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September 1, 2003

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Sprue picker with programmable controls, remote stroke setting

TProgrammable controls on the MXR series of sprue pickers allow users to easily program virtually any sequence of picker movements and store up to 100 such sequences for later recall. The pickers can be guided through even complex sequences. For simplicity, the controls provide a selection of preprogrammed templates, which users can customize to meet specific requirements.A handheld pendant serves as a user interface and can be used to adjust vertical- and kick-stroke settings remotely. While picker motions are pneumatically driven, small electric motors are used to position mechanical stops for the remotely adjustable strokes. This enhances operator safety, since users don?t need to climb on the machine to make stroke changes when a new mold is mounted.The pickers are available in six models to suit operation on molding machines from 20 to 550 tons. They have take-out times as quick as .6 second, with overall cycle times as short as 3 seconds and payload capacities from 1.1 to 4.4 lb. The balanced arm design yields smooth motion even at high speeds. Options include a 90° wrist-flip for runner or part positioning, a Venturi vacuum kit, second descent slowdown, a pressure regulator for the gripper, and end-of-arm tooling for light-duty parts removal. The pickers are designed to mount on the fixed platen of an injection molding machine and require only compressed air, single-phase power, and preferably an SPI injection machine/control interface connection.

Conair, Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 312-6000; www.conairnet.com

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