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Microwave/hot air oven

The CV-236 split belt, conveyorized microwave/hot air oven is available for continuous vulcanization of sponge robber profiles. The CV236 split belt is designed with a split conveyor system with two conveyor drives to assure precise production of extruded sponge rubber products. This arrangement allows users to fully blow the part within the microwave oven and take up sponge growth within the oven. (Cober Electronics, 151 Woodward Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854)

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High performance extruders

GE extruders represent a generation of slimmed down high performance robber extruders that are said to offer greater operator convenience without sacrificing throughput capacity. The main applications of the GE extruders include the production of semi-finished components for the tire industry and nearly all extrusion processes in the manufacture of technical rubber products. They can be integrated into existing extrusion lines. (Berstorff, 7095 Industrial Rd., P.O. Box 6270, Florence, KY 41022-6270)

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Silicone stuffer

The Silicone Stuffer is a stand alone unit. It operates on a 110 volt system and two signal wires. It is supplied with two loading cylinders which are loaded from floor level. The stuffer works on its own hydraulics and an A/B Micrologic computer with a Microview operator interface. It is also supplied with an instructional video. (The Mold Doctor, 720 Kathryn, Nixa, MO 65714)

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Four-post press

LP Series four-post presses are designed for laboratory and limited production applications. Designed with more tonnage than most presses of their size currently available, these presses feature chrome plated strain rods, full circle bronze guide bushings in the moving bolster, adjustable daylight opening, electrically heated platens and a self-contained hydraulic system. The platens are capable of 450 [degrees] F maximum operating temperature and are separated from the bolsters with 3.4" non-asbestos refractory insulation. The hydraulic system is designed for 3,000 psi maximum operating pressure, and has a pressure control valve and pressure gauge. (West Coast Rubber Machinery, 7180 Scout Ave., Bell Gardens, CA 90201)

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Scissors

Airshirz industrial pneumatic scissors are said to increase worker productivity while reducing muscle fatigue. Airshirz are said to provide clean, accurate cutting, snipping and trimming of robber and many other materials. (Bettcher Industries, 6801 St. Rt. 60, Birmingham, OH 44816)

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Nameplates

A nameplate identification system allows users to permanently identify and track reusable containers, racks and pallets. The system is said to replace hot stamping or bolting of metal nameplates and the associated costs and problems. The nameplate identification system is available in different grades to meet specific customer requirements such as indoor and outdoor durability, a variety of surfaces, UV resistance and a broad range of service temperatures. The nameplates are designed to adhere to a variety of container, rack and pallet materials. (The Kennedy Group, 36761 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095-4113)

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Compounder

A custom mixer of specialty rubber compounds has ordered an Intermix Mark 5. The unit is a Model K6A with NR5 cooled rotors that incorporate new nog geometry. Nogs consist of closely matched sets of unique projections on the NR5 rotors, each of which has two helices, with one helix cut away to fit and interlock with the opposing helix of the second rotor. In addition to nog profiles making the rotors ideally suited for compounding technologically advanced heat sensitive elastomeric materials, high velocity water circulation in the state-of-the-art NR5 rotors eliminates localized heat build-up in all types of rubber batches. (Farrel, 25 Main St., Ansonia, CT 06401)

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Bag discharger

The total containment bulk bag discharger features a hygienic bag spout connection. The bag spout connection contains a pneumatic rubberized seal that fits over the bag spout opening. If a bag liner is used, the liner is clamped directly onto the metal spout. Once the liner is clamped and the bag spout opening is placed over the robber seal, the seal is inflated to tighten the bag neck. This clamping and pneumatic seal allows the operator to discharge material with total confidence. Once the connection is secured, the assembly is lowered to stretch the bag neck, promoting material flow. (Spiroflow Systems, 2806 Gray Fox Rd., Monroe, NC 28110)

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High temperature filters

High temperature filter housings are said to economically maintain the efficiency of heat transfer fluids and oils used for indirect heating of processes in industries such as plastics, die casting, chemical manufacturing, etc., by filtering out contaminants and reducing fouling of heat exchanger surface areas to help improve fluid and equipment life. The filters operate at temperatures up to 650 [degrees] F (343 [degrees] C). (Liquid Process Systems, 5600 Executive Center Dr., Suite 306, Charlotte, NC 28212)

