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Environmental impact, savings and energy efficiency: these are some of the leitmotiv that characterize the research and development of BMR, whose aim is to ensure maximum production efficiency both in terms of final product and control of production costs. Top squadra Dry was exhibited at Tecnargilla 2018 in its new version “4.0”: a model characterized by total line automation. In fact, these have been totally automated: – management of the calibration and chamfering spindles with tool adjustment based on wear; – size change with automatic positioning of the tools; – control of the gauge measurement with real time auto adjustment, making the progressive wear of the tool completely irrelevant.. These operations can be carried out remotely with a station outside the cab thanks to a system of dedicated cameras, to view the squaring operation in real time and to perform an accurate and reliable position control. MOTORIZED SPINDLES In Top Squadra Dry, every single spindle is motorized to reach the programmed position thanks to a brushless motor, with position control picked up by the motor encoder itself. The spindle position is adjusted thanks to the traditional mechanical vernier, now motorized and controlled from the operator panel. TOTAL AUTOMATION The grinding process is totally automated. A pair of laser sensors at the outfeed of each module reads the work size of the tile as it passes. After this measurement, a signal is sent to the system requesting intervention to adjust the position of the spindle, making the calibration process ever more precise and high performance. CONTROL CAMERAS Top Squadra Dry can also be equipped with a camera system on request. The camera system is installed at the top of each tool, allowing images to be captured in real time and, consequently, to obtain the correct placement. If the sensors provide all the data to understand the progress of the machining in terms of precision and effectiveness, the “smart” cameras of Top Squadra Dry 4.0 also offer visual data, allowing the user to make the best possible choice as the work progresses. In addition to the visual inspection of the grinding wheel in...
The TQ range is composed by professional mono-guide cutters. Equipped with an exclusive and patented AUTO-ADJUSTABLE bearing system to guarantee a smooth scratch and a perfect displacement. This system and the robustness of the trapezoidal guide, in chromed steel, allow the professional tiler, the frequent use of TQ manual cutters in the cutting of pieces of porcelain stoneware (type BIa) or, the use, in intensive mode with tile (type BIII) or enamelled stoneware (type BIIa). The multipoint breaker of the TQ manual cutters, has the exclusive RUBI MAGNET system. Thanks to this, the TQ manual cutters offer a higher speed of use.The MAGNET system allows the user to use all functions of the breaker with one hand. In addition, thanks to the design of the MAGNET system, the TQs offer the best cut visibility that a manual mono-guide cutter can offer. The base, injected aluminium, reduces the weight of the machine, to facilitate transport and handling without ever giving up the robustness and resistance of the machine.Therefore, TQ hand cutters can exert a maximum separation power of up to 800 kg and are able to cut ceramic tiles with thicknesses between 5 and 15 mm. The handle of the TQ manual cutters gives greater ergonomics, thanks to the SOFT-GRIP material and its rounded design. The TQ cutters incorporate, as standard, the Ø 22 mm EXTREME scoring wheel mounted on bearings. The titanium carbide coating of the scoring wheel increases its performance, making it the best solution for ceramic tiles with rugged or structured surface finishes. Source: Rubi news
Union Process, Inc, has manufactured a custom multi-tank lab Attritor System for grinding metal powders and advanced ceramics. The Attritor System includes usage of up to six grinding tanks, with six agitator assemblies all in a single unit, allowing for maximum versatility. The single point of control makes the system consistent and easy to use. This unique system provides the opportunity to accomplish multiple test batches under the same lab conditions. A timing belt assures that all connected Attritor shafts run at the same speed for the same period of time. A support column allows the customer to raise or lower the tank. This particular system was designed with MECO shaft seals so the customer could grind under inert gas. Powered by a 3 HP, TEFC, explosion-proof motor, the system uses a variable frequency (inverter) drive installed in a wash-down duty enclosure mounted remotely. On the machine, there is a stop/start switch with potentiometer for controlling the speed. Customers may choose standard stainless-steel tanks, or for a metal-free system, tanks can be constructed from alumina, zirconia, or Tefzel®. Source: Union Process News
