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No. 861 is a 250°F (121°C), special electrically heated oven from Grieve, currently used for drying small parts in a tray at the customer’s facility. 3 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 300 CFM, 1/3 HP recirculating blower provides vertical airflow upward through tray to the workload.
This Grieve oven holds one stainless steel tray 6″ wide x 18″ long x 6″ deep with perforated bottom. The tray sets on drip trap/air diffuser which is removable for cleaning. Features include 2” insulated walls and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior.
Controls on the No. 861 include a digital indicating temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.
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THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Attention: Frank Calabrese
It’s happened too many times: injuries, fatalities, and damage to plant assets resulting from crane-related accidents. The complex work performed by material handling cranes within aerospace, automotive, and metal processing facilities can lead to dangerous and costly accidents. How common is the problem? According to the Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau (CICB), approximately 80 crane-related deaths occur every year. Of all crane-related incidents, 90% are due to human error, 50% of the overall incidents result in a fatality, and 40% of the overall incidents involve someone being struck by the crane or an object that the crane is lifting or moving. Most of these errors correlate to a lack of operator training.
Fortunately, recent advancements in digital technologies have fueled innovation in the field of crane control, and new solutions have been developed that are safer and smarter. One unique solution for modernizing cranes was designed to help operators by reducing load sway by a stunning 95%. This innovative solution, EXPERTOPERATOR™, was developed by PaR Systems (PaR) of Shoreview, Minnesota (www.par.com). PaR is a global manufacturer of advanced automation, robotic, and specialty material handling solutions. PaR supports global customers in automotive, aerospace, nuclear, life science, marine and other core industries.
EXPERTOPERATOR is an advanced crane motion control system implemented entirely within the Siemens platform. The system uses equipment such as Simatic S7 PLCs, Simatic HMI Panels, and Scalance W Industrial Wireless Modules. Unique algorithms within PaR’s software enables crane operators to more easily, quickly, and safely control the movements of payloads, such as dies and coils in automotive stamping plants. EXPERTOPERATOR is most effective for applications that require high throughput, and precise manipulation of loads to meet production demands and prevent collisions with sensitive equipment and personnel.
EXPERTOPERATOR is currently installed on over 150 cranes worldwide – many of which are located in automotive, primary metal, and heavy equipment industry facilities. Users have indicated that EXPERTOPERATOR has allowed operators to control their crane loads with 95% less sway and 90% fewer “close calls” or collisions. Optional modules to the EXPERTOPERATOR platform provide robust zone control, sideload/snag prevention, and automatic load positioning.
How material handling customers are benefitting from EXPERTOPERATOR
Across 150 installations, EXPERTOPERATOR has improved personnel safety, reduced damages to equipment, increased efficiency, and reduced maintenance costs.
The evidence that EXPERTOPERATOR makes cranes easier to operate is further demonstrated by data captured through operator studies that measured the frequency of button pushes. While using the technology, operators pressed pendant buttons 60- 80% less than while conducting the same manipulation task without EXPERTOPERATOR. This metric demonstrates that fewer commands are needed to manipulate a swing-free load.
PaR Systems knew their success would depend on their ability to work with a partner who could provide critical hardware that is robust for industrial environments, quick to deploy, and highly configurable.
In material handling crane operations, wireless capability is a key operational factor. The Siemens Scalance W wireless solution offered PaR Systems a wireless component that was reliable and predictable. PaR had experience with non-Siemens wireless solutions in the past that were problematic, both functionally, and from a manufacturer support perspective. The Scalance W wireless solution can be configured to operate in a less congested frequency range (5 GHz), allowing for a more robust wireless signal. Since installing Siemens Scalance W wireless modules as part of their solutions, customers have experienced 100% uptime of their wireless communications. In addition to reliability, the Scalance Wireless Modules offered PaR exceptional customer and OEM technical support.
Time to market is also important to PaR Systems when delivering customer solutions. The Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal provided a platform to shorten engineering time through its simulation tools, programmer productivity tools, and additional diagnostics. PaR Systems benefitted from unique capabilities when programming the Simatic S7 PLCs and Simatic HMI Panel. They were able to dynamically change the cycle time of the main control loop during runtime, which is critical for optimizing the performance of their unique motion control. Debugging capabilities were enhanced because the tool monitors values and updates programs in real time for instantaneous feedback. Such tasks that are tedious and time consuming within other platforms happen automatically and dynamically when using the Siemens TIA solutions.
