Product Announcement from Burger & Brown Engineering, Inc.
Smartline Mold Carrier and Alignment System
The Smartline system employs rollers that run atop a stationary saddle affixed to the press tie bars, eliminating wear and the need for grease. Using the Smartline System, molds with critical parting line alignment run longer without maintenance. Leader pins and mold alignment components last longer. Clean molding applications run without greasing the tie-bars.
Smartline Mold Carrier and Alignment System supports the center section of stack molds eliminating friction and tie bar wear. Conventional support systems use sliding tie bar pads that need grease and wear press tie bars over time.
Single Face Molds
B sides of injection molds are not commonly supported during use. Heavy molds sag slightly causing wear to: leader pins, alignment components, and platen bushings. Over time, mold maintenance costs may become prohibitive. Smartline Mold Carrier and Alignment System supports the B-Side parting line of single face molds, dramatically reducing repair costs and downtime.
Molds with Critical Alignment
Injection molders are constantly challenged to make smaller parts with a high degree of complexity and accuracy. Any wear of shut-off points and ejector pins can cause bad parts or broken mold components. This frequently causes production shut down, increased mold repair costs, and lost profits. Smartline prevents excessive wear to highly accurate molds by repeatably aligning all parts of the mold with the tie bars on the press, ensuring perfect alignment without appreciable wear. Smartline Mold Carrier and Alignment Systems reduce: mold downtime, mold repair costs, press repair costs (tiebar wear).
Features and Benefits
- Eliminates Tie Bar Wear
- Stationary Installation Eliminates Thermal Expansion
- Removes Grease from Process
- Aligns Critical Parting Lines Perfectly
- Reduces Mold and Press Maintenance
- Speeds Mold Changes with Optional Components
- Stack Molds
- Single-Face Molds
- Molds with Critical Alignment
Smartline™ Mounting Types
Saddles can be mounted to upper or lower tie bars on the press. Roller Housings can be attached to the sides of the molds or to sleds mounted to the top or bottom of the mold as shown below. An optional Quick-Change Keyway Block is ideal for a press that runs the same set of molds on a regular basis. Spacer blocks can be sized to accommodate molds of different sizes running on the same press without changing the Smartline setup.
Each Smartline installation is unique. Standard components (Rollers, Saddles, Roller Housings) are used as the basis of the system. Spacer Blocks, Sleds, Quick-Change Keyways and associated parts are made to order for each special application. Press size, mold sizes, cooling water line location and more are taken into consideration when designing each system.