Control & monitoring.
One development that could have the broadest implications is Watlow's new EZ-Zone ST modular "integrated architecture" for temperature control loops. It combines the six separate elements of a typical loop into five snap-together modules that eliminate half the usual wiring terminations and a lot of associated cost. All modules communicate digitally for easy diagnostics.
Eurotherm has developed two new melt-pressure controllers, as well as a special, multi-loop process control that is easily scaleable into a control or plant network at low cost. The company says its T2550 Scalable Programmable Automation Controller with Ethernet communication is its first to bundle full configurable process control and I/O in a compact field-mountable base plate and termination assembly. Also new from Eurotherm are new versions of its MACO and EM3 integrated machine controls designed to be cost-effective for small injection machines and extruders, respectively.
Three firms--Dynisco, Terwin Instruments, and Transducers Direct--are exhibiting new combination melt-pressure/temperature sensors. At least one allows simultaneous readout of both parameters.
Process & production monitoring
Mattec looks to give your productivity a boost with its new 7.0 version ProHelp EPM process and production monitoring system. It has a new option to generate RFID barcoding labels, and also brings just-in-time scheduling based on a Kanban lean manufacturing principle. Moldflow has added improved SPC/SQC monitoring and analysis capabilities to new version 2.1 of its Celltrack system.
Factory Intelligence Network developed new reporting software that issues reports from user-selected plant-floor monitoring data. Priamus will roll out a new Shop Floor Control that manages on a central server process data generated from cavity-pressure and temperature signals from each machine. PlastiSoft will show the latest developments in its ERP software, which is specifically for film extrusion and converting. And Kistler Instrument is rolling out its first injection molding process monitor.
Eurotherm offers a new Web-based machine diagnostics system that is easy to configure. It stores process data on modules at each press, but data from any press is viewable remotely over the web using a simple browser. RJG is also introducing a Web-based system that integrates its eDart process monitor with real-time production monitoring, scheduling, and reporting on one system.
Meanwhile, IQMS has added a module that can update its Enterprise IQ ERP system with shop-floor data wirelessly in real time. Real-time Web-based MRP software from Liad of Israel will be marketed here for the first time by Fasti USA.
Other ERP systems will be shown by CMS software, Cyframe, DTR Plastics Solutions, Factory Intelligence Network, Made2Manage, and Syscon-PlantStar.
Exhibitor Listings Includes temperature, pressure, and position sensors and controls; process and production monitoring systems; and manufacturing software. New developments appear in boldface type.
Offers signal isolators and conditioners, temperature/process indicators, heat sinks, limit alarms, power supplies, and remote data loggers.
ARICO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
Offers temperature controllers, hot-runner controllers, injection molding and extruder controllers, heater power regulators, solid-state relays, load cells, and position and pressure transducers, indicators, and alarms.
Offers complete machine data-acquisition and control systems, including injection molding controls, panel-mount controllers, and multi-function DIN rail modules with a variety of fieldbus communication protocols.
ATHENA CONTROLS INC.
Showing new Platinum series of universal digital controllers, such as C10 versions with a 1/32 DIN controller/indicator and transmitter, and lower-priced M10 line in 1/16 DIN with single display.
ATRIX INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Manufactures production and process monitoring system for injection and blow molding.
B&L INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Offers Odyssey enterprise software designed specifically for plastics processors. Suite of integrated modules to provide management information.
See Eurotherm Controls.
Makes motion-control systems, including control cabinets, motors and converters, controllers, and software.
BEAR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Supplies the Tracker, a Windows-based production/process monitoring system.
BOSCH REXROTH CORP.
Manufactures controls for motion, position, sequence, or logic functions.
CAL CONTROLS INC.
Supplies autotuning temperature and pressure controls with digital interface, plus temperature sensors, solid-state relays, process controllers, and monitoring and networking software.
Showing new line of switching power supplies up to 240W and variable-frequency drives. Also supplies level controls, motor controllers, current/voltage and phase monitors, digital panel meters, temperature controls, PLCs, inductive sensors, and solid-state-relays.
Booth 532 (Exhibiting with Mattec)
Offers integrated ERP software solutions with comprehensive functionality for plastics molders and component suppliers. Can be integrated with Mattec ProHelp shop-floor monitoring system.
