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The Guill team at Interwire 2019

Guill Shines at Interwire

Guill Booth at Interwire 2019

Interwire, the largest and longest-running wire and cable show, took place between May 13 and May 16, at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Guill Tooling & Engineering  had quite a turnout at their booth.  Company personnel were able share their knowledge and interact with many potential customers.

At booth #1511, Guill was showcasing some of its latest technology. Featured were the in-line 5 layer extrusion crosshead of Series 800, single-point concentricity extrusion crosshead and Bullet II extrusion head.

Guill’s 800 Series is designed to produce the highest quality, highest material-efficient OD tubing for automotive, medical, appliance and industrial applications. This series produces smooth extrusion and layer definition of fluropolymer and other materials for all multi-layer, multi-lumen medical tubing, as well as fuel line constructions, multi-layer PEX pipe and drip irrigation applications.

The single-point concentricity crosshead uses micro-fine adjustment screws for precise concentricity. This adjustment is a unique feature of the company for the extrusion of thin-walled jacketing and precision ID/OD tubing.  It not only accepts both vaccum and micro-air accessories, but is also ideal for pressure and sleeving applications.

Introduced in 2015, the Bullet was a new extrusion head with fixed center design, multi-port spiral flow design and gum space adjustment. There was no need for fastening hardware, so cleaning and restart were easier. The Bullet II allows quick tooling changes, as the tips remove from the back and the die removes from the front. Guill’s CAM LOCK® deflector removes and installs the deflector and tip with just half a turn. Hassle free air and vacuum connections are available, in addition to reduced downtime and lowered operating costs.  High-volume and low-volume applications are suitable for this crosshead.

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
sales@guill.com

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Guill Booth at Chinaplast

Guill Tool & Engineering Exhibits at ChinaPlas

Guill Tool Booth at ChinaplasGuill Tool & Engineering, Rhode Island, a global manufacturer of extrusion tooling, recently exhibited at Chinaplas. Chinaplas is the world’s leading plastics and rubber tradeshow with over 160,000 visitors from around the globe. The show was held on May 21-24 in Guangzhou, China.

Guill is committed to expanding their business in Asia, and, according to Matt Christofaro, Sales Executive, this effort is one of the main reasons they attended the show. Guill has been seeking additional sales representatives in Asia for the last couple of years and met with a number of promising candidates while at the show. Christofaro discussed the effort to expand in Asia, stating that, “there is definitely huge potential here. Even a fraction of the market share could be huge.” He added that if Guill is serious about doing business in China, they must attend this show every year.

Tom Baldock, Sales Representative Manager, was pleased to have met with some potential Chinese customers that have Guill heads and would like to work directly with Guill as opposed to working through the OEM’s. Baldock said that “there are Chinese companies that want American technology, which is still perceived by many as the best technology available.”

Guill had an interpreter at the booth which enabled them to meet with a number of customers, large and small, in person at the show. This, according to Christofaro, “was great for both parties.” Christofaro also noted that “there are a lot of companies (many Chinese) with very impressive extrusion lines that were making product right there at the show.”

Guill products featured at Chinaplas were mainly medical tubing dies. Also shown was a customer sample of a transitional wound drain tubing. Attendees were impressed by the fact that it can be created using a continuous process. Guill had inquiries about their 5 and 6 layer automotive tubing. Booth panels showed that Guill also makes dies for products in other industries, such as wire & cable, hoses, corrugated tube, pipe, etc.

For more information, please contact:
Tom Baldock, Sales Representative Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
USA
Telephone: 401-828-7600
www.guill.com
tbaldock@guill.com

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Guill Introduces Reciprocating Head

Automated extrusion process drastically changes the extruded profile

Guill Reciprocating HeadGuill Tool, a global manufacturer of extrusion tooling, has released its new reciprocating head. The traditional tip and die assembly is replaced with a linear reciprocating assembly that changes the tube’s profile within a given length. This process is repeated throughout a single extrusion run without interruptions. Cutting capability, in association with the extrusion speed, cuts the finished product to length.

