Plastic Drying Drums

Overview:

Reverse engineered componentsE Tube & Wire works with a local snack food company to keep their antique production machines running. They are the largest manufacturer of pretzels in the world and have upwards of 50 machines just for one size of pretzel. These machines give the food their iconic shape and size. Sometimes new equipment can’t duplicate the hand-worked or imperfect feel of a part or food that is branded as old-fashioned. Additionally, new equipment is typically not available unless it is custom built.

To provide parts and components for machines like this involves reverse engineering anything from complex castings to machined cam shafts. E Tube & Wire has a Faro inspection arm that allows precise measurements and the ability to reverse engineer parts where drawings don’t exist. We will model the part or component in SolidWorks, and then provide the customer with a drawing of that part to have it made.

Examples of some reverse engineered components.We use more modern and optimal materials that weren’t available when these machines we built. Materials include stainless steels, plastics and polymers, brass, and carbon steel.

Downtime on just one machine would cost thousands of dollars per day, which is why we offer incredibly fast turnaround times to keep the production equipment going. The customer tests the new parts on-site and maintains extra inventory so that the maintenance department is able to manage everything properly. We have installed some parts for the customer; usually we will only install press fit parts in castings or sub-assemblies.

Applications:

  • Snack food equipment
  • Wire coating
  • Wall covering manufacturer

Equipment:

  • CNC mills and lathes
  • Manual mills and lathes
  • CNC wire benders
  • Mig and Tig welder
  • Brazing equipment
  • Faro inspection arm