HPM Corp. revamps toggle-clamp press HPM Corp. has redesigned its Universal toggle-clamp injection press, which was introduced at NPE 1997.
HPM said the Universal II is easier to repair, more reliable and requires less maintenance than the earlier model. New features include:
A multilanguage, Command 4500 controller with a bigger screen. The controls have been increased from nine to 12 slots, to better expand the controller.
Hydraulic system check valves, which HPM says eliminates drift after screw turn and recovery. This feature can be retrofitted on earlier Universal models.
Improvements to the hydraulic system to reduce leaks. Flexible tubing improves the lubrication of the machine.
Improved gate and guard support brackets to improve operator safety and durability.
More-compact injection unit guards that make the machine more accessible for maintenance and easier to operate.
The company in Mount Gilead, Ohio, said it has not increased the price of the Universal. The price ranges from $65,900 for the smallest size, with a clamping force of 60 tons, up to $191,900 for a 560-ton press.
Hong Kong-based Welltec Machinery Ltd. continues to build the Universal's machine base, HPM said.
HPM sources components from other companies, and the company does final assembly at HPM's U.S. facilities.
Tel. (419) 946-0222, fax (419) 946-9621, e-mail [email protected] corp.com.
New Herbold unveils HS series separators
New Herbold of Sutton, Mass., introduced its HS series separators, which remove fines and dust from granulated material.
The machine is maintenance-free because it does not have moving internal parts.
HS separators can be adapted for mounting under an existing cyclone air separator. The complete system includes the separator body, blower, cyclone, filter bags, tubing, couplings and elbows.
Tel. (508) 865-7355, fax (508) 865-9975.
Geiger sprue-picker touts shorter cycling
Geiger Handling AG of Schwarzenburg, Switzerland, said its EAMini 2001 SLI sprue-picker robot features a high-speed positioning system with self-regulating hydraulic shock absorbers on the Y axis for shorter cycle times.
The load capacity, including the weight of the gripper, is 4.5 pounds. Rotation of the Y axis is controlled separately.
The robot is intended for injection presses with clamping forces up to 300 tons.
In North America, the company is represented by Geiger Handling USA in Madison, Wis.
Tel. (800) 937-9827 e-mail [email protected]
RDN calibrator is air-table alternative
RDN Manufacturing Inc. said its dry-wet calibrator is an alternative to air tables for calibrating extruded profiles.
The company in Bloomingdale, Ill., claims the system is quicker to set up and runs more consistently and at higher speeds than air tables.
The process enables the downstream extrusion equipment maker to give each customer a custom machine at an affordable price.
Tel. (630) 893-4500, fax (630) 893-5010.
Engel BMC line gets added clamping force
Engel North America is bulking up its line of machines for running bulk molding compound.
Engel has added a 200-ton, tie-barless, vertical-clamp BMC press, with a shuttle table.
Engel, of Guelph, Ontario, said BMC is growing in under-the-hood automotive applications. BMC is replacing aluminum and stamped steel.
Like Engel's horizontal-clamp presses, the vertical tie-barless machine gives molders greater access to the mold, faster mold changes, the ability to mold larger molds and simpler automation.
Tel. (519) 836-0220, fax (519) 836-3714.
Milacron introduces Magna Toggle press
Milacron Inc. used its Wolfpack engineering principles to create the new Magna Toggle press from Ferromatik-Milacron.
Milacron said customers wanted quick changeover, shorter cycle times and a bigger mold area in a space-saving footprint.
The injection presses come in clamping-force sizes of 170, 225, 310 and 450 tons.
Standard features include hydraulic core pull, a robot interface, three-stage air injection, quick change screw and barrel, barrier screws and leveling pads. The injection unit swivels for quick screw or screw-tip maintenance or replacement. The hopper swivels, too, for quickly changing materials or colors.
Tel. (888) 645-2276, fax (800) 282-8082.