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Custom Automation & Machinery and LMG Presses Announce Strategic Partnership to Collaborate on Custom Wraparound Automation for Hydraulic and Servo Press Industries.

2017-06-28

Beneficial partnership will result in collaboration on expanded engineering services, wraparound automation equipment, and new products for clients using hydraulic and servo-electric powder presses

Concord, NH and De Pere, WI – June 28, 2017 – Custom Automation & Machinery, Inc. (CAM-Engineers), a leader in custom automation and process equipment today announced a strategic partnership with LMG Presses, a division of Trinks, Inc. (LMG). The beneficial partnership will allow both companies to tap into new markets and provide their clients globally with economical, innovative engineering solutions for the design and production of environmentally responsible manufactured products. The partnership capitalizes on the synergy of the companies’ unique strengths to develop and offer new products to a wider market.

CAM-Engineers specializes in providing ingenuitive solutions to highly complex industrial automation problems. In addition to the company’s engineering services and custom automation design, CAM-Engineers offers several standard products that dovetail into LMG’s existing product line of hydraulic presses. CAM-Engineers’ standard products include the SEP-10T Servo Electric Powder Press, liquid silicone rubber pumps, and flexible automated smartwedge indexing tables.

LMG specializes in hydraulic presses for molding materials such as phenolic, rubber, BMC/SMC, wood flour and carbon filled epoxy for a variety of industries such as medical, aerospace, automotive and energy, to name a few. LMG designs and builds both standard and custom presses, ranging from 5 to 3500 tons, to meet the needs of your application. LMG offers our customers a competitive advantage of working with a company that has vast experience and application knowledge that spans over many products and these industries. By working with LMG, you know you will have a competitive advantage with the most profitable manufacturing solution.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to finalize this strategic partnership with the great folks at LMG,” said Arthur M. Rabert, founder and president of Custom Automation and Machinery. “Our two companies have complementary core competencies, and which will allow us both to better serve our customers.”

“This partnership gives us the ability to solve the automation needs for our customers to grow their capabilities,” says Adrian Drewitz, sales manager at LMG Presses.

The partnership comes after the recent introduction of a new product from CAM-Engineers, the
servo-driven electric powder compacting press SEP-10T for molding Teflon, ceramic, plastic and metal components. The SEP-10T is designed to benefit all industries which mold components with powder volumes of up to 5 cubic inches, including the automotive, sealing technologies (gaskets), medical devices, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas industries.

About Custom Automation & Machinery, Inc.
Founded in 2008, Custom Automation & Machinery (CAM) specializes in industrial automation projects with a special emphasis on controls engineering. Standard products include servo electric powder presses, liquid silicone rubber pumps, a flexible automated smart-wedge indexing table, turntables for injection mold machinery, hydraulic pressure test pulsing equipment, and coating and dipping process equipment. Custom products include fully automated and turnkey process manufacturing and assembly systems, lean workcells and test stands. CAM offers 24/7 field service and support, including on-site programming and troubleshooting for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs) and vision systems. For more information,                            visit www.cam-engineers.com.

About LMG, a Division of Trinks, Inc.
LMG was founded in 1935, and is the technological leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for rubber and plastic molding applications. The company produces hydraulic presses to include options such as rotary and shuttle tables, vacuum, multi-opening, easy-to-use controls integration, and heated/cooled platens. LMG can also design and provide a complete production cell with a material feed system, press, robot, plasticators, pre-formers and material off-load equipment to provide a profitable manufacturing solution. Visit us today, www.lmgpresses.com

Contacts:
Christine McQuilkin
c_mcquilkin@cam-engineers.com
(603) 490-2077

Shelly Wolf
(920) 347-1983 x4412


Manufacturing Products for Military & Defense Industry Clients

2017-06-20
Unlike those fuse-lit things of the past that once went boom, newer weapons and their technologies are engineered and built with highly complex electronics, avionics, on-board servo systems and other high-tech gadgetry… all of which require a newer and higher degree of competence during the manufacturing and assembly process. 

CAM-Engineers understands the complicated logistics of the military & defense industry and its need to deploy zero-failure combat-ready products to the end user. We are currently working with several highly recognized defense contractors, providing them with a host of industrial engineering solutions for manufacturing, assembly, handling, packaging and testing.

As our world evolves and these products are consumed more and more frequently, it has become difficult for some manufactures to keep up with the demand. CAM-Engineers is currently working with a clients in a variety of industries, helping them to develop processes and manufacturing techniques and apply industrial automation wherever practical.  

