Victory Spex press handles large molds
Engel Holding GmbH's new Victory Spex press allows the use of large molds with moderate clamping forces, faster tool changes and barrier-free access for robots, thanks to a tie-barless design.
Engel's Ecodrive uses about 70 percent less energy than a standard hydraulic machine and is similar to fully electric injection presses, the company said.
A three-point platen guide with double-sided precision guidance and a central clamping unit means the Victory Spex has excellent platen parallelism, at rest and in motion, the company said. Construction of the frame prevents the clamping unit from flexing. The press comes in clamping forces from 55-560 tons.
Engel is based in Schwertberg, Austria. The company's U.S. operation, Engel Machinery Inc., is in York, Pa.
Tel. 717-764-6818, fax 717-764-0314, email [email protected] .com/na.
DynaCon redesigns its parts separator
Dynamic Conveyor Corp. has improved the design of its DynaCon plastic parts tumbler separator, and reduced its price.
The company redesigned solid one-piece rings to replace the previous ring construction, which included 12 segments joined together to create one ring. Two rings are needed to make each drum cage. This new one-piece ring is sturdy and has a longer life, DynaCon said. There is no need to repair the ring by replacing broken or damaged segments.
Since it takes much less time to manufacture one-piece rings than the 12-piece segment rings, the company has reduced the price, and can meet shorter delivery times.
Dynanic Conveyor is based in Muskegon, Mich.
Tel. 231-798-1483, email jbatka @dynamicconveyor.com.
South Africa's Wilvic tackles US market
Wilvic Plastics in Krugersdorp, South Africa, reports that about 60 percent of its sales are to the United States. The company runs 34 injection presses, most of them from Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH.
The newer machines are from Wittmann Battenfeld's hydraulic HM series, with clamping forces ranging from 110-180 metric tons. Wilvic is considering adding Wittmann Battenfeld's ServoPower presses.
Established in 1993, Wilvic molds products for the mining industry, including customers such as Caterpillar Inc., as well as automotive, security, irrigation and sanitary installation projects.
Many of the products are glass-reinforced composites.
Wittmann Battenfeld is based in Kottingbrunn, Austria.
Tel. 43-2252-404-1400, fax 43-2252-404-99-1400.
App for smart phone features plastics info
Imtech Design, a Moldflow consulting services provider, has released a smart phone application for injection molders, called iMoulder. It is available for free on iTunes and Android Play.
The i-Moulder includes basic information about a range of polymers, with practical troubleshooting tips and a materials database.
A link to i-Moulder can be found on the company's website, www.imtechdesign.com.
Imtech is based in Chislehurst, England.
Tel. 208-468-1060, email keith @imtechdesign.com.
Comet machine dries every pellet uniformly
Comet Plastics Equipment LLC of Riviera Beach, Fla., has introduced the 3DX dryer, which dries each individual resin pellet.
Comet said the 3D design addresses three process parameters: isolation of the material from environmental factors (thermal decoupling), precision temperature control and consistent and thorough air distribution through a multiring jet system and sensor-controlled compressed airflow.
Multiple rings of airstreams give consistent drying throughout the hopper. Sensors inside the hopper monitor and control the compressed airflow, uniformly drying every pellet. The sensors are infinitely adjustable to ensure exact filling of the dryer hopper.
Base hopper sizes allow up to 30 configurations, from 10-129 pounds.
Tel. 800-328-5088, fax 937-297-9069, email [email protected]
Africa company adds KraussMaffei lines
KraussMaffei Berstorff has sold two profile extrusion lines to Interplast Ltd. in Ghana, a major PVC pipe maker in West Africa.
Interplast will use the two extrusion lines, in a twin-strand process, to produce PVC wall and ceiling panels. The two conical twin-screw KMDDD 63 K/P extruders are to begin operating in September.
The relationship between KraussMaffei Berstorff and Interplast began in 2011 as the company ordered a corrugated pipe extrusion line, a profile extrusion line and a raw material pelletizing system.
“We will configure the [panel-making] system specially for Interplast to meet the market requirements in Africa,” said Andreas Kessler, general sales manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff in Munich.
The company's U.S. unit, KraussMaffei Corp., is in Florence, Ky.
Tel. 859-283-0200, fax 859-283-9208.
Eclipse produces separation system
Eclipse Magnetics Ltd. of Sheffield, England, produced a magnetic-separation system for the United Kingdom's leading reprocessor of recyclable materials: the Eco-Plastics/Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd. joint venture plant in Lincolnshire, England.
The facility, Europe's largest mixed-plastic bottle-sorting operation, processes more than 309 million pounds of material each year, according to Eclipse Magnetics.
Eco-Plastics faced a problem on a new processing line for detergent bottlers, since many of the bottles are fitted with metal spring-loaded trigger mechanisms, which become fragmented during the granulating process.
The metal can damage pelletizing equipment and wash systems, and cause batches of the final pellets to be rejected.
Eclipse's solution was a 300-millimeter Auto Rota Shuttle magnetic-separation system, with high-intensity gauss magnetic rods to capture all metal fragments.
The magnetic assembly rotates, ensuring that the granules are turned as they flow through the unit. This prevents bridging or blockages around the magnets.
Tel. 43-787-0515-405, email [email protected]