A supplier of connection devices to telephone companies required a system to "slice" thick rubber grommets for accommodating a variety of cable diameters. These grommets are typically used in splice boxes that are hung from telephone poles. The technician uses the grommet by removing a sufficient number of rings to match the cable size he is installing.
Creative Automation designed and manufactured a special lathe and carbide slicing knife to cut into solid blocks of rubber. An operator places an uncut blank onto the systems vacuum chuck. When the start button is pressed, the spindle is rotated at a controlled rate of speed and a specially designed carbide slicing knife is plunged into the blank. The depth of cut, spacing and number of cuts is pre-programmed into the systems computer. The operator simply selects the part number of the part to be processed.