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Injection molding machine
The tie-bar-less all-electric e-motion 50 TL has been introduced. Said to feature greater output, more speed, higher precision and outstanding cleanliness, the e-motion is said to be the optimal production unit for the ever-growing demands of a dynamic market, thanks to a sophisticated, flexible, all-electric machine concept that provides constant, clean quality in a highly efficient way. Low maintenance costs contribute to a durable injection molding machine with a perfectly designed, closed-circuit lubrication system, according to the company. Clamping force ranges from 300 kN to 6,500 kN. Short dry cycle times are said to provide efficient production.

Engel
www.engelglobal.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Safety rubber grinder
Safety rubber grinder The Model 482 safety rubber grinder features improvements that have been made in the areas of safety and ease of use, with the Model 482 replacing the older Model 48 grinder. With improved safety and efficiency in mind, several changes have been made. Servo controls on the carriage eliminate the manually adjusted limit switches for the start and stop positions of the carriage. They are now controlled on the Allen Bradley touchscreen HMI. With a servo controlled carriage, the grinding wheel retreats safely behind a guard at the end of the grinding cycle, greatly improving safety for the machine operator. Servo controls also replace the manually operated slide adjustment of the grinding wheel. This allows for the finished diameter to be set on the touchscreen.

Mitchell
www.mitchell-inc.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Particle size reduction
Particle size reduction can present challenges to processors in industries such as rubber, plastics, etc., particularly when working with heat-sensitive and tough-to-mill materials. This cryogenic grinding specialist provides technical information about PolarFit cryogenic size reduction solutions, which use liquid nitrogen to cool down feed material prior to and/or during milling. Exposing material to liquid nitrogen is said to help prevent melting or decomposition, or achieve embrittlement, resulting in a higher yield of particles in the desired target range, more uniform particle size distribution, higher production rates, improved product quality and enhanced process safety due to the nitrogen inertness. Company offerings include turnkey cryogenic grinding systems, as well as individual components to retrofit an existing process; liquid nitrogen supply, which is available in a variety of delivery options to economically meet small- to large-volume requirements; and value-added services, such as technical assessments/improvements of existing milling systems and optimization of liquid nitrogen use.

Air Products
www.airproducts.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Soft-seal rotating unions
Soft-seal rotating unions Multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions are available from the company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines and rotating equipment, including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches. While rotating unions are used to convey virtually all types of liquid or gas (steam, water, coolant, hydraulic or cutting fluids, inert gas or vacuum), multi-passage rotating unions are used when more than one media must be conveyed simultaneously using different passages. Soft-seal refers to the plastomeric seal technology, a combination of plastic and elastomer.

Deublin
www.deublin.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Cartridge dust collectors
Two updates have been made to the Farr Gold Series cartridge dust and fume collectors. The two improvements, one to the filter access door hardware and the other to the filter clamping system, are said to provide enhanced ease of use, safety and reliability, at no added cost to customers. A patent-pending clamping system on the door hardware is said to provide greater locking strength and makes it easier to close the door. The filter clamping system has also been updated to utilize laser-cut, welded-in clamp bar brackets in place of bolted-in brackets to hold the clamping bars to the tube sheet.

Camfil Air Pollution Control
www.camfilapc.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Modular punch assembly
Modular punch assembly One-piece modular punch assembly units have a punch-and-die design to make custom shaped cutouts. Applications include punching holes in flexible materials such as films, nonwovens, hose, tubing, foam, rubber, laminates, etc. Optional features include custom shapes, single or multiple tooling and sensors. In addition to punching out holes or shapes, the units are capable of creating virtually invisible micro punches. Unsightly holes in packaged bags are eliminated, allowing for a variety of display options without compromising the product's package integrity or aesthetic quality, according to the company. Available in pneumatic or electric configurations, the punch units use hardened steel tooling that is said to be clean cutting and fast acting. The assembly can be mounted in any orientation.

Azco
www.azcocorp.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Rubber ink jet marking
Rubber ink jet marking An ink jet printing system has been designed specifically for rubber marking and the tire industry. The ink jet system features an ink jet controller, one or two 8000+ Series drop on demand print heads and an agitating and circulating ink system (ACIS)in combination with a curable white pigmented ink. The four-liter large capacity ACIS uses both an internal pump and an air driven agitation propeller to provide constant circulation of the pigmented ink, achieving reliable uptime, as well as reduced maintenance, according to the company. The ink is a fast dry, HAPS-free, curable, white pigmented formula which conforms to tread production without transfer in the mold.

