NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY At Athena, we understand your unique hot runner system needs, like our new RMX modular hot runner controller with a touchscreen display and superior functionality and communications. Athena still off ers our popular IMP, RMA and RMB modular controllers and you can mix and match in a standard mainframe to suit your unique needs. And Athena still off ers world-class non-modular controllers. Get all our products from your local distributor or online. BOOTH W5455 TURNING UP THE HEAT ON HOT RUNNER CONTROL NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Material Blending, Loading and Dosing—More Funcঞonality, Smaller Footprint The Chameleon Simplicity 3000 from Advanced Blending Systems is a fully automated material-cleanout system that can complete a blender material change without operator assistance. By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Consistent with the theme of more funcঞonality from the same footprint, Maguire Products is introducing a compact system that combines loading, dosing, mixing and dispensing. The Micro Tower mixes up to three materials—such as virgin resin, regrind, and masterbatch—in 10-pound batches. Throughputs range up to 100 pounds per hour for the com- pact tower, which mounts at the throat of the processing ma- chine, with no floor space required for a vacuum pump. The loader and hoppers operate on a loss-in-weight basis under simultaneous direcঞon by the controller for greater accuracy. Mobility and flexibility are key to the latest iteraঞon of Plastrac's cart-based blending systems, which are designed to be shared among mulঞple stand-alone processing machines. This new line can make addiঞve changes, for instance, faster and simpler, parঞcularly for shops handling short producঞon runs. Plastrac had supplied custom single-cart systems for years, before standardizing the offering and formally introducing it at NPE2015. The new cart systems are duplex and fully indepen- dent dual models. In the duplex-dual design, a single virgin feeder and two different color feeders have a shared control- ler and blower system, operaঞng independently with either manual color filling or an automated color loader. The dual system can manage two different resins for double-shot machines. Plastrac notes that separate hoppers facilitate easy color changes, with a full dual able to accommodate two natural resins and up to two addiঞves, using a shared blower system, with a control box that can manage up to six disc feeders, allowing operators to switch colors electronically. New to the system at NPE2018 is a touchscreen control. The control offers a full virtual keyboard for recipe entry, while a USB port allows those recipes to be transferred to and from a thumb drive or so[ware updates to be uploaded. Advanced Blending Soluঞons (ABS) is introducing its first automated, self-cleaning blender. The Chameleon Simplicity 3000 is a fully automated material-cleanout system that can complete a blender material change without operator assis- tance. Material is removed from the feeder tray using an auto- mated vacuum system. From there it can be sent to a collec- ঞon staঞon or bin for later use. Compressed air then cleans the side walls of the component hopper. Piovan is promoঞng its line of Quantum batch blenders, enঞrely U.S.-made, saying it has expanded the range to cover applicaঞons requiring a high degree of accuracy. These work in conjuncঞon with its Easylink automaঞc coupling staঞons and Pureflo filterless formaমng. Moreo is showing a self-contained loader equipped with a single-phase vacuum unit, specifically tailored for North American custom processors. The Loader F24 offers high capacity (660 pounds per hour) and features stainless-steel construcঞon. Equipped with a wide signal lamp and a die-cast aluminum flange, the units have so[ start, fabric filter and automaঞc filter cleaning included as standard. Uddeholm Celebrates 350 Years of Tool Steel Manufacturing Uddeholm announces its 350th anniversary as a manufacturer of industrial tool steels in 2018. Based in Hagfors, Sweden, Uddeholm has delivered high-alloyed steels since opening in 1668. Uddeholm provides tooling soluঞons through technical know-how, advice and support to customers from over 90 countries around the world. Uddeholm serves customers in a range of industries, providing local stocking and technical sup- port for tool steels, mold materials and specialty alloys. Uddeholm says that conঞnuous development of new prod- ucts and soluঞons has shaped its success today. Uddeholm opened its first U.S. facility in 1925. 20

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