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Grieve Industrial Ovens & Furnaces
 
Roll die extruders
The company's roll die extruder changes the traditional rubber sheet production mode. Generally, highly accurate rubber sheet is produced by a calender, and it needs not only another machine to soften the rubber by warming it up, but also a complicated rubber supply system. The traditional production mode makes rubber sheet with bubbles inside. In addition, the thickness accuracy of the rubber sheet is affected because it is not easy to control the rubber supply level. These problems of traditional production can be solved, according to the company. The firm is said to have improved the above mentioned problems through its years of experience. The advantages of the roller die extruder include saving energy, reducing the area needed, labor, poor product rate and recycled rubber volume, and increasing product stability and ease of operation. The company produces roll die extruders with the specification of rubber sheet width from 100 mm to 4,000 mm. The firm offers the tire machines to tire factories, conveyor belt factories and silicone sheet plants.

Kayton Industry Ltd.
www.tire-machine.com.tw

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
Drive/motor/actuator
Drive/motor/actuator The Exlar TTX080 fully integrated drive/motor/actuator utilizes the GTX Series base actuator as a foundation and adds the control and drive electronics necessary to allow stand-alone operation, making it an ideal retrofit for hydraulic cylinders on existing machinery, according to the company. The TTX Series actuators are said to offer the power, precision and programmability of a servo system, while minimizing the maintenance headaches and mess of hydraulics. With continuous force ratings up to 11.9 kN (2,687 lbf.), speeds up to 953 mm/second (37.5"/second) and stroke lengths from 100 mm (4") to 450 mm (18"), the TTX080 can be applied across a wide range of factory automation applications.

Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Division
www.cw-sensorsandcontrols.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
Marking/coding system
Mperia technology centralizes control of marking and coding automation across lines and across plants. The company offers laser inscribing technologies, drop-on-demand and thermal ink jet technologies. All of the company's systems can be controlled by the Mperia software at the same time. The company is said to offer the widest range of marking technologies available for plastic and rubber product manufacturers. The firm is a global supplier of printing solutions for product identification, branding and traceability, designed to help its customers increase productivity, reduce waste and improve overall efficiency.

Matthews Marking Systems
www.matthewsmarking.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

WSF
Automated compounding
Automated compounding The capability to automate the ingredient batching of the rubber compounding process has been developed and implemented by the company. Using a hybrid ingredient bulk material batching system that combines minor bin and bulk bag ingredient batching, the company has been automating rubber compounding and replaced the slower, labor intensive manual batching with an efficient, fast and accurate automated system. For the purposes of automating rubber compounding, the minor ingredient batching system is customized and can be configured with virtually any number of bins and bulk bag stations. Automation and control of the system includes a PLC control panel, a PC enclosure, flat screen monitor and more.

Sterling Systems & Controls
www.sterlingcontrols.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
3D printer technology
Evolv3D LC-3335 from Dow Performance Silicones is 3D printable, heat-curable liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technology. Used with their collaborator German RepRap's liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer, this technology is said to be opening new ways in which rubber parts are designed. Together, this technology is potentially capable of printing functional prototypes and enabling small manufacturing trials of complex parts, according to the company. Further, the material's properties are said to closely match those of LSR, allowing an easy transfer into injection molding processes for high-volume manufacturing. The potential applications are many and useful to design engineers for prototype parts and those in need of short-run, highly customizable components, according to the company

R.D. Abbott
www.rdabbott.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

 
Extrusion crosshead
Extrusion crosshead The 500 Series crosshead features MAGS gum space adjustment, and is designed specifically for the flow characteristics and processing challenges of elastomeric compounds. A key feature engineered by the company on this crosshead design is the mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment system. This method of gum space adjustment is said to allow the operator to make an effortless adjustment from a single point using a common socket wrench. There is said to be no more need to struggle with multiple nuts and bolts in order to adjust gum space, which leads to faster adjustments, according to the company. The visual indicator on the core tube allows the operator to see how far the gum space has been moved, making those adjustments much more accurate and repeatable, according to the manufacturer. The cam lock design is hardware-free and patented.

