Mecelec Design has developed a fully automatic high speed induction annealing machine for small arms ammunition. The machine is capable of a feed rate of up to 280 rounds per minute based on a 5.56mm ball. Each lane is fed from its own hopper that orientates and feeds the case to an escapement mechanism and a purpose-designed feed chain.
Cases are rotated to ensure an even temperature distribution as they are transferred through the induction coil where the correct annealing temperature of 450°C is reached in just over a second.
A simple tooling and induction coil change enables the machine to be easily switched between calibres and also blank and ball rounds.