Atlas Electric touts impact-testing device
Chicago-based Atlas Electric Devices Co. launched an instrument that does impact tests to any standard, including ASTM or global standards such as ISO.
Features of the API, Advanced Pendulum Impact Tester, include an Izod clamping-force adjustment, continuously variable starting angle and an automatic brake to stop the pendulum.
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Krupp W&P offers new tie-rod design
Krupp Werner & Pfleiderer Corp., which makes compounding extruders, is offering a new tie-rod design with a built-in mechanism for setting torque.
The Ramsey, N.J.-based company is featuring the new tie rods on its Megacompounders, including its new ZSK 50 model.
Also, the company is opening two satellite offices, in the Cleveland area and Charlotte, N.C.
Krupp W&P hired Michael Kohn to run its office in Willowick, Ohio. He had sold injection molded auto parts. The Charlotte office is expected to open this summer.
Tel. (201) 327-6300, fax (201) 825-6460.
Moldflow software available this month
Moldflow Corp. has released Moldflow Plastics Insight, computer-aided-engineering software that will be available this month.
MPI follows the company's Dynamic Series.
Moldflow products simulate and predict how plastic will flow into a mold. MPI features include a fully integrated, consistent environment for a midplane model, fusion and three-dimensional tetrahedral meshes, intelligent analysis wizards, automated layout of mold cavities and runners and a graphic materials manager function.
The system has Web-based communication capabilities.
Other improvements, according to the company in Lexington, Mass., are more accurate prediction of part warpage, and better simulation of part geometry with asymmetric features.
Tel. (781) 674-0085, fax (781) 674-0267.
Bales introduces mold-release plating
Bales Mold Service Inc. of Downers Grove, Ill., introduced a new type of plating it claims offers excellent mold release during plastics part manufacturing.
The company's Nicklon process combines electroless nickel plating with a deposit of polytetrafluoroethylene. Bales claims the PTFE also improves resin flow into the mold.
Creative Die Mold, a molder in Glendale Heights, Ill., has used Nicklon to treat molds for cellular telephone housings, a thin-wall part.
Tel. (630) 852-4665, fax (630) 852-4687.
Charles Ross & Son offers half-pint mixer
You can pick up a half-pint from Charles Ross & Son Co.
The Hauppauge, N.Y., company is selling a new half-pint model of its Double Planetary mixer. The tabletop model is designed for use in laboratories. Charging and viewing ports in the hood allow close observation of the mix during processing.
The mixer runs under full vacuum conditions. It comes with a variable-speed drive.
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Progressive unveils 2 shoulder bushings
Mold component maker Progressive Components of Wauconda, Ill., has introduced two new styles of shoulder bushings.
Solid alloy bronze shoulder bushings provide alignment between mold halves. Unlike steel or bronze-plated bushings, they do not gall the mating leader pins. A Teflon insert adds lubricity and prevents grease from migrating to the parting line.
Progressive also makes QC bushings from solid bronze, with a Teflon strip. That design allows a new liner to be inserted without taking apart the lower half of the mold.
Tel. (847) 487-1000, fax (847) 487-1027.
Hanna gets the OK to do FDA dye testing
Predicting a bright-colored future for PET bottles, M.A. Hanna Color has become one of the few color compounders worldwide that can run Food and Drug Administration tests for migration and extraction of dyes for PET food-contact resin.
The test method was developed by Ralph Helfner, director of environmental and regulatory services at Hanna Color in Suwanee, Ga.
Hanna does not make dyes. But as a color compounder selling colored PET to bottle molders, Hanna wants to be able to use new dyes. And in some cases, higher-strength dye can lower the price because compounders can use less, Helfer said.
But in food-contact applications, all ingredients in a package must meet FDA approval. Currently, some colorants are listed as approved in Title 21 of the FDA's Code of Federal Regulations, known as 21 CFR. Hanna now can test a broader range of dyes that are not on 21 CFR, the company said.
The tests, which measure parts per billion, are not simple. For example, the FDA migration test runs for 10 days.
Today, most PET bottles for soda and water are clear or green, but as more dyes become approved, colors of these common packages could explode, said Alan Burgess, Hanna Color's manager of new product commercialization. Already, the booming dietary-supplement market is using bright colors to make pills and herbal products stand out on crowded store shelves, he said.
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