Maco controls maker Eurotherm Inc. made connections at NPE2012 in Orlando — wireless ones. Users can connect to machine controllers remotely, using an iPhone, iPad or a personal computer.
Eurotherm also displayed its Maco Compact retrofit controller for the Van Dorn HT toggle-clamp injection press. The package upgrades the HT to deliver more precise and consistent temperature control, the company said.
Eurotherm introduced the Mini EM3, built using Eurotherm's multi-loop technology, with an improved operator interface screen, the Penguin. It controls eight, 16 or 24 heating zones. The expandable system can be upgraded to include one of two options, including cooling and/or current monitoring. A built-in recipe manager lets users create hundreds of recipes at the touch of the screen, containing information such as temperature set point, auto-tuning control, variable thermocouple types and alarm set points.
In other news, injection presses from the rejuvenated HPM North America Corp. in Marion, Ohio, are using Eurotherm's OptiPak II control, which is based on the Maco Compact hardware, according to Steve Schroeder, global business development manager at Eurotherm in Ashburn, Va. The HPM machines are made in China by Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd., which bought HPM's intellectual property and customer lists.
“There hasn't been a Maco controller on an HPM in 11-12 years,” Schroeder said.
At Eurotherm's booth, Illinois Precision Corp. of Bicknell, Ind., showed its Echo insert molding machine equipped with a Maco Compact controller.
Eurotherm also showed the Breeze llc for blow molding parison control, the EM-3 temperature and pressure control system for extruders and iPact melt-pressure control system with Intellimold for injection molding. Also on display: the latest Eurotherm Nanodac recorder/controller/programmer for data collection.