Sepro beam robot targets large parts
French robot maker Sepro Robotique is offering its largest beam robot platform in the Generation IV line, plus a new dual-arm version of its pick-and-place robot, the Axess series.
The Model 4060 beam robot can carry large automotive and other parts molded on injection presses up to 3,500 tons. It comes in a heavy-load configuration that can handle payloads of as much as 176 pounds, and a long demolding version that has a with a Y-axis measuring up to 71 inches.
The standard horizontal stroke is 138 inches and the vertical stroke is 118 inches.
The Axess Twin dual-arm robot has two vertical-axis arms on a single horizontal beam. The primary arm grips the part, while the secondary arm picks the sprue. The double-arm setup can be applied to all three Axess models, in sizes suitable for use with injection presses up to 600 tons.
Sepro America LLC is based at Conair Group Inc. in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Tel. 724-584-5500, e-mail [email protected]
Chen Hsong equips presses with MuCell
Hong Kong-based Chen Hsong Group will offer Trexel Inc.'s MuCell process on its injection molding machines, the firms said.
MuCell uses microcellular foam to make dimensionally stable parts with lower weight, less material and reduced production costs.
Chen Hsong officials have evaluated MuCell for a few years. ``We have confirmed the value it delivers. We have also seen the growing acceptance of the technology in China as well as the worldwide market,'' said Chen Hsong's executive director, Stephen Chung.
Chen Hsong has introduced a machine, the JM98-Ai/500-MuCell, with 98 tons of clamping force, which includes Trexel's new Series III MuCell system.
Trexel, of Woburn, Mass., is aiming the Series III MuCell system at makers of small-tonnage presses. It claims the first all-electric, pulse-dosing system for microcellular foaming. Instead of air-driven, continuous-dosing pumps, the pump uses an electric drive motor to compress the nitrogen gas, dosing the exact amount at a chosen set point.
Chen Hsong builds its presses in Shenzhen, China.
Tel. 781-932-0202, fax. 781-932-3324.
IDI makes composite for SMC applications
IDI Composites International has developed a new high-strength composite for sheet molding compound applications.
IDI Composites' X Series features light weight, extreme resilience and high-impact strength. It is well-suited to safety equipment, sporting goods, transportation and military uses, according to the Noblesville, Ind., company.
X Series products show notched Izod impact values of 40-60 foot-pounds per inch. Flexural strength is 40,000-60,000 pounds per square inch; tensile strength is 25,000-35,000 psi; glass content ranges from 20-60 percent.
Tel. 317-773-1766, fax 317-773-3877, e-mail [email protected]
Biosafe antimicrobial less costly, firm says
Biosafe Inc. has introduced a permanent antimicrobial that is less costly than conventional silver-based additives.
The new animicrobial, called Biosafe, protects plastics from staining and degradation caused by bacteria, mold and fungi without migrating out of the plastic, claims the Pittsburgh-based firm. As well, it doesn't cause opacity and eliminates concerns about heavy metals.
The company says adding the Biosafe product to plastic costs 25-50 cents a pound, about a third of what it costs to incorporate typical antimicrobials based on silver ions. It can prolong plastic life while providing a hygenic surface demanded in medical environments.
Biosafe is offered as a powder or in a masterbatch, as well as in the form of treated fillers such as microsperes. The active ingredient has been used to treat textiles but the company has converted it into a powder for easier application in plastics.
Tel. 412-770-1302, e-mail [email protected]
Kistler introduces injection controls
Kistler Instrumente AG of Winterthur, Switzerland, has introduced several new controls products for injection molding.
Kistler's MultiFlow control module automatically balances hot-runner molds according to cavity pressure.
The firm also has released a new generation of its CoMo injection process monitoring and control system, with 24 channels and new user interface. The CoMo process analyzes the cavity pressure profile during molding, evaluates parts and separates rejects.
The Curve Viewer, designed for the CoMo manufacturing information system, allows access to production information over the Internet. Kistler Instrument Corp. is based in Amherst, N.Y.
Tel. 716-691-5100, fax 716-691-5226, e-mail [email protected]
Sylvin expands colors for vinyl compounds
Sylvin Technologies Inc. has developed vinyl compounds that combine exceptional exterior weatherability with a range of colors, including dark shades.
Sylvin of Denver, Pa., said its 8773 Series is in response to demand for dark colors that maintain properties and hold color over time. The compounds are suited to fence, decking, railing and other exterior construction end uses.
The firm said the new products can be used as a solid profile or a cap layer over substrates. They adhere well to substrates and exhibit high opacity. They lead to profiles with low gloss and scratch-resistant surfaces. The compounds' color schemes include dark green, dark brown and black, all of which show little change after 2,000 hours of accelerated weatherometer exposure.
Tel. 717-336-2823, fax 717-336-0547, e-mail [email protected]
Kydex sheets touting Microban technology
Kleerdex Co. LLC has obtained exclusive rights to make thermoplastic sheets protected with Microban antimicrobial for health-care equipment enclosures and airline interior components.
Kleerdex of Bloomsburg, Pa., is offering Microban technology in several of its Kydex sheet products. In airline interiors target applications include meal trays, armrests and monitor shrouds. Health-care uses include hospital furniture and orthotics.
Microban is licensed by Microban International Ltd. of Huntersville, N.C., to provide continuous, durable antimicrobial protection for the length of a product's life. It protects against bacteria, mold and mildew.
Tel. 570-387-6997 ext. 542, e-mail [email protected]
SAS Automation adds new gripper products
SAS Automation LLC, which makes end-of-arm robotic tooling in Xenia, Ohio, rolled out its actuated rib gripper for internal removal of a car bumper fascia from the ``A'' side of the mold.
The GRZ 32EC-30 gripper and cylinder assemblies are mounted on a bearing rail, to help support the load of the bumper fascia. To relieve stress on the robot, the stroke is retracted to release the part before it removes the tool and part from the mold.
A 30-millimeter stripper stroke can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the cylinder pin to fit any part size. The GRZ comes with a custom mounting bracket, to accommodate a specific application.
Also new from SAS:
* A lightweight gripper arm made of Delrin acetal and aluminum, plus several other end-of-arm tooling products. The arm is electrically insulated, making it ideal for bearing tools that require an electrostatic charge, or handle in-mold labeling work. The gripper is internally spring loaded. A threaded shaft with jam nuts allows for easy plate mounting.
* A gripper plier jaw kit, for the GRZ 20-16 style. Each kit has one jaw and one hex screw pin. The kit allows molders to interchange existing jaws for new jaw sizes, so EOAT tooling can be reconfigured on the factory floor, SAS said.
* A compact and modular, rail-mounted degating system for straight or curved fan gates that gives consistent, clean cuts. Radiuses as small as 1 inch can be achieved for curved fan gates. The blade mechanism can be a pneumatic cylinder or a belt driven from a motor.
* A system that uses twist-on wire ties to hold hoses and cables to the frame, then easily move them to other locations without having to cut the wire ties.
Tel. 937-372-5255, fax 937-372-5555, e-mail [email protected]