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Print Head Positioning & Fail-safe Offers Height Adjustment on the Fly

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

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Topics: bimba, solution, manufacturers, print head


Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

This post is brought to you by IAI.

Changing an air cylinder to ROBO Cylinder improved the cycle time for the solution application process.

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Topics: IAI, ROBO Cylinders, cylinder, solution, Machine

Proportion Air – High Pressure Regulators for Injection Molding

Posted by Kelly Howe

Nov 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Proportion Air.

Problem in Gas Assist Injection Molding

Gas assist injection molding is a commonly used process to make plastic parts today. It allows parts to be light weight and more sturdy than solidly molded parts. Plastic is injected into the mold followed by high pressure gas to force the plastic to the outside of the mold. The end product is a part that is hollow inside.

Several years ago a customer contacted Proportion Air for help in this molding process that he was perfecting. The customer wanted to proportionally control pressure by adjusting his command signal from his PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) to Proportion Air's electronic high pressure regulator. He needed pressure to be as repeatable as possible and he wanted to work up to 5,000 psig. The media used was nitrogen.

Solution in a High Pressure Regulator

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Topics: Proportion Air, solution, High Pressure Regulator

Placing Watch Stones in Tubes by Asyril

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Asyril.


Asyril has developed a machine that provides its customers with unrivalled flexibility in the preparation of watch stones for the needs of production.

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Topics: solution, Asyfeed Pocket, Asyril

Asyril Flexible Feed - Greater Speed

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 13, 2015 11:11:50 AM

This post brought to you by Asyril.


The combination of the flexible feeder asycube and structured plates (grooves, holes, etc.) offers a significant increase in the speed of palettisation.

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Topics: solution, Asyril, Flexible Feed, Asycube

Keeping Packaging Safe with Roller Top Belts

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 7, 2015 8:13:47 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Today almost everything we buy is in some kind of packaging. There's cardboard boxes, shrink wrapping, plastic packaging, and more. When we pick up a package we expect it to look nice and no be damaged. No one wants to buy a scuffed or dented packages. 

Although most products aren't damaged when on the production lines those that do cost the company money. There is a lot of time and money that goes into design, branding, and handling of products and when they get damaged all of that effort is wasted.

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Topics: dorner, Belts, solution, conveyor

Original Line Twist Clamp Cylinder Extends & Rotates in Single Stroke

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 24, 2015 9:56:26 AM

This post brought to you by Bimba.


A customer in the medical industry needed an automated way to clean contamination build-up from a sensor eye. They required a compact design that would fit into their machine.

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Topics: bimba, Original Line Cylinder, solution, Twist Clamp