Ion Systems Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., introduced a new hand-held, ionizing, particle blow-off gun that dissipates static charge in less than one-half second. The product was introduced at the Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium, held Sept. 12-14 in Phoenix.
The economically designed device, called AirForce, uses ionized air to facilitate safe removal of particulates from ESD-sensi-tive products and packaging for the electronics industry.
AirForce is lightweight and can be used at the molding press and in clean room environments. There are no unwieldy power cords to deal with because the power source has been encapsulated within the device. The air hose attachment is flexible and lightweight.
Ion Systems develops and manufactures products using its patented IsoStat technology for controlling damage and contamination caused by static charge.
Tel. (510) 548-3640.
Kona introduces hot runner tips line
Kona Corp., the Gloucester, Mass.-based maker of hot runner systems, has introduced a line of hot runner tips it claims can improve cycle times, and save energy and money.
The Side Shot-brand tips feature orifices that exit the system from the side, instead of the top, and can be adapted for use on as many as four parts in a multicavity molding configuration.
The tips facilitate changing resin colors within one molding operation without generating excess scrap. They are available as either a single sprue bushing, or a complete hot-runner system.
The built-in heat-pipe technology common in all Kona equipment allows for a wide range of temperatures and minimal flush vestige.
Tel. (508) 281-3810.
Alpha/Owens offers polyester for SMC
Alpha/Owens-Corning LLC's new Ultryl unsaturated polyester produces Class A surfaces at low molding pressure, allowing savings in tooling and machinery, the company claims.
It is designed for fiber-reinforced sheet molding compound and provides high flow in deep-draw sections. Molders can obtain a Class A surface at pressures ranging from 200 psi up to 1,000 psi.
The company is based in Collierville, Tenn.
Tel. (901) 854-2800.
NASA seeks firms to license Larc-Si
NASA's Mid-Atlantic Technology Applications Center in Pittsburgh seeks firms interested in licensing a new amorphous thermoplastic polyimide suited to injection and compression molding, extrusion and fiber spinning.
Larc-Si is extremely tough, lightweight, solvent resistant and self-bonding, according to NASA. Applications include mechanical, optical and electronic parts, composites and films.
Tel. (412) 648-7005.
Englegard touts red pigment's strength
Englehard Corp.'s new red pigment has up to 80 percent more color strength than other complex inorganic pigments.
Meteor Plus 9384 is suited for vinyl, nylon and other engineering thermoplastics. It is thermally stable at more than 800 degrees F, the Iselin, N.J.-based firm claims.
Tel. (908) 205-5000.
Pelletized EPDM available from DSM
DSM Copolymer Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., developed pelletized, ultra-low viscosity ethylene propylene diene monomer for improved handling and mixing compared to granular product.
Keltan 1446A typically is used as a process aid when mixed with conventional EPDM materials for extruded auto components, injection-molded corners and encapsulated windows. It is also an alternative to plasticizers in compounds that require low volatility and extraction.
Tel. (800) 535-9960.