Fla. robot maker uses new motion controller
Robot maker Automated Assemblies Corp. is using a motion controller from Tampa, Fla.-based Baldor Optimised Control Inc. on its new low-cost robot, the Optimum, according to Baldor.
The controller replaces a programmable logic controller used on earlier robots. According to Baldor, Automated Assemblies, of Clinton, Mass., wanted to make an inexpensive robot that allowed users to program new parts removal tasks in minutes.
Built-in functions such as contouring, coupled with the ability to store movement sequences in an array and replay then, made the Baldor controller attractive.
Tel. (813) 626-0780, fax (813) 626-0361.
Mattec introduces 'scheduler in a box'
Mattec Corp. calls its ProHelp Plant Scheduling and Reporting System a `scheduler in a box.'
It gives factory management immediate access to real-time machine and shop floor scheduling, labor information, scheduling of setups and materials, and comprehensive production reporting.
ProHelp can be used with an existing Novell, Windows and Windows NT network, or with a real-time monitoring system such as Mattec's ProHelp Millennium System. Mattec is based in Loveland, Ohio.
Tel. (513) 683-1802, fax (513) 683-1619.
3DT unveils wide web treatment system
3DT Inc. introduced its new wide web Corona treatment system, called ExtraDyne, with pointed electrodes.
Corona treatment increases the wettability of polymer surfaces, giving better adhesion for printing, coating and bonding. The technique also is used to treat medical products, such as petri dishes, for an improved surface.
Pointed electrodes require less wattage to maintain a certain treatment level, so they allow faster line speed or higher levels while consuming less energy, according to 3DT of Germantown, Wis.
ExtraDyne also uses an automatic frequency matching system that allows the generator, transformer and electrode system to self adjust and operate at the same time.
Tel. (414) 253-6700, fax (414) 253-6977.
New Cubital software has better graphics
Cubital America Inc. of Troy, Mich., which supplies rapid prototyping machines, has released Version 3 of its Data Front End software, with better graphics and system response.
Users also have greater control over positive and negative volumes. A Batch Mode option lets users ``pre-slice'' the entire job, or parts of it, before running time.
Tel. (810) 585-7880, fax (810) 585-7884, Web address http:// www. cubital.com/cubital/.
RJG debuts DARTPAK portable analysis kit
RJG Technologies Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., said its Dartpak Portable Analysis Kit now can control injection molding machines, in addition to testing and analyzing them.
Dartpak can be hooked up to any injection molding machine to collect data and control the process with mold cavity pressure.
RJG said processors can collect baseline information from the machine before using mold pressure control, then turn the control option to ``on'' and collect more data. By comparing the two sets of data, molders can demonstrate the benefits of an in-mold sensor to achieving optimum processing stability.
Dartpak is packaged in a lightweight case. Mold data and control setups can be duplicated when running the same mold in different machines.
RJG also announced it was ranked in the Michigan Private 100, a listing of the state's fastest-growing privately owned business. RJG placed 29th in the 1997 list published by Roney and Co. of Detroit. The list is based on five-year compound annual rates of revenue growth.
RJG makes mold pressure and hydraulic transducers, process and production monitoring and control equipment, and offers a line of product and training services.
Tel. (616) 947-3111, fax (616) 947-6403.