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1000°F Top Loading Oven from Grieve

No. 895 is a 1000°F (538°C), top loading oven from Grieve, currently used for curing composite materials in large molds at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 168” W x 48” D x 48” H. 120 KW are installed in lncoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 12,500 CFM, 10-HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow.

This Grieve top-loading oven features 8” thick insulated walls comprising 2” of 1900°F block and 6” of 10 lb./cf density rockwool. Other features include aluminized steel exterior, Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior, reinforced ¼” steel plate top, air-operated rear hinged door and wear bars at sides of workspace. Floor of workspace is reinforced for 4000 lbs. loading at removable stainless steel subway grates. Oven also features 325 CFM powered forced exhauster and access ports to allow monitoring of mold during injection.

Controls on No. 895 include a digital programming temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors, recirculating blower airflow safety switch and SCR power controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Ergo-Matic® 1000 Single beak close-up with drum

New Liftomatic Line of Portable Drum Handlers

The Solution for Repetitive Transport Applications

Ergo-Matic® 1000 Single beak close-up with drum

Ergo-Matic® 1000 Single beak close-up with drum

Buffalo Grove, IL, Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., an industry leading material handling equipment manufacturer, recently introduced the Ergo-Matic® line of portable drum handling equipment. The Ergo line comprises a range of models and features for repetitive applications. The product family is fully modular and designed for efficient manual handling of a single drum.

The Ergo-Matic® line features high-lift capability up to 36” to double-stack drums, spark-resistant components for flammable areas, double “Parrot-Beak®” clamps for fiber and plastic drums plus special wheels and coatings for FDA Approved applications. Other features and options are available, along with off-the-shelf and custom solutions.

Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc. is an acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of drum handling equipment. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Liftomatic maintains manufacturing, engineering and sales facilities around the globe. Liftomatic currently sells products in over 40 countries and counts among customers more than 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.

 


For more information, please contact:
Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc.
700 Dartmouth Lane
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Sales Dept. 847-325-2930
Web: www.liftomatic.com
Email: info@liftomatic.com

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Guill Tool & Engineering Receives AS9100:2016 Aerospace and ISO 9001:2015 Certificate of Registration

 

 

Guill Tool & Engineering, a tool & die and precision machining company for the extrusion and defense industries, announced it has been certified by NQA for AS9100:2016 and ISO 9001:2015.  AS9100:2016 is the quality management standard specific to the aerospace industry.

For Guill, ISO 9001:2015 applies specifically to the design and manufacture of single and multi-layer extrusion heads and tooling, as well as to the manufacture of valves, fittings, and components for submarines. The AS9100:2016 applies to commercial contract manufacturing and machining for aviation, space and defense (ASD).

“As Guill Tool & Engineering continues to seek machining excellence, the pursuit and realization of registration to the AS9100:2016 and to the ISO9001:2015 quality management standards will allow Guill access to new markets, increased internal operational efficiency, lower production costs obtained through improved product reliability, better process control, and greater employee quality awareness.”   Guill Tool 

Guill Extrusion has supplied tooling to many industries since 1962, beginning with wire & cable and expanding to medical, automotive, hose & pipe, compounding, packaging, and wood composite. Guill specializes in multi-layer tube and hose, having developed patented features for controlling layer tolerances and concentricity, leading to material cost savings.

Guill Defense is a preferred supplier of Level 1/SUBSAFE nuclear and non-level fittings, valves, flanges, components and assemblies for the naval submarine industry. As an established government supplier and leader in precision CNC machining, Guill is capable of handling a broad variety of manufacturing projects.  With a wide network of approved suppliers, Guill is able to meet the rigorous standards of complex aviation, space, and defense (ASD) industry specifications.


