Persico automates newest rotomolder
Persico SpA in Nembro, Italy, has introduced a new rotational molding machine, the Leonardo, that does not require an operator.
The single-station machine has all heating, cooling, resin loading and part removal in a single location.
Instead of a separate oven, the machine applies heat directly to the mold using a patent-pending system. Cooling also is closely confined to the mold surface.
The opening and closing of the molds - a labor-intensive process in traditional rotomolding - is done by pneumatic cylinders.
Tel. +39 (35) 453-1811, fax +39 (35) 453-1812, e-mail [email protected]
ACS Economizer line gets hopper loader
Auxiliary equipment maker ACS Group has added the EconoLoad hopper loader to its new Economizer line.
The loader can handle 175-375 pounds an hour, with minimal maintenance. Features include a stainless-steel vacuum receiver, counter-weighted flapper assembly and a hinged lid with a latch, giving easy access to the filter. All models, except the EL1, include filter blow-back.
The first Economizer product, the EconoGrind granulators, covers the full range of size-reduction applications, from the small, low-speed ESL series through big, higher-output ES machines.
ACS is making the machines at its plant in South Attleboro, Mass.
In other news, ACS has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute Innovative Water Technology Inc.'s equipment to treat mold cooling and processing water.
IWT of Comstock Park, Mich., makes chemical-free TowerKlean and ChillerKlean equipment that controls algae and bacteria, stops the formation of scale and fights corrosion.
Brad Smith, vice president of sales for the Wood Dale, Ill.-based firm, said the alliance will allow the 5-year-old company to serve a worldwide market, through the ACS organization.
ACS also said its AEC-brand OA series of auger blenders now is available with an Allen-Bradley touch-screen controller.
The controller also is available on the OS slide gate blender, the company said.
Tel. (630) 595-1060, fax (630) 595-2294.
Thermal Care adds to Accuchiller line
Thermal Care Inc., based in Niles, Ill., has added a new EQ series of portable chillers to its line of Accuchillers.
EQ units are available from one-half horsepower to 3 HP, in air-cooled models, and water-cooled models of 2-3 HP.
Tel. (847) 966-2260, fax (847) 966-9358.
Soft-TEC transfers preforms to gaylords
TEC Engineering Corp. of Oxford, Mass., has developed a Soft-TEC conveyor to handle injection molded PET preforms, minimizing damage.
Soft-TEC gently transfers the preforms from the injection press into two gaylords. An ultrasonic sensor, with a complete control package, is mounted to the discharge end of the conveyor. The sensor measures the distance from the end of the conveyor to the bottom of the gaylord, and the conveyor gradually lifts up to maintain a constant distance for a soft landing.
Once the first gaylord is filled up, based on a preset number of preforms, the conveyor automatically moves to begin filling the second gaylord.
Tel. (508) 987-0231, fax (508) 987-0093, e-mail [email protected]
Ventax Robot offers space-saving line
Ventax Robot Inc. of Ayr, Ontario, said its Viper SE series features two side-entry robots that take up less space than competing robots.
The key is something called the Synchro-link arm. It operates with the reach of a side-entry linear robot, but is designed to pass over itself and stop at specified points. That means the Viper SE can be placed close to the working area.
Tel. (800) 440-2771, e-mail [email protected]
Synventive unveils RMB, RMC controllers
Peabody, Mass.-based hot-runner maker Synventive Molding Solutions Inc. has expanded its line of temperature controllers to include the new RMB and RMC microprocessor-based controllers from Athena Controls Inc. of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Both models feature easy-to-use operator keypads, three discreet indicators for heat output, an alarm and manual mode.
Contact Synventive at tel. (978) 750-8065, fax (978) 646-3600, e-mail [email protected]
CoreTech Systems names U.S. supplier
CoreTech Systems Co. of Hsinchu City, Taiwan, has named EPS FloTek of Naperville, Ill., sole U.S. distributor of its Moldex3D simulation software for injection molding.
The software has been available in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Customers include U.S. firms that do business in those countries.
In the United States, EPS FloTek said U.S. carmakers and Tier 1 suppliers are beta-testing the latest version, called 3D/6.0.
Moldex3D uses a technology called the high-performance finite volume method to track the flow front, a fast solving system and a special surface ``prism element'' to improve accuracy. By strategically placing layers of prism elements near the mold surface, where the velocity and thermal gradients are highest, the program finds the best trade-off between the number of elements and accuracy.