Material handling requires a fine balance between precision, efficiency, productivity, and most importantly, safety. As a result of the collaboration between PaR Systems and Siemens, new and experienced crane operators around the world can now confidently perform their tasks and contribute to enhanced plant safety and operational efficiency, while reducing equipment maintenance.
To learn more about how Siemens and PaR Systems can help digitalize operations, improve safety, and boost operational efficiency, visit https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home/products/automation.html or https://www.par.com/technologies/crane-controls/
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Graham to become Director of Special Projects, Jim Wirtz to succeed as President
REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces that Tim Graham, the company’s president since 2005 and a REP employee since 1979, will assume a new role, effective January 1st 2019. Graham will become the Director of Special Projects and current After Sales Director for North America, Jim Wirtz, a longtime industry veteran, will assume the role of president. Graham intends to remain with the company for the near term, before taking retirement in 2019.
Tim Graham has been a force in the North American rubber industry for many years. After attending Hope College and the University of Michigan, where he achieved his degree in engineering. Tim began his career in technical sales with REP in 1979, when REP Corporation was less than a decade old. REP Corporation is the North American subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France, a world leader in rubber molding and related machinery.
Working with former presidents Jim Jennett and Ron Dagar, Tim Graham helped to steadily build the REP install base of machines in the North American market, which today totals over 3000. He comments, “I’ve seen REP develop an amazing line of machines, over the years, starting with the G3. I was with the company when we made a major breakout on G6 injection presses, the first in the industry with microprocessor closed loop control, a huge jump in technology for the rubber industry.” Tim also watched the development of the company’s pioneering of valve-gated cold runner molding, which made a huge impact on the material consumption of the machinery on the market.
Graham become VP at REP in 2005 and, shortly afterwards, assumed the role of president, the position he’s held until today. He notes, “I’ve been at REP through some great periods of growth and also through some intense downtimes, but we’ve had a terrific team of sales and service people here at the company, over the years. They’re responsible for helping the company achieve the position we hold in the market today, in combination with what I believe to be the most advanced rubber molding technology in the world.”
Along the way, Tim Graham has met some incredible people in the rubber business. “I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the people in this industry, which I think derives from their technical skills combined with the people skills that drive any successful business. Even as the industry has transitioned to a very high technical level and gone online for so much of the communications over the years, it’s still very people-centric and the relationships I’ve had with some of the stellar members of the rubber business have been extremely rewarding, on a personal level.”
Tim Graham has taken an active role in the industry, participating for many years in local rubber group functions and as a founding member of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers. Tim’s legendary talents on the golf course are often the subject of discussion, he jokes, but he’s been proud to join his colleagues over the years in both business and social activities. He’s also attended every rubber trade show since 1979.
As only the third president of REP Corporation since its inception in 1970, Tim is very proud of the continuity of management and commitment to the industry at REP. “I’m certainly a very different person from my predecessors, but we all still talk and share stories about the industry and our company’s leading role in it.”
On the business side, Graham cites one project in particular as a shining star moment. “REP was challenged by a leading pharmaceutical product manufacturer to devise a highly automated work cell arrangement. We brought a variety of our engineering and machine building skills to the task at REP and fulfilled, even exceeded, our customer’s expectations. We all worked very hard to meet the challenge and were very pleased with the outcome, as was our customer. I think that, no matter how long you’re on the job, those moments are still very satisfying.”
He cites the many changes in the industry over the years. “Service has never been more important. From the early days of just-in-time in the auto industry until today, where the market has gone global and the high degree of automation means downtime must be minimized, we are now called upon more than ever to provide immediate assistance to our customers, whether it’s application engineering, commissioning and start-up validation, after-sales parts or machine service. Yes, we sell quality machines, but there’s so much more to the customer relationship today, especially as the older rubber guys leave and a whole new generation assumes the workload.”
Tim Graham gets philosophical, at times. “If I had to give advice to somebody in any business, it would be, don’t rest on your laurels. Always reach out for the next challenge and keep innovating the ways you build machines as well as the way you do business. A lot has changed over my years in the rubber industry, but that attitude has served REP well, since we began.” He notes that following college, he worked for his dad, also in the rubber industry, who’d given him some of that same advice.
Jim Wirtz, the new president at REP, muses, “We’re very glad Tim is sticking around for a time. His knowledge and especially his personal relationships with our customers are invaluable assets to REP. I look forward to working with him in the new role.”
