CHICAGO (July 11, 4:35 p.m. EDT) — Makers of machinery tried to lure plastics processors at NPE 2000. For Moog Inc., the target audience was the equipment manufacturers themselves.
Moog´s Industrial Controls Division showed three "next-generation" devices designed to improve control of injection molding machines, blow molders and robots.
East Aurora, N.Y.-based Moog will partner with individual machinery suppliers and custom design the systems using components now being produced by Moog, spokeswoman Elizabeth Gerwitz said in an interview June 22 at Moog´s NPE booth.
Sean Insalaco, marketing manager, said the new products "address overall industry trends toward improved performance, reduced energy consumption and reduced control system costs."
The products are:
* A swash-plate pump to move hydraulic fluid to the injection unit. The pump features a fixed-speed, variable-displacement motor that keeps running at the same speed all the time. The company claims that reduces energy consumption and is cheaper to install than other types of devices.
* A variable-speed, fixed displacement using a gear pump, brushless motors and a programmable servo drive. Moog presented the pump as an alternative to swash-plate technology.
* An "intelligent" injection manifold with a built-in motion controller. The unit measures injection speed and pressure and features a distributed control setup, eliminating the need for machinery makers to assemble and test hydraulic components at the component level.
Moog also showed other new technologies, including the servo-proportional valves, a compact digital servo drive and brushless servo motors; and for blow molding machines, a controller and the ParCon parison programmer.
The ParCon is designed for continuous extrusion, accumulator-head or reciprocating screw machines. Moog offers it in 100- or 200-point versions. Each controller can run up to three parison heads.