Hosokawa introduces reclaim machinery
Hosokawa Alpine American of Natick, Mass., has introduced the RE series of reclaim machinery, in six sizes of extruder diameters from 60-160 millimeters.
Outputs range from 220-2,000 pounds an hour.
The Alpine system grinds plastic scrap into a light fluff. A hydraulic crammer feeds the fluff into the extruder. A hydraulic screen changer removes contaminants from the melt. The equipment water-cools and dries the pellets, then moves them to a silo.
Tel. (508) 655-1123, fax (508) 655-9337.
Ball & Jewell unveils flexible granulators
Ball & Jewell of North Uxbridge, Mass., a division of Sterling Inc., has introduced the easy-to-modify Flex System Granulator.
Processors can pick from three packages, including manual to vacuum bins, open or flywheel drives and cutting chambers measuring 8 by 10 inches or 10 by 12 inches.
Sterling is a unit of Harbour Group Ltd. of St. Louis.
Tel. (508) 278-9930, fax (508) 278-6452.
SCS sensor detects in-mold impedances
A new, in-mold impedance sensor from Signature Control Systems Inc. of Englewood, Colo., is rated for use up to 500° F and 30,000 pounds per square inch.
SCS said the IMS-400 sensor is designed for injection and compression molding. Used with the firm's SmartCure process control software, the sensor optimizes cycle times, improves product uniformity, cuts scrap and automatically adjusts to variations such as changes in the resin.
Tel. (303) 783-0500, fax (303) 783-0800.
Kansas firm boasts grease-free molding
Henry T. Holmes wants to get grease out of your life.
Holmes, who invented the Greaseless Mold Carrier and Alignment System, is president of Greaseless Concepts LLC of Lawrence, Kan.
The greaseless carrier aligns the mold sections independent of the mold guide systems, such as side and top locks, leader pins and taper locks. It also replaces the feet that slide on the injection molding machine's tie rods to support the center section of stack molds.
Mold mounting brackets are used to adapt stack molds or single-face molds to the carrier. Once a common carrier system is on the press, mold mounting brackets adapt new molds to the system.
Holmes said bottom leader pins on molds without ejector plates can be removed. In ejector-plate molds, the bottom leader pins can be reversed, making the dropout area grease-free.
Tel. (785) 843-5327.
Diamond Black offers mold-release coating
Diamond Black Technologies Inc. introduced a patented DiamondBlack boron carbide ceramic coating for molds.
DiamondBlack imparts a low-friction, lubricious surface for improved mold release. A thin coating follows the mold's shape without rounding off sharp edges or building up in corners.
The company is based in Conover, N.C.
Tel. (800) 368-9968, fax (828) 322-4636, e-mail [email protected] patch.com.
Hunkar Labs releases Source 1.1 software
Hunkar Laboratories Inc. of Cincinnati has released Version 1.1 of Source, its process and production management software.
The original Version 1.0 debuted at NPE 1997. It runs on Windows 95, 98 and NT and boasts a database based on Microsoft Access.
Source 1.1 expands the software to other production equipment, regardless of type of machinery or material used, such as packaging, automated assembly and materials-handling.
Tel. (513) 272-1010, fax (513) 272-0013.
Siemens upgrades Simatic controller
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. has issued Release 2.0 of its Simatic 505 TurboPlastic Module controller for injection presses.
Siemens of Alpharetta, Ga., said 2.0 is easier to use and more flexible than earlier controllers. For example, a new, clamp-open safety option allows users to determine time delay or pressure threshold before a clamp-open profile is entered.
Siemens is offering a free upgrade for current Simatic users.
Tel. (770) 751-2241, e-mail [email protected]
Dansk Stryropack A/S making EPS printers
A Danish company, Dansk Styropack A/S, is making printing machines for expanded polystyrene packaging, and an EPS mold washer.
Dansk Styropack of Glejbjerg, Denmark, makes EPS packaging. Its technical division makes equipment and molds for sale to outside companies.
The silk-screen printer, called 2rackel, uses water-based ink. The washer can clean molds in 30 minutes, as opposed to several hours for traditional equipment.
Tel. +45 7979 8111, fax +45 7979 8112.