Production Components adds two more manufacturers to our line-up.

We are proud to announce that we have added two more companies to the family of manufacturers we represent:
Fortville Feeders, Inc. from Fortville, Indiana and
R&I Manufacturing from Terryville, CT.

A little about both and what they do –

Fortville Feeders, Inc

Fortville Feeders, Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacturing and supply of automated parts feeder systems.  They have been on the cutting edge of solutions for the automation industry since 1979.

They are known in the industry as The Parts Handling Specialists.  With over 30 years of experience in the automation industry, they design systems and components for all industries, including Medical, Home Goods, Automotive and Consumer Products.

Fortville Feeder’s basic components:

  • Feeder Bowls
  • High Tolerance Tracks
  • Bulk Supply Hoppers
  • Gondolas / Dumpers
  • Mechanisms
  • Step Feeders
  • Flex Feeders

Apart for their primary components, they provide isolation ancillary components for nearly 80% of their systems.  These include, escapements, cross shuttles, star wheels, escape and blow, rotary actuators, etc.

Feeder systems are often over simplified in their function of material handling.  Many suppliers will leave customers with the complete responsibility of the part after it has completed its feeder journey.  Fortville strive to be sure that the transition from the feeder to you is a clean flawless transfer.

Whether you’re an end user looking to decrease your material handling or an OEM putting a feeder in a machine with your company’s name on it, Fortville Feeders, Inc. offers the quality, reliable product you are looking for.

R&I Manufacturing

In 1968, R & I Manufacturing Company started out with a single product called the DURA-SLIDE linear positioning device. It was a tough, economical unit designed for the small parts assembly operation. Since then, the product line has grown, along with the company’s reputation for high-quality, low-cost part placement devices. From automatic parts to intricate electronic components, R & I grippers, escapements, slides and pick-and-place units working hand-in-hand with the leading names in the automatic assembly business.

Today, R & I Manufacturing has a nationwide network of sales and application technicians ready to assist you with your automatic assembly needs. If they don’t have a unit that will do the job, they have the experience to customize one. That’s why it is said they are “America’s Partner in Assembly Automation”.

DURA-GRIP Part Placement Devices are designed to provide a low cost gripping unit for use on transfer mechanisms. These air operated units grip parts internally or externally offering the designer a wide latitude in finger tooling arrangements.

Available in two or three finger grip models, DURA-GRIP units are ruggedly constructed with a minimum of moving parts. Utility tapped holes permit mounting the unit from the top or the side with additional cap styles for dovetail mounting. These same holes can be used to mount “stripper” devices too. The body is anodized high strength aluminum, fingers are hardened tool steel. Maximum pressure, 100 psi. HD heads are available in all sizes of the GH series. These heads’ toggle linkages are arranged to have the inward motion of the finger occur on the full (bore) side of the piston. An optional finger positioning sensor is available on all heads. The built-in proximity switch can be set to indicate either fingers opened or fingers closed. All units are shipped completely assembled, ready for mounting and attaching tooling.

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To learn more about Fortville Feeders, R&I Manufacturing, or any of the other manufacturing companies we represent, give us a call at 203 881 3013 or email us at mail@production-components.com

Another Dukane IQ ServoPress Success Story

Since the introduction of the Dukane IQ ServoPress Ultrasonic Welding System in 2007, the benefit it has brought to their customer base cannot be overstated.

Just ask Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) –

SEL is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of protection, monitoring, control, communications and metering products for power grids and power systems around the globe.

A few years ago, SEL was facing a difficult challenge when welding a clear lens display screen to the polycarbonate body of one of their indicators, which is used on transformers, switchgear, sectionalizing cabinets, junction boxes and splices. Because the indicator is used in harsh, submersed and corrosive environments, the housing requires a hermetic seal that has to withstand a temperature from -40 to 150 °F. Unfortunately, the pneumatic welding process SEL was using was not giving them the seal they needed.

