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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Robots Come to Materials-Tesঞng Lab By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology Tinius Olsen (Booth W723) is showing new, scalable, fully automated roboঞc systems. According to the company, auto- maঞon of materials tesঞng is now viable for plasঞcs proces- sors who may have thought they needed a certain producঞon volume to move away from manual tesঞng; they can benefit from producঞvity and repeatability, tesঞng anything from packaging containers to medical drug dispensers. The compa- ny can deliver dedicated or combinaঞon systems that test tension, compression, flexion, or hardness, whatever the ma- terial or the quanঞty. The company is also showcasing the newly developed streamlined design for its MP1200 melt indexer with select- able weights that reportedly makes the process of melt flow tesঞng a lot easier and quicker. The new system provides a ঞme-saving and safe way to configure a melt flow test. Weights are held and selected from a weight cylinder holder and are automaঞcally delivered onto the piston in a con- trolled way. The user does not have to li[ any weights manu- ally and can be assured of increased throughput. The weight cylinder holder rotates away from the test area, enabling re- moval of the piston and ample access for cleaning. Weight configuraঞons based on polymer and tesঞng stan- dards are selected. The desired weight is chosen by simply pulling the "plate spade" from the weight cylinder holder and pressing it into the desired slot. This ensures a very safe way The newly streamlined design of the MP1200 melt indexer with selectable weights and scalable, fully automated roboঞc systems for materials tesঞng is spotlighted by Tinius Olsen. that requires no user handling. Zwick USA (Booth S29035) is introducing the Amsler HIT line of drop weight testers, which feature an energy range of a few joules up to 100,000 joules, supporঞng tests on speci- mens as well as components. Zwick is also exhibiঞng its com- plete range of plasঞcs tesঞng machines. A new series of hardness testers is being launched by Mitutoyo America (Booth S19131). The latest addiঞon to the company's HR-530 series of Rockwell hardness testers are the HR-530 (maximum specimen size height of 250 mm/8.46 in. and depth of 150 mm/5.91 in.) and the HR-530L (maxi- mum specimen size height of 395 mm/15.55 in. and depth of 150 mm/5.91 in.). C.W. Brabender (Booth W2983) is featuring its 2016-launched Meta Torque Plasঞ-Corder torque rheometer, which features Allen-Bradley PLC field technology, the popu- lar RheoLink so[ware program, and RFID (radio frequency idenঞficaঞon) self-recogniঞon of aachments. The latest addiঞon to the MetaVue family of spectropho- tometers from X-Rite Inc. (Booth S19037), said to be the first non-contact instrument for industrial applicaঞons that com- bines color imaging with spectrophotometry to characterize today's most complex materials, including plasঞcs, is making its debut here. MetaVue VS3200 is reportedly ideal for the lab or quality-control operaঞons and offers unmatched versaঞlity and color accuracy for the measurement of plasঞc samples, liquids, powders and gels. Konica Minolta Sensing (Booth S10027) is featuring its 2016-launched CM-25cG compact, hand-held spectropho- tometer with specialized features for automoঞve interiors. It has a 45ºc:0º geometry and a reportedly true high-perfor- mance 60º gloss sensor for simultaneous color and gloss mea- surements of automoঞve interior trims and materials with many "world first" features. The unit's perfect circular opঞcal system reportedly achieves the highest accuracy and repeat- ability levels, especially on textured or structured surfaces, regardless of measurement direcঞon. A lower-cost CT (computed tomography) scanner ($200,000 vs. $500-700,000) for measuring and inspecঞng plasঞc parts is being debuted by Werth Inc. (Booth S30079). Said to be ideal for small-to-medium molding shops, TomoScope XS is a small yet powerful system with features found in much larger units. The U.K.'s Torus Measurement Systems (Booth S10073), is doing regular demonstraঞons on its latest plasঞc packaging inspecঞon system used extensively for dimensional and de- strucঞve tesঞng to meet the quality demands of customers, and allow for inspecঞon of a broad range of bole shapes. 16 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION GET WITH RAPID Come See Us in Booth #W953 Call +1 724.584.5220 www.rapidgranulator.com You can sell it for pennies a pound, or, you can recover the full value of your regrind and get MORE out of your production. Even the best molding processes cannot produce high quality parts if the regrind is poor. 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