Senior reporter Bill Bregar gathered these product introductions at Plastics Fair Chicago, held June 15-17 in Rosemont, Ill.
1999 Chicago show draws 3,565 visitors
Plastics Fair Chicago, held June 15-17 in Rosemont, drew 3,565 attendees, according to Julie Ichiba, show manager for Advanstar Communications.
Additionally, a total of 1,316 exhibitor personnel came to the show, to work booths taken out by 250 companies, Ichiba said.
Advanstar Communications, based in Cleveland, will hold its next plastics trade show Nov. 9-11 in Charlotte, N.C.
Sterling introduces servo-driven robot
Products introduced by Milwaukee-based Sterling Inc. include a servo-driven robot and a press-side granulator.
SA robots from Sterltech Automation run on injection molding machines with clamping forces from 50-6,000 tons. They can hold as much as 130 pounds.
Heavy-duty linear bearings come on all axes. A hand-held pendant makes setting and running the robots easy, according to the company.
Sterling's Ball & Jewell division announced the Maverick granulators. Features include easy clean-out through a wing-out door. After talking to customers, the company put simple on/off switches on the front of the machines, where they are easily reached.
The Sterlco division showed a rugged, compact temperature controller called the Royal Series. A clamshell design, which opens by loosening a single screw, makes the controller simple to maintain, the company said.
Tel. (414) 354-0970.
Ultrasonic welder boasts high precision
Sonics & Materials Inc. displayed a new ultrasonic welder, the ElectroPress.
The company, based in Newtown, Conn., said the welder boasts a high level of precision for close-tolerance assembly. A stepper-motor transport controls the advancing speed and final position of the ultrasonic horn.
Sonics & Materials also has designed a large ultrasonic welder, Model 1595, for welding large parts, engineering resins and some polyolefins.
Tel. (203) 270-4600, fax (203) 270-4610.
Sister firms exhibit push-button panel
Barber-Colman Co. and its sister company, Eurotherm plc, rolled out a new Maco XL PB operator interface with a push-button controller, instead of a computer screen.
Each key is labeled with a machine function icon. An opening on the back of the panel lets a technician easily remove and replace icons.
The interface can hold up to 23 buttons. The unit can be used with distributed input/output. An interface board can connect the controller to a variety of protocols, such as Ethernet, Modbus, Control Net, Device Net, Profibus DP and Interbus-S.
At Rosemont, Barber-Colman, of Loves Park, Ill., also showed its Maco DS, a distributed system with a personal-computer-based operation. Plastics Fair Chicago marked the first U.S. showing of Maco DS, which was introduced at K'98 last year in Germany.
Tel. (800) 243-4343.
Mastercam software improves feed rates
Mastercam/CNC Software Inc. of Tolland, Conn., said its HighFeed software automatically modifies numerical control programs to make them run faster and more efficiently.
HighFeed optimizes feed rates based on the volume of material being removed. The rate decreases if more material is removed; it increases if less material is removed.
Each machine tool can reach its maximum efficiency zone, where it runs as fast as possible without damaging itself or making bad parts.
Tel. (800) 228-2877.
Central controller has numerous capabilities
Mould-Tek Industries Inc. said its new central vacuum pump controller, the ConveyPacer III Series S, is efficient and easy to use.
It operates two vacuum pumps simultaneously, filling any combination of up to 32 stations. It can sequence single- and dual-material inlet vacuum loaders for fill times, and also can control the ratio of materials in several layers.
Dual material loading is easily programmed on the main panel and the panel at each individual vacuum loader.
Mould-Tek is in Scarborough, Ontario.
Tel. (416) 285-5400, fax (416) 285-5432.
Pantone slims down color-chip package
Pantone Inc. has resurrected and improved its molded color-chip package for color matching of plastics.
Pantone's Plastics Color System has a total of 2,820 transparent chips, said Jay de Sibour, senior director of sales and marketing.
Several years ago, Carlstadt, N.J.-based Pantone introduced actual plastic chips, so molders and designers would have something tangible to hold, instead of looking at chips printed on paper. De Sibour said the old system came in bulky cabinets, and customers had to buy the whole set.
The new system is packaged in three-ring binders. Customers can buy any number of chips — even just a single one, he said.
A complete set costs $3,195. One chip? It's $2.95.
Tel. (201) 935-5500, fax (201) 896-0242.
Novatec controller located beside press
Novatec Inc. showed an Exxpand controller that is located right at each injection molding machine.
Traditionally, on a vacuum conveying system, a central control panel runs all injection molding machines, with wires running from each back to the controller. Exxpand is more flexible, because new machines can be added by simply splicing into the single-line system. There is no disruption in other controllers if one goes down, the Baltimore firm said.
Tel. (410) 789-4811, fax (410) 789-3051.