Hommer Tool unveils collapsible cores
Hommer Tool and Mfg. Inc., which does custom manufacturing of mold components, has doubled the size of its plant in Arlington Heights, Ill., to 24,000 square feet.
The addition allows Hommer to house its operations under one roof. In 2004, Hommer bought Romar Mold Inc., which was located five blocks away in Arlington Heights.
``We made this investment to be able to offer our customers additional services, faster turnaround and economies of scale,'' said Susan Menn, marketing manager for Hommer Tool.
This year, Hommer introduced a line of collapsible cores, for injection molded parts that require internal threads, undercuts, protrusions or cutouts.
Shorter than conventional cores, the Hommer collapsible cores feature two-piece construction and a cooled center core, for maximum productivity, according to the company. All cores come supplied with stripper rings.
Tel. 847-394-3355, fax 847-394-1257.
Ewikon needle drive offers more flexibility
Ewikon Hotrunner Systems of America Inc. introduced an electrical needle drive for valve-gate systems.
The drive unit is designed for use with HPS III-NVE 1 and HPS III-NVE 2 valve-gate systems, with needle drive positioning in the clamping plate. It is suitable for nozzles with flow channel diameters of 3-9 millimeters, in four installation sizes that cover a broad range of shot weights.
Electric needle drive is good for clean room molding of medical parts. Ewikon said the needle drive also is well-suited for valve gates running on all-electric injection molding machines.
The controller can precisely operate up to eight needles. Each needle can be separately selected, adjusted, or switched off by changing to a manual setup mode.
During setup, you can move the needle, stepwise, in increments of 0.05mm.
During operation, if a deviation is detected, the needle automatically readjusts itself within one molding cycle.
Ewkon Hotrunner Systems is based in East Dundee, Ill.
Tel. 847-844-9351, fax 847-844-9352, e-mail [email protected] konusa.com.
PCS rolls out latest mold components
PCS Co. introduced several mold components, and the company in Fraser, Mich., announced a new warehouse and branch office in Hong Kong.
PCS rolled out:
* The Eleda I-MET line of data inserts for molds, listing the date or serial number system. The I-MET also automatically updates that information.
* Pre-pocketed mold bases with top locks as standard.
* A line of nitrided D-Headed and Keyed ejector pins.
* The I-mold tunnel gate inserts, which permit bottom gating on parts where the upper part, or the visible surface, cannot be blemished by any gate vestige.
Tel. 800-521-0546, fax 800-505-3299, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Serigraph Inc. touts decorating abilities
Serigraph Inc. of West Bend, Wis., is offering several plastic decorating products.
For in-mold labeling, the company provides:
* Class of Glass, which gives plastic the look of glass. It can incorporate three-dimensional and soft-touch materials, with no seams or parting lines.
* High-definition IMD, which combines quality four-color graphics and close tolerance registration.
* Polypropylene IMD, for scratch- and chemical-resistant graphics.
* Metal IMD, to give a metal feel and appearance to plastic parts.
* Fabric IMD, a soft fabric feel that can be backlit and washed.
Under Seriglas, a protective coating, the company displayed Piano Black, and automotive lenses with abrasion-resistant qualities.
Serigraph also rolled out badging solutions such as 3D-Lux, Domension, and wood grain and metallic finishes. The company also provides high-definition heat transfers with four-color graphics.
Tel. 262-335-7200, fax 262-335-7699, e-mail [email protected]
Atlas testing device receives upgrades
Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC, the Chicago-based supplier of accelerated weathering-testing services, introduced an improved control system for its Ci4000 xenon-arc Weather-Ometer.
The controller now sports a full-color touch screen with intuitive, easy-to-use icons. Atlas also beefed up the Ci4000 internally, replacing the earlier programmable logic controller with an embedded control system. A digital network replaces analog control circuits. The company also significantly increased memory.
Atlas also announced the release of its CS-7 lamp-cooling system on its Weather-Ometers, an upgrade to its CS-6. The CS-7 offers substantial water savings by replacing the double-coil system on the CS-6 with a high-efficient heat exchanger.
The company also is touting the Suntest XXL, a large, flat-array instrument for testing weathering. Sunlight is simulated by using special, long-arc xenon lamps that simulate natural sunlight.
Tel. 773-327-4520, fax 773-327-5787, e-mail [email protected] .com.
EGS offers upgraded E monitoring gauge
EGS Gauging Inc. is offering the EPlus! for monitoring plastic film and sheet during production.
The EPlus takes all the features of its E model and includes economical control of autoprofiling and roll coating. It also includes new standards-based electronics and networking features.
At NPE 2006, held June 19-23 in Chicago, EGS demonstrated the EPlus with its ShadowMaster sensor.
A few weeks after NPE, analytical instrument maker Thermo Electron Corp. bought EGS of Wilmington, Mass.
Tel. 978-663-2300, fax 978-667-4033, e-mail [email protected] egsgauging.com.