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Other parts-handling equipment.

AEC, INC.

Turnkey automation systems for injection molders and complex conveying and parts-cooling systems, parts-orienting devices, stacking and packing, as well as light assembly equipment in conjunction with part- and runner-removal robots.

Systems can be customized and integrated with existing materials-handling systems when feasible. When possible, systems are controlled by the microprocessor controller of the part-removal robot.

Sorter granulator systems accept sub-gated parts and runners dropped from the mold onto a belt sorter/conveyor. Parts are collected and pneumatically conveyed to a central collection point. Runners are carried directly into the granulator's cutting chamber for size reduction. Three standard models offered and various custom designs.

AIR-TRAN CO. INC.

Custom-designed air-conveying systems for finished products and scrap. Model 100 system conveys injection molded parts 50-75 ft and can be used to convey scrap (necks, tails, rejects) to grinder. Model 300 system designed for cup conveying. Model 600 system conveys bottles 250-300 ft. Model 800 system is a rectangular design for items such as margarine cups, collars, granola bars, and lids.

AMERICAN METAL PRODUCTS INC. DIV. OF HUNKAR TECHNOLOGIES

Supplies belt conveyors in flat, cleated and adjustable-angle versions. Also part diverters to separate rejects in the drop area of an injection press.

LOUIS P. BATSON INC.

Conveyor designs include Z-type, horizontal, inclined and underwater. Units can be custom-designed. Specializes in parts filling stations.

BILT-RITE CONVEYORS, INC.

Parts conveyors include inclined, cleated-belt conveyors; low-profile, noncleated models; and a mini model with a variable angle on a single pipe support stand.

Also supplies a range of horizontal conveyors with PVC or wire-mesh belts inclined belt conveyors in fixed and portable versions (one with hydraulic height adjustment), inclined and cleated sidewall conveyors for granular materials, live-roller conveyors, flat-top chain conveyors for bottles and containers, gravity conveyors (roller and skate-wheel types), stainless-steel belt and chain conveyors, and rotary accumulators and unscramblers.

BUDGET MOLDERS SUPPLY, INC.

Line of molded part conveyors designed for continuous industrial use in sizes from 6 to 24 in. wide and 4 to 12 ft lengths. Features include a v-guide belt-tracking system with full two-year warranty.

Most standard sizes are in stock and custom designs made-to-order. Separators are also available in sizes from 6 to 24 in. wide.

BUNTING MAGNETICS CO.

Company offers an extensive line of conveyors for parts-handling, which include horizontal, incline, noseover and z-shaped models.

CARLISLE MACHINE WORKS, INC.

Equipment includes bottle singulators and orienters for operations such as flaming, leak detection and vision inspection. Also box shifters and straight, curved, looped, elevating and vacuum conveyors. Customized systems for packing, assembly, and inspection.

CBW AUTOMATION

Supplies robots and custom downstream automation for conveying, unscrambling, assembling, stacking, sleeving, and packing and palletizing molded containers, lids and other products. Other automated functions can include flexing, closing, inspection, decorating and welding.

THE CLEVELAND VIBRATOR CO.

Model FA vibratory table for applications that include shock and fatigue testing is commonly used for setting materials in cartons, drums, kegs, boxes and bags. Standard sizes have load capacities to 4000 lb. Force and frequency of air-powered model are adjustable by air pressure regulation. Electric-powered tables are easily adjusted mechanically, or come with a variable-speed controller. Unit features air-spring isolation, which provides spring durability and adaptability. Inflatable air mounts provide quiet operation, plus the advantage of spring adjustment to maintain a fixed battle height under varying loads. Four standard deck sizes available, but can be custom-built.

CRIZAF AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

European-designed aluminum conveyors, box and bag-filling systems, part separators and multilevel storage systems. Many products in stock and can be shipped in 7-10 working days.

Conveyors are sturdy and lightweight. Models include flat, incline, adjustable-angle and Z style nose overs. Ambient- or chilled-air cooling can be added to most models. Also available are heavy-duty aluminum conveyors, which include options such as adjustable side rails, parts diverters, enclosures, sweep arms, specialized belting materials, discharge chutes and hoppers. Special features include easy-to-adjust leg sets, ratcheting handles for easier angle adjustments, and automatic belt tensioning on all horizontal-to-incline and Z style models.

For fast and accurate parts separation away from the mold, a wide choice of parts separators are offered. Included is the versatile easy-to-adjust, rotating drum separator. Other styles include end-of-the-conveyor and free-standing models.

