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DESIGN-BUILD-INSTALL (DBI) has become a significant 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 within 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. If requested, our team will be in constant communication or establish periodic meetings that outline the exact project status. During installation, we will have a skilled Project Engineer on-site who has been part of this project 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%.

Rotary Cooler Replacement

Cooler Installation – 90″ OD x 45’ Long

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

Rotary Cooler Install


Rotary Cooler Trunnion


Rotary Cooler Install


Rotary Cooler Fabrication


Rotary Dryer Modernization

Dryer Installation- 72″ OD x 33’ Long 

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

Rotary Dryer Install


Rotary Dryer Install


Rotary Dryer Trunnion Assembly


Rotary Chemical Test Kiln Fabrication

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

  • Designed & Fabricated 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 & adjustment
    • Replaceable Sprockets
  • Performed In-house testing to ensure proper rotation speed, function, & alignment

Rotary Chemical Kiln


Rotary Test Kiln Fabrication


Test Kiln Trunnion & Base Frame


Built for our business partner and customer Deltech Furnaces, Inc.

Concrete Kiln Pier Modernization & Tire Repair

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

  • Replaced outdated Base Frame, damaged Trunnions, & obsolete Housings from mid-20th century. Designed, fabricated, & installed replacement tire mounting systems for two piers & repaired existing mounting on six other tires

Modernized 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 & mounting hardware
      • Refurbished 48” OD x 26” Trunnion rollers w/ 16” OD shafts
          • Skim cut face & bearings journals – matched OD’s
          • UT tested Shafts
  • Installed:
    • Removed antiquated Trunnions, Housings & Base Frame
    • Replaced with new Base Frame & refurbished Trunnions & Housings

Remounted Tires

  • Engineering & Equipment:
    • Designed & fabricated (2) Floating Pad systems for Pier 4 Tire on each Kiln
    • Designed & fabricated End Block Shims to remount (6) Tires
  • Installed:
    • Removed/installed new Floating Pad Tire Mounting System
    • Repositioned (6) Tires & install End Block Shims
    • Surface Ground Tires & Trunnions
    • Performed Cold Alignment

Rotary Trunnions and Base Frame


Concrete Rotary Kiln Trunnion & Base Frame Removal


24 Hour Shell Section install on rotary Kiln


Base Frame Install on a Pier for a Rotary Kiln