Plastics News reporter Bill Bregar covered these items from Antec '98, held April 26-30 in Atlanta.
Part Adviser gets new CAD features
Moldflow Corp. unveiled Release 2.0 of Part Adviser part design software at Antec.
Moldflow of Lexington, Mass., introduced Part Adviser at NPE 1997, boasting that the mold-filling simulation software is easily integrated with separate computer-aided-design systems. Now the firm says 2.0 also can be integrated directly with these CAD systems: Pro/Engineer Release 20, Unigraphics Release 14, SolidWorks 98 and AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop Release 2.0.
More-experienced users can optimize the design by adjusting processing conditions and injection time. Also, more than 150 materials were added to the database.
Another new feature: Users can generate a Web-based report and post it to their intranet or Internet site.
Berstorff launches Southern sales site
Extruder maker Berstorff Corp., which is relocating its headquarters from Charlotte, N.C., to sister company Krauss-Maffei Corp.'s operations in Florence, Ky., has set up a sales and service office in Charlotte.
Charlotte will be Berstorff's first regional office, covering the southern United States.
Both Berstorff and Krauss-Maffei are owned by Germany's Mannesmann AG. The Krauss-Maffei facility in Kentucky is being expanded for Berstorff.
At Antec, Berstorff introduced an extruder with an Ultra Glide design. A motorized gearbox slides back, pulling the screw out of the barrel so operators can inspect the screw. The machine is designed for laboratory work or small-batch color compounding where quick changes are important, the firm said.
Extruder supplier makes name change
Merritt Davis Corp., a Hamden, Conn., maker of single-screw extruders, is now going by Merritt Extruder/Davis Electric.
Stephen Peterson, vice president, said the company wanted to avoid confusion with competitor Davis-Standard Corp.
When Merritt was founded in 1991, its original name was Merritt Extruder Corp. That was changed to Merritt Davis Corp. in 1994, to reflect the firm's sister company, Davis Electric Co., which makes equipment for the wire, cable and fiber-optic industries.