Columbia Machine Works and EXO Technologies have a long history of working with the steel industry and are known for manufacturing the safest, highest quality electrode handling equipment in the industry. Although we have an array of handling products, we can also customize products to your needs and provide the quick turnaround your business demands.

Electrode Handling Products

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Electrode Addition Station

The Electrode Addition Station (EAS) is a safe, effective and automated way of adding electrodes to the electrode column off line of the furnace.
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  • All units are calibrated in-house using lab-certified torque transducers to ensure that the joint is torqued to manufacturer’s recommended specs.
  • This device is capable of handling hot electrodes.
  • The CMW Electrode Addition Station is one of the most efficient, maintenance-friendly systems on the market, with fewer components and wear parts for greater reliability.
  • CMW can perform a head-room and platform evaluation to access the feasibility of the addition station in your plant.
  • The CMW Electrode Addition Station torques electrodes to manufacturer recommended specifications.
  • Spare parts are kept in stock for quick turn-around to prevent prolonged downtime.
  • The Addition Station can be packaged with the Station Holder or, in some cases, can be adapted to existing holders.

Electrode Column Lifting Device

The Electrode Column Lifting Device (ECLD) can replace the use of Graphite Lift Plugs.
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  • The ECLD is simple to use, mechanically operated lifting device.
  • The ECLD’s feature an auto latch system, keeping the unit in the open position until electrode is inserted for use, and resets when the column is off loaded.
  • Fixed bail ECLD can be used to transport to the furnace or holder.
  • The Threaded Stem version (ECLD-TS) features an integral threaded stem for off furnace addition practice.
  • CMW offers custom lift bails designed to fit customer’s needs.
  • Available in sizes from 335.6mm (14”) to 812.8mm (32”).
  • Electrode Column Lifting Device are load tested to 125% of the rated capacity.
  • Finish: all CMW products are painted Safety Red, unless otherwise specified.
  • All designs, development, production, load test & certification is performed by CMW engineers and technicians at the CMW facility in Columbia, Tennessee, according to Standards: B30.26-2015, B30.10.2014, B30.20-2018, ASME BTH-1-2017, CEI IEC 60239, DIN EN 13155

Aluminum Addition Plug

Aluminum Addition Plugs (AAP) provide a safe and effective way of lifting electrodes from the horizontal to the vertical position and assist with additions.
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  • Aluminum Addition Plugs are designed with an alloy heat-treated stem with the same thread pitch as the electrode, ensuring the plug stays engaged in the electrode during the addition.
  • Aluminum Addition Plugs are not intended to stay in the electrode during furnace operations.
  • Available in plug sizes from 177.17mm (6.975”) to 431.8mm (17”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • The Aluminum Addition Plug stem is machined from an alloy steel, heat-treated for longevity.
  • Aluminum Addition Plugs are machined from a solid 6061-T6 billet for maximum strength.
  • Aluminum Addition Plugs are designed with a minimum safety factor of 4x Working Load Limit.
  • Addition plug also available in Steel (pricing according to material markets)

Graphite Lift Plug

Graphite Lift Plugs (GLP) provide a safe and effective way of lifting and handling graphite electrodes and graphite electrode columns for transport to and from the furnace.
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  • Graphite Lift Plugs are designed to stay on the column during furnace operations.
  • Graphite Lift Plugs are designed to lift one electrode stick from horizontal to vertical.
  • Available in plug sizes from 177.17mm (6.975”) to 431.8mm (17”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • Graphite pins are supplied by OEM graphite electrode and pin manufacturers.
  • Plate bails are fabricated from 80 KSI steel.
  • Graphite Lift Plugs are designed with a minimum safety factor of 4x Working Load Limit.

Heavy Duty Recovery Tong

Heavy Duty Recovery Tongs (HDRT) provide a safe and effective method for recovering and handling broken electrodes and electrode columns.
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  • Heavy Duty Recovery Tongs are designed to work with all OEM electrode sizes.
  • Heavy Duty Recovery Tongs are designed with a safety link which holds the tongs open until lowered onto the electrode.
  • Heavy Duty Recovery Tongs are designed with a minimum safety factor of 4x Working Load Limit.
  • Available for electrode sizes from 547.2mm (18”) to 812mm (32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.

