Absolute Haitian offers press discount
Absolute Haitian Corp. has launched an Absolute Stimulus Package for North American buyers of Haitian injection molding machines.
The presses are made in Ningbo, China.
Absolute Haitian, based in Worchester, Mass., offers two tiers of discount pricing, at up to 30 percent for basic molding machines. Haitian's premium machines for the Saturn, Mars and Venus press configurations are available for sizable discounts, the company said.
The Absolute Stimulus Package is available through the end of 2009.
Tel. 508-459-5372, fax 508-459-5368, e-mail [email protected] haitian.com.
Niigata enhances its MD-W all-electric
Niigata Machine Techno Co. Ltd. is offering an MD-W series, all-electric press with 200 tons of clamping force.
Niigata has increased the distance between the tie-bars by 11 percent, and extended mold height.
A patented dual-servo injection with torque matching is designed for more power and longer life.
The MD-W also gives extra-long holding pressures without servo overloads, for longer holding time. An onboard central processing unit for each servo-drive gives a quick servo response time of 55 microseconds.
Niigata Machines are sold by DJK-Global Group of Wood Dale, Ill.
Tel. 630-875-0202, fax 630-875-0422, e-mail [email protected]
Tederic JV touts press capabilities
Tederic Machinery Manufacturer (China) Co. Ltd., a Chinese-British joint venture that makes injection molding machines in Hangzhou, China, is touting its versatile presses in North America.
Established in 2003, the company builds machines in a 164,000-square-foot factory. Tederic Machinery has built machines in clamping forces as large as 4,000 tons. Company officials said Tederic is only one of two Chinese companies that can make injection presses that large.
Features of Tederic machines include fast injection speed, linear guide for low-friction clamp movement, servo-driven hydraulics and proportional clamp open and close.
The machines use a Gefran controller. They also use Bosch Rex-roth valves and Vickers pumps.
The clamping unit uses a five-point, double-toggle setup that has a large opening stroke, mold capacity and tie-bar distance to handle large molds.
An adjustable moving platen supporting unit is suitable for heavy molds. Larger presses use hydraulic sliding shows.
Twin hydraulic cylinders give fast, stable injection.
The company is represented by Tederic North American Machinery in Palmetto, Fla., and in Latin America by Escobar Trading Inc. of Miami.
Tel. 941-722-1174, e-mail sales @Tederic-na.com.
Husky wants to set facts straight on PET
As PET bottles take hits from some environmentalists, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. officials are firing back with a new marketing campaign.
Husky commissioned a third-party consulting company, Allied Development Corp., to conduct life-cycle analyses of PET packaging. Husky, based on Bolton, Ontario, is the largest maker of injection presses to mold PET pre- forms, which are blow molded into bottles.
Jeff MacDonald, vice president of marketing, said the move was not simply a Husky sales approach.
What we really did was bring the scientific facts out on what PET is as a package good or bad. We brought the facts forward for everybody to look at and at least talk about them in an educated way, MacDonald said in an interview during NPE2009, held June 22-26 in Chicago.
MacDonald said reports in the mainstream media were not fact-based, and it painted PET with an inappropriate brush.'' Part of the problem was that news stories confused PET with packaging that contained bisphenol A, which had been used in polycarbonate bottles.
In 2008, Husky partnered with other plastics industry companies to launch the Facts on PET campaign.
The lifecycle analysis determined how the environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions of manufacturing and transporting PET relates to other packaging materials.
Husky said the first study found that, in North America, PET is the most favorable alternative when compared with aluminum cans and glass bottles for 355-milliliter carbonated soft drink bottles. PET containers had the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, at 314.9 pounds per 1,000 units, about 25 pounds less than aluminum and 180 pounds less than glass.
In terms of energy consumption, PET also was better than aluminum and glass.
Tel. 905-951-5000, fax 905-951-5384.
Toshiba press boasts speed
Toshiba Machine Co. America recently demonstrated in-mold labeling by molding a thin-walled container on an all-electric EC180NII press.
The press molded a cavity and lid on a family mold at a 3.9 second cycle time.
Michael Wer-ner, technical sales manager, said the 180-ton press boasts high speed and high cycling rates, for molding packaging, medical and other applications. The ECN180 has injection rates up to 75 percent faster that competing machines, so molders can increase output per machine by up to 40 percent. Shot-to-shot consistency results in fewer than three rejects per 1 million parts, he said.
Toshiba's iPaqet remote-monitoring system can monitor up to 24 injection molding machines.
Toshiba Machine Co. America is based in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Tel. 888-593-1616, fax 847-593-1728.
Century sells extruder to biomaterials center
Century Extrusion recently sold a twin-screw extruder to the Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre in Alberta, Canada.
The center will use the extruder to process biomaterials, including natural substances such as wood chips and wheat straw.
The twin-screw extruder uses a specialized co-rotation meth-od to product a consistent mix.
