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Putting the ‘Specialty’ in Finishing Tools

(May 2012) posted on Tue May 22, 2012

These 17 tools can help keep the production floor humming.

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Great Grommets
The Model 3P5 portable pneumatic press, from Edward Segal Inc., is specifically designed for grommet applications. It’s a compact, manual-load press measuring just 17-in. tall, 4-in. wide, and 11-in. deep (and weighing in at 22 lbs), and is capable of punching a hole in a wide range of industrial fabrics and attaching a plain grommet and washer (self-piercing grommets not required), and doing so in a single cycle. For grommet and washer sizes #00 to #4; it can also accommodate snap fasteners and eyelets. The Model 3P5 works on a variety of materials, from nylon webbing to foamboard, including vinyl and canvas. It’s designed to be portable or bench mounted. Various stands, options, and special configurations are available. The company’s Model 3P5-X handles grommets #5 or larger.

A Stitch in Time
Juki’s DNU-1541 sewing machine is a single-needle, unison-feed, lockstitch machine with double-capacity hook. The machine now features a larger needlebar stroke, higher presser foot lift, and new double-tension mechanism, the company reports. Maximum sewing speed is 2500 RPM (3000 RPM on the DNU-1541-7) and maximum stitch length is 9mm. The machine is also offered with a safety mechanism.

The Weld’s the Thing
BAK’s PlanOn is a small, automatic hot-air welding machine engineered for coated fabrics, foils, billboard materials, banners, and tarps. Of industrial-grade construction, the PlanOn features an automatic drive start system and the ability to adjust welding speed (from 1.6 to 39 ft/min) as well as temperature. Available for 20-, 30-, or 40-mm welding seam. US distributor is AAA American Plastic Welding (

Death to Dust
SDI Systems bills its Dust Removal System as “the ultimate tool for cleaning particulate contaminants.” The system includes two primary components: a hand roller and a cleaning pad. The roller is available in three sizes (6-, 12, and 18-in. wide) and in five handle designs (straight and bends). The 9.5 x 13-in. cleaning pads come in various tack levels: high tack for rigid substrates; medium tack for artwork and glass; and medium tack general purpose for delicate substrates, plus low-tack and silicon-free.