Corotec announces treatment systems
Corotec Corp., which makes surface-treatment equipment in Farmington, Conn., introduced its Uni-Dyne narrow-web corona treatment line, with a built-in, removable electrode drawer, and two other new products.
A pull-out handle on the electrode cartridge allows the assembly to be removed for cleaning, and a spare cartridge can take its place. Or it can be changed to one with a different electrode configuration for other applications.
Corotec also has applied the all-in-one Uni-Dyne concept to its sheet-treating systems, geared toward in-line sheet-fed processes or table-top laboratory environments.
Corotec also introduced its Plasma-Jet corona treatment system to increase the wettability of three-dimensional parts before label or graphic application.
Tel. 860-678-0038, fax 860-674-5229.
Optical Gaging offers new lab instruments
Optical Gaging Products Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., introduced several new laboratory instruments:
* SmartScope Quest 250, an automatic, bench-top dimensional measurement system. This is a compact extension of the company's SmartScope Quest family, but its large XYZ travel measures 300 by 150 by 200 millimeters, so the unit accommodates a variety of parts and fixtures.
* The Focus 14 Contour Projector, a comparator with a 14-inch viewing area.
* Several new models within its SmartScope MVP line of bench-top dimensional measurement systems. Optical Gaging now offers five models with manual XYZ stages and three models with motorized stages, for fully automatic measuring.
Tel. 585-544-0400, fax 585-544-8092, e-mail [email protected]
Raytek enhances thermometer line
Raytek Corp., which makes infrared temperature measurement devices, now offers motorized, remote-controlled target focus as an option on its Marathon MM Series of thermometers.
Plastics applications for the noncontact instruments include thermoforming, converting, extrusion, coating, molding, calendering, laminating, curing and drying.
The user can adjust the focus of measurement targets, either by push button at the back of the instrument, or remotely by a personal computer via a RS232/RS485 connection, where adjustments can be seen by video. Standard fixed-focus sensors or sensors with the new variable-focus are options to choose from. Both have a focus range between 8 inches and 7 feet.
Raytek is based in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Tel. 831-458-1110, fax 831-458-1239, e-mail [email protected]
GretagMacbeth touts spectrophotometer
GretagMacbeth LLC introduced its Color i7, an automated spectrophotometer with the profile function embedded in the instrument to verify color accuracy.
Meanwhile, GretagMacbeth became part of color-measurement technology supplier X-Rite Inc. when X-Rite of Grandville, Mich., bought GretagMacbeth's Swiss parent, Amazys Holding AG. The deal was completed July 5.
The Color i7 features a self-diagnostic function that reduces production errors and slowdowns. It uses an ``open'' technology that can be integrated with most digital work-flow systems.
GretagMacbeth also introduced Color iMatch 5 and Color iQC 5. Both are updated versions of its software for color formulation and quality control. The upgrades include eJobs, which stores built-in digital procedures, color specifications and instrument configurations to simplify color jobs.
GretagMacbeth is based in New Windsor, N.Y.
845-565-7600, fax 845-565-0390.
Tool-Temp unveils TT-188 control unit
Swiss temperature controls maker Tool-Temp AG introduced the TT-188, a small temperature control unit equipped with an electronic flow control as standard.
The device can be used with water as hot as 195°F, or with oil up to 300°F. It automatically controls temperature deviations.
The flow is measured electronically and displayed digitally, generating a minimum flow rate. If the flow falls below this value, an alarm sounds.
The flow control can run in pressure or vacuum mode. The user chooses between Celsius and Fahrenheit and liters, imperial gallons or American gallons per minute.
The TT-188 replaces the Sulgen, Switzerland-based company's model TT-157, which has sold more than 30,000 units.
Tel. 41-71-644-7777, fax 41-71-644-7700.
GE Plastics develops scratch-resistant PC
GE Plastics has developed polycarbonate resins with outstanding scratch resistance.
The Pittsfield, Mass., firm claims Lexan DMX resins have a higher surface hardness than standard PC and can eliminate the need for hard coatings in transparent applications such as electronic keypads, lenses, bezels and screens. This can save time, costs and volatile compound emissions associated with hard coating.
GE says Lexan DMX resins feature PC copolymers that lend the materials hardness values up to five times bigger than for standard PC. When hard-coated with silicone or acrylic, they achieve even higher hardness values. The company says DMX materials are available in a range of colors.
Tel. 800-752-7842, or 413-448-7110, e-mail [email protected]
Tee connector uses new Clariant nylon
Clariant Masterbatches developed nylon compounds that meet demands for tee connectors in landscape irrigation systems.
Dawn Industries Inc. introduced its Kwik-Tap saddle tee to stand out from the competition and allow new ways for making connections. The Arvada, Colo., firm molds Kwik-Tap connectors.
Dawn chose a 15 percent glass-reinforced nylon 6 from Clariant to make the saddle of the tee. The tap component needs to be stronger so it is made from a Clariant 36 percent glass nylon 6.
The nylons contain an internal silicone lubricant for easy removal from the molds.
Dawn regrinds scrap and the longer it molded its initial material and added regrind, the darker the orange got. Clariant's specialty compounding business in Millington, Md., found a heat-stable colorant that allows Dawn to work with its regrind.
Tel. 401-438-4080, fax 401-438-4680, e-mail [email protected]
Tek Deck Pro helps control fungal growth
Teknor Color Co. has debuted a color masterbatch containing biocide to increase longevity of wood-plastic composites used in residential decking.
Tek Deck Pro masterbatch combines color, ultraviolet absorber, and Vinyzene biocide from Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas Co., at a price about 15 percent lower than if the additives were purchased separately, said the Pawtucket, R.I., firm.
The biocide controls fungal growth that makes cleaning composite decks difficult. Vinyzene contains no heavy metals. Teknor said the masterbatches can be used with polyolefin resins as well as rigid and flexible vinyls.
Tel. 401-725-8000, fax 401-724-8520, e-mail [email protected]