Two beside-the-press granulators from Conair Martin in Agawam, Mass., the LP and JC series, have been redesigned with smaller footprints. LP granulators have an open-top feed hopper for meter feeding by robot or conveyor, sprues, runners or lighter-weight parts. Conair said the smaller size and a low feed hopper height make the LP suitable for closed-loop use with robots. Four LP models are offered with hopper openings from 12 by 14 inches to 18 by 21 inches. Throughputs range from 100-300 pounds an hour.
JC granulators are designed for batch-fed parts and runners made from hard-to-cut engineering resins and thick parts and runners. Hopper openings are from 7 by 8 inches to 10 by 21 inches, with throughputs up to 1,000 pounds an hour.
Tel. (413) 789-1990.
Herrmann enhances ultrasonic welders
Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill., has a new line of ultrasonic welders.
Called Effective, the computer-controlled welders include a feature that helps optimize the weld and the ability to program amplitude from 70-100 percent. A new generator provides contact amplitude output regardless of variation in voltage from 190-240 volts.
The operator is able to see the actual melting process through a joining velocity graph, which displays the traveled weld depth vs. weld time.
Tel. (708) 980-7344; fax (708) 980-1470.
BASF Ultradur grades help reduce warpage
BASF Corp. Plastic Materials' new glass-fiber-reinforced polybutylene terephthalates offer improved processing and surface appearance, the Mount Olive, N.J., firm claims.
The Ultradur S grades have reduced warpage, high-melt flow and good dimensional stability.
BASF said they also are about 4 percent less dense than comparable PBTs, allowing cost savings.
Ultradur S 4090 G4 is 20 percent glass-reinforced, and 4090 G6 has 30 percent glass-fiber content. Light housings, motor housings and electrical connectors are among targeted applications for the compounds made at the company's Wyandotte, Mich., plant.
Tel. (800) 227-3746.
Entoleter announces precision film cutter
Entoleter Inc. of Hamden, Conn., offers a line of precision film cutters designed specifically for film and fiber scrap.
Throughput for film is up to 6,000 pounds an hour. Film is cut by ``scissor'' action instead of tearing because the knife is at a uniform setting across the entire length of the cut. The unit uses standard, off-the-shelf screens that drop away from the chamber for easy cleaning.
Tel. (203) 787-3575; fax (203) 787-1492.
MOtoman robot now slimmer, stronger
Motoman Inc. of West Carrollton City, Ohio, said its newest six-axis robots boast a slimmer arm, a thinner waist and a more compact, in-line wrist than competing robots.
The SK120 is suited for material handling or spot welding. It has a maximum reach of 102 inches and can carry up to 265 pounds. Repetitive positioning accuracy is 0.016 inches.
Tel. (513) 847-6200; fax (513) 847-6277.
Cryovac touts films for pmupable foods
Cryovac Division of W.R. Grace & Co. of Duncan, S.C., unveiled a family of film products for hot- or cold-filled foods.
The FS 5000 series is multilayer coextruded polyolefin that features increased strength and flexibility from 212§ F to minus 20§ F.
The company claims oxygen and moisture barriers assure flavor protection of pumpable, hot-or cold-filled foods, and high-integrity seals made of the materials can withstand the rigors of handling and distribution.
Tel. (803) 433-2267.