Matthews Marking Systems
www.matthewsmarking.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Tire handling system
Tire handling system The Tire Tray transportation and sortation system is designed specifically to enable tire manufacturers to increase process efficiency and optimize manufacturing costs. The system automates the handling of tires of all sizes, from tire building to curing presses. It provides full end-to-end tracking and traceability of each tire throughout the production using RFID technology. It also offers advanced features such as fully automated loading and unloading, as well as system-wide visibility and control. Throughout the green tire building process, tires are handled gently and with full consideration for their delicate materials. They are also kept in allocated trays to reduce contact and possible damage. Detailed management statistics enable the system to be continually optimized to enhance process efficiency; and power consumption, noise level and maintenance costs are all reduced.

Beumer
www.beumer.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Cleanroom cabinet oven
Cleanroom cabinet oven The No. 880 is a 500°F electric Class 100 cleanroom cabinet oven, currently used to cure urethane, silicone and steel parts at a customer's facility. Workspace dimensions of this unit measure 36" wide by 36" deep by 51" high. Incoloy sheathed tubular elements with 30 kW installed heat the workspace, while a 1,500 cfm, 2 hp recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow across the workload. This cabinet oven features a 16 ga. Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior with continuously backwelded seam construction. The exterior of the oven is finished with white epoxy paint and includes a #4 brushed stainless steel door cover and control panel face. The unit has single side swinging doors on the front and back of the workspace for easy access, plus 4" thick insulated walls. The No. 880 also features two 30" by 24" by 6" thick stainless steel, high-temperature HEPA recirculating filters. All safety equipment for handling flammable solvents is installed.

Grieve
www.grievecorp.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Laser material processing
The XLS10MWH Multiwave Hybrid laser material processing platform combines the laser energy from CO2 lasers of 9.3 or 10.6 microns and a fiber laser of 1.06 microns into the simultaneous delivery of a single beam, said to be an industry first. By allowing laser configurations of multiple wavelengths, this technology is said to open up new possibilities for laser material processing. The XLS10MWH is said to offer the greatest range of material and laser process capabilities. The control of lasers individually or simultaneously is said to provide infinite laser energy combinations for the development of new laser material processes, offering advantages in advanced material processing of aerospace, automotive, electronic and other engineered materials, including reinforced polymers, composites, nanocomposites and even hybrid materials.

Universal Laser Systems
www.ulsinc.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Electric top-loading oven
The No. 848 is a special high-temperature 1,000°F electrically-heated, top-loading oven, currently used for preheating large steel molds at a customer's facility. Workspace dimensions measure 6' wide by 3' long by 3' high. A 5,000 cfm, 5 hp recirculating blower furnishes horizontal airflow across the load. Safety and control equipment are included.

Grieve
www.grievecorp.com

Post date: 8/12/2014

 
Bulk material handling
Bulk material handling Vibratory bulk process equipment is featured in a 12-page, four-color brochure. Featured products include industrial electric and air-powered vibrators, vibrating tables, vibratory feeders and conveyors, vibratory screeners, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag fillers and total bulk processing systems. This product line is said to serve a wide variety of dry processing industries from chemicals and food to aggregates and recycling. It is designed and built to meet customer needs and specifications. The company's facility is home to a full technical test laboratory where customers' products and materials can be vigorously tested in simulated environments.

Best Process Solutions
www.bpsvibes.com

Post date: 8/12/2014

 
Preformer upgrades
Preformer upgrades Following an in-depth study of machine users, this designer and manufacturer of cost-reducing rubber processing machinery has developed a machine upgrade program for owners of the firm's older rubber ram preformer models, some of which have been in operation for as long as 45 years. The program has been designed to address the needs highlighted from the study of the company's C2, C3, MIDI, MR400, MR600 and SP 100 machine users. It was identified that there is a vital necessity to upgrade machines to meet the latest safety standards and also to improve production efficiency and accuracy. Benefits to production are said to include improving the accuracy of blank weight production, reducing material waste, becoming safer and fully compliant with the latest international safety standards, operating at greater speeds and ensuring machines are less expensive to run, easier to maintain and operate with all components fully supported and readily available.

