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  • Special Report: Comet, Maquire, Una-Dyn provide alternative drying methods

    Issue: March 2017

    Desiccant dryers might produce the biggest sales numbers, but buyers have other options, too. For example, Universal Dynamics Inc., Comet Plastic Equipment LLC and Maguire Products Inc. recently introduced new dryers that employ other technologies. Una-Dyn’s new model combines desiccant drying... [more]

  • Special Report: New desiccant dryers push performance

    Issue: March 2017

    Makers of resin-drying equipment are constantly improving their technology to ensure the best possible material performance. Several manufacturers recently have upgraded control units and unveiled new desiccant dryer models, including ones targeted at medical applications and hygroscopic resins. MORETTO... [more]

  • Special Report: Drying hoppers get modular update

    Issue: March 2017

    The Silmax electric drying hoppers from Wittmann Battenfeld consist of a 500-liter base cone, a 1,500-liter body with a door, and one or two additional body sections, depending on desired capacity./Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. Wittmann Battenfeld Inc., Torrington, Conn., has a new addition to its Silmax... [more]

  • Special Report: Suppliers upgrade dryer controls

    Issue: March 2017

    Novatec Inc., Conair Group and Koch-Technik recently announced they have upgraded their dryers with new or improved controls. NOVATEC INC. Novatec, Baltimore, recently upgraded its controls on all models in its NovaWheel Plus line of desiccant wheel dryers, to include advanced features such as energy-saving... [more]

  • Special Report: Many drying technologies available to processors

    Issue: March 2017

    Processors often need to dry resin to ensure quality end products, and there is an array of dryer technologies that can help them achieve that goal. Six major technologies are available: wheel desiccant dryers, twin-tower desiccant dryers, compressed air/membrane dryers, vacuum dryers, hot air dryers,... [more]

  • Special Report: Drying resins requires taking various precautions

    Issue: March 2017

    Some resins are more difficult than others to dry, and different resins require different precautions, said Mark Haynie, VP of Novatec’s dryer technology. “If all I had to do was dry polycarbonate and ABS, I would be the happiest person in the world,” Haynie said, citing them as among... [more]

  • Revere constantly adapting for diverse markets

    Issue: March 2017

    Revere Plastics Systems LLC, Clyde, Ohio, is a veritable playground for any plastics industry engineer who wants to witness the range of technologies that make commercial-grade and household appliances function. An automated screw-driving unit is used to assemble an appliance door that requires 34 screws./PMM... [more]

  • Alliance seeks to reduce costs of mold insert process

    Issue: March 2017

    Use of additive manufacturing (AM) to produce metal mold inserts offers great promise, but has been slow to take off because it’s expensive. An alliance between two key players aims to reduce costs through more efficient use of equipment. Improved component quality is also a goal.  Bernd Wiedmann... [more]

  • Tooling system parts on display

    Issue: March 2017

    Valve mold components featuring conformal cooling channels made with the AgieCharmilles AM S 290 Tooling system were on display at the EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems exhibit at the K show. EOS, Krailling, Germany, and GF Machining Solutions Management SA, Lausanne, Switzerland, teamed up to develop... [more]

  • Moretto USA is now stocking spare parts in the United States

    Issue: March 2017

    Moretto USA continues to ramp up its presence in North America by stocking spare parts at its facility in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. arm of Italian auxiliary equipment maker Moretto SpA, Massanzago, Italy, was launched in December 2014. Gene Flockerzi was hired as GM for the North American operation late... [more]

LTM thickness scanning gauge from FACTS Inc.
This LTM gauge is a scanning system for true thickness measurement of plastic and rubber sheet and web manufacturing.