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With over a thousand completed jobs since June of 2000 True North has a wide base of experience with many different customers.
Our customers come from a variety of industries. Injection molding, packaging, medical, lighting, metal forming, tire processing, roll forming equipment, among others. Below are a few examples of projects that showcase our unique abilities.

Example 1

CNC Tube bending machine

This was a custom designed high-speed tube bending machine which was designed to handle a variety of part shapes with a low cycle time.

Example 2

Robotic Clip Install Machine

This machine was designed and built to install clips onto a variety of automotive parts within a short amount of time. With a bowl feeder and Fanuc arm, parts loaded onto a selected nest by an operator come out of the machine ready for install. Light curtains, electromagnets, and a variety of sensors work to catch faulty parts and keep the operators safe. 

Example 3

Injection Molding: EOATS and mold tending

True North provides customers with high quality and very precise robotic End of Arm Tools (EOATs). At True North, we use designs that employ high quality 3D printed parts along with other technologies for quick turn around and high accuracy. True North is familiar with creating complex EOATS capable of operations such as part bending, clip installation, and insert placement. 

Example 4

Tire Production Lines

Designed for a local tire producer, this machine aids in the removal of the rubber vents that are produced when a tire has been produced in a tire retreading process. The tire was loaded by an operator and the machine spins the tire and automatically removes the vents. This machine is part of a family of tire-focused machines.

Example 5

Laser Processing

True North designed a large tube processing machine which took 20’ bar lengths of tubes and removed one tube at a time where it cut the tubes to length with a laser and added detail to the tube. Cycle time was less than 3 seconds from part to part.

Example 7

Injection Molding: EOATS and mold tending

True north provides customers with high quality and very precise Robotic End of Arm Tools (EOATs). At True North, we use designs that employ high quality 3D printed parts along with other technologies for quick turn around and high accuracy. True North also has experience producing mold tending stations, often dealing with adding inserts to molds, or automating parts of the molding process.

Example 6

Our customer hired us to design a machine that they intended to sell as an add-on machine to existing roll forming machines. True North worked with our customer to design the initial machine and continue to maintain the design as revisions and improvements occur. The machine is considered a product for our customer and True North helps to manage the design for them.

Example 8

Our customer hired us to design a machine that they intended to sell as an add-on machine to existing roll forming machines. True North worked with our customer to design the initial machine and continue to maintain the design as revisions and improvements occur. The machine is considered a product for our customer and True North helps to manage the design for them.

Example 7

This machine which was built by True North was used to test the force required to break a molded chair base to verify parts were free from defects. It utilized hydraulics and very accurate load cell as well linear transducers to create force/distance curves for each part being tested.

Example 8

This large machine was built by True North and presented die cast inserts in the proper orientation so that the mold tending robot could pick them with EOAT’s and load them into a large 1100 molding machine. An accumulation conveyor allowed for operators to pre-load inserts.

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