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Rep International has released a simple and economic solution to a problem familiar to manufacturers of pipe seals: an automatic stripping for pipe seals.
When performed manually, Rep claimed the stripping process is often difficult and thus productivity is considerably impacted; however, when being performed automatically, the challenge is to do it quickly without any heat loss and without production stoppages because of overlapping seals.
Rep said it has found a solution that offers customers a competitive and profitable turnkey solution for reduced size on the automatic stripping of EPDM pipe seals of any size. The company reported the solution can be matched to any seal size.
It is based on conveyor belts equipped with rotating belts, Rep explained, which allows for the individual stripping of the seals. The spacing between the bottom and top belts can be adjusted and thanks to a mechanical stopper system, it is possible to switch over from one seal type to another, the company said. The rotation speeds of the top and bottom belts can also be adjusted independently.
The belts are designed in compliance with a multi-layer technology, REP said, in order to ensure the reliability of the stripping process and the speed, while observing the quality of the stripped parts. In addition, the core bar in/out speeds on the kit (low/high speed, depending on the stroke limit) can be controlled. The kit is fully retractable for easy access to the cores on the rear side of the machine, allowing maintenance operations or more rapid production changes.
The automatic stripping process can be watched on Rep's YouTube Channel.
To visit Rep's website, go to http://www.repinjection.com/