Machine controllers and process technology will keep getting smarter at NPE 2000. Barber-Colman Co. (Booth N6016): Maco DS/EM3 controlling injection molding machines, extruders or blow molders. A Maco Lite family with a larger screen and more functions in a small cabinet. AC and DC input options on its Series 7 of power controllers. A Model 2604 melt pressure controller. Parison programming on the Maco DS blow molding controller, and an extrusion control system.
Branden Technologies Inc. (Booth N6569): Software for real-time, plantwide process and production reporting delivered over the Internet.
Cinpres Ltd. (Booth N8213): "Nitrogenerator" that supplies nitrogen gas at medium pressure, a live display of melt manipulation, an electric gas nozzle.
Digital Technologies Inc. (Booth E11116): Conversion of standard injection molding machines to electric presses.
Gain Technologies (Booth N7556): Automatic shut-off nozzle for gas-assisted injection molding, requiring no hydraulics or pneumatics. Redesigned nitrogen generators. Controllers and pressure intensification units for both low- and high-pressure gas.
Hunkar Laboratories Inc. (Booth S1268): The DAC-IV closed-loop control for injection molding, SPC Pro V software for Windows, the Smart 3000 blow molding controller and an improved portable machine analyzer.
Moog Inc., Industrial Controls Division (Booth S1468): Machine controllers for injection presses and blow molding machines, an "intelligent injection manifold" with servo-proportional valves and a built-in motion controller, a variable-speed pump, compact digital servo-drive, brushless servo motors and a parison programer.
Solid Controls Inc. (Booth S905): Low-cost SmartSet control system for injection molding.
Trexel Inc. (Booth S4144): The company's technology of putting microscopic bubbles into parts that are made by injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. The MuCell process also will run on machines at machinery makers Arburg Inc., Engel North America and Milacron Inc.
Westland Corp. (Booth N5759): A screw and barrel set that converts a thermoplastic injection molding machine to a thermoset machine.