Guill Tool & Engineering
www.guill.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

Carver
Integrated motor/actuators
Exlar brand FTX Series actuators are high-force, electric, rod-style actuators said to offer higher performance and ease of maintenance than previously available models. The FTX Series actuators are intended for use in high-force, high-duty cycle applications in harsh environments. Based on planetary roller screw technology, the FTX Series is said to offer high robustness in a compact form factor, making them an ideal alternative to hydraulic cylinders, according to the company. With continuous force ratings to 89 kN (20,000 lbf.), speeds to 1,000 mm/second (39"/second) and stroke lengths from 150 mm (6") to 900 mm (36"), the FTX 160 can be applied across a wide range of linear motion applications, according to the company.

Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Division
www.cw-sensorsandcontrols.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

 
Process control systems
Process control systems Several projects were completed by the company where it was the provider of automation and process control equipment to automate the process of converting old tires into useable materials, including oils, gases and carbon ash. The process is a modified version of pyrolysis, a thermal decomposition of materials at high temperatures in an inert atmosphere such as a vacuum or nitrogen. The dual reactor process is controlled by an automation system which includes a desktop PC with dual monitors, a PanelView Plus 6 running Rockwell's FactoryTalk View ME (machine edition) automation software, and custom engineering and software. Also included is the PLC/motor starter control panel, which houses the PLC, etc.

Sterling Systems & Controls
www.sterlingcontrols.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

 
Compounding control
The Mix Vision.Gen2 system provides a complete view of the entire compounding process. This view, combined with advanced ease-of-use and a comprehensive operational design, give the plant floor operators the ability to monitor the compounding process and respond correctly to typical production issues, reducing downtime and improving consistency, according to the manufacturer. Mix Vision.Gen2 will store and validate the information for raw materials, pre-weighed materials and mixed compounds. The Mix Vision.Gen2 system controls and tracks the automatic ingredient weighments, manual ingredient weighments, verifies ingredient loading, and controls the automatic mixing cycle, completely eliminating mixing cycle variations, according to the company. Mix Vision.Gen2 is a complete control system that can be integrated and tailored to coordinate all stages of a compounding process and existing systems. The system's architecture utilizes industry standard networking, computers, programmable logic controllers, scales, software and database products.

Mesabi Control Engineering
www.mesabicontrol.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

Grieve
Multi-shaft mixers
VersaMix multi-shaft mixers are said to be ideal for processing medium to high viscosity applications up to several hundred thousand centipoise, including many slurries, pastes, gels and suspensions. The 500 gallon VersaMix, Model VMC-500, has been equipped with a custom combination of independently driven agitators. The anchor agitator with helical flights and the screw auger agitator work in tandem to promote efficient product turnover, while bringing air pockets to the surface. Two saw-tooth high-speed disperser blades impart shear for fast powder wet-out and thorough deagglomeration.

Charles Ross & Son
www.mixers.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
3D printer technology
3D printer technology Evolv3D is three-dimensional printer technology that is said to be opening up new ways silicone rubber parts are designed. Using heat-curable liquid silicone rubber (LSR) through a liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) process, functional prototypes can be made in just a couple of days. The technology can offer a world of possibilities and applications in the manufacturing of anatomically customized devices, according to the company. Evolve3D technology, developed by M.R. Mold & Engineering, uses heat-cured liquid silicone rubber, allowing an easy transfer into injection molding processes for high-volume manufacturing. The potential applications are many and useful to both the design engineer and those in need of custom fitted type devices, such as prosthetics and orthotics, according to the company. Adaptability of the Evolv3D technology to making unique one-off parts or anatomically customized devices is vast, with few intellectual property restrictions so far, according to the firm.