For more information, please contact:

Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
USA
Phone:  401-828-7600
www.guill.com
sales@guill.com

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550°F Shelf Oven from Grieve

Grieve Shelf OvenNo. 859 is a 550°F (288°C), shelf oven from Grieve, currently used for drying powdered resin in trays at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 44” W x 30” D x 60” H. 12 KW are installed in Nichrome wire heating elements, while a 1000 CFM, 1-HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve oven has 4” insulated walls, Type 430 stainless steel interior and 4 independent doors for access to workspace, each opening 20-1/2” wide x 28-1/2” high. Features include 32 trays 19” wide x 29” long x 2-1/2” deep, a weekly timer to start and stop oven and a digital timer for each compartment with button and pilot light to indicate end of cycle.

Controls on the No. 859 include a digital indicating temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors, recirculating blower air flow safety switch and a 10” diameter circular chart recorder.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Adams Magnetic Products Hires Mike Devine as Senior Applications Engineer

Elmhurst, IL –Adams Magnetic Products, Co., a leading supplier of permanent magnets, rare earth magnets, flexible magnets and magnetic assemblies has appointed Michael Devine as Senior Applications Engineer in its Elmhurst facility. Mr. Devine will provide direct engineering support to Adams’ customer base as well as sales and production support, primarily focusing on permanent and electromagnetic circuit design. He will also be responsible for evaluating current and potential magnet applications against industry benchmarks, to better meet the needs of Adams customers.

“Michael’s vast experience in magnetics and exposure to numerous applications in the industry will help to develop our customers’ designs in a very effective and efficient manner” explains Director of Technology, Tony Hull. “Michael’s passion to assist others with solutions will undoubtedly strengthen the company and benefit our customers.”

Before joining Adams, Devine served as Senior Applications Engineer at Dexter Magnetic Technologies, where he interacted with customers from aerospace, defense, petrochemical, medical, semiconductor, research universities and government facilities regarding magnetic design.  He is an active and contributing member of several industry associations, has published over 20 technical papers and presented at numerous technical conferences in the magnetics industry.

Devine holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is a certified project management professional and is proficient in several magnetic modeling software programs.

“Adams has a great reputation in the industry,” says Devine. “I’m looking forward to expanding Adams’ role in the many markets it successfully serves.”

Established in 1950, Adams Magnetic Products Co. sets the standard for designing and manufacturing innovative magnetic products and assemblies. One of the oldest U.S. companies in the industry, its staff draws from a depth of engineering, fabricating, coating, testing, sourcing, handling, and distributing expertise managing inventory and delivery to coincide with customers’ production cycles and schedules. Adams has the capabilities to produce magnets of virtually any shape and size and is ITAR registered and ISO 9001:2008 Certified.


 For more information, please contact:

Alice Martin
Director of Marketing
Adams Magnetic Products, Co.
888 Larch Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
630.617.8880
amartin@adamsmagnetic.com
www.adamsmagnetic.com

 

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500°F Electrically Heated Belt Conveyor Oven from Grieve

 

belt conveyor oven currently used for curing sealant on filters at the customer’s facilityNo. 892 is a 500°F (260°C), electrically heated belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for curing sealant on filters at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 18” W x 32” D x 26” H. 36 KW are installed in Nichrome wire heating elements, while a 1500 CFM, 11/2-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve belt conveyor oven has an 18” long open belt loading zone and a 24” long open unloading zone. Features include a 12” long insulated, unheated entrance vestibule, 32” long insulated heat zone with recirculated airflow and 12” long insulated, unheated exit vestibule. Additional features include 12” wide, 1” x 1” stainless steel flat wire conveyor belt with 1/4-HP motor drive, variable from 0.6 to 11.7 inches per minute, 4” insulated walls and aluminized steel interior and exterior. The oven also has an integral leg stand with casters.

Controls on the No. 892 include a digital indicating temperature controller, 10” diameter circular chart recorder and SCR power controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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500°F Special Cabinet Oven from Grieve

No. 994 is a 500°F (260°C) special cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for heating the end of long parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven are a tapered 10” at front and 20” at rear wide x 20” deep x 21” high.  9KW are installed in Nichrome wire heating elements, while a 600 CFM, ½-HP recirculating blower provides vertical upward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve cabinet oven has 4” insulated walls and an aluminized steel interior and exterior. Features also include safety equipment for handling flammable solvents, including explosion venting door hardware.

