Salina, KS, USA (February 2018) – To significantly shorten delivery times for customers of the Americas market, Coperion K-Tron located in Salina, KS USA, is starting the US production of Coperion Germany rotary valves type ZRD in Salina. The Coperion brand rotary valves are being added to the full line of Aerolock™ rotary valves that Coperion K-Tron Salina has manufactured for 60 years and ships to hundreds of customers each year.
“The joint effort included an extensive study and several meetings between the Salina and Weingarten sites to make sure that the same high quality of standards would be met and maintained”, says Scott Schlesener, Operations Manager of the Salina site and Integration Manager of Coperion’s Equipment & Systems Division. “Raw materials, product designs, manufacturing methods, and quality assurance standards from Germany were copied and adapted to fit Coperion K-Tron Salina’s extensive machining capabilities and quality management system.”
This joint effort ensures the American made valves will perform to the highest technological and performance standards, for which the German manufactured valves are known. Best of all, this effort, along with a considerable investment of stocked inventory, will allow Coperion to deliver and repair valves for the Americas market with significantly shorter delivery times. In fact, standard grey cast iron and stainless steel ZRD rotary valves will be available to customers within 4 to 6 weeks.