NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY 14 What One Word Would You Use to Describe the Plasঞcs Industry? #PlasঞcsOneWord It's all in the family for Hillary and Hannah Coombs, whose family business, Westminster Tool, a custom injecঞon mold making company in Plainfield, Connecঞcut, has spurred generaঞons of love for the plasঞcs industry. By Dave Necessary Gardner Business Media Here at NPE2018, the PT Problem Solvers contest asks plasঞcs professionals to join Plascs Technology in facing, sharing and solving plasঞcs industry problems by submit- ঞng photos or videos. The contest is also a really good way to celebrate this year's pre- mier problem-solving event, NPE2018, and a good excuse for Plascs Technology to give away some cool gear here in Orlando. Beyond what processors are dealing with day-to-day, there's one problem, in parঞcu- lar, that Plascs Technology would like to solve here at NPE2018. The problem? If you have worked in the plasঞcs industry or a•ended a plasঞcs event, you have undoubtedly been intro- duced to a quote or quotes from the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, The Graduate. Last year, the film celebrated its 50th year. Honestly, it felt like it came and went with- out enough fanfare. That aside, while The Graduate, so suc- cinctly surmises the future in one word (again, it's plasঞcs), Plascs Technology doesn't feel enough has been done to equally classify the plasঞcs industry, in one word. So, the publicaঞon is asking you—describe the plasঞcs industry—in one word. You can share your submission in any of the following ways. Text your submission to 513-780-5590. Enter your submission online atঞon . Stop by Booth W2513, West Hall at NPE2018: The Plasঞcs Show and tell Plascs Technology in person. At the conclusion of NPE2018, Plascs Technology will do some word analysis and report how the plasঞcs industry defines plasঞcs: in one word. Foremost Features Blending, Vacuum Loading, Granulaঞng and More Foremost's (Booth W2063) new Mini Loss Weigh Blender (MLWB) is an integrated self-loading, automaঞc weighing system. Fully programmable, the compact blender simultaneously meters each ingredient by weight into an integrated mounted hopper, and then an individual totalizer records, sorts and displays the actual weight of the ingredi- ents on an ongoing basis. There are conঞnu- ous or batch operaঞng modes for the four models available, which range in throughputs from 1000 to 2500 lb/hr. Horsepower on the mixer ranges from 1 to 3. Drew Schmid, assistant sales manager at Foremost, says the main feature for the MLWB is accuracy—a trait currying favor in blending anew. "Actually, the MLWB is deriv- aঞve of something prevalent in years past that went away," Schmid says, "but we're geমng more and more interest in something more accurate than standard equipment." Targets include cast film, where the addiঞon of an expensive barrier material can be closely monitored, or, more simply, a product where there is consistent color the processor wants to match every ঞme. This ঞme around the technology benefits from today's cut- ঞng-edge controls, according to Schmid. "The controls are more advanced now," Schmid says. "The control plaorm has changed, and everything is PLC based; you can do a lot more with touch screens and remote access." In addiঞon to the blenders, Foremost is showing a vacuum loading system and vacu- um pump. The vacuum loader has a control panel, while another display integrates vacu- um loading. Here a•endees can see how Foremost's distributed I/O design, where there's a node on device, allows disparate pieces of equipment to be easily daisy chained together. At the booth, a•endees add or remove equipment themselves. Foremost is also showing gravity, throat-mounted and tunnel-type metal de- tectors. The newest, MPULSE can learn the effect different products have on detecঞon, including how certain materials could falsely indicate as metal (black-coloring for instance due to carbon). "You teach the metal separa- tor what is good so it checks and says, 'This configuraঞon is good; this deviates,'" Schmid says. Never shown before is a film grinder with roller feeder and blower discharge. In the past, the systems could result in a lot of air- borne dust occurring when granulate was blown into the cyclone, and any dust that was generated could escape out via the gas exhaust. Foremost counters this with a new filtered receiving cyclone (FRC). The FRC uঞlizes a cyclone but also has 6 self-con- tained filters. These allow materials to get blown into the cyclone while dust collects on the outside of the filter bags, prevenঞng con- taminated exhaust from blowing out into the room. Finally, Foremost is displaying its Oktomat bulk bag or gaylord unloader, which is a pick- up device used in conjuncঞon with vacuum loading equipment. Here, the device drops down and hooks the super sack, for instance. Foremost's new Mini Loss Weight Blenders accurately meter each ingredient into an integrated mounted hopper. ENTEK Extruders Showcases Patented, Rapid Screw-Swap Technology Stop by ENTEK Extruders' booth (W5189) at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to see a complete screw swap on the QC 3 33-mm twin-screw compounding extruder in just 5 minutes. ENTEK says companies that have a spare screw set on the sha[ can make screw changes that quickly in their own facility. On the QC 3 , ENTEK says the patented, self-aligning screw-gearbox cou- plings facilitate fast and fool-proof installaঞon of screws, while the lock-and-key feature on splined sha[s prevent screw-ঞming errors. A sucঞon head drops down into the material and the whole apparatus hooks up to a vacu- um loader. As the bag or gaylord empঞes, the outside ring li[s the sack or gaylord liner and pulls it up. As material is empঞed, the sucঞon head drops lower and lower, allowing proces- sors to remove all the material.

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