In a leveling line, plates usually run several passes until either flat enough, or they have to be rejected. The number of leveling passes should, of course, be reduced to a minimum, but pre-setting of levelers is difficult and good operators usually have years of experience.
Installing a gauge after the leveler, leads to some benefits e.g:
- The operator always knows whether or not the plate fulfills the requirements. Thus he will be able to avoid unnecessary leveling passes.
- The information from one pass can be used as set-up data to the next, hence reducing the number of passes.
- The line will be less dependent on the operators’ experience. They can directly see what a certain measure results in and thus will learn faster.
A Shapeline system down-stream from a leveler can either be integrated with the leveler itself, or mounted on a separate platform. Shapeline has the flexibility to adapt the geometry to the requirements and existing equipment.
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