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Here at JB Cutting, we’re always looking for ways to improve product quality.  American Renolit, one of our 3DL (thermofoil) suppliers, brought in their I-View Camera and we were able to see exactly what happens during a press cycle.  This innovative camera helped us to fine-tune the quality of this production process.  As you can see from the pictures above, the camera is calibrated by the technician and then put onto the press table, covered with 3DL (thermofoil) and pressed as if it were an actual part.  During pressing, the camera sends low and high temperature readings to the computer in graph form.  In addition, we were able to see how the 3DL reacts while it is being pressed.  We learned a few things about pre-heat times, temperatures and part spacing.  Accurate pre-heat times and pressing at the right temperature means better adherence of the 3DL to the substrate to bring customers a quality, long lasting product.  Correct part spacing means we can maximize pieces to a press load, bringing cost savings to our customers. Thank you to American Renolit for allowing us to demo this new technology!  If you’re interested in learning exactly how a membrane press works, give Bill Formella’s blog a read.  He’s got great insight into membrane pressing and explains the process thoroughly and clearly with illustrations.  http://bit.ly/10CLq2S