Maguire Products Inc. aims to slash the production downtime associated with changing color concentrates or additives with its introduction of a newly configured gravimetric blender. The 19-year-old Media, Pa., equipment maker said its new Maguire 100 Series Weigh Scale Blender features removable, modular bins that can be swapped easily, eliminating the need to drain, clean and refill fixed bins, said B. Patrick Smith, vice president of sales and marketing.
That model blender is used primarily on small processing ma-chines, such as 50- to 175-ton injection molding presses, and has a maximum throughput of 150 pounds per hour. The entire blending unit requires only 33 inches of clearance above the machine throat, Smith noted.
Tel. (610) 494-5353, fax (610) 494-6194 or e-mail [email protected]
Software enhances CNC router controls
Thermwood Corp. has cut the price of its five-axis probe programming systems by 25 percent, and has developed new software to enhance its computer numerically controlled router controls, the firm said.
The Dale, Ind., supplier of CNC trimming systems has dropped the price of its Thermwood Probe System to $14,950 from $19,500 because it has been able to re-duce manufacturing costs, President Ken Susnjara said.
Meanwhile, the new software, called CADpath, creates three-dimensional program paths much like the paths created by five-axis computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, according to Dave Hildenbrand, vice president of sales. This new capability will be included as part of the Thermwood 91000 SuperControl.
The software allows users to develop ``complex, curved programs without the need for expensive CAD/CAM system and a highly trained CAD programmer,'' he said.
Tel. (812) 937-4476.
Munsell Color adds standards for plastic
Munsell Color Laboratory has expanded its custom color services to include plastic color standards and tolerance sets. The standards are available in a variety of resins and textures, according to Munsell General Manager Cathy Hofknecht.
``In a world where more and more products are manufactured from plastic, there is a real need to offer color standards in the same medium as the finished product,'' Hofknecht said in a news release.
Munsell is located in New Windsor, N.Y.
Tel. (914) 565-7660 or fax (914) 565-0390.
Moog improves its process controls
A unit of Moog Inc. reintroduced its Mopac injection molding machine process controls.
The firm's Electronics & Systems Division uses Moog's Servojet servo-valve technology and features a touch panel and other improvements, according to the East Aurora, N.Y., company.
Tel. (716) 652-2000 or fax (716) 687-4471.
Sterling unveils new robots, sprue pickers
Sterling Inc. displayed three new products and a new remanufactured system program for older Sterlco water and hot-oil temperature-control units at the recent Plastics Fair Chicago in Rosemont, Ill.
The rebuilding service up-grades old equipment with new controls and safety features, using original equipment manufacturer parts, according to Sterling's Sterlco Division.
The Milwaukee company also introduced a new-generation temperature-control system, the Sterlco Vision, equipped with 9- or 12-kilowatt heaters and fuzzy logic to reduce response time. Sterlco says the space-efficient Vision generates up to 30 gallons per minute capacity at 25 pounds per square inch. It features a removable, quick-access electrical console.
Sterling's Sterltech Division is offering a new line of robots for injection molding machines from 60-500 tons. The SAT Series Robots feature three-axis pneumatic drives with linear bearing guideways on the axes for low maintenance and smooth operation, according to the company.
Sterltech also introduced the SS-Series of sprue pickers for in-jection presses. The pickers feature an oilless pneumatic drive system and hand-held units with liquid crystal displays and adjust-able timers for programming the setting for repeatable operations.
Tel. (414) 354-0970 or fax (414) 354-6421.