The software was developed with more than 1,200 benchmark projects, and a database of 5,500 materials.
The three-dimensional software is more realistic and accurate for thicker and bulkier parts, or parts with variable wall thicknesses. It shows the weld lines or warpage as they would happen during molding.
Contact EMS at tel. (630) 778-7773, e-mail [email protected]
Dalton Electric touts cartridge heaters
Watt-Flex split-sheath cartridge heaters from Dalton Electric Heating Co. Inc. deliver full heat to the tip, minimizing gate freeze-off during injection molding.
Because of their continuous-resistance coil, Watt-Flex heaters also can be zoned to create custom temperature profiles. By stretching or condensing the coil, the Ipswich, Mass., company can make the heaters to deliver differing amounts of heat at various points along their sheath.
The heaters can be made with a groove along the exterior cartridge sheath to accommodate a needle-type thermocouple.
Tel. (978) 356-9844, fax (978) 356-9846, e-mail [email protected]
Konturflow develops EXAflow tunnel gate
Konturflow is a new tunnel gate developed by EXAflow GbR of Gross-Umstad, Germany, for injection molding small to medium-size parts.
EXAflow supplies the mold insert as a precision-finished, standard unit ground on all sides and intended for machining of the top and front face by the mold maker.
The tunnel gate is designed for automatic separation of the part from the runner system during de-molding.
EXAflow's North American distributor is DMS Canada of Windsor, Ontario.
Contact DMS at tel. (519) 253-2431, fax (519) 253-2533, e-mail [email protected]
Laser marking system etches most plastic
Automated Laser Corp. of Fort Wayne, Ind., said its new laser marking system, the LS10, permanently etches high-definition marks on almost all plastic and composite material.
It can mark graphics from computer-aided-design drawings, or 350 characters per minute, with up to four lines of text ranging from 0.06 inch to 0.5 inch.
Tel. (877) 637-4155, fax (260) 637-8597.
RJG releases update of eDart software
RJG Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., has released the latest version of its eDart software.
New features include template management tools for easily duplicating information when molds are moved from machine to machine, security enhancements that protect settings and automatically log changes by time and user, an expanded help system, improved setup notes for including documents and graphics, and better part containment controls for shuttle and rotary tables.
In people news, RJG founder and Chairman Rodney Groleau was elected to the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Michigan regional board of directors. He will serve through December 2004.
RJG also has beefed up its sales force by signing up Plastechnic Marketing Pte. Ltd. of Singapore as a distributor. Plastechnic will cover Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China. Many of RJG's customers have relocated to those markets.
Tel. (231) 947-3111, fax (231) 947-6403.
Gammaflux offering lower-cost interface
Gammaflux LP said a new operator panel for its TTC International Interface, used on Gammaflux hot-runner temperature controllers, is a lower-cost alternative to the original TTC touchscreen interface, Windows NT operating system.
The new International Interface is based on the Gammaflux GLC temperature controller. While the GLC is designed only for as many as 36 temperature zones, the TTC International can run 128 zones.
Gammaflux is based in Sterling, Va.
Tel. (703) 471-5050, fax (703) 689-2131, e-mail [email protected]
Kistler-Morse designs ultra-wave leveler
Kistler-Morse said its ultra-wave-brand continuous-leveling system is easy to set up and can be calibrated in minutes.
The ultra-wave can monitor vessels of different shapes and heights, checking the level of solid or liquid material, using up to 16 transducers that can be combined with backup point-level probes.
Plug-in option cards can link data from the ultra-wave to a variety of monitoring and control systems.
Kistler-Morse is in Bothell, WA.
Tel. (800) 426-9101, fax (425) 402-1500.
Beta Laser acquires PlastAdviser assets
Dayton, Ohio-based Beta LaserMike USA, which makes measurement and control systems, has purchased the assets of PlastAdviser, a Danish company that makes equipment to monitor wall thickness, closed-loop control and gravimetric dosing for extrusion.
PlastAdviser also makes products for injection molding and blow molding.
PlastAdviser, which is in Allerod, Denmark, now is a branch of Beta LaserMike's operations in High Wycombe, England.
Contact Beta LaserMike at tel. (937) 233-9935, fax (937) 233-7284.