Conair add web-based controls for feeders

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: March 10, 2014 12:10 pm ET
Updated: March 10, 2014 12:14 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Machinery, Process Controls & Software
Companies & Associations Conair Group Inc.

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — If you can control your DVR from afar, why not your gravimetric feeders, too?

Conair Group has expanded its web-enabled control software to make its TrueFeed feeders controllable with most networked devices, adding to its combination of Internet-controlled blenders, dryers and material-handling controls.

The auxiliary supplier, based in Cranberry Township, Pa., checked up on feeders via touch-screen controls and an FLX central material-handling control system back at their headquarters while enjoying the California sunshine during February’s MD&M West trade show in Anaheim.

Existing FLX users can add gravimentric feeder control to their Web-enabled control suite at no additional cost in the third-generation software upgrade, said Conair’s product manager for conveying, Doug Brewster.

“This is the most intelligence we could put in that little box,” he said. “You can have 40 independent systems running on FLX at once from anywhere and still never have to worry about being out of touch.”

Also at the trade show, Conair introduced its new small-diameter planetary cutter, which automates cut-to-length operations and speeds production of medical tubing without concerns about particulate contamination or distortion. Planetary cutters, while not new, are usually used in large-diameter operations, such as pipe. But Conair’s Traveling Planetary Cutter units can automate the cutting process on tubing as small as .080 inches in diameter, said Bob Bessmer, sales manager for medical extrusion.


Comments

Conair add web-based controls for feeders

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: March 10, 2014 12:10 pm ET
Updated: March 10, 2014 12:14 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Nolato Contour beefs up white room molding capabilities

September 18, 2014 11:56 am ET

Nolato Medical has extended its controlled environment options to include a white room at its Baldwin, Wis., Nolato Contour plant.    More

Image

Flexibility for complexity key for Brampton

September 16, 2014 11:26 am ET

Blown film machinery maker Brampton Engineering Inc. is well positioned to meet growing demand for complex film structures, highly customized...    More

Image

US plastics machinery market still gaining strength in second quarter

September 15, 2014 5:01 pm ET

UPDATED — U.S. plastics machinery shipments in the second quarter continued to outperform activity in 2013, according to data from Society of...    More

Image

ATS goes global with acquisition of M+W Process Automation

September 10, 2014 2:49 pm ET

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., a maker of factory automation systems in Cambridge, Ontario, has agreed to buy a German company M+W Process...    More

Image

Orenda says new pulverizer improves efficiency through cooling

September 10, 2014 1:41 pm ET

Orenda Automation Technologies Inc. will unveil a new pulverizer with new cooling technology at the Rotoplas conference for rotational molders, Oct. 6...    More

Market Reports

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

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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

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

More Events