Maguire Products unveils new blender
Maguire Products Inc. introduced its MicroPlus blender, designed for processing throughputs of 100-350 pounds an hour - more than Maguire's MicroBlender, but with the same features.
The MicroPlus has four removable hoppers, for quick cleaning and material changeovers.
Typically, the hoppers are used for natural resin, regrind, color and an additive. Three of the hoppers use pneumatic vertical valves, but the regrind hopper has a corner valve, because the material sometimes flows poorly.
For configurations that mount the loaders on top of the blender, Maguire has developed an optional, patent-pending pneumatic system that automatically lifts the hopper lids on which the loaders are mounted, giving easy access to the hoppers and the bottom of the loaders.
Maguire Products of Aston, Pa., also has a new LPD vacuum resin dryer, with some improvements. The company has created faster and more-uniform heating by redesigning the airflow circuit inside the drying canister and increasing the speed.
Maguire also has boosted the pre-heating capability of the LPD vacuum dryer from 300Ã¸ F to 365Ã¸ F, cutting drying time. Other improvements include new software for purging pellets from conveyor lines from the dryer to the processing machine, and a new manifold system so the LPD can be used as a central dryer. A new vacuum calibration capability, built into the controller, now automatically adjusts for differences in altitude.
Southern California Plastics Inc., a custom injection molder of engineering thermoplastics in Santa Ana, Calif., has begun a large-scale changeover from conventional desiccant systems to Maguire's LPD dryers. An LPD can reduce dryer energy consumption by 82 percent, with defect-free molding of polycarbonate lenses, Maguire said.
Tel. 888-459-2412, fax (610) 459-2700.
Logic One Robots debuts controllers
Logic One Robots of Addison, Ill., unveiled its SIMPLE gantry robot controls that allow older pneumatic and electric robots to be retrofitted to improve speed and positioning repeatability.
SIMPLE stands for Sequential Inverter-Induction Motor Plain-Logic Electric. Logic One designed the controls for small and midsize molders that do not employ automation engineers. The unit uses Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers and U.S.-made, off-the-shelf components.
The controls are suited for applications in which an existing robot is rebuilt to boost performance.
Logic One also released the PLC+2 controller with DS-INDRO technology, which stands for induction motor-inverter drive operation, to increase the speed of the induction motor.
In other news:
* Logic One has teamed up with Cincinnati Automation Ltd. of Erlanger, Ky., to develop vision equipment to inspect plastic parts automatically. The system can verify the presence of mold inserts or other features, and the correct part size or color. It also can detect flash and short shots and do sorting and counting.
* Officials announced that Logic One now is offering to rebuild AEC-brand Interceptor, Sterltech and Phaser robots, and Sterltech Meteor robots, to use PC-based controls.
Tel. (630) 543-3383, fax (630) 834-4545.
Vision PLC aids in unloading rail cars
Walton/Stout Inc. said its Vision 2x4 controller is designed for unloading rail cars using the firm's vacuum/pressure systems.
The programmable logic controller panel lets the operator control resin unloading from a rail car to a silo, using real-time information.
Vision can be configured for separate vacuum and pressure blowers, or a single vacuum/pressure blower. Material can be directed to up to four silos, with more silo control available.
The touch-screen panel also lets the operator set vacuum and pressure points, timer settings and other variables.
The controller can be linked to plantwide networks. Walton-Stout is based in Lithonia, Ga.
Tel. (770) 482-4613, fax (770) 482-9894, e-mail [email protected] tonstout.com.
Matrix operations to add clean room
Matrix Tooling Inc. and Matrix Plastic Products are adding a Class 100,000 clean room and adding ISO 13485 compliance to their existing ISO 900:2000 quality system, to meet demands of medical-device customers.
Both operations share a 30,000-square-foot facility in Wood Dale, Ill. The new clean room will use all-electric injection presses equipped with robots and vision inspection, so problems can be identified early.
Tel. (630) 595-6144, fax (630) 595-6276.