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Aluminium Dusseldorf 2014

  Event
Monday, March 17, 2014

Granco Clark will be exhibiting again at the Aluminium Dusseldorf 2014 conference October 7-9th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Come, stop by our booth, hang out and learn about Granco Clark's newest Technologies and how they can benefit your production and bottom line. We will see you there, you're not going to want to miss this. 

AEC Annual Meeting

  Event
Monday, March 17, 2014

Granco Clark will be attending the AEC Annual Meeting this year in Florida, March 18-20th, hope to see you there. 

Aluminium China 2014

  Event
Monday, March 17, 2014

Granco Clark will be exhibiting again this year at the Aluminium China 2014 show July 9-11th. Come by and see us and check out our newest technology. Find out how Granco Clark's equipment is the smart choice for your business. 

Granco Clark Supplies Indalum Mexico with a new log processing, automated extrusion handling system

  News Release
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Michael Werner 
Granco Clark (800) 918-2600 
michael.werner@grancoclark.com

Granco Clark Supplies Indalum Mexico with a new log processing and automated extrusion handling system.

Belding, MI – Granco Clark of Belding, MI has recently built and supplied New Log Processing and Automated Extrusion Handling Systems to Indalum Mexico for their new Danieli 3800T Extrusion Press.

 

The new system will be handling extrusions that are 25 kg / m in weight and will have a maximum length of 50 m.

 

The new Log Heating System consists of a Granco Clark High Efficient, Hot Jet Log Heating Furnace and a new Granco Clark Hot Billet Cutting Saw (HBCS).

 

Upon the hot extrusion exiting the press, a Granco Clark “Flying Cut” Double Puller System will lead the extrusion through the 20 m Lead-out conveyor towards the 50 m Run Out Table. The “Flying Cut” System will allow Indalum to cut the extrusion without interupting the extrusion cycle.

 

While the Puller System is performing its duty, it’s also pulling the hot extrusion through the Granco Clark Model 28, Progressive High Pressure Quench System that is capable of high pressure water spray, high velocity air and mist. This High performance Quench System is designed to stabilize the shape first and then quench to Indalum’s desired metallurgical properties and exit temperature.

 

The extrusions are then handed off from the puller system to the belt cooling table where they are handled with care and delivered directly to the jaws of the new Granco Clark 150 T Segmented Cam Jaw Stretcher to be straightened through the stretching process.

 

The straight extrusions are then again laterally conveyed onto the saw in-feed conveyor where the extrusions will be fed to the Granco Clark Extrusion Cutting System (ECS-4010). The extrusions are cut and conveyed to the discharge belts where they are packed and sent to Indalum’s Aging Process.

 

The Heating and Handling Systems are controlled by Granco Clark’s Supervisory Computer System (SCS).

 

The new press line is scheduled to begin production in early 2014.

 

 

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark began manufacturing billet furnaces and has evolved into a worldwide, cutting-edge, single-source supplier and leading equipment manufacturer in the aluminum extrusion industry.

 

With a proven track record of manufacturing the most dependable and durable equipment in the business, Granco Clark continually develops groundbreaking technology to improve its products – ranging from billet log furnaces, hot log saws, FusionBond™ to age ovens and stacking equipment.

 

The company was the first to introduce the integrated control system technology that has since developed into SCSExtrude – the next-generation technology for optimizing automated extrusion line performance.

 

Another key to Granco Clark’s success is listening to customers and designing products for their specific needs. The end results are improved productivity, energy conservation, waste reduction and cost savings for customers.

Granco Clark again Supplies Hodaka Technology a complete aluminum log to billet processing system

  News Release
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Michael Werner 
Granco Clark (800) 918-2600 
michael.werner@grancoclark.com

Granco Clark Supplies Hodaka Technology with a complete aluminum log to billet processing system.

Belding, MI – Taiwan Hodaka Technology has again selected Granco Clark to supply a new aluminum log to billet processing system to accommodate their recent expansion.

 

Granco Clark has supplied their 14” Billet Cut Saw System (Model BCS-14), Automatic Billet Over-Head Stacking, Log Storage Table along with Automatic Billet/Log Banding, all PLC controlled.

 

The new BCS-14 Saw System is automatically fed 14” diameter logs that are 7 m in length from Hodaka’s casting system. The logs are automatically cut, stamped (with numeric batching stamp), stacked and banded so the stack can easily be transported.

