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Elesa has announced the launch of ‘special’ standard components – including LWA vibration-damping units – that simplify equipment production while contributing to operation when installed.

The LWA vibration-damping units feature natural rubber damping pads built into an adjustable levelling foot design.

They have been designed to damp vibrations, shocks and noise from moving components or non-balanced masses such as lathes, presses and so on.

This vibration can cause detrimental effects on operator health as well as malfunctioning/reduction-in-lifespan of the machine or adjacent equipment.

‘Active’ machine isolation is described as being for vibration-producing equipment such as presses, machine tools, transfer equipment, and so on, as well as ‘passive’ isolation, which is considered for equipment that might be adversely affected by external vibration, such as quality testing, measuring or performance assessment equipment.

This ‘bi-directional’ isolation is an important feature of the LWA levelling elements and is often a feature in the same location.

Sizes of the LWA damping elements range from 80mm diameter up to 200m diameter with maximum static load capacity of 40,000N.

Documentation is available that gives full technical guidance on correct selection to ensure the damping/isolation level required dependant upon frequency of vibration, static load and amplitude/deflection of the equipment.

Heavy duty, ergonomically designed handles are important in machinery operation – Elesa’s handle ranges include the M1066 lift and grab handle centred around a 30mm diameter aluminium or stainless steel tube.

Available in blind rear-mounted (BM) and male stud (FM) versions, the M1066 is expected to find applications on large CNC machine guards, trolleys and inspection hatches.

Double-handled variable grip positioning is possible with the M1066 to accommodate the different sizes and positions of operations.

Standard sizes are 200mm to 600mm with six stock lengths.

However, for custom situations (and batch quantities) lengths can be user-specified, as can the paint colour.

The standard finish is metalflake epoxy/polyurethane coating with aluminium, with reinforced polyamide shanks.

Tube finish can alternatively be in any RAL colour, matt anodised aluminium or self-finish stainless steel.

Fixing is by standard M8 thread.

Other tubular handles in aluminium from Elesa are configured to the latest styles and designs incorporating simple robust fixing methods.

The M, ETH and GN handles can replace older bent steel tube handles, which often needed welding in place.

They are said to offer flexibility of application with the style possible from composite construction at off-the-shelf prices and delivery.

Large-diameter aluminium tube is characterised by its rigidity and tactile feel and is available in standard and custom lengths.

The Ergostyle ETH variant also features off-the-shelf colour options for end caps; to meet custom requirements the tube may be cut to length or bent around corners.

GN426 is unusual in its double-curved form, which allows offset placement of the hand for reasons of safety and convenience.

Typical installations include machine tool doors and trolleys.

The benefits of stainless steel equipment components are now becoming available at reduced cost and are often used for reasons of hygiene, aesthetics and strength.

The GN333.5 tubular handle in stainless steel from Elesa will be of interest to equipment manufacturers.

The GN333.5 provides a 28mm diameter tube handle grip up to 600mm long, with matt finish and matching handle shanks.

Sealing between them is achieved by an O-ring at the connecting point between the handle and the shanks, which prevents any spray water from entering the tube, therefore reducing the risks of bacterial build-up.

Mounting is by means of M8 blind fixing provided in the handle shanks.

Elesa is a supplier of a wide range of standard metal and plastic machine parts to the mechanical engineering industry.

A natural appreciation of quality design and ergonomic research; a business culture firmly focused on product quality; the recognition of its brands as guarantees of quality and reliability, the continuous attention to clients’ needs and a fast and careful service have made Elesa a reference point for designers and builders. More than 40,000 product codes, 180 patents and 38 international design awards produced with systems certified to ISO 9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001 all supported by a worldwide branch and distribution network offering localised stock and technical support.

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