COE Service Team Gives New Life to Viking's Press Feeds

Smoke and water damaged equipment restored like new

Sterling Heights, Mich. – When custom metal stamper Viking Inc. (Columbia City, Ind.) suffered a factory fire earlier this year much of the equipment escaped the flames, but was rendered inoperable by the smoke and water damage from its fire protection system. This included two COE Press Equipment servo roll feeds with control panels that were left in standing water -- a ServoMaster Series 1 installed in 1997 for light gauge stamping and a ServoMaster Series 2 installed in 2007 for medium gauge applications. Viking contacted COE's Service Department to see if there was any hope in restoring the equipment to a reliable operating state.

"When we first saw the equipment it looked pretty ugly and, since oils retain odors, the feeds just reeked of smoke," said COE Service Manager John Kwiatkowski. "However, the ServoMaster feeds feature a modular design and robust construction, so we were confident it made sense to refurbish rather than replace."

COE began the restoration process by power washing with a special cleaning agent to eliminate the odor. Next began the mechanical and control repairs. Coe provided a full mechanical rebuild based on its inspection of the feeds, and a new electrical system on both machines, including an upgrade to the most recent ServoMaster Touch Controller. Cosmetically, the equipment was sanded down and repainted to make the servo feeds look like new.

"We couldn't believe how good these machines looked when they came back to us," said Viking's owner Steve Schwenn.  "This has been a challenging situation for Viking, so we really appreciate having a partner like COE to help us get back up and running production again."

COE Press Equipment has an experienced service team that provides new equipment installation support, production issue troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, equipment repairs and rebuilds as well as making recommendations for reconditioned coil feed lines, replacements and upgrades. For more information on COE's service offerings, email John Kwiatkowski at

About Viking Inc.

Viking Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia City, Indiana, has been in business since 1949, accommodating the largest aftermarket exhaust products in the U.S.  Its key services include custom metal stamping, custom wire forming, and O.E.M. replacement supply. For more information, visit

About COE Press Equipment

COE Press Equipment designs and manufactures a complete line of premiere coil handling and servo roll feed equipment from stand-alone roll feeds, straighteners, reels, cradles and air feeds to complete integrated feed lines and cut-to-length systems. The company supplies and services a wide variety of global markets and industries including automotive, appliance, lighting, metal processing, housewares, lawn and garden, contract stampers, tool and die builders, and many others. For more information, visit

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