B&H's new tool eases ring removal process
B&H Tool Co., which makes precision extrusion tooling for cable, hose, pipe and profiles, has introduced wedge ring removers, disassembly tools that are compatible with all adjustable center crosshead dies.
According to the San Marcos, Calif.-based company, wedge rings and core tubes historically have been the most difficult pieces to remove for cleanup and changeover because heat, pressure and tenacious plastic residue often means that you have to apply substantial force.
The B&H wedge ring remover allows operators to instantly pop out the wedge ring after each run. The ring floats so that the die adjustment is made against hydraulic pressure, rather than by mechanical force.
B&H Tool also introduced a cost-effective attachment for coextruding striping a single, dual, triple or quad stripe onto the extruded wire and jacketing cable. The attachment installs quickly between the die holder and the body of the barrel.
Tel. 760-471-8949, e-mail pneville @bhtool.com.
VectorJet enhances speed and resolution
Sabreen Group of Plano, Texas, has expanded capacity to make its new VectorJet laser-marking equipment for plastic parts.
VectorJet offers permanent marking contrast with outstanding line edge detail, high resolution and speed. One driver of sales has been the demand for small-size micromarking of machine vision codes, such as barcodes, that can be marked in small, isolated areas of molded parts which Sabreen said is difficult if not impossible to do using conventional printing methods.
Sabreen laser systems are well-suited for injection molded parts that are exposed to harsh environments, such as underhood and interior automotive components, firearms, medical products and aerospace parts.
Another market segment is extruded stock shapes, profiles, tubing and sheet that require indelible marking.
Tel. 972-250-4664, fax 972-250-3760, e-mail [email protected] sabreen.com.
Thermoforming unit boasts fast turnovers
Modern Machinery of Beaverton Inc. introduced servo in-line thermoforming machinery, for running at fast speeds with quick turnover times.
The corresponding speeds and settings are saved and recalled for each product recipe. The machine uses more than 20 servodrives and controls, allowing for ideal drive settings, torques, gains and speeds.
One customer slashed changeover times from about an hour to less than 10 minutes, according to the equipment maker in Beaverton, Mich.
The servo-driven rail adjustment system has position control for each recipe. This feature also gives automatic positioning for machine shop positions, reducing downtime and allowing for fast tooling changeover.
The fast-change tooling system uses carts interfaced to a tool lifting and feeding system, in and out of the form and trim stations. Modern Machinery also provides quick-change utility connections that accommodate existing tooling at the customer's factory, along with future designs.
Tel. 989-435-9071, e-mail bwin [email protected]
Grieve oven handles long-shaped parts
Grieve Corp. of Round Lake, Ill., said its electrically heated cabinet oven, dubbed No. 1005, is designed for curing long-shaped composite parts held in fixtures at a customer's factory.
The oven measures 108 inches wide by 18 inches in diameter by 18 inches high.
The oven has all required safety equipment for handling flammable solvents, including motorized dampers on the intake and exhaust, to accelerate cooling.
Tel. 847-546-8225, fax 847-546-9210, e-mail [email protected] .com.
D-M-E baffles ensure quicker mold cooling
D-M-E Co. has introduced Turbulent flow plastic baffles for faster mold cooling and reduced cycle times.
The baffle creates turbulence within the mold-cooling liquid, increasing the heat transfer and cooling parts more quickly than traditional baffles, said the Madison Heights, Mich., firm.
The baffles are made from glass-reinforced polyphthalamide, an engineering-grade thermoplastic, instead of the traditional brass baffles.
D-M-E designed the baffles to promote uniform flow of cooling liquid and seals tightly within the mold's cooling channels, ensuring uniform cooling.
Tel. 248-398-6000, fax 888-808-4363, e-mail [email protected]