Union Process, Inc has built a new Attritor S-10/15 for its in-house pilot plant. Chuck Major, sales manager with the company, noted, "This versatile design provides us with an opportunity to quickly and easily switch between S-10 Attritor and S-15 Attritor tank assemblies. Additionally, the S-10/15 Attritor can be configured for wet, dry, inert atmosphere or cryogenic milling. This new Attritor will provide improved flexibility to our pilot plant." The Attritor features a unique frame that accommodates both sized tanks. The tanks are constructed of stainless steel. The mill has an explosion-proof motor and uses a remotely mounted variable frequency (inverter) drive. On the Attritor, there are stop/start push buttons with a potentiometer for controlling the speed. "Anytime we can add more versatility to our pilot plant and also increase our overall capacity, we're improving our ability to service our customers," commented Mr. Major. Source: Union Process news
During the latest Wimmer development was presented with the FSM 382 chamfering machine.“ The universal FSM 382 grinds perfect chamfers on cylindrical tools and work pieces in carbide, high speed steel, tungsten, ceramics and other hard materials. Its fast and easy operation reduces the processing costs noticeably! The machine can be started and operated by the multifunction lever. It is loaded in the neutral position. The lever in the middle position starts the spindle and feeder to grind the chamfer. The final position puts the workpiece automatically into a collecting box. An optional loading magazine enhances handling and productivity significantly. Due to the low material removal no coolant is necessary during grinding. The safety protection of the grinding wheel is fully enclosed with a built-in connection to a dust extraction system (option).This easy to operate and compact machine is particularly suited for smaller batches over the whole range of diameters. With the aluminum profile table on wheels (option) the machine can be operated practically anywhere in the production area. Source: Anton Wimmer News
There's a new generation of tile makers in Iran. One of them, Roka Ceram, recently chose to establish a new plant in the Yazd area (the country's most important ceramic-making district) using fully Made in SACMItechnology. From the raw material preparation department to the handling and sorting lines, all the solutions making up this complete plant have been supplied by SACMI. The core of the line consists of the MMC111 modular mill, the ATM110 spray dryer and the two PH3590 presses, a perfect combination of machines for manufacturing both floor and wall tiles in sizes ranging from30x30 to 90x90 cm. Downstream from the presses, SACMI has configured a new 170-metre FMS kiln. Tested and started up at the end of 2018, the line is now producing 10,000 m2 a day, mostly in the 60x60 and 80x80 sizes. Note also that the line is ready to implement a doubling of capacity in the future. Roka also decided to invest in the very best SACMI decoration technology by purchasing two glazing lines equipped with two DHD1208 SACMI Intesa digital decoration units mounting Dimatix heads. All the handling and sorting solutions were provided by the Sima and Nuova Fima brands, SACMI Group specialists in the automation field. Source: Sacmi News Area http://www.sacmi.com/en-US/News-Area/News-by-Business/All-the-news/Roka-Ceram-faces-the-future-with-confidence-thanks-to-SACMI-technology.aspx?idC=61113&idO=28154&LN=en-US
Superior Technical Ceramics has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners, a private equity firm . The firm invests exclusively in differentiated industrial technology companies operating in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, industrial automation, scientific and research, and medical sectors. Superior Technical Ceramic's products offer a distinct set of properties that make them ideal for use in a diverse range of technical applications, including high heat, corrosive environments, thermal management challenges, mechanical wear problems, electrical insulation requirements, and high temperature/pressure conditions. The privately held company has 162 employees, who work in a campus encompassing 135,000 square feet of manufacturing space. “We are excited about partnering with Artemis. By combining STC’s strong operating team with Artemis’ strategic ownership, the Company is poised for a new era of growth and innovation. Most importantly, our customers can count on a seamless transition and our unwavering focus on performance, quality, and service,” said Superior Technical Ceramics president John Goodrich. “We are committed to staying in St. Albans, where we will continue to make decisions locally, pursue further job growth, and be an