It will be a great asset as we utilize Canada's natural advantage in biomass to develop new economic opportunities for agriculture in the areas of biomaterials, said Trevor Kloeck, leader of biomaterial development for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
Century Extrusion is based in Traverse City, Mich.
Tel. 231-947-6400, e-mail [email protected]
Farrel US lab gets compounding line
Farrel Corp. has installed a CP550 compounding line the latest addition to Farrel's CP Series II Compact Processor at its U.S. laboratory and demonstration facility at company headquarters in Ansonia, Conn.
The line is complete with gravimetric feeders and a choice of pelletizers, either underwater, dry-face or strand.
The CP550 consists of a twin-rotor Farrel Continuous Mixer feeding a single-stage extruder as standard. A two-stage vented barrel is available as an option. A range of hard-surfacing options can be done, to target each customer's specific requirements.
Farrel also announced the installation of a CP125, the latest model of the CP Series II Processor, at its laboratory in Rochdale, England.
Tel. 203-736-5500, fax 203-735-6267, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Brabender debuts stand-alone extruder
C.W. Brabender Instruments Inc. recently introduced a stand-alone laboratory compounding extruder, the Mini-Compounder TSE 12/36.
The miniature co-rotating twin screw extruder is designed to help the chemical and pharmaceutical industries develop new products.
The Mini-Compounder has an integrated drive with an output of 3.2 horsepower. It reaches screw speeds up to 600 revolutions per minute.
A clamshell barrel can be tilted open to inspect each processing step.
C.W. Brabender also showed the stand-alone TSE 20/40 twin-screw extruder, which can reach speeds up to 1,200 rpm, thanks to an integrated motor. The segmented screw can be accessed by opening the clamshell barrel.
The South Hackensack, N.J.-based company also offers a torque rheometer called the TLS Plasti-Corder.
Tel. 201-343-8425, fax 201-343-0608, e-mail [email protected] .com.
LPKF welding unit offers laser system
The Plastic Welding Division of Garbsen, Germany-based LPKF Laser & Electronics AG recently demonstrated the new LQ-Vario, a compact, flexible laser-welding system designed for small- and medium-sized production volumes.
LQ-Vario also is good for prototyping and process development, LPKF said.
A precise fiber laser in the MF version of the laser guarantees the type of ultrafine welding join lines required in small micro-fluidic medical parts, the company said.
The company runs a U.S. operation, LPKF Laser & Electronics North America, in Tualatin, Ore., and recently opened a new location for its Plastics Welding Division in Orion, Mich.
Tel. 503-454-4200. fax 503-682-7151, e-mail [email protected]
Yushin America Inc. improves RCII robots
Yushin America Inc. is offering its RCII series of servo robot, with an optional servo wrist and rotate module.
RCII robots are designed for injection molding machines in clamping forces ranging from 80-650 tons. Its mechanical features have been improved over earlier models, offering increased strokes and rigidity. Other improvements include longer belt life with less wear and a new pre-lubricated gearing design to reduce downtime.
The Yushin robot comes standard with Absolute Encoders, so that if power is lost, the robot will retain its position without requiring a homing cycle.
Yushin, of Cranston, R.I., also released the latest generation of its low-cost servo-pneumatic top-entry robots, the ATC/ATCII series.
Tel. 401-490-4969, e-mail [email protected]
New Mokon products boast energy savings
Mokon is offering a new E+ package, for energy savings, which includes an insulated heater canister that reduces heat loss by 60 percent; a control that matches output to process demand; faster response and extended heater life; and a forced-ventilated cabinet that the company claims extends the life of electrical components.
The company from Buffalo, N.Y., has expanded its Hydrotherm line of circulating water-temperature control units, for heating capacities up to 24 kilowatts.
In chiller news, Mokon now is offering the environmentally friendly refrigerant, R-407C, on its line of Iceman portable and central chiller systems. R-407C contains no ozone-depleting properties, but has similar properties, characteristics and pressure ratings to R-22 refrigerant, which is soon to be phased out by the U.S. government, the company said.
Mokon also offers a Cold Climate System designed for process cooling in cold-weather areas. It uses ambient air temperature to cool fluid in a closed-loop system that does not require make-up water or special chemical treatments. It is available with cooling capacities up to 140 tons and flow capacities up to 390 gallons per minute.
Tel. 716-876-9951, fax 716-874-8048, e-mail [email protected]
Indev system offers enhanced measuring
Indev Gauging Systems, which makes controls and measurement systems for continuous web processes such as film, has introduced the Smart Frame.
Like Indev's existing O-frame, Smart Frame offers beam-welded construction and precision guide rails. The new frame has built-in controls and uses Indev's multisensor head, which can plug in up to five sensor types, for simultaneous measurement.
