CHICAGO (July 26, 2:50 p.m. EDT) — In the months before NPE, Mokon modified its circulating liquid temperature-control systems as needed to meet a Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. guideline and the National Fire Protection Association´s standard 79 for industrial machinery.
Mokon´s Thomas Valentine, who was involved in developing the SPI guideline, is a former chairman of the SPI auxiliary section. He indicated an interest "some day" in seeing the SPI guideline become a standard. Mokon employs 60 in Buffalo, N.Y., and is one of four divisions of Protective Closures Co.
"Our changes were primarily associated with electrical-wiring practices," Valentine said in an interview at Mokon´s booth at NPE, held June 19-23 in Chicago. "Branch fusing is probably the biggest thing" involving modifications in electrical enclosures with horizontal hinges. The fire code requires vertical hinges.
"Some of our systems — oil systems and chillers — have met that code with simple modifications," he said. "Our water systems needed to have a few things added, like fusing throughout."
At NPE, Mokon introduced a new $2,000 compact water system, the Hydrotherm, aimed to satisfy market urgency.
"We are finding it is a requirement to meet fast delivery times," said Valentine, Mokon vice president of sales and marketing. "The market is changing. We are trying to get the things in stock to meet the customer demands. It is just critical to be delivery-conscious."
Protective Closures, founded in 1948, is part of Mark IV Industries Inc. of Amherst, N.Y.