R.D. Abbott
www.rdabbott.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Micro-injection molding
The electric Allrounder 270 A with a size 5 micro-injection unit produces silicone membranes as used in valves for the medical technology or the automotive industry. The micro-injection unit is equipped with a special 8 millimeter LSR screw for manufacturing the 0.05 grams LSR pre-molded part (70 durometer A hardness). A servo-electric injection unit from Kipe Molds integrated into the 1+1-cavity mold and into the Selogica control system is used for the 0.005 gram second LSR component (30 durometer A hardness). A Kiki robotic system removes the LSR/LSR diaphragm, feeds it to a camera inspection station, and places it in a container.

Arburg
www.arburg.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

Hilma
Injection molding machine
The tie-bar-less E-Victory 50/80 injection molding machine with electric injection unit is used to process extremely low viscosity liquid silicone rubber (LSR) with high precision and high efficiency, according to the manufacturer. On the company's tie-bar-less injection molding machines, the patented force-divider is said to ensure that the moving mold mounting platen follows the mold exactly, while the clamping force is building up, distributing the clamping force evenly across the platen face. This is said to keep all the cavities closed with exactly the same force, which ensures consistent compression of the mold and consistently high product quality, according to the company.

Engel
www.engelglobal.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Cure time reduction
TurboCure consists of the company's TempInverter and FillBalancer technologies that can be applied in combination or independently, based on the application. By reversing temperature distribution in the material flow, TempInverter is said to reduce cure time by 30% or more, providing a 15% or greater energy savings. Inside the mold, by rebalancing the fill between the cavities, FillBalancer modifies the distribution of temperature in the flow as it approaches the cavities, resulting in a reduction of cure time by up to 40%, according to the company.

Rep
www.repinjection.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Vertical conveyor oven
Vertical conveyor oven The No. 933 is a gas-heated, 250F vertical conveyor oven, currently used for post-curing silicone rubber parts inside cardboard boxes. Workspace dimensions measure 1' wide by 13' deep by 12' high. Forty-two trays, each 72" wide by 23" long and rated for 100 pounds loading on 34" centers, lower vertically and pass back into the heating zone, then exit at the top of the heating zone and pass downward through cooling. Two 6,000 cfm, 5 hp recirculating blowers provide a total 12,000 cfm vertical upward airflow to the loads. Four 24" diameter tubeaxial fans are each driven by a 5 hp motor to push/pull air through the cooling zone on this conveyor oven. The No. 933 features 4" insulated walls, a removable top-mounted heat chamber, an aluminized steel interior, plus two independent doors for access to the workspace.

Grieve
www.grievecorp.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

Kobelco
Shot peening machine
A precise shot peeing machine was completed for a customer in the automotive/marine industry. This small footprint machine is equipped with a spiral separator (media shape separator) to ensure that the S-70 mil spec media are the correct spec shape to guarantee the intensity that is required to adhere to AMS-2431/2E. In unison with the spiral separator, a 24" vibrating screen classifier and 75/12 cyclone reclaimer are used. There is a total of six suction blast guns, with two utilizing individual pressure regulators. The custom fixture incorporates a spring load feature that allows for seamless loading/unloading.

Guyson
www.guyson.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Rubber post-curing oven
Rubber post-curing oven The No. 860 is a 500F (260C) truck oven, currently used for post-cure of rubber parts at the customer's facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 36" wide by 36" deep by 60" high. Nichrome wire heating elements with 34.8 kW installed heat the workspace, while a 2,000 cfm, 2 hp recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload. This truck oven features 4" insulated walls, a top-mounted heat chamber, an aluminized steel interior and exterior, plus double doors front and rear. Other features include safety equipment for handling flammable solvents, including explosion venting door hardware and a 325 cfm powered forced exhauster. Controls on the No. 860 include a digital indicating temperature controller and a 10" diameter circular chart recorder.

