Branson Ultrasonics touts plastic welder
Branson Ultrasonics Corp. said its new 2000 Series integrated plastic welder, a high-powered unit at 6,000 watts, is the most powerful ultrasonic welding system that is commercially available, for welding large parts.
The welders can be set up as integrated welders, component welders or as hand-held systems.
Branson is based in Danbury, Conn.
Tel. (203) 796-0400, e-mail [email protected]
Baublys laser marker is low-cost solution
Baublys Control Laser of Orlando, Fla., said its low-cost line of laser marking solutions starts at under $40,000.
Available in both diode and lamp-pumped systems, the Image and Accent laser marking systems are offered in three wavelengths for marking on plastics and other materials.
Also, the new Comet is a 25-watt carbon-dioxide marking system.
Tel. (407) 926-3500, fax (407) 926-3590, e-mail [email protected] laser.com.
Kistler to distribute Moldflow software
Kistler Instrument Corp. of Amherst, N.Y., is distributing Moldflow Corp.'s Moldflow Manufacturing Solutions (MMS) software in the United States.
Executives said the companies are well-matched. Moldflow, of Wayland, Mass., is a software and services provider for the design and manufacture of injection molded products. Kistler makes pressure sensors and charge amplifiers, devices that monitor cavity pressure during molding.
In product news, Kistler introduced a single-wire design of a cavity force sensor, called 9211AE. The single cable simplifies the installation into a mold.
Tel. (716) 691-5100, fax (716) 691-5226, e-mail [email protected] .com.
United Silicone US-5 gets improvements
United Silicone has improved its hot-stamping/heat-transfer machine, especially the smallest size, the US-5.
The company designed more conformity among the machines to minimize operator training and improve performance.
On the US-5, United Silicone replaced the previous pneumatic foil-feed system with a more-precise electric foil-feed system used on the larger models.
Other improvements include reduced setup time and improve product decorating capabilities. For example, head stroke adjustments may be made without the use of tools. Instead of the old socket-head setscrews, now the operator uses locking handles on the head slide and a down-limit adjusting sleeve, eliminating the need for hex wrenches. A quick-change die holder also replaced the standard die mounting plate. An improved head guide system gives accurate positioning during operation.
All three machines are equipped with United Silocone's new controller, based on open-architecture Canbus technology.
United Silicone, an ITW Decorating company, is based in Lancaster, N.Y.
Tel. (716) 681-8222.
Cold Flamer replaces open-flame treaters
Lectro Engineering Co. of St. Louis bills its LT Cold Flamer as a replacement for flame treaters for in-line surface treatment of plastics.
The indirect electrode method of surface treating plastics has been used for years, in limited applications. Lectro is moving it into the plastics arena.
Benefits of the Cold Flamer include lower insurance premiums from removal of open flames in plants, elimination of scraped parts, lower utility bills in climate-controlled buildings and quick product changeovers, Lectro said.
Lectro also said its Automation Technology Inc. division is offering its production-line design services to plastics manufacturers.
Tel. (314) 567-3100, fax (314) 567-3466.
Automa introduces extrusion blow molder
Automa SpA of Bologna, Italy, has renewed its activities in North America, by opening Automa North America with its Canadian representative, Moldpro Inc.
Automa has offices in Burlington, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y. The company has a staff of service people, and a sales agent network across the United States.
In technology news, Automa introduced its double-station, continuous extrusion blow molding machine, the PLUS AT 15D, to the U.S. market.
The AT 15D works well for multicavity applications, making bottles in 6, 8, 10 and 12 cavities. With an extended shuttle, it can produce gallon-size containers in six cavities at a center distance of 200 millimeters.
A bottle take-out mechanism rotates by 90 degrees, bringing the bottles toward the back of the machine onto a merge conveyor. That allows machine-width reduction by about 6 feet, thinner than comparable machines that have bottles exiting from both sides.
