AirLoc AG in Oetwil am See cuts vibration-damping elastomer plates for its leveling devices on a Polar N 115. The material is up to 30 millimeters thick and reaches a hardness of up to 95 Shore A.
The vibration damping leveling devices from AirLoc AG are well known in the printing industry. Numerous manufacturers of printing machines and postpress systems use the anthracite-colored bases to place production technology weighing tons in a horizontal position.
In the leveling devices, an elastomer plate performs the vibration damping function. AirLoc AG has invested in a Polar N 115 cutting machine to cut these damping plates to size. The requirements on the cutting machine are high: The elastomer plates are up to 30 millimeters thick, the material achieves a hardness of up to 95 Shore A on a scale from 0 to 100 (for comparison: the hardness of ink rollers for sheet-fed offset printing is between 20 and 45 Shore A). AirLoc AG and Polar have jointly adapted the cutting technology to the strict requirements: A specially grounded knife profile and a comparatively slow knife movement ensure a clean, precise cut with the most extended possible knife life.
The manufacture of leveling devices is a just-in-time business for AirLoc AG. The product range is too broad and too customer-specific for it to be worth keeping all articles in stock. To meet short delivery times, AirLoc AG relies on dependable technology, says Managing Director Robert Kucher. Due to the positive experience with an earlier Polar machine, he and his team again opted for this product.
AirLoc AG, based in Oetwil am See, describes itself as a leading company in its field. Its customers include traditional machine manufacturers from all branches of industry and highly specialized technology providers. AirLoc AG is currently working on equipping the ring of a particle accelerator with several hundred leveling devices. Reliable servo motors automatically compensate for level differences caused by potential tectonic shocks.
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