Latest Routsis series addresses hydraulics
A. Routsis Associates Inc. has released its new injection molding hydraulics training series.
The training materials teach the importance of hydraulics in the injection molding process and show students the full theory of hydraulics and how to read hydraulic prints.
A. Routsis Associates is based in Dracut, Mass.
Tel. (978) 957-0700, fax (978) 957-1860, e-mail [email protected]
Maag Pump touting new screen changer
The CSC-CP piston-type screen changer from Maag Pump Systems Textron Inc. has an adjustable throttle valve that maintains a constant pressure during extrusion.
Normally, melt pressure gradually rises as a screen becomes clogged, then the pressure spikes upward when piston-type units make the screen change. Pressure then falls as the clean screen moves into position.
The throttle valve opens and closes to compensate for those changes, said Doug Johnson, extrusion regional sales manager for Maag in Charlotte, N.C. He said the valve monitors pressure and reduces or increases pressure to mirror, in reverse, the changes in melt pressure.
Tel. (704) 716-9030, fax (704) 716-9001, e-mail [email protected]
K-Tron develops tool to optimize recipes
K-Tron Feeder Group has developed a recipe-optimization tool, FeedSmart, that minimizes total ingredient costs by varying a recipe's ingredient proportions.
Users enter proportions for each ingredient being fed into the process, along with cost and setpoint tolerance range for each ingredient based on quality requirements, expected feeding accuracy for each feeder/ingredient and data such as hours or production each year.
Working in each ingredient's allowed range of proportions, FeedSmart places expensive components with lower-cost ingredients, reducing the total cost.
The optimized proportions for each recipe automatically are computed, along with the amount of projected savings.
FeedSmart works in all currencies and weight units, for recipes of up to six ingredients.
FeedSmart is free for downloading at www.ktron.com/cut costs.
K-Tron Feeder Group is a division of K-Tron International of Pitman, N.J.
Tel. (856) 589-0500, fax (856) 589-8113.
Controls cut costs on Thermolator units
Conair Group Inc. of Pittsburgh said new controls give its Thermolator temperature-control unit the features of a programmable logic controller at a lower price.
The control's four push buttons run all set-up, operational and troubleshooting functions. The display shows the setpoint and actual temperatures from the ``to-process'' and ``from-process'' settings. The unit can control the process from either of the inputs, as well from the ``center'' - the average of the to-process and from-process sensors.
Tel. (412) 312-6000, fax (412) 312-6320.
PLM module helps in meeting deadlines
IQMS said its Product Lifestyle Management module helps manufacturers track and develop new products and projects using IQMS ``push technology'' to meet project deadlines.
Miniature Precision Components Inc. of Walworth, Wis., is using the PLM module for management, advanced quality planning for new products and to help unify fragmented project tracking throughout the company.
Randy Flamm, president of Paso Robles, Calif.-based IQMS, said EnterpriseIQ originally was designed to track all the data, through the enterprise resource planning system. ``Now, with our new Product Lifecycle Management module, we bring the data together in one module to provide a clear, 360-degree representation of the product,'' he said.
``Push technology'' uses IQAlert to advance information automatically to the appropriate person at each point in the process and track deadlines and completed tasks.
Tel. (805) 227-1122, e-mail [email protected]
Software turns PC into operator station
A new software package from Mattec Corp. of Loveland, Ohio, operates on virtually any off-the-shelf personal computer to process data from one or more machines.
Mattec said its Machine Cell Controller is ideal for managing a production cell where a single operator is responsible for several different machines or operations. The software turns the PC into a real-time user interface to the machine.
Operators can enter new data such as the reason for scrap or downtime. The computer also allows paperless access to any process documentation from a plant information network.
Mattec President Mick Thiel said the software allows a PC to become the operator-interface portion of one of the standard machine interfaces the company offers with its ProHelp production and process monitoring systems.
``However, with the power of the PC, it allows the operator to access process set-up instructions, part drawings and pictures, even instructional videos directly from a company information network,'' he said.
Tel. (513) 683-1802, fax (513) 683-1619.