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Mold carrier machines

Mold carriers are machines used for the production of molded pieces out of quick action PU compounds during the RIM procedure. The company's mold carriers have been used in the automobile, furniture, medical and aerospace industries. Additionally, the company will construct and build machines corresponding to the individual requirements of each customer. Professional after-sales service is also offered. (Deguma Schutz GmbH, Industriesbe 4-8, D-36419 Geisa, Germany)

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Two roll rubber/silicone mills

The LM Series of rubber/silicone mills is designed for laboratory and limited production applications. These cabinet style mills have the motor and drive system mounted underneath the rolls, presenting a small footprint. Rolls are chrome plated, ground and polished, and have inboard bearing seals to prevent batch contamination by the bearing lubricant. The rolls are cored for cooling and include the rotary unions. (West Coast Rubber Machinery, 7180 Scout Ave., Bell Gardens, CA 90201)

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Twin-screw extruder

The FTX-80 twin-screw extruder is available for polymer compounding research. The extruder is presently used for industrial process studies and has been slated specifically for a new study on the continuous compounding of robber at the German Institute for Rubber Technology. The FTX-80 is a high-volume, energy-efficient machine that combines innovations in screw design, barrel construction and computer network control, according to the manufacturer. (Farrel, 25 Main St., Ansonia, CT 06401)

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Oil weigh system

The OWS Series oil weigh system is said to deliver fast, accurate oil weighing and feeding into intensive mixers. It automatically meters up to 16 different process oils to robber batch mixers, ensuring uniform batch characteristics and cycle times while reducing scrap, according to the company. This high precision/low maintenance unit has an enclosed cabinet that prevents oil contamination, plus controls that can stand alone or be integrated with any central mixing control system. It features vibration-isolated pump-motor assemblies, fast/slow speeds and action pneumatic feed valves. In addition, skidded packaged day tanks with controls are available for use with oil weigh systems. (Budzar Industries, 38241 Willoughby Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094-7582)

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Injection press

The DC500 injection molding press has been introduced by the company. This 500 U.S. ton injection press joins the company's 300 U.S. ton DC300 as the basis of a new press series. The DC500 press was designed as a high production/high precision molding press that integrates the company's customers' most often requested features. Operator ergonomics were addressed with 30" x 32" heating platens, 45" of daylight and a 32" loading height from the floor, with no platforms or pits required. Built with standard off-the-shelf American components, all service items are located with clear access, according to the company. The Allen Bradley closed loop, adaptive learning control system automatically monitors hydraulic and injection functions to produce extremely fine resolution when required, according to the manufacturer. (Dieffenbacher North America, 9495 Twin Oaks Dr., Windsor, Ontario, Canada N8N 5B8)

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Turnkey CV line

Extruders, microwave ovens, hot air tunnels and cooling conveyors are all available from one supplier. A range of extruders is available from 1-1/2" to 10". As an example, a 2-3/4" diameter vacuum extruder is available with an output of up to 600 pounds per hour, extended screw and barrel life, and a design that eliminates the need for additional screws. Complementary short-length microwave ovens can be supplied with power ratings of 6, 12 and 18 kW. For example, a 12 kW microwave oven is available to supply the correct amount of energy needed to initiate cure in the profile output mentioned above. The energy is applied in a way that ensures very high utilization. Gas-fired hot air tunnels are available to complement the extruder and microwave oven. They can be supplied in a range of lengths to meet the requirements of the line. Temperatures up to 570 [degrees] C can be achieved at high air velocities. (Kiffer Industries, 4905 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44135)

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Injection molding

The company has completely reengineered its ES440-ton horizontal Elast rubber injection molding machine. Said to be one of the most compact 440-ton machines on the market, its small footprint frees up more shopfloor space and improves molding economics, according to the company. Improved robber feeding is said to make handling of the feedstock simpler, because automatic rubber strip feeding allows material to be fed into the injection unit from a pallet below the unit, or from a box via guide rollers. And new modified guarding all around the machine allows for easy maintenance, according to the company. It features a first in, first out unit with short nozzle. (Engel, 545 Elmira Rd., Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1K 1C2)

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Profile vulcanization

The company's microwave unit for continuous vulcanization of automotive and building industry rubber profiles features the latest generation of 1.2 kW magnetrons. The special arrangement of the magnetrons in the treatment chamber is said to assure a particularly uniform energy transfer to the product. The compact microwave unit also saves space and is delivered pre-inspected and ready for plug in. (Berstorff, 7095 Industrial Rd., Florence, KY 41022-6270)

