Battenfeld shows Unirob R10 robot
Battenfeld GmbH of Meinerzhagen, Germany, showed the newly designed Unirob R10 robot at the Fakuma show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The robot accelerates faster to its top speed, slashing cycle times for injection molding, the company said. Through a joint control platform, the movements of the robot and the injection press are synchronized.
Battenfeld developed a new drive system based on ``high-performance elastic servo drives.'' Engineers also reduced the number of components.
At Fakuma, Battenfeld displayed a Unirob R10/B4 robot, which can handle loads up to 22 pounds, running on an all-electric EM press making a light fixture.
The company's U.S. headquarters, Battenfeld of America Inc., is based in West Warwick, R.I.
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Process Control Corp. develops 2 blenders
Atlanta-based Process Control Corp. is expanding beyond its base of auxiliary equipment for extrusion and is moving into injection molding.
The company hired James Martin as vice president of sales and marketing for its new molding division. Martin most recently worked at American Tool & Mold Inc. in Clearwater, Fla. Before that, he ran injection press reseller Classic Plastics Machinery in Brunswick, Ohio.
Process Control has developed two smaller versions of its Guardian gravimetric batch blenders, for injection molding.
The company makes blending and materials-handling equipment, and dryers.
In dryer news, Process Control said its D series of desiccant dryers have simplified controls, are easy to maintain and save energy. They were designed for throughputs of up to 2,500 pounds an hour of materials that require a high temperature, such as PET. The smaller DP series, which tops out at 100 pounds per hour, is available in a portable model.
The company's engineers developed a simple design that gives easy access to all important parts.
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Conair Group touts low-cost tube loader
Priced at $600, Conair Group's TLM tube loader is less expensive than most self-contained motor loaders.
The unit can load resin into a dryer, blender of a machine hopper, or in direct-feed version, can be mounted directly to the machine throat, feeder and drawer magnet.
Its tube-shaped body design eliminates material flow problems such as funneling, bridging and hang-ups. When the flapper-style discharge valve opens, the entire bottom opens, allowing hard-to-flow materials to fall out of the loader.
The loader uses a two-stage, three-eighths-horsepower vacuum motor to convey resins up to 100 pounds an hour, over distances of up to 20 feet.
The Pittsburgh auxiliary equipment maker is planning a similar-style loader with a compressed- air version and another model for use in central vacuum conveying systems.
In other product news:
* Conair said its Miniature Handy Hopper has a see-through cone made of polycarbonate, so operators can verify material flow. The small hopper, which can hold about 0.3 cubic feet of material , can be removed quickly for material changes.
* Conair introduced its biggest-ever Sure-Cut rotary knife cutters, the SC 8 and SC-12, with outside bushing dimensions, respectively, of 81/4 inch and 121/4 inch.
Tel. (412) 312-6000, fax (412) 312-6320.
Matsui America offers compact dryer/loader
Matsui America Inc. has a dehumidifying dryer/loader with a compact and portable design.
The Multi Jet 3 (MJ3) is part of Matsui's Plas-aid product line.
``We designed the new Multi Jet 3 for manufacturing versatility, enabling injection molders to move the unit wherever it's needed for drying and loading resin,'' said Greg Lewis, national sales manager of the company in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
The MJ3 has a desiccant rotor dehumidifying system, with conveying to the dryer and the press, all in a single cabinet. Matsui's rotor technology features a honeycomb design that eliminates the powder that can contaminate the system. The rotor's large contact area dries resin in half the time, and stabilizes dew points at a constant temperature of minus 40° F.
Tel. (847) 290-9680, fax (847) 290-9685.