Fisa Corp. outsources some manufacturing
Injection nozzle maker Fisa Corp. of Shelbyville, Tenn., has started to outsource some of its manufacturing functions to Tennessee suppliers, President Frank Weeden announced.
Suppliers include A&M Mold in Murfreesboro, Advanced Machine in Huntland, Wego Precision Machine in Shelbyville, Almar Molded Products in Nashville and Faes (US) Inc. in Franklin.
Fisa also recently announced it has added a sales staff in Detroit.
Tel. (931) 684-9757, fax (931) 684-9075, e-mail [email protected]
Hermann Luhr opens Mich. sales office
German welding machine maker Hermann Luhr GmbH has opened a U.S. sales office, Luehr Inc., in West Bloomfield, Mich.
The Hamburg, Germany, company makes a variety of welding machines for automotive parts — ultrasonic welding machines, heat stake welders, and thermal and hot plate welding equipment.
Luehr Inc. also has introduced a new ultrasonic welder that uses a ``combined edge folding and ultrasonic welding process'' to eliminate the need for adhesives.
The company also makes ultrasonic generators and heads.
Austrotech Corp. of West Bloomfield is the the exclusive North American agent for the machinery.
Tel. (248) 738-1677, fax (248) 738-1699, e-mail [email protected]
EDI has new take on slot-die coating
Extrusion Dies Inc., a flat-die maker in Chippewa Falls, Wis., has introduced a new approach to slot-die coating.
EDI designed the systems approach for web converters so they can get high product quality from internal deckling while reducing downtime required for die adjustment and maintenance.
The system uses EDI's Ultracoat slot die coating head, the company's EPC/R internal deckle and a new, modular version of EDI's Autoflex system, which automatically controls slot gap and the thickness profile.
Because the standard Autoflex unit is integrated with the rest of the die, it requires several steps to take apart. The new Autoflex VI-R module can be removed easily.
EDI said its Autoflex slot gap/coating thickness technology has been installed on more 1,700 dies worldwide, making film, sheet and coatings.
Tel. (715) 726-1201, fax (715) 726-2205.
For CAD, Sipa picks Unigraphics software
St. Louis-based Unigraphics Solutions Inc. announced that Sipa SpA, an Italian maker of PET blow molding machines, has picked Unigraphics and Solid Edge software as for its computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering work.
Sipa of Treviso, Italy, plans to buy 55 software licenses.
Ubaldo Rauso, Sipa's information technology manager, said Unigraphics software's flexibility lets engineers use whatever modeling method is right for them, without forcing them to one certain method.
Contact Unigraphics at tel. (314) 344-5290, e-mail [email protected] ugsolutions.com.
Mold Adviser useful in early design stages
Moldflow Corp.'s Part Adviser plastic design software now has a sister product: Mold Adviser.
Mold Adviser is three-dimensional, solids-based software that integrates with the leading computer-aided-design programs, according to the company in Lexington, Mass.
It is intended for use during early stages of mold design to create and analyze sprues, runners and gates in single- or multicavity and family-mold layouts.
Mold Adviser also predicts cycle time, the required clamp tonnage and shot size.
Moldflow introduced Mold Adviser commercially in March.
Tel. (781) 674-0085, fax (781) 674-0267.
Calif. firm develops TowerMaster system
Fresno, Calif.-based Lakos Filtration Systems has developed the TowerMaster system to keep solids from accumulating in small cooling towers.
The unit combines Lakos' centrifugal-action sand separator with the fast circulation of water in the tower's basin.
To maintain, simply change a collection bag periodically, the company said.
Tel. (559) 255-1601, fax (559) 255-8093, e-mail [email protected]
New Romax firmware helps feeders adapt
Louisville, Ky.-based Romax Inc., the North American distributor for Movacolor BV, is selling new firmware for the Movacolor16 additive feeders.
The firmware allows the feeder to adapt to constant changes in molding.
Upgrades are available in an easy-to-replace chip.
Tel. (502) 327-8555, fax (502) 327-9499, e-mail [email protected]