After 25 years of operation, the hydraulic drum brakes on the roll stands had become a high maintenance item. Additionally, it had become increasingly difficult to maintain consistent tension control.


A careful review of the application was necessary to determine the required thermal capacity and detail the envelope restrictions. It was determined that a new air actuated brake with an integral cover could be mounted with minimal changes. The upgrade also included adding and automatic danger control system, which has resulted in a significant quality improvement.