Tim Graham is a Detroit native and grew up in Bloomfield Hills. Today, he resides in St. Charles, Illinois with wife Mary Anne.
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8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Attention: Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz
Andreas Maier products now offered by live tooling importer
Heimatec Inc., the North American importer of precision live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, announces immediate availability of marking and cleaning tools from its European partner Andreas Maier, under the AMF brand. The announcement was made by the president of Heimatec Inc., Preben Hansen. “This development brings additional products to our current customers and responds to the market needs for quality marking and cleaning tools for workpieces in CNC machining,” he observed.
AMF marking tools are used for the permanent marking of workpieces made from all types of metal and thermoplastic substrates. They are typically mounted in Toolholders for use in the spindle of a CNC machine tool. Marking surfaces is achieved by a combination process of pressure and material displacement. These tools can function with or without rotation and usually without height adjustment on the spindle, resulting in a high-speed, highly efficient marking process and no degradation of the substrate. Very thin material as well as cylindrical workpieces can be easily marked, using AMF tools. Cost savings are said to be substantial, compared to conventional marking or labeling. Key design feature of the AMF marking tool is its needle, which achieves the surface marking with clarity and at high speed.
AMF cleaning tools are used for the cleaning of workpieces, tooling and the interior of CNC machines. They are typically clamped in Toolholders and mounted directly onto the machine spindle. Using through spindle coolant or compressed air, the cleaning tool removes swarf and other debris from workpieces, clamping tools, rotary tables and other fixtures before the next workpiece blank is loaded. The machine spindle can remain stationary or in slow rotation mode during the cleaning process. Models are available in horizontal or vertical styles to suit the machine spindle configuration and feature adjustable jet nozzles for precise cleaning and coolant or compressed air conservation. Kits can be furnished complete with tools, gauge and all fastening hardware or sold separately.
These new products from Heimatec Inc. are available immediately and are described in the literature available on request or at the company website.
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Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives.Continue reading
As Industry 4.0 continues to make its mark on every industry in which we work for our industrial client base, no show better represents the sea change brought to the market better than IMTS, upcoming in a month.
The “digital factory” and “big data” and “industrial internet of things” and other buzzwords are perceived quite differently by each market we serve, which is why marketers must be cognizant of the landscape in their particular industry, when addressing this issue. Those concepts hit the ears of automotive, aerospace, medical, EOEM, forge and foundry people in radically different ways. Learn where your market is today on the subject. For a quick summary, call me!
I can remember the 1970s, when our injection molding machine client’s president instructed me not to use the world “electronic” in an ad, as he feared it would scare off his customers and prospects, as that industry was largely curing parts with glorified egg timers. Today, that client’s machines are leading the charge in the generation, capture and cloud-based management of all production values and machine kinematics. And we’ve been privileged to journey that path with them.
Most web users (which is most people), should be well aware of retargeted ads. Even if you don’t realize why or how they work, you’ve probably noticed suspiciously interesting ads following you from site to site. You may be asking, “how do they know what I was just searching, or what I’m interested in? How are they able to follow me?” The question you should be asking is this: “how do I reach my customer base this same way?”
We live in a time that allows us to advertise specifically to customers who have shown a direct interest in your product, whether they had visited your website, made a search inquiry relating to one of your products or searched websites of a similar topic. This technology is here for the taking, so what’s holding you back?
Product demonstrations and technical presentations on 3D & CT scanning engage a large audience in both Wisconsin and Ohio
Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology services provider, held dual open houses at their Brookfield, Wisconsin location on June 21 and their Cincinnati, Ohio location on June 26, along with partner company PolyWorks — a leading provider of universal 3D metrology software. Both companies showcased their newest products in software and hardware for 3D and CT scanning equipment. The event was attended by a large number of people from several Midwestern states and a diverse range of business sectors.
Hosted by co-presidents, Dean Solberg, (Brookfield, Wisconsin) and Steve Young, (Cincinnati, Ohio), the day included product demonstrations featuring the newest technology in 3D & CT scanning equipment, including the Romer SEI, Leica 402, SEI and Design X, CT, Leica P40, Surphaser, SEI and PC-DMIS, Revit Church Model, Atos/Breuckmann, Leica AT960 with the XL scanner and the Artec Ray (Brookfield). Multiple stations were set up throughout each facility, and much of the equipment was available for hands-on use by the attendees. Several attendees brought their own parts which were scanned onsite, then 3D printed.
