Get a Lift
The newest lift from Erdman, the EAC, is an end effector/manipulator mounted
on a jib crane. The company says the lift increases productivity while
decreasing product damage and operator injuries. The system is designed
to integrate with the company’s hand assists, glass lay-ins, tilt/tip
equipment and automated glazers. www.erdmanautomation.com
Pat Mooney’s Saws:
Designed to be Fast and Accurate
Pat Mooney Inc.’s new up-cut saws work quickly and accurately to saw aluminum
extrusions with a burr-free mirror finish, according to the company. The
up-cut design of the saw blade, in which the saw is housed under the worktable
and travels up through the work piece, promotes safe operation, as well
as easy chip removal and a long blade life.
PMI Saws are equipped with 5- to 7.5-hp drive systems that enable maximum
cutting force and chip removal. This additional power also extends the
life of the saw blade between regrinds, company officials say.
The saws also include pneumatic clamping systems with adjustable clamping
pressure to prevent distortion of thin wall profiles. The top clamp holds
the work piece on each side of the saw blade to deliver a burr-free cutoff
WTS Offers Two New Software Solutions
WTS Paradigm has extended its software offerings to include Ren-ovation
and DealerPoint software.
The Renovations solution from WTS is designed to help manufacturers organize
their contacts through seamless integration into the company’s CRM systems.
Likewise, the system is set up to schedule installations, manage quotes
and monitor cash flow.
DealerPoint was created to em-power resellers to manage their sales processes
and resources efficiently.
Inspect Glass on the Spot
GlasWeld has a new patent-pending Gforce glass inspection station designed
to help window manufacturers save glass, time and money. The self-contained
GIS helps reduce loss and decrease scrap ratios during the production
and distribution process by integrating glass restoration into standard
operating procedures, say officials from the Bend, Ore.-based company.
The inspection station features an integrated glass polishing station
that is floor-mounted and ergonomically designed for safety while removing
damage from all types and sizes of glass. A proprietary, energy-efficient
lighting system, using high-output LED technology, allows operators to
inspect glass for defects while polishing.
The glass inspection station was designed to work with the company’s Gforce
scratch removal system. An adjustable balancing system for the Gforce
polishing machine is integrated into the inspection system, reducing operator
fatigue and speeding up repair times, according to the company.
Mecal USA Launches
3- and 4-Axis Machining Center
Mecal USA now has available its 3- and 4-axis MC 305 Series CNC machining
centers, which can machine on three or more sides of a profile between
+/- 90 degrees with motorized tilting of the table. The MC 305 also can
work on ends of the profile to eliminate end milling.
The machine’s spindle speed is 18,000 RPM and its X, Y, Z and C axes,
all are CNC-controlled. The MC 305 series CNC has three different vice
positioning possibilities: manual positioning, positioning by spindle
and motorized positioning—all of which are accomplished by the CNC controller.
The system is equipped with a 7.5-hp electric spindle and has a 7- position
tool magazine with its own protective enclosure, and all linear guides
and recalculating ball screws are lubricated automatically. www.mecal.com
AWFS Offers Tools and Equipment Designed for
For more info on AWFS, visit www.awfsfair.org.
If you’re a wood window manufacturer and are looking for new innovations
to implement in your business, AWFS® Vegas will be held July 15-18,
2009. The show is sponsored by the Association of Woodworking Furnishings
and Suppliers, and is designed especially for those who work with wood.
Among exhibitors will be several companies that supply machinery and equipment
to the door and window industry. Following is a summary of what they’ll
The event is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
AWFS Schedule at a Glance
AWFS® Vegas will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center July 15-18.
Below is a summary of the exhibit hall hours.
Wednesday, July 15 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 16 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, July 17 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wrap It Up
Nordson’s PW II profile-wrapping application heads provide application
flexibility with a configurable number of modules, exchangeable nozzle
assemblies and user-friendly web guides. Coating width and position of
the application head, relative to the substrate, can be changed quickly
and easily, even during production, according to the company.
As part of a closed profile-wrapping system that helps keep moisture and
contaminants out of the system, Nordson officials say its PW II heads
are ideal for window profile-wrapping applications and handle a wide variety
of hot melt adhesives, including reactives. www.nordson.com
Eye of the Tiger(Saw)
The TigerSaw from Vancouver, Wash.-based TigerStop® is designed to
offer speed, accuracy and affordability, according to its manufacturer.
It works on a push-feed system and is made with precision-ground tables
and heavy-duty construction. Likewise, company officials say the saw pushes,
optimizes and cuts material in a perpetual motion so that it is continually
Graco® Launches New
Fine Finish Spray Packages
Graco is introducing its new Merkur™ high-performance spray packages for
fine finish applications at AWFS.
“The new features on these spray packages offer greater precision and
increase efficiency to achieve consistent, uniform results,” says Graco’s
Wendy Hartley, Finishing Marketing Manager. “For the first time, these
packages are available with DataTrak™, the market’s first integrated local
monitoring system providing material tracking, system diagnostics and
Both the air motor and lower included in the spray packages are designed
for optimal performance. The air motor features smooth and rapid changeovers,
resulting in minimal pulsation, no stalling and precision control even
at low input pressures, according to the company. The system has a stainless
steel pump construction, providing for a long life.
Graco’s applicators, pumps, packages and plural-component equipment provide
finishing solutions for all types of wood, metal and plastic applications.
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