Ferromatik Milacron unveils caps press
Ferromatik Milacron Maschinenbau GmbH rolled out its first injection press specifically aimed at the caps and closures market, during a recent open house at its plant in Malterdingen, Germany.
Ferromatik Milacron ran caps on a Cap-Tec press with 300 metric tons of clamping force, on a 64-cavity mold. The cycle time was about 3.5 seconds.
The press is related to the company's K-Tec machine, which has a history in the packaging industry, including closures molding. But some changes were made, since closures require only a short clamping-unit stroke and a modest plasticizing stroke on the injection side.
Cap molding also demands short cycle times.
The Cap-Tec has a shorter machine base than standard K-Tec presses. The designers created a rigid frame, without making the machine significantly heavier.
The press uses parallel machine movements to cut cycle time. Because of the short clamping stroke, the hydraulic accumulator can be used to build up the clamping force, which reduces energy consumption.
Ferromatik Milacron is a unit of Milacron Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tel. 49-7644-780, fax 49-7644-6885.
Demag offers EcQ in 8 clamping forces
Demag Plastics Group said its new Extra EcQ injection press matches the performance of the company's Extra series, but with quick shipment and low operating costs.
The Extra EcQ machines come in eight clamping forces, ranging from 35-200 metric tons.
In each clamping force, the customer can choose from two injection units, four screw diameters and two pump sizes.
DPG, based in Schwaig, Germany, can ship the Extra EcQ within two to four weeks after the company receives final customer specifications.
To cut energy consumption, the press uses an efficient Siemens motor. Also, the ejector and mold movement happens simultaneously, reducing cycle time.
In addition, the machine uses a noncontact ultrasonic stroke-measuring system for accurate movements. A micro oil filter does fine filtration of the hydraulic oil.
DPG's U.S. operation is in Strongsville, Ohio.
Tel. 440-876-8960, fax 440-876-6423.
Die control released for North America
The Converting Systems Group of Davis-Standard LLC has created a North American version of its automatic die control system, which is supported by its Fulton, N.Y., and Somerville, N.J., facilities.
Previously, the auto die control was only available through Davis-Standard's facility in Erkrath, Germany, and configured for the European market.
Several U.S. customers of Davis-Standard already use the German-based version.
The automatic die is engineered for extrusion coating, laminating and cast film processes.
Davis-Standard is based in Pawcatuck, Conn.
Tel. 860-599-1010, e-mail [email protected]
California-based NDC expands its offerings
NDC Infrared Engineering Inc. of Irwindale, Calif., now is marketing data management systems from Panther Systems Northwest Inc. to NDC customers that do extrusion, converting, nonwovens and calendered products.
NDC has been a supplier to Panther of Vancouver, Wash., which supplies data management products for the paper industry. One key offering, the ProcessAnalyzer, allows a gauging system to store and retrieve a complete, three-dimensional product profile map, so the user can pinpoint problem areas in rolls.
In product news, NDC announced:
* TDI (total distributed intelligence), for NDC's on-line thickness measurement and control. Now, every sensor and scanning frame comes with its own built-in intelligence for higher speed and greater accuracy. The system uses a small but powerful processing engine called a D-BRIC. The controls are linked to a network of operator workstations via a standard Ethernet connection.
* RemoteView, which allows remote trouble-shooting from a personal-computer running Windows XP, 2000 or NT. The user can see all the information from the local operator station, and can remotely change set points, recipes or other functions.
* The Model 318 X-Ray Backscatter Sensor, with performance rivaling that of more expensive, nuclear-based beta and gamma gauges, without the ongoing issues of source wipes and disposal.
* A new data archiving and retrieval system, called Data Historian II, allows customers to select product and process parameters easily from the NDC gauging system, and to archive that data as part of a database on a local or networked PC. The user can then put the information into standard Windows applications like an Excel spreadsheet.
Tel. 626-960-3300, fax 626-939-3870, e-mail [email protected]
Erema improves on recycling technology
Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH said new developments in its Vacurema process, called Vacurema Multi-KT, can turn out pellets from recycled PET with the same intrinsic velocity - a measurement of how material flows - of virgin resin.
The process meets all the requirements of worldwide beverage producers, according to the company in Linz, Austria.
The recycled PET can have an intrinsic velocity from 0.76-0.82 and above, the company said.
Erema also has launched machinery for in-line crystallization of strand pellets with a cylindrical shape, with no need for external energy outside of the existing process energy used.
Vacurema touts intensive drying and greater intrinsic velocity of bottle flake under a high vacuum, before the extrusion process.
Erema North America Inc. is based in Ipswich, Mass.
Tel. 978-356-3771, fax 978-356-9003, e-mail [email protected]
Process Control adds to X-Series systems
Atlanta-based Process Control Corp. has expanded its line of X-Series continuous gravimetric blending systems by adding an optional gravimetric liquid feeder.
The blender can accurately weigh, meter and blend pellets, flake and regrind, nonflowable powder materials and, now, liquids - including liquid silane for cross-linking, liquid sponging agents for foaming or liquid color.
RJG introduces line of temperature modules
RJG Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., said its new Lynx Quad Temperature Module connects temperature thermocouple sensors and RFG's eDart system, allowing eDart to monitor the mold, machine and auxiliary equipment conditions using temperature.
The module converts signals from analog to digital. The device can take up to four thermocouple inputs.
RJG said advantages over other temperature modules include lower cost per channel, smaller size and easy installation, no configuration required, faster response and a more reliable signal.
Two models are available, for either Type J or Type K thermocouples.
In other news, RJG said PTI Engineered Plastics Inc., an injection mold maker based in Clinton Township, Mich., has become an RJG Certified Tryout Shop.
Tel. 231-947-3111, fax 231-947-6403, e-mail [email protected]