An over view of a typical cope and drag mold handling system would include as follows:
- Transfer and Presentation Stations to maneuver the transfer cars and cope and drag flask into their positions and orientations for the molding sequence.
- Drag Flask Roll-Over Station to flip the drag flask 180 degrees after the drag jolt and squeeze molding machine sequence.
- Cope Flask Tilt-Up Inspection Station for review of the pattern after the cope jolt and squeeze molding machine sequence.
- Drag Flask Set-On Station to place the finished drag mold flask on the transfer car.
- Cope and Drag Flask Closer Station to place the finished cope flask mold on the finished drag flask mold.
Weight Transfer Station to remove weights from poured finished molds to closed cope and drag flask molds ready to be poured.
- Pouring and Cooling Lines including transfer stations to maneuver the transfer cars about the system to the proper position.
- Punch-Out Shakeout Station to remove the finished casting and mold sand from the cope and drag flask.
- Flask Separator to part the cope flask from the drag flask after the punch-out sequence and place the each flask for presentation to the jolt and squeeze machines to repeat the cycle.
Cope and Drag Mold Handling Systems are designed to achieve the highest possible cycle time depending upon the molding-rate, core set time, pouring time, metal interruption, and cooling requirements.
The Cope and Drag Mold Handling Systems are supplied with a hydraulic power unit for the sequence of operation requiring the movement of the flasks and mold cars. The system is PLC controlled with movement depending upon the proper positioning and sensing of the flask and mold cars throughout the system.
A complete turnkey Cope and Drag Tight Flask Mold Handling System can be provided by States Engineering. The system is setup and debugged in our facility prior to shipment to our customer satisfaction to enable ease of installation and startup.