IDES offers database for materials users
IDES Inc. of Laramie, Wy., has released Prospector Desktop 4.0, a portable database designed to help users select and contact materials suppliers.
Using Microsoft's new .Net technology, IDES lets subscribers reach material suppliers for product availability, pricing and actual purchasing.
``The tool is perfect for traveling salespeople and engineers who visit facilities with inadequate or no connection to the Internet, and even professionals who want the best of the Web without the wait,'' said IDES President Mike Kmetz.
A yearly subscription costs $495 for annual updates or $595 for quarterly updates.
Tel. (307) 742-9227, fax (307) 745-9339, e-mail [email protected]
MegaStar controller manages inventory
MegaStar Systems, part of KRI Group of Zurich, Switzerland, has introduced the MM550 controller for inventory management in factories that use automated storage and retrieval systems.
Operators simply enter a stock keep unit (SKU) number into a keyboard, and the MegaStar system automatically delivers the requested item out of stock. A range of options can be used in plastics applications.
The controller can store up to 10,000 single items or SKUs per retrieval machine, held in up to 512 trays or shelves. One MM550 can control up to 31 machines via the Ethernet.
MegaStar is based in Marietta, Ohio.
Tel. (800) 701-1908, fax (740) 376-0759, e-mail [email protected] systems.com.
D-M-E's SelectBase quick, customized
D-M-E Co. has rolled out a quick-delivery, but built-to-order mold base service called SelectBase.
Most mold bases are shipped in just a few days, and all are shipped within five days. Customers can even specify their desired steel type at the plate level.
D-M-E, in Madison Heights, Mich., is a unit of Milacron Inc.
Tel. (248) 398-6000, fax (248) 398-6174, e-mail [email protected] .net.
Moldmender welder reduces shrink lines
Rocklin Manufacturing Co. of Sioux City, Iowa, has introduced its Moldmender Micro Welder, which is used to repair injection molds for plastics.
Repairs are accomplished by producing a series of interlinking spot welds to totally bond metallic ribbon, wire, paste or power to the desired area of the workpiece, which produces a fully hardened weld, ready for finishing.
There is virtually no heat, so shrink lines and other cosmetic defects are eliminated.
Typical applications are parting lines, corners and edges, pin holes, scratches and machining errors.
Tel. (800) 831-0890, fax (712) 252-5619, e-mail [email protected] manufacturingco.com.
Portable repair unit simplifies process
A new unit for repairing molds from MicroWeld Technologies Inc. is a mouthful: the KwikWeld Model KWac Micro Welder.
Controlled by just two knobs, the KWac uses a resistance welding process to repair permanently parting lines, gate areas, vents and other damage or wear.
MicroWeld, based in Sioux City, Iowa, also supplies the repair materials, including welding ribbon, wire and powder.
The portable unit does not require any previous welding experience to operate.
Tel./fax (866) 791-2384, e-mail [email protected]
Borealis says its PP can cut part weight
A Borealis A/S polypropylene can reduce cycle time and part weight when blended as a process aid with other PP resins, according to the company.
Borealis of Lyngby, Denmark, said its Daploy WB130HMS is a high-melt-strength, homopolymer PP.
Blends containing 10-20 percent of the material allow processors to tailor properties of copolymer or homopolymer PP resins with a range of molecular weights and other properties, depending on the end-use requirement.
The Daploy polymer acts as a nucleating agent for the main PP resin, according to Borealis.
Transmit Technology Group LLC of Arlington, Texas, performed tests for Borealis that showed the Daploy grade improved properties and processing economics.
In one example, a large part made by structural foam molding contained 10 percent of the Daploy resin in a PP homopolymer.
Cycle time was reduced from 102 seconds to 80 seconds and part weight dropped from 21 pounds to 19.8 pounds. Surface defects such as dimples and flow marks were absent, according to Borealis.
Tel. +45 4596-6000, fax +45 4596-6123