It's no surprise: Auxiliary equipment abounds at this year's plastic industry lovefest. If you're searching for the latest technologies in upstream equipment, the halls of McCormick Place won't disappoint. Here's what you can expect.
AEC Inc. (Booth S1840): Vacuum receivers with 6-inch discharge throat with gasket and counter weight flapper. New models have large pellet deflector, allowing for minimal filter maintenance. Pure Flo Water Treatment System, which removes and prevents calcium carbonate scale, halts biological fouling and controls corrosion.
AccuRate (Booth E9152): Mechatron low- and high-range volumetric and gravimetric feeders. SolidsFlow vibratory fiber feeder, which uses a vibrating drive and tray frame. DG-2000 Group Manager software, which allows for graphics, recipe management, trending and touch-screen operation to be added to the Disocont Gravimetric Control family.
Automatic Filters Inc. (Booth E12910): Tekrinse screen-cleaning technology that cleans screens with inlet water pressure alone, using rotating vacuum nozzles. Features rinsing technology that requires only 2 gallons of water per use.
Bindicator Co. (Booth E9316): New network yo-yo series for dry bulk measurement. Features adjustable measurement cycle from two minutes to one week. Silos up to 100 feet can be measured with a resolution of 1 centimeter.
Bunting Magnetics Co. (Booth N4737): FF Series drawer magnets for extruders, injection molders and blow molding machines. Torpedo Inline magnets for pneumatic lines between gaylords and vacuum loaders. Metal separators and new aluminum frame conveyors.
Colortronic Inc. (Booth N5571): C-Flex single- and twin-screw flexible walled feeder. Megatouch dosing control system, a computerized closed-loop control for the Graviblend gravimetric dosing and blending unit. Ultrablend 75, a gravimetric batch blender for granulates, additives and regrinds.
Columbian TecTank (Booth S1032): Directed Flow Channel blending silo, which incorporates continuous-flow and top-hole-flow principles. Firm also will showcase a plastic resin storage tank.
Comet Automation Systems Inc. (Booth S3022): Gravimix micro blender that meters, weighs and blends up to four components. Gravimix FMB high- throughput blender to 5,000 pounds per hour. PE 300 Vision System, Color-exact pellet ABS 1500 feeder. Introducing larger models of HCD Honeycomb matrix dryer and larger models of CDH hot-air dryers.
Crizaf Automation Systems (Booth S1276): Rotation chute compact box-filling system. New aluminum belt. New cross rigid belt, which eliminates belt bulge at the point of incline for flat to incline conveyors.
Direct-Line Products (Booth S1240): Redesigned conveyors, which include direct-drive motor and reducer, variable belt speed, castors and double V-guide belting. In-line box-filling system, which features cycle count control system, indexing conveyor with adjustable side rails and roller storage conveyor. Robotic end-of-arm tooling components to build your own end-of-arm tooling, including nippers, nipper blades, grippers, gripper sensors, vacuum cups, mounting brackets, suspensions, etc. Modular enclosure cages: pre-fabricated steel mesh panels to build your own enclosure cages.
Dri-Air Industries Inc. (Booth S655): Expanded line of drying hoppers to cover capacity of five to 2,000 pounds of material per hour.
Dry-Air Systems Inc. (Booth S3228): EZ-Dry Desiccant Drying System for hydroscopic resins. EZL-Dry large-capacity desiccant drying system. Smart-Dry micro processor-based diagnostic controller with seven-day timer. H201 stainless-steel insulated hopper and resin loader.
Dynamic Sealing Technologies Inc. (Booth N5692): Customized multiple passage rotary unions for air, water and hydraulic applications. Available with an integrated electrical slip-ring option.
EMI Plastics Equipment (Booth S1240): Redesigned trim-line conveyor, including a direct-drive drive train, choice of aluminum or steel construction and double V-guide belting. Redesigned aluminum conveyor. Hot-runner control system. Robotic end-of-arm tooling. Modular, build-your-own enclosure cages. Mold-release products, deburring tools and gate cutters.
Foremost Machine Builders Inc. (Booth N5539): Hybrid blender with gravimetric accuracy and volumetric cost. Digital metal separators. Throat-mounted low-cost metal separators. Continuous loss-in-weight blender control package. Dryers with solid-cone-design hoppers. Vacuum loader control packages. Final- product metal detector with integral parts conveyor.
H-P Products Inc. (Booth S12813): Metflo Instalok compression coupling, made of galvanized steel. The new coupling allows for the insertion of just one tube end and tightening one bolt at a time, compared with a three-bolt coupling installation.
Inoex LLC (Booth N4793): ERS ultrasonic system that measures wall thickness and detects flaws in pipe. Gravimetric system for special processes.
Kaeser Compressors Inc. (Booth N8315): Booster compressors, high-pressure filters, high- pressure dryers and ASD Series - its one-to-one direct-drive compressors.