 

This New BCS-14 System will join little brother; a BCS-12 System supplied by Granco Clark in 2008. Hodaka is planning to have Granco Clark commission this new system in early 2014.

 

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark began manufacturing billet furnaces and has evolved into a worldwide, cutting-edge, single-source supplier and leading equipment manufacturer in the aluminum extrusion industry.

 

With a proven track record of manufacturing the most dependable and durable equipment in the business, Granco Clark continually develops groundbreaking technology to improve its products – ranging from billet log furnaces, hot log saws, FusionBond™ to age ovens and stacking equipment.

 

The company was the first to introduce the integrated control system technology that has since developed into SCSExtrude – the next-generation technology for optimizing automated extrusion line performance.

 

Another key to Granco Clark’s success is listening to customers and designing products for their specific needs. The end results are improved productivity, energy conservation, waste reduction and cost savings for customers.

Granco Clark Supplies Gordon Aluminum Industries Inc a complete heating & handling equipment

  News Release
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Michael Werner 
Granco Clark (800) 918-2600 
michael.werner@grancoclark.com

Granco Clark Supplies Gordon Aluminum Industries Inc a complete handling system and fully automated rack handling system for their new press.

Belding, MI – Gordon Aluminum Industries Inc of Schofield, WI has selected Granco Clark’s complete heating & handling equipment for their new press. The scope of supply includes a high pressure spray quench, cut-on-the fly double puller, high velocity cooling ducts, stretcher, a complete belt/conveyor system, as well as a log furnace, age oven and a fully automated rack handling system with automatic crane providing Gordon with complete “no touch” rack & profile handling transferring loads from the age ovens to various locations in the plant.

 

The 4,500 ton Danieli extrusion press, will be installed in Gordon’s newest building expansion in Schofield, WI.

 

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark began manufacturing billet furnaces and has evolved into a worldwide, cutting-edge, single-source supplier and leading equipment manufacturer in the aluminum extrusion industry.

 

With a proven track record of manufacturing the most dependable and durable equipment in the business, Granco Clark continually develops groundbreaking technology to improve its products – ranging from billet log furnaces, hot log saws, FusionBond™ to age ovens and stacking equipment.

 

The company was the first to introduce the integrated control system technology that has since developed into SCSExtrude – the next-generation technology for optimizing automated extrusion line performance.

 

Another key to Granco Clark’s success is listening to customers and designing products for their specific needs. The end results are improved productivity, energy conservation, waste reduction and cost savings for customers.

Granco Clark Supplies Aisin Light Metals a new quenching system.

  News Release
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Michael Werner 
Granco Clark (800) 918-2600 
michael.werner@grancoclark.com

Granco Clark Supplies Aisin Light Metals a new quenching system.

Belding, MI – Granco Clark of Belding, MI has recently built, delivered and commissioned (July 2013) a new quenching system to Aisin Light Metals for their existing extrusion press number one, a 3600T UBE extrusion press. This existing press is supported by Granco Clark heating and handling systems that were commissioned in 2003.

 

The new Model 20 Quench is a member of Granco Clark’s high performance quenching series. It provides progressive high-pressure water spray, high velocity air and fine mist. Aisin selected this particular Granco Clark model as it was best suited for their product mix produced on this press line.

 

Granco Clark designs and manufactures billet/log heating systems, automated handling systems as well as other equipment to serve the aluminum extrusion industry.

 

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark began manufacturing billet furnaces and has evolved into a worldwide, cutting-edge, single-source supplier and leading equipment manufacturer in the aluminum extrusion industry.

 

With a proven track record of manufacturing the most dependable and durable equipment in the business, Granco Clark continually develops groundbreaking technology to improve its products – ranging from billet log furnaces, hot log saws, FusionBond™ to age ovens and stacking equipment.

 

The company was the first to introduce the integrated control system technology that has since developed into SCSExtrude – the next-generation technology for optimizing automated extrusion line performance.

 

Another key to Granco Clark’s success is listening to customers and designing products for their specific needs. The end results are improved productivity, energy conservation, waste reduction and cost savings for customers.