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I have a bottleneck in my current process which prevents me from making on-time shipments? 
  2. Can product failure correlate to any production push?
  3. Do I have a difficult time tracking serialized parts and qualifying the end-product/assembly?
  4. Is the product designed properly for large-scale manufacturing?
  5. What opportunities do I have for reducing product takt time if I can automate?
  6. Will automating help to reduce, replace, or remove process steps?  

Whatever your situation, we can offer a fresh and alternate perspective to the challenges at hand. With our combined experience in multiple industries we will provide you with a unique opportunity to leverage our engineering skills in advanced manufacturing for your products. We utilizing the latest technologies to drive down cost, improve quality and help you to ensure your customer continues to receive on-time deliveries.  

CAM Releases Newest LSR Pump With Added Flexibility

2017-03-15
The Problem: Pumps that rely on pneumatic tube systems have come a long way, but still lose pressure and material flow. We’re designing a new LSR pump that minimises these inefficiencies and increases flexibility.
 
Our newest version of our LSR pump (still in the design phase) looks to have greater flexibility over our original. This system uses a servo-driven actuation, instead of the traditional pneumatic cylinder. That allows us to continually supply material to injection mold equipment, without losing pressure or sacrificing material flow.
 
Being controlled by servo also gives us more precise control over both pressure and volume. This is also due in part to it being a positive displacement pump like our original. One of the best features is that we can combine multiple material feeds into a set of connected LSR pumps.
 
It will carry the same features as our original in that it can be supplied by on board cartridges, or standalone 5/55 gallon supply systems. Also, even though it is still early in the design process, this new system looks as though it will have a significantly smaller footprint over our old.

What Shields Radiation Better Than a Closet?

2017-02-23
 
Problem: A defense contractor had a mobile assembly process station in a closet to shield the operator from harmful photonic radiation. The closet was the only physical and radiation barrier, no integrated safety features had been installed for this process.
 
Solution: We have created a more efficient and workable solution to protect the operator from harmful radiation and physical harm. 

 We incorporated shields and keyed solenoid interlocks to the redesigned mobile assembly station. We have also given the operator more flexibility and control of the process by programming system controls and adding an HMI touchscreen as the user interface.

Custom Automation & Machinery Announces Servo-driven Electric Powder Compacting Press SEP-10T for Molding TeflonTM, Ceramic, Plastic and Metal Components

2017-02-07
Servo-driven electric powder compacting press SEP-10T molds components created with up to 5 cubic inches of Teflon, ceramic, plastic or metal powder without risk of hydraulic fluid contamination.
Concord, NH – February 7, 2017 – Custom Automation & Machinery, Inc. today announced the release of a new product, the servo-driven electric powder compacting press SEP-10T for molding Teflon, ceramic, plastic and metal components. The equipment is designed to benefit all industries which mold components with powder volumes of up to 5 cubic inches, including the automotive, sealing technologies (gaskets), medical devices, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas industries.

“The SEP-10T is the culmination of years of research and development in the powder-molding industry. This precisely-controlled servo-driven machine solves all of the pain points that manufacturers experience when using the decades-old technology of hydraulic-driven equipment,” said Arthur M. Rabert, founder and president of Custom Automation and Machinery. “Not only can the SEP-10T give the user precision production rates and material usage, it saves up to 75% of floor space and produces a finished product that is never contaminated with hydraulic fluid or oil. This is the solution that customers have been asking us for, and it comes with a significant cost savings over a comparable hydraulic-driven machine.”

The current compacting press technology uses hydraulics and has several significant flaws. Hydraulic presses deliver the compacting powder to the mold where it is hydraulically compressed to liquefy and permanently assume the shape of the mold. The process is difficult to control using hydraulics, and consequently, production rates and material usages are unpredictable. Another serious problem is the potential for the introduction of hydraulic fluid or oil into the molded components, which requires that the contaminated parts are rejected. In addition, the hydraulic servo press machines are costly and large.
 
The SEP-10T has a ten-ton pressing capacity on two axes and offers one servo escapement for the finished component. The footprint is 60"x48", which is up to 75% smaller than a comparable hydraulic-driven machine. The servo-driven motors give a precisely controlled process and better reliability than hydraulic-driven machines, which allows manufacturers to accurately predict production rates and material usage.  
 
The SEP-10T performs quality checks for pressure, height and density, and produces process runtime data. Options include storage compartment dehumidification, post-press vision inspection, reject systems, LASER part marking, part serialization and robotic part handling for post processes.
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