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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Vecoplan Unveils New VTH 65 Grinder At NPE Small Machines with Big Technology Porolio By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology Just 13 months into the job of president of Boy Machines Inc., Todd St. Pierre has a message for visitors to NPE2018: "It's not your father's Boy machine anymore. We had a reputaঞon for making small, low-cost, high-producঞvity workhorse ma- chines you could 'set and forget.' Today, we are a technolo- gy-driven company. Our machines are sঞll economical, but they give a lot more bang for the buck." What you get today with Boy technology, St. Pierre points out, is equipment and support for micromolding, insert mold- ing, LSR, mulঞ-component injecঞon, the company's own new line of robots and pickers, energy-efficient servo-electric drives, and the latest controls—the Procan Alpha 4. That sys- tem is faster and more accurate in temperature and posiঞon control; offers significantly improved MES funcঞons; and in- corporates the OPC-UA communicaঞon protocol, which is becoming the standard for Industry 4.0 "smart factory" con- necঞvity. All of those capabiliঞes are on display in Boy's booth, W2503. The six machines span the company's full range, from the smallest (7-ton tabletop model XXS) to the largest (110- ton Boy 100 E). St. Pierre cites LSR as a case in point. "It's not widely appreciated that we can do LSR, even though we were a pioneer in that field." But visitors to the booth won't be in any doubt: A Boy 100 E (110 tons) is molding small LSR ca- ble-end sleeves in a 128-cavity mold with a cycle ঞme of 14 sec. "It's impressive," says St. Pierre. Many U.S. molders will also be seeing for the first ঞme Boy's new LR 5 Cartesian robot and its three-axis pneumaঞc picker, both of which are programmable through the Procan Alpha machine controller. And mulঞ-component injecঞon molders may discover that Boy has auxiliary injecঞon units, the Boy 2C line, which is hor- izontally or verঞcally configurable and can be used to convert any brand of single-barrel press to mulঞ-color, mulঞ-material capability. To shine a spotlight on Boy's technology offerings, one of St. Pierre's first projects as president was to outfit a new 900- [ 2 processing lab in Exton, Pa., housing as many as five ma- chines for training, trials and demonstraঞons. He plans to host an open house there this coming fall. By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology Vecoplan LLC introduces its new VTH 65 Grinder at Booth W6283. The VTH 65 is engineered for the single-stage size reducঞon of lineal plasঞc scrap. It produces granulate that can be reintroduced directly into the manufacturing process. The VTH 65 handles producঞon waste such as sheet extrusion strips, profiles, molding scrap and pipe. It produces a consis- tently sized three-dimensional regranulate with an extremely low proporঞon of fines, Vecoplan states. This consistency is achieved through the interacঞon of the VTH 65's patented infeed system with Vecoplan's exclusive geometric cuমng sequence. Top- and boom-feed rollers grip long scrap as it enters the VTH 65. Clamped between the two rollers, ma- terial is stabilized and fed it into the grinder's rotor at a precise cuমng angle. These rollers also make subtle adjust- ments to feed speeds via automaঞc fre- quency controls. This assures material enters the cuমng process at opঞmal rates to achieve consistently sized parঞculate. The VTH 65 employs cuমng inserts embed- ded on a turning rotor. These teeth interact with two separate staঞonary counter knives bolted within the ma- chine's cuমng chamber. Vecoplan has engineered the cuমng geometry and knife interacঞon sequence to maximize parঞcle size consistency, the company stated. Specifics, while propri- etary, include rotor speed, rotor diameter, the number of cut- ঞng inserts, the size, shape and angle of cuমng inserts and the placement of counter knives. The VTH 65 is engineered for the single stage size reducঞon of lineal plasঞc scrap. Boy Machine's new Procan Alpha 4 controller is equipped for Industry 4.0 and can program Boy's new robots. On the fly Color Changes. PDQ. There are a lot of features that distinguish a Plastrac blender, but none greater than the ability to change colors as often and as quickly as customer orders demand it. The secret is our level-sensing vane switch (standard on every single blend- er). Harried processors can hurry up color changes by swapping top castings without any need for cable removal. Easy does it blending. Now. And down the road. Plastrac designs and builds blenders to uncompli- cate life for our customers. They are simple to set up. Simple to operate. Simple to adapt in the field. Simple to expand in the future. Let's say you buy a two-component (color + additive) system now, but a few years later, you need to make it a multi-component system. Plastrac blenders are all entirely modular, so you won't be locked into the original configuration if your needs change or grow. What's more, all our parts, mechanical and electronic, are always well stocked, because we don't think your present or future operations should include downtime. Plastrac puts you in total (touchscreen) control. The perfect blend. Every time. 610-356-3000 • Visit us in WEST HALL 2 BOOTH #W129 Our new touchscreen controller, optional on all our blenders, puts complete, intuitive process manage- ment at your fingertips. Set-up parameters are viewable during operation and stored auto- matically. There is a non-volatile shot counter. A thumb drive enables easy software updates and transfer of the recipe files. A full keyboard enables easy entry of all recipe and component names. All events and alarms are captured with both a real time and a day stamp. In other words, everything you always wanted to know about blending in a single panel. 32

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