NEW YORK Arnold Machine Inc. has built an automated system to cut, paint and bundle fence posts at Nucor Corp.s mill in Plymouth, Utah.
"We are thrilled to work with a company such as Nucor on such a vital project," Arnold Machine president Zach Arnold said in a statement. "This type of challenge is a strong indication of the results we aim for with our automation systems."
The completely automated system, from initial loading and cutting to final painting and bundling, includes the ability to easily change paint colors, insert spades at various points, bundle both spaded and non-spaded products, switch between product types and adjust operations based on temperature. It requires only five people to operate, and can process up to 12 tons of non-spaded fence posts per hour.
"By operating to Nucors specific requirements, Arnold Machines new system has wide-ranging implications across the steel industry," Arnold Machine said.
The Tiffin, Ohio-based company makes custom automated equipment and provides precision computer numerical control machining as well as other industrial services.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor produces steel bar and merchant products at its Plymouth facility.