Wide choice of box- and bag-filling systems includes inline, carousel and multilevel box-filling and storage systems. Control options include cycle count, weigh-scale and photo eye systems. Automation cells including under-the-press conveying, parts separation, box-filling and storage can be custom designed.

DESCON CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Supplies custom mechanical and pneumatic conveyor systems for containers in the food and beverage industries.

DIRECT-LINE PRODUCTS

High-quality, value-priced conveyors in a range of sizes and styles include flat, cleated and adjustable-angle belt. Features include self-aligning bearings, adjustable leg-sets, true-track belt guidance and strong 12-gauge steel frames. Two-year limited warranty included. Products are in stock and ready to ship within 48 hours.

Also available is a ready-to-ship, design-it-yourself, modular box-filling system. Options include weigh-scale hopper or cycle count control systems, adjustable side rails, discharge chutes, hoppers, photo eyes and variable-speed drive. Indexing and roller storage conveyors available in various lengths and widths.

DORNER MFG. CORP.

Low-profile belt conveyors in standard sizes from 1 to 48 in. wide and from 2 to 100 ft long. New MPB (modular plastic belt) conveyors are engineered for accumulation, cut, heat resistance and chemical resistance. LPZ series adjustable-angle conveyors are suitable for removing plastic parts from molding machines and come with an adjustable frame that can accommodate nose-over and walkthrough configurations. The 6100 series with stainless-steel bedplates offers options for harsh industrial and sanitary applications. All conveyors can be equipped with a cariety of flat, cleated and sidewall cleated belts and other accessories to meet exact specifications.

DYCO, INC.

Supplies custom equipment and systems for bottle handling and packing. These include robotics, conveying, annealing, palletizing, mini-bin bulk storage and spiral accumulators.

DYNAMIC CONVEYOR CORP.

DynaCon custom-built modular conveyors can be easily reconfigured by removing, inserting, or exchanging modules. Modules are available in lengths as short as six in. and constructed from injection molded panels for portability and easy relocation. The panels are durable but can be replaced easily and inexpensively if damaged. An array of Intralox plastic link-style belting compliment the modularity of the system. Widths range from 4 to 60 in. and lengths from 2. to 100 ft.

Systems include a radius turn module that is used to allow a conveyor to make lateral turns ranging from 45[degrees] to 180[degrees]. Special injected-molded fibbed sides flex to make the required turn with one continuous belt that can flow on an incline or decline in addition to turning left or right. Accessories that allow conveyors to do more than just transfer product from one point to another include box filling, cooling, metal detection, electronic photo eyes, reversing, indexing and more.

Also offers parts/runner separators that include the Lift-Pin, which is effective when parts are small and runners large; and a rotating tumbler cage type for parts and runners nearly the same size. Rotating cage also works well on flat and/or long, thin parts.

EMI PLASTICS EQUIPMENT

Industrial-grade steel and aluminum conveyors in a range of styles including flat, incline, adjustable-angle, fixed-angle and Z-style, nose overs, robotic and metal detecting. Options include variable-speed drive, custom cleat height and spacing, soft drop zones, custom discharge chutes and hoppers. Many styles and sizes in stock and ready to ship in 7-10 days. Cooling conveyors include enclosed ambient- or chilled-air chambers, water spray or bath models

Part separators include finger, roller and auger separators. Most available as freestanding or end-of-conveyor models.

Large choice of pre-engineered or custom parts-handling systems include box and bag filling systems, trunk line systems, and automated vertical storage systems.

Company offers robotic end-of-arm tooling components from a range of manufacturers. Free EOAT design assistance.

FKI LOGISTEX

Automatic case and drum palletizers. Frames rigidly welded of structural steel and formed plate. Rigid steel conduit and JIC class air cylinders and solenoid valves are standard equipment. Wherever possible, drives are shaft mounted, which eliminates unnecessary sprocket and chain maintenance. Can design multiple machine configurations with speeds to 100 cases/min.

GEBO CORP. USA

Flat top, neckring, and bulk-air conveyors allow an endless variety of products to be conveyed gently around sharp curves, vertically or horizontally at very low power requirements.

Complete system integration for parts and container handling from molding through packaging. Provides equipment to orient parts or containers on discharge and to transport them in the oriented position: Downstream equipment includes decorators, trimmers, assembly equipment, parts placers, and escapements, which interface with packaging equipment.

HAMILTON AVTEC INC.

Nearly 30 standard belt-conveyor models, specializing in customized designs and systems. Basic models in 6- to 16-ft lengths. Omni line designed for under-machine or low, pass-along installations; HR line recommended for use with pick-and-place robots. All standard models (many with casters) include V-groove belt tracking adjustment without tools and powered by single-phase, motor/gear-box drives. Specialized units include Water Bath Conveyor for large part cooling and conveying, Box Boy indexing conveyor, which automatically counts parts as they drop into bags.

