New ASI transmitter not affected by dust
Houston-based ASI Instruments said its WaveTrak 5200 guided wave radar level transmitter is designed for challenging applications of measuring bulk solids.
The transmitter is not affected by dust from feed flow. It accurately measures the level of materials with dielectric constants as low as 1.3, such as plastic pellets, according to the company. A concentric wave guide directs the radar signal, stopping beam-spread problems and echoes from tank walls and internal structures.
Tel. 800-245-7056, fax 713-461-7348, e-mail [email protected]
Gruppo Colines offers seven-layer film line
Gruppo Colines srl of Novara, Italy, has tested a Barriercast line to produce a seven-layer, cast polypropylene barrier film.
Gruppo Colines will ship the line to a customer in South America. The line makes film 82.7 inches wide. The film is targeted at food-packaging applications.
The company has sold four seven-layer Barriercast lines in the last year and a half.
Tel. 39-321-486311, fax 39-321-486355, e-mail [email protected]
IMS touts alternative mold-release product
IMS Co. of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, introduced an environmentally friendly mold release and two new temperature-control modules.
Speed Mist mold releases are an alternative to formulas that contain flammable or chemically aggressive ingredients, or those banned by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Speed Mist products do not contain trichloroethylene, dimethyl ether or other flammable gases. They evaporate quickly, with no unpleasant odors, IMS said.
IMS sells several different types of the mold release: a version containing silicone that forms a long-lasting film on the mold, a Blue Label Silicone spray that forms a thin, tough film on even highly polished surfaces, and a paintable release for parts that will be painted, plated, printed or stamped.
The closed-loop, 15-amp temperature-control modules are UATC-20, ideal for hot runners, and S20-D3C, which features a mechanical set point and simple, reliable operation, according to IMS.
Tel. 440-543-1615, ext. 136, e-mail [email protected]
Firm's conveyor uses new plastic-link belt
Harvard Factory Automation Inc. now offers a conveyor with a plastic-link belt.
Advantages of the plastic belt include a larger choice of custom conveyor width, no belt adjustments, a maintenance-free belt that can be submersed and interchangeable links.
The company in Harvard, Ill., also introduced custom guarding for robots and conveyors, built to customer specifications, with optional doors and a safety interlocking switch. The guarding is available in clear Lexan, smoked Lexan or safety mesh.
Harvard Factory also has new box-fill systems, custom made to accommodate a molder's size and quantity of boxes, totes or bags. They fill automatically by cycle count, weight or weight count.
Tel. 815-943-1195, fax 815-943-4030.
Eastman supplying 'clean' plasticizer
Eastman Chemical Co. is offering an alternative to ortho phthalates, a class of traditional plasticizers under scrutiny for potential health and safety problems.
The Kingsport, Tenn., firm said its Eastman 168 is a drop-in replacement for conventional ortho phthalates in infant toys. Unlike other alternatives to ortho phthalates, Eastman 168 does not require toy material reformulation and resists extraction in soapy water and in the presence of coatings, Eastman said.
Eastman claims the product provides a "clean toxicology profile" that meets regulatory requirements. Eastman said the plasticizer is not an estrogen mimicker, does not disrupt hormones and is not carcinogenic.
Tel. 423-229-2721, fax 423-229-1525, e-mail [email protected]