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Intercoat® Chemguard – a New Type of Corrosion Protection

Permanent corrosion protection is more effective and less expensive than standard heavy-zinc galvanize

intercoat chemguard results


G235 treated with Hexavalent Chemtreat (top) vs. G40 treated with InterCoat® ChemGuard (bottom).Test: ASTM B117 salt spray test on hot dipped galvanized.

A leading coil coater and manufacturer of proprietary coating chemistries has recently introduced InterCoat®ChemGuard, a new type of corrosion protection for galvanized steel.

InterCoat®ChemGuard uses a new type of coating technology that utilizes covalent bonds and enhances the effectiveness of zinc and substantially improves corrosion protection on galvanized steel. Standard practice to protect metal from corrosion for approximately the last 70 years has been to coat it with zinc. Heavier zinc coatings have normally been applied to provide longer protection.  This was the industry standard practice, until now.

InterCoat®ChemGuard, instead, reacts with the zinc to form a permanent, covalent bond on the surface of the metal. The product is applied over a light layer of zinc, which reacts with the zinc to dramatically improve its corrosion protection properties. The bond which is formed at the molecular level cannot be washed or worn off. This is different and more effective than the typical barrier coating.  This revolutionary process allows bending, stamping, post-painting and even shearing, while providing self-healing characteristics that help protect newly exposed zinc that naturally occurs during secondary processing.

InterCoat®ChemGuard is a major development for any user looking to extend the corrosion resistance of galvanized steel.  The product is RoHS compliant and continues to protect during stamping, roll forming, shearing and is weldable. With a low coefficient of friction, it actually enhances these processes.  InterCoat®ChemGuard is designed to be applied on the galvanize line or, for custom formulas, by the original coil coater and developer of this unique compound.

Intercoat Chemguard Salt Spray Test

G40 bare (left) after 144 hours and G40 with InterCoat® ChemGuard (right) after 2520 hours. Test: ASTM B117 salt spray.

InterCoat®ChemGuard offers significant cost savings because it allows for lighter zinc to form the bond. It is not necessary to apply heavy zinc; it reduces the need for zinc coatings heavier than G30, in many applications on the market today. The product also eliminates the need for temporary corrosion protection coatings, often used in shipping and materials storage, including hexavalent chrome, a known carcinogen, making it more environmentally friendly for all building, architectural, transportation and consumer appliance applications.

It is applicable to many industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction, electrical conduit, wall studs, furniture, fixtures, appliances, outdoor and highway railing, agricultural, lawn and garden and other products using galvanize.

For more information on this product, please visit the website at: www.lowerzinc.com


To discuss, or arrange a trial, please contact:

Bill Capizzano, President
Chemcoaters, Inc.
700 Chase Street
Gary, IN 46404
Email:  BillC@chemcoaters.com
Phone:  219-977-1929

or

Mike Tieri, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Email: MikeT@chemcoaters.com
Phone: 708-715-7759

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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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Heimatec Offers Live Tools for New Haas BMT Turret

Market leader in live tooling can supply complete range of products for new Haas BMT Turret

Heimatec Radial Tool

Radial tool 8 030 66 097

Heimatec, a market leader in live tooling for the North American machine tool industry, announced today that it has an extensive line of tooling available for the new Haas BMT turret.

The line includes a variety of driven tools (axial and radial drilling & milling heads) as well as static tool holders.  Heimatec also offers specialty tools for this turret including multi-spindle, adjustable angle, and speed multipliers.  For detailed download catalogs, please see the Heimatec website at: http://heimatecinc.com/catalogs/

Heimatec Axial Tool

Axial Tool 8 010 66 079

Heimatec already offers the most complete line of live tools available in the machine tool industry today, with over 40,000 designs in its database. These BMT turret tools are already proven and in production allowing Heimatec to provide immediate support and the most innovative tooling technology possible.

Heimatec North American distribution headquarters are located in Prospect Heights, Illinois (Chicagoland area) with world headquarters and all manufacturing based in Germany.  A team of manufacturers’ representatives covers the North American market for Heimatec.

 


For more information please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
Heimatec Inc.
16 East Piper lane, Suite 129,
Prospects Heights, IL 60070
USA
Tel: 847-749-0633
www.heimatecinc.com

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850°F Gas-Heated Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Grieve Gas Heated Cabinet OvenNo. 843 is an 850°F (454°C), gas-heated cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for curing paint on steel and aluminum test coupons at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 20” W x 20” D x 20” H.  100,000 BTU/HR are installed in a modulating gas burner, while a 600 CFM, ½-HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve oven has 6” insulated walls, an aluminized steel exterior and Type 430 stainless steel interior. The oven features a 12”wide x 8” high door installed in main door. Additional safety features include those required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas heated equipment, including a 325 CFM, ½-HP powered forced exhauster.

