Colortronic acquires LCI Smarthopper line
Colortronic Inc. of Blackwood, N.J., has acquired a product line of gravimetric controllers from LCI Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.
Colortronic picked up LCI's Smarthopper gravimetric control system for single extrusion and coextrusion lines in July.
Smarthopper combines gravimetric weighing and extrusion control in a compact design that is easy to use, according to Colortronic.
Rob Edwards, Colortronic's executive vice president and chief executive officer, said the company is emphasizing extrusion through its newly formed extrusion business area.
``The Smarthopper gravimetric technology is something that was needed in order to round out our product offerings,'' Edwards said.
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Stokes conical reactor converts PET bottles
Stokes Vacuum Inc. claims its conical vacuum reactor, which converts recycled beverage bottles into polyester resin, gives more uniform product quality vs. continuous solid-stating systems.
The Stokes rotating reactor features closely controlled temperature capability of as much as 500§ F and more heat-transfer area to reduce cycle time. Patented internal baffles improve mixing and give more uniform intrinsic viscosity throughout the batch, according to the Philadelphia firm.
Tel. (215) 831-5400, fax (215) 831-5420.
Linden machine uses CO2 to make PU foam
Polyurethane equipment maker Linden Industries Inc.-EMB of Peninsula, Ohio, has introduced Froth-Ex, a PU foam machine that uses carbon dioxide as a blowing agent.
The carbon dioxide replaces blowing agents such as water or hydrochlorofluorocarbons.
Froth-Ex adds the carbon dioxide directly into the mix head, which, according to Linden, enhances molding characteristics, provides accurate metering and a repeatable flow rate and eliminates environmentally hazardous agents.
Also new is Linden's data acquisition software, MicroProcess Vu-3000. The system works with Windows NT. It replaces the MicroProcess Vu-2000, which ran with Windows 95.
The software features preventive maintenance, on-help screens, advanced troubleshooting and graphing of data and statistics.
Linden also recently introduced a batch processing spray unit called EZ-Coat, which dispenses coatings and paints without the need for solvents.
Tel. (330) 928-4064, fax (330) 928-1854.
Thomson introduces precision ball screws
Thomson Saginaw Ball Screw Co. LLC introduced metric precision ball screw assemblies used in various machinery, including plastics processing equipment.
The Saginaw, Mich., firm said the line combines the economy of high-volume production with the precision of pre-loaded ball nuts.
Tel. (517) 776-4123, fax (517) 776-3632 or e-mail ballscrews @thomsonmail.com
ABB motor drives offer variable speed
ABB Industrial Systems Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, has introduced a new variable-speed direct-current motor drive, the DCS 500.
ABB said the motor drives are ideal for injection molding and extrusion, because they provide high horsepower, precise torque and very constant speed control. Its Drives and Metals Systems business is in New Berlin, Wis.
ABB and D Tech Systems of Glastonbury, Conn., also announced a variable-speed drive specifically for injection molding. Both firms developed the drive, called the D Tech Systems Energy Controller. They claim it can cut 50 percent off the energy consumption of an injection press. The drive also provides storage of information for quick mold setup.
Tel. (414) 785-3200, fax (414) 785-1318.
Carousel printer has multiple capabilities
Trans Tech America Inc. of Carol Stream, Ill., introduced the Carousel 120 sealed cup pad printer for manual, semi- or fully automatic single- or multicolor printing.
Features include use of an index table with pad turret so ink pickup, printing and pad cleaning are done simultaneously.
Each hour, the machine can do 600 five-color prints and more than 3,000 single-color prints.
Tel. (630) 752-4000, fax (630) 752-4460.
AGD supplies M-Train to Johnson Controls
AGD Inc. of East Lansing, Mich., said it won a contract to produce its M-Train, an interactive electronic training manual, for Johnson Controls Inc., a maker of blow molding machines.
M-Train, or Maintenance-Training Remote Access Interactive Network, sports full-motion digital video, full use of sound, animation and language translation, plus detailed illustrations.
Tel. (517) 333-3660, fax (517) 333-8593.
PRC turns plastic into latticework
Structural foam molder Plastics Research Corp. is molding a new lattice with a crisscross weave pattern it says resembles a woven basket.
PRC of Flint, Mich., molds the Dimensions Weave Lattice from high density polyethylene and markets the lattice under the Tuff-Bilt name. The Dimensions Weave Lattice has a crisscross pattern and comes in sheets of 4 feet by 8 feet.
All Tuff-Bilt products come with a lifetime warranty.
A company news release said the firm, which now focuses on the lattice and trellis market, doubled its production capacity in 1995. It employs more than 200.
PRC research shows that plastic lattice now has a 40 percent share of total lattice sales. San Francisco market research firm Triad Systems Corp. reported that plastic lattice accounts for 29 percent of total unit sales, and 38 percent of dollar sales, of all lattice sold in large home center stores.
Tel. (810) 235-0400, fax (810) 235-0401.