CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 5:35 p.m. EDT) — Moldflow Corp. announced two new hardware releases for injection molding, covering hot-runner control and process setup, monitoring and optimization.
At NPE 2006, the Framingham, Mass.-based company rolled out ModDAQ, the first version of its next generation of modular data-acquisition devices. ModDAQ is designed for use with Moldflow's Shotscope, MPX and Altanium products.
Model 8020 is geared toward molders that require a lower channel count and a significantly lower price than the predecessor, the A9800 machine interface unit, Moldflow said.
Because it's modular, the ModDAQ platform allows users to buy only the number and type of channels needed for a specific application. That means, for example, that a customer can build a Shotscope at a lower cost and expand as needed.
Also at the Chicago show, held June 19-23, Moldflow displayed new versions of its Altanium hot-runner controls, the X and XE models. Improvements include a simpler design, higher zone configurations and better functionality. The platform conforms with the European Union's Hazardous Substances Free Directive, known as RoHS.
The Altanium X packages all the features of current Moldflow systems, but in a smaller footprint. The XE series adds capabilities, including expanded detection of mold errors, on-screen board diagnostics and a three-year warranty.
Another new technology at NPE 2006, Simalink, allows Moldflow customers to share simulation and production data with other companies.