Canadian Plastics

Plast-Ex 2004 Show-In-Print: Auxiliary Equipment

HIGH-PERFORMANCE WATER FILTERS...

April 1, 2004   Canadian Plastics



HIGH-PERFORMANCE WATER FILTERS

Tekleen water filters are the industry’s highest quality automatic, self-cleaning water filters and strainers. A Tekleen water filter will save you time and money that would otherwise be spent cleaning and replacing cartridges, bags, screens and spray nozzles. Rinsing can be accomplished in five seconds and uses less than two gallons of water without interrupting the main flow. A live demonstration of the filter in action will be presented during the show.

Triple R America Co. 800-668-8671

PURGING COMPOUNDS SUITED FOR VARIETY OF PROCESSES, MATERIALS

Dyna-Purge non-abrasive, non-chemical thermoplastic purging compounds are specially formulated to have a natural flow through the barrel of the plastic processing equipment to remove old color and carbonized resins. Dyna-Purge B is designed for injection and extrusion blow molding. Dyna-Purge K is designed for purging “soft touch” flexible polymers such as TPEs, TPOs and TPRs.

Dyna-Purge (Div. of Shuman Plastics) 716-685-2121

ONE-STOP SOURCE OF LUBRICANTS

Petro-Canada’s line of high-quality lubricants offer processors new ways to increase productivity and lower operating costs. The product line includes Hydrex hydraulic fluids, Calflo AF heat transfer fluid, Ultima gear oils, precision greases and a wide selection of compressor fluids. They are formulated for use in a variety of plastic processing applications including injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming.

The lubricants are made using the patented HT purity process to produce 99.9% pure, crystal-clear base oils. Specialty additives provide for even longer fluid life and smoother performance.

Petro-Canada Lubricants 800-661-1199 (West);

800-268-5850 (East)

PORTABLE DRYER PERFECT FOR MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

Nucon Wittmann’s new Drymax C30 twin desiccant-bed dryer offers a capacity of 30 m3/hr. and has all the features of the larger Drymax series models. It is available in three different configurations for maximum flexibility: hopper mounted, i.e. attached directly to the drying hopper on the press; beside-the-press, with a separate drying hopper; and portable, mounted on a frame with casters and attached to a drying hopper.

The dryer uses the principle of absorption and is equipped with two individual desiccant beds for a constant dry-air supply. By means of a reverse flow direction between process and regeneration air, the dryer is able to achieve a constant process air temperature and dew point up to -60C, independent of ambient air condition. By utilizing motorized switch-over valves instead of pneumatic cylinders, no compressed air supply is required for dryer operation.

Nucon Wittmann, Inc. 888-466-8266

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER WITH ADVANCED FEATURES

Watlow’s new SD Series of PID temperature controllers provide customers with a low-cost, high performance product suitable for a wide range of applications in temperature and process control.

The SD Series offers advanced features such as infrared wireless input for easy control setup and monitoring, Watlow InfoSense smart sensor technology, and an enhanced control algorithm for tighter process control. EIA 485 Modbus serial communications allow instantaneous exchange of information between processing equipment and customers’ management systems.

Zesta Engineering Ltd. 800-755-5418

SMART SILO/TANK MEASURING

The SmartBob II design combines technological advances and common sense to give you the strongest and smartest cable-based inventory measuring system on the market, in silos or storage vessels up to 150 ft. tall.

The new BinMaster’s SureDrop Cable Release System eliminates the need for expensive heater systems or having to climb to the top of storage vessels to dislodge probes. A unique braking system prevents the sensor probe from sinking through the material and taking inaccurate measurements.

Cancoppass Ltd. 905-569-6246

IN-LINE COLOR MONITOR REDUCES WORRIES; SCRAP

Facts, Inc.’s. new Color Analyzer is a real-time, in-process color monitor for extruded plastics. The system allows processors to accurately monitor, control and log color during production, providing processors instant control. It also reduces the need for off-line sampling and laboratory measurement.

The easy-to-use system features the Equispec Color Analyzer — a probe designed to accurately monitor color in applications where it must be tightly controlled to a known target.

The system is ideal for the production of vinyl, floor and wall coverings, decorative laminates and reinforced fibers and textiles. The analyzer is capable of holding color tolerances of 0.1 Delta E.

Control Solutions Inc. 905-458-8382

PURGING COMPOUNDS FOR VIRTUALLY ANY RESIN

Asaclean-Sun Plastech’s purging compounds deliver excellent cleaning ability and very low residue characteristics for removal of tough deposits, facilitating fast, thorough color and material changes. Purging with virgin resin does not achieve the same cleaning results as Asaclean purging compounds.

The product line includes purging compounds for virtually any resin. The newest addition, Asaclean UP grade, is designed specifically for improved cleaning of polypropylene applications.

Itochu Canada Ltd. (Canadian distributor) 800-387-5247

Asaclean-Sun Plastech Inc. 800-787-4348

EFFICIENT CHILLERS ELIMINATE DOWN TIME

Freeze Co. Systems’ new line of modular chillers are efficient and compact modules that have been designed for the smaller-scale molder with shop-floor space constraints. The modules can be expanded as new plastic processing lines are added. The units incorporate a positive-flow, in-line water strainer in front of the heat exchanger that eliminates downtime and cleaning of heat exchangers. Air- and water-cooled modules are available with compressors from 20 to 120 Hp.

