Shred-Tech offers 10-200 HP shredders
Cambridge, Ontario-based Shred-Tech said its STS line of single-rotor shredders offers "German engineering at North American prices."
STS shredders range in size from 10-200 horsepower. The machines process plastic scrap, and grind down scrap from computers, electronics and other consumer products.
Tel. (519) 621-3560, fax (519) 621-0688, e-mail [email protected] shred-tech.com.
Shredding machines come in two layouts
Shred Pax Inc., of Wood Dale, Ill., offers both horizontal and vertical layouts for its AZ-7 shredder.
The cutting chamber on both types of the shredder measures 14 inches wide by 17 inches high. The machines have 27 knives of variable thicknesses.
Shred Pax can make custom-designed hoppers. The machines also come with in-feed and discharge conveyors.
Tel. (630) 595-6102, fax (630) 595-7175.
Big Shot unit allows high-volume runs
Novatec Inc.'s Big Shot is a material discharge unit with a big appetite.
The vacuum-chamber device allows large-tonnage injection presses to use a just-in-time system that runs high volumes. The chamber is mounted to a polycarbonate sight tube. Adjustable optical sensors for the load reduce material storage at the throat of the machine.
Big Shot mounts to a slide plate that moves off the machine throat for easy clean out during material changes.
Novatec is based in Baltimore.
Tel. (410) 789-4811, fax (410) 789-4638, e-mail [email protected] tec.com.
Zapper available in 1,000, 2,000 watts
Meet the Zapper from Ultrasonics For Less.
The company in Sparks, Nev., said the ultrasonic welder comes in two models. The Zapper PW-10 is a 1,000-watt welder for joining smaller parts. The PW-20 has 2,000 watts of power for larger, or difficult-to-weld parts.
Both welders are small, bench- top units that do welding, heat staking, inserting, spot welding and degating of plastic parts. They also can seal plastic films or synthetic fabrics.
Tel. (775) 358-9607, fax (775) 358-9613, e-mail [email protected] forless.com.
Software simulates compression molding
The Madison Group has developed a Windows-based software that simulates compression molding of thermoplastic composites, called Cadpress-Thermoplastic.
The software simulates mold filling, fiber orientation, part shrinkage and warpage, and the part's structural properties. The program takes into account solidification, fiber orientation, and non-Newtonian and nonisothermal models, according to the company, based in Madison, Wis.
Tel. (608) 231-1907, fax (608) 231-2694, e-mail [email protected] group.com.
Athena introduces hot-runner controller
Athena Controls Inc. of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., introduced the Series HRX, dubbed a compact control screen for hot-runner molds with up to 12 temperature zones.
The HRX accepts J or K thermocouple designs, on closed- or open-loop operation. The controller shows a history of temperatures from the last five to 60 minutes of molding.
Other features include on-screen help, easy-to-create set points and password protection.
Tel. (610) 828-2490, fax (610) 828-7084, e-mail [email protected]
Device pages staff with press rejections
RJG Inc. has released DART-Alert software that automatically pages a technician when an injection press rejects parts.
DARTAlert also can send a message over a plant's public address system.
RJG, of Traverse City, Mich., can customize the software for larger plants so each supervisor receives alerts to machines in his or her area.
DARTAlert works with RJG's DARTVision 5.0 software.
Tel. (231) 947-3111, fax (231) 947-6403.
CEAST USA unveils Hobbit, DAS 4000
CEAST USA Inc. is calling its portable impact-testing device the Hobbit.
CEAST introduced the Hobbit and a high-speed data acquisition system called DAS 4000, at the Plastec West 2001 show in Anaheim, Calif.
Using a free-falling striker, the Hobbit tests a range of materials, including plastic film, sheeting and molded products.
The DAS 4000 instantly draws a graph showing the various phases of failure, such as deformation, fracture initiation and fracture propagation. The system also can be used with Izod and Charpy impact pendulums.
CEAST USA is based in Fort Mill, S.C.
Tel. (803) 548-6093, fax (803) 548-1954, e-mail [email protected]
Rheometric analyzer tests solid samples
Rheometric Scientific Inc. of Piscataway, N.J., said its RSA III solids analyzer tests samples for properties related to use and wear, modulus, temperature-dependent behavior and frequency-dependent behavior.
The RSA III can test for deformation, bending, tensile strength, compression and shear.
The unit uses Rheometric's software, which runs on Windows 95, 98 or 2000.
Tel. (732) 560-8550, fax (732) 302-1043, e-mail [email protected]
Concord software cuts inventory time
Concord Business Systems Inc. reports that Tempo Plastics Ltd., a Canadian film and sheet extruder, is gathering inventory and shipping data using a scanner-equipped personal digital assistant that runs Concord software.
Tempo used to count inventory by hand, recording the results on paper then typing the information into its computer system. That took 22 hours. Using the PDA, it takes only two hours to scan bar codes and put the date into the computer.
Tempo, of Thornton, Ontario, also reports the inventory count is much more accurate now. The company also uses the device to ensure accurate shipments.
Concord, based in Kennesaw, Ga., specializes in factory data systems for companies that process film.
The Concord Palm Computing Platform is based on the SPT 1700 data collection unit from Symbol Technologies Inc.
Tel. (770) 429-0268, fax (770) 429-8774.
England's Rapra Technology Ltd. is promoting on its Web site (www.rapra.net) interactive training programs from Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester, Conn. Contact Paulson at tel. (860) 526-3099, fax (860) 526-3454.