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NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 8 TH NPE2018 PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY Scalable Automaঞon Brought to Materials Tesঞng Tinius Olsen Tesঞng Machine Co. | Booth W723 Elevaঞng the process of materials tesঞng is the theme at the Tinius Olsen exhibit with the introducঞon of new, scalable, fully auto- mated roboঞc systems. This is the first ঞme the company has exhibited an automaঞon system at NPE. According to the company, automaঞon of materials tesঞng is now viable for plasঞcs processors who may have thought they needed a certain producঞon volume to move away from manual tesঞng; they can benefit from producঞvity and re- peatability, tesঞng anything from packaging containers to medical drug dispensers. The company can deliver dedicated or combina- ঞon systems that test tension, compression, flexion, or hardness—whatever the material or the quanঞty. Whereas typically an operator can spend 8.4 hours a day watching and waiঞng for tests to run, a roboঞc system for materials tesঞng can conঞnue running all day and night leading to gains against an operator of 59 hours a week/127 days a year. A scalable building block approach allows Tinius Olsen to offer systems from very low force applica- ঞons, just a few newtons to very high force applicaঞons of a thousand kilonewtons or more. They can also use a single specimen handling system with a roboঞc handling arm to feed more than one tesঞng machine. With the new technology, a processor can have a plasঞc test doing tensile on one machine and flex on another; or there could be two test- ing machines working on fastener tesঞng, feeding, and managing; or there could be a Rockwell hardness tester and a tensile ma- chine working together; or there could be tests for a drug delivery device, where the needle puncture force is tested on one sta- ঞon and the drug dispensing pressure in an- other. Addiঞonally, with smartphones, moni- toring apps, and an industrial camera siমng inside the automaঞon cell, plant managers can view the robots and tesঞng staঞons re- motely from anywhere. Tinius Olsen is currently working with a customer on a medical device applicaঞon, tesঞng drug-dispensing devices. Historically there have been three different individual staঞons, then mulঞples of those groups and lab operators 24 hours a day loading, tesঞng, and removing the parts. Tinius Olsen is also working with global company that does rub- ber and plasঞcs tesঞng. ঞniusolsen.com | (215) 675-7100 Rapid Heat/Cool Molding with Inducঞon Heaঞng Achieves 'High Definiঞon' Mold-Surface Replicaঞon Roctool SA | Booth S17013 Roctool is demonstraঞng "High-Definiঞon" plasঞcs mold-surface replicaঞon (HD Plasঞcs) using "Heat & Cool" technology with fast-acঞng inducঞon heat- ing. The scope of what can be achieved is evident at KraussMaffei's booth, where this technique is used in a 16-cavity tool that produces plaques with 16 different surface qualiঞes—glossy, mae, hologram, etc.—in a single shot. Milacron is using Roc- tool's technology to achieve a Class-A surface on a MuCell foamed part. And in its own booth, Roctool is molding an "impossibly" complex 3D housing with very high surface quality. roctool.com | +33 479 26 27 07; milacron.com | (513) 536-2000 kraussmaffeigroup.us | (859) 283-0200 57

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