235 Industrial Dr.
Wauconda, IL 60084 US
Z-Series Locks from Progressive Components
Z-Series Alignment Locks have been engineered to outperform other styles. This is achieved through a combination of engagement geometry, materials and treatments, particulate capturing, and lubrication distribution.
• Longevity that far surpasses others, confirmed by extensive independent lab testing as well as monitoring performance in harsh, ‘real world’ conditions.
• Exclusive features maintain clean and consistent lubrication
• Guide Lock, Side Lock and Top Lock styles available.
Wauconda, IL, USA – Progressive Components first introduced "black and gold" locks nearly 25 years ago. And while others, from Europe to China, have copied the look, Progressive now introduces a series that offers additional features and performance benefits.www.procomps.com. View product animations at www.procomps.com/demo.
The Z-Series Alignment Locks have been engineered to outperform other styles. This is achieved through a combination of engagement geometry, materials and treatments, particulate capturing, and lubrication distribution.
"We’re tremendously excited about this product," states Ken Rumore from Progressive’s Engineering team. "A lab we use for independent testing has what we refer to as ‘the Side Lock Eating Machine’. Anything that is thrown at it gets chewed up and spit out. But this series, through a combination of engagement geometry, lubrication and materials, remains unscathed in the harshest environment that was created."
Ken coauthored the patent on this series with Glenn Starkey, Progressive’s president and director of engineering.
"I’ll admit that when we saw these results, and then tested and retested, we were ecstatic," states Starkey. "Field testing then confirmed that we have something special here with this combination of features. We’re driven to supply mold builders with the last lock their customers’ molds will ever need. That’s where we got the Z-Series name from."
To order the new Z-Series, simply add "Z" behind the current standard catalog number.
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Wauconda, IL, USA – Progressive Components will feature a number of new and innovative products during NPE2012 for more optimal mold cooling.
Progressive has now added hundreds of new cooling items to provide designers with more – and better – options. Of note is the new, exclusive Bubbler Base™, designed for maximum cooling flow rates and ease of mold assembly and disassembly.
The Bubbler Base accepts attachment of a thin wall cascade tube in order to optimally cool long round mold cores. Available in two installations styles to suit assemble/disassembly preferences, in four diameters each.
Progressive is also adding such items as non-interchangeable Keyed Connect Socket Connectors and Fittings (fittings consist of extension plugs, connector plugs, and cavity hose inserts) for fail-proof connection of cooling lines. New Swivel Type Water Jumpers enable installation within a plate versus outside, and Water Line Safety Clips are also now available for easy identification of blue and red water lines.
To find out more about Progressive Components, its products and services, visit www.procomps.com. View product animations at www.procomps.com/demo.
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Here is a small sampling of technology that caught my eye.
Progressive Components, amerimold 2014 Booth 503
Progressive Components, amerimold Booth 503
Progressive Components and sister companies AST Technology, ToolingDocs and Roehr Tool Corp., will present a variety of new and advanced technologies in their shared Booth 3901.
Progressive Components has replaced its “black and gold” series alignment locks with durable Z-Series locks engineered to show no measureable wear even after two million cycles.
To better meet the growing needs of its customers in the Southeast U.S., Progressive Components has opened a new Regional Service Center in Greer, South Carolina.
Performance data on alignment components helps select the best treatment, improve the design and chart more precise application recommendations.
Since I began covering moldmaking 15 years ago, I've discovered two very important characteristics of the men and women who make up this industry--besides their craftsmanship and technology know-how--passion and generosity. And here is just one current example of those qualities. Westminster Tool has contributed $30,000 to fund and support the new Manufacturing Technology Center at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
Z series alignment locks.
The Society of Plastic Engineers/Mold Making and Mold Design Division honored two of its members during the Division’s Annual Business Meeting at ANTEC 2012, which was held in conjunction with NPE2012. 2012 Mold Designer of the Year: Barbara Arnold – Feret from Fort Worth, TX.
Longtime MoldMaking Technology supporter, Progressive Components--led by Glenn and Don Starkey--had Rushour performing in their booth at the close of each day during NPE2012.
Did you miss NPE2012? If so, here are a few items MMT saw at this year's event—just a sampling of some technology sightings.
Technology suppliers discuss how equipment speeds time-to-market.
Collapsible cores, expandable cavities, monitors, tooling systems, and more.
Many who build production molds are increasingly making recommendations to those running their tools, and providing the means to monitor and track that activity to get the most out of their initial investment.
The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, is excited to announce the second in its series of plant tour workshops at Industrial Mold & Machine (Twinsburg, OH) on November 10, 2011, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, entitled “Innovative Knowledge Management Systems – How Productivity, Quality and Customer Service Improve when Everyone is on the Same (iPad) Page”.
Last week, B A Die Mold's founder Alan Petrucci, AMBA's 2011 Mold Builder of the Year, presented to Bill Devore, director of the College of Lake County Foundation, a donation to the CNC/MTT department at College of Lake County.