IMS upgrades line of temp controllers
IMS Co. of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, upgraded its line of temperature controllers with the Model TM 215M closed-loop controller, which replaces the TM 315DA.
The new controller is designed for use with either type J or type K thermocouples, for applications such as mold and hot-runner heaters, barrel and nozzle heater bands and cartridge heaters.
The controller compares the measured temperature with a setpoint, then regulates current to the heater to maintain processing temperatures.
Model TM 215M can be used on IMS housings that accommodate one, two, five, eight or 12 modules, or any G series mainframe.
Also new from IMS: an add-on, self-actuating shutoff nozzle for injection molding. The product - an accessory installed between the nozzle body and nozzle tip - eliminates the need for expensive, single-purpose nozzles.
Tel. (440) 543-1615, fax (440) 543-1069.
Vantico introduces products and new HQ
Vantico Inc.'s RenShape Solutions Tooling Group, which makes materials for stereolithography materials, has ended its distribution agreement with one company and launched a relationship with a machinery maker.
Vantico, of East Lansing, Mich., announced the changes at the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2002 Exposition, held in April in Cincinnati.
As of March 20, Vantico materials no longer are available through 3D Systems Corp. or its distributors. Vantico now is selling direct to customers.
Also, Vantico on June 1 became the exclusive North American distributor of MCP Systems' vacuum casting and metal part-casting equipment and materials. The vacuum casting machines make a mold from a part that has been made by rapid prototyping. Vantico also will distribute MCP's new line of machines for fast casting of metal prototypes.
MCP is based in Fairfield, Conn.
In other news, Vantico introduced a new material, called Ren-Infiltrant zi580 R/H, for three-dimensional-parts printers from Z Corp. of Burlington, Mass. The material imparts strength and durability, so the prototype parts can be machined, drilled and painted.
Vantico also introduced several new products at the Cincinnati show. A polyurethane, RP 6489 R/H, creates tough parts with characteristics of polypropylene. Introduced for beta testing are two ABS-like polyurethanes that exhibit a high flexural modulus and a heat deflection temperature of about 212°F, for molding durable prototypes and short-run parts.
Another new polyurethane, RP 6488 R/H, is the first Vantico product developed for use with MCP vacuum casting machines. It performs like polyurethane and other polyolefins, with high impact strength and a heat deflection temperature of 200°F.
The company also showed new low-density boards for machining models and making temporary master models and prototypes.
Tel. (517) 351-5900, fax (517) 351-9003, e-mail [email protected]
Hamilton Avtec adds collection of robots
Hamilton Avtec Inc. is selling a new line of Swing Robots for sprue separation or parts removal from injection molding machines with clamping forces up to 200 tons.
The Mississauga, Ontario-based firm said the robots are fast, accurate, durable and easy to program. Other benefits include modular construction and easy maintenance.
Tel. (905) 568-1133, fax (905) 568-0785, e-mail [email protected]
Technology allows bottle label recycling
Hard-to-recycle PET bottle labels made from printed polyethylene and polypropylene have met their recycling match, thanks to technology from Erema GmbH of Ansfelden, Austria.
Erema said recycling heavily printed film is even more difficult by print color deposits on the extruder screw in the area of the melting zone. Also, lumps of color can clog the melt filters. That means recyclers have had to clean the screw and change screens frequently, and suffer lower output.
Erema tested extruder screw systems that it found work better on heavily printed film. Following a differentiated trend analysis of screw geometries, the company developed its system.
Erema North America Inc. is in Ipswich, Mass.
Tel. (978) 356-3771, fax (978) 356-9003, e-mail [email protected]
ACS Group touting PLC batch blender
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.
Plastics Logistics announces services
Plastics Logistics Group LLC has introduced a new line of consulting services to address the logistics of resin delivery and plant engineering for processors.
The Chicago firm offers expertise to address rail infrastructure, railcar unloading systems, storage silos, inventory management and pneumatic resin conveying.
``We are taking a comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach to the resin supply chain for processors,'' said PLG President Graham Brisben.
For example, he said, the company can advise a processor looking at new rail service on issues such as track cost and layout, financing, conveying distances, silo specifications, preventing contamination and railcar safety.
PLG already works with major resin suppliers and distributors, such as GE Plastics and H. Muehlstein & Co. Inc.
Georges Karam, former vice president of engineering for German bulk materials handing equipment supplier Waeschle, is leading PLG's expansion into engineering services. Waeschle is owned by Coperion Holding GmbH.
Tel. (773) 506-8854, fax (240) 214-0472, e-mail [email protected]
Molders Choice offers cooling controllers
Molders Choice Inc. of Solon, Ohio, is selling an economical line of controllers for mold cooling, in three configurations:
* Subcompact, direct-inject units measure just 13 by 26 by 26 inches.
* Standard heavy-duty controllers give molders a choice between direct-inject and indirect cooling, with separate cooling and process circuits. They can use ethylene glycol.
* Vertical units are just 17 inches wide by 21 inches deep to save on floor space.
All three models feature auto-tune microprocessor controls - the same controller used on Molders Choice barrel-zone temperature controllers.
Prices start at $1,645.
Tel. (440) 349-6174, fax (440) 349-6176.
D-M-E streamlines mold insert ejection
D-M-E Co.'s Master Unit Die Enhanced Series Mold Inserts have a streamlined guided ejection system design.
The arrangement maximizes available insert core and cavity surface area, gives more room for pockets and offers additional clamping surface for faster setup.
The Enhanced Inserts are compatible with the MUD Quick-Change System (QCS) U Frame.
D-M-E is based in Madison Heights, Mich.
Tel. (248) 398-6000, fax (248) 398-6174.