Auto Latch Recovery Tong

Auto Latch Recovery Tongs (ALRT) provide a safe and effective method for recovering broken electrodes and electrode columns from the furnace.
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  • The Auto Latch Recovery Tong is designed to work with all OEM electrode sizes.
  • Available Electrode Diameter ranges from 229mm-305mm (9”-12”) to 559mm-813mm (22”-32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • Auto Latch Recovery Tongs are designed with a minimum safety factor of 3.5x Working Load Limit.
  • Auto Latch Recovery Tongs are fitted with a semi-automatic latch which holds the tongs open until it is lowered into the furnace to retrieve the electrode.

Light Duty Recovery Tong

Light Duty Recovery Tongs (LDRT) provide a safe and effective method for recovering broken electrodes and electrode columns from the furnace.
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  • Light Duty Recovery Tongs are designed to retrieve broken electrodes directly from the furnace.The scissors action allows for quick and safe removal of broken electrodes. CMW uses cardboard tubes to gap the tong open until it is lowered onto the broken electrode. The material then collapses, allowing the tong to close over the broken electrode.
  • Light Duty Recovery Tongs have a range of electrode diameters from 229mm (9”) to 610mm (24”).
  • Light Duty Recovery Tongs are designed with a minimum safety factor of 3.5x Working Load Limit.
  • Available for electrode sizes from 547.2mm (18”) to 812mm (32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.

Shock Absorbing Lift Device

Shock Absorbing Lift Devices (SLD) provide a safe and effective method for handling electrodes and electrode columns.
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  • The Shock Absorbing Lift Device transports electrodes and electrode columns safely while buffering the shock load caused by releasing electrodes from the furnace.
  • CMW Shock Absorbing Lift Devices are designed to be rotational or non-rotational (SLD- NR). Non-Rotational (SLD) hooks can be positioned every 45 degrees to the lifting bail. CMW (SLDs) can be designed for your crane hook and low head room issues. CMW offers a “Low Head Room” Shock Absorbing Lift Device (SLD-LR) to accommodate this issue.
  • Each Shock Absorbing Lift Device is tested to 2x Working Load Limit and meets or exceeds standards ASME B30.20-2013.
  • Custom sizes available on request.

Custom Lifting & Handling Products

Columbia Machine Works offers a variety of Custom Lifting and Handling Products from simple devices to more complicated mechanical devices.
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  • Columbia Machine Works offers a variety of custom lifting and handling devices tailored to fit your needs, including lifting beams, spreader beams, tongs, sheet lifters, fork extensions and accessories, pallet lifters, bar and tube lifters, and coil and roll lifters.
  • Columbia Machine Works engineers can design a lift device for your product regardless of the geometry, available pick-points and weight.
  • CMW uses only the highest quality rigging, offering a variety of shackles, chains, hooks, wire rope and other rigging accessories.
  • CMW offers inspection, service or repair to any brand of custom lifting and handling product.

Custom Spreader & Lift Beam

Custom Spreader & Lift Beams (CSB) are a rigid under-the-hook lift device designed with multiple pick and lifting points.
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  • Custom Spreader & Lift Beams can be designed with xed lift and pick-points for a specific product or with multiple lift and pick-points for use with multiple products ensuring a lift at or near the center of gravity.
  • Columbia Machine Works can design, fabricate and test beams with a working load limit to 50 tons.
  • Beams are fabricated with endplates to protect bottom bails when sitting on a pad.
  • Beams are designed with multiple pick and lifting points to ensure balanced loads.
  • Lifting bails are made from 80 KSI steel. The structure body is fabricated from high-quality domestic steel as required for the application to ensure strength and durability.
  • Fasteners are Grade-8.
  • Welds are performed by CMW fabricators certified in AWS D14.1.
  • CMW offers a variety of rigging accessories to work with our lift and spreader beams, including chain, shackles, bull rings, oblong rings, clevises, wire rope and more.