Controls on the No. 843 include a digital indicating temperature controller.


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

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Rattunde Names Jon Hisey Director of Business Development

Will direct North American sales and marketing efforts for tube & bar processing machine builder

Jon Hisey From Rattunde - director of businessManufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde Corporation today announces the appointment of Jon Hisey as Director of Business Development for North American operations. The announcement was made at company headquarters in Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids) by the company President, Rick Stadler.

Mr. Hisey comes to Rattunde, a builder of metal tube & bar processing machines for high-production component manufacturing in the automotive, off-highway, consumer durable and other markets, from one of the leading industrial saw blade manufacturers, where he was the National Sales Manager and General Manager. Hisey had occasion to work with Rattunde during that time and became familiar with the company.  He replaces Alec Banish, the former Director of Business Development, who left the company recently to pursue another career outside the industry.

For Rattunde, according to Rick Stadler, “Jon brings us a wealth of knowledge and experience from the cold sawing industry, plus he already had a good working knowledge of our machines.  We have some very aggressive plans to grow the business and expand our market presence in North America.  I know Jon will be a real asset in that process.”

Hisey assumed the position on October 23, 2017.  He will operate from the company headquarters in Michigan. Jon is 53 and attended Michigan State University.


For more information on this development, please contact:

RATTUNDE CORPORATION
5080 Beltway Drive SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
Phone: 616-940-3340
Web: www.rattunde-corp.com
Email: r.stadler@rattunde-corp.com
Attention: Richard Stadler

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Drop-in Replacement to the Common MCB Offers Over 300% Faster Install

Pomona, California – NOARK Electric, a low-voltage electrical product manufacturer, announces its UL 489 B1NQ miniature circuit breaker is now a direct replacement for the common MCB when paired with the optional surface mount. This recyclable, quick-connect breaker is available in three curves (B, C and D), ranges from 0.5 to 63 A and is compliant with UL/CSA/IEC standards for branch circuit protection in commercial and residential applications.

While designed and engineered for the HVAC market, the HACR compatible MCB is also suited for a host of industrial applications and other component sub-assembly designs. The current-limiting B1NQ is thermal-magnetic and protects against short circuit and overload conditions. The 1- and 2-pole breaker, offered at 120/240 Vac provides optimum and efficient protection for branch and control circuits. NOARK offers exceptional value with local support and inventory for a wide range of UL 508A panel designs, all backed by the industry’s first 5-year limited warranty.

The B1NQ and surface mount attachment saves customers substantial time and money in both upfront cost and installation time. The surface mount is an exact match to the existing bolt hole pattern of the common, competing MCB and requires no additional drilling. With the surface mount in place, the B1NQ can be removed in as little as 7 seconds – over 300% faster than the common MCB. Installation takes seconds and simply requires placing the B1NQ onto the surface mount and clicking into place. Quick removal is possible by pulling down the clips with a standard screwdriver. The removable terminal shrouds offer the installer unmatched access to the terminals. This feature saves users valuable time during installation and helps reduce the chance of wiring errors. With more space available, technicians in the field and factories are able to work quickly and accurately. Additional accessories are available including Comb Bus Bars and Rotary Handles.


NOARK Electric (North America), located in Pomona, CA, is a global electrical component and intelligent control system supplier. The company is establishing a representative and distribution network to serve its primary markets, which include the building trades and electric panel board builders in various industries. As a global supplier, NOARK currently operates four R&D centers, three distribution centers, 15 office locations and employs over 1,000 associates. Sales currently exceed $2 billion worldwide.

For more information on this product, consult your local sales representative or email: nasales@noark-electric.com

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750°F Conveyor Oven from Grieve

Conveyor Oven from GrieveNo. 865 is a 750°F (399°C), three-zone conveyor oven from Grieve, currently used for curing coatings at the customer’s test facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 30” W x 18’ D x 15” H. 90KW (30 KW per zone) are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while three 1500 CFM, 1-1/2 HP recirculating blowers provide vertical downward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve conveyor oven has a 4’ long open belt loading zone and 4’ long open unloading zone. Features include three 6’ long insulated heat zones with independent recirculated airflow and temperature control, 6” insulated walls and aluminized steel exterior. Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior with continuously backwelded seams. Additional features include 24” wide, 1” x 1” 304 stainless steel flat wire conveyor belt with ½ HP motor drive, variable from 0.1 to 2 feet per minute. The oven is sectioned into five pieces for shipping. The oven has safety equipment for handling flammable solvents, including explosion venting door hardware.

Controls on the No. 865 include digital indicating temperature controllers and a 3-pen circular chart recorder.


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

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