Boy Machines offer new Procan version
Boy Machines Inc.'s new controller, the Procan CT, is the next generation of Boy's Procan 2 controller.
Improvements include Windows-based software with full-color graphics and a touch-screen. On-line prompts and a ``help'' function make the controller easier to use.
Boy of Exton, Pa., also has boosted the hardware, with a 32-bit microprocessor with additional programmable hardware logic.
Boy will continue to offer the Procan 2 on its M-series machines.
Tel. (610) 363-9121, fax (610) 363-0163, e-mail [email protected] machines.com.
Athena's controller made for hot runners
Athena Controls Inc. has developed the RMB-series hot-runner temperature controller.
New features include a new operator keypad, two large displays indicating setpoint, process temperature and diagnostics. The controller connects to type J or K thermocouples.
Athena's CompuStep bake-out function dries out heaters, preventing moisture from forming in the mold cavity during startup.
Athena is based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Tel. (800) 782-6776 or (610) 828-2490, fax (610) 828-7084, e-mail [email protected]
Autoprotect system deters mold damage
Engel Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH has introduced a computer-controlled system, Autoprotect, that prevents damage that can happen when even the smallest obstruction keeps a mold from closing.
Engel of Schwertberg, Austria, called Autoprotect a ``self-learning'' system. The unit constantly monitors pressure or speed during the cycle, displaying the data in real time on a computer screen. Autoprotect detects an obstruction by immediately recognizing a speed delay of the closing or a pressure increase in the moving cylinder. To measure the closing force, an additional pressure transducer is mounted in the high-speed clamping cylinder.
Engel North America, which represents the company in the United States and Canada, is based in Guelph, Ontario.
Tel. (519) 836-0220, fax (519) 836-3714.
Thinswitch mounts on presses with ease
Thinswitch from Burger Engineering Inc. of Olathe, Kan., is a wafer-style safety interlock for plastic injection molds.
The limit switch can be mounted easily with two screws inside the mold ejector housing. The switch verifies that the mold ejector plate is fully retracted before the mold begins to close — reducing mold damage.
Tel. (800) 764-3518 or (913) 764-3518, fax (913) 764-1714, e-mail [email protected]
Epco, Van Dorn sign licensing agreement
The Epco Division of John Brown Plastics Machinery will retrofit Van Dorn Demag Corp.'s Pathfinder controller on injection presses it remanufactures.
Both companies signed a license agreement covering the Pathfinder 1000, 3000 and 5000 controllers. All three levels are available with special sequence options such as core pull, air eject, unscrewing and automatic shutdown. Options include energy monitoring screens, robot interface, quick-mold-change systems, mold gate valves or mold cavity pressure transducer.
Epco is based in Fremont, Ohio.
Tel. (419) 334-2631, fax (419) 334-2822.
Twin-screw extruder has flexible design
Davis-Standard Corp.'s GC-61 conical twin-screw extruder is designed for custom and window profiles, vertical blinds, capstock coextrusion and material development, the Pawcatuck, Conn., firm said.
The open design on a single base has alternate drive positioning and sizing for flexibility.
Tel. (860) 599-1010, fax (860) 599-0476.
Controller designed for blown film lines
Brampton Engineering Inc. has developed the Italycs-LT controller for blown film lines with as many as three extruders.
The controller is based on the Brampton, Ontario, company's Italycs-II.
The LT, a programmable-logic, control-based system, controls temperature and composition of the film. When an operator picks a pre-set recipe, the LT sets operating temperature, layer ratio and film thickness. It monitors melt pressure, temperature and weight of the resin used.
Tel. (905) 793-3000, fax (905) 793-1753.
French firm opens sales office in Ohio
Pinette Emidecau Inc., a French maker of compression molding machines, has opened a sales office in Tiffin, Ohio.
The company makes a full line of hydraulic forming presses for running sheet molding compound and bulk molding compounding.
PEI wants to target the North American automotive industry, spokesman Wayne Foster said. PEI's customers in Europe already include Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Corp. Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG.
PEI, which also makes material handling systems, is based in Chalon-sur-Saone, France.
PEI equipment has clamping forces of 10-3,200 tons.
Tel. (419) 448-4273.
Ball & Jewell unveils SB machinery line
Ball & Jewell, a division of Sterling Inc., announced an SB line of electric- and hydraulic-powered shredders and granulators.
SB machines come with 14-inch-by-20-inch to 79-inch-by-43-inch cutting chambers that are powered by single or paired motors up to 225 horsepower.
Two parallel shafts power counter-rotating beds of hook-type cutters, breaking and shredding the scrap.
High-torque and low-speed rotation makes a safer, quieter machine with less flyback and reduced cutting-surface wear than higher-speed shredders, according to the company in North Uxbridge, Mass.
Tel. (508) 278-9930.
Dynisco HotRunners builds tech center
Dynisco HotRunners has built an advanced technology center in Gloucester, Mass., near its existing hot-runner factory.
Mark Moss, Dynisco's vice president of research and development, said the center brings together process, hot-runner, controls and sensor technology in one building. Technicians there also will work on coinjection and the Dynamic Feed injection blow molding preform system.
The center also is a customer-demonstration area.
Sharon, Mass.-based Dynisco also announced several new products:
A line of Portable Pressure Sources from Dynisco Instruments that calibrate melt-pressure transducers off-line, saving production time. One of the units, the PPS1200, simulates actual process temperatures thanks to its heated pressure port.
Heaterless hot-runner nozzles designed with advanced heat-pipe technology, for temperature uniformity across their entire length.
Dynisco Instruments' new PX series of smart, multivariable transmitters can correct pressure measurement to account for high temperatures in the molding process or ambient air.
Dynisco HotRunners developed a band heater for hot-runner nozzles, featuring a heater coil completely cast in aluminum. The heater is split along its length for easy installation over the nozzle.
Dynisco Polymer Test of Morgantown, W.Va., introduced the Aurex ultrasonic gauging system for extruded pipe and tubing. The instrument measures the dimensional stability, wall thickness, layer thickness of coextruded pipe and tubing, outside and inside diameter and concentricity.
Tel. for Instruments is (781) 784-8400, fax (781) 784-7950.
Tel. for Polymer Test is (610) 286-7555, fax (610) 286-9396.
Tel. for HotRunners is (978) 281-3810, fax (978) 281-5882.
Sailor introduces sprue-picker robots
Robot-maker Sailor USA Inc. introduced the RSP series of traversing pneumatic sprue-picker robots.
Sailor of Marietta, Ga., said traversing action is more versatile than standard stationary swing-arm movement. The RSP robots fit on injection molding presses with clamping forces of 50-400 tons.
The arm is made of lightweight extruded aluminum. Linear bearing guides make the arm fast and rigid.
The robots come with touch-panel controllers.
Tel. (770) 794-0409, fax (770) 794-0410.