Controls on No. 994 include all applicable NEMA 12 electrical standards and a tower light to indicate machine status.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese.

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Guill Tool Launches In-House Rheology Lab

With the ability to test materials before they are extruded, Guill customers receive testing coupled with industry experience and shorter lead times                                                                                                                                            

Guill Tool, manufacturers of extrusion tooling for the global market, has opened an in-house rheology laboratory, making it the only extrusion tooling manufacturer in the industry with such a capability. Seeking to obtain better results and minimize the time it takes between testing and production, Guill built its own rheology lab in their facility in West Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. The lab features several key machines that ensure optimum results, when testing materials, especially new compounds to be extruded.  The testing equipment includes a Hybrid Rotational Rheometer, a Differential Scanning Calorimeter, and a Thermal Conductivity Meter.

Third-party testing facilities are typically not experienced in extrusion processes.  Guill, however, can not only gather data the same way third-party testers can, but can also interpret that data as it applies specifically to extrusion.  Likewise, third-parties simply supply data, not recommendations.  Guill is now equipped to both test its customer’s materials and work with them to create extrusion tooling that will give them a competitive edge.  Accurate simulation and interpretation by extrusion experts greatly reduces the number of physical reworks needed, as the tooling has a greater chance of producing a good product at the outset. In-house testing also speeds up the turnaround on test results, reducing delays during the tool design process and offering better control over the processes and test parameters.

The new Guill rheology lab processes standard materials, custom formulae and it is equipped to mix materials. These materials include plastics, thermoplastic elastomers, all types of rubber and silicone. Information from the lab is transmitted directly to the Guill engineering department via computer link for review by the design team.

The lab will be offered for use by extruders and chemical formulators, among others in the industry.  Please contact Guill for full details.


For more information, please contact:

Bill Conley, Sales Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
USA
Phone:  401-828-7600
www.guill.com
bconley@guill.com

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The rubber injection molding machine making REP technology accessible to all!

 

In the little world of rubber injection molding machines, the name of REP has been recognized for years as a synonym for performance and high technology. REP presses are known for being reliable, durable and adapted to the most sophisticated processes.

However the drawback of such reputation is that some customers think they cannot afford REP technology or don’t need advanced features knowing well they are unnecessary for their simple parts production.The G10 Core line was designed to target these customers’ needs.

Presented for the first time at the end of 2016, much less expensive than the G10 Extended, the G10 Core meets the needs of lean manufacturing, for uncomplicated and standard processes, while delivering the usual REP quality and reliability.

The G10 Core is available with clamping forces from 1 600 to 5 100 kN : V410 Core, V510 Core and V710 Core.

These machines feature all of the REP technology at optimized cost. The G10 Core is a G10, it has the same patented injection unit as the G10 Extended with separate injection and plasticization functions. Unlike other so-called budget machines, it is CE-certified . For customers who need simple solutions without stripping kit, process control customization or other particular features, it is the ideal solution!


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
tgraham@repcorp.com
Attention: Tim Graham, President.

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Scanning vs. CMM…a Short Comparison of Technologies

Long-established technology of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) is today being challenged in myriad markets by fast-emerging, highly advanced science of blue light scanning

For over 50 years, the benchmark for accuracy in measuring solid objects, whether machined, molded, die cast, welded or forged, was the coordinate measuring machine.  Using a solid granite base table typically, along with a vertical, horizontal, gantry or bridge-mounted arm and touch probe, measurements would be taken and compared in blocks to an engineering file, first as 2D drawings and today as CAD files hosted in the cloud.

CMM

Typical CMM probes a part’s external dimensions at a limited number of touch points

During the last two decades, however, a “new kid in town” has arrived on the scene, with power, size, point capability and price value that are rapidly leaving the CMM technology in the dust.

