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Locinox Launches the Puma Hinge:
The Aesthetic Solution for Residential Gates
there to protect houses and everything around them.
Nowadays, fences get a more aesthetic function: they can (and must) have a beautiful look!
Locinox seconds that, and therefore launches
a new hinge: Puma, soon available! A hinge
that looks good without loss of the well-known
quality this company stands for.
GATES AND FENCES ARE
The Puma hinge supports gates up to 1 m wide
and weighing max. 132 lb, without loss of convenience. Both height and width of the hinge can
be adjusted. The 180° opening angle ensures
an easy passing through at all times. Thanks to
Puma's smooth and aesthetic housing, it can be
combined with the most modern gate concepts.
Quick-Fix: Easy to Install
With even more advantages, no welding is
needed to install the hinges. The pre-mounted
Quick-Fix plugs make it all very easy.
Puma hinges meet all strict Locinox quality
standards: weatherproof thanks to the use of
Dino: Puma's Big Brother
Need a hinge for a larger or heavier gate?
Select Puma's big brother: the double bearing
Dino hinge. This hinge also has an aesthetic
design and a 180° opening angle; Quick-Fix
makes it easy to install.
Locinox is a pioneering international company that leaves its mark on the sector of
fences, perimeter security and access control. Not only as a manufacturer of high-quality
hardware for gates and fences, but even more
as an innovative company that constantly challenges the fence sector.
Gateway Extrusions Adds 2nd New Press
Aluminum Extruder Increases Capacity and
Efficiency with New Equipment
NATIONAL ALUMINUM EXTRUDER GATEWAY
Extrusions continues its multi-phase expansion program with the acquisition of a new
9-inch aluminum extrusion press. Purchased
this summer and installed this fall, the equipment is in final stages of testing and calibration before being brought into full operation.
The new press complements a new 7-inch
aluminum press installed a year ago.
"This state-of-the-art large press will allow
Gateway to supply heavier, stronger components for curtain wall systems and heavycommercial windows, and also to continue
expansion into new markets such as automotive and other transportation components,"
said Tom Ziegler, Vice President for Gateway
Extrusions. "We will be able to offer our customers the extruded profiles they need in a
broader range of lengths and tempering with
this new 9-inch press. The system's features
allow us to operate very efficiently, moving
from one extrusion order to the next with
minimal transition time in between." Once
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fully operational, the new 9-inch press will
increase the company's current throughput
in pounds-per-hour by at least 50 percent.
Gateway's new 9-inch, 2,750-ton extrusion press system includes many notable
production features and benefits. The system
provides for saw lengths from 8 ft. to 30 ft.
with inspection tables and a 174-ft. run out
capability. The high-temperature felt belt
handling system keeps extrusions flawless.
For extrusion orders that require it, the standing wave quench system will enable Gateway
to provide harder structural alloys, such as
6061, 6105 and 6005A, in the final cooling process than the company's currently operating
Production speed and efficiency are also
improved. A dual pocket die slide combined with
the four double cell infrared die ovens facilitate
quick change outs and minimize down time
between runs. The system's 75-ton automated
final stretcher can be operated by one worker,
instead of the two commonly required.
While the new 9-inch press was on order from
the manufacturer, Gateway completed removal
of a retired extrusion press and significant renovations to the existing building to accommodate
the new equipment. The existing concrete floor
was demolished and a new larger foundation
and reinforced concrete floor was poured to
support the new press, and existing equipment
was relocated to better accommodate process
flows within the building. To gain a more open
floor plan, structural support columns were
moved and the roof reinforced. "We are planning and staging the work to continue operations
throughout the renovations and avoid service
interruptions for our customers," said Ziegler.
Gateway is currently recruiting experienced supervisors and additional crew members needed to operate the new 9-inch press
and orientation and training will follow. The
company is also acquiring dies and tooling
to provide a broad array of extruded profiles
for customers. Production is slated to begin
early in 2017 and to ramp up quickly thereafter.