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Central system chillers

Indoor, air-cooled, modular AM Series chillers for industrial cooling applications are said to effectively recover energy costs and do not require a separate source of condenser supply water. Outdoor, air-cooled, modular AMO Series chillers are available for industrial cooling applications with limited floor space. The indoor, water-cooled, modular WM Series uses a separate source of condensing water. (Budzar Industries, 38241 Willoughby Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094- 7582)

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Vertical vulcanizer

The company's vertical vulcanizer for processing rubber hose measures 72" I.D. by 20' in length. The vulcanizer features the company's patented, quick access Rapidoor vertical lift door and wheel-less cart-loading mechanism. The company states that the vertical vulcanizer can be designed for either steam or dry heat and can be equipped with controls to any degree of sophistication. (WSF Industries, PO. Box 400, Kenmore Branch, Buffalo, NY 14217)

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Beside-the-press granulators

Two compact, sound-attenuating lines of granulators have been introduced to the company's 1000 Series of granulators. The advanced design of the 1000 Series is said to provide for increased productivity and reduced maintenance costs. The beside-the-press granulators are available for immediate delivery. The 1000 Series consists of 10" x 12" and 10" x 18" granulators with three-blade, open-scooped rotors that feed materials up to 450 pounds per hour or 550 pounds per hour, respectively. Motor capacities of the granulators range between 5 hp and 15 hp, and rotating end discs reduce chamber wear, dust and heat generated by the granulation process. A newly soundproofed and pivoting infeed hopper allows for easy feeding of multiple applications with optimum control of flyback. This angled infeed is said to result in smoother ingestion of bulky parts and shapes by the cutting area. The beside-the-press units utilize a cutting chamber design for enhanced processing capability. This design tilts the cutting chamber, resulting in increased application versatility and the ability to handle sprues, runners and IMM reject parts, according to the company. The 1000 Series granulators include features that reduce maintenance costs. Cleaning and maintenance are said to be simplified with a reversible screen and drop-down removable cradle that allow for fast screen removal. (Cumberland Engineering LLC, 100 Roddy Ave., South Attleboro, MA 02703-7951)

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Rubber extrusion processing

The company offers patented robber extrusion processing equipment. Available in screw diameters from 90 to 250 mm (3.5 to 10.5 inches), the GE-SC pin convert extruder is capable of throughput rates of up to 15,000 lbs./hr., and has a wide range of applications, including highly viscous natural rubber processing. By dividing the extruder into four zones (feed, pin barrel, converting and pressure build-up), the pin convert extruder is said to be capable of shorter start-ups, faster material changeovers, increased throughput and higher energy savings, according to the company. The high performance ZP gear pump is capable of outputs from 50-600 kg/hour. This gear pump is equipped with roller bearings that eliminate wear in the rotor shaft bearings. The gear pump features a patented method of sealing between rotors and the housing, with no radial or vertical gap between the gear face and housing. The company's compact compounding skid (C.C.-Skid) integrates a ZE twin screw extruder and auxiliary equipment mounted on structural steel frames, and is designed to deliver compounding and extrusion capabilities to nearly any location. (Berstorff, 7095 Industrial Rd., P.O. Box 6270, Florence, KY 41022-6270)

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Placard identification system

Designed to prevent the misidentification of bulk containers, the company offers its board placard identification system for reusable and returnable containers. The system allows labeling and relabeling of bulk containers with uneven or ribbed surfaces. The board placard identification system prevents mislabeled and misidentified bulk containers and keeps containers neat and clean in appearance, according to the company. The system provides a vehicle for bar coding, and is said to prevent the loss of hang tags, plastic shipping envelopes and other less secure methods of identification. Board placards are available in standard and custom sizes. (The Kennedy Group, 35761 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095-4113)

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Hot oil control

The Thermal VAC negative pressure hot oil temperature control unit keeps production running longer and stronger, even under the most demanding conditions, according to the company. The unit has a maximum temperature of 400 [degrees] F and is available in heater sizes up to 24 kW and oil-flow rates to 30 GPM. (Budzar Industries, 38241 Willoughby Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094-7582)

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Tank mixers

The company's tank mixing eductors and steam jet heaters are said to be versatile, compact and cost effective alternatives to rotating equipment. The products are available in an increasing number of corrosion-resistant non-metallic materials. Tank mixing eductors lift, pump, mix and agitate liquids using the motive force of one liquid to cause the flow of another. They are said to be an excellent alternative to mechanical mixers, requiring minimal maintenance since they have no moving parts, according to the company. Steam jet heaters are used to heat tank fluids. (Schutte & Koerting, 2233 State Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020)