Electrode Spin Down Collar

Electrode Spin Down Collars (SDC) provide a safe and effective way of joining electrodes.
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  • The Electrode Spin Down Collar is designed with two horizontal handles that cover 75% of the collar body, which helps with spinning down the electrode.The SDC uses a toggle clamp with a built-in safety to latch the electrode.The SDC has four set screws built into the body to secure the electrode for safe joining.
  • Available in sizes from 228.6mm (9”) to 812.8mm (32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • Electrode Spin Down Collars are made from domestic carbon steel with traceable mill and heat numbers.
  • CMW Electrode Spin Down Collars are test fitted to OEM manufactured electrodes.

Electrode Recovery Ring

Electrode Recovery Rings (ERR) provide a safe and efficient way of recovering broken electrodes and electrode columns from the furnace.
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  • Electrode Recovery Rings are designed to work with all OEM electrode sizes.
  • Available in sizes from 335.6mm (14”) to 812.8mm (32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • Electrode Recovery Rings are designed with a minimum safety factor of 3.5x Working Load Limit.
  • Finish: Safety Red, unless otherwise specified.

Thread Abrasion Gauge

Thread Abrasion Gauges (TAG) provide an effective way to measure GLP thread abrasion and wear.
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  • Additional TPI’s available on request.
  • Finish: Stainless
  • Each Shock Absorbing Lift Device is tested to 2x Working Load Limit and meets or exceeds standards ASME B30.20-2013.
  • Thread Abrasion Gauges are precision laser cut for 100% accuracy.
  • Thread Abrasion Gauges are constructed from stainless steel for longevity.
  • Thread Abrasion Gauges are designed to measure thread wear to notify when the GLP is no longer safe for lifting. If a GLP thread is suspect of damage or wear, use the CMW TAG for inspection. If the thread is worn beyond 20%, contact a CMW representative.

Electrode Dust Cover

Electrode Dust Covers (EDC) are a safe and effective way of protecting the exposed end of the electrode from dust and debris during furnace operations.
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  • Electrode Dust Covers are designed to work with all OEM electrode sizes.
  • Available in sizes from 101.6mm (4”) to 812.8mm (32”).
  • Custom sizes available on request.
  • Electrode Dust Covers are fabricated from stainless steel to withstand heat and environment.
  • Electrode Dust Covers can be engraved along the outside per request.
  • Finish: Material mill finish.

Inspection & Certification Services

Columbia Machine Works offers numerous inspection programs from field inspections to in-house inspection for rigging and below-the-hook lift devices.
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  • CMW performs on-site and off-site inspection, repair and testing to rigging, hoist (chain falls and lever pullers), and below-the-hook lift devices.
  • Wire rope slings are inspected for missing or illegible tags, damage to the lift eyes, splices, body and attached rigging and hardware.
  • Chain slings are inspected for missing or illegible tags, damaged or missing hooks, damaged chain links, oblongs, connecting links and other hardware and rigging attachments.
  • Chain mesh slings are inspected for missing or illegible tags, excessive wear, cracked, damaged or stretched links, weld splatter, knots and other visible damage that could compromise the sling compliance.
  • Synthetic slings are inspected for missing or illegible tags, damage to the sling body, eyes, stitching and other issues that may make the sling non-compliant.
  • Hoist (chain falls and lever pullers) are inspected and load tested to 125% of capacity to comply with ASME standards.
  • Below-the-hook lift devices are inspected for damaged welds, deformation to the device structure, worn or damaged bails and damage to pick points. CMW can perform non-destructive testing on the device, recondition the device and recertify to comply with ASME standards B30.20-2013.
  • CMW has capabilities to load test and cycle test lift devices designed for 100,000 lb. capacities. Certification and test documentation can be formatted per customer request.

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