Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar gathered these product introductions at Plastics Fair Charlotte, held Nov. 12-14 in Charlotte, N.C. A new vacuum loading system for Maguire Products Inc. has a see-through loader made of polycarbonate, replacing steel.
Maguire of Media, Pa., also displayed its upgraded Windows version of the MLAN system, which links all of a company's Maguire gravimetric blenders for monitoring and control.
A patent is pending on the PC loader for the Clear-Vu Loading System.
Another feature is a quieter vacuum blower and dust filter contained in a portable housing that sits beside the press. Also, an alarm sounds and lights a strobe light.
Clear-Vu can serve up to eight filterless receivers mounted over the machinery hoppers. It can move up to 3,000 pounds of material an hour.
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AC Technology North America Inc. said its new Dr. C-Mold computer software has the prescription for quickly and easily figuring how changes in key variables will affect processing.
List priced at $1,299, the software can be used to help in early design stages to final machine setup and processing.
Dr. C-Mold contains 20 resin classifications. The user adds specific information such as melt-flow index and viscosity. Data comes from the C-Mold Polymer Laboratory.
A key feature is a slide bar that enables the user to quickly see how changing processing parameters - such as wall thickness, cooling and molding - would change the part.
Simple geometric parameters describe the part, mold and machine without the need for complete models or computer mesh.
AC Technology of Louisville, Ky., also announced that Integrated Design Engineering Systems Inc. of Laramie, Wyo., is the first value-added reseller of Dr. C-Mold in the United States.
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Advantage Engineering Inc., an auxiliary equipment manufacturer in Greenwood, Ind., showed a new 2000 HE controller for its Sentra water temperature controllers, plus a new oil temperature controller.
A built-in flow meter is standard on the HE 2000. The meter displays capacity, showing the percent of total capacity being used.
Advantage also offers the 2000 LE controller.
Advantage also showed its new machine cabinets, using stainless steel panels instead of painted steel. The company will use stainless steel throughout its complete line, said John Lindstrom, regional sales manager.
Also new is an oil temperature controller, the Regal RK series. The controllers heat oil from 100-500§ F.
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Comet Automation Systems Inc., a Dayton, Ohio, auxiliary equipment firm, is marketing a German-made small granulator for grinding sprues and runners.
In Charlotte, Comet showed the GR-Series granulator, manufactured by Muller Maschinen in Frankfurt, Germany.
The GR granulator marks the second time Comet has formed an alliance with a German counterpart. At Plastics Fair Dallas, in February, Comet showed a gravimetric blender for extrusion developed by Vollmar-AG of Konigswinter-Oberpleis, near Bonn. Under a licensing agreement, Comet is building the Vollmar blenders in Dayton.
The Muller granulator has a cutting rotor that moves slower than normal. ``It generates less fines and less dust, also less noise,'' said Comet President Tom Rajkovich.
The front end opens for easy access. The GR comes in four sizes. The GR-82 processes 17-26 pounds an hour. The GR-102 handles 26-33 pounds an hour. GR-152 processes 33-66 pounds an hour. GR-252 handles 77-110 pounds an hour.
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