End-of-belt and standalone parts separators can be provided with special diamondback belting, which allows steep incline, cleatless conveying up to 45[degrees] or greater.

A count-by-weight system allows direct transfer from the mold to shipping cartons through an electronic scale and arrangement of conveying devices.

HARVARD FACTORY AUTOMATION, INC. (HFA)

Standard and custom parts-handling equipment includes horizontal, incline, adjustable angle and decline conveyors; part/runner separators; automatic box/tote filling systems by weight and count; robot-fed systems; robot guarding; under-press product chutes and part diverters for rejects and/or q.c. sampling; standard and rotary worktables; weigh scales; and various sizes of portable and stationary cleanrooms.

HOPPMANN CORP.

Centrifugal feeding, unscrambling, orientation and assembly equipment for parts and containers to be decorated and/or sent downstream for secondary finishing operations. Range of models in sizes from 8-through 60-in.-diam. feeder bowls with feeding rates from 20 parts/rain through 2200 parts/min for common, as well as unusual shapes and sizes. All designs incorporate quick-change tooling capability, low maintenance, reliability, and gentle handling of parts. No vibratory components are used.

Also flat-top chain and belted variable-speed conveyors and variable-speed, metering, bulk-elevating conveyors from 1-80 cu-ft capacity in painted or stainless-steel finish.

S. HOWES INC.

Range of conveyors include mechanical screw, split-tube, u-trough, heating and cooling, and portable and inclining.

Split Tube inclinable conveyor offers a rigid tubular body that is split and hinged so that when opened the complete auger is exposed for cleaning and inspection. Design of the trough allows for accessibility of a U trough for cleaning and the efficiency of a tubular conveyor. Conveyor covers can be opened without tools, keeping cleaning and inspection to a minimum. Split Tube conveyor is also offered in sanitary construction with highly polished finish.

Portable inclinable conveyor angle is adjusted by a hydraulic jack from 45[degrees] to 60[degrees]. The auger is fixed on a rigid tube and the machine can be supplied in mild or stainless steel. Various drive packages available for customization.

HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD.

Product-handling equipment specific to injection molding for conveying, stacking and assembly of parts, as well as servo swing chutes for high-speed oriented part removal. Stackers available for manual or automated box loading.

Servo-driven swing chutes offer high speed, oriented parts removal for applications including thinwall, medical, and technical. Petri dish systems allow complete assembly I of lids and bases prior to stacking parts in a carousel for bagging.

IDEAS IN MOTION

Conveyors for blow molded container handling include cable, aluminum tabletop, stainless-steel tabletop, and specialty conveyors. Also automatic or semi-automatic bagging and debagging equipment. Supplies complete turnkey systems for blow molding, filling, casing, and palletizing.

IMS CO.

Two styles of conveyors plus free-standing separators for parts and runners. Flat horizontal conveyors are 3-6 ft long by 12, 18 or 24 in. wide. Also inclined and adjustable horizontal-to-incline models. Variable-speed controls available.

IHTERROLL AXMANN AUTOMATION

Supplies belt and roll conveyors of all types--straight, curved and tilted. Also various types of sorters to go with conveyors.

ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

Information on Italian companies offering parts-handling equipment.

KASS AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Complete takeaway systems for shuttle-type blowmolders, which can include in-line demoilers to remove moils and minor flash. Standard machines can handle parts from 5-10 in. high with depths from 1.25 to 4.75 in. Control system has two axes, which can be programmed for coordinated movement. Brushless digital servo motors used for reliability. Removal of tabs accomplished prior to discharge from line. Containers are oriented and exit linearly for other downstream operations.

LAROS EQUIPMENT CO., INC.

Post-molding parts-handling equipment including mild steel and aluminum horizontal and incline belt conveyors, part/runner separators, automatic box-indexing conveyors by cycle count or weight, granulator feed conveyors and water conveyors, along with regrind fines separator and metal detecting/ separating equipment. Specializes in manufacturing to customer-specific dimensional and performance requirements.

MEISEI AMERICA

Supplies part/runner separators and parts conveyors.

MINNESOTA AUTOMATION PRODUCTS GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Supplies denesters, placers, labelling/restacking systems and other handling equipment for manufacturing and packaging applications.

