Volume 10, Issue 6 - July/August 2009


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 part. www.patmooneysaws.com

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 Wood Manufacturers
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 be offering.

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 accurate.

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 runaway control.”

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. www.graco.com/merkurinfo


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