Tecnomagnete Inc., which sells electropermanent magnets for quick mold changes, unveiled a new controller at NPE, and discussed its move into a new U.S. headquarters.
The company has expanded into a 10,000-square-foot facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., from Troy, Mich.
Tecnomagnete SpA, based in Lainate, Italy, supplies magnets for a range of applications, including clamping molds to injection molding machines.
The Interactive Power Control, or IPC, evaluates the size of the mold, real contact surface, air-gap conditions, mold material and thickness of the base plate. A touch screen shows the status of magnetism on a digital display. The device continuously monitors the magnetic flux and the position of the mold. The machine is not permitted to run when the magnetic force does not exceed the minimum set-up value.
Tecnomagnete said IPC guides the machine operator to perform all mold-setup steps correctly and run the machine safely. It automatically rejects any wrong command. A personal code prevents unauthorized access to the magnetic modules.