Running simultaneously throughout the day were several breakout sessions on 3D printing by Jay Murray, Envisiontec (Brookfield, Wisconsin) and metrology hardware and software by Kurt Lammers, PolyWorks (Cincinnati, Ohio). In between sessions, attendees were treated to full buffet lunch, including a pig roast.
Attendees were heard discussing their excitement, and when attendee Mark Weigand, Raymond Corporation, was asked what the most interesting thing he saw was, his response was “I can’t narrow it down to one thing. The products are incredible. I saw some really neat things I had no idea existed.” Another attendee, Craig Pettinger, Senior SQUI Engineer, Cummins, said that “All of the workshops were especially helpful to not only answer questions, but letting people get a little experience with the types of equipment they are planning to purchase.” He was especially interested in the technology advancements in 3D printing and how to integrate it with reverse engineering.
Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies as well as contract measurement for 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services and 3D digitizing. The company’s newest equipment includes a GE CT Scanner at its Cincinnati location, the first in America being used for industrial metrology rather than medical testing. Exact sells and rents metrology equipment solutions, in addition to providing testing as a service and application software training.
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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.Continue reading
Buffalo Grove, IL, Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., an industry leading material handling equipment manufacturer, recently expanded its line of innovative drum handling equipment to include the new model 3A-HD-BHDL, a below-hook drum handling system.
The 3A-HD-BHDL is a fully automatic and mechanical below hook attachment that can be used to lift 55 gallon drums from an overhead position for placement to or from many containment devices, scales, pallets or similar handling requirements. Drums remain in a vertical position while lifted and/or transported with the 3A-HD-BHDL unit.
The 3A-HD-BHDL works with three radial arms that conform to the drum body and engage at the underside of the drum chime on nearly any 55-gallon steel or plastic drum. The unit has a working capacity of up to 3000 pounds/drum. The 3-point connection assists to maintain the drum’s integrity during the lifting process. A cutting-edge “intuitive-lock” engagement system ensures the radial arms remain in the locked position until the load is placed in its final resting location. Drums with a range of 21”-23” in outside chime diameter can be handled.
The 3A-HD-BHDL can be attached to any overhead lifting hoist, or can be affixed to Liftomatic’s model FTB-3 forklift adapter, allowing the unit to be used from the underside of a set of forklift forks. The 3A-HD-BHDL is ideal for energy industries, environmental operations as well as general use where overhead lifting of drums is required. The unit was designed as a result of customer requests for a positive locking system assurance that eliminates the need for a manual locking and unlocking of the armature to a drum.
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 sells to more than 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.
No. 831 is a 950°F (510°C), belt conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating springs at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 14” W x 54” D x 3” H. 81,600 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating infrared natural gas burner to heat the oven chamber, while a 250 CFM, 1/3-HP recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload.
This Grieve belt conveyor oven has a 12” long open belt loading zone and a 54” long insulated heat zone with recirculated airflow. Features include a 12” long open unloading zone and a 10” wide, 0.041” high carbon steel woven wire conveyor belt with 1/40-HP motor variable speed drive.
Additional features include 4” thick insulated walls comprising 2” of 1990°F block and 2” of 10 lb./cf density rockwool and an aluminized steel interior and exterior. The oven is equipped with safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment, including a 130 CFM 1/3-HP powered forced exhauster.
Controls on the No. 831 include a digital indicating temperature 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
Attention: Frank Calabrese
World Leader in Extrusion Tooling Design & Manufacturing Releases Newly Designed, Information-packed Website
Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, Rhode Island, world leader in extrusion tooling design and manufacturing, just rolled out a new website at www.guill.com.
The new site offers a detailed look at the company’s entire product line, which offers a wide-range of standard and custom designed extrusion tooling, including crossheads, in-line heads, rotary heads and extrusion tips & dies.
The site includes a full listing of all product and specifications with calculation tools to compute annual cost of lengthy concentricity adjustments and crosshead replacement analysis, plus calculators to compute draw-down, feet per minute and pounds per hour. The website includes charts and tables with detailed data and a full library of downloadable literature organized by industry. Guill markets its equipment worldwide and is currently seeking new representatives in select countries.
The Guill website is mobile phone friendly and offers the convenience of allowing users to request a quote online.
The new website has already been awarded the 2018 American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA.
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