At Cleveland Steel Specialty Company, we have provided some of the industry’s most reliable precision machining since our inception in 1924. Our close tolerance work, fast turnaround times, and engineering expertise are relied on by the most demanding industries. In the project illustrated here. A client in the plywood manufacturing industry needed dryer nozzles to direct hot air on flitch sheets. These nozzles posed some unique design and construction challenges. With our long history of fabricating difficult and complex projects, we were an excellent match for this project.
Dryers are instrumental in the construction of plywood. For this project, these dryer nozzles needed to be able to dry flitch sheets measuring 15’ and more. The customer was also very concerned that the flitch sheets maintained the highest levels of overall flatness possible. To fulfill our customers’ requirements, we designed a two piece dryer nozzle with a tapered design. This design was a punch press and emboss combination, and was able to achieve the directional air flow that our customer required. These nozzles were constructed from 16 gauge cold rolled carbon steel using our turret punch press and press break, along with custom tooling and precision MIG welding. When completed, the dryer nozzles measured 15’ and were held to tightest tolerances of ±0.03". Final testing confirmed that flitch sheets were held to flatness of ±1/8" over their entire 15’ length.
Our customer was very pleased with our engineering, design, and the quality of our work, along with our fast turnaround times. We now produce 300 of these nozzles per month for shipment to customers worldwide, with lead times averaging 2 to 3 weeks for the entire process. This project, like all of our other work, was backed up by our ISO 9001:2008 certification, ensuring the highest quality work at every step of the process.
To learn more about this project or how we can put our design and manufacturing capabilities to work for your next job, please contact us directly.
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Dryer Nozzle Specifications
- Project Name & Description
- Dryer Nozzles
- Capabilities Applied/ Processes
- -Direct hot air over flitch sheet for plywood.
-16 gauge cold roll (CRS)
- Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
- Turret punch press - Laser CO2
- Overall Part Dimensions
- Tightest Tolerances
- ± .03"
- Material Used
- Carbon steel
- Material Finish
- Industry for Use
- Plywood manufacturing
- In Process Testing/ Inspection Performed
- Flatness (+/-) 1/8" over 15’
- 300 per month
- Delivery/ Turnaround Time
- 2 to 3 weeks
- Delivery Location
- Standards Met
- ISO 9001:2008 Certified