Niigata introduces latest electric press
Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. introduced its fourth-generation all-electric injection press, with faster injection speed, bigger shot size and stronger nozzle touch force.
Itasca, Ill.-based Niigata said the MDS-IV can reach a speed of 300 millimeters per second.
The company also boosted the shot size to 14.14 ounces on a press with 200 tons of clamping force and to 45 ounces on a 385-tonner.
The company claims the MDS-IV has the industry's highest nozzle touch force. For example, a 110-ton machine has a touch force of 3.26 tons, achieved through a patent-pending engineering design, and does not use any extra cylinders.
MDS-IV presses come in clamping forces of 35-2,000 tons.
Another patent-pending feature allows pack and hold time up to triple that of a standard injection press, according to Niigata. Also, the machines have an expert screen that allows inputs of set-up parameters from a hydraulic machine, which are then automatically converted to an all-electric process.
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Irwin Research has
Irwin Research & Development Inc., which makes thermoforming equipment in Yakima, Wash., introduced the Model 3060, a small-bed version that accepts trim-in-place tooling for polypropylene cups and containers.
The machine does pressure forming, vacuum forming and plug-assist forming. It runs parts to a maximum depth of 6 inches. All axes are driven by servomotors.
The 3060 uses Irwin's Ballerina personal-computer-based controller.
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Universal Dynamics Inc. rolled out its personal-computer-based control and monitoring system for materials-handling equipment, called Echo Millennium, which can be networked with local or remote-control monitoring systems.
Process-chain analysis ensures the right material reaches the right machine.
Operators, quality-control departments and management can generate performance reports, monitor process variables and material use, and pinpoint problem areas.
Echo Millennium also allows for monitoring and graphing process variables and alarms on most devices that are compatible with standards set by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington.
Una-Dyn said Millennium can be retrofitted easily to existing Echo control systems, as well as competing materials-handling systems.
The Woodbridge, Va.-based auxiliary equipment dealer also offers a GS drying system, incorporating a modular design to give quick access to all key components.
Dual desiccant beds make the GS an energy-efficient, low-dewpoint dryer. The company claims the portable unit has the smallest footprint in the industry.
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K-Tron offers slate
of feeder products
K-Tron International of Pitman, N.J., has introduced several new products.
The Quick Change/Quick Clean T35/S60 feeder is designed for the masterbatch industry. As material needs change, users can change quickly from a single-screw S60 configuration to a twin-screw T35 configuration, making the feeder ideal for short, custom runs.
A compact alternative to traditional mechanical feeder agitation, the firm's Shear Hopper prevents bridge buildup of materials. It can be used with all K2 modular feeders. Key to the device is a flexible hopper liner fixed to the top and bottom of a standard hopper, with a ring mounted around the middle of the liner.
A motor moves the ring in eccentric circles, agitating the flexible liner and preventing bridging.
A new combined feeder/receiver unit is based on K-Tron's Soder K2 modular feeders and Hurricane P series of vacuum receivers.
Also, the Smart HIPO Module feeder controller offers a simple, economical solution for continuous gravimetric feeders sold under K-Tron's SmartConnex control offerings.
Another SmartConnex product is a screw-speed modulation algorithm designed to improve the accuracy of short-term feeding on single-screw feeders.
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software, LPD dryer
Maguire Products Inc. has rolled out new blender control software and a new dryer.
The new Low Pressure Dryer has five times the maximum capacity of the next-largest LPD unit, providing a big cost savings, according to the company in Aston, Pa. The LPD-1000 resin dryer accommodates throughputs of up to 1,000 pounds an hour.
``Because of its simpler design, smaller batch size and shorter drying cycle, the LPD can be scaled up without the substantial increases in size and weight required for a desiccant dryer,'' said B. Patrick Smith, vice president of sales and marketing.
The company said simplicity and accuracy are the benefits of LineMaster software, which makes advanced yield control available without the need for large, costly hardware systems such as loss-in-weight blenders.
Maguire's Gravimetric Gateway, or G2 software, integrates blenders in a computer numerically controlled network. The integrated system makes it possible for the blender controller to adjust two critical process parameters simultaneously.
Coextruded Film Technologies (Pty.) Ltd., a company that makes polyolefin packaging and industrial films in Sandton, South Africa, has purchased LineMaster for use with its Maguire blenders.
Tel. (888) 459-2412 or (610) 459-4300, fax (610) 459-2700.