Eventually, according to Rick Lewis, manufacturing engineering supervisor at Schweitzer, SEL decided to redesign the plastic injection molds and to have ultrasonic welding supplier Dukane Corp. test the parts at the Dukane applications lab in St. Charles, IL.  There, using a 20-kilohertz-frequency iQ Series servo-controlled welder, the Dukane specialists discovered that the solution was to vary weld speeds.

“Although old pneumatic systems are capable of varying the force during the weld, the rate of change is restricted due to the time required to move air in or out of the air cylinder,” explains Ken Holt, senior application engineer at Dukane. “Whereas, the servo system is capable of accelerations of 50 inches per second, which is equivalent to changing speed by 1 inch per second in 0.02 second.”

After testing, Dukane determined the optimum varying weld velocity speed setting to be from 0.02 to 0.09 inch per second. Holt says that the unique technology called Melt-Match® in the iQ system also proved helpful for this project. Match Melt® precisely matches the downward motion of the horn to the melt flow characteristics of the plastic to optimize molecular intermingling and produce strong welds. Holt said that Dukane’s Melt-Detect™, which ensures complete initiation of plastic melting before prompting the horn to initiate downward movement, was also a factor in optimizing the process.

Impressed with the lab test results, SEL purchased an iQ welder and integrated it into the robotic assembly cell for the fault indicators. Lewis says the welder works flawlessly.  “It’s repeatability and graphing functions make it easier to set up new welding programs,” concludes Lewis. “The welder [also] reduces the engineering time and the number of scrap parts required to set up a new welding process.”

This is yet another example of Dukane’s applications lab expertise, proprietary technology like Melt-Match® and Melt-Detect™ and the second-to-none IQ ServoPress system finding solutions for customers to ensure the best results in their manufacturing and their company’s bottom line.

For more information on Dukane’s products and how we at Production Components can help you with Dukane products, call us at 203 881 3013 or email us at mail@production-components.com.

To read the original article, click the link below.

http://www.assemblymag.com/articles/93821-ultrasonic-welder-helps-electrical-equipment-company-optimize-plastic-parts-assembly

 

 

 

Tom Terrio joins the Production Components team

We are pleased to introduce our newest sales representative, Tom Terrio, who will be representing all of the assembly, production and automation products we carry in CT, Metro NY, NJ and PA.

Tom, with 20 years of sales experience in the manufacturing industry, specifically in systems integration/packaging automation & equipment, printing/industrial roller, blanket, and chemical manufacturingis excited to join Production Components and would be happy to discuss in person or over phone/e-mail, how he can help our customers with any application solutions they may be seeking.

Please join us in welcoming Tom and don’t hesitate to contact him at: 203 819 2396 or at tom_terrio@production-components.com.

The Team at Production Components.

Production Components has been in business in New England since 1977, and for the past 40 years we have represented some of the premier manufacturer’s in the field of assembly, automation and production – Schmidt, Graco and Dukane, to name just a few.  In addition to our standard products, we have partnered with other local vendors for specific projects which require unique solutions. We have representatives located in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, so we are never more than a few hours away. Production Components works with our principals and partners to come up with solutions that are robust, reliable, and affordable – and we provide continual support of the equipment to make sure that it continues to serve you reliably.  We can be reached at our main office in Wallingford, CT at 203 881 3013 or at mail@production-components.com.

 

Weber Screwdriving’s New Website

As this year marks WEBER’s 60th anniversary, they decided to celebrate by giving themselves a fresh web makeover – and we think it looks (and works) great and are thrilled to share it with you!

Click over to www.weberusa.com to check out their new features and improved navigation.  We bet you’ll learn something new about them while you’re there.  But, if you’re left with questions or want to know more, just click onto their page on the our webite at:
http://www.production-components.com/manufacturers%20list/weber/

Or give us a call at 203 881 3013 for more information on Weber or any of the other products we represent.