Linfo controllers support maintenance
Linfo Inc. has introduced Rem-Stop and Rem-Jog controllers that allow packaging machinery operators to make repairs, changeovers or adjustments while remotely stopping or gently cycling the machine.
The Toronto firm claims the controllers eliminate the need for operators to go back and forth between the machine control panel and the work area. Each unit has a machine-mounted controller and a hand-held remote device to activate it. Units are available in hundreds of radio frequencies, to prevent interference from other units in a plant.
Tel. (416) 234-0752, fax (416) 234-0542.
Markem inkjet coder for small characters
Markem Products Ltd. offers its 9064 small-character inkjet coder for efficiency and accuracy on high-speed packaging lines.
The Kitchener, Ontario, firm, a subsidiary of Markem Corp. of Keene, N.H., claims the coder is simple to operate and allows operators to program the entire day's code changes only once.
Markem also has introduced CimControl software to manage coding and labeling from a single desktop computer. It is designed for Microsoft Windows networks.
Tel. (800) 267-5108 or (519) 893-7055, fax (519) 893-9461.
Mold monitor system is computer-based
AccuSentry, an Atlanta supplier of automation inspection systems, and Mold Vision Systems of Greenfield, Mass., jointly are issuing a new computer-based system to monitor molds on injection molding machines.
The MVS Mold Sentry allows processors to monitor molds on line, while communicating with other manufacturing systems. It checks for full parts, detects any material remaining after part ejection, and verifies that inserts are intact before the mold closes.
MVS Mold Sentry stops the system if a problem happens.
Tel. (404) 872-6475, fax (404) 872-5675.
Branson expands welding technology
Branson Ultrasonics Corp., which makes ultrasonic and vibration welding equipment for plastics, has expanded its orbital vibration welding offerings to include programmable motion.
Branson of Danbury, Conn., uses the technique in its new CV-10 orbital welder.
In orbital welding, each point on the moving surface ``orbits'' a different point on the stationary surface. Benefits of the CV-10 include greater latitude to plastic part designers than spin and linear vibration welding, faster cycles than linear and hot plate welding, more uniform flash, and the ability to weld taller, unsupported walls.
Tel. (203) 796-0400, fax (203) 796-9838.
Yushin Netliner robot features high speeds
A superhigh-speed traverse robot from Yushin America Inc. of Cranston, R.I., boasts dry cycle times as low as 3.3 seconds and part takeout times of 0.55 seconds.
The servo-driven Netliner VNII-150-HSII robot is designed for use on injection presses with clamping forces of 75-200 tons and running cycles of 15 seconds and faster. It has three to five axes of motion. VNII-150-HSII has pre-lubricated, sealed bearings on all its linear axes.
Because of its high speed, the robot can handle several secondary operations during the mold-closed part of the molding cycle, such as degating, loading the part into a tray or box, decorating and inspecting.
Tel. (401) 463-1800, fax (401) 463-1810.
Meto printer uses microshutter imaging
Meto Canada claims its new LIS 1630 high-volume, continuous-form printer for bar codes and variable data applications runs at half of the cost of thermal transfer printers.
LIS 1630 is based on Digital Microshutter Imaging Technology developed by Meto. It contains more than 6,000 digitally controlled microshutters and eliminates moving parts for enhanced speed, performance and reliability.
Tel. (905) 602-6386, fax (905) 602-6161.
ReTech rotary grinder handles large parts
ReTech Industries Inc. of High Point, N.C., is marketing the RG52 rotary grinder.
The quiet, low-speed, low-horsepower grinder handles large parts without the need for prior reduction. It has a quick clean-out design.
Tel. (910) 886-6070, fax (910) 886-4479.