Plastics News reporter Steve Toloken reported the following product news from K'98, held Oct. 22-29 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Incoe introduces temperature system
Incoe Corp. introduced a new temperature control system, the MTC, designed for hot runner systems with more than 100 control zones. It can be used economically on systems with as few as 12 zones.
The system has a touch screen monitor. The company introduced the model at the K'98 show.
Incoe also introduced its new DF series of hot runner, with pneumatic or hydraulic control, 14 different gate channels and five flow channel diameters, from 5-25 millimeters.
Incoe is based in Troy, Mich.
Tel. (248) 616-0220, fax (248) 616-0225.
Gammaflux debuts controllers, monitor
Gammaflux L.P. is introducing a new line of hot runner system temperature controllers, the GLC 2K. The new system was introduced at the K'98 show and is designed to be as close as possible to an ``off-the-shelf'' system that is usable around the world.
The GLC 2K features picture icons on the control panel, a compact footprint of 19 inches by 8 inches by 15 inches, RS-232 or RS485 interfaces and internal programmable security. The system supports 12 zones, and can be expanded to a 24 or 36 zone system.
Sterling, Va.-based Gammaflux also has developed a new remote monitor for its Series 9500 control system. The monitor includes an Ethernet interface.
Gammaflux also unveiled a new logo at the K show.
Tel. (703) 471-5050, fax (703) 689-2131.
Ultrasmall nozzles allow cost reduction
Mold-Masters Ltd. unveiled ultrasmall nozzles that are metal injection molded, which the company said will allow it to cut costs by 25 percent for a nozzle and 10 percent for an entire system.
The MIM-Dura nozzles include a fishhook thermocouple that is 0.2 millimeter from the heater and close to the tip for accurate gate temperature. The tips are tungsten carbide alloy. The nozzles allow shot sizes up to 1.75 ounces.
Georgetown, Ontario-based Mold-Masters also unveiled its Online Design Guide Dec. 1. The system, accessible at www.mold masters.com, helps users design a hot runner system.
Tel. (905) 877-0185, fax (905) 873-2818.
Powershape designes solid, surface models
Delcam plc has a new modelling software package, Powershape, that provides a hybrid system that can design solid and surface models.
Solid and surface models are made using a single toolbar with an ``intelligent cursor'' that provides construction points, intersection points, dimensions and other information at the cursor position.
Delcam, based in Birmingham, England, also has a new automated assembly modelling system for molds, PS-Mold, and software called PS-Draft, which can quickly produce full engineering drawings from CAD models in first angle, third angle, user defined and sectional views.
Tel. +44 (121) 766-5544, fax +44 (121) 766-5511.
Software lets molders use multiple formats
An improved version of production monitoring software from Plantstar, a division of Syscon International Inc., allows molders to arrange, print and export information from the host database in a variety of formats.
The Panorama version 2.3 allows real-time data to be exported into programs such as MS Excel, Access, Lotus Notes and HTML. The Custom Report Writer module for Panorama allows the user to create graphic information with text supplements.
The software can be used to analyze machine performance patterns to improve maintenance and generate plant efficiency reports. Syscon is based in South Bend, Ind.
Tel. (219) 232-3900, fax (219) 287-5916.