The goal of the large-scale expansion project was to build a state-of-the-art mill to supply the light gauge, tight tolerance sheet metal for the beverage market.
A critical requirement during the project execution was the continual operation of the existing mill without production disruption.
The Client's stringent product requirements were sheet quality, gauge uniformity, flatness, and cleanliness of the thin aluminum sheet stock.
The new facility included a 300,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art high-speed production and material handling equipment. The plant is designed to handle ingots weighing 60,000 pounds each.
Highly automated, the plant required extensive software and hardware design provided by both systems vendors and Fluor's Automation Services division. The newly installed cold mill runs 6,000 feet per minute. It includes coolant and environmental controls. The slitter runs 4,000 feet per minute. The packaging unit handles 9-foot diameter rolls at 7 feet wide with capability to wrap both horizontal and vertically.
Fluor installed and operates its proprietary Computerized Maintenance Management System at the plant. It provides a planned approach to maintenance, and stores information on over 21,000 equipment items and 15,000 stores inventory items.