Barwell
www.barwell.com

Post date: 8/12/2014

 
Rubber injection presses
VS Class rubber injection presses in a four-tiebar design feature clamping forces between 1,600 kN and 8,000 kN, and are said to be characterized by their space-saving design. The ergonomic operating height is achieved with the telescope closing system (standard for machines with 4,500 kN clamping force and larger), thus a platform or pit becomes obsolete. Due to the use of a large clamping plunger underneath the movable plate, an even pressure distribution is said to be guaranteed. Fast opening and closing times are achieved by means of two diagonally arranged, external high speed cylinders. The use of the most rigid machine platens, combined with a minimum bore in the fixed top bolster for the injection nozzle, is said to guarantee a high resistance against platen deflection. The generously sized tiebar spacing makes the use of large standard heating plates possible and also provides the opportunity of working with enlarged optional heating platens.

LWB Steinl
www.lwb-steinl.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Rubber/TPE calenders
Calenders designed to handle all types of rubber and thermoplastic materials are said to provide precision and high quality production. The latest designs incorporate technical advancements and are custom engineered to any roll configuration to suit all applications. This manufacturer can also meet customer needs for machine rebuilding and retrofitting. This aftermarket technical and engineering resource can improve machine performance and production from existing or pre-used units. The company offers a full technical backup service. By working in close cooperation with customers, the firm is said to ensure total support service.

NFM
www.nfm.net

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Custom storage vessels
Custom storage vessels Storage vessels are custom built to meet exact specifications for pressure, temperature, material of construction, cover design, discharge assembly and access ports. The carbon steel vessel pictured, for example, has a full holding capacity of 9,750 gallons and is ASME-stamped for 50 psig internal pressure to full vacuum at 200°F. The elliptical style top and bottom heads include various size flanges and couplings at customer-specified locations. Internal surfaces were thoroughly cleaned, dried and media blasted; exterior surfaces were also media blasted and coated with red oxide primer. Prior to shipment, the nozzles were capped and the tank purged with 2 psig of nitrogen, so as to arrive at the customer's job site in a clean, rust-free condition. ()

Charles Ross & Son
www.mixers.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Vacuum index system
Vacuum index system A vacuum index system has been designed for handling materials where only one surface can be contacted. These could include adhesive based materials, precision foils or films where only one surface contact would be possible, reflective or lens quality materials where contacting two surfaces would damage or degrade the material, and materials where contact on both surfaces would actually change the thickness or characteristics of the material. The vacuum index system is a complete system which includes a transfer section, a vacuum generating station and precision drive package. Together, this module is able to handle different width materials.

Azco
www.azcocorp.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
High performance rotors
Engineers continually test cross-sectional profiles and wing configurations to develop the highest performance rotors available. The company offers two-wing S rotors, four-wing H rotors, four-wing N rotors (patented), six-wing VCMT rotors (patented) and KIR intermeshing rotors (patented). All of the company's rotors are said to feature strong single-piece cast steel alloy with a large cavity, uniform wall thickness throughout, batch to batch consistency, low mix temperature, and more.

Kobelco Stewart Bolling
www.ksbiusa.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Laboratory mills
Experience and capabilities in the engineering and manufacturing of two-roll laboratory mills are provided by the company, which is said to provide cost-effective solutions to match the exact machinery needs and process requirements of customers. The company is said to lead the way in technical innovation by providing the only U.S. manufactured complete line of electrically heated laboratory mills. This unparalleled, proven design enables uniform and precise temperature control, up to 600°F roll face temperature. Research and standard laboratory mills are offered.

Reliable Rubber & Plastic Machinery
www.reliable-machinery.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Cabinet module drives
Cabinet module drives Sinamics S120 cabinet module (CM) drive packages, compliant with North American standards and offered with optional UL/cUL listing, are said to enable easy configuration of complex common DC bus lineups for multi-motor coordinated drive systems, as well as high horsepower stand-alone drives for a wide variety of industrial applications. Key to the global growth of the Sinamics S120 CM range is its modularity and flexibility. Pre-designed, fully type-tested modules, including line side components, line infeeds (bus supplies) and motor inverters, all with a broad range of standard options, are selected and configured by the customer.

