Design – Build – Install

DESIGN-BUILD-INSTALL (DBI) has become a major factor in Finch’s success. Our tested project management and broad manufacturing capabilities allow us to deliver the total rotary processing system, on-time and on-budget to our customers.  This allows our customers to focus their time on their core businesses.  These projects take intense coordination, communication, teamwork, and a skilled design and production team. We often upgrade or increase customer throughput during the design process. Our team will be in constant communication, if requested, or establish periodic meetings that outline exact project status. During installation, we will have a skilled Project Engineer on-site who has been part of this project from the beginning and helped design it!  We are fortunate that our track record demonstrates that once we manage a large project = our customers come back to Finch for their next major project.

Customer Testimonial

With the old dryer, we were producing approximately 12 tons of product per hour and now we are producing 18 tons per hour with the new unit. Further, the operating availability time for the old dryer was around 75% and now the new dryer is giving us close to 100%.

Project 1

Cooler Installation – 90″ OD x 45’ Long

Installed May 2017

  • Modernize Prior Finch Design from 1988
  • Supply Replacement Cooler with
    • Two Floating Pad Mounted Tires
    • Spring Plate Mounted Spur Gear
    • Discharge Screen
    • Internal Flighting System
  • Modernize Existing Drive System
    • New Pinion
    • New Modern Motor
    • New Modern Gearbox
    • Design and Manufacture Transition Mounting Plate to Adapt New Drive Components to Old Base Frame
  • Supplied with (4) New Trunnion Rollers with Bearings
  • Manufacture New Thrust Roller Heads and Bronze Bushings

Project 2

Dryer Installation- 72″ OD x 33’ Long 

  • Supply Replacement Dryer
    • Floating Pad Systems for (2) New Tires
    • A36 Mild Steel Outer Shell
    • AR400 Abrasion Resistant Bolt in Liner
    • Custom Finch Flighting
  • Modernize Drive System
    • Converted from Spur Gear Drive to Sprocket and Chain Drive
    • Confirm Drive Torque
    • Confirm Drive Ratios to Size All Sprockets Required
  • Modernize Base Frame
    • Retrofit Base with Custom Trunnion Mounting Transition Base to Use Modern Pillow Block Bearings
  • On Site Installation Management Overseeing the Installation Crew, Keep Track of Schedule, and Problem Solve Any Issues that Came Up
  • Start Up Support to Ensure Proper Floating of the Cooler Unit When Returned to Service

Project 3

Pilot Test Kiln – 12-3/4” OD x 16’ Long

  • Design & Fabricate a Pilot Kiln for a Material Process Testing Lab
    • C-276 Nickel Alloy Drum for High Heat Processing
    • Adjustable Slope via Screw Jack
    • Interchangeable Drums for different materials
    • Lifting Beam included for swapping drums
  • Scaled-Down Industrial Design
    • Flame-hardened Trunnions
    • Full alignment control – Just like the big stuff!
  • Sprocket Drive System
    • Designed for custom RPM range
    • User friendly speed control and adjustment
    • Replaceable Sprockets
  • In-house testing to ensure proper rotation speed, function, and alignment

Project 4

11’ – 6” OD x 250’ Twin Kiln Pier Modernization & Tire Repair – Installed January 2020

  • Replace outdated Base Frame, damaged Trunnions, and obsolete Housings from mid-20th century. Design, fabricate, & install replacement tire mounting systems for 2 piers & repair existing mounting on 6 other tires

Modernize Pier:

  • Fabricated Transition Base Frame
    • Steel Base Frame for use with existing concrete foundation for proper support of Housings.
      • Designed to keep critical centerlines intact
      • Included removable adjustment blocks
      • Refurbished Housings (pressure tested, inspected, chase threads, paint, etc.)
        • New bronze Bushings & bronze thrust buttons
        • New seal and mounting hardware
      • Refurbished 48” OD x 26” Trunnion rollers w/ 16” OD shafts
          • Skim cut face and bearings journals – matched OD’s
          • UT tested Shafts
  • Installation:
    • Remove antiquated Trunnions, Housings & Base Frame
    • Replace with new Base Frame and refurbished Trunnions & Housings

Remount Tires

  • Engineering & Equipment:
    • Design & fabricate (2) Floating Pad systems for Pier 4 Tire on each Kiln
    • Design & fabricate End Block Shims to remount (6) Tires
  • Installation:
    • Remove/install new Floating Pad Tire Mounting System
    • Reposition (6) Tires and install End Block Shims
    • Surface Grind Tires & Trunnions
    • Perform Cold Alignment