While cost and value stream activities are reduced, quality is improved. Only one extrusion run is needed to produce a finished product, as opposed to multiple extrusion runs with tooling changes along with a manual assembly operation to connect different tubing shapes.  Guill’s new reciprocating head eliminates an assembly operation. It also eliminates in-process inventory. Thus, there is no need for storage of various tubing shapes and connectors needed for assembly, fulfillment of orders and replenishment of finished goods.

Furthermore, the reciprocating head eliminates a connecting piece, allows JIT production and products made-to-order. Lastly, it reduces total run time from receiving the order to shipping.


For more information, please contact:

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

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Guill Introduces Large Die Cart with Crosshead

Guill Tool is proud to announce the immediate availability of its new die cart with easy disassembly and reassembly. It features a high volume, adjustable center accumulating crosshead. This crosshead is designed to produce a smooth linear bore and provide jacketing over various substrates. The crosshead’s maximum thru core is 18,” while its maximum die ID is 23.” Built to handle thermoplastic applications, the crosshead includes tooling and isolation sleeve design.
Additionally, the tooling section features quadrant heating. Guill’s crosshead stand is equipped with an integral alignment station and concentric role guide. The stand is also an integral cleaning station, so clients don’t need to remove the crosshead for cleaning. Lastly, this crosshead has “on-the fly” catenary adjustment and can be easily maintained with simple hand tools.

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

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Guill Tool & Engineering Rolls Out Award-Winning New Website

World Leader in Extrusion Tooling Design & Manufacturing Releases Newly Designed, Information-packed Website 

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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 crossheadsin-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.


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
sales@guill.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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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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Guill Announces New 800 Series Hybrid Extrusion Tooling

800 Series HybridGuill announces the introduction of a new version of its popular 800 series, known as 800 Series Hybrid. In some extrusion applications that utilize crossheads and inlines, layers of the exact same material are applied multiple times, using a single die. This method is used to reduce the propensity for errors caused by gels breaking through a thin wall, weld lines, inconsistent wall thickness, plus material and process variations. Additional errors include difficult-to-process materials and demanding applications where there is zero fault tolerance.

Seeking to design the next generation multi-layer die to overcome these challenges, the engineers at Guill looked for a way to incorporate this technology into an updated version of the 800 Series. This led to the creation of the 800 Series Hybrid. The inherent benefits of the 800 Series are retained, including compact design, low residence time and a common deflector bore that eliminates tolerance stack up. The challenge was to create a hybrid design that incorporates the benefits of layer overlapping, while reducing unnecessary complexity and making the technology more cost-affordable for customers. This was achieved by overlapping layers in each semi-deflector, using a single cone. The highly efficient design of the 800 Series Hybrid reduces cost and size, as opposed to other methods of overlapping layers.

Essential benefits of the 800 Series Hybrid include eliminating weld lines in materials through patented overlapping technology, producing a more consistent finished product; reduced sensitivity to changes in viscosity; reduced sensitivity to changes in line speed; myriad material and multi-layer application possibilities; works in all tubing and jacketing applications with a wide range of materials; low residence time; compact design and a low tolerance stack-up error factor, all resulting in improved concentricity.

The 800 Series Hybrid extrusion tool greatly reduces stagnation, because overlapping layers are more inherently balanced than single layers and also because each semi-deflector is “tuned to flush.” Conventional deflectors must simultaneously achieve a balance between flushing, balancing and eliminating the weld line. There is less difference between the slowest moving material and the fastest moving material in the deflector channels, thus making the viscosity more consistent in the deflector.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Conley, Sales Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick , RI 02893
(401) 823-7600
www.guill.com
sales@guill.com

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Bernal Industrial Named Guill Representative for Mexico

Firm has agents throughout the country, serving the extrusion industry

Guill dies and crossheads for plastic, rubber and other material extrusions are now being sold by Bernal Industrial throughout Mexico. With more than 50 years of experience, Guill is a recognized technology leader in the design and manufacture of extrusion tooling for various applications. These include medical tubing, multi-lumen, multi-layer, profile products, rubber, plastics, wire & cable and fiber optic sheathing.

