Brilex Technical Solutions is constantly innovating their products to improve three main attributes: safety, maintainability, and reliability. The latest design of our new Butt Retrieval System is no exception. This system is designed and engineered to provide a safe and effective method of removing the sheared extrusion butt from the heavy press.
Strategically positioned above floor level and outside of the press frame, this system reduces the high cost and difficulty of maintaining an “under the press” system and eliminates the necessity for butt conveyors. Adding this system to your process will drastically reduce dead cycle time through high-speed servo-drive operation and can be used with new or existing equipment.
The base is mounted to a portion of the press and fixed to the concrete foundation poured around the press. This keeps the base secure and aligned perpendicular to the centerline of the press (line of action for extrusion). The base contains low friction slides on which the retrieval arm rides. These slides allow for accurate movement of the arm into and out of the press.
The retrieval arm translates into the press and the butt is sheared off the die. The butt is then caught in a bucket on the arm, and the arm quickly retracts out of the press. Once the arm translates out of the press and reaches its dump position, the bucket pivots up and dumps the butt. An adjustable chute on the back of the arm directs the butt to a waiting hopper or bin that can be taken away when full. The arm then translates forward again to its starting position and waits there until the press is cycled again and another butt needs removed.