The white belt shown is an automatic threader for wide web material. This is especially used on complicated or large web paths making thread-up much faster and easier. The tail of the web is attached to the threader bar and the web is pulled through the machine.
Part of our production floor with some of our vertical CNC's.
- This panel has servo drives and a PLC system mounted within it
This machine is large enough for maintenance personnel to stand in when servicing. Here, all moving components, brakes, clutches, side-lay actuators, chain and belt drives are safely behind guarding that only authorized personnel have access to.
Here the flywheel is being fabricated in one of our CNC's. The CNC is fitted with a rotary indexer to assist in creating the pockets for the tooling on the perimeter surface.
The flywheel is fitted with 6 equally spaced cutters to nibble away wire ends in the manufacture of wire shelving. A combination of flywheel RPM's and the travel speed of the carriage insures no wires are missed. The mass of the flywheel dampens the sound and guarantees the force required to shear the wires without putting stress on the drive system. The flywheel assembly is contained in a sound-proof enclosure to keep the room it's in relatively quiet for the operators.
- The inspection platform allows the operator to have more access to the equipment. The black plates on the side plate of the machine are drawers that allow the operator to have easy access to the rolls behind. By pulling out the drawers, maintenance can be performed from the outside where its more open.
The inspection room showing one of the granite surface plates with various height gages and v-blocks for manual inspection. There is also a CMM in the background for computerized inspection and print-outs of the results. All of our inspection equipment is certified every 6-12 months by an outside lab to insure traceability and consistently meeting our customers expectations.
- The laminator is used to apply a liner to the back side of a web. The lower roll is fixed and the upper roll moves vertically and has adjustable nip force.
- This is a liner stripper and winder on the left, an unwind on the right, tension roll, steering system and laminator.
A larger machine is being shipped via semi to its final destination. Professional riggers are used to move and transport the equipment safely.
A typical Main Control Cabinet. This one has several drives and a main power disconnect inside.
NARROW WEB LINE
A cantilevered narrow web processing line. There are several unwinds and winders used on the line. Two laminating stations for mating multiple webs together. There are four tension zones, three splice stations, a slitter station and a caterpillar web puller. All drives and non-operator controls are located behind the backplate
OPEN ASSEMBLY AREA
This area is one of our main assembly rooms. The one pictured is open for general assembly and multiple projects can be worked on with ample space around them. We also have two secure bays that require card access to enter. Each assembly area has 100+PSI air available and 400 amps of 480VAC 3 phase power available for use during the check-out phase of a project.
- This pivot arm is milled from a solid piece of material per the customers requirements.
There are many types of unwinds for wide web material handling. This one is a shaftless version that grips the core with a tapered chuck adaptor. Note the two levels of linear bearing rails on the bottom. The lower set is to move the unwind well out of the way when loading a new roll. The upper set is to move the chuck into the core and control the web during machine use
This machine has a large rotating knife blade to cut parts discrete from the cars shown below. As the knife dulls, the operator can easily sharpen the blade on the fly from outside the guarded area resulting in less down-time for service
- This slitter station is fully adjustable by adding or removing knife holders or spacers to get a variety of widths from the passing web.
This photo shows the drive motor for an automatic threader. The motor has an encoder feed-back to allow accurate speed and positioning of the threader bar during use. Also note the tensioner arrangement used for keeping the threader belt tight and aligned.
This cart is a self-contained system that has on-board motors for the drive of the cart in the rails and also the rotation of the rolls that can be mounted between centers. The rails will be embedded into the floor for a flush mount. Each motor is air-driven so the equipment can be used in potentially hazardous areas with Class 1 Division 1 ratings.
- A dual station unwind that allows the operator to load the next roll so its ready when the current roll empties. Each roll is independently driven with servo motors. These motors along with the tension sensing roll complete a zone to insure proper speeds at preset tension requirements. The pivot arm above and below the unwinds is designed to ride on the material surface to determine roll diameter. Both unwinds are mounted to a common plate that travels in and out to compensate for steering the web.
- A special aluminum valve body with many intricate features.
WIDE WEB INSPECTION
This machine is wired temporarily and ready for check-out with the customer.