Hold-Down System puts lip lock on parts.

Press Release Summary:

Enhanced Flip-Pod(R) vacuum system has lip-seal, allowing direct part contact with precision pod assembly. This provides tightest possible Z-tolerance and increased holding power over original model. Revised pods are compatible with previous installations, so they may be incorporated into existing cavities without modifications. All accessories from original system, including half pods, retractable locators, and fixed locators, function as before.

Original Press Release:

Carter Design Improvements Add Accuracy In Flip-Pod(R) Vacuum Hold-Down System

Grand Rapids, MI. - Carter Products has introduced a redesign of their Flip-Pod(R) System that offers some real benefits in improved Z-height accuracy. The all-new Flip-Pod unit now features a lip-seal allowing direct part contact with the precision Pod assembly. This provides the tightest possible Z-tolerance while increasing holding power compared to the original model.

The good news is that these revised Pods are totally compatible with previous Flip-Pod installations so they may be incorporated into existing cavities without modifications. All accessories from the original system - Half-Pods, Retractable Locators, and Fixed Locators - function just as before.

Unlike the original seal, a rubber extension cup that compresses when vacum is applied, the new seal flattens when vacuum is activated so the part rests on the top of gray grooves of the Flip-Pod body itself. This, Carter claims, results in the most accurate positioning possible. Field tests show that holding power is improved over the original design. This proves extremely important in processing smaller parts.

Discussing the upgrade, Carter President, Peter M. Perez remarked, "The Flip-Pod System has been so successful that it's hard to think it could be improved. When introduced some years ago, it won the highly contested Challengers Award. But this design feature makes a good thing even better. We expect it to be highly popular!"

Carter Products has served the woodworking and allied markets with innovative products and been a leading producer of woodworking machinery accessories since 1929. The company pioneered the advantages of guide line lights in the 1950s and laser lights introduced in the 70s. The current product line includes Band Saw Guides, Wheels and Tires; Band Saw Guide Conversion Kits for most popular saws; Laser, Laser Diode and Quartz Guide Line Lights; the 2-D Laser Projection Systems; Inspection Lights and the award-winning Flip-Pod Vacuum Piece Part Holding System for CNC Routers

For further information on Carter Products Company, their newly designed Flip-Pod component or any of their extensive product line, contact: Carter Products Company, Inc., 2871 Northridge Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (616) 647-3380 - FAX: (616) 647-3387 - E-mail: sales@carterproducts.com or visit their website at: http://carterproducts.

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