The following briefs were gathered by Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar at the Fakuma trade show, held Oct. 14-18 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Engel introduces latest controller
Engel Holding GmbH rolled out its new controller, the CC200, by running it on a tie-barless Victory press.
The CC200 is Engel's first injection press controller to feature a touch screen and personal-computer control elements.
The company in Schwertberg, Austria, said the CC200 will be standard on all Engel injection presses in the beginning of 2004, as it replaces the CC100.
The PC layout makes the controller easy to use and understand. The set-up person can pre-set the operating sequences and parameters on a separate PC equipped with the same software as the press.
Engel is calling the new controller a ``generational leap'' in technology.
Another new feature is the simultaneous display of a set-point graphic whenever a standard function is called up on the screen. For example, when the operator calls up ``close mold,'' the set-point graphic shows the required mold-closing speed and force profiles, allowing the operator to change the values.
Also new is a sequence editor, which enables an operator to program even complex sequencing of the machine and robot quickly and easily, according to Engel. The controller automatically can send out an e-mail in case of malfunction.
In business news, top executive Peter Neumann said the company wants to expand from its new line of PET preform injection presses to become stronger in the broader market of thin-wall packaging. In mid-2003, Engel bought SIG Corpoplast's Premar PET injection molding systems business and changed the name to MacPET. Engel had been making presses for the SIG preform systems.
Neumann, chairman of Engel's managing board, announced that the company is planning a new line of presses for the packaging market.
Robot maker offers fast gripper changer
Robot maker Wemo Automation AB of Bor, Sweden, showed its Quick-Lock Gripper Changer, billed as a fast, simple and safe way to connect a gripper hand to a robot arm.
The device connects mechanically, pneumatically and electrically in a single, manual movement.
Wemo also sells components for making gripper hands.