On a visit in October 2018, Urethanes Technology International was lucky enough to see the inside of aCannon facility in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. Simon Robinson reports.
Most of Cannon’s heavy work in the US is carried out at its plant Zelienople, located in the state’s old steel belt. Cannon said it finds it advantageous to have both light and heavy engineering on the same continent.
The Zelienople site is large and spacious. It covers 47,000 sq ft (4,366m2) and the building is 24 ft (8m) high. It features two 15-ton overhead cranes, welding tables and laser-cutting equipment, plus several machining centres. This makes it suitable for heavy jobs, according to Bob Pierce, who works in the company’s sales department.
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There was plenty of room for the two Cannon projects that were under construction at the time of our visit. The first was an eight-station refrigerator production system, which was being built for a US appliance manufacturer. This was a repeat customer, whose operations have become more sophisticated with time. Initially, the customer ordered equipment suitable for HFC-245fa as the blowing agent, but moved to pentane-blown formulations. This led to design modifications.
Initially, the machine in Zelienople was designed with six RotoPlug fixtures, and two further fixtures were to be fitted later. In…