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The way to detack  #9 (67) 2008

Static electricity is a well-known phenomenon, appearing in many industry branches and everyday life. It is a sui generis phantasm with no smell and color that meanwhile can lead to reducing productivity, increasing faulty production, equipment breakage and even fire

Simco, world-known detacking equipment manufacturer, offers to manufacturers who have ever experienced static electricity problems to take advantages of its new device – ThunderION
This is an innovative anti-static bar that can neutralise static charge in production processes for a distance of up to 1 m. Realization of this new concept is performed with combination of pulsed DC and a low frequency. The ThunderION offers a solution to problems where classic anti-static bars are not enough. "Think of how material webs are wound and unwound, causing the diameter of the winding roll to change continuously. The same goes for wicket-type bag-making machines. These require neutralisation in places where moving machine parts prevent local static elimination. The ThunderION can be placed at a distance from the static charge and neutralises it very effectively", said Henk ten Tije, Marketing Manager from Simco (Nederland) B.V. The design and  features have put the classical  ionisers far behind. The robust reinforced casing can be supplied in lengths up to 4 m and is easily mounted by using the mounting slot at the rear of the bar. The Simco ThunderION has an integrated high voltage power supply that is connected to a 24 V DC low voltage input. This ensures quick and easy installation thanks to the plug-and-play system. If more than one anti static bar is required for a static elimination application, clients may consider to use a central ThunderION Control Module, providing the power and the control for up to four ThunderION anti static bars. With this Control Module, you can control all connected ThunderION anti static bars and check they are working correctly,  from a central location. The ThunderION is ideally suited to industrial environments, in particular to extrusion processes, i.e.
Long distance, static free sheeting
Long distance static free rewinding
High speed static free plastic bag making
Long distance and high speed static free slitting
As a result, neutralised materials stay clean and dust free, dramatically reducing slowdowns and rejected rolls, and improving overall product quality. Controlling the static charge will also eliminate electric shocks to your employees. The performance limit can still not be determined of the anti static bar, says Mr. ten Tije. And the advantages of the ThunderION have been already experienced by our customers.

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