ACS Group's HydReclaim operation introduced an Allen-Bradley programmable-logic controller for gravimetric batch blending.
The operator-friendly touch-screen control stores up to 50 recipes, and meters up to six ingredients.
An off-the-shelf PanelView 550 interface features a menu-driven programming display for complete control and monitoring of any batch blending operation.
The controller has three types of recipe entry formats. The EZ mode, suited for injection molders, meters colors and additives as a percentage of the virgin material. The percentage mode allows extruders and blow molders to meter all ingredients as a percentage of the overall batch. Parts mode provides simple, one-touch ratio recipe entry (for example, 50:1).
An optional Ethernet port provides for off-line monitoring and remote troubleshooting.
ACS is based in Wood Dale, Ill.
Tel. (630) 595-1060, fax (630) 595-6641.