DTM Corp. offering Rapid Tools Software
DTM Corp., a supplier of rapid prototyping equipment, is now offering DeskArtes' Rapid Tools Software to users of its Sinterstation System machines.
Austin, Texas-based DTM announced a distribution agreement with DeskArtes Oy of Helsinki, Finland, and DeskArtes North America, a division of Nest Technologies of Studio City, Calif.
Specific software modules DTM will offer include: Rapid Editor, Rapid Offset and Rapid Refine. The three modules will be combined into a software package called RapidShell, offered to DTM customers.
Tel. (512) 339-2922, fax (512) 339-0634.
Spirol insert driver designed for phones
A new heat insert driver from Spirol International Corp. ensures precise installation of very small inserts, according to the Danielson, Conn., company.
The unit was designed specifically for manufacturing and assembling cellular telephones. It can handle inserts as small as 2 millimeters across by 2.5mm high.
The driver automatically feeds the inserts from a vibratory bowl, orients them and installs up to four inserts at a time.
Tel. (860) 774-8571, fax (860) 774-0487.
PlastCalc calculates quotes for extrusion
SoftCalc Inc. has launched PlasCalc, a computer software program dedicated to plastics extrusion and coextrusion.
The software takes accounting information, such as raw material, variable, fixed and other costs, and converts the data into a quote for a specific part. The quote includes technical specifications.
PlasCalc allows the user to maintain a database of customers, vendors, raw materials, products and other categories of data. The firm is based in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Tel. (305) 392-5489, fax (305) 361-5310.
heat sensor gauges actual polymer melt
Dynisco Inc. said its MTX9000 Series of infrared temperature transducers gives a fast, accurate and nonintrusive way to measure temperature in injection molding, extrusion and compounding.
The unit features a 0.01-second response speed, which is up to 1,000 times faster than traditional probes, Dynisco claims.
Unlike traditional sensors that measure the steel temperature of the processing machine, MTX measures temperature of the actual polymer melt using a hardened sapphire window on the end of each temperature sensing probe.
Dynisco is headquartered in Sharon, Mass.
Tel. (617) 748-8400, fax (617) 784-2902.
Radio frequency can preheat SMC
Here's a new way to preheat sheet molding compound: radio frequency power.
Radio Frequency Co. Inc. of Millis, Mass., has introduced the Thermall Model L-200. It uses radio frequency to preheat a 70-pound load of SMC in less than 60 seconds.
The company claims the technology cuts press cure time in half and improves the flow of material in the mold.
The unit can heat loads that weigh up to 200 pounds.
Tel. (617) 762-4900, fax (617) 762-4952.
WinSPC software for injection molders
PRB Molding Technologies has released Windows-based software, WinSPC, to help injection molders monitor statistical process control.
WinSPC is easy to use, according to the Sheboygan, Wis., company. For instance, part dimensions and part weight can be recorded directly from digital gauges, micrometers, optical comparators and scales. The software also can record and automatically chart real-time electronic data from the molding press, such as cycle times, injection pressures, peak hydraulic pressures and transfer points.
Built-in alarms alert operators to problems.
PRB offers four modules:
WinSPC RealTime Plus combines real-time collection with a menu-driven system for the operator. Cost is $1,495.
WinSPC Analyst helps quality managers monitor and improve process control. Cost is $2,995.
WinSPC Network Monitor lets quality managers view plantwide SPC data from a single workstation. The module costs $2,495.
A single-screen menu, WinSPE LaunchPad gives quick access to blueprints, set instructions and computer-aided design drawings. It was designed for press operators and setup technicians. Cost: $495.
Tel. (920) 208-0250, fax (920) 208-0275.