Maguire Products Inc. has developed a new-generation controller for Aston, Pa.-based company's widely used gravimetric blender, that has much more processing capability than the previous controller.
Maguire will introduce the controller at K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as part of the celebration of the sale of its 50,000th Maguire Weigh Scale Blender (Hall 10, Stand A26).
The new Maguire 4088 controller, while backward-compatible with earlier control systems, operates with seven times the speed of the Maguire 1212 controller, as well as eight times the memory and 45 times the resolution of the load cells used to weigh batch ingredients.
Options include a keypad/digital thumbwheel interface or a new touchscreen that can be removed, for remote operation.
Standard with the touchscreen is built-in software for a conveying system for loading multiple materials into a blender, and metering the combined materials into a processing machine.
“While the batch accuracy of the Maguire blender will continue to be rated at the exceedingly small range of plus-or-minus 0.1 percent, the vastly enhanced operation of the new 4088 controller will include the volume, speed and reliability of data transfer,” said Frank Kavanagh, vice president of sales. “This means that valuable information on the makeup and consumption of the raw materials being metered into the molding or extrusion process can be readily shared with third-party devices via any standard communications protocol, making it possible to integrate Maguire blenders with today's most advanced technologies.”
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