Siemens Industry
www.usa.siemens.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Dual Drive crackermill system for tire recycling
Dual Drive crackermill system for tire recycling The Artisan Dual Drive crackermill is said to be recognized worldwide for the development and production of the dual roll technology that revolutionized and modernized the production of ground rubber material. The machine is capable of processing tire crumb as well as other rubber materials. Past improvements to the existing crackermill technology resulted in a modern, efficient crackermill with dramatically improved performance characteristics. Decoupling the rolls is said to have revolutionized the mill. This allowed the rolls to be driven independently at variable speeds to create the rolling and cracking of the rubber known as the friction ratio. As the friction ratio was increased, the mill's production and size reduction performance capabilities were said to be greatly enhanced. Another performance plus involved improvements to the way the machine is driven. The dual drive mill uses a regeneration process which allows the machine to lower its energy requirements and operate more efficiently. This process is controlled by programmable, fully integrated logic controls that increase production rates while cutting power consumption. This new fine grind mill system is said to provide the company with a complete tire processing solution from initial size reduction and steel reclamation down to fine grind rubber powders ranging from 10 to 120 mesh. The firm is now making the Dual Drive crackermill system available as part of a complete tire processing package or as an addition to an existing operation. In addition to manufacturing the new Dual Drive crackermills, the company will market these machines to the general rubber industry, as well as offer a complete refurbishment department to service existing mill equipment. The company provides roll replacement and regrinds, and stocks many parts, including rolls and bearings.

CM Tire Recycling Equipment
www.cmtirerecyclingequipment.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Customized cartridge collector reduces downtime
Customized cartridge collector reduces downtime Trostel’s Polymer Compounding Division, Whitewater, WI, is said to be a world leader in the production of rubber and elastomeric compounds used in the manufacture of custom sealing and rubber molded products. With the opening of its new state-of-the-art, 33,000 sq. ft. compounding facility in 1994, Trostel earned recognition as the world’s premier rubber compounder. Trostel’s milling equipment, a secondary operation in compounding rubber, utilizes four large fan-cooled DC motors to turn the rolls that work the compound. When a compound batch leaves the mixer, it drops on to the milling rollers, creating a large cloud of conductive dust. Cooling fans were inadvertently pulling this dust from the ambient air into the DC motors. In a relatively short time (generally three months), this conductive dust would short out the motors, causing trips and an eventual complete motor burnout. As a result, each motor required a complete rebuild once every quarter, costing between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Additionally, there is significant downtime for the six to eight hours required to replace each motor. Trostel’s dust problem also affected the bottom line in other ways, says Mike Vida, facility engineer for Trostel. “As the four motors came close to their fail point, they would trip more frequently, directly affecting product quality as well as system throughput. We did have an ambient air dust collection system, but it was not effective in keeping the cooling fans from sucking the conductive dust into the motors.” Trostel's operations team began to look for a solution that would keep conductive compound dust from being pulled into the DC motors by the cooling fans; significantly improve indoor air quality and reduce employee risk; drastically reduce motor maintenance and downtime costs; pay for itself in 12 months; and fit into a very small space. After talking to a number of dust collection equipment providers, the team was referred to the local United Air Specialists representative. Together they looked at a variety of alternatives. Following a thorough study, the UAS representative recommended use of two SCA cartridge dust collection systems. The SCA units were mounted above the milling operation to collect the conductive dust and supply clean air through direct ducting to the mill motor intakes. This continuous supply of clean air at the motor intakes drastically reduced the potential for the motors to collect contaminated air. The compact, ceiling-mounted SCA units solved Trostel’s major installation challenge, a lack of available floor space that prohibited placement of equipment anywhere but the The SCA cartridge dust collection system features an online self-cleaning system. Instead of simply collecting dust onto filters, the SCA captures contaminants and “pulses” them off into drawers below. A showerhead-like nozzle ensures even distribution of air to maximize reverse air cleaning on the entire length of each cartridge. The result is longer filter life, fewer filter changes and cleaner air. Each unit is equipped with four lightweight, removable drawers for easy disposal of collected material. Also, for simplified maintenance, there are “QuickSeal” filter access doors for easy removal and replacement of cartridges, as well as correct and constant compression of filter seals.

United Air Specialists
www.uasinc.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 

 
 
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