Milacron, Apex sell Maxima machinery
Ferromatik Milacron, working with Apex Plastic Technologies of South Elgin, Ill., is selling its Maxima medium-tonnage, two-platen injection press to the thermoset molding market.
The injection presses, in clamping-force sizes from 170-880 tons, can run granular thermosets and manufacture parts from bulk molding and sheet molding compounds.
Ferromatik Milacron is part of Milacron's Plastics Technologies Group, based in Batavia, Ohio.
Tel. (847) 931-9838, fax (847) 931-9772, e-mail [email protected] .com
Plast-Control gauge accurate to 1 micron
Plast-Control of Newburyport, Mass., is introducing the Pro-Scan, noncontact, non-nuclear scanning gauge to check sheet thickness to an accuracy of 1 micron.
The device uses two traversing measuring sensors, one on each side of the sheet. Software compares the movement of each sensing head, in real time.
Pro-Scan can measure sheet widths between 31 inches to 78 inches, depending on the type of frame used.
General Manager Matt Bangert said the new scanning system is a lower-priced alternative to nuclear-based, contact systems.
Tel. (978) 462-0306, fax (978) 462-1425.
Werner Koch enters gravimetric market
Werner Koch Maschinentechnik GmbH has entered the gravimetric dosing equipment market.
Its Graviko GK features fast dosing through the use of dosing sliders. For very fine dosing, the company also offers cellular wheel sluices.
Graviko can process four to six different types of materials. A horizontal stirrer mixes the components after they are weighed on a scale.
Koch's MCGK controller runs the dosing system, according to the company in Ispringen, Germany.
Tel. +49 (7231) 8009-40, fax +49 (7231) 8009-60, e-mail [email protected] koch-technik.de.
Company redesigns vacuum receiver lid
Process Control Corp. makes it easy to flip your lid on its RN-series vacuum receivers, used in central vacuum loading systems.
The Atlanta company said the redesigned lid allows for easier cleaning and replacement of the pellet screen. A more-reliable check valve is another improvement.
In the old design, to change the screen, one had to loosen a clamp completely to remove a heavy lid that was connected to a hose. The new lid boasts two side latches that hold a small pellet screen into the lid.
In other news, Process Control introduced the third in its series of low-cost gravimetric batch blenders, the 2.5kg Guardian. The machine, which can run up to 500 pounds of material an hour, is available with two to four ingredient hoppers.
New features include all-removable hoppers with a metering gate assembly designed so that no material will be left behind in the blender. The 2.5kg blender also uses the company's PCCWeb service, which allows for monitoring the device over the Internet.
Tel. (770) 449-8810, fax (770) 449-5445.
Walker Braillon touts magnetic clamp line
The French firm Walker Braillon Magnetics is marketing its Pressmag, a magnetic clamping system for injection molds.
Two magnetic platens are retrofitted to the press platens. A controller interfaces with the standard machine controller via a standard RS232 connection. Each platen also has a mold sensor.
Pressmag is compatible with all types of presses. No mold modifications or special flanges are needed. A brief electronic pulse moves the platens against the mold, which remains permanently held, magnetized and in place, without additional current.
Walker Braillon Magnetics is based in Montmelian, France.
Tel. +33 (4) 7984-1449, fax +33 (4) 7984-3118, e-mail [email protected] wanadoo.fr.
Mattec setup sheets allow access to data
Mattec Corp. of Loveland, Ohio, has developed Web-based setup sheets as a feature of its ProHelp EPM.
Factory-floor personnel can quickly access network information, using the Internet and intranet. Machine setup drawings, part quality drawings, movies showing proper setup and customer specifications sheets can be viewed on a computer terminal.
Tel. (513) 683-1802, fax (513) 683-1619, e-mail [email protected] mat tec.com
Herzog USA moves to New Hampshire
Nozzle maker Herzog USA, founded last year by its Swiss parent, has moved to Hamstead, N.H., from Haverhill, Mass.
The move comes because of increased sales of Herzog shut-off nozzles, which formerly marketed as Xaloy products, and from growth of new product lines and partnership agreements, according to the company.
Deborah Szenftner, product manager, said the new headquarters includes a 1,500-square-foot warehouse to stock assemblies and spare parts.
Herzog's new products include a line of water-cooled nozzles for liquid injection molding and silicone rubber molding. The company also has developed nozzles for running the MuCell process, as well as gas- and water-assisted injection molding.
Herzog AG's sales agreement with Xaloy began in 1992 and expired effective Jan. 1, Herzog said.
Meanwhile, Herzog USA formed several agreements to distribute products. The company is selling bimetallic barrels and screws for twin-screw extrusion, made by Talleres Pena SA of Barcelona, Spain. Through Fluitec Georg AG in Winterthur, Switzerland, Herzog offers a line of mixing elements and heat exchangers. An agreement with Pittaluga SAS of Turin, Italy, allows Herzog USA to sell vacuum cleaning furnaces for cleaning machine nozzles and other components.
Herzog AG is headquartered in Wolfertswil, Switzerland.
Tel. (603) 329-0210, fax (603) 329-0266.
Firm unveils process for fitting fabrication
Northern Specialty Inc. of Missoula, Mont., has developed a thermal fusion process to fabricate fittings for high density polyethylene pipe in diameters from 14-63 inches.
The company was founded in 1992 as an HDPE pipe distributor. Five years later, Northern began making fittings.
Traditionally, only the ends of large pipe could be thermally butt-fused, said Neil Sheldon, general manager. ``We found a way to scale up the fusion process, and that enables us to fuse large branch pipes to large main pipes - at virtually any angle,'' he said.
BevelFusion has three steps. First, the branch section is cut and beveled to produce the required angle. Then the main pipe section is cut and beveled to match up. Finally, the two beveled pipes are fused using a process called ``variable degree wedge heating.'' The pipe sections are thermally fused at high temperatures.
Tel. (406) 721-5550, fax (406) 721-6119.
Patt Filtration offers Rotary breaker plate
Patt Filtration Inc. developed a type of breaker plate for use with its Rotary III, constant pressure-drop, continuous-flow filtration systems.
Called Corr-Ex, the breaker plate has a wave-shape machined into its upstream side. When used with a screen pack of a corresponding shape, the active area of filtration increases more than 60 percent - with the same total size as a conventional plate.
The company in St. Eustache, Quebec, makes five basic models, ranging in throughput from 50-30,000 pounds an hour.
Patt said Rotary III units with Corr-Ex are being used in compounding and pipe extruding.
Tel. (450) 491-5333, fax (450) 491-5335, e-mail pattfiltration.com.