Booth 5037 (Exhibiting with Eurotherm Controls)
Offers complete engineering and automation solutions for injection, extrusion, and blow molding, including temperature, pressure, and motion controllers; sensors; power controllers; recorders; signal conditioners; and plant-wide automation software.
Canadian software provider offers integrated web-based ePlant ERP system for custom processors and toolmakers. Has specific components for injection, extrusion, blow molding, blown film, converting, tooling, and distribution. Also offers automated PLC data-acquisition technology for real-time production efficiency reporting.
DANAHER INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS
DELTA COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC. Booth 6157
Introducing RMC75E one- or two- axis motion controller that supports Ethernet communication. Demonstrating position and pressure control.
Offers complete remanufacturing of controls and circuit boards and repairs for temperature controls, PLCs, motors, drives, and other components. Also offers PID temperature controllers, analog controllers, and hot-runner controllers.
DTR PLASTICS SOLUTIONS
Booth 5833 (Exhibiting with Made2Manage Systems)
Offers its DTR Plastics ERP system for injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, bag and film processing, and thermoforming. Provides comprehensive manufacturing, distribution, and financial-management tools.
Showing thermocouples and temperature controls.
Introducing three FFX pressure transmitters with Foundation fieldbus compatibility and Melt Monitor pressure sensors with integral display for extruders. Optional built-in temperature sensor allows simultaneous display of temperature and pressure.
Machine rebuilding and modification services for injection and blow molding include control upgrades.
Introducing MACO Compact machine-control system for small injection machines and EM-3c extrusion control system for smaller extruders, a smaller version of its EM-3 extrusion control system. Also introducing Maco Breeze II parison controller for a wide variety of blow molding machines and stand-alone Web-based machine diagnostics system--an easy-to-configure, user-selectable, PC-based data-acquisition system. Also presenting new 328i melt-pressure controller (1/8 DIN) with Quick Start Wizard to simplify setup. Also displaying new 3504 melt-pressure controller for plastics, T2550 scalable programmable automation controller with Ethernet communication, and other temperature and process controllers, contactors, discrete controls, T800 visual supervisor, and MACO products.
EXCEL INDUSTRIAL HEATERS PVT. LTD.
Supplies thermocouples made in India.
FACTORY INTELLIGENCE NETWORK (FIN)
Unveiling Report Server for automatic reporting of plant-floor data. Live presentations of FIN data-collection software.
FASTI USA INC.
Introducing FIT controller for material loaders and real-time web-based MRP software developed by Liad Weighing & Control in Israel.
GAUMER CO. INC.
Supplies control panels, temperature controllers, and thermocouples.
GEFRAN ISI, INC.
Offers pressure, position, temperature, humidity, and load sensors. Also produces an extensive line of universal input, DIN-sized process indicators and controllers, including Geflex PID controllers with integral solid-state relay. Also manufactures complete machine-control systems solutions from the sensor level, through PLC networks to its own industrial PC.
Makes extrusion melt-pressure transducers.
Manufactures pressure and temperature transducers.
HCS HEATERS CONTROLS & SENSORS LTD.
Manufactures digital, analog, and PID temperature controllers, limit controllers, thermocouple temperature recorders, temperature transmitters, relays, and sensors.
Produces thermocouples and temperature controls.
IEEC-PBJ INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PVT. LTD.
Indian firm offers autotuned PID temperature controls, single- or multi-zone.
IFM EFECTOR, INC.
Supplies level sensors, including capacitive and inductive proximity switches, photoelectric sensors, pressure switches, flow switches, level switches, and electronic temperature sensors.
INCLUDIS MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE INC.
Provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for real-time manufacturing data acquisition and integration between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and production process in discrete manufacturing.
INTELECS CONTROLS INC.
Canadian developer of cost-effective and user-friendly process-control and automation solutions.
Introducing wireless real-time production-monitoring module that links shop-floor production machines to its Enterprise IQ ERP software. Allows for reject/scrap counts, inventory updates, and production schedule updates. Will display and demonstrate entire suite of ERP software.
Supplies infrared thermometers and thermal-imaging devices for mold inspection and monitoring film extrusion, wire coating, blow molding, and thermoforming.
KISTLER INSTRUMENT CORP.
