Blow molding system boasts of flexibility
The new FMB 4 series of long-stroke blow molding machines from Fischer-W. Muller Blasformtechnik GmbH is very flexible, the Troisdorf, Germany, company said.
The machine, for example, can mold for eight-cavity production of 1-liter motor oil bottles and then, after changing the head and mold, switch to three-cavity production of 5-liter oil canisters.
Eight sizes are available as single-station, and six are available as double-station machines.
Fischer-W. Muller provides parison heads for up to 16 single-layer, double-layer or triple-layer parisons, or coextruded parisons with up to six layers.
Extruders for the blow molders come with screws ranging from 2-6 inches in diameter.
Tel. +49 (2241) 489-100, fax +49 (2241) 489-255.
Ovenless rotomolder offered in N. America
McHenry, Ill., compounder Chroma Corp. is the exclusive North American distributor of an ovenless rotational molding machine from Australia.
Wytkin Design of Perth, Australia, designed the machine. Chroma has the machine at its new, 25,000-square-foot technical center in McHenry.
Tel. (815) 385-8100, fax (815) 385-1518.
Grnaulator handles pipe, profile scrap
A new heavy-duty granulator from Polymer Systems Inc. has a 12-foot, side-feed chute designed for handling extrusion scrap such as vinyl pipes and profiles.
Throat size on the model 1626 is 16 by 26 inches.
A three-blade rotor configuration provides efficient granulating, the Berlin, Conn., company said.
Polymer Systems also makes large-size granulators that measure 24 by 41 inches, 36 by 56 inches and 36 by 74 inches.
Tel. (860) 828-0541, fax (860) 829-1313.
Robot manufacturer extends product line
Clinton, Mass.-based robot maker Automated Assemblies Corp. has added larger sizes in its AZ-1000 and AZ-100 M3 series of robots.
AZ-1000 robots now are available with traverse strokes of 140, 160 and 200 inches, with up to a 75-inch reach. Automated Assemblies created the bigger robots for an automotive molder running a part on a 1,500-ton press. The molding machine is part of a cell that includes printing and an integrated handling system for inserts and molded parts.
AZ-100 robots now have traverse strokes of up to 100 inches. Reach configurations are available of 20, 30, 40 and 60 inches.
Tel. (508) 368-8914, fax (508) 368-0986.
Leistritz introduced coextrusion package
A new player in stereolithography machines, Aaroflex Inc., claims it Solid Imager is the first to use both raster and vector modes, making it very fast.
Solid Imager creates three-dimensional models by directing a laser through a resin bath, solidifying the part. It works with computer-aided design, computer tomogram and magnetic resonance imaging files.
The Fairfax, Va., company said Solid Imager can make parts measuring a 25-inch cube. Even larger capacities are available as custom orders.
In the raster mode, the machine scans the entire surface from one end to the other, eliminating jumps back to a dry joint.
The rapid prototyping machine also has a new feature, SmartScan, which Aaroflex claims boosts speed and efficiency by reducing scanning time.
Tel. (703) 573-0690, fax (703) 849-1206.
Controller intended for small processors
Barber-Colman Co. of Loves Park, Ill., said its Foxtraker system, which charts manufacturing information, is available for $25,000.
Foxtraker runs on Windows NT. It works with injection molding, extrusion and blow molding.
The package connects four processing machines to a single supervisory personal computer station. With Foxtraker, Barber-Colman is hoping to crack a big market: management information systems for small and midsize plastics processors.
Tel. (815) 637-3000, fax (815) 637-5341.
Motionmaster offers new dual-table router
Motionmaster Inc. of Vista, Calif., has developed a new router, model SB-85T.
The computer numerically controlled router has dual tables measuring 8 feet by 5 feet and extra-long travel length in the bridge direction. A tool carriage carries four 30-taper spindles, two nine-spindle boring units and a removable saw.
The saw rotates pneumatically up to 90 degrees.
Tel. (619) 639-1444, fax (619) 639-1413.
Controllers designed to reduce energy use
Controllers from Performance Control LLC reduce motor energy consumption, according to the Ann Arbor, Mich., company.
Performance Control said granulators, air compressors and conveyors are some of the motors that can benefit from the technology. The self-contained controller mounts between an alternating current motor and the motor starter. Electronic circuits constantly sense the motor's workload and feed the motor only the exact amount of energy required at any time.
Tel. (313) 975-9111, fax (313) 975-9115.
Tunnel diverter valve cuts back downtime
A tunnel diverter valve from Premier Pneumatics Inc. of Salina, Kan., reduces the downtime for maintenance, the company said.
Seals can be reached without disturbing the valve's installed position, and without removing the housing, rotor or bearings.
Two types of seals are available. O-rings work for conveying pellets. Premier Pneumatics recommends air-assist seals for powdered or abrasive materials.
Tel. (913) 826-9302, fax (913) 825-8759.