Mag-Plastic offers new MSB machine Mag-Plastic North America Inc., the U.S. unit of Switzerland's Mag-Plastic SA, has introduced the MSB (for modular stretch blow molding) machine to run PET bottles.
Production can be increased incrementally from 6,000 to 30,000 bottles per hour just by adding modules. That keeps a bottler's initial capital investment to a minimum, said the company in Alpharetta, Ga.
Tel. (770) 887-3697, fax (770) 887-9206.
Hosokawa granulator has easy-feed option
Hosokawa Polymer Systems of Berlin, Conn., introduced its largest slow-speed granulator and a new option that feeds roll stock into its granulators.
The SS167 granulator sits beside the injection press to grind longer sprues, runners and small parts. The hopper opening measures 18.5 inches by 23.5 inches. It has a 16-inch-by-7-inch feed throat.
Roll feed is now an option for Hosokawa Polymer Systems, for easy feeding into the hopper of film and sheet scrap, such as carpet runners and weatherstripping. The drive can be set to any speed. The roll feed comes with openings from 6-48 inches wide.
Tel. (860) 828-0541, fax (860) 829-1313.
Process Control debuts online blender control
Now, you can surf the Web ... and check on your gravimetric blender.
Atlanta-based Process Control Corp. has introduced PCCWeb, an embedded Web server with a built-in Ethernet port. PCCWeb allows users to control one of the company's Guardian series of gravimetric blenders with only a standard computer with a Web browser.
A technician on a personal computer, anywhere in the world, can control and monitor the blender — and change settings, if necessary — after accessing a security system.
No special software or hardware is required to download recipes or monitor and control the blender. Because the Web pages are pre-designed, the users only need to have basic Internet skills to operate the machine.
Tel. (770) 449-8810, fax (770) 449-5445.
Yushin offers robots, updates AN controller
Yushin America Inc. has rolled out two sprue-picker robots and updated its hand-held AN controller.
The tiny mini-HopIII robot runs on injection presses with clamping forces of just 10-30 tons. It is designed to be mounted on narrow platens with small strokes. Yushin of Cranston, R.I., will show the mini-HopIII at NPE 2000.
Yushin also introduced the ATM-120 takeout robot for presses with as much as 300 tons of clamping force. An alternating-current servo motor gives the traverse axis the same stopping precision of other Yushin servo-driven robots. Air powers the main arm and kick axis.
Yushin engineers have made the AN controller easier to handle and use. The AN includes storage for 10 setups.
Tel. (401) 463-1800, fax (401) 463-1810, e-mail [email protected] yushin.com.
Colortronic blender can run six stations
Colortronic Inc.'s Ultrablend II features a compact, modular design and can run six blending stations.
The gravimetric blender comes in four sizes, with throughputs up to 4,000 pounds an hour. Features include quick-exchange storage hoppers, a dual-load cell, an easy-to-clean mixing chamber, infrared level sensor and a parabolic bowl that the company says improves blending.
Colortronic is based in Runnemede, N.J.
Tel. (865) 312-9600, fax (856) 312-9696.
Foremost promotes vacuum chambers
Foremost Machine Builders Inc. of Fairfield, N.J., said its new vacuum chambers work well with dusty regrind or virgin material.
The chambers can be used in a standard central vacuum loading system, because a pneumatic pulse-jet cleaning process runs automatically. The chambers use six polyester filter bags.
Tel. (973) 227-0700, fax (973) 227-7307, e-mail [email protected]