Raytek Inc. introduced the Raynger ST6, a noncontact, compact infrared thermometer with laser sighting. A laser pinpoints the spot where the thermometer measures temperature. Plastic processing is one area that Raytek, of Santa Cruz, Calif., has targeted for its measuring tools. The ST6 is the third model in the ST series, adding the feature of laser sighting. Raytek said the $499 price for the ST6 is the lowest price for any infrared thermometer with a laser.
Tel. (408) 458-1110; fax (408) 458-1239.
CNC trimmer tackles complex, 3-D paths
Thermwood Corp., a supplier of computer numerically controlled trimming machines, has introduced a system for complex, three-dimensional trim paths.
The five-axis programming system uses an electronic probe, mounted on the router spindle, to move the machine around a trimmed sample and create the computer program needed to trim the part.
The Dale, Ind.-based company claims that for some applications, the system will obviate the need for complex computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, or in applications where CAD/CAM systems are needed, quickly locate trim points for the final trim program. The system requires 10 percent of the time common for current methods, which decreases downtime.
Tel. (812) 937-4476.
Pilot PPS connector replaces steel part
Pilot Industries Inc. has developed polyphenylene sulfide auto fuel line quick connectors designed to replace stainless steel.
The Dexter, Mich., firm will be able to injection mold the connectors at any of its 11 plants for use by Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. by the end of the year. Pilot chose an electrically conductive grade of Ryton resin from Phillips Chemical Co. of Bartlesville, Okla., to avoid electrostatic discharge. PPS withstands alternative fuels, extreme temperatures and other harsh under-the-hood conditions.
Tel. (313) 426-4376.
Crastin PBT suited for long connectors
High-melt flow suited a 30 percent glass-reinforced polybutylene terephthalate for use in electronic connectors as long as 15 inches.
Component Equipment Co. Inc. of Camarillo, Calif., injection molds the connectors using Crastin PBT resin supplied by DuPont Co. of Wilmington, Del. The grade used has typical melt flow of 15 grams per 10 minutes at 482§ F with a 2,160 gram weight. Dimensional stability of the resin allows precise spacing of as many as 684 pin contacts 0.1 inch apart on the connector.
Tel. (302) 892-7381 or (800) 441-0575.
The Batavia, Ohio-based Plastics Machinery Group at Cincinnati Milacron Inc. said its Vista hydraulic injection molding machines and Elektra series of all-electric presses now carry both the CE mark, a European quality standard, and the GS label. Tel. (513) 536-2428; fax (513) 536-2441. ... Green Valley Inc. of Mount Zion, Ill., offers a line of light-duty carts for quick change of molds and dies. The carts can carry tools weighing from 8,000-20,000 pounds. Tel. (217) 864-4125; fax (217) 864-4275.