The following items were gathered by Plastics News reporter Rhoda Miel and correspondent Michael Lauzon at Plast-Ex 2001 in Mississauga, Ontario, April 30-May 3.
Mould-Tek unveils resin-weighing system
Mould-Tek Industries Inc. has introduced a new weighing system designed to provide exact measurements of resin usage and link it to a central computer so anyone who needs to know use rates can click in and get it.
``This gives an accurate read on your true costs,'' said Brian DaSilva, general manager bulk systems division for Toronto-based Mould-Tek.
The Weigh-Inventory Transfer System, introduced during Plast-Ex 2001, adds loaders and controls to current conveying systems to take a running read on resin use, DaSilva said.
Processors can pull up data on how much material they use for a specific job, on a specific day or over the course of days or weeks.
Engel Canada offers off-the-shelf presses
Engel Canada Inc. has introduced a line of standard, off-the-shelf injection molding presses.
The offerings are a response to customer demands for quick machine delivery, Kurt Fenske, Engel North America's vice president of sales and marketing, said at Plast-Ex 2001.
The new V-series machines - which cost about 15 percent less than Engel's typical, custom-made presses - also will help the firm maintain market share in a soft business environment.
Engel initially is making 40-, 60- and 100-ton tie-barless presses for the program at its Guelph, Ontario, plant but could offer higher-ton models if demand warrants. The V-series includes a range of standard features, including single-core pull, rack-and-pinion unscrewing, responsive Smart Pump technology, a swiveling injection unit for rapid screw and barrel changes, a bimetallic barrel and EC 100 Risc-based distributed intelligence machine control.
``Although these machines are standard configurations and aggressively priced, they are by no means standard in performance,'' Kal Jacobsen, manager of machine sales and technology, said in a news release.
Fenske said his firm's parent company, Engel Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH of Schwertberg, Austria, has a similar program under way in Europe. Another goal of the program is to make machines that meet specifications throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A global machine helps original equipment manufacturers move production around the world because molders more easily can swap or relocate molds.
Software maker IQMS enters Canada market
Software provider IQMS has expanded into Canada, partnering with Ontario's DataWil International Inc. to create IQMS Canada.
IQMS Canada of Whitby, Ontario, made its debut at Plast-Ex 2001. DataWil formerly was called DTR Canada.
IQMS of Paso Robles, Calif., developed EnterpriseIQ ERP, a supply-chain software program targeted at the plastics industry.
Bry-Air dryers tout precise dewpoint
Bry-Air Systems has introduced a resin dryer it boasts can hit precise dew points, allowing processors to bring their material up to optimal standards.
The FDL-Series dryers, which made their debut during Plast-Ex 2001, allow users to set a specific dew point ranging from 0Ã¸-40Ã¸, said Graydon Griesse, vice president of Sunbury, Ohio-based Bry-Air.
That precise measurement helps reduce overall costs, operating at peak efficiency, he said.
Klober Chemie signs N. America distributor
Germany's Klober Chemie KG plans to expand sales of its machinery and mold-cleaning chemicals in North America by signing up Distribution Technologies Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario, as its exclusive distributor.
Klober, a major distributor in Europe of such chemicals, has not emphasized the North American market until recently, said Georg Samoilov, product manager. The region's size convinced the firm to contract a distributor, he said at Plast-Ex 2001.
Samoilov said Klober's products, such as release agents, are based on environmentally benign chemicals because regulations in Europe, especially in Germany, ban many chemicals commonly in use in North American. Methylene chloride and trichloroethylene, for example, are not present in Klober products, said Distribution Technologies district sales manager Sion Rainham.
Klober's products include lubricants, anti-corrosion agents, cleaning agents and purging compounds. The latter rely on mechanical action rather than chemical cleaning and one grade is especially well-suited to purging hot-runner systems.
Klober is working on ISO 14001 environmental quality registration. The Maisach, Germany, firm is part of Freudenberg Group.
Ferromatik Milacron upgrades Vista press
Ferromatik Milacron has upgraded controls on its Vista Edge injection presses.
The firm said the CP476 microprocessor control provides 0.5 microsecond instruction cycle time and a 16- by 40-character liquid-crystal display. The presses are available in clamp sizes of 33, 55 and 88 tons. An earlier Vista Edge version was unveiled at NPE 2000.
Vista Edge machine prices start in the low $30,000 range and include standard features such as swiveling injection unit, hydraulic mold protect and switchover to holding pressure from a pressure signal, according to the Batavia, Ohio, company.
Fused Metals adds treatment service
Fused Metals Inc. has added nickel boron nitride treatment to its services for mold makers and other industries.
The Georgetown, Ontario, company said the deposit is hard, slippery and corrosion resistant. Fused Metal also offers hard chrome plating, plasma-sprayed coatings, electroless nickel co-deposits and vacuum heat treating.
Conair axial robot on display at show
Conair claims it showed the first demonstration of an operating axial robot at a Canadian plastics show.
The axial configuration extends the beam along the length of the molding machine to release parts at the clamp end. The arrangement frees up space beside an injection press compared to conventional setups where the beam extends out at a 90-degree angle from the press' centerline. An axial robot thus helps molders maximize floor space in a plant.
Conair had the robot mounted on a 1,100-ton Van Dorn Caliber series injection press at the Stephen Sales Group booth. The press was molding a stackable polypropylene tote box. Pittsburgh-based Conair said its 3000 Series axial robots are available in 15 models for presses of 20-5,000 tons.