active member of the local community, and the greater Vermont economy.” “From the first day we visited STC, we saw a Company with all the hallmarks of scalable growth – a customer-centric culture; technical advantages spanning both materials and processes; a passion for applications engineering; and a motivated team, hungry for partnership. STC’s dual commitment – to customer and technology – perfectly fits our investment model,” said James F. Ward, Principal at Artemis and new Board member at STC. Peter A. Hunter, Managing Partner at Artemis and new Board member at STC, agreed: “STC’s capabilities speak for themselves and we plan to further invest in the Company’s people, technology, equipment, and partnerships to realize STC’s full potential as a world-class player in the advanced ceramics market – from right here in Vermont.” Under Artemis’s ownership, STC will continue to operate as an independent company from its headquarters in St. Albans, VT. Needham & Company acted as financial advisor to STC in the transaction. Source: STC News
ROBOWORKER has enlarged its flexible geometry measurement with a new tool: MShape. MShape is capable of measuring complex shapes quickly and efficiently, such as those found on threading inserts. Micron-level tolerance deviations on threading inserts will directly impact whether a finished work-piece is acceptable or not. With MShape, expensive form deviations are reliably detected and rejects are sorted out. What are the characteristics of the new MShape tool?- Quick and simple measuring of complex shapes- Ideal target contour via DXF import- Alternatively: mean target contour via master pieces - Clear visualization of shape deviations and tolerances - Detailed documentation of test results What are the benefits?- Time saving when new products are processed with the machine due to automatic teach-in - Quality improvement due to focused intervention in upstream processes based on documented errors- Reduction of labor costs due to reduced manual inspection Source: Roboworker press office
During the POWTECH 2019 in Nuremberg Nara will be presenting a cost-effective version of the Super Fine Mill named Micros on the European market. The improved and compacted design enables a cost down in the manufacturing process. Compared to a conventional ball mill, Micros is a wet milling machine with a completely different milling mechanism. The compression and shear force applied to the materials are generated by the movement of the milling rings against the lining of the vessel. In addition, the grinder is directly driven by a powerful electric motor. Therefore, Micros is suited for milling and dispersing slurry with high viscosity in a short processing time. The wet processing by crushing particles into sub-micron size is specifically used in the food and ceramic industry. Source: Nara Press Office
SITI B&T Group S.p.A. announces that it has reached an agreement for the acquisition of 20% of the capital of Ancora S.p.A., the group company active in ceramic tile finishing thus consolidating its 100% shareholding. “With the acquisition of the minority share in Ancora we complete the purchase of this company dedicated to the finishing of ceramic products – commented Fabio Tarozzi, Chairman and CEO of SITI B & T Group – which has been an example of success in relaunching a historic brand. Thanks to synergies with our Group, it has more than doubled its turnover since 2014 – last year before the acquisition -. The product range of Ancora has allowed the Group to be identified, with even greater force, as “Full Provider” of the entire ceramic production line through proprietary technologies, resulting in being the supplier with the widest range of products on the market”. In 2017 Ancora S.p.A. generated a turnover of 32.4 million Euro (36.9 million Euro in 2018), achieving an EBITDA of 4.1 million euro. The Net Financial Position at 31.12.2017 was 6.6 million Euro and the shareholders’ equity of 5.9 million Euro. The transaction was carried out for a value of 1.6 million Euro, of which 0.8 million Euro payable in 12 months. The Company has a staff of 79 employees, of which 14 in the research and development department alone and is the owner of 58 active patents with investments in R & D of over one million Euro per year. Ancora S.p.A. makes R&D a competitive strength, as seen with the recent introduction on the market of innovative products among which we highlight: the first line in the world of dry  lapping (surface finish) (Polidry ®); the most complete and flexible slab finishing line on the market, with lapping, cutting, squaring and application of protective treatments (Luxury ®) and a completely automated squaring line through laser technology, all having supervision and control systems of evolutionary production efficiency compared to Industry 4.0. Source: Siti B&T NEWS