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:
c 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.
c Conair introduced its biggest-ever Sure-Cut rotary knife cutters, the SC 8 and SC-12, with outside bushing dimensions, respec-tively, of 8¼ inch and 12¼ inch.
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