Düsseldorf, Germany — Maguire Products Inc. and Syncro srl are partnering to develop new equipment platforms for materials and extrusion control.
The companies announced the project at K 2016 in Düsseldorf. Aston, Pa.-based Maguire has taken an investment position with Busto Arsizio, Italy-based Syncro and the partners will develop technology drawing on the two companies' specialties.
“Maguire's experience in materials handling and blending systems combined with Syncro's extensive range of control options for extrusion will enable customers to use existing equipment from Maguire while easily expanding control elements on both existing and new lines going forward,” said Frank Kavanagh, Maguire's vice president of sales and marketing.
As an example, at the show Maguire is displaying an extrusion control interface alongside a new range of Maguire blending systems, the WXB series, which combine batch functionality with loss in weight control.
Syncro also offers a range of products for powder. Gabriele Caccia, CEO of Syncro, said with the new partnership, it will offer more options for customers focused on powder applications, from individual components to complete turnkey solutions.
Also at K 2016, Maguire showed new products, including a way to see inside your equipment.
Maguire introduced a new app for smartphones and other hand-held devices that enable people to transform two-dimensional pictures of Maguire and Riverdale Global equipment into three-dimensional models that can be manipulated simply by using the touchscreen.
Shortly before K, the app, called Maguire 5D, became downloadable from Apple and Android stores and from the company's website.
App users can aim the smartphone camera at images in advertisements and on the company's website to generate 3-D models of the equipment. From there, they can examine the interior of components, view material flow through the system, obtain a 360-degree “turntable” view, and examine specific areas of the equipment in close-up.
There's also a button for obtaining more information.
“Users will be able to view the features of our products and their mode of operation with a depth and clarity unmatched by traditional 2-D media,” said Paul Maguire, president of Riverdale Global.
Also at K, the company highlighted the year-long celebration in anticipation of the shipment of the 50,000th weigh scale blender.