Equipment Roundup

November 1, 2006
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Equipment manufacturers focus on product development to meet customers' needs.

Lab Grinding System

Union Process

According to the company, its laboratory-sized Q-2 circulation grinding system is ideally suited for the processing of technical ceramics. This special Q-2 has been customized with flame-proof electronics and sealed for grinding under inert gas. Featuring a ceramic-lined grinding chamber, zirconium oxide-sleeved agitator arms and a coated (Halar) premix/holding tank, the mill is totally metal-free. The system is also equipped with a dual set of special dosing/additive tanks to make adjustments to the premix/holding tank easy and efficient. The Q-2 uses a media volume of 2.2 gal with a recommended holding tank capacity of 5-20 gal. Call (330) 929-3333, e-mail or visit .

Hammer Mill


This company's two-stage reduction swing hammer mill is suited for pulverizing, crushing and disintegrating a wide variety of materials. Materials in this unit are disintegrated/shattered by the revolving hammers upon entry and are further reduced by the force of impact against the heavy breaker plates in the cover. According to the company, very little sizing of reduced materials is needed later. Different types of hammers are available, depending on the type of material being reduced. Many of the hammers are reversible and offer four wearing surfaces to increase service life and to help lower operational costs. Call (800) 262-5401 or (812) 926-0038, fax (812) 926-3482, e-mail , or visit .

Air-Assisted Airless Tips


This company recently announced its new 114-series premium air-assisted airless tips, which reportedly offer fan pattern uniformity more than three times better than that of competitive air-assisted airless guns. The 114-series tips are designed for superior spray pattern uniformity that delivers consistent coverage and provides new levels of quality when spraying stain, toner, lacquer, and top coat applications using low-, medium- and high-viscosity materials. Extensive atomization research, field testing, and a unique proprietary manufacturing process have all contributed to the new tips' unsurpassed atomization and superior spray finishing performance. Call (800) 992-4657.

Infrared Camera

Mikron Infrared

The model M7500 infrared camera is configurable for mid- or long-wave imaging and four temperature bands. Billed as a technology "first" in versatility and low cost, the new camera is reportedly unique in un-cooled microbolometer cameras. The company's patent-pending spectral tuning technology enables the M7500 to image the mid-wave bands of 3.9 um (furnaces and boilers through flames) and 4.8-5.2 um (glass) in a temperature range of 400-1600°C. The camera provides temperature measurement accuracy of ±2°C for glass and ceramics, as well as other applications. Call (201) 405-0900, fax (201) 405-0090, e-mail or visit .


Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc. (MHI)

This company's microheaters reportedly offer high watt density and high temperatures up to 1900°C. The MP1900 patented manufacturing process allows the company to create micro-sized heaters from 1/4 to 3 1/2 in. radiant surface areas in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Along with Spiral, Serpentine and MicroPlate microheaters, the company offers MicrotubeTM and MilliDotTM heaters. Microtube heaters are small tubes with temperatures up to 1900°C, and MilliDot heaters allow for a point source heater of up to 1900°C. The heaters can be used in numerous applications, from substrate heating and mechanical testing to fiber optics and vacuum chambers. Spiral Microheaters are compatible with RF and microwave applications. Call (513) 772-0404, e-mail or visit .

Material Handling Systems

Innovative Processing Solutions, LLC

This company offers complete bulk material handling and processing systems, including custom apron feeders, stationary conveyors, radial stackers, feed hoppers, CAD-designed belt conveyors, materials control systems, and bins for blending or mixing. Maintenance-focused design and engineering services include system layout and specification development, as well as complete manufacturing design. Installation supervision or complete turnkey systems are also offered. The company's Tripper Conveyor System reportedly solves excessive wear and maintenance issues due to belt plow systems used over vibrating screens or bends. Call (877) 926-0040, fax (812) 926-3482 or e-mail .

Casting Machine

Unimak Machine Industry Co. Ltd.

This company recently announced the availability of a new casting machine that features a rotating manipulator and an automatic demolding manipulator. The system, which was recently on display at Tecnargilla 2006 in Rimini, Italy, was conceived for rapid and effective demolding and ware handling sequences. The new manipulator was powered up for working display during the show. Call (90) 224281-2225, fax (90) 224281-2230, e-mail or visit .

Twin-Screw Feeder

Bulk Equipment Systems Technology Inc.(B.E.S.T.)

The new model TSF twin-screw feeder is designed for precise batching and weighing applications. According to the company, the feeder's dual-helix design combines fast, high-volume filling with accurate dribble flow at the end of the cycle. The unit's compact design is ideal when limited space prohibits multiple individual screw units. The two helixes-1 1/2 in. and 4 in. in diameter-are mounted on an 18 x 22-in. hopper and are rated at 17 cu. ft. and 283 cu. ft. per hour, respectively, at maximum RPM with 100% efficient conveyable product and no slippage. The feeder's hopper inlet is fitted with air pads and an on/off pulse timer to ensure positive, uninterrupted flow to the helixes. Call (800) 827-9237, fax (330) 225-8740, e-mail or visit .

MIM Furnace Line

Centorr Vacuum Industries

This company has expanded its furnace offering for the metal injection molding (MIM) market with the introduction of a new line of modular MIM-VacTM custom metal hot zone furnaces. The MIM-Vac features a number of design improvements, including molybdenum hot zones with integrally designed gas-plenum retorts using the company's SweepgasTM technology for consistent gas flow dynamics over the parts; compact furnace layout and construction for aesthetics and fast installation; a dry mechanical pumping system for clean and efficient handling of any binder; and advanced molybdenum alloys in the hot zone, offering excellent creep resistance, higher recrystallization temperatures, and longer life. Call (603) 595-7233.

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