Freeze Co. Systems 905-789-9988

MINI-BLENDER HANDLES MULTIPLE MATERIALS

M-tek, a division of Mould-tek Industries Inc., is introducing a new mini-blender, designated the High Resolution Blender (HRB), or “Herbie”. The blender has a 1 lb. capacity and handles four materials with any combination of major and minor ingredients. Herbie has a blending capacity of up to 160 lb. and comes with a color-touch screen HRB controller that provides easy access for all input data and a quick-start sequence. The controller automatically calculates and maintains 100% recipe ratio.

Mould-tek Industries Inc. 416-285-5400

ACE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Acetronic’s Thermocline water temperature control system is widely used throughout the plastic molding industry for a variety of heating and flow applications. Thermocline can be connected to your PC or laptop for setup, control and monitoring using RS-485. The device may be connected to an existing DeviceNet, Profibus or PLC network without any additional programming requirement. It provides excellent monitoring, maintenance and quality control, brings down the overall cost of operation and improves application customization and scalability.

Acetronic Industrial Controls Inc. 800-803-8871

NEW SHREDDERS HANDLE BULK MATERIALS

Shred-Tech’s STQ Series Four Shaft Shredders are designed to process bulk materials, including plastics, tires, electronic equipment and other waste to a uniform particle size in a single pass. Heavy-duty construction based on Shred-Tech’s torsion tube body concept ensures robust trouble-free operations. Shred-Tech’s proprietary triple seal cutting chamber, abrasion-resistant wear components, and exceptionally high knife tip cutting force ensure low noise and vibration, reduced wear and decreased maintenance costs.

Shred-Tech 800-465-3214

MODULAR CHECK-VALVE ASSEMBLY OFFERS FLEXIBILITY

A new check-valve design, developed and manufactured by P.E.M. Feed Screws, offers injection molders a fast and cost effective way to optimize machine performance and part quality. The innovative “Slide-N-Lock” ring check-valve features a universal screw tip, which can accommodate either a free-flow sliding ring or a rin
g that interlocks and turns with the tip. The stroke length of the ring is critical to shut off consistency and shear introduced into the resin. The designers placed the stroke length conveniently into the seat area, thus allowing an adjustment by changing seats. The Slide-N-Lock valve can be used for low and high viscosity commodity resins, as well as for a wide range of technical, filled and shear sensitive resins.

P.E.M. Feed Screws 905-857-3393

LEVEL SENSOR DETECTS REGRIND SUPPLY

The KN Series capacitive level sensor detects low-dielectric, reduced moisture materials in plastics processing equipment. The sensor’s “set and forget” one-step push button setup completely eliminates multiple sensitivity adjustments.

The sensor is resistant to high levels of electrostatic discharge and its sensing face can withstand temperatures up to 230F. Sensing characteristics are optimized to detect plastic regrind and other recycled scrap materials that have extremely low dielectric constant and a large amount of air volume. The 30 mm diameter sensor can be mounted to a sight glass or installed directly in the process.

IFM Effector Canada 800-441-8246

CONTROL UNIT COST-EFFECTIVE, PORTABLE

The Sentra VE Series temperature controller from Advantage Engineering features a new pulsed valve technology (PVT) cooling valve and new microprocessor-based instruments. The controller is designed to circulate water through a process application for heating and cooling at elevated temperatures between 30F and 250F. The portable unit can be moved between processes as required.

Chillers Inc. 905-895-9667

FIRST FULLY-INTEGRATED 3-D SCAN DEVICE

Faro Technologies Inc. has introduced the industry’s first seven axis contact/non-contact measurement device with a fully integrated laser scanner. The Faro Laser ScanArm’s hard probe and laser scanner can digitize interchangeably without having to remove either component.

Users can collect simple point variations with the Arm’s hard probe, then laser scan sections requiring larger volumes of data without the wasted time of adding or removing attachments, untangling cabling or having to use a separate CMM then trying to import the data. The ScanArm even has an “Auto Material” feature, which samples the object’s surface, then adjusts the Scanner’s settings to ensure optimal scanning.

“There are no third-party attachments, no external electronics and no cables that interfere with the Arm’s infinite rotation ability, so users get maximum data handling, accuracy and efficiency in an affordable package,” says Faro president and CEO Simon Raab.

Faro Technologies Inc. 800-736-0234

HIGH CAPACITY SENSORS

Carlo Gavazzi is showcasing its industry leading Tripleshield capacitive sensors, which incorporate new features. The microprocessor-based sensors now feature a single push-button “Teach Mode” that allows the user to program the sensing range and output, eliminating the need for a potentiometer.

The sensors also have a remote-teach wire, allowing them to be fully programmed from a remote location. The sensing range has also been increased to 12 mm for the M18 style and 30 mm for the M30 style.