Granco Clark Announces New Mechanical Engineer Manager

  News Release
Thursday, November 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact

Kurt Lipka, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main: 616.794.2600
Larry Difatta, President and CEO, Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main 616.794.2600

www.grancoclark.com

Extrusion System Manufacturer Granco Clark Promotes 25-Year Employee to Mechanical Engineering Manager

BELDING, MI (July 10, 2013) - Granco Clark has promoted company veteran Kurt Lipka to the position of Mechanical Engineering Manager. Lipka plans on expanding the policy of sending engineers out into the fields for installation and initial startup processes on all projects, further increasing the efficiency of the equipment startup phase while improving maintenance requirements. The hands-on field experience of Granco Clark’s engineers has improved the installation process, reducing startup to as little as two-to-four weeks.

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark has maintained a reputation for producing technological innovations for manufacturing aluminum extrusion systems of exceptional quality, starting with the introduction of the first direct-flame impingement furnace in 1954.

“Bringing our engineers out into the field has resulted in an even more complete understanding of how our equipment functions in real-world applications; it has helped us achieve better communications and closer relationships with our customers,” said Lipka.

Additionally, in the next six months within the department, Lipka plans on increasing the amount of in-house testing on products before shipping. The process has begun moving from testing each piece of equipment individually to testing mating pieces as a cell.

Granco Clark, Inc. (USA) - Granco Clark, Inc. is a global leader in the aluminum extrusion industry and builds some of the world’s largest aluminum extrusion systems. Leading the pack in the development of new extrusion technologies and processes, Granco Clark is committed to the needs of their clients, working together to create powerful and efficient solutions customized to each installation. Learn more at http://www.grancoclark.com

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Granco Clark Announces New Chief Operating Officer

  News Release
Thursday, November 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact

Jeffrey Ferman, COO, Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main: (616) 794-2600, jeff.ferman@grancoclark.com
Larry Difatta, President and CEO, Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main: 616-794-2600, larry.difatta@grancoclark.com

www.grancoclark.com

Leading Extrusion System Manufacturer Granco Clark Looks to the Future, Appoints New COO

Industry Veteran, Jeffrey Ferman, Appointed as Granco Clark’s Chief Operating Officer

BELDING, MI  (FEB. 20, 2013) - Granco Clark has promoted 20-year company veteran Jeffrey Ferman to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Highlighting collaborative innovations that result from working closely with customers, Ferman’s team worked closely with a Granco Clark customer in perfecting and bringing to market the patented FusionBond™ billet bonding system as well as cost-saving remote machine management and diagnostics.

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark has maintained a reputation for producing technological innovations for manufacturing aluminum extrusion systems of exceptional quality, starting with the introduction of the first direct-flame impingement furnace in 1954. Ferman’s appointment to the position of Chief Operating Officer ensures the continued tradition of innovation centered on the needs of Granco Clark’s customers.

“As a company, we listen to our customers first, and I’m going to make it a priority to continue to work with them to help them identify the easiest solution and the best value for their needs,” says Ferman. “At the same time, we are continually rolling out new innovations that drive ‘practical’ automation — automation that keeps production running without the risk of excessive downtime.”

By spending time learning about the specific requirements of customers, Granco Clark has been able to effectively address the unique needs of each client, designing systems that fit customers’ needs based on facility size, production requirements, and energy needs.

“Systems engineered to fit the customer’s requirements mean lower energy costs and higher profits, and have resulted in reducing startup times from up-to-four weeks to as little as one week,” said Ferman.

President & CEO Larry Difatta has high praise for Ferman’s leadership and focus on innovation, “Jeff initiated the formation of our service department, and is familiar with every piece of equipment we manufacture. His contributions to the development of thescrap-reducing FusionBond™ system, and development of groundbreaking remote support for our customers demonstrates the direction Granco Clark is moving.”

Granco Clark, Inc. (USA) - Granco Clark, Inc. is a global leader in the aluminum extrusion industry and builds some of the world’s largest aluminum extrusion systems. Leading the pack in development of new extrusion technologies and processes, Granco Clark is committed to the needs of their clients, working together to create powerful and efficient solutions customized to each installation. Learn more at http://www.grancoclark.com

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Volume 15 Issue 1

  Newsletter
Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Testing, Real-World Performance Results for Patented FusionBond® Are In

There have been a lot of industry changes since the last Aluminium World Trade Fair and Conference. Okay, perhaps that’s an understatement. When leading aluminum industry players meet for three days at Aluminium 2010 in Essen, Germany this month, 18,000 international visitors from over 100 countries are expected to visit the 900 exhibitor booths looking for new solutions and technologies. That’s what you can expect to find at the Granco Clark exhibit in Hall2 Booth 2F06.

