August 23, 2011
Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has delivered several push/pull systems for die handling automation to Reed City Tool of Reed City, Mich.
Seven RollBeams are used to push the dies in and out of the presses. Six have 5 ft. of travel and one has 10 ft. of travel. Each pushes the 18,000-lb. dies at a speed of 20 FPM.
Reed City Tool Inc. produces dies, molds, hydraulic presses, automatic die changers, material handling, and automation for the automotive, residential, medical, commercial, government, and garage door manufacturing industries.
The RollBeam can be used for vertical as well as horizontal transfer, since the chain is stored either above or below the path of travel. It features a transfer speed of up to 6.5 FPS and a travel distance from 3.3 ft. to almost unlimited. Standard models cover applications up to 50 tons at a practically unlimited stroke length.