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Curing oven

The low profile Rapid Set extruded rubber curing oven is said to provide for faster rubber curing with high velocity recirculated air, with air nozzles running along the complete length of the oven zone. The oven is designed with top opening, air operated doors for access into the oven chamber for servicing and maintenance. Oven zones are available in standard lengths of 20 ft., 30 ft and 40 ft., for operation with gas, propane or electric heat sources. The belt conveyor system design provides for a variable belt speed, accurate belt tracking and easy belt replacement, according to the company. Each oven zone includes a service walkway and NEMA 12 control panel. Special lengths and features are available as required. (Infratrol Manufacturing, 646 S. 29th St., Milwaukee, WI 53215)

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Blast machine

The Model RXS-900 indexing spindle-blast system is equipped with a work table for operator convenience. The wraparound downdraft table allows for staging of components and prevents the escape of media and dust, returning both directly to the reclamation system. The compact system is designed to handle a variety of impact treatment operations, including cleaning and surface preparation for bonding, in which 360 [degrees] coverage is required on components that must be blasted individually. The RXS-900 is designed to use a wide range of abrasive and non-abrasive media, which are carefully selected to meet individual application requirements, according to the company. The standard RXS-900 has six component-holding spindles located around the perimeter of the machine's 42" diameter indexing table. (Guyson, W.J. Grande Industrial Park, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-9044)

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Hot oil units

OTP Series leak-free portable hot oil units are built with welded piping to prevent leaks. The units in the OTP Series are said to offer a dedicated source of high temperature fluid, along with safety controls that maintain fluid integrity and ensure the safety Of employees. Flow rates of 10 to 60 gpm per zone and standard heating capacities of 12 kW to 48 kW are standard. The temperature range is 300 [degrees] F to 650 [degrees] F, with one or two zones being the standard. (Budzar Industries, 38241 Willoughby Pkwy., Willoughby, OH 44094-7582)

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Bale wrapper

The Model 3000 rubber bale wrapper is said to meet today's needs for faster wrapping, less film wastage and better seals. This wrapper utilizes 24" diameter, 40-42" width film. This reduces the purchase cost of the film. Bales are wrapped in the transverse direction, with no tails on the long dimension of the bale, and little or no tails on the short dimension. This is said to reduce the amount of film used to wrap the bale by 20%. Speeds of up to eight bales per minute are said to be comfortably achieved. Often, one wrapper will service two balers. Fewer roll changes in operation are required. (Sage Automation, 4925 Fannett Rd., Beaumont, TX 77705)

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Rubber material processing

The MPOG 200 horizontal machines are available from 220 metric tons with a hydraulic clamping unit. Available in the Ecologica version, the machine is equipped with magnetic heating platens for quick mold fixing. This machine is equipped with a direct hydraulic clamping unit. The main functioning is based on the filling of the clamping cylinder, making the oil go down from the tank positioned above the clamp unit. Advantages of this type of system are said to include fast opening/closing operations with a minimum loss of energy; the Ecolo-gica version guarantees saving water, oil and energy consumption; global energy savings is said to be favorable by the presence of an electronic speed inverter that stops the pump-motor during the vulcanization phase with successive automatic re-booting; heating platens on the machine are equipped with permanent magnets for the quick locking of molds; the machines are compatible and interchangeable with other units and components manufactured by the company; and less overheating of the hydraulic oil. (MIR S.p.A., Via Sondrio, 30-25125 Brescia, Italy)

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Electromagnetic feeders

Electromagnetic vibratory feeders are offered with enhanced control for high speed feeding. The Series 36 feeders are said to be ragged AC-operated units for linear, accurate feeding of large quantities of bulk materials. Both models meet international standards and include all metric fasteners. With a capacity of up to five tons per hour (4.46 metric tons/hr.), the HS-36 high speed feeder is said to be ideally suited for high speed packaging, filling and conveying applications of light products, those less than 25 pounds per cubic foot (0.4 gm/cc). The 36C vibratory feeder features ragged construction, which is said to make it ideal for medium-duty processing applications, including chemicals, abrasives and plastics. (Eriez Magnetics, 2200 Asbury Rd., P.O. Box 10608, Erie, PA 16514-0608)