Two years ago, we introduced you to a new process and the technology prototype of our FusionBond®. This year, we’ll introduce you to the newly patented FusionBond®, new metallurgy testing and real-world performance results ready to share. Get results when you visit us at Aluminium 2010 and soon to be posted online on our web site.  

 

     The Patented (#7,712,651) Granco Clark FusionBond®

 

The FusionBond® integrates with Granco Clark Hot Saw technology to eliminate two-piece billets. As logs emerge from the Hot Jet Furnace, the Hot Saw simultaneously cuts both the new log and the remaining billet, removing the oxide layer just prior to welding. Then, in a process that takes less than ten seconds, the FusionBond® joins them together under controlled pressure and rotation for a completely bonded single, uniform billet with near perfect alignment, oxidation elimination, and unquestionable weld strength without micro grain structure change. Increase productivity, improve efficiency, reduce scrap, and increase yield 2–3%.

If you have the opportunity to visit us at Aluminium 2010 in Essen, you’ll see why the FusionBond® introduces not just a process improvement, but rather a revolutionary process change in the way two-piece billets are joined. Of course, you can also learn about the FusionBond® right now in the video gallery on our web site.

Get Ready. Demand for Sustainability with Transparency Isn’t Going Away

 

As the extraordinary circumstances affecting the global economy finally appear to be abating, it has only strengthened the case for sustainable business practices—to better manage resources, reduce waste, control costs, and minimize corporate carbon footprints. Stakeholders and shareholders are increasingly vocal and voicing demands for transparency and corporate social responsibility—only amplified by daily headline issues like bailouts, climate change, workplace conditions, product recalls, environmental disasters—even executive compensation seems to have become fair game for public scrutiny. By all indications, it’s not simply the next “marketing fad, public relations ploy or business buzz.” More than a trend, it’s a fundamental shift, driven in part by global public and social policies that are bringing significant change in the way companies do business—and how they will retain customers and grow their business. Leading-edge companies are recognizing dynamic changes taking shape and are making “triple bottom line” environmental, social, and economic sustainability a core business strategy. It’s impacting the entire business ecosystem at every level throughout the supply chain.

In many respects, the aluminum extrusion industry is already light years ahead of the curve on sustainability. Just by the very nature of aluminum—its lightweight, durable, formable, cost-efficient, low environmental impact and highly recyclable qualities makes it an ideal material for manufacturing eco-friendly products. Many of those qualities in fact not only contribute environmentally and economically, but have positive social implications as well. That’s good news. But that won’t be enough in this new business climate. To be truly sustainable, business including the aluminum extrusion industry must take a holistic and continuous improvement approach, taking into consideration the broader people, planet, and profit issues. Among them are responsible management of natural resources, energy consumption, carbon emissions, scrap and waste reduction, safe working conditions, and other concerns. It is here where Granco Clark’s technologies can and are contributing in a significant way to clients’ sustainability agendas.

The reality is Granco Clark technologies were already addressing sustainability concerns long before the triple bottom line sustainability concept gained acceptance and more recently, traction. The early drivers of course, were economic. Design and engineering innovations that reduce scrap, reduce energy consumption, improve productivity, enhance safety, and so forth ultimately save money and impact the economic bottom line. But they also impact environmental sustainability, i.e., reduced scrap translates into better management of natural resources and reduced energy consumption equates into lower emissions. Social sustainability is also enhanced, i.e. through safer work environments for employees, recyclable materials, less waste going to landfills, cleaner air, etc.

For example, the Granco Clark Hot-Jet Furnace delivers an average thermal efficiency of 55%—a number that other furnaces hit only at their peak. Fast controlled heating of die ovens and age ovens save energy. Billet taper quenchers improve productivity increasing press speed by an average of 51%. Puller systems reduce scrap. Profile and billet handling and stacking systems automation help maximize throughput and minimize manual handling and reduce labor. Equipment safety features enhance operator and handler safety. Preventive maintenance programs and energy audits ensure efficient, optimal performance of existing equipment.

Granco Clark’s most recent innovation, the FusionBond®, is a newly patented technology that integrates with the Granco Clark Hot Saw, eliminating two-piece billets. The process produces a completely bonded single, uniform billet with near perfect alignment, oxidation elimination, and unquestionable weld strength without micro grain structure change. The result is a significant reduction in aluminum scrap, increasing yield 2% - 3%.

