G-Code Compatible 3D Dispensing Robot for Bio-Printing

Posted by Maureen Redmond on Jan 5, 2018 4:43:09 PM

The new version of MuCAD (the programmable dispensing software interface for the Musashi desktop robots) now includes a feature to create dispensing profiles from G-Code. This makes it possible to dispense 3D structures from three dimensional CAD data with ease.    

Musashi Engineering has been a leader of industrial dispensing and dispensing robots for over 40 years. Their vast experience with dispensing makes their equipment the perfect fit for bio-printing, which can involve a wide array of liquids with differing mechanical properties and viscosities. The equipment has been proven in the harshest industrial environments such as automotive applications or electronic applications, which not only demand high precision and high output, but required to be economically appealing as well. Refined over decades of industrial applications, Musashi dispensers and dispensing robots will provide the accuracy and affordability for your bio-printing needs.

Below are some further details on the G-Code enabled software for 3D dispensing, and other equipment that will aid in your bio-printing needs.

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No-Twist Weft Feeder for            Weaving Carbon Fiber

Posted by Maureen Redmond on Nov 15, 2017 1:21:47 PM
  When weaving carbon fiber, the weft fiber has traditionally been fed to the loom by pulling fibe r off the end of the package. This results in a twist in the carbon fiber with every wrap of fiber that gets pulled off. As carbon fiber is typically preferred flat without twist, this degrades the woven fabric. Additionally, pulling fiber from th e package causes ballooning of the fiber and often times th e balloons will contact fiber guides along its path which damage th e fiber. 

The solution to this is the WF-510, a weft feeder designed specifically for carbon fiber and other flat materials. By utilizing an air dancer, this weft accumulator synchronizes with the weaving machine to supply weft fiber by unrolling it rather than pulling it off the end of the package, thus supplying the weft fiber twist free. There are no complicated timing signals to incorporate with the loom, which makes setup easy and simple.

Below are some of the benefits of using the WF-510 for weaving carbon fiber as well as other flat materials.


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Rewinders for Carbon Fiber and Other High Performance Fibers

Posted by Maureen Redmond on Oct 13, 2017 10:00:26 AM

Rewinding (or respooling) carbon fiber is best avoided when possible. When carbon fiber is rewound, filaments can get damaged, fiber can get twisted, and the width of the fiber can become distorted.

However, in many cases rewinding is unavoidable. You may need to break down packages to put on a weaving creel, which may have close to 1000 positions. Since having full carbon fiber bobbins on a large creel is expensive, there may be a requirement to break down carbon fiber packages into smaller packages. Typically small packages are not available from the fiber manufacturers.

There may also be an instance in which smaller left-over packages need to be consolidated into a larger package. In this case a rewinder can also be used.

We offer a few different solutions for rewinding carbon fiber and other high performance fibers, with minimal damage to the fiber.

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Laboratory-Scale Carbon Fiber Production Equipment

Posted by Emily Park on Sep 26, 2017 8:21:00 AM

Whether you’re a product developer working on a new prototype fiber or a researcher looking to develop new production processes, you’ll need lab-scale equipment to produce your small volumes of carbon fiber.

For laboratory settings, full-size fiber manufacturing equipment is impractical. Fortunately, you can find lab-scale carbon fiber equipment to suit the needs of research and development much better.

When selecting laboratory equipment, keep in mind that you’ll not only want smaller versions of carbon fiber manufacturing machines, but also equipment that is flexible and can adapt to different processes as needed.

All of the systems are modular, thus individual components can be purchased, and as the need arises components can be added on.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best carbon fiber equipment for laboratory applications:

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Will we see you at CAMX in Orlando?

Posted by Emily Park on Sep 1, 2017 7:56:00 AM

We here at Izumi International are looking forward to attending The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Orlando, running from September 11 to 14.

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Why We Recommend the DTH Mounted Fiber Tension Sensor

Posted by Ryutaro Izumi on Jul 18, 2017 12:22:31 PM

After 40 years in the textile and fiber industry, we here at Izumi International often see common errors in the fiber production process.

For one, correct tension control is commonly overlooked in composite material manufacturing.

Even with the most modern equipment, if the starting tension at the creel is not controlled properly, then the final product may be constructed of fibers with varying tension. As a result, it will not fully utilize the strength of all fibers equally. This can degrade the mechanical properties of the final product.

In other cases, we see applications where tension on fibers is so high that it causes filament damage. This can also degrade the quality of the final product.

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Topics: Carbon Fiber

What makes Musashi fluid dispensers highly reliable

Posted by Ryutaro Izumi on Jul 11, 2017 8:14:00 AM

At Izumi International, we’re proud to be official distributors of Musashi Engineering automated dispensing equipment. Musashi is the largest fluid dispenser manufacturer in Japan, and their wide line of dispensing products are frequently used in Asia’s electronics manufacturing industry—an industry that demands high-precision applications.

Why do we favor Musashi dispenser products over brands that are better known in the U.S.? There are several important reasons:  


Engineering expertise

Musashi Engineering, Inc. was established in 1978, giving them nearly 40 years of experience in the automation world.

But it’s not just longevity that matters here. Nearly half of Musashi’s 700 employees have an engineering background, meaning product design, development, and testing are all done with an expert eye.

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Topics: Industrial Automation, Fluid Dispensing

Adaptable Lift Stations for Automated Processes

Posted by Emily Park on Jun 27, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Do you need to transport products to conveyors at multiple heights? Do you need to load products into vertical storage racks and then retrieve them?  If so, you’ll need a high-quality vertical lifting actuator, or lift station.

In our experience, Robotunits extruded aluminum lift stations are among the best solutions for multi-level product conveyance or storage requirements. Here’s what sets them apart:

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Topics: Industrial Automation

A Guide to Musashi Adhesive Dispensing Solutions

Posted by Emily Park on Jun 8, 2017 8:49:00 AM

Looking for a reliable way to dispense pastes, sealants, epoxies and other adhesives for your manufacturing or R&D line? We’d like to get you pointed in the right direction.

In previous posts, we’ve looked at the general types of fluid dispensers available for product automation and how they work. In this post, we’re going to start with the needed adhesive application and list some of the specific dispensing products that are a best fit.

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Topics: Fluid Dispensing

Robotunits Extruded Aluminum Framing Spotted in Action

Posted by Emily Park on May 26, 2017 8:17:53 AM

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the strength and efficiency of extruded aluminum framing for mounting robots and other manufacturing equipment. We noted its strength when it came to bearing weight, but there’s another aspect to consider as well.

Several months ago we were at a trade show and saw a Robotunits aluminum frame in use. Representatives from ABB had set up a demonstration of their FlexPicker robot on the exhibition floor, and they relied on a Robotunits aluminum frame for the display. See the video we shot below:


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Topics: Industrial Automation, Aluminum Extrusion