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Bernal Industrial operates as a consultative engineering representative agency, distributor and service provider for its lines. Daniel Bernal is the manager and director of Bernal Industrial. Besides its main office in El Paso, Texas, Bernal Industrial has Mexican offices in Baja California, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico City and Queretaro. Bernal also sells products for Nordson PPS (Xaloy, BKG, EDI), American Roller, Scantech, Regloplas, Getcha, Matsui and Pillar Tech, among others.

The company has been in business for 18 years and has 15 employees. During that time, Bernal Industrial has become a major force in Mexico by aligning themselves with industry leaders in the plastics and rubber processing market to provide cutting-edge technology to all the major markets in Mexico, including auto, aero, medical and appliance. Their team comprises industry professionals who have hands-on experience and can provide highly technical application assistance for the products that they bring to the market. Bernal Industrial currently contacts all plastic and elastomer processors in Mexico, including the affiliates of major U.S. and international companies.

Bernal will be promoting the complete line of Guill products. Asked about this partnership, Daniel Bernal commented, “We are looking forward to working with Guill and finding many new business opportunities for them throughout Mexico.”
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For more information, please contact:

Thomas Baldock
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick , RI 02893
(401) 823-7600
www.guill.com
tbaldock@guill.com

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New 500 Series Rubber/Silicone Extrusion Crosshead from Guill Tool

New extrusion head from market leader features Mechanically Assisted Gum Space (MAGS) adjustment

Guill Series 500 crosshead with Mechanically Assisted Gum Space (MAGS) adjustment…specially designed for the flow characteristics of elastomeric compounds

Guill Series 500 crosshead with Mechanically Assisted Gum Space (MAGS) adjustment…specially designed for the flow characteristics of elastomeric compounds

Guill Tool introduces the NEW 500 Series crosshead with MAGS gum space adjustment. The 500 Series is designed specifically for the flow characteristics and unique processing challenges of elastomeric compounds. One of the key features engineered by Guill on this new crosshead design is the mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment system. This new method of gum space adjustment allows the operator to make an effortless adjustment from a single point using a common socket wrench. No more need to struggle with multiple nuts and bolts in order to adjust gum space, which leads to faster adjustments. The visual indicator on the core tube allows the operator to see how far the gum space has been moved, making those adjustments much more accurate and repeatable.

The hardware-free and patented cam lock design of the NEW 500 Series from Guill means no time is wasted unbolting and re-securing fasteners for disassembly and re-assembly. Only half of a rotation of the cam nut is required to loosen and automatically extract the deflector from the head body, which is another time saver. Also, with no undercuts on the deflector, there are no material hang-ups when extracting the deflector, allowing for faster and easier cleaning and changeover.

The NEW 500 Series also features the latest Center-Stage concentricity adjustment system that significantly reduces pressure on the tooling, allowing easier and more precise concentricity adjustments without loosening the face bolts. Easy-Out inserts for the adjusting bolts also allow simple replacement of locked or damaged adjusting bolts, which further saves on repair and downtime.

Another innovative feature of this new rubber/silicone crosshead is a cast aluminum liquid-fed cooling sleeve that allows the user to switch out the cooling jacket in the event of a line obstruction, again reducing downtime compared to traditional integrated cooling systems.

The NEW 500 Series crosshead with MAGS gum space adjustment is a drop-in replacement on most existing NRM lines, however this crosshead design can also be adapted to fit any extruder design or line layout.

The addition of a newly designed flow inlet channel reduces the shear and heat that is generated as the materials are being processed. This leads to lower head pressures allowing the material to move through the head in a much more balanced and even flow.

All crossheads supplied by Guill are furnished with a tool kit for assembly and disassembly as well as a detailed operator’s instruction manual. The engineering team at Guill will gladly assist users in the implementation and operation of the NEW 500 series crosshead.

For a video of the NEW Guill 500 Series crosshead with MAGS gum space adjustment, please go to:

 

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
sales@guill.com

 

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