The triple bottom line sustainability movement, once largely driven by voluntary compliance is becoming a mandatory with business customers requiring supply chain partners to measure, validate, and report their efforts as a prerequisite for doing business. With validation the final piece of the equation, Global Reporting Initiative(GRI) has developed what is becoming the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, developing a standardized approach to measuring and reporting economic, environmental, and social sustainability performance information. It’s look as though concept of triple bottom line sustainability is in fact itself—a sustainable one industry is going to have to live by and work by.

Upgrades: Justifying Improvements to an Extrusion Press System

by Roger A.P. Fielding, Benchmarks

 

Cost cutting has been the theme of all our BENCHMARKS articles, whether they discussed the management of extrusion operations, reviewed the application of Granco Clark equipment and systems, or as in Volume 14, focused on the content of technical papers published in the Proceedings of the Ninth International Extrusion Technology Seminar - ET’08. BENCHMARKS’ first contribution to the Granco Clark newsletter was entitled The Cost of Recovery, followed in subsequent articles that discussed The Impact of Modern Handling Systems, Continuous Improvement to Reduce Waste, Understanding the Double Puller System, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Over the years we have addressed The Acquisition of Modern Aluminum Extrusion Systems, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Eliminating Waste, The Solutionizing Process, Improving Plant Performance and amongst others: Getting the most out of your extrusion systems. The latter article returned to the introduction of the Double Puller system, once again listing the benefits of the six-puller operating cycles before reviewing the five steps to be followed in applying “Continuous Improvement” to reduce waste. The recent republishing of double puller system article in Profiles: Volume 13, Issue 3, is testament that many extruders with double puller systems do not take full advantage of the cost-saving features.

All improvement programs must start with measurements to establish baseline data. But, where—in an extrusion system employing log or billet rack, log or billet furnace, hot shear or saw, FusionBond®, billet quench, billet loader, chest and/or single cell die ovens, puller(s) and rough-cut saw(s), profile handling system, stretcher, finish cut saw and stacker, age ovens etc., does one start? Accept the advice given to Alice in Wonderland: “Start at the beginning, go to the end and stop.” The following notes address some of the issues encountered in the operation of an extrusion press system.

 

Figure 1: The Extrusion Press Cycle.The productive and unproductive utilization of men and machine is measured, and recorded in the form of an average press operating cycle. (The average press operating cycle is the total of the extrusion cycle, the mechanical dead cycle, waste time and die change time – all expressed as seconds per billet.) The Extrusion Press Cycle is used to estimate the ultimate capacity of the extrusion press.

 

Figure 2: The Utilization of Men, Machines and Metal shows how productivity improvements are dependent on Recovery – the utilization of metal - and the productive Utilization of Men and Machine (Time). All scrap is measured - from the incoming log or billet to the stacking of quality extrusions at the finish cut saw. The quantity of quality extrusions (recovery) is expressed as a percentage of the incoming log or billet. The extrusion cycle time (productive time) is expressed as a percentage of the press operating cycle.

Figure 3: The Consistency of Extrusion Operations shows how productivity improvement is dependent on increasing the average Extrusion Speed and reducing the Dead Production Time. (The total of the mechanical dead cycle, waste time and die-change time – all expressed as seconds per billet.)

The baseline data shows where improvements in the utilization of men, machine and metal might be made, where extrusion speed might be increased, and dead production time reduced. By implication, the performance of each component of the extrusion system—from incoming log or billet to finished extrusions must be audited. Any component found wanting is then a candidate for upgrading or replacing.

The performance of the log or billet furnace is the place to start. Is the furnace efficient? Does the furnace have heating capacity to supply the press at all times? And most importantly, does the furnace deliver log or billet that is uniformly heated to the desired temperature? Obviously, any significant axial or radial variation in the temperature distribution within the sheared or sawn billet will impact on the extrusion process.

The hot log shear must be maintained to minimize distortion of the log during shearing. And, the shearing cycle, including the compensation cut, must occur within the dead cycle of the press. If the hot log shear cannot keep up because of improvements to the press, cost benefit analysis is used evaluate the merits of replacing the shear with a hot saw.

The integrated sub-system of log or billet rack, log or billet furnace, hot shear and transveyor should be engineered to minimize downtime. The mean time between failures (MTBF) is the measure of reliability. In addition, and particularly on presses extruding more than one alloy, the efficient transfer of log or part log away from the area of the shear must be accommodated.