MOLDING AUTOMATION CONCEPTS MAC AUTOMATION

Designs and manufactures conveyor systems, automatic box-bag-filling or ToteFill systems by weight or count, hepa-filtered clean rooms and enclosures, part/runner separators, vertical transfer platforms, robotic and part conditioning conveyors, and plantwide engineered parts-handling systems. Also provides parts-containment solutions with custom mold-side curtains, guideskirts, tiebar sleeves, and complete line of stackable 75-1200 lb mobile resin bins, plus gaylord/drum filter covers designed to keep in-process materials clean. Mold-side curtains, guideskirts, and tiebar sleeves prevent product loss and contamination by containing the shot and funneling it into a conveyor or box.

Pneumatic and mechanical conveyors and automatic fill systems designed specifically to solve problems facing molders. Conditioning conveyors provide product cooling, static elimination, and hepa-filtered environments. Special devices allow automatic bad-shot diversion, q-c sampling, and part/runner separation. Box-fill systems fill boxes and/or totes by weight or count. Systems can be customized and are designed to be space-efficient, flexible, dependable and user-friendly.

NEW ENGLAND MACHINERY, INC.

Range of equipment includes bulk feeders, plastic container unscramblers, secondary orienters, parts sorters and feeders, as well as container closure equipment (cappers, retorquers, lidders, overcappers).

NORWALT DESIGN INC.

Parts-handling equipment includes unscramblers, elevator hoppers, air conveyors, stacking machines, and loading systems for interfacing with printers, labelers, cartoners, baggers, and blister or tray machines.

Rotary centrifugal unscrambler with patented three-belt orienter-feeder can orient caps at speeds to 1200/min. Unit occupies 20 sq ft of floor space.

Self-contained air conveyors move parts on a cushion of air from unscramblers to printers, assembly or lining machinery, and require little maintenance and no lubrication.

PACLINE CONVEYORS INC.

Track and chain conveying system consists of a universal link conveyor chain inside a round conveyor track. Flexibility enables conveying through tight-radius curves on both the horizontal and vertical plane. Loads can be transported hanging or can be inverted to convey load-carrying trays.

C-250 series chain is designed for loads to 50 lb per pendant, which are standard on 6-in. centers. Coupling two pendants with a load bar allows 100-lb loads. Distributed loads to 30,000 lb can be conveyed on a 600-ft system with only one drive. Adding additional drives proportionally increases conveyor length. Track sections are prefabricated with a joining flange at each end, simplifying installation. On-site welding is not necessary, and easy rerouting changes can be made.

PALACE PACKAGING MACHINES

Feeding and orienting systems capture bottles, caps, and parts directly from the molder and feed them to conveyors for packing, printing, decorating, or assembly.

Bulk bottle and component hopper/conveyors have accumulation bins with cleated elevating belt orair-veying transporting systems. Most any height and distance can be achieved with pneumatic transporters.

PLASTIC PROCESS EQUIPMENT, INC.

Complete line of molded part conveyors designed for continuous industrial use in sizes from 6 to 48 in. wide and 3 to over 20 feet in length. Models include a Vee-Guide belt-tracking system with full two-year warranty.

Most standard sizes in stock and custom designs made-to-order. Separators also available in sizes from 12 to 24 in. wide.

PROCO MACHINERY INC.

Supplies downstream automated equipment for blow molding, which includes take-out and orientation systems, automatic deflashers, spin trimmers, leak testers, flame treaters, accumulators, and automated packaging systems.

Equipment includes the Robopak packaging system specifically designed to package blow molded containers into cartons/boxes. Containers can be packaged in a variety of configurations such as neck-up, neck-down, or in offset rows. Method of handling the parts simplifies the design, making Robopak easily integrated into any production situation.

Other systems include the PetPik PET orientation system to work inline with the new Propak palletizing and packaging systems designed to focus on PET, and also new Spout insertion machines.

RENNCO INC.

Supplies a high-speed cup counting/loading (CCL) infeed system for cup packing. Also supplies a trim press interface (TPI) unit for transport and packaging of cup and lid products.

STERLING SYSTEMS DIV. OF STERLING BLOWER CO.

Air-handling systems for conveying regrind, pellets, bottles, tabs and tails, finished parts, vacuum-form skeletons and continuous edge trim.

TEC ENGINEERING CORP.

Company offers under-the-press conveyors, box-filling systems, and part/runner separators.

Separators available as free-standing units or attached to the discharge end of a conveyor, offering quick and easy segregation of runners from parts. Several styles suit specific part and runner configurations.

Specializes in recycling conveyors available with metal detectors. Can be integrated into system to match conveyor feedrate with throughput rate of grinder.

TOOLTEX INC.

Company offers custom assembly systems, integrating assembly and test equipment; and custom stackers, integrating conveyors, pick-and-place units, indexers and vision systems.
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