NPE2018 Show Daily - Friday

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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY EXTRUSION | PRINTING | CONVERTING Booth W6663 WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER P A S S I O N   F O R   I N N O V A T I O N If you extrude, print on or convert film, we manufacture the machinery you need. Technology you can count on. Come see what's new: TURBOCLEAN automated resin purging for fast job changes Film Performance Monitor (FPM) for FILMEX II cast film lines Athena Controls 'Zones' Into Expanded Hot Runner Control By Cynthia Kustush MoldMaking Technology Athena Controls Inc., a designer and manufacturer of hot run- ner temperature sensors and controls for plasঞcs molding since 1965, is featuring several new products at NPE2018 (Booth W5455). NPE aendees have the opportunity to view two new lines of hot runner controller systems, according to Bill Crawford, vice president of sales and markeঞng at Athena. "Our featured products include four new models from the non-modular BEDROS line of hot runner controllers. We have greatly ex- panded the line's capabiliঞes by now offering systems with a maximum of 48, 96, 144 or 192 zones to suit the customer's needs," he says. By simulaঞng heat profiles, Athena is demonstraঞng key features on the expanded BEDROS line, including a new, us- er-friendly touch screen interface that allows the operator to quickly set up and store the process. Molders can also estab- lish communicaঞons with an external network via a new so[- ware package called Maestro Plus, making it simpler to moni- tor and control heat profiles. "Previously, our customers would have to use mulঞple sys- tems to control 192 zones, but now it is all in one package with one power connecঞon and standard cabling from the back of the unit to the hot half of the mold. It is much easier to use, plus they are designed to be modular, so as needs change users can easily upgrade and expand the system to accommodate more zones," Crawford says. The company also has its popular, compact, non-modular BEDROS mulঞ- zone hot runner controller, which provides between eight and 32 zones of microprocessor-based temperature control, on display. Athena Controls is also demonstraঞng its new Series RMX Modular Hot Runner Controller, which is a microproces- sor-based, single-zone temperature controller specifically de- signed for runnerless molding applicaঞons. Fully self-tuning, and containing built-in diagnosঞcs, RMX series controllers feature LCD touch screen display and CompuCycle rouঞnes that improve response ঞme, reduce thermal faঞgue and pro- long heater life by applying AC power smoothly and conঞnu- ously. Also, the new RMX features SafeChange "hot swap" that allows safe removal and replacement of modules, plus much more. As with the expanded BEDROS line, the RMX Series is equipped with Modbus communicaঞons so[ware, as standard, to allow operators to collect data and control the system on-site or from a remote PC or smart device. Four new models of Athena's non-modular BEDROS hot runner controllers are being introduced at the company's NPE2018 booth, number 5455, in the West Hall, level two. Now customers can boost monitoring and control capabiliঞes for up to 192 zones using a single system. In addiঞon to these standard units, custom systems are also available. In addiঞon to these standardized systems, Crawford says Athena is also capable of customizing systems to support cus- tomers' requirements. "Based on the funcঞonality desired, we work with our customers to deliver custom controller soluঞons that will help them achieve their process objecঞves," he says. 22

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