Introducing its first injection molding process monitor. Also showing cavity-pressure sensors and process-monitoring software. Will demonstrate zero-defect molding using its monitoring tools.
LAND INSTRUMENTS INTERNATIONAL
Producers thermal imagers, monitors, and analyzers for infrared temperature measurement.
LIAD WEIGHING & CONTROL
Booth 5587(Exhibiting with Fasti)
Israeli firm offers eight-channel PWC programmable weighing controller.
MADE2MANAGE SYSTEMS INC.
Provides industry-specific software to small and mid-size manufacturers, including ERP, supply-chain management, and other business software.
Introducing version 7.0 of ProHelp EPM production/process monitoring software, featuring new graphical presentation of the shop floor, new barcode options, and Kanban (lean manufacturing) scheduling, enhanced cavity-pressure graphing, and more charting and configuration choices. EPM shop-floor monitoring can now be integrated with ERP software from CMS Software, also present at the booth.
Supplies process controls, instruments, pressure and flow measurement and control.
Showing new version 4.2 of Mold-flow Plastics Xpert (MPX) injection molding setup, optimization, and control software. New viscosity control function adjusts melt temperature to maintain consistent flowability. Also new is Celltrack version 2.1 real-time software for job scheduling, work-order management, maintenance tracking, SPC/SQC, and barcoding. Now allows SPC monitoring of more variables and unlimited overlays of quality variables to aid diagnostics, as well as improved part traceability. MPX, Shotscope process monitor, and Altanium hot-runner controls now run on the same operator interface.
MTS SYSTEMS CORP., SENSORS DIV.
Introducing R-Series synchronous serial encoder interface (SSD position sensor, said to be the world's fastest and most accurate magnetostrictive position sensor.
Booth 9533 (Exhibiting with Weco International)
Manufactures infrared heater controls for thermoforming machines, laminating machines, and curing ovens.
NICKERSON MACHINERY, DIV. OF MILACRON
Booths 1702, 1715
Catalog distributor of MRO molding supplies.
NORTHERN SUPPLY CO., DIV. OF MILACRON
Booths 1702, 1715
Stocks a wide variety of components and supplies for MRO.
OGDEN MANUFACTURING CO.
Unveiling ECRl-electronic chart recorder that records and displays process data graphically in real-time with new Observer I software for historical data analysis. Observer II software transmits real-time monitoring data and permits remote configuration through Ethernet link.
OMEGA HEATER CO.
Supplies temperature controllers, sensors, and heater control panels.
PILZ AUTOMATION SAFETY L.P.
Supplies safety control, monitoring, and signaling technology, sensors, programmable safety systems, and operator terminals for machines and processing plants.
Canadian firm offers job-costing and scheduling software for extrusion and converting. Provides Tori-Flex ERP solutions to mid-range flexible packaging producers and RIMMS ERP software for plastics recycling, compounding, and coloring.
PMA, A DANAHER INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS CO.
Manufactures temperature and process controls, including new PMA high-end multi-function controllers, Partlow basic to mid-range analog and digital controllers and circle-chart recorders; and West basic to mid-range digital and bus-compatible controllers.
PRIAMUS SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES AG
Introducing miniature cavity-pressure sensors that are calibrated after they are assembled. Also presenting new Priamus Shop Floor Control, a central plant process-information system based on cavity-pressure and temperature signals. Also showing Priamus Fill and Priamus Monitor software.
PSG PLASTIC SERVICE GMBH
Manufactures hot-runner temperature controls, switching technology, and diagnostic cabinets, as well as monitoring software and remote controls,
Introducing Marathon MM infrared vision temperature sensor with new precision variable focus that allows fast, easy, and accurate adjustment of focus on measurement targets. Also showing a range of infrared temperature sensors and imaging systems for plastics temperature monitoring and control.
RED LION CONTROLS
Supplies process controls, digital and analog displays, control software, interfaces, and power supplies:
Introducing process control and production monitoring on one soft ware "core engine." This Web-based system integrates RJG's eDart process control with real-time production monitoring, scheduling and reporting Demonstrating eDart process control on a 1946 Van Dorn injection press,
Introducing SRZ compact modular temperature/process-control system. Also exhibiting its FB series temperature/process controller