DTI Wiredraw MachineThe drive to manufacture better quality concrete products at the least possible cost has brought reinforcement to the forefront. And for good reason-it is one of the major cost components in concrete pipe and other reinforced concrete products.

With DTI WireDraw technology, the entire cage can be manufactured from green hot roll rod, the lowest cost material available. Additionally, utilizing inline wiredraw technology with the Cageflex smoothes production flow, minimizes material handling, and reduces steel inventory requirements.

  • Inline Operation Reduces Manpower
    Installing the DTI WireDraw unit directly inline allows it to operate unmanned, reducing manpower requirements. The DTI WireDraw unit is configured so that it can be installed directly inline with the CageFlex cage machine. The green rod is fed directly to the WireDraw unit and the finished drawn wire is automatically fed to the cage machine. There’s no need to man the WireDraw unit as compared to other systems that require a manned drawing and re-spooling center.

  • Mill Direct Material Slashes Costs
    Green hot roll rod is purchased directly from the mill, reducing material costs. Rather than purchase mesh or draw-in wire from a secondary source, green hot roll rod is purchased directly from the mill. This reduces material input costs to the minimum.

  • Reduces Material Handling
    Rather than handle rolls and rolls of mesh, only about eight rod sizes are required for a typical plant. Rather than store and handle myriad mesh sizes, approximately eight rod sizes will suffice a typical concrete pipe installation.

  • Reduces Steel Inventories
    Rather than invest your money in myriad mesh sizes, reduce your inventory costs by stocking as few as eight rod sizes. Rather than inventory different mesh sizes for all your pipe sizes and classes, stock only about eight rod sizes. The circumferential spacing can be varied to meet your required steel area specifications.

  • Frees Up Indoor Storage
    As compared to drawn, hot roll rod can be stored outdoors rather than indoors, freeing up building space for more productive use. For use in automatic cage machines, wire must be free of rust and other contaminants. Drawn wire must be stored inside to protect it. Hot roll rod, however, can be stored outdoors as the rust and mill scale is cleaned from the wire during the inline wire drawing process.

  • Flipper Payoff Provides Continuous Wire Supply
    A twin arm wire payoff allows two coils of wires to be continuously linked for uninterrupted and continuous cage production. The DTI flipper payoff system stores two coils of wires. As the one coil is used up, the tail end is butt welded to the lead end of the second coil. This permits the wire to be continuously loaded and fed to the CageFlex cage machine for uninterrupted production. The payoff can accommodate two 4,000lb coils.

  • Descaler Cleans Wire
    Clean reinforcing wire results in reduced machine wear and maintenance for better operating results and cage quality. Reinforcement wire is descaled and cleaned of all contaminants immediately before the wire enters the CageFlex machine. Clean wire makes for better welding performance, reduces wear, and results in better manufacturing performance of the cage machine.

  • Turkshead Attachment Deforms Wire
    Turkshead attachment allows deformed wire to be used without the need to purchase more expensive material. A turkshead attachment can be installed inline with the WireDraw unit to form deformations in the wire. Deformed reinforcement bonds better to the concrete for improved concrete-to-steel interaction. The use of an inline turkshead permits green hot toll rod to be used for both standard and deformed wire, minimizing material costs.