Firm's Topaq system reads mold pressure
Sensor Products Inc. of East Hanover, N.J., said its Topaq Pressure Analysis System is designed for use with Pressurex/ Fuji Prescale stress-indicating films, which change color in proportion to the amount of pressure applied to them.
The Windows-based Topaq measures the distribution and actual magnitude, on pounds per square inch, of pressure between surfaces by scanning the exposed film and interpreting the results.
The instrument monitors force distribution in any situation where two objects are pressed or formed together.
Tel. (973) 884-1755, fax (973) 884-1699, e-mail [email protected] prod.com.
Magnum introduces composite spray guns
Magnum Venus Products, a subsidiary of Graves Spray Supply of Clearwater, Fla., has announced two new spray guns for composites.
The Cipher Gun is an airless, internal-mix, chop-and-impinge gun. The gun uses Magnum Vanus' new Fluid Impingement Technology for fiber-reinforced plastics applications.
Similar to Magnum's MVP ProGun, the Cipher mixes resin and catalyst, and chops glass fibers. Improvements to the new gun include a hard-anodized head, lightweight design and simpler design with fewer parts.
The Maximus Gun also uses FIT, which the company said produces low emissions and less over-spray.
Magnum Venus said the patented FIT process was created by its new Advanced Design Group, a team of engineers, designers and machinists.
Design group members hold more than 20 patents.
The company announced the patent on FIT in April.
Tel. (727) 573-2955, fax (727) 571-3636.
Ircon software offers images in real time
Ircon Inc. of Niles, Ill., claims its thermal-imaging Model Inspector Software is the first commercial software designed specifically for viewing the thermal profiles of molds in plastics and other industries.
When combined with Ircon's thermal-imaging camera, the software provides real-time images of hot molds at speeds up to 60 frames per second. The images can be played back at different speeds, using the information for online process control or exporting it into a database.
The software determines mold wear, cracks and improper cooling. It also can be used in research and development to improve mold design.
Production engineers can view molds during setup, as well as after the part is ejected to see if mold-release agents are being applied properly.
Tel. (800) 323-7660, fax (847) 647-0948.
Stoddard presents new blower silencer
Stoddard Silencers Inc. of Grayslake, Ill., makes industrial-grade silencers and filters for blowers, fans, engines, compressors and vacuum pumps.
The company's new product, Perma Pack, is designed for positive-displacement blowers.
It is a retaining tube that allows noise to pass through and be absorbed by the acoustical packaging.
Another new product is a compact-design silencer, called the DC31, for smaller, rotary, positive-displacement blowers. The DC31 is available in stock sizes of 2-6 inches.
Tel. (847) 223-8636, fax (847) 223-8638, e-mail [email protected] silencersinc.com.
Spectrophotometer provides easy access
Hunter Associates Laboratory Inc. of Reston, Va., introduced the ColorQuest XE-Touch spectrophotometer for the plastics industry.
In addition to color, the instrument measures yellowness, white- ness, transmission haze and other characteristics.
A large, easy-to-read display has a touch screen. A large sample compartment is open on three sides, for easy access.
Tel. (703) 471-6870, fax (703) 471-4237, e-mail [email protected] .com.
German firms selling equipment in America
Two companies from Bremen, Germany - Suhling Technik GmbH and Heino Ilsemann GmbH - have joined forces to open a U.S. facility to sell their complete, automated packaging systems for optical discs and other thin-wall, injection molded parts.
Based in Sharon Hill, Pa., Heino Ilsemann/Suhling Tech Corp. will cover North and Central America with sales and service.
Products include standard robots for pick-and-place operations, customized robots and a fast demoulding system for thin-wall products, such as jewel-box cases for compact discs or digital versatile discs.
The system removes parts from an eight-by-eight stack mold in half a second.
Tel. (610) 461-6142, fax (610) 461-6167, e-mail [email protected]
Coatings can extend lifetime for screws
The Extreme Coatings division of Surface Engineering & Alloy Co., based in St. Petersburg, Fla., is trumpeting the results of a wear-test comparison performed by one of its customers, Blue Water Plastics Inc. of Marysville, Mich.
The test compared CPM9V tool steel to a screw treated with Extreme Coatings' XC1000 material. Extreme Coatings reports the CX1000 screw has a life of two or three times the tool-steel screw.
Blue Water processes 35 percent long-glass-fiber-filled nylon.
In April 2001, Blue Water replaced the tool-steel feed screw on one of its injection presses with one made with Surface Engineering's XC1000 material - a composition of cobalt saturated with tungsten carbide. The screw recently was pulled for inspection.
Another press still was running the same material on CPM9V steel.
Tel. (727) 528-7998, fax (727) 528-7995.