3D laser scanning, plus the latest trend of industrial CT scanning, which is based on the same technology used for medical MRI, permit an array of points to be read, both external and now internal, on a wide variety of substrates and manufacturing techniques.  3D scans are made on many types of metals, composite, thermoplastic, elastomeric, wood, fiber and fabric materials, while CT scanning permits internal exploration of a thick aluminum casting, injection molded plastic or rubber part, even prepared foods, packaging, archaeological finds and fine art. The old joke is, with CT scanning, we would have known about Venus de Milo’s arm problems, long before they occurred. CT scanning can produce results for porosity, dimensional, failure analysis, volume and fiber orientation, all while leaving the part undamaged.

3D laser scan can capture millions of points, instantly comparing them to a CAD file or cloud-resident data

In contrast to conventional tactile CMM techniques, laser and especially CT scanning captures all surface points simultaneously, on even the most complex, convoluted surface areas.  As an example, where a typical touch probe might capture 300 points of reference for comparison to a CAD overlay, the laser or CT will capture millions of points.  Typical systems today can offer measurement accuracies to 4+L/100µm referring to the VDI 2630 metrology guideline.

A customer recently came to us with the following scenario.  An engineer at his company was boasting of having produced the “perfect part,” based on CMM deviation points.  Our contact had used our scanning services in the past.  We performed a quick blue light 3D scan on the object and quickly determined the part was out of spec on several faces, as certain critical points had been missed in the CMM protocol.  Our millions of scan data points were fit to the deviation map and the problem was tracked backed to the production source and rectified.  Today, this company is a regular customer.

CT scan enables the internal examination of a die cast, molded or other solid part, even food and packaging, to detect issues of porosity or void analysis without destruction of the object, as well as seal integrity

The above example does not indicate CMM technology has outlived its usefulness, by any means.  We continue to use it in our operations for certain measurements in many applications.

One important point to note is that the same software that manipulates the data from the CMM can be used with 3D scanners and CT equipment alike.  As there are substantial cost savings to be realized in the purchase of a 3D scanning device or the new generation of table top CT scanners, depending on the parts being examined, the transition from CMM to 3D or CT is more feasible today, economically.  The driving factors for a company, when evaluating the service vs. purchase issue are two.

The easier factor is raw cost, where a 3D scanner is typically half the cost of a CMM for measuring comparable part sizes. The other is more complex, namely the talent of the personnel doing the work. Experienced technicians have the ability to scan and process large data sets on a wide variety of substrates, geometries and part sizes effectively.  Coupled with the part volumes being processed and other factors, it is often more practical and profitable for a company to use a scanning service on an as-needed basis.

3D printing allows quick sampling of modified designs, as well as finished prototypes, producing parts directly from the scanned data

An additional point to note in evaluating CMM vs. scanning is the time involved. To derive those 300 touch points referenced above might take four hours, while the 2.5 million points derived from a 3D scan would take 30 minutes. Since Polyworks software can be used on a CMM or 3D laser scanner, the time and money savings quickly accumulate. Plus, in this manner, companies can develop something of a “universal metrology” scenario at their companies by augmenting the existing CMM technologies with 3D and even CT scanning capabilities, making their QC department more powerful from the outset. One practical note: We can train QC, R&D and production department personnel usually in three days or less to expand their capability from CMM to include 3D and CT scanning.

In terms of the data created, the 3D scanning produces color maps, inspections, first article inspections or other outputs. What you do with the data after completing the scanning is endless.

On the topic of substrates, it should be noted that CT scanning today offers the ability to evaluate a wide variety of dual thickness and dual density materials, with disparate examples ranging from an automotive firewall that might have differing thermoplastics or rubber and TPE materials co-molded to a candy bar with chocolate and nuts.

NOTE:  The author welcomes all contact and questions regarding this article. In full disclosure, Exact Metrology performs 3D laser and CT scanning, plus sells, rents or leases the equipment to perform such scanning procedures.   


For more information on this article, please contact the author:

Matthew Martin
Exact Metrology, Inc.
www.exactmetrology.com
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
513-831-6620
matthewm@exactmetrology.com

 

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 Certified and ITAR Registered Company.  

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D laser and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development, 3D printing and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

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