Saving Time | TT Electronics

At TT Electronics, we use the belt sorter from Profile Industries for separation of plating media (steel wire shot) from our products. We also utilize it for any process where we need to sort rectangular product from round shapes. There are many benefits of this machine. The first and most evident benefit is the time savings. It used to take hours to manually separate the product and media mixtures since they are roughly the same size. We sifted through mixtures by hand similar to how you would see gold sifted. Since utilizing the belt grader, we can separate rounds from non-round shapes in about 15 minutes without any manual labor which allows for time to be spent elsewhere. Some added benefits to the belt sorter is the guiderail construction that allows for adjustments in any degree of freedom to fine tune the separation rate and efficiency. It also has allowed for easy modifications to the machine for whatever the extra sorting needs may be.

Ben Heuer, Development Engineer, TT Electronics.


Time to finish your 2014 Capital Equipment Purchases.

Updated Dec 17, 2014 – H.R. 5771 (the Tax Extenders Bill) passed by the House on Dec 3, 2014 was voted on and passed by the Senate on Dec 16, 2014 retroactively expanding the Section 179 deduction limits thru 12/31/2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE> Only this 2014 tax year will be covered by this measure – therefore it is a good business decision for many to buy/finance equipment immediately to make the December 31, 2014 cutoff for the write-off provisions.
Repeat, this new provision does NOT cover tax year 2015, the law covers tax year 2014 only! To obtain Section 179 Qualified Financing for your business, you must apply immediately to make the cut-off at midnight 12/31/2014.
Keep up with the Bill that reinstates the limit on Section 179 to $500,000 as well as reinstates 50% Bonus Depreciation: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Bill) via govtrack here.
Technically, the bill is a one-year, retroactive extension of the tax breaks, even though it only lasts through the end of the month. This site will be updated to reflect these changes shortly. The Section 179 Calculator is already fully updated. Click Here for fully updated Section 179 Calculator.


Oscillating Shape Sorting Machine

By Steve

Profile Industries has been hard at work in the lab developing and working on a new sorting device that is able to separate very small particles all the way down to 45 micron. This new piece of equipment uses linear oscillating vibrations under a table to make particles that are not round climb up the inclined side of the table while the rounder particles are able to roll down the the right side of the table towards the bottom of the incline. The particles are collected into 15 individual trays and can be classified all the way down to 45 micron.

The latest in shape sorting solutions!

By Steve

Belt Grader

Profile Industries is excited to be adding a new product line that helps improve in the process of sorting delicate materials. We have been working to developed a machine that reduces vibration and impact to certain materials during separation. After working with semiconductor and small electronics manufacturers we were able to identify that conventional spiral separation was successful in the separation of their materials, but had adverse effects on the microelectronic components the manufacturers were trying to save. Specifically, we were working with a company to separate semiconductors from an abrasive tumbling media. After some R&D we were able to develop a belt sorting system that was able to achieve the desired result of our customer. The belt sorter is a machine that uses gravity and an adjustable pitch angle to separate round material from non-round material.

The belt sorter is a unique way to reduce collision between materials during separation. The machine uses a vibratory feeder that moves the material gingerly to the separation belt without dropping or damaging it. The material gradually flows onto the conveyor belt where the separation takes place. The conveyor belt is placed at an inclined angle to where round material will roll down and off the belt while non-round material will stay on the conveyor belt. The non-round material rides to the top and drops off into a collection bin. Both materials are collected in separate bins and yield a pure separation.

With this new technology we are able to reach into new industries where separation has proved to be difficult. By slowing down the material we are able to consistently separate out unlike materials without damaging it. The belt sorter is a machine that can be configured and customized to accommodate small batch operations all the way up to a large production environment. If this type of separation sounds like something your company could benefit from, feel to contact Profile Industries and let us help you sort it out.

Bulk and Powder Trade show Update

By Steve

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Profile Industry’s sales team had a strong presence at this years Powder and Bulk show in Rosemont, IL. We were able to showcase our unique separation technologies to Industry Professionals who may not have realized the full potential for this type of technology. The product that we had on display was our newly designed Lab Rotary Spiral Separator. This specific machine is unique in that it has the ability to separate fine ceramic and metal powders all the way down to 50 micron. This new revolutionary technology has the potential to significantly impact producers of fine particulates by rapidly improving product quality. We had a lot of interest in regards to the lab spiral and we are excited to offer this new innovation to our customers in the coming months.

