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Coil Lifting Circuit on a Rolling Mill Will Not Lower the Coil


A steel mill that takes large coils of automotive sheet metal, uncoils and runs it through a coating process. It is then recoiled after the process is finished. The hydraulic circuit the customer provided is attached. (Many times they are not accurate, but it’s a place to start). The hydraulic drawing shows a unique setup for the motor brake circuit and uses pressure-reducing valves to keep pressure on the outlet of the motor. 

A problem developed where they could raise the coils but could not lower them properly. They found if they held the lower function energized the roll would slowly creep down the full distance and then they could raise with no problem. They felt the proportional valve was at fault but replacing it with a new one did not help.

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The steel mill problem with a coil lifting circuit not lowering was caused by two leaking paths. The 2 MPa (290) psi reducing valve was one. The valve is a pilot-operated pressure control that has a control orifice to control the outlet or inlet pressure. Any time you have a problem with the orifice plugging due to contamination, the valve will always fail safely. Relief types fully open losing all outlet pressure while pressure-reducing valves completely fail in the closed, (non-passing) position, blocking all flow/pressure on its outlet. Clearing the obstruction solved the problem. The other cause that helped the drifting problem was the normal leakage through the 2.4 MPa (350) psi brake-reducing valve since pilot-operated reducing valves always have to flow out the drain line only when they are reducing the outlet, typically as much as 1 liter (¼ gpm).

Robert Sheaf has more than 45 years troubleshooting, training, and consulting in the fluid power field. Email rjsheaf@cfc-solar.com or visit his website at www.cfcindustrialtraining.com. Visit fluidpowerjournal.com/figure-it-out to view previous problems.

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