In other news, Indev has signed a licensing agreement teamed with Filmetrics Inc. of San Diego to adapt Filmetrics' technology to continuous plastic and film web measurement applications. The latest addition to Indev's family of sensors is called Filmetrics Spectral Reflectance technology, billed as a simple, cost-effective optical-measurement technology for non-contact film applications. Using a light source perpendicular to the film surface, the unit measures the amount of light reflected from the film, or the layers of the film. The data then is correlated to the material composition and the layers/bands of the multilayer film measurement settings.
Indev is based in Loves Park, Ill.
Latest Hyrobotics robot is user friendly
St. Louis-based Hyrobotics Corp. is offering a Nexia three-axis servo robot with a two-axis servo wrist.
With a user-friendly controller, it takes two hours to learn how to program the servo robot.
The robot was equipped with an automatic tool-change system.
Tel. 636-578-6059, fax 866-232-5594, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Syscon advances its data-gathering unit
Syscon-PlantStar introduced a new Process Data Acquisition Module that gathers information from processing equipment, as well as auxiliary and assembly equipment.
The data is gathered via dozens of serial interface drivers written by PlantStar engineers, as well as open process control servers that are commercially available.
A single data acquisition module can connect to as many as eight machines simultaneously.
Syscon-PlantStar is based in South Bend, Ind.
Tel. 574-232-3900, fax 574-287-5916, e-mail [email protected]
K-Tron introduces alternative agitator
Pitman, N.J.-based K-Tron International Inc. has introduced the ActiFlow Smart Bulk Solids Activator and a new continuous gravimetric extrusion control package.
K-Tron officials said ActiFlow is an alternative way to mechanically agitate the hopper. It prevents bridging and rat-holing of material handled in stainless steel hoppers, using a vibratory drive and control unit.
The gravimetric extrusion package controls the extruder speed so its output has a predictable, repeatable mass flow, the company said. The package includes a K4G feeding and blending station that accommodates up to six feeders, a K-Tron weigh hopper that fits between the K4G stand and the extruder inlet. Customers have three choices of operator interfaces: the K-Tron Control Module for simple appli- cations; the K-Vision for one extruder and up to 16 feeders; and the K-Tron Smart Commander for up to eight extruders.
The K-Vision is a new product.
K-Tron also introduced to North America the Micro Cone, a low-rate feeder that uses a screwless rotating tube, or cone. The unit can disperse just a few pellets per second.
K-Tron also is offering the MT12 micro feeder, with several upgrades for increased accuracy and performance, especially when used for feeding rates as low as 20 grams per hour.
Tel. 856-256-3265, fax 856-582-3937, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Moretto debuts dryer and transport system
Italian auxiliary equipment maker Moretto SpA has debuted several new technologies.
KK KruiseKontrol, a plastic granulate transport system that moves material at a constant speed, manages every second of the transportation. Moretto claims that regardless of the material composition, the KK eliminates angel hair and stress defects because of speed and the forming of powder caused by friction and wear of transport pipes. The flexibility comes from a series of sensors that can control vacuum and speed within the transport pipes, in a closed-loop system that can change a centralized plant in automatic speed control in the feeding system.
KK also intervenes in suction cycles, reducing extremes of speed generated at the beginning and during pipe cleanout.
Moretto also introduced the X Dry Air mini-dryer; the Quad suction unit permitting the connection of up to four, three-phase hopper loaders; and an updated DGM gravimetric blender with a new touch-screen operator interface and new electronics.
Moretto is based in Massanzago, Italy.
Tel. +39-49-939-6804, fax +39-49-939-6765, e-mail [email protected] moretto.com.
System averts jams in grinder drive trains
Republic Machine Inc., which makes single-shaft grinders in Louisville, Ky., is offering the Insta-Torque detection system that protects the drive train from jams in the shredding compartment. The system prevents jams by using a controlled over-torque limiting clutch and shutdown response circuit.
Republic also offers a bolt-in tool holder, combined with a redesigned rotor, that does away with weld-in cutter mounts and costly welding repairs to rotors with missing cutting teeth.
Also new from Republic Machine is a direct-drive, beltless drive train.
Tel. 502-637-6778, fax 502-637-6779.
Dynamic's conveyor fits in tight spaces
Dynamic Conveyor Corp. has unveiled the Low Profile Conveyor that fits into tight spaces because of a reduced frame height.
Pedestal leg supports keep the overall conveyor width to a minimum, saving floor space.
Conveyor modules connect and reconnect to form low-profile conveyor systems from 4-60 inches wide, and of lengths up to 50 feet. The conveyors have a load capacity of 100 pounds.
DynaCon, of Muskegon, Mich., also introduced the Over/Under Box Filling System, which uses user-defined fill rates to insure accuracy up to 0.3 ounces. The automated system keeps track of filling by cycle count, weight or weight count.
Tel. 231-798-1483, fax 231-798-9583, e-mail [email protected] conveyor.com
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