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Planetary mixer blades

The HV blade design is available on all sizes of the company's double planetary mixers. The HV blade is said to enhance the capability of the planetary mixer. It enables the mixing of ultra-high viscosity formulations. Products having this viscosity previously required a high horsepower double arm mixer. The blade is said to have many advantages, including the capability of mixing products up to 10,000,000 cps; assists in the rapid incorporation of light and difficult to wet solids, such as fumed silica; cleans the walls and bottom of the vessel during the mix cycle; and is easy to clean between batches and color changes. The DPM model is available with a range of optional features, including sanitary designs, special benches, and vacuum and pressure sealing options. (Charles Ross & Son, 710 Old Willets Path, P.O. Box 12308, Hauppauge, NY 11788-4193)

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Meter/mix/dispense system

The See-Flo 7 meter/mix/dispense system is said to be ideal for processing polyurethanes and epoxies used to fill molds for filter end caps. The user-friendly See-Flo 7 system is said to readily fit into the filter manufacturer's production routine because of its many unique features and adaptability to changing requirements, according to the company. The See-Flo 7's adjustable ratio feature allows manufacturers to change and verify the mix ratio quickly and exactly. By varying the mix ratio, end caps of different hardnesses can be molded. This flexibility is an important asset and cost saver to filter producers, according to the manufacturer. The system's adaptability extends to dispense modes. It can be operated continuously, on an operator's command to manually fill, or dispense a predetermined amount or shot of mixed material. This operation versatility in ratio setting and in dispense flow style is said to make it suitable for many production runs. The See-Flo 7 can be operated manually or integrated into an automated workcell. (Sealant Equipment & Engineering, PO. Box 701460, Plymouth, MI 48170)

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Wide track drum rotators

Heat-Pro wide track drum rotators improve heatup times and melt rates, providing continuous material agitation via motorized drum rotators, according to the company. Wide track casters are said to eliminate drum denting. Standard models include two, four and six 55-gallon drum capacities. The company also offers an array of standard and custom optional equipment. (Lewco, 706 Lane St., Sandusky, OH 44870)

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Profile extrusion

The CFVE 90-60-30 mm polymer compound profile extrusion system, a cold feed vented extruder plant, is offered as a complete system for triple extrusion of automotive seals. Farrel Shaw die technology is said to be the core of the system, producing porosity-free extrusions with very fine cell structure. Uncontrollable volatiles in the process compound are removed to assure uniformity during end product formation. The system was developed for profile extrusions in connection with non-pressurized vulcanizing systems. (Farrel, 25 Main St., Ansonia, CT 06401)

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Bulk container mixers

Gear-driven bulk container mixers are designed to allow easy, yet thorough, mixing of materials in semi-bulk shipping containers. The mixers are available in two styles, including bung- or bracket-mounted with vertical motors for single containers (Series HGL, DT and RAB), and with a low profile layout for stackable containers (Series RGT). Motors available include totally enclosed fan-cooled ranging from 1/3 to 1 hp, and air motors. (Neptune Chemical Pump, P.O. Box 247, Lansdale, PA 19446)

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Angled-head rotary cutter

An on-demand rotary cutter features a specialized head for cutting pipe, profile and tubing at variable angles from 90 [degrees] to 45 [degrees]. The unit has a maximum O.D. capacity of 3.0 in. (75 mm) and makes up to 500 cuts per minute at 90 [degrees] and up to 150 at 45 [degrees], depending on density of the extrusion. The unit employs a Vac-U-Torq vacuum clutch brake indexer drive system said to provide high sustained accuracy. (G.F. Goodman & Son, 2 Ivybrook Blvd., P.O. Box 2909, Ivyland, PA 18974)

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Color blender

The Color Blender has been introduced by this manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and multi-ingredient handling systems. The Color Blender is said to introduce a new approach to the handling of color concentrate and regrinds, and other additives. Automatic blending of materials is now said to be a simple process. The color blender unit feeds color concentrate pellets or other additives directly into the stream of material, as well as at the point above the throat of the machine. A single dial variable speed control establishes the feed rate. (Vac-U-Max, 37 Rutgers St., Belleville, NJ 07109)

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Spooling machine

The Model S190-EC complements the company's line of dual alternating spindle traverse winders. The S 190 is said to be particularly suited to winding flexible tubing and plastic profile materials that require precision tension control to avoid stretching or damage to the product. (Progressive Machine, 21 Van Natta Dr., Ringwood Industrial Park, Ringwood, NJ 07456)

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