Alliance providing monitoring system
Bolton, Ontario-based injection press maker Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. and Matrikon Inc. have teamed up to introduce a factory-monitoring and scheduling system designed for injection molding.
SmartLink is based on industrial automation software from Matrikon, a producer of plant software and a major system integrator based in Edmondton, Alberta.
Matrikon was named one of the 50 largest process automation suppliers in North America by Control magazine.
The plant-monitoring system uses Matrikon's MxNet and MxPTACi as the Web-based interface for process monitoring and production scheduling.
``What differentiates SmartLink from other plant-monitoring products on the market is its simplicity and flexibility,'' said Mike Gould, Husky's vice president of factory planning. ``The solution provides all levels of the organization access to real-time data of factory performance, regardless of where they are located.''
SmartLink can be connected to non-Husky machines. Other features include instant notification via e-mail and pager, constraint-based planning that synchronizes production with tooling and maintenance, optimum data storage that compresses data and reduces the amount of storage space required, and the flexibility to easily add modules.
Tel. (905) 951-5000, ext. 2509, e-mail [email protected]
Toshiba introduces faster, stronger robot
Toshiba Machine Co. America of Elk Grove Village, Ill., said its TH450 Scara robot, which operates twice as fast and with more power than its SR424, will be available to U.S. customers in April.
The TH450 reaches composite speeds of 7.33 meters a second and three-axis speeds of 2,000 millimeters per second.
Faster acceleration makes the TH450 well-suited for short-distance movements, Toshiba said.
The robot's payload is 11 pounds, compared with the SR242's payload of 6.6 pounds. Its total arm span is 18 inches.
The TH450 includes a TS2000 controller.
Scara stands for selective compliance assembly robot.
Tel. (847) 709-7308, fax (847) 709-7358, e-mail [email protected]
Engel's Victory press gets hydraulic drive
Engel Machinery Inc. has added a new drive system to its Victory injection presses - with hydraulic clamping and an electric injection unit.
The hybrid Victory Electric presses come in clamping forces of 65-165 tons.
The hydraulic drive uses variable-delivery pumps for energy savings and low noise. Engel said that hydraulic clamping allows the use of hydraulic cores and valve gates that require a separate hydraulic power source on all-electric presses. Also, hydraulics allow full ejector force.
On the injection side, the Victory Electric models have an all-electric injection unit that uses three-phase servo-electric motors for screw rotation and injection. Advantages include parallel machine movements, precision, energy efficiency and low noise emission, said Engel of Guelph, Ontario.
Tel. (519) 836-0220, fax (519) 836-3714, e-mail [email protected]
Arburg's Eco press economically priced
Arburg GmbH + Co. KG said its ``Eco'' version of the Allrounder injection press stands for an economical price combined with technical features designed for molding large volumes of standard parts.
The Allrounder 630 S Eco has slightly lower specifications than the 630 S. Features include manual mold-height adjustment and an energy-saving, twin-circuit pump.
For energy savings, a low-power connection value and minimal cooling-water consumption, plus the low price, make the Allrounder 630 Eco a cost-effective alternative, according to the company.
The injection molding machine has a clamping force of 275 tons. Each of the two available press sizes comes with the choice of three screw diameters.
Arburg of Lossburg, Germany, said the Allrounder has a modular design adapted from the higher-performance versions of the S machine series.
Arburg's U.S. operation, Arburg Inc., is in Newington, Conn.
Tel. (860) 667-6500, fax (860) 667-6522, e-mail [email protected]