RJG releases updated DartVision software
RJG Technologies Inc. introduced a new version of its DartVision 4.0 plantwide process monitoring software, and two transducers.
The Phlat-File version of DartVision is faster, uses less disk space and provides more control of data, according to the firm. Users can choose how much data they can see at any time. Data compression has been increased by a factor of 10.
One key feature, the Data Analyzer, shows all stored data for a specific tool. Users pick a molding time frame, and the analyzer loads all trend data cycle by cycle. As many as 7,000 points for each parameter can be displayed, which is 3,000 more points than the previous model.
In transducers, RJG's T-425 can slide easily in and out of a mold without taking the tool apart. The transducer's stainless-steel button sensor element is encapsulated in an injection molded nylon shell, which then is fastened to a hose that houses the sensor's wires.
Another new transducer, the T-6153, is designed to work in small molds without ejector pins. It senses pressure by coming in direct contact with the part. The tiny, 6-millimeter column surface can be contoured to match the shape of a part.
RJG also announced it is sponsoring a cavity pressure control forum on mold pressure sensing for injection molding on the Plastics Network. Access the forum at www.plasticsnet.com/scripts/ Forums/index.cfm.
The company is based in Traverse City, Mich.
Tel. (616) 947-3111, fax (616) 947-6403.
Direct-current drive gives digital control
Control Techniques Drives, a division of Emerson Electric Co., said its Quantum/Mentor direct-current drives give full digital control of new and retrofit extruders.
The drives are available from 5-1,000 horsepower. Built-in logic features mean extruder manufacturers can eliminate the programmable logic controller from their machine control packages, the Amherst, N.Y., firm claims.
Tel. (800) 828-0550 or (716) 837-5652, fax (716) 837-5434.
Laser engraver/cutter suitable for plastics
Epilog Corp.'s Radius laser engraving and cutting system works on plastic parts.
Applications include making two-dimensional prototypes, parts identification, signs, templates and point-of-purchase displays.
The machine's cutting/engraving/marking field measures 24 by 18 by 22 inches. The company is based in Golden, Colo.
Tel. (303) 277-1188, fax (303) 277-9669.
Sonologic II monitors materials in storage
The Sonologic II ultrasonic leveling system from Kistler-Morse continuously monitors material stored in bins, tanks, silos and hoppers.
It can check as many as 16 vessels containing powders, solids, liquids or slurries. An integral keypad lets the user customize information, the Seattle firm said.
Tel. (800) 426-9010 or (425) 486-6600, fax (425) 402-1500.
Interactive CD-ROM can teach part design
A. Routsis Associates Inc. is offering an interactive CD-ROM Training Series on Plastic Part Design.
The six-disc series covers product development and prototype processes; mechanical behavior of polymers; mold filling, gating and weld line considerations; shrinkage, warpage and part ejection; mechanical fasteners, press fits and snap fits; and welding and adhesives bonding technology.
The Dracut, Mass., company said the course takes nine to 12 hours to complete.
Virtual-reality animation demonstrates product failure, assembly techniques, shrinkage, warpage, fatigue over time and cyclic stress.
Tel. (978) 957-0700, fax (978) 957-1860.
Delta sells controller for molding machines
Vancouver, Wash.-based Delta Computer Systems Inc. is selling a new RMC180-Profi servo-motion controller for machinery that does blow molding, injection and reaction injection molding and extrusion.
The controller runs on a Profibus open-architecture field bus. It controls eight motion axes for precise, point-to-point linear positioning.
Tel. (360) 254-8688, fax (360) 254-5435.