Conair bringing out blender, pelletizer
Conair Group of Emsworth, Pa., has developed two new products: a pelletizer for long-fiber-reinforced plastics and a gravimetric blender, the MicroAutoWeigh.
The MicroAutoWeigh blender uses micro-pulsing dispensing valves to blend in from 1-50 pounds of ingredients per hour.
On the long-fiber compounding front, the new pelletizer will help compounders of LFR materials boost their line speeds, Conair said. Until recently, conventional pelletizer feed mechanisms were able to keep up with extrusion line speeds, the company said. But as extrusion rates rose, strands no longer fed properly, making the pellet size and shape inconsistent.
Conair's solution was to marry its S-Series strand pelletizer and a 36-inch-wide extrusion puller that feeds strands into the pelletizer feed rolls. Continuous strands of fiber reinforcement are fed through a strand die and wet out by resin, then routed through a water bath and to the pelletizer.
Tel. (412) 312-6000, fax (412) 312-6320.
Rotolog Jr. cuts cost of process controls
Ferry Industries Inc. has developed Rotolog Jr., an entry-level version of its Rotolog.
Rotolog Jr. monitors temperature data at several locations in and around the mold. The Stow, Ohio, firm said that helps reduce setup times for new molds, optimizes heating and cooling stages and maintains quality control. A portable, battery-operated receiver displays the data.
Rotolog products are made by Rotosystems Ltd. in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ferry markets Rotolog in North America.
Tel. (330) 688-4400, fax (330) 686-0507, e-mail [email protected]
Web's Avalanche 200 kills plastic static
It's a mouthful—the Avalanche 200 Feedback Ionization System—but Web Systems Inc.'s new product removes static from plastic parts.
The Avalanche 200 continuously displays detailed information about static bar, generator and ionization status. Web Systems, of Boulder, Colo., is targeting the device to film extruders, converters, blow molders, compounders and sheet makers.
Tel. (303) 440-4868, fax (303) 442-8078.
A. Routsis CD-ROM trains blow molders
A CD-ROM training series on extrusion blow molding is available from A. Routsis Associates Inc. in Dracut, Mass.
Five courses are presented: an introduction, understanding the machine, resin control, container quality and the calibration station.
Students can post questions during the course; the supervisor can track each student's progress and respond to questions.
Meredith Springfield Associates, an engineering firm specializing in extrusion blow molding, designed the technical content.
Tel. (978) 957-0700, fax (978) 957-1860.