RTP long-cut pellets reduce separation
RTP Co. has introduced long-cut pellets for additive masterbatches to be blended with its long-fiber-reinforced compounds.
The Winona, Minn., firm says the long-cut pellets have similar geometry to pellets containing its long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resins. This means that when the two materials are blended, only minimal separation of the pellets occurs.
RTP says the new products allow customers the choice of blending long-cut additive pellets with long-fiber thermoplastic pellets, or of using additives already pre-compounded into long-fiber thermoplastic pellets.
Tel. 507-454-6900, fax 507-454-2089, e-mail [email protected]
Polyvel offers latest anti-fog concentrate
Polyvel Inc. has debuted an anti-fog concentrate for polyolefin food packaging.
Polyvel says VF152 is a second-generation anti-fog masterbatch specifically aimed at blown low density polyethylene film for refrigerated fresh food. It works more quickly than previous versions in monolayer and coextruded films. It also cuts down on condensation more efficiently, giving a more transparent film. The Hammondton, N.J., firm recommends a letdown ratio of about 2-3 percent.
Tel. 609-567-0080, 609-567-9522, e-mail [email protected]
Masterbatch provides bue tint for bottles
Ampacet Corp. developed a special-effect masterbatch that gives a blue tint to the edges of PET bottles without interfering with clarity.
Ampacet says the Blue Edge effect gives a bottle a sophisticated appearance for clear contents such as water, liquor and beauty aids.
Blue Edge also enhances bottle brightness and gives a soft glow in ultraviolet light. The Tarrytown, N.Y., firm says the tint conveys the quality of high-end glass while accentuating the lines of the bottle.
Among possible effects is an eye-catching blue glow when the treated bottle is subjected to black light in a low-light environment like a bar or club.
Tel 513-247-5412, fax 513-247-5415, e-mail [email protected]
FTS burner reduces scrap by 50 percent
FTS Technologies of Flint, Mich., said its Cirqual burner deflashes plastic bottles and can reduce scrap volumes by 50 percent.
The three-dimensional circular flame directs all the flame energy to the surface of the part.
Tel. 810-239-4209, e-mail [email protected]
R&B unit extrudes for large containers
R&B Plastics Machinery LLC of Saline, Mich., has built what it believes is the largest continuous-extrusion shuttle blow molding machine ever made.
The press has two clamps that are 52 inches wide by 34 inches high, and generate 60 tons of clamping force. Two 6-inch extruders can push out more than 3,600 pounds an hour in a three-parison, dumbbell configuration, for a 12-cavity mold.
The press runs at a 20-second cycle time, running 4-, 5- and 7-gallon containers, or 2,160 containers an hour.
Other features include in-machine deflashing, tail removal, automatic takeout and quick product changeovers and color changes.
R&B did not identify the customer.
In other news, R&B introduced a new Siemens machine controller that uses a programmable logic controller instead of dedicated motion control cards. R&B has integrated parison programming into the PLC.
Tel. 734-429-9421, fax 734-429-1805, e-mail [email protected] machinery.com.
Supplier D-M-E adds contouring service
Mold components supplier D-M-E Co. now supplies a contour-roughing service, where the company mills out nearly 90 percent of steel plates before shipping them.
That saves mold makers time and machine wear, so they can focus on high-value machining of core and cavity plates, D-M-E said.
``Every penny and minute saved makes these shops more viable in an increasingly competitive global market,'' said Chuck Azzopardi, D-M-E's global business manager.
Customers send their computer-aided-design files to D-M-E, which uses CAM software to program three-dimensional cavity roughing tool paths. The customer finishes the machining work.
In other news, D-M-E will offer its Euro-Series of metric mold components, a line of more than 4,000 products, in North America. D-M-E also introduced two valve gate controllers, the VCTH-4000 and VCTH-8000, both for hydraulic valve operation of gate sequencing. The controllers use solid-state timers and relays with a life rating of 10 million cycles.
D-M-E is based in Madison Heights, Mich.
Tel. 248-544-5718, e-mail [email protected]
S+S offers enhanced inspection systems
S+S Inspection Inc. said its second-generation line of Raycon X-ray inspection systems uses a lower-power X-ray, but processes images at higher throughputs than the previous model.
The Raycon line is designed for final inspection of packaged goods, including aluminum-coated or metalized film packaging.
The Raycon units detect contamination and identify missing, broken or underweight product, with a weighing accuracy of plus or minus 1 percent.
The stainless-steel housing has been designed for easy cleaning. The device has a touch-screen monitor.
Tucker, Ga.-based S+S Inspection is the U.S. arm of S+S Inspection & Sorting Technology GmbH of SchÃ¶nberg, Germany.
Tel. 770-493-9332, fax 770-934-3384, e-mail [email protected]
Dynisco controllers affordable, flexible
Dynisco LLC of Franklin, Mass., has released a complete line of 1/8 DIN and 1/16 DIN temperature controllers, dubbed the TCE and TCS, respectively.
The controllers are affordably priced and convenient to use, the company said.
The controller interface is fully customizable, so that any parameter can be set up for immediate access by the operator.
A three-color operating display gives a clear indication of process variables. A fully configurable scrolling text shows exactly what is happening in the process.
Tel. 508-541-9450, e-mail mcar [email protected]
Beaumont upgrades its mold software
Erie, Pa.-based Beaumont Technologies Inc. offers Version 2.0 of its 5 Step Process mold-balancing software that identifies the root cause of any variation in mold filling.
Updates include an advanced template-driven control screen; new layout selections for two-cavity, four-cavity, 32-cavity and 64-cavity molds; an ``averager'' feature that saves individual cavity data from getting lost; a ``print notes'' option; an integrated ``search'' function in the file storage area; updated graphics and the addition of a ``machine number'' field for a history of mold sampling.
The software is available for purchase under a single license for one installation or a site license, with unlimited installations per customer location.
Tel. 814-899-6390, fax 814-899-7177, e-mail [email protected] inc.com.