +/- 1/16″ (1.5mm)|
|Maximum Measuring Length||65′ (19.8m)|
|Controls||Fast, Slow, Forward, Reverse, Raise, Lower, Clamp, E-stop|
|Note: All Measuring Devices are complete and include rails, hoses, cables, festoon system, hardware and fittings.|
Operating the Ocean Eliminator Material Handling System is simple and no previous experience is necessary. The Eliminator is a fully manual operation.
All controls are clearly marked, depicting what each button does.
The Ocean Eliminator System is a modular system that ships with all components to be a plug and play fully functioning system.
Ocean does offer FULLY customized material handling systems when the standard modular system does not meet your specific needs.
Call Ocean Machinery (800) 286-3624 to discuss your material handling needs
The Ocean Eliminator Material Handling System for structural steel is supplied with a 12 months warranty on parts. Eliminator components are virtually maintenance free and easy to service when needed. Most maintenance can be done by the customer.
The office hours for Ocean Machinery are 8am to 5pm Eastern Time, and we are intimately familiar with all aspects of the Eliminator system and we welcome your technical support calls.
Call Ocean Machinery Technical Service at (800) 286-3624