Zinc Plating Process
Cookson Electronics (www.cooksonelectronics.com) has developed a bright acid zinc plating process—ENTHOBRITE CLZ-970—that provides the high-productivity of a water-soluble process, while maintaining superior distribution and deposit properties at any chloride level, resulting in increased productivity and lower zinc plating costs. The process is specifically formulated for continuous, high throughput operations and has a high temperature tolerance that can operate as a potassium chloride, ammonium chloride or mixed system.
Schreiner ProTech’s (www.schreiner-usa.com) PTFE (commonly known as Teflon) membrane is an air-permeable and waterproof material well-suited for the ventilation of equipment housings. Originally developed to enhance the effectiveness of the company’s self-adhesive and non-adhesive Pressure Compensation Seals (PCS), the membrane allows air molecules to pass through the PCS while restricting water, oil and dirt particles. PTFE’s oil, dirt and water-resistance provides improved seal protection for sensitive electronics by providing chemical and thermal resistance to extreme elements.
Operator Interface System
StrongArm Designs (www.strongarm.com) MiniStation integrated operator interface system allows up to 30 in. of counterbalanced vertical adjustability, utilizing various screen and keyboard sizes. The MiniStation can be mounted to a wall, machine top, or free-standing post, providing maximum flexibility, while improving operator ergonomics.
Transfer Tape Bonds Foam
Compac Corp.’s (www.compaccorp.com) NetBond 30 reinforced acrylic adhesive transfer tape for use in foam or gasket fabricating. Water resistant, Netbond 30 features a moisture stable liner and provides dependable adhesion to various types of foam and can form to curved surfaces.
High-Volume Fastening Station
Orbitform’s (orbitform.com) Model B-310 fastening station, available with real-time process monitoring and process control, has a capacity of 0.312-in. in mild steel. With typical cycle times of just three seconds and adjustable tool stroke from .06 in. to 1.75 in. in .001 in. increments and a standard throat depth of 6 in., the B-310 is ideal for high-volume applications.
Rapid Prototyping System
Stratasys (www.stratasys.com) claims its new FDM 200mc rapid prototyping and manufacturing system can build parts with better detail and material strength. FDM 200mc utilizes a new ABSplus material that has thermal characteristics from ABS for better flow properties while improving a number of mechanical properties, including tensile strength, flexural strength, and bonding strength, resulting in parts up to 67% stronger than standard ABS.
Cleaner Takes on Rust
Cimcool’s (www.cimcool.com) CIMGUARD 9C light-duty RP and solvent-type cleaner cleans rusted equipment and loosens frozen parts and corroded bolts and nuts. Prevents and removes rust and corrosion on both ferrous and non-ferrous parts, requires no mixing and measuring, and removes rust and dirt from machine beds, chucks, ways, gears and internal machine parts.