Extrusion is a constantly varying, time and temperature dependent, thermo-mechanical process. And even if we maintain consistent time cycles, the temperature distribution in the billet and die vary throughout the extrusion cycle and, from cycle to cycle. We have emphasized the importance of controlling billet temperature. How do we control (and manage) the temperature of the extrusion die?

As we have reported elsewhere, the operation of the traditional die chest oven is often compromised. Poorly managed and maintained, overloaded with dies and support tooling, the temperatures of dies delivered to the extrusion press are often found to vary by 100F or more. The single cell die oven, limited to one die provides the solution. Single cell die ovens can be used in conjunction with a properly maintained (and sub-divided) chest oven. Research into the oxidation of steel shows that 180 hrs at 570F creates same oxide thickness as 2 hrs at 885F. Controlling the chest oven to preheat dies to (say) 570F reduces oxidation of the die bearing. (1)

The double puller is one of a number of alternative devices used to efficiently convey extrusions to the transfer table. However, for any given installation and product mix, the initial installation, the training to ensure all are capable of operating the alternative cycles, the maintenance, and the management of production defines the throughput.

Obviously, the puller system, handling systems, saw and downstream operations must not constrain the output from the extrusion press. Models of extrusion press systems have been used in the past to justify the wide saw tables that are to be found on most extrusion presses. The automated saw stop, retracting saw blade, rapid movement and transfer of the extruded lineals, the cut pieces and scrap are all features of upgrades originally developed to ensure that the sawing and stacking systems are not “bottle-necks.”

Most extrusion presses can be made to be more productive. The extrusion systems that supply heated billet and dies must match the productivity of the press. Measurement shows what must be done to upgrade the total system.

1) Caule et al., Oxidation of Iron in the Temperature Range of 500–850 F (260–470C) Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 108-9, 830-834

President's Message

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

Ever Been Through a Market Like This?

 

We have. More than once. Actually, 11 times! That’s how many "official" recessions have occurred since Granco Clark was founded just after World War II in 1947.

Okay, I’ll give it to you. This one was probably among the most, if not the most challenging. But each time it makes you that much tougher. Resilient. Leaner. Smarter. You find where today’s opportunities are. You figure out where the next ones will come from.

As I suggested in the last issue of Profiles, we believe as the economy recovers the business climate will be different and expectations greater including extraordinary pressure for efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, clean energy and reduced consumption. It’s already playing out throughout the supply chain with the global resurgence of environmental as well as social and economic sustainability and demands for compliance—and generating opportunities for those who do.     

When you read the article “Is Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Just Another Marketing Fad? Don’t Bet On It!” in this issue of Profiles, you’ll get a pretty good sense how Granco Clark and our technologies contribute to your triple bottom line sustainability.

While it’s going to be different this time, so will the opportunities with “green” going mainstream. It won’t just be about doing the right thing; it’ll be about doing the smart thing. At Granco Clark, we’ll help you do both.

An Industry Innovator Retires

Granco Clark Worldwide Vice President John Bugai retired in April 2010 after 38 years of service. In recognizing John’s long and outstanding career, Granco Clark President Larry Difatta stated, “John’s career as a leader with our company is distinguished by his leadership and innovations that not only helped grow our company into a global leader in aluminum extrusion technologies, but brought many notable innovations that changed the aluminum extrusion industry. He will surely be missed, but it’s a richly deserved reward for a lifetime of achievements.”

Granco Clark die oven, extrusion run out table, and space saver log pusher technologies are among the patented inventions that Bugai along with other Granco Clark team members are credited with introducing to the aluminum extrusion industry.

Congratulations John.

Short Profiles

New Installations

Tubelite Adds Granco Clark Hot Saw to Existing Furnace

     Granco Clark Hot Saw

Tubelite, Inc., a leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum storefront window and curtainwall framing systems, is upgrading the aluminum extrusion line at their Reed City, Michigan plant with a Granco Clark Hot Saw. The Granco Clark Model HS69 Hot Saw will be customized to integrate with an existing Belco Furnace and replaces Belco sawing equipment. The project also includes the installation of transveyor start up equipment.

