Engel top-entry robot uses 2 power sources
Guelph, Ontario-based Engel North America has introduced a low-cost top-entry robot, the ERSP, that combines two types of power.
The robot is powered by servo drive along its linear z axis and less-costly pneumatic power along its x and y axes.
Tel. (519) 836-0220; fax (519) 836-3714.
Power Miser cuts energy consumption
The Power Miser controller can save 75 percent of the energy consumed by the electric motors on an injection molding machine, according to its Toledo, Ohio-based manufacturer, Digital Technologies, a division of Sasha Electronics Inc.
Digital Technologies customizes Power Miser units to suit the machine's existing controller. The unit has a touch-pad screen.
Tel. (800) 247-2102; fax (419) 243-2737.
Maris offers variety of different extruders
F.LLI Maris SpA of Rosta, Italy, showed a new compounding extruder based on two different types of gearboxes at Plast '97 in Milan, Italy.
For running polymers with medium or low viscosity and more than 40 percent filler content, Maris introduced the MW series of extruders, which can turn the screw at 600 revolutions per minute. For high-viscosity polymers with less than 20 percent filler content, Maris showed another machine that can run at about double the speed of the MW.
Tel. +39 (11) 956-7925; fax +39 (11) 956-7987.
Weigher available from Summit Machine
Summit Machine Builders Corp. of Denver, formerly called Heirath Automated Systems, has introduced the Model 5700DL Dry Products Preweigher.
The unit feeds and pre-weighs a range of plastics, including phenolics for thermoset molding.
Model 5700DL dispenses material from a hopper into a feeder trough, which then dumps material into a conical pan suspended from a load cell.
Single stations can achieve a fill rate of 15 fills per minute. Multiple weigh systems are available, with a single controller.
Tel. (303) 294-9949; fax (303) 294-9622.
Spirex Corp. offers working valve model
Youngstown, Ohio-based screw maker Spirex Corp. is offering a free, working plastic model of its patented Auto-Shut Non-Return Valve.
Tel. (330) 726-4000; fax (330) 726-9437.
SAS Automation has new belt conveyers
SAS Automation of Xenia, Ohio, showed its new belt conveyors at NPE 1997, held June 16-20 in Chicago.
The conveyors come in three different designs: Model 5000, in a straight incline; the 5100 version, an L-shaped horizontal-to-incline model; and the 5200, a full Z-shaped, horizontal-to-incline/horizontal-to-feed-out version.
Prices start at $1,700.
The conveyors boast a single hand-crank support base, adjustable hinges, automatic belt tensioning and a direct-drive, slip-on gear motor.
Tel. (937) 372-5255; fax (937) 372-5555.
Interactive training offered on CD-ROM
A. Routsis Associates Inc. of Dracut, Mass., has released a new interactive CD-ROM training program, Troubleshooting Defects.
Topics include mold filling/injection profiling, causes and solutions of common problems and methods to reduce scrap and boost productivity.
Tel. (508) 957-0700; fax (508) 957-1860.
Snap Design software made for Windows 95
Closed Loop Solutions Inc. of Troy, Mich., introduced a Windows 95 version of its Snap Design software for computer-aided engineering.
Snap Design Version 2.0 lets product designers analyze torsional, annular and cantilever snap-fits.
The software allows users to add new polymers to the database.
Tel. (810) 546-4230; fax (810) 539-4808.
Uddeholm purchases Abar-Ipsen furnace
Uddeholm Heat Treatment Ltd. said it has expanded its heat-treatment service for tool and die manufacturers in Newmarket, Ontario.
Uddeholm said it installed the world's largest convection-assisted, horizontal, 10-bar vacuum furnace, supplied by Abar-Ipsen Industries.
The furnace can handle 8,000 pounds of steel at a time.
Uddeholm also has a five-bar and a two-bar furnace, and seven tempering furnaces.
Uddeholm's U.S. facility is in Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Tel. (847) 577-2220; fax (847) 577-8028.