Process separates rubber from windows
Hamos GmbH of Penzberg, Germany, has developed a process to separate out rubber from seals, nylon and plasticized vinyl from vinyl windows, during recycling.
Normally, the company said, these items must be manually separated before shredding, a labor-intensive process. Using the Hamos system, window profiles are shredded into regrind, then dust is removed. Electrostatic separation equipment removes rubber and other contaminants.
Next, opto-electric color sorting equipment separates remaining rubber and color contamination from the material.
Hamos said the end-material vinyl has a purity of more than 99.995 percent.
Tel. 49-885-692-610, fax 49-885-6 92-6199, e-mail [email protected]
Systematic automates screen printing unit
Systematic Automation Inc. of Farmington, Conn., has developed a fully automated screen printing machine for use with injection molding robots.
The machine dial is made to match the number of mold cavities. The parts-removal robot first takes the printed and ultraviolet-cured parts off the machine dial. The dial then rotates 45 degrees, and the parts are loaded onto the spindles of the printing machine.
No operator need be present, since ink dispensing and part locating detection are automatic.
Mass. firm improves cutting press output
Thermoforming Solutions Inc. of Pocasset, Mass., has sold its thermoforming cutting press to a company in Europe that makes windshield wiper blades.
The 150-ton, six tie bar cutting press has helped the unidentified customer double production. The large device cuts 16 blister packages per cycle. Previous technology, a 90-ton press, cut eight blisters per cycle.
Thermoforming Solutions, which originally designed the press for its new range of in-line thermoforming machines, builds trim presses, supplies ovens and designs production lines.
Tel. 508-563-1134, fax 508-563-1135.
Raytek thermometer has variable features
Raytek Corp. of Santa Cruz, Calif., said its Marathon MM infrared thermometer can be used for plastics processing, including thermoforming.
The user can adjust the focus, either by push button on the instrument, or remotely via a personal computer in an office.
A new variable focus feature is suited for large installations with multiple sensors, where the sensors are periodically replaced or the distance to the measurement object changes.
Marathon MM sensors provide through-the-lens sighting and either laser or video sighting for correct aiming.
Anver Corp. debuts latest vacuum lifters
Removing lightweight but bulky large vacuum formed parts from a mold just got easier, said Anver Corp. of Hudson, Mass., which introduced a custom vacuum-pad attachment for its VT series tube lifter. One person can remove the part.
Anver offers the lifters in air- or electric-powered models. Quick-connect coupling accommodates many different types of vacuum pads.
The vacuum lifters are priced from $2,995.
Tel. 800-654-3500, fax 978-568-1570, e-mail [email protected]
Dynisco transducer uses digital display
Designed for plastics extrusion, Dynisco LLC's MeltMonitor alarm series is a melt-pressure transducer with an integral digital display.
Standard features, including digital auto-zero and peak display function, are easy to use. With an optional temperature sensor, the display can provide both process pressure and temperature at the same time.
Dynisco also introduced the BP 420 burst plug, a protection device that releases excess pressure once it reaches a predetermined range.
Dynisco is based in Franklin, Mass.
Tel. 508-541-9400, fax 508-541-6206, e-mail [email protected]
Bottle-handling unit easy to use, portable
Motion Control Robotics of Fremont, Ohio, introduced SUBTA, for "stand up bottle take away." The pre-engineered automation system handles PET bottles.
SUBTA grabs the bottles and sets them on a conveyor standing up. Bottles are moved through coating, leak checking, case packing and palletizing.
The automation system is portable, so it rolls away from a blow molding machine to allow for mold changes. It can be operated easily with joystick pattern teaching.
"Ease of changeover is one of our biggest selling points that we've heard from customers on the SUBTA system," said Scott Lang, president of Motion Controls Robotics.