Thursday, March 17, 2016

Removable Cutter Feature: Repairable Hole Punch Cylinders from Bimba

Do you use hole punch cylinders? 

Replace damaged or worn out cutting heads without having to replace the complete cylinder. 

Bimba's rugged hole punch cylinder has been designed with a removable cutter. The cutter can be replaced as needed without having to replace the entire cylinder. The razor sharp cutting teeth are designed to punch millions of holes in thin plastic film.

Save money, time and inventory costs. Replacement cutters are offered in boxes of five. 

Download/view Bimba Repairable Hole Punch Cylinders brochure in PDF format.

Feature Benefits
High strength carbon steel piston rod with .07" ID Air jet ejects cutter slugs from the cutting head
Oil soak felt washer behind the rod seal Offers a continual source of rod lubrication
8 models; 7 cutter sizes Application flexibility
Nickel plated steel rod guide Improved fatigue resistance over aluminum in high cycle applications
Standard extend and retract bumpers Minimizes sound levels
Special cutter shapes and custom stroke lengths available Special cutter shapes and custom 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Product News from Smart Vision Lights

LED Machine Vision Lights - Smart Vision Lights

Silicone Optic Lenses: A Great Alternative

If your company uses glass or plastic lenses in your lighting manufacturing process, consider optical-grade silicone lenses from Smart Vision Lights. Silicone lenses don’t yellow with time and don’t age like polycarb, vinyl, or acrylic. Silicone also does not craze due to heat, or react with most harsh chemicals or to UV light. Smart Vision Lights’ LHP 5 million-lux Line Scan Light uses silicone. Even more products using the technology will be released soon, allowing for brighter LED lights without concerns about thermal damage to optics common to plastic lenses, or about the higher cost of glass optics.

EZ Mount LED Ring Lights Offer More Flexibility

Smart Vision Lights’ EZ Mount LED Ring Light can be mounted on a camera lens, and can quickly and easily adapt to any vision system with any of four standard mounting options, including regular step-up or step-down rings, mounting the lens at the front end of the EZ Mount LED Ring Light, via a T-slot on all sides of the light, or with the threaded M4 holes on the back plate of the light. The EZ Mount line offers a high-output LED light in aluminum housing. The lights are available in light output options of White, Red, Amber, Blue, Green, Cyan, IR, and UV. The Ring Light includes an integrated constant current driver with a built-in strobe input with option for PNP or NPN trigger control, meaning there’s no need for an external driver to control the light.

The Multi-Drive Internal Driver: Always ON

Smart Vision Lights’ Multi-Drive internal driver combines the Constant ON operation and the high-pulse operation into one easy-to-use product. Multi-Drive allows the user to run the product in Constant ON operation or pulse/strobe the light at the maximum allowed intensity by the LED manufacturer by simply setting the product parameters, all while protecting LED lights from damage. The built-in Multi-Driver, developed by Smart Vision Lights, also protects the LEDs from premature degradation and failure caused by excessive heat by regulating the current delivered to the LEDs and limiting the duty cycle of the light.

 Want more info?

Contact FPE Automation. Your solution specialists can help.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

QC Industries Expands Custom Engineering Capabilities

QC Industries, LLC

Custom Conveyors

If you're looking for something a little different than a standard conveyor, QC has just expanded its ability to customize one for you. Whether it's a simple bracket to integrate with a customized piece of equipment, a custom drive package, or a modification to one of our conveyors to fit your application parameters — FPE and QC can help.

Here are just a few custom solutions QC Industries has created.



AS40 with Backlight
The conveyors can be modified to accept a wide variety of customer-specified backlights for vision applications. When coupled with a translucent belt, the conveyor creates an ideal platform for inspection as parts travel past.


Custom Stands & Side Tables

Custom Side Tables and Stands
QC is often asked to design special stands to accommodate each customer's unique requirements. In this pack-off line, candy came in from the wrapping machines and was packed by hand into boxes coming in from the box erector. The filled boxes then left on a third line of conveyors for shrink wrapping. The application required custom stands and stainless steel side tables where operators packed the boxes.


Multiple Bands

AS40 with Two Belts
In this application, the customer needed to perform an operation on the bottom of a part as it moved across the conveyor. QC's solution involved running two belts on the conveyor with a cutout between them. The part straddled the two belts and a robot performed the operation from below through the cutout.


Elevator Conveyors

For an application that required product to move across a healthcare packaging plant, QC devised an elevator system to elevate the bins to move overhead across the plant. The system consisted of two 300 Series Indexing Conveyors with an InnerDrive Conveyor mounted between them. After bins moved onto the InnerDrive Conveyor, the 300 Series conveyors moved in tandem to raise the InnerDrive Conveyor, which then moved the bins onto the overhead conveyor system.
Watch a video of this system in action

Need a custom solution? Contact FPE Automation.We're here to help!