Union Tool Company News
Fourth Generation Joins Union Tool
The Union Tool Corporation proudly welcomes another member of the fourth generation to its family-owned business, started by Karl J. Heinzelman in 1944. Nick Simpson joins Union Tool after working several years in hospitality sales in Bloomington, IN for a leading hospitality company. During that time, Simpson was promoted to several roles including sales manager, senior sales manager, and director of sales. He graduated from Ball State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Professional Selling. Nick Simpson joins his brother, Chas Simpson, as a member of the fourth generation to be working at Union Tool. Co-Presidents Chuck Simpson and Mike Simpson represent the third generation.
The Union Tool Corporation manufactures automated machines and equipment to handle and process flat sheets, boards and panels made of wood, metal, glass, plastic, fiber, foam and other materials in a conveyorized processing line. Machines and equipment include roller coaters, feeders, stackers, de-stackers, hot melt applicators, laminators and lubricators. Union Tool Corporation also provides custom manufactured equipment for a diverse group of industries worldwide.
Union Tool Roller Coaters for the Bedding Industry
The Union Tool Corporation offers roller coaters to apply a controlled and consistent amount of adhesive to various foam material for the bedding industry. The adhesive can be applied to one or both sides of the foam material. Standard features of these roller coaters include single hand wheel adjustment with indicator readouts, A.C. variable speed drive, chrome plated rolls and safety guards with interlocks.
The Union Tool Corporation has been designing and building roller coaters and laminating equipment for over 73 years. Machines are available in many different sizes from small (14" wide), to medium (50" wide), to large (110" wide), and all sizes in between.
Union Hot Melt Roller Coater/Hot Roll Laminator Combo Machine
Union Tool Corporation has designed a new Lamination machine for the Expanded Polystyrene Industry (EPS) that combines the use of a Hot Melt Roller Coater, to apply hot melt adhesives, and a Hot Roll Laminator, to laminate adhesive backed films, in one machine.
This machine has the capability of laminating EPS sheets to roll materials that require a hot melt adhesive coating, as well as roll materials that already have an adhesive coating on them and only require heat to activate the adhesive.
A range of products can be laminated to the EPS using the hot melt roller coater, including roofing materials, paper, packaging materials, fiberglass, non-woven materials and fabrics or textiles. When utilizing the Hot Roll Laminator portion of the machine, adhesive backed films and foils are easily laminated through the heated Teflon coated laminating rolls.
By combining these two different laminating processes, the production floor space is greatly reduced and labor savings can be achieved, which provides reduced equipment and operation costs for Union Tool customers.
Machine Code #SO18547.
Union Tool Corporation Celebrates 70th Anniversary
The Union Tool Corporation proudly celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2014. Started by Karl J. Heinzelman, Union Tool is a family-owned business. Co-presidents Chuck Simpson and Mike Simpson represent the third generation, while the fourth generation started in October when Chas Simpson joined the company after earning an MBA from Ball State University and working several years in the Indianapolis area. “Not many family businesses make it three generations and we’re proud we did,” said Chuck Simpson, Co-President of Union Tool. “And now that we are bringing in a fourth generation? That’s pretty rare. We’re looking forward to keeping their tradition alive long into the future.”
Union Tool Corporation manufactures automated machines and equipment to handle and process flat sheets, boards and panels made of wood, metal, glass, plastic, fiber, foam and other materials in a conveyorized processing line. Machines and equipment include roller coaters, feeders, stackers, de-stackers, hot melt applicators, laminators and lubricators. Union Tool Corporation also provides custom manufactured equipment for a diverse group of industries worldwide.
New Hot Melt Roller Coater/Laminator for Floor Mats!
In order to provide the equipment best suited to meet the customer’s needs, The Union Tool Corporation designed and constructed a system that utilizes a Union Hot Melt Roller Coater and a Union Dual Pinch Rotary Laminator (Pinch Roll). The coater and the laminator are tied together with a through conveyor utilizing a perforated belt and vacuum hold down under the coating area. This insures that the floor mat materials are transported under the coating head where a controlled amount of hot melt adhesive is applied to the top surface only. After the rubber flooring substrate has been coated, it is transported to an open area on the conveyor between the coater and the laminator. A sensor detects the trailing edge of the coated substrate and stops the conveyor in a pre-determined position. This area allows the top cover to be positioned on the coated floor substrate before being transported into the laminator.
When the top cover has been placed on the coated surface, the operator activates the through conveyor. The conveyor then transports the lay-up into the Union Dual Rotary Laminator. The laminator then applies the bonding pressure to makes sure that the glue line makes good, even contact with the bottom coated floor substrate. The process is then complete and the laminated floor mat can then be stacked and are ready for further operations.
The system is complete with all operator controls and safety features that allow for safe, easy set-up and operation.