Schramm Saves Time, Money with EZEFIT Wheel Upgrade


June 25, 2007

Schramm Inc., located in West Chester, Pa., is a leading manufacturer of Rotadrill® rigs for drilling contractors in the oil and gas industry. Well-known throughout the industry and driven by contractor requirements, the 100-year-old company designs and manufactures products around the principles of quality, innovation and flexibility. All Schramm manufactured pieces are blasted and primed before the finishing process begins to produce a durable and long-lasting finish on every Rotadrill.

Schramm recently modernized equipment that helped reduce maintenance costs, increased quality and improved safety in its high-production West Chester facility by upgrading its 34-year-old year-old Eight Wheel Autoblast® Monorail Shot Blast System with four direct drive EZEFIT® wheels during a two-part Equipment Modernization Program (EMP). The first EMP upgrade was completed a year ago, and Schramm - pleased with the results from the first Wheelabrator® machine upgrade - contacted Wheelabrator for the second EMP process to help with leaking and wear issues associated with the high-production blasting equipment.

In addition to the four direct drive EZEFIT wheels, Wheelabrator installed new direct drives for elevators and upper screws and two rows of polyurethane finger seals on the Monorail machine to completely upgrade it with the newest technology available on the market. This total machine refurbishing saved Schramm valuable time in the high-production environment. Additionally, Schramm lowered maintenance costs and improved safety with the total Wheelabrator EMP upgrade.

Because the manufacturing facility could not have extensive downtime, strict time requirements were crucial to the EMP upgrade's success. Wheelabrator delivered the parts in a prompt manor and complied with the stringent time requirement during the upgrade, said James Dolan, Schramm Vice president.

Schramm will have a totally renovated machine at the end of the second phase, said Bill Davis, Northeast Territorial Sales Manager. From the parts delivery to EMP scheduling and deadlines, Schramm was 100 percent pleased with the Wheelabrator EMP upgrade, which has allowed the manufacturing facility to increase quality and save time and money.

The EZEFIT family of Wheelabrator® wheels offers the latest technology in wheel design, reducing maintenance cost and improving productivity. One advantage of using bi-directional wheels (clockwise or counterclockwise) for wheel applications is that it lowers parts inventory costs. Wheelabrator has capitalized on this advantage with a direct-drive design that offers standard or custom base mounting for increased versatility. EZEFIT wheels are available in 3-1/2 or 2-1/2 blade widths. In order to meet any application, a variety of wheel diameters from 13 to 27 are offered with RPM versions ranging from 3600 to 1800.

Wheelabrator Plus, which is the parts, equipment modernization and service division of the Wheelabrator Group, helps customers improve the efficiency of their existing blast equipment operations. Focusing solely on the aftermarket, Wheelabrator Plus works with all customers to provide effective solutions for difficult cleaning problems. Wheelabrator Plus regionally based sales and service teams provide an extensive range of Equipment Modernization Programs (EMP) and support services including: on-site training, maintenance, repair and service programs. Wheelabrator Plus offers a complete range of replacement parts for a variety of wheel blast and air blasting applications. For more information on EZEFIT wheels, call 1-800-845-8508.

Wheelabrator Group is a global provider of surface preparation and finishing solutions. Committed to offering the broadest array of technologies, products, services and technical know-how, Wheelabrator Group works closely with customers to deliver the best solutions for their specific requirements. The company's strategically located and electronically linked offices allow Wheelabrator Group to provide unrivalled customer service and support worldwide. For more information on Wheelabrator visit the web site at www.wheelabratorgroup.com or e-mail info@wheelabratorgroup.com.

Company Name: Wheelabrator Group
Address 1: 1606 Executive Drive
City: LaGrange
State: GA
Zip: 30240
Phone: 800-544-4144
URL: www.wheelabratorgroup.com

Contact Name: Pam Akin
E-mail: pamakin@wheelabratorgroup.com

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