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THURSDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 10 TH Hot Runners, conঞnued from page 12 Versaঞle Medical Grade TPEs Elastocon TPE Technologies (Booth S29029) unveils its latest grades of compounds for medical grade applicaঞons at NPE2018. Having recently passed USP Class VI tesঞng for respirators and other medical product appli- caঞons, these two grades—Elastocon 8028N and Elastocon 8068N—can be injecঞon molded, extruded or over-molded. Properঞes include high flow to enable complex part design and flexi- bility, with Shore A hardness of 28A and 68A. The grades are odorless and said to offer excellent cold weather and UV stability. Elastocon reports that they have good surface finish and provide resistance to chlorine and most saniঞzers, as well as many cleaning products. As such, these new grades offer designers, manufacturers and marketers of medical and in- dustrial as well as consumer products—and parঞcularly respirators—full design flexibility. These new grades are the latest addiঞons to the extensive Elastocon 8000 Series TPEs, complement- ing numerous other series of standard TPE formulaঞons available from stock. The firm also can develop custom grades for specialized applicaঞons. 87 W4351) is featuring a new two-phase hot-runner stepper motor that can individual- ly control up to 16 valve pins. The DPE mo- tors come in four versions with 4, 8, 12 and 16 channels. All feature a 7-in. LCD touch- screen display that shows the stepper chan- nels' current posiঞon in color. Thermoplay (Booth W643) is launching a newly expanded small-nozzle series featuring the F Ø11 mini valve-gate nozzle. Designed for cosmeঞc, medical and packaging markets, the new nozzle's larger inner diameter ranges from 3.5 to 4 mm, allowing increased melt flow. The minimum pitch for the F Ø11 valve- gate version is 17 mm but can be reduced to 13 mm with an open gate. Valve-gate actua- ঞon can be pneumaঞc or hydraulic, as well as individually or plate actuated. The pin, avail- able in a cylindrical or conical opঞon, is de- signed to minimize the witness mark on the part. Also from Thermoplay, the DL-1B nozzle has an extended ঞp for when the injecঞon point is in criঞcal locaঞons that require a very small ঞp. Incoe (Booths S19023, W4463) has ex- panded its DF (Direct Flow) nozzle line. The series now includes a slim DF 5 nozzle with 5-mm diam. and SBH (Slim Base Heater). In- coe notes that the "slim" design reduces the DF 5's outer diameter by almost 25%, allow- ing nozzles with a large, 5-mm flow channel to be installed as close as 18 mm. Incoe also has upgraded its GSCmini com- pact, low-cost, ঞmer-based valve-gate se- quencing controller. The new version can control either pneumaঞc or hydraulic valve actuaঞon. Incoe recommends it for valve- gated applicaঞons that do not require sen- sors or linear transducer control, and for use in a tool room. Männer (Booth W643) has extended its Slimline nozzle range, launching a new prod- uct for valve gaঞng in polyolefin applicaঞons with limited space. The small diameter—6.5 mm (0.256 in.)—of the Slimline caps and clo- sure nozzle targets high-cavitaঞon packaging applicaঞons. Osco's (Booth W891) Jumbo valve-gate nozzle is designed for large shots of shear- sensiঞve resins. This custom single-drop noz- zle delivers 28 lb of plasঞc. The Jumbo elimi- nates the need for a mulঞ-drop manifold sys- tem along with the temperature and valve- gate controllers. Hasco's (Booth S26003) Vario Shot nozzle series is completed at NPE2018 with the addiঞon of the Type 50 nozzle size. A new screw-in Vario Shot is also being introduced. Hasco says this design allows for ready-to- mount systems. Plasঞcs TV on the NPE Network By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology The must-see moments from both on and off the show floor at NPE2018 are being broadcast on the NPE Network. This exciঞng new component also features daily video recap headlines highlighঞng the events at the show and soundbites from a•endees, exhibitors and speakers. In addiঞon, you can check out the NPE Network Live Studio, which includes one-on-one inter- views and trends highlights. "Recognizing that our a•endees are hard-pressed to see it all in five days, we are helping connect a•endees with the new NPE Network studio, featuring live interviews and show news programs spotlighঞng all the excitement and innovaঞon at the event," says Susan Krys, vice president of trade shows and markeঞng for PLASTICS. Catch the NPE Network in a variety of places: • Played on projecঞon screens around the OCCC and monitors in various areas • The NPE2018 Official App and Website • Played on shu•le buses to and from the OCCC • Broadcast on TV in show hotel rooms

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