Boy shows automation on vertical press
Chicago - Boy Machines Inc. (Booth S1470) is highlighting automated vertical injection presses at NPE, with a larger, 38-ton press tied to a Yushin takeout robot.
Boy already was making a smaller, 24-ton vertical press. The presses, both of which have vertical clamp and vertical injection, are running in Chicago. Dallas said NPE 2003 marks the first time that Boy has showed full automation on vertical presses at an NPE.
The 24-ton model has two tie bars. At Boy's booth, the press is molding an Allen wrench. An articulating-arm Kawasaki robot is loading the metal insert and removing the finished wrench.
Dallas said the four-tie-bar arrangement on the 38-ton vertical gives easier access to robots than two tie bars. A Yushin sprue picker is removing a rubber gasket at the booth.
Boy soon will announce software that allows sprue-picker robots to run through the machine controller, Dallas said.
Exton, Pa.-based Boy also is running an A-Series press with the new electric screw drive. The electric screw is offered as an option. Advantages include lower energy consumption, quieter operation and a better melt, the company said.
W&H blown film line has new features
Chicago - Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (Booth S1885) included several features new to North America in a blown film line it is running at NPE before shipping the line to Charter Films Inc. of Superior, Wis. The line will be Charter's sixth W&H Varex blown film line.
A redesigned, Multinip oscillating haul-off provides better control and more flexibility, according to James Ciolino, sales manager of extrusion systems for the Lincoln, R.I., company. The new haul-off has encoders that allow the haul-off's setup to be included in the processing recipe storage, Ciolino said.
An improved Filmatic T dual stacked turret winder has an automatic roll and shaft handling system. It can make rolls with diameters as large as 31.5 inches and boasts transfer of film onto the roll without adhesives by using static pinning.
The new Procontrol TS control system features a touch screen and Windows XP platform.
Tues. NPE registration reaches 60,148
CHICAGO - By 3 p.m. Tuesday, 60,148 people either had preregistered or registered on-site for NPE 2003. That total is 27.9 percent lower than the 83,451 who had registered by late on the second day of NPE 2000, according to data from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington. Some 10,314 international participants have registered so far for the 2003 show, or about 17 percent of the total. That percentage is in line with the level of international participation three years ago.
SPI President Don Duncan estimated Monday morning that show registration this year may be down 20-25 percent from the record high of 91,000-plus at NPE 2000.
Unimark will handle B Kap's molding
CHICAGO - Allan Omli wanted to outsource injection molding of his polypropylene products for the construction market, but he didn't want to take the business overseas.
``In 16 years, we never had a quality claim,'' said the chief executive officer of B Kap Enterprises Inc., based in Rural Hall, N.C. ``We feel it's better to control the quality over here. We're able to have more manufacturing and distribution options.
``Plastics aren't necessarily cheaper overseas. We shouldn't let them assault us like they have [other industries]. I believe we can compete on a cost basis. It doesn't mean as cheap, but it's close enough.''
B Kap decided to turn the molding over to Unimark Plastics Co. (Booth N4485) of Greer, S.C. The company will move B Kap's five 250-ton presses from its leased site in Rural Hall, N.C., to a Unimark facility in Springfield, Mo.
Comet forms pact with Fasti in Europe
CHICAGO - Comet Automation Systems Inc. (Booth S3022) now has a presence in Europe. The Dayton, Ohio, auxiliary equipment maker announced a sales and marketing partnership with Fasti GmbH in Hopfgarten, Austria. Fasti USA Inc. has a presence at NPE, in Booth N5487.
Comet will be the exclusive North American licensee of ERD Baby, Junior and Senior lines of Fasti's compressed-air dryers, officials said. In Austria, Fasti will be the exclusive distributor of Comet's equipment.
The firm also announced a marketing alliance with Molders Choice Inc. (Booth E9313).
In other news, on June 3, Maguire Products Inc. filed a patent and trademark suit against Comet over a small-volume gravimetric blender. Comet had a June 24 deadline by which to file its response, but officials requested a two-week extension.