C-Mold rolls out new line of CAE products
C-Mold has rolled out C-Mold 2000, the next generation of its computer-aided-engineering software products.
C-Mold 2000 dramatically reduces the time required to get a midplane computer model, and do a thorough molding simulation, to less than 10 hours.
The first two components of C-Mold 2000 include:
Mesh Express v99.7, which translates files to a midplane model used for mold fill simulation.
STL Expert v99.7, which requires only minutes to prepare an STL file model before Mesh Express converts it to a midplane mesh.
C-Mold plans to announce several more new C-Mold 2000 products during the next six months.
C-Mold wants to change its focus away from simply a CAE supplier to a company that helps processors manage, publish and create information, said Jim Spann, director of product marketing and communications.
Sales are handled out of Louisville, Ky.
Tel. (502) 423-4350, fax (502) 423-4369.
Wayne touts tiny extruder for film
Wayne Machine & Die Co. announced its Yellow Jacket Bantam Cast Film Systems, the smallest-ever for the company in Totowa, N.J.
Featuring screw diameters from one-quarter inch to five-eighths inch, the Bantam extruders produce cast films up to 6 inches wide and 0.01 inch thick.
A water-cooled, chrome-plated chill roll is standard.
Tel. (973) 256-7374, fax (973) 256-1778, e-mail [email protected] .net.
Moldflow takes aim at project engineers
Moldflow Corp. of Ithaca, N.Y., recently introduced Project Engineer software, which it claimed is the first plastics CAE software for project engineers. Project Engineer requires no computer-aided-design model geometry or finite element analysis.
The software can help designers select materials, determine moldability, size and balance runners, minimize part thickness, estimate mold design and calculate part volumes.
The company also launched 3D QuickFill Release 99.7, the latest version of its fill simulation software
Tel. (781) 674-0085, fax (781) 674-0267.
Fischer blow molder is all-electric unit
Fischer-W. Muller Blasformtechnik GmbH of Troisdorf, Germany, has developed a series of fully electric blow molding machines with twin blowing stations, models FMB 1-2 D and FMB 1-4 D.
Dry cycle time is under two seconds. Servo motors create rapid movements with good accuracy and short acceleration/deceleration times. Ball screws move the two clamping units horizontally.
A joint servo drive moves the clamp into the blowing position. The company has a patent pending on the twin-platen clamping unit.
Tel. +49 (211) 8243-6012, fax +49 (211) 8243-6035.
LCI screen changer introduced by Maag
Maag Pump Systems Textron Inc. of Matthews, N.C., has introduced an LCI screen changer — just a month after Maag bought LCI International's fluid systems division.
At the recent Antec show in New York, Maag showed a single-piston continuous screen changer, the SP-C. The screens are housed inside the piston, and the unit can run two screens at the same time.
A hydraulic cylinder with remote, push-button control, moves the piston, the company said.
Tel. (704) 841-3548, fax (704) 841-3547.
Solvay SA offering degradable polymer
Belgian polymer producer Solvay SA has developed its own answer to a growing demand for biodegradable plastics — a new product based on the company's Capa polycaprolactone.
Designed to be easily blown into film using standard equipment, the polymer offers a technical solution for applications including agricultural films, bags and gardening items.
It also can be used for compostable packaging such as waste or supermarket bags and fruit and vegetable packaging, according to Brussels-based Solvay.
The group says the new polyesters are easily processed using normal thermoplastic processing techniques, and can be welded, printed and converted in a variety of forms. The product is part of the Capa range available from Solvay's Caprolactones Business Unit of Warrington, England.
Tel: +32 (2) 509-6454; fax. +32 (2) 509-7240.
AlphaFary trumpets phthalate-free PVC
AlphaGary Corp. has announced availability of phthalate-free vinyl compounds for use in medical devices, infant toys and other regulated products.
The Superkleen compounds use Food and Drug Administration-approved phthalate-free plasticizers.
The Leominster, Mass.-based compounder also is offering an improved range of color concentrates designed for cable insulation applications.
The Smokeguard concentrates are available in 10 colors, and are designed to complement AlphaGary's newly engineered Smokeguard III insulation and jacketing compounds. They were designed to improve performance for smoke-generation and fire-spread requirements, and perform better during cold-weather applications.
AlphaGary makes specialty compounds, including PVC, olefins, nylon alloys and cross-linked polyethylene.
Tel. (978) 537-8071, fax (978) 840-0856.