OGP debuts Zip Lite for video inspections
Optical Gaging Products Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., introduced the SmartScope Zip Lite to its family of dimensional metrology systems for automated video-based inspection and measuring.
The compact systems provide XYZ measurement ranges of 10 inches by 10 inches by 6 inches for the Zip Lite 250, and 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches for the Zip Lite 300.
SmartScope Zip Lite systems use the company's MeasureMind three-dimensional MultiSensor metrology software.
Tel. 585-544-0400, fax 585-544-8092, e-mail [email protected]
Gefran adds products
for better automation
Gefran Inc. introduced several products, including a melt pressure transducer and a common software package to configure and monitor all of its instruments and drives.
The Winchester, Mass., firm supplies systems and components for industrial automation, such as pressure transducers, sensors, drives, automation components and motion controllers.
The HTML-based software is called GF_eXpress. After selecting the appropriate parameters file from the menu, you can display information for those parameters. GF_eXpress resembles a typical Windows environment, with a tool bar and status bar.
The new melt pressure transducer series is called Impact, for innovative melt pressure accurate transmitter. The transducer uses the piezoresistive principle so does not contain transmission fluid, giving it robustness, longer life and superior resistance to wear by high-temperature abrasive materials.
Also new from Gefran is the GF_VEDO touch-screen operator terminals. The terminal manages smaller applications such as automatic machines, real-time controls, adjustment of physical quantities and data display and recording. GF_VEDO shares a single programming environment called Gefran Automation Builder.
Tel. 781-729-5249, fax 781-729-1468, e-mail bart.polizotto @gefraninc.com.
CMD unit cuts waste
while converting bags
CMD Corp., the flexible packaging equipment maker from Appleton, Wis., unveiled an improved way to convert drawstring trash bags, cutting waste.
CMD said the traditional way to make drawstring bags creates the side seals of the bag on a blown film polyethylene web traveling up to 600 feet per minute, and then places a cut-off perforation between those seals to separate the string of bags. The exact placement of that perforation is a major challenge.
CMD's patent-pending sure-seal technology can cut down on waste when making the bags, saving about $100,000 a year in resin costs for each line, according to CMD President Steve Sakai.
Because our technology creates a single seal with the perforation precisely centered, the problem of incorrect perforation placement, missing side seals and excessive film in between bags is reduced, if not eliminated, Sakai said.
The technology is available on new equipment and it can be retrofitted on existing lines.
CMD also introduced its Global Drawtape System and its Global High Speed Winder.
For the Global winder, wound bags may be connected to each other by perforations, or with each bag separated and overlapped onto the previous bag. The winder turns out coreless rolls at up to 30 cycles per minute. It is designed for high-cycle production of small-count rolls, without limiting line speed.
Tel. 920-730-6888, fax 920-730-6880.
CDS line is tailored
for medical tubing
Custom Downstream Systems Inc. introduced downstream extrusion machinery for medical tubing.
CDS is aiming the compact line at precision-shape requirements for medical tubing. The package includes a high-precision vacuum sizing tank for efficient water cooling, while maintaining an enhanced rate of heat transfer, a servobelt haul-off and fly-knife cutter and a takeaway conveyor.
Other features include stainless-steel, retractable water reservoirs, exterior support rollers and water-level adjustment features.
The frame is easily adjustable, according to CDS, based in Lachine, Quebec.
Tel. 514-633-5933. fax 514-633-5944, e-mail [email protected] chines.com.
Crown Machine offers new dryer, pelletizer
Crown Machine uwp Inc. of Addison, Ill., is offering an underwater pelletizer with a magnetic clamp and new dryer technology.
A Super Dryer offers improved drying and a fast auto-clean cycle.
Crown said its rotary dryer for plastic scrap offers continuous processing. By adjusting the incline, you can vary the residence time.
The company also said its tapered-screw compactor extruder densifies ground plastic into molten polymer, a plus for creating new materials with recycled plastic.
Tel. 630-543-5240, fax 630-543-4656.
Raytek Corp. is offering a new compact, integrated noncontact thermometer for continuous temperature monitoring.
Raytek, of Santa Cruz, Calif., said its CM series is easy to integrate into a factory. It can replace traditional contact probes with a J-type or K-type thermocouple output, or with a user-scalable volt output of 0-5, if the application is susceptible to noise.
Tel. 831-458-3900, e-mail solu [email protected]
touts ROI calculator
Precision AirConvey Corp. is offering a new return-on-investment calculator that automatically reveals cost savings and financial returns by installing Precision's automated trim-handling and plastics reprocessing systems.
The ROI calculator is aimed at film and sheet processors and converters.
The costs of downtime for extruders or slitters, raw material and reclaim waste, waste handling and disposal and other variables are calculated in terms of labor, time, productivity and product quality.
Precision AirConvey is based in Newark, Del.
Tel. 302-999-8000, fax 302-266-7559, e-mail [email protected] vey.com.
PPT Vision highlights
Camera inspection system maker PPT Vision Inc. of Bloomington, Minn., introduced its latest products.
The Sentinel smart vision system offers simple, touch-panel monitoring and control of a PPT Vision smart camera that inspects a moving mold, ejection pins and part.
In a demonstration at the NPE2009 trade show in Chicago, three PPT Impact cameras inspected a plastic solar windmill, calculating the rotating speed of the fan blade. The inspection was automatically triggered at controlled time intervals and gave the windmill's velocity regardless of its rotational position.
At that show, PPT also exhibited an in-line camera a PPT Impact T-series that looked for the presence of the absence of randomly dumped plastic balls in a hopper and calculated the cycle time of a solar-powered truck.
The third camera, a PPT Impact C-series, was aimed at mirrors attached to a moving vehicle. That setup allowed the camera to see behind opaque objects, according to PPT Vision.
Tel. 952-996-9500, fax 952-996-9501.
Agr gauge ideal for
Agr International Inc. has developed a new OptiCheck vision and gauging system for PET and polyolefin bottle manufacturers, and a CentriScan gauge for measuring PET preforms and other transparent cylindrical objects.
OptiCheck inspects bottles and does lighting and measurement routines for containers produced for the pharmaceutical, beverage, food, household chemical and personal-care industries. It can be configured to include finish/ seal surface inspection and side-wall inspection.
CentriScan provides vision-based measurement of thickness and true diameter, including 360-degree side-wall measurements in increments of 2 degrees around the complete circumference of the cylindrical object, in less than 15 seconds.
Agr International is based in Butler, Pa.
Tel. 724-482-2163, e-mail kmar [email protected]
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