Grieve
www.grievecorp.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Rotary batch mixer
A rotary batch mixer with integral lump breaker is said to provide inline deagglomeration of compacted bulk materials before blending batches gently with total uniformity in one to three minutes. Inline stacking of the low profile De-Clumper model RDC-1515-SS atop the stationary inlet of the Model 700-TH-50-SS mixer is said to minimize headroom requirements, while eliminating the need for flexible connections or hard piping between the units. Material entering the system is de-lumped by dual rotors with three-point, single-piece, stainless steel breaking heads rotating with minimum clearance inside a curved, perforated bed screen. The synchronized shafts rotate at 120 rpm to prevent heating and degrading of the product. One-size material passes through bed screen apertures which range from 1/16" to 2-1/2" (25 to 64 mm) in diameter, immediately prior to entering the stationary inlet of the mixer. As the mixer's horizontal drum rotates, proprietary mixing flights tumble, turn, cut and fold the material, imparting minimal energy to the batch, minimizing or eliminating degradation, according to the manufacturer.

Munson Machinery
www.munsonmachinery.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

RubberCityMachinery
Planetary mixer for testing
The company's testing facility for the specialty mixing industry has added an advanced planetary mixer now available for no-charge demonstrations. The four-gallon planetary dual disperser (Model PDDM-4) is equipped with two high viscosity blades and two high speed dispersers. All four agitators rotate on their own axes while orbiting the vessel, ensuring rapid powder wet-out and deagglomeration. It is designed for vacuum operation and includes a jacketed mix vessel. The mixer is said to be ideal for mixing thick slurries and highly-filled pastes, and delivers excellent dispersion and uniformity throughout a wide viscosity range up to around 2 million centipoise, according to the company. The PDDM-4 is one of over 40 mixers and blenders showcased in the company's test and development center.

Charles Ross & Son
www.mixers.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Laser mold cleaning
Laser mold cleaning The MLC 500 by Laselec was developed by the company in cooperation with a laser-specialized partner. The laser technology is matched to the cleaning of industrial parts and injection and compression molds for the rubber and polymer processing markets. This environmentally-friendly ecological solution is said to guarantee a safe, optimal, quick and reproducible cleaning with low operating costs. The operator simply loads the mold, clicks the start button and the machine does the job. The company is a global manufacturer of rubber injection molding machines and related equipment.

Rep
www.repinjection.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Twin screw feeder
The Model TSF twin screw feeder is designed for precise batching and weighing applications. The feeder's dual-helix design is said to combine fast, high-volume filling with accurate dribble flow at the end of the cycle. Its compact design is said to be ideal when limited space prohibits multiple individual screw units. Two helixes (1-1/2" and 4" in diameter) are mounted on an 18" x 22" hopper. They are rated at 17 cubic feet and 283 cubic feet per hour, respectively, at maximum rpm with 100% efficient conveyable product and no slippage, according to the company. The Model TSF is said to be ideal for batching to weigh hoppers; low loss-in-weight scale-monitored flow; low loss-of-weight batch applications with scales; drum and pail packout lines; and recipe-type batching by multiple computer-controlled units, according to the manufacturer.

Best Process Solutions
www.bpsvibes.com

Post date: 1/8/2018

VMI
Scrap rubber reprocessing
The CompoundRework System 1000 (CRS 1000) is designed for processing scrap material generated during extrusion processes in the rubber processing industry. The CRS 1000 is said to provide maximum ease of operation and is suitable for a wide range of different materials. The CRS 1000 processes large-volume rubber residues removed from the flow channels, as well as start-up scrap, converting the material into sheets or strips with a thickness of 8 mm. This is said to mean that 100% of the residual material can be returned to the production process. The CRS 1000 is equipped with two (optionally) heated rolls and a hydraulically adjusted roll gap. It can be fed with residual material of various sizes up to a width of one meter. The dimensional feeding unit with automatic intake gap is equipped with all required safety features to minimize the risk of personal injury, according to the company.

KraussMaffei Berstorff
www.kraussmaffeiberstorff.com

Post date: 1/8/2018

 
Grieve Industrial Ovens & Furnaces

 
 
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