NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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Visit us room in W206 or go to TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY ACS Group Posiঞons Itself as a One-Stop Shop for Plasঞcs Auxiliaries By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology AEC says its new High Efficiency Central Chiller can deliver users up to 60% in average energy savings thanks in part to its Electrically Commutated (EC) fan motors. The ACS Group—consisঞng of AEC, with material handling, process cooling and other auxiliary equipment; Cumberland, with size reducঞon; and Sterling, with temperature control and oil-circulaঞng high-temperature systems—brings a broad cross secঞon of equipment to NPE2018 supported by a wealth of industry experience, according to Mark Johansen, vice presi- dent markeঞng and product development. He explains the company's pitch to potenঞal customers here in Orlando and the overarching theme of its booth: "From conveying, drying, and blending, to process cooling and heat transfer, and size reducঞon, our 100-plus years of experঞse and leadership ensure your factory operates at peak profitability." AEC and Sterling are in a combined stand (Booths W2542 and W2642), with Cumberland (Booth S24189) in the Re|focus Zone. Both booths are chock full of new technology, according to Johansen. At AEC, the company says its new High Efficiency Central Chiller can deliver users up to 60% in average energy savings thanks to what it calls the most efficient fan technology in the industry. The chillers uঞlize Electri- cally Commutated (EC) fan motors, which AEC says have proven to be more efficient than variable fre- quency drives (VFD) and fan staging. Compared to the VFD-controlled compressors, AEC says the High Effi- ciency Central Chiller is more efficient and less complex, gen- eraঞng the biggest savings when running between 40 and 80% of capacity. "EC motors were specified for their low cost of operaঞon and long life," Johansen says. He adds that the 'smart' elec- tronics inherent in the EC motor and controller allow the speed to vary and precisely match the performance desired by the applicaঞon. The EC motor operaঞon yields efficiencies as high as 85% so that it consumes less electricity than a tradi- ঞonal motor. "Addiঞonally, with high efficiencies, less heat is generated, reducing stress on motor windings and bearings, extending the life of the chiller," Johansen says. Maximum flexibility is the goal of a new discrete wired conveying controller, also at AEC, that allows the number of pumps and receiver staঞons to be customized to fit proces- sors' evolving needs. The VacTrac Plus can control vacuum receivers, vacuum pumps, remote proporঞoning valves, purge valves, knife gates, and pump or hopper blowback in any resin conveying applicaঞon across any process. The control is fully configurable from one to 12 pumps and one to 44 staঞons. The VacTrac Plus has a 7-in. high-resoluঞon color touch screen, powered by an Allen Bradley PLC. The graphical user interface layout with a VNC server allows remote two-way communicaঞon on any PC, tablet, or mobile device. The sys- tem offers Ethernet connecঞvity and can be networked to PCs anywhere. Johansen says the VacTrac Plus material conveying system is operaঞonal in the AEC booth, allowing a•endees to see a demonstraঞon of "the performance and scalability of this in- dustry-leading soluঞon." In terms of live displays, AEC is also demonstraঞng its new BD Blender, which features a propri- etary mixing technology said to eliminate all dead zones and achieve a homogenous mixture in as li•le as 15 sec. The company is also showing a•endees the capabiliঞes of its new feature-enhanced T50 granulator controls, with customers able to navigate the new HMI. "Along with con- trols, we also have our maintenance mode acঞve so custom- ers can see how easy it is to access our cuমng chamber," Johansen adds. ACS Group equipment on display is also ready for the In- dustry 4.0 wave crashing across the plasঞcs industry, accord- ing to Johansen. "Nearly all ACS equipment shown at the NPE2018 is Industry 4.0 enabled," Johansen says. Ethernet connecঞvity for its products is quick and easy, he says, allow- ing for "seamless compaঞbility with most leading smart facto- ry plaorms." In terms of remote monitoring, Johansen says ACS equipment facilitates connecঞon via phone, tablet or PC. "There is immediate visibility to process errors, predicঞve and prevenঞve maintenance diagnosঞcs, and real-ঞme diagnosঞcs of system status through live graphing and data logging," Johansen explains. "The plascs industry has a great future. It offers an array of interesng and intellectually challenging careers. My best advice would be to work hard, be paent and put in a good effort in every single thing that you do." — MARTIN STARK, Bekum America Corp., Plasঞcs Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Obtain an optimal balance between ease of processing and high performance end-product properties, never before achieved, with our next generation HDPE that will be produced with our new Hyperzone PE technology. Making the Future of Plastics Possible our next generation HDPE Coming in 2019 Visit us in room W206 or go to 24

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