Temperature controller designed for easy training

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: April 2, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Molds/Tooling

ORLANDO, FLA. (April 2, 8:55 p.m. ET) — Gammaflux LP went beyond Orlando and NPE2012 when it created its new hot runner temperature control systems, and right to the shop floor.

While Gammaflux (Booth 3155) still boasts its control systems’ capabilities in producing better parts, its new G24 Temperature Controller requires no more than five minutes worth of training by the operator before it can go into use.

“This is a major, major issue in the industry,” said Mike Brostedt, director of market development. “To remain competitive, people are asking their employees to do more with fewer people.

“We used to be able to get a two-hour training block with employees. Now you’re very, very lucky to get that kind of time.”

By simplifying the controls for machine operators, the company can get new technology on the floor faster, without losing precious production time.

Gammaflux’s “Mold Doctor” within the G24, meanwhile, can help a company automate mold troubleshooting by helping to track the wiring within a control system and find exactly where a problem may be coming from, helping to reduce the staff time needed for repairs.

The wiring is not a simple fix, Brostedt pointed out. Every zone in the controller has four wires, so a 100-zone system has 400 individual wires to track. Finding a problem with just one wire is difficult, so automated diagnostics can make a big difference.

The G24 does not trade off capabilities for ease of use, though. It combines the best attributes of the existing Gammaflux LEC and TC hot runner temperature controls with additional features which includes ease of use.

Using system uses an industrial USB connector for a 0.1 second screen update rate, allowing streaming of real-time control numbers for better production, but at the same time each control module has a 15 amp per zone rating. Compared to the existing TTC product line, a 128-zone G24 controller has a 48 percent smaller footprint, which saves processors floor space.

The system is also “significantly” less expensive, although the company is not listing exact prices publicly.   

Gammaflux produces only controllers, and molders traditionally order hot runner systems and controllers as a combined package. The company knows it has to give molders a reason to use Gammaflux instead, Brostedt said, and believes the G24 system can make a real difference.


Comments

Temperature controller designed for easy training

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: April 2, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Unique Tool adding equipment, jobs

October 30, 2014 1:52 pm ET

Mold maker Unique Tool & Gauge Inc., is planning to invest more than $3.5 million dollars in new equipment for its Windsor, Ontario, facility.    More

Image

Milacron features multi-brand integration

October 27, 2014 1:36 pm ET

Fakuma 2014 gave Milacron LLC an ideal opportunity to show how its ever-growing portfolio of brands are working together in the injection molding...    More

Image

Synventive adding capacity in Europe

October 27, 2014 10:16 am ET

Hot runner maker Synventive Molding Solutions is planning to increase production capacity in Europe by 50 percent.    More

Blow mold maker adding laser cladding

October 24, 2014 10:26 am ET

Blow molds need to be strengthened at points that wear, and an official of Canadian blow mold maker Garrtech Inc. said laser cladding can replace...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events