Milacron extruder made to save space
Cincinnati Milacron Inc.'s Batavia, Ohio-based Plastics Technologies Group has introduced a space-saving, conical, twin-screw extruder.
The Pinnacle E65 measures 123.3 inches by 55.5 inches and stands 103.3 inches tall. Milacron has designed the extruder to make vinyl pipe, profiles, siding or pellets.
The counter-rotating screws feature a large feed-zone diameter, so they have more surface area for faster, more-uniform material heating.
Milacron said the machine's ``unitized base'' simplifies installation, operation and maintenance. For example, screws can be removed from the rear of the extruder, leaving downstream equipment in place. The machine has a single electrical drop.
The machine has four barrel zones.
Tel. (888) 645-2276, fax (800) 282-8082.
Alpine American has new turret winders
Alpine American, which makes blown film equipment, has introduced a line of turret winders for film sheeting.
The Natick, Mass.-based company also has upgraded its AES control and monitoring system.
Alpine's turret winders come in a range of widths and as single or dual turret. Alpine can supply them in a range of configurations, including face-to-face, back-to-back or in stack setups.
Each winding spindle is servo controlled for smooth, precise cutovers.
Alpine can supply the winders with swing-out shafts for easy changes, or removable shafts for larger roll diameters.
Alpine's upgraded AES V uses a programmable logic controller with Wonderware's InTouch software, which runs on Windows 95. That means data can be shared with any other Windows program, according to the company.
Tel. (508) 655-1123, fax (508) 655-9337.
Controller aimed at flat sheet makers
Honeywell-Measurex has developed an on-line measurement and control system for making flat sheet, based on Windows NT.
MXProLine is suited to processes such as film and sheet extrusion, extrusion coating, biaxially oriented films, vinyl calendering and nonwovens. The equipment can check sheet or film moving at up to 16 inches a second.
MXProLine is the first offering from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's Industrial Business Unit since it introduced MXOpen in 1992. Honeywell acquired Measurex in 1997.
Tel. (408) 255-1500.
Cullom targeting bell and sprigot pipe
Pipe corrugator maker Cullom Machine Tool & Die Inc. has restructured some of its machines to handle a growing market: high density polyethylene pipe with an integral bell and spigot.
Cullom, of Cleveland, Tenn., has lengthened its 2-15-45 Vacuum Corrugator by 19 mold blocks (now it is called a 2-15-64). The company created a 42-foot mold chain, so the machine accommodates in-line bell and spigot formation.
Tel. (423) 476-2982, fax (423) 479-6368, e-mail [email protected] net. att.net.
Kunding introduces 3 measuring systems
Kundig Control Systems introduced a film width measurement and control system, a film thickness gauge and off-line thickness measurement system.
The FE-7 continuously measures film width and maintains consistent bubble volume by automatically adding and removing air.
The unit can achieve width tolerances within plus or minus 1 millimeter.
Specialized systems include the FE-7 Scanner for narrow films and the FE-7 Shrink for gusseted films such as shrink wrap for pallets.
A film controller measures thickness of blown film. An arrow indicator points to the optimal center point, to help center the die head.
The off-line Filmtest calculates average thickness with an accuracy rate of 1 percent.
Kundig is based in East Cambridge, Mass.
Tel. (617) 494-5110, fax (617) 494-8385.
Seiko Instruments offering tiny robot
The EC250, a tiny new robot from Seiko Instruments, weighs less than 30 pounds and has a horizontal reach of just 9.8 inches.
Torrance, Calif.-based Seiko said the robot is designed for small-part manufacturing, such as hard disk assembly. For a little guy, the EC250 is strong—Seiko said it can lift payloads up to 6.6 pounds.
A Class 10 clean room version, called EC250c, is also available.
Seiko also announced it reduced the price of Vision Guide, a robot guidance and inspection system, by more than 25 percent, while boosting power and moving to a Windows NT operating system. Prices now start at $11,500.
Tel. (310) 517-7860.
Multi-Router shifts conveyor flow paths
Meyer Machine Co.'s Multi-Router automatically switches flow paths when pneumatically conveying plastic resins.
The San Antonio company claims the patented system eliminates problems associated with the conventional method, hose switch stations. Multi-Router allows remote, automatic switching.
Workers no longer have to switch hoses, and air pressure is not lost because of leaking connections.
Tel. (210) 736-1811, fax (210) 736-4662.