Trade show attendees had the opportunity to learn about the benefits and capabilities of our Spiral Separation technologies. We offer a complete and comprehensive line of Lab Spiral Separators, Rotary Spiral Separators, Static Spiral Separators, Belt Sorters and Custom order products to meet the Shape Sorting needs of todays industry. By implementing our new series of production Rotary Spiral Separators into your process you can add value without sacrificing valuable time. We offer solutions for metal powders, ceramics, glass, plastics, diamonds, sand, recycling materials, spices, seeds, and grains. We match each individual customer’s need to a corresponding Solution in order to rapidly improve product quality while maintaining a healthy yield.

At this years show we found that a lot of attendees were looking for solutions to remove debris and nonconforming material from their acceptable material. We had a great time connecting with many of you and discussing possible solutions for your production needs. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and took the time to learn a little more about Profile’s Shape Sorting Solutions. If you missed us at the show and still have questions feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email anytime.


2014 Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference • Monterey, CA

By Steve

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Welcome to the ASTA’s 53rd Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, being held in “America’s Salad Bowl,” Monterey, California. This event, the fastest growing of all ASTA conventions, brings together close to 800 seed industry professionals from the United States and abroad. Last year’s event gathered a 25% international attendance, representing 25 countries in total. We hope you enjoy using this online platform to peruse the participating companies and get to know them before you arrive.

Please find above a link to the online Trading Room and directory of participating companies. It is recommended that you begin making appointments with other companies well in advance of the convention, as attendees’ schedules tend to fill up early.

Also be sure to reserve your hotel room well in advance of our January 3, 2014 deadline:

Hyatt Regency Monterey
1 Old Golf Course Rd Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-1234

ASTA is pleased to be partnering with the University of California, Davis on a special pre-conference workshop. To reserve rooms for this workshop, you can access the hotel link below:

We look forward to seeing you in Monterey in January!


ASTA 2013 CCS & Seed Expo

By Steve


First held in the mid-1900’s, ASTA’s annual CSS and Soybean Seed Research Conference draws seed breeders, growers and distributors and seed equipment manufacturers to Chicago each December for a major sales and information exchange.

Each year, seed industry professionals from over 20 countries come to Chicago to collaborate and to learn at the one event that has become a can’t-miss opportunity for so many businesses. In fact, some companies report that they rely on these four days of networking to achieve their annual revenue goals.

Featuring the latest updates in seed industry research, new management sessions on the “business of the seed business,” an exhibit hall filled with over 150 key industry suppliers, and five days of intense business-to-business networking, CSS draws everyone from the newest agricultural graduate student to the most senior seed industry executive. Everyone has something to benefit from at theAmerican Seed Trade Association’s CSS 2013 and Seed Expo.

ASTA CSS 2012 Seed Expo

By Steve

Join more than 2,600 seed industry professionals for the largest seed industry event in the country. The CSS 2012 & Seed Expo features four days of networking and educational sessions highlighting the latest industry research and a new track devoted to business management. The Seed Expo features more than 130 supplier companies showcasing products and services with relevance to all seed types.

Visit Profile Industries at booth 510 to see the newest in Spiral Seed Cleaning Technology.

US Shot Peening & Blast Cleaning Workshop – 2012 in Lombard Illinois

By Steve

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Who Comes to Workshops?

This is the world’s largest training event dedicated to the shot peening process. The workshop offers classes for everyone from entry-level machine operators to experienced process engineers. Professionals in industries like Aviation, Aerospace, Automotive and Bio-Medical have benefited from EI training programs. Networking is another advantage to the EI workshop – you’ll have the opportunity to share work experiences with your peers and talk with instructors.

FAA Course Credit…

Workshops conducted by Electronics Incorporated Education Division are accredited by the FAA and may apply to required instruction hours for FAA mechanics. Courses at this workshop include:

  • Shot Peening Level 1
    • FAA Course C-IND-IM-111104-K-006-001
    • 8 hours credit with exam
  • Shot Peening Level 2
    • FAA Course C-IND-IM-111104-K-006-002
    • 8 hours credit with exam
  • Shot Peening Level 3
    • FAA Course C-IND-IM-111104-K-006-003
    • 8 hours credit with exam
  • Rotary Flap / Flapper Peening
    • FAA Course C-IND-IM-111104-K-006-005
    • 8 hours credit with exam