The following items were reported by Plastics News staff Bill Bregar, Jeannie Reall and Don Loepp from Plastics Fair Dallas.
Barber-Colman Co.'s self-tuning Impact controller, got its U.S. launch at Plastics Fair Dallas, running an injection press from Promax Plastics Machinery Inc. of Compton, Calif.
Barber-Colman, of Loves Park, Ill., introduced Impact at K'95 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The controller, an upgrade to the Maco 4000, will be available commercially April 1, said John Searle, head of international marketing and sales.
Promax sells injection presses made by Dongshin Hydraulics Co. Ltd. of Pusan, South Korea.
Sterlco displays compact controller
Sterlco, a Milwaukee-based division of Sterling Inc., introduced a compact temperature controller and a chiller.
The company designed the unit to be easier to maintain than previous units. The heater tank, solenoid and pump can be accessed by removing the top, and the console can be placed on a table for servicing. The unit features cold-water seal flushing, a 1/4-DIN microprocessor controller, pressure gauges, 9- and 12-kilowatt heaters and one-half to three-quarter horsepower.
The new Sterlco SMC chiller has a 1/4-DIN controller and uses fuzzy logic. It features a brazed pack evaporator and has one-half to 3 horsepower.
Markem Corp. of Keene, N.H., demonstrated its new System 5000 UV Ink Jet unit on a U-1476 automated pad printing system. The combination allows manufacturers to decorate and lot-code products.
Morton International Inc. of Chicago Heights, Ill., introduced a line of highly loaded liquid colorants, including a blue/white and straight white version for all resin systems. The colorants feature pigment loading of 82 percent, making them a low-cost alternative to colorants that use more resin, Morton said.