Netstal now offering PC-based controllers
Netstal Machinery Inc. has joined the list of injection press manufacturers offering personal-computer-based controllers.
Netstal said the DSP-2 controller uses a Pentium processor and IBM's Os2 operating system. DSP stands for digital signal processing.
Molding machines can be remotely monitored in real time, via connections that use Ethernet cards.
Netstal, of Devens, Mass., said the operator interface looks just like the previous Netstal controller. The firm introduced the controller at the recent MassPlastics show, running an 88-ton Synergy press. The controller works on all Netstal brands.
Tel. (978) 772-5100, fax (978) 772-5151.
Ferry rotomolder boasts 18-foot swing
Ferry Industries Inc. in Stow, Ohio, claims its Rotospeed RS-550 rotational molding machine has the largest swing of any commercially available rotomolding machine — 18 feet.
The independent-arm machine can handle loads — total mold and product weight — up to 9,000 pounds.
The RS-550 features Ferry's unique counter-convection oven design, and a high-efficiency cooler with programmable air and water. The machine also has Ferry's new Rotocure 2.3 Systems Manager controller.
Tel. (330) 688-4400, fax (330) 686-0507.
Polyshot introduces edge gate system
Hot-runner maker Polyshot Corp. of Henrietta, N.Y., has introduced the E-1.5000 Edge Gate System.
The edge gate links with Polyshot's 075M Manifold System, allowing gating into the sides of molded parts. Each nozzle can be configured to gate two, three, four, six or eight parts.
The system can process both engineering and commodity resins.
Tel. (716) 359-1660, fax (716) 359-8849.
Allen-Bradley boosts controllers' memory
Allen-Bradley Co. Inc. said its Pro-Set 200 injection molding machine controller now has Ethernet connectivity and an extended, 64K memory.
The Pro-Set 200 offers Ethernet with Allen-Bradley's SLC 5/05 processor. The Mayfield, Ohio-based firm said Ethernet connectivity simplifies plantwide networking, enabling users to access data easily from locations throughout a plant.
The extended memory is available with both the Allen-Bradley SLC 5/04 and SLC 5/05 controllers.
The increased memory means the controller has more programming flexibility for controlling multiple devices, such as auxiliary equipment, said Steve DeLonge, plastics business manager.
Tel. (800) 223-5654, ext. 0969, fax (800) 500-0329.
Sensor Products film measures pressure
Sensor Products Inc. of East Hanover, N.J., offers an innovative way for mold makers to check seal-offs, pressure levels or venting and matching of inserts — a film that changes color according to the amount of force applied.
Precise measurement of pounds-per-square-inch force can be determined by comparing the sensor film to a color calibration chart or by using an imaging system supplied by SPI.
Tel. (973) 884-1755, fax (973) 884-1699, e-mail [email protected] prod.com.