Injectech develops automation platform
Injectech Engineering LLC wants to lead an automation Revolution, with a programmable, beside-the-press platform for doing secondary operations.
Injectech of Torrington, Conn., developed the Revolution in response to industry demand for more flexible, multipurpose, cell-oriented downstream equipment. Injectech said the system, built around a high-torque rotary servo drive, is easy to use and flexible, so it can be set up quickly to run different injection molded parts, even short runs.
The automation system can be tied into a press-mounted robot or run as stand-alone equipment. Safety guarding covers the entire work area.
Modular stations include pneumatic pick-and-place robots to service parts feeders and remove finished product, robots that do product insertion and packaging, ultrasonic welding and heat staking, clamping and vision inspection.
Secondary operations that can be set up include labeling, assembly and packaging, inspection, cooling, parts staging and degating.
A personal-computer-based controller uses a Windows-based color touch screen to run the Revolution.
An optional Ethernet port and remote programming software allow Injectech to trouble-shoot and do programming.
The cost for a base unit is $30,000-$40,000, depending on the size and options. Lead times are eight to 10 weeks, although fully tooled and integrated systems will take longer.
Tel. (860) 496-7167, e-mail [email protected]
Hilma distributing magnetic system
There's a new player in magnetic mold-clamping systems: the Hilma Division of Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co.
Hilma, based in St. Louis, is known for its hydraulic mold clamping systems. Hilma is offering magnets made by Rivi Magnetics of Modena, Italy.
Hilma said the long-pole technology uses double magnets to provide up to 20 percent more clamping force than square-pole magnets.
With the permanent magnets, electric power is required for only two seconds to unclamp. Clamp capacity is not affected by any power loss, Hilma said.
The magnetic systems include safety features such as a mold clamp sensor, temperature probe and light signals.
Tel. (800) 827-2526.
DT division unveils thermoform machine
The Converting Technologies Division of DT Industries Inc. rolled out its Gen II thermoforming machine, with a robot to unload trimmed parts and an advanced Siemens automation system.
Siemens Energy & Automation provides its Totally Integrated Automation system for the machine, with a Simatic PC 670 industrial computer that runs a Simatic S7 slot programmable-logic controller.
``Every operation is programmable from a touch screen,'' Brian Urban, president of DT Converting Technologies, said in a news release. ``We can track, report on and adjust any process. ... Also, instead of one machine needing multiple operators, one person can operate several machines.''
DT's Converting Technologies Division is based in Hyannis, Mass. It includes the Sencorp, Armac and Stokes brands.
The Gen II has a 140-inch oven with 90 independently controlled heating zones, 45 upper and 45 lower zones. A noncontact thermal-imaging scanner constantly monitors the heating properties of the sheet. The controller includes a parts recipe, so tooling changes can be made in 15 minutes.
Tel. (508) 771-9400, fax (508) 790-0002, e-mail [email protected]
Company introduces indexing tables, j-box
SAS Automation Ltd., which makes end-of-arm tooling for robots, introduced rotary indexing tables for insert molding.
SAS is based in Xenia, Ohio. It will display the rotary tables at NPE 2003.
SAS also uveiled a ``smart'' logic interface board and a j-box for programmable-logic controllers and automation equipment.
The equipment minimizes interface wiring and utilization of controller inputs, gives more flexibility, enhances trouble-shooting and provides easy wiring and installation.
Tel. (937) 372-5255, fax (937) 372-5555.
Woodrell to make products for Avalon
Woodrell Project Management will build specialized automation handling modules using Avalon Vision Solutions LLC's vision inspection equipment, under an alliance between the two companies.
WPM, based in West Hills, Calif., also will provide sales and field service for Avalon's line of vision systems, mold monitoring systems and QualityStation-brand inspection systems for quality assurance.
WPM will provide computer animation that shows each major automation proposal so customers can see how the finished system will function.
WPM does on-site plastics machinery maintenance, consulting and training.
The company also designs specialized equipment and helps processors design and start up new plants.
Avalon Vision Solutions is based in Lithia Springs, Ga.
Tel. (770) 944-8445, fax (770) 941-7299, e-mail [email protected]