The following items were reported by Plastics News staffers Bill Bregar, Jeannie Reall and Don Loepp from Plastics Fair Dallas.
Nissei America Inc. of Anaheim, Calif., showed its new FN 3000 injection press, a general-purpose molding machine available in eight clamping forces, ranging from 90-500 tons.
At Plastics Fair Dallas, Nissei displayed a 155-ton model. The machine molded a polystyrene case for holding a set of screwdrivers, which were molded on a separate machine in a work cell.
Nissei began selling the FN 3000 line in Japan, its home country, in December. The company said the series has larger tie-bar spacing and more daylight, or the maximum space between the stationary platen and the moving platen. Other improvements include boosting the clamping stroke by 30-40 percent by doubling the diameter of the clamping piston and improving its rigidity. Nissei also has increased screw rotation and improved the control temperatures in the barrel and nozzle.
New Castle shows screw and barrel
New Castle Industries Inc. showed the new DuraFlight SuperCarb screw and barrel.
NCI recently acquired Bimex Corp. of Wales, Wis., to give the New Castle, Pa., company barrel manufacturing in addition to NCI's replacement screws and chill rolls.
NCI said the SuperCarb screw/barrel offers maximum wear resistance with resin that is highly abrasive or corrosive. The flight surface is treated using high tungsten carbide particles in a nickel alloy matrix, making the screw compatible with Bimex SuperCarb barrel liners.
Maguire controller for color feeders
Maguire Products Inc. of Media, Pa., unveiled a new controller for volumetric feeders, called the Direct Entry Controller.
In plastics processing, the controller simplifies operation of volumetric feeders for pellet, powder or liquid additives. The operator sets the desired color level using a simple thumb wheel, the controller auto-matically calculates the metering rate, compensates for color already in regrind and adjusts to variations in the injection molding or extrusion process.
Maguire Products has expanded electronic recording functions. The new controller has a standard printer port to generate hard-copy reports.
Processors can document operator, work-order and machine numbers, setup parameters and other data.
The new controller costs only $600 more than Maguire's standard model, said Patrick Smith, vice president of marketing and sales.
The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. computer protocol is standard, linking the controller to other equipment.
Injection software revised for extrusion
IQ Management Systems Inc. has extended its injection molding plant management software, IQ/Genesis, which now can be used for extrusion processes including profile, sheet and blown film profiles.
The firm also has added auto-matic reject counting to its IQ/RealTime Production Monitoring system. The software automati-cally rebuilds work orders based on rejected parts, as they happen. That means the work order is not finished until the machine makes enough good parts.
IQ Management Systems develops software for the plastics industry than runs on IBM-compatible hardware on a Novell network. Modules include scheduling, real-time production monitoring, bill of material, order entry, inventory control electronic data interchange, preventive maintenance and job costing. An accounting package includes general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing, purchase orders and payroll. Other modules include bar code, tool tracking and labeling.
Autojectors Inc. exhibited a 40-ton, HCR-40 insert molding machine at Plastics Fair Dallas. The press features a 39-inch horizontal rotary table. It can hold molds measuring up to 8 inches by 10 inches.
Italian machinery maker Automa SpA said its injection stretch blow molding machines for PET, first introduced at K'95 in Germany last fall, are now available in North America. Automa has set up a U.S. office in Dublin, Ohio.
Conair Franklin unveiled its smallest-ever carousel dehumidifying dryer. The SC-Series dryer is designed for smaller processing machines, and can be mounted on 25-ton machines. It keeps air circuits separate, using one blower for material drying and one for dessicant regeneration.
Mearl Corp. of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., introduced a line of tin-free luster pigments that feature a very fine particle size. Mearlin Micro Pearls are available in titanium dioxide-coated mica grades of red, violet, blue, orange, green and gold, and iron oxide-coated mica pigments of brass, bronze, copper and russet. The new product was introduced to satisfy the automotive industry's need for pigments with smaller particle size and more opacity.