Key Filters Inc. (Booth N6307): New and improved line of continuous screen changers, hydraulic slide plate screen changers, and manual screen changers to filter and remove contaminants from the polymer melt stream in the extrusion process.
K-Tron Feeder Group (Booth S807): Quick Change/Quick Clean T35/S60 feeder equipped with two bowl/screw sets that mount to the same gearbox. Shear Hopper, an alternative to traditional vertical agitation; newly expanded line of Hurricane vacuum conveyors.
Maguire Products Inc. (Booth E9101): Low-pressure dryer with five times the maximum capacity of the next-largest LPD unit, which can be used for applications like PET bottles, large automotive parts, sheet and film.
Meech Static Eliminators USA Inc. (Booth S4130): Model 913 flow tube for static removal of small parts and granules in pneumatic air conveying systems.
Midwestern Industries Inc. (Booth N7237): 30-inch ME series separator.
Novatec Inc. (Booth S1402): NovaTouch con- trol for dryers now can be used for blenders and resin-handling systems. Quick Change auger feeder for processors that change additives often. Changeover process is made easier by using a screw-type retainer on the stainless-steel slide gate, a quick-release mechanism and two handles, to lift the hopper off the feeder. Machine-mount JIT vacuum loaders and vacuum chambers now have ``easy clean'' feature and an optional drop-in dump valve. New energy-saver option for the NovaDrier, which has an optional thermocouple that senses when the hopper outlet temperature equals the air inlet temperature. NovaTouch Screen PLC controller, used on Novatec desiccant dryers for over a year, now will be featured on Novatec blenders and custom conveying systems. NovaDrier Moisture Manager option provides precise dew-point control for dew-point sensitive resins.
Pelletron Corp. (Booth N4216): The P10 Deduster, which can process up to 1,000 pounds of material per hour, and the P1 mini-Deduster, which can process up to 200 pounds per hour, each will be on display to dedust different materials. The firm is offering free dedusting of up to 10 pounds of material during the show.
Plastore Inc. (Booth N4126): New 13-unit, 12-color mixing station that allows feed rates up to 1,760 pounds per hour for free-flowing virgin material; features include brushless, direct-drive motors and a control panel with individual closed-loop motor controllers. Plasticolor 3000 water-cooled additive feeder for use on injection presses and extruders.
Premier Pneumatics Inc. (Booth S1014): ProRate/Gravimetric Feeder with a proprietary controller that will control up to eight feeders simultaneously. Programmable Logic Controller that controls up to 24 vacuum receivers and two blowers or controls up to 48 vacuum receivers and four blowers. New line of Series 2400 vacuum receivers available with low voltage, 24 VDC controllers suitable for use with either a solid-state microprocessor controller or a programmable logic controller.
Process Control Corp. (Booths S3004 and N5361): Low-rate gravimetric powder feeders for use with nonfree-flowing materials. Designed accurately to meter hard-to-flow powder materials. New products for the molding market, which include two smaller Guardian Series gravimetric batch blenders in 1.25 and 2.5 kilograms.
Salina Vortex Corp. (Booth E10947): Multi-Port Wye Line Diverter Assembly available in 2- through 8-inch sizes. The valve assembly automates the transfer of dry material from multiple sources to multiple destinations.
Sonitek Inc. (Booth E13525): New line of precision linear slim-line actuators and presses for heat staking. Spectrum Slim-Line Series actuators and presses designed to accommodate a range of users.
Speck Pumps (Booth S11045): New model liquid ring vacuum pumps, including the VZ series, described as ``very quiet;'' VG series, described as ``robust;'' VN series, described as ``extremely energy efficient.''
Sterling (Booth S1415): SDD Series digital dosing system, which the firm said provides precision feeding for injection molding, extrusion or blow molding. System uses a dosing disc system as an alternative to traditional auger feeding.
TEC Engineering Corp. (Booth S291): Soft TEC conveyor designed to carry injection molded PET preforms.
Universal Dynamics Inc. (Booths S2649, S3042, N4626): New GS series of low-dew-point, twin-bed and desiccant dryers, from a small, single, portable model to a large, multiple-hopper system with its new TSC hopper series. Also featuring new frame and beam stand with a five-wheel glide system for dryer/hopper combination or to hold multiple hoppers. PCT2 series of dehumidifying dryers for PET applications. Available in gas-fired or electric, in eight sizes. LS Series vacuum loaders, featuring self-contained, stainless-steel loaders.
Westland Corp. (Booth N4733): Eagle Mixing Nozzle uses both dispersive and distributive mixing, with minimal pressure drop and rapid conveying rate. Completes the color mixing without adding excessive shear to the polymer melt.
Wittman Inc. (Booth S1049): Entry-level controls for materials handling. The new controls are available for all systems requiring control and monitoring including central vacuum loading, central plant material distribution, railcar unloading and material transfer and weigh loading, batching and blending.