Newsletter – January 2019

Production Resources Incorporated News January 2019

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Prime Controls Double Sheet Detection

Double Sheet Detection is an important part of quality control to prevent two or

more sheets of metal from entering into a process at one time. Failure to detect

double sheets of metal or improper thickness can damage tools and dies,

resulting in costly repairs and downtime. Prime Controls systems are created by

combining a control and single or dual probes, depending on the application and


Steel double sheet detectors use a single probe that will measure a wide range

of thickness for steel and other ferrous metals. Typically used for sheet feeders,

robots, and destackers in automotive, appliance, and canmaking industries.

All metal detectors are paired with two non contact double sheet probes that can

measure a wide range of thickness for all metals. These control systems detect

double sheet conditions when metal is able to pass between the two sensors.

Aluminum detectors are paired with a single non contacting double sheet sensor.

The system can detect a wider range of aluminum thickness and other nonferrous


Prime also offers part detectors to detect accurate positioning, presence, or

absence of very small parts.

Prime Controls Double Sheet Detection


New Customer Service Staff at PRI

Becky Parkey is leaving us after 16 years and we wish her well while she enjoys

time with her new grandchild.

Isabel Moran has joined us in the customer service role.

Jake Jones has been assisting Becky for several months and will stay on in a

customer and product support role. Some of you have likely talked with Jake.

Isabel and Jake can be reached at 615-371-3888 or 800-863-3164

Slide Locks an Alternative to Die Safety Blocks

The traditional practice for protecting metal press stamping operators that have to enter the area

between the upper and lower die plates of the press, is to use die blocks. This is a cost-effective

way to keep operators safe and comply with OSHA regulations but it is also time consuming,

cumbersome, and may be physically demanding. Proper placement of safety blocks and available

space is often a problem. Proper height adjustment can be challenging as well. Accordingly,

operators often resist using them.

The Pascal Slide Lock System (SLA) is an electric slide fall protection system which eliminates

the risk of physical injury, accident, or damage to the tool. One of the most significant advantages

of the SLA is that the operator can lock the press slide in any position between T.D.C. and B.D.C.

Furthermore, this can be accomplished with the flick of a switch in a few seconds compared to

several minutes to place die blocks.

Slide locks are expensive compared to the die block and retro-fitting requires some skill.

Regardless, the cost of slide locks is easily justified, given the safety, ergonomic, and time saving


The SLA comes in 3 different sizes, SLA32, SLA50, and SLA80. SLA80 can hold an 88 U.S. ton

ram and upper die. The SLA32 can handle 35 U.S. tons and the SLA50 can handle 55 U.S. tons.

A safety factor is already built into these numbers, so there is no need to add in any more.

Pascal Slide Lock System

New Enhanced Coe Press Equipment Warranty and In Stock Coil

Processing Equipment

COE Press Equipment announced the enhancement of its existing

3-2-1 Warranty to an exclusive 5-4-3 Warranty. This new warranty

provides five-year limited coverage on components manufactured

by COE; four-year limited coverage on mechanical components

installed by COE; and three-year coverage on the complete


In recent years, COE has made a strategic move toward modular

products based upon standard designs. This change has reduced

the number of components required, reducing the number of welds

and streamlining assembly. This has enabled the company to

increase the reliability and simplify the maintenance of the coil

processing equipment, as well as accommodating reconfiguration

as a customer’s need changes.

In Stock Feeding and Coil Processing Equipment

Servo Feeds:

CPRF-S106……….4 in stock

CPRF-S112……….2 in stock with a hold on one

CPRF-S212……….2 in stock

CPRF-S218……….1 now, two more in 25 days

CPRF-S324….……1 in 25 days

Powered Straighteners:

CPPS-250-12……….1 in stock

CPPS-250-18……….1 in 20 days

CPPS-350-36………in stock…special flat top cabinet

Coil Reels:

CPR-PO-04012 ……1 in 7 days

CPR-PO-06018………1 in 20 days

MPI Magnetic Conveyors and Sheet Fanners

MPI Magnetic Conveyors and Sheet Fanners

PRI Equipment and Technical Information

Production Resources offers a wide variety of Automation, Safety, and

Conveying Equipment. Visit our website to learn more.

Our Application Engineers can help you select and implement the right

equipment to increase your productivity safely!

Please take advantage of the information on our Technical Resources Page.

Call Isabel or Jake for more information: (615)371-3888

or email

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