Carlo Gavazzi (Canada) Inc. 888-575-2275

COUPLINGS CAN BE INSTALLED 30% FASTER

H-P Products Inc. will showcase the Metflo Instalok coupling, the first major breakthrough in compression coupling technology in over 40 years. Instalok’s new design allows the insertion of just one tube end and the tightening of one bolt at a time, eliminating the awkwardness of the standard three-bolt coupling installation.

Instalok couplings feature black nitrile O-rings. The coupling’s unique design holds the O-rings in so they will not fall out or catch on the tube, eliminating the common “gasket grab” problem. The couplings have a 20% overall lower cost and can be installed 30% faster.

H-P Products 800-860-TUBE

COMPLETE PURGING THROUGH REACTIVE CHEMISTRY

PMI-PURGE is a purging compound containing the most effective purging technology developed in decades, utilizing a completely new reactive chemistry. It removes all traces of barrel residue in any plastics processing application in less time, for less cost. Additionally, the purging compound contains a heat-released visual aid that tells you it has worked. Maintenance personnel will observe a grayish black tint in the drool. This reverse molecular binding process generates absolutely no residue.

Plastics Machinery Inc. 905-895-4930

LARGE COOLING, SMALL FOOTPRINT

International Cooling Systems (ICS) Inc.’s Silver Series portable chiller has been redesigned from the ground up. This latest addition to the ICS line incorporates centrifugal blowers, increased cooling capacity and the smallest footprint in the industry. The outer casing is constructed of stainless steel and the water side is completely non-ferrous.

The chiller’s controller takes input from the safety devices and provides digital temperature display of both entering and exiting water. Additional safety features include compressor anti-cycling timers and compressor rotation on multiple compressor applications. Standard model sizes range from 7.5 Hp to 40 Hp for water-cooled models, and 7.5 Hp to 20 Hp for air-cooled models.

International Cooling Systems Inc. 888-213-5566

PORTABLE SYSTEM COMES WITH DESICCANT-FREE DRYING

Novatec’s patented NovaDrier can be utilized for processing applications of seven to 150 lb/hr. The NovaDrier is a unique compressed air/membrane dryer that successfully dries all resins without the use of a desiccant bed.

The NovaDrier produces continuous -40C dew point air within four minutes of startup. It has no moving parts, no process motor or regeneration motor, and operates on untreated plant air.

A stainless steel J.I.T. receiver is included, eliminating the need for on-machine drying hoppers.

All drying and conveying functions are controlled through the advanced NovaTouch touch panel PLC controller.

Plastics Machinery Inc. 905-895-4930

A GREAT WAY TO DISCONNECT

The Swing Coupling (quick-disconnect coupler) allows unrestricted full flow and is designed to allow you to connect and disconnect supply lines quickly and safely while the system is pressurized. Simultaneous venting upon disconnection eliminates the dangerous whiplash effect.

Swing Couplings are available in three different sizes, can be ordered with a variety of ends, and are interchangeable with most common plugs on the market.

Oetiker Ltd. 705-435-4284

PRESSURE TRANSMITTERS FOR “SMART” MEASUREMENT

Dynisco, through its distributor Cyronix, is introducing the new SPX Series of smart melt pressure transmitters to the Canadian market. The SPX Series is designed for all extrusion and process pressure measurements, ranging from 25 to 30,000 psi. The new line maintains up to 0.25% FS pressure measurement accuracy at process temperatures up to 400C. The SPX Series provides 4 to 20 mA output for pressure measurement with optional HART communication functionality. The series is available in a variety of mounting configurations including most process industry standards and in many other custom mounting configurations.

Cyronix Inc. 888-CYRONIX

LASER SYSTEM DELIVERS BETTER QUALITY WELDS

Branson is introducing its Laser IRAM assembly systems at Plast-Ex. Because the process is non-intrusive, parts typically have high weld quality and excellent cosmetic properties. Since there is no relative motion between parts, no excitation or vibration, or large heated platens, only the weld area is heated and melted. The process is easily controlled by varying the power of the laser beam, allowing accurate control of power dissipation within the weld, resulting in little flash and no particulate. Laser IRAM typically operates in one of two modes: simultaneous mode (STTIr) illuminates the entire weld surface simultaneously using laser diodes and fiber optics; wide-beam scanning is used for laminating or welding large surface areas as well as in applications requiring welding of internal walls. Typical cycle times with IRAM range from 3
to 5 seconds, compared to 3 to 60 seconds for other technologies.

Branson Ultrasonics Corp. 905-201-4633

PLUG-AND WELD GENERATOR EXPANDS AUTOMATICALLY

Dukane’s new DPC 11 Plus ultrasonic generator recognizes modules as they are added or removed from the generator and automatically reconfigures the user interface. This simplifies and speeds up the setup process, plus two new hot keys give one-step access to frequently used commands. Previously customers had to commit to features before purchase, but now the user can select a basic configuration that meets current needs and add more capability later.The generator’s timer module controls weld, hold and afterburst times and stores up to eight setup files. The optional MPC multi-probe control modules handle up to eight probes and a power signal adds a weld-by-energy mode.

Plastisonics Equipment Ltd. 630-797-4900


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