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Mold maintenance software updated

Progressive Components International Inc. upgraded its ProFile mold maintenance software, and introduced CamAction, a device for molding and releasing external undercuts in injection molds.

ProFile v2.1 offers the user more defined fields, expanded history and notes fields, and is available in a network version. The software helps toolroom managers and engineers track mold history and schedule maintenance, according to Progressive. A single-user version costs $495, while the network version's price is $795.

Progressive offers a free demonstration disk.

CamAction is a modular unit, with a standard series of pins and accessories to accommodate a range of detail sizes and locations, according to the Wauconda, Ill.,company.

The CamAction unit sells for $275.

Tel. (800) 269-6653, fax (800) 462-6653 or e-mail dfs@pro comps.com

DTM expands line of prototyping materials

DTM Corp. added two resins to its line of rapid prototyping materials used in Sinterstation. It will begin distributing them in the second quarter of this year.

DTM said DuPont Somos 201 is an elastomer that produces functional, rubberlike parts for gaskets, moldings, seals and other applications.

It is DuPont's first SLS selective laser sintering material and was developed by DuPont's Somos Solid Imaging Materials unit.

Initial markets include automotive, medical, sports equipment and toys.

The second new material, VeriForm Polymer, improves on DTM's nylons. It retains their toughness and strength but also offers improved surface finish, fine feature definition and powder recyclability. Austin, Texas-based DTM claims it gives parts surface characteristics similar to injection molding.

Tel. (512) 339-2922, fax (512) 339-0634 or e-mail marketing @dtm-corp.com.

MultiZone software controls temperature

Dutch hot-runner supplier Eurotool Operations BV has introduced new temperature-control software, called MultiZone.

The operator can quickly see temperature information displayed in a range of colors. MultiZone is compatible with Eurotool's temperature controllers.

Eurotool is based in 's-Gravendeel, Netherlands.

Tel. +31 (78) 673-4488, fax +31 (78) 673-1339.

NSK America offers new finishing tool

NSK America Corp. has a new Pneu-Sonic metal-finishing tool hand piece for molds.

The Schaumburg, Ill., company's tool oscillates at 250,000 strokes a minute for honing, lapping or precision polishing of ribs, slots, deep cavities, corners and small areas of molds and dies.

Tel. (847) 843-7664, fax (847) 843-7622.

VID-O system drains cooling, heating fluid

A simple swing of a lever drains mold cooling or heating water and fluids from flow regulators using the VID-O mold-purging system from Plastic Process Equipment Inc. of Macedonia, Ohio.

Pressured air clears the water out in seconds, so no water is spilled during mold changes. Molds remain dry in storage.

The base price is $750.

Tel. (216) 468-1511, fax (216) 467-0016.

Holset's controller made for hot runners

Hotset Corp. of Battle Creek, Mich., introduced the Series 2000 temperature controller for hot runners, with a two-year warranty.

Hotset said the zone controllers are compatible with most hot-runner systems.

Hotset also has a new minicoil heater with an integrated thermocouple for hot runners. A special type J thermocouple is located at the tip of the mini flat coil heater, for easy installation, as the thermocouple is integrated with the heater.

Tel. (616) 964-0271, fax (616) 964-4526.

R&D preform molds need no valve gates

R&D Tool and Engineering Group of Lees Summit, Mo., is offering a new line of thermal gated preform molds using Dynisco/Kona hot-runner systems.

The preform molds offer the benefits of valve-gate molding without a mechanical valve-pin shut-off, the company said.

The molds also have face-mounted cavities, which allows easy removal of cavities while the mold is in the press.

Tel. (816) 525-0353.