Vitex Extrusion Adds Granco Clark Log Furnace and Hot Saw

Vitex Extrusion has upgraded a press line at their West Franklin, New Hampshire facility with an energy-efficient Granco Clark Model 69 Hot Jet Log Furnace and HBCS 69 Hot Saw. The Hot Jet Log Furnace is the most energy-efficient billet-heating furnace on the market delivering an average thermal efficiency of 55%. A Granco Clark Hot Log Saw will be been integrated with Vitex’s new Hot Jet Furnace. The furnace/hot saw combination provides accurate and consistent length billets to the extrusion press. The Hot Saw’s electronic control utilizes real-time production information to determine billet length, cutting billets to the precise size required just prior to entering the press cycle, eliminating the need to stock billets of multiple lengths.

Taber Extrusions Selects Granco Clark for Press Line Upgrades

     Granco Clark High-Pressure Spray Quencher

Taber Extrusions, LLC has selected Granco Clark to supply a High-Pressure Spray Quench for its facility in Russellville, Arkansas. The Granco Clark High-Pressure Spray Quench greatly increases cooling speeds and allows extremely precise control of the cooling process. Upgrades also include Granco Clark Double Puller Cut for cut-on-the-fly capabilities as well as conveyor equipment.

Volume 15 Issue 1

  President's Message
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ever Been Through a Market Like This?

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

We have. More than once. Actually, 11 times! That’s how many "official" recessions have occurred since Granco Clark was founded just after World War II in 1947.

Okay, I’ll give it to you. This one was probably among the most, if not the most challenging. But each time it makes you that much tougher. Resilient. Leaner. Smarter. You find where today’s opportunities are. You figure out where the next ones will come from.

As I suggested in the last issue of Profiles, we believe as the economy recovers the business climate will be different and expectations greater including extraordinary pressure for efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, clean energy and reduced consumption. It’s already playing out throughout the supply chain with the global resurgence of environmental as well as social and economic sustainability and demands for compliance—and generating opportunities for those who do.     

When you read the article “Is Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Just Another Marketing Fad? Don’t Bet On It!” in this issue of Profiles, you’ll get a pretty good sense how Granco Clark and our technologies contribute to your triple bottom line sustainability.

While it’s going to be different this time, so will the opportunities with “green” going mainstream. It won’t just be about doing the right thing; it’ll be about doing the smart thing. At Granco Clark, we’ll help you do both.

Volume 14 Issue 3

  President's Message
Thursday, November 14, 2013

What Should You Be Doing Now to Prepare for the Economic Recovery?

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

The good news is if the economic experts are correct, it appears the current recession may have “bottomed-out." From a pragmatic perspective, at least the view from there is “up”. Time will tell, although I remain cautiously optimistic they’re right.

As things begin to look up and more importantly, when your business begins to pick up, the consensus in the research, reports, editorials, and executive polls we've read suggests that manufacturers should be prepared for a different recovery unlike any previous experienced. Those preparing now will be better positioned for growth. What might you expect when the market returns?

  • There will be extraordinary cost pressures forcing manufacturers to find even greater efficiencies to remain competitive

  • Design and manufacturing lead times will be dramatically shortened with reliance on IT solutions to solve these challenges

  • Increased material costs will demand higher throughput and yields and reductions in scrap

  • Rising energy costs will demand greater energy efficiencies

  • Voids created by either weakened competitors or competitors who have left the market will create additional opportunities for growth for manufacturers who are prepared, equipped, and can respond quickly

If you're familiar with our products, you already know our track record for designing products that enhance productivity and efficiency including the most energy efficient billet furnace on the market. In this edition of Profiles, you can also read about two initiatives we've pursued during this period that have us prepared, and will in turn help or customers prepare for the recovery. Design technology upgrades with DriveWorks embedded in our SolidWorks automated design software is helping us retain and reuse knowledge, making our engineer-to-order product designs and build times extraordinarily more efficient and faster. We've also developed a new technology, the Granco Clark FusionBond®, unequivocally the best technology ever developed to join two-piece billets. With better material utilization, it will help you reduce your scrap and increase your yield 1% to 2%.

Are you preparing for the recovery? We’re prepared to help you with that.

Volume 14 Issue 2

  President's Message
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Finding the Silver Lining in Tough Times

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

While I won’t try to sugar-coat the realities of the current global economy, good can come from challenging times for companies that choose to make the best of them.

Times like these force us all to re-examine and, if necessary, adjust business practices and even our business models. Businesses that adapt rather than hunker down and try to ride out the storm usually emerge leaner, stronger, more marketable, and more competitive. How so?

The challenging economy heightens the urgency to change, innovate, and continuously improve and in doing so, we become an even greater resource to our customers. At Granco Clark, we’re continuously developing technology and equipment that help our customers reduce costs and become more productive, efficient, and sustainable. In this issue of Profiles, you’ll see examples of how we work collaboratively with customers to develop custom solutions that help them do just that. For example, our Billet Saw Stacker that saws billets to exact lengths as needed to reduce billet inventory and automate handling, or our new FusionBond® that eliminates two-piece billets and increases yield by 1 - 2 percent.  

For those placing technology investments on hold for the short term, our service and support with dial-in modem diagnostics and parts hotline are another invaluable resource to customers. Our experts are available 24/7 to help troubleshoot, solve production challenges, and minimize downtime with existing systems.

Finally, there’s reason to be optimistic. Most of us have been through downturns before. We all know they’re cyclical. If there was good news to come from recent reports that the current economic recession actually began in the U.S. in December 2007, it’s that it’s already just that much further behind us.

Are you using this time wisely? Will you come out of this downturn leaner, stronger, and even more competitive? We plan to help our customers do just that.

Volume 14 Issue 1

  President's Message
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Same Performance – Anywhere in the World

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

As they say at Disneyworld, “It’s a small world, after all.”

ET ’08 in Orlando brought together exhibitors and attendees from more than 50 countries around the world, all eager to show and see the best in extrusion. Even ET’s theme, “A World of Ideas”, reflected just how global this expo has become.

There were lots of great presentations at ET, but one that really hit home for me was Mike Mullane’s keynote speech. Mullane, a former NASA astronaut, talked about the cause of the 1986 Challenger disaster: the failure of an O-ring seal, which triggered the space shuttle’s complete disintegration.

The seal’s failure came with plenty of warning: there had been evidence of damage to O-ring seals on 14 out of 24 previous missions. But NASA had never gone back to re-evaluate or correct the issue. This flaw had become accepted as standard design.

The Challenger disaster could have been prevented if the problems with the seals hadn’t been rationalized as “normal”. As Mullane summed up the key take-away, “Don’t normalize deviation.”

It’s an important message for every business, and one we take to heart at Granco Clark. We’ve staked our reputation on quality and reliability: equipment that delivers maximum performance day in and day out, year after year.

We recognize even the smallest details of our technologies’ design and fabrication can have a lasting impact on long-term performance. That’s why, for example, you’ll find Granco Clark furnaces that are two or three decades old in plants around the world, still performing reliably.

In this issue of Profiles, you’ll read about our growing Chinese operation. As we’ve expanded in a new country, we’ve had to make changes, of course—adapt to a new culture, adjust to new ways of doing business. The way we build our equipment, though, remains the same. Equipment that comes from our China facility is held to the same standards as equipment from our Belding plant. Cutting corners isn’t an option.

No one can predict exactly how our industry might change by the time the next ET rolls around four years from now. But one thing you can count on is the same performance and productivity from any Granco Clark equipment—no matter where in the world you find it!

Volume 13 Issue 3

  President's Message
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Still the One.

Larry Difatta, President of Granco Clark

Elsewhere in this issue of Profiles you’ll find an article about furnace efficiency. And it’s a good one. But I must tell you that whenever I think about furnaces, I get a warm feeling! (Sorry for the little joke.) Why?

The aluminum extrusion industry is always looking for the next innovation, the next new technology, the next improvement in the process that will help extruders be more productive and make more money. That’s great; here at Granco Clark we’re doing that, too. And in the last couple of years, we’ve come up with some excellent new technologies. (Hint: you can expect to be introduced to another one at ET 2008, Booth 409; be sure to stop by!)

But why am I so proud? Well, in that environment where everyone has a burning passion to improve, invent, and do things better, guess whose billet furnace is still the state of the art in the extrusion industry?

Granco Clark pioneered the furnace almost 50 years ago. And while we’ve certainly made it better over the years, it is still the design of choice. Our Hot-Jet furnace is the most efficient available. And that’s a big deal with fuel costs being what they are. The Hot-Jet has a unique capability to return hot air and gases to the pre-heat chamber so it’s re-used to keep heating billets. It’s simple, but rather ingenious. Heating billets is wise. Heating air is waste.

Trust me, we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re always looking to make our technologies even better, and the billet furnace is no exception. We know that, like Babe Ruth’s home run record or Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive game streak, eventually someone is going to come up with something better and beat it.

We’re working very hard to make sure that when it happens, we’re the ones who do it!

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