Automa also introduced the PLUS AT 10D for multilayer bottles such as six-layer bottles for mayonnaise, ketchup and fruit juice. The clamping mechanism, operated by a hydraulic cylinder and proportional valve, shuttles along a linear bearing unit, generating a low level of friction. A four-parison extrusion head has a center distance of 125mm.
Tel. (905) 335-0974, fax (905) 335-1116, e-mail [email protected] pro.com.
Sonics introduces welding machines
Sonics & Materials Inc. of Newtown, Conn., introduced several ultrasonic welding machines.
The ElectroPress plastics assembly system is designed for high-precision, close-tolerance applications. It can control the final weld position to a tolerance of plus or minus 0.0003 inch, through a broad range of velocities.
Model 2050 welding press is a more robust, rigid machine, thanks to improved castings, rails and bearings, an in-line air cylinder, increased column diameter, wall thickness and throat depth.
Model FC6015 is a kilohertz-power welder that can supply up to 6,000 watts of output.
Also new is a 30 kHz system, in between 20 kHz and 40 kHz models, which can weld larger parts but still has the advantages of the 40 kHz welder, such as reduced noise and the ability to weld delicate parts.
A wide-bed linear vibration welder for large plastic parts has a 72-inch-wide hydraulic lift table. It incorporates all the features of Sonics' standard EH series vibration welder.
Sonics & Materials also rolled out a hand-held welder, called the Model H-540.
Tel. (203) 270-4600, fax (203) 270-4610, e-mail [email protected] materials.com.
PSI-Polymer unveils gear pump design
PSI-Polymer Systems Inc. of Hickory, N.C., introduced a gear pump design, a temperature probe and a new seal and safety guarding on its screen changer.
The compact gear pump has a one-piece gear and shaft assembly design, made of through-hardened tool-steel gears, plus a pressure-balanced drive shaft. It operates at up to 5,000 pounds per square inch and 600° F.
The temperature probe extends 11/2 inches into the melt stream, farther than competing probes. That allows an operator to record a complete temperature profile across an extrusion line.
On PSI's hydraulic slide-plate screen changer, a new seal employs a segmented taper ring. Melt pressure transmits force to seal as the segments try to move from the center.
Tel. (828) 345-6264, fax (828) 345-6265, e-mail [email protected] mersystems.com.
Ultrasonic generator redoes user interface
Dukane Corp. of St. Charles, Ill., said its DPC II Plus ultrasonic generator's plug-and-weld system recognizes modules as they are added or removed from the generator and automatically reconfigures the user interface.
Another new feature, called hot keys, allows one-step access to frequently used commands.
Dukane also unveiled two linear vibration welders. One is a standard 50-inch welder for oversized pieces and the midsize 38-inch model. Drive heads permit the welder to handle heavy tooling at high frequencies, resulting in shorter weld times.
Also new: a series of horizontal hot-plate welders called the Model HHB1223P. The machines use advanced programmable logic controller dual-heating zone. The control panel moves the operator through the menus to setup the process and modify the setting.
Dukane also said its two new spin welders, the 3HP and 5HP (Model SVB031 and SVB051) expand the range of applications for spin welders by using variable frequency drives coupled to a standard programmable logic controller user interface.
Dukane also issued two upgraded versions of the DPC-I compact ultrasonic generator. The unit is designed for markets where it is integrated into automated ultrasonic welding machines for continuous use.
Tel. (630) 584-2300, fax (630) 584-3162.
Conforma adds alarm into treatment system
Corotec Corp. of Farmington, Conn., said its Plasma-Jet corona treatment system for molded parts now includes a built-in microprocessor-based alarm.
The treatment selectively increases the wettability of parts before the application of labels, nomenclature or graphics. Corotec said corona treatment is safer and more effective than traditional flame treating.
Also new from Corotec is a family of fixed-width, bare-roll corona treatment systems for narrow-web processors. A new electrode system can deliver much higher power densities to the web because of a unique cooling architecture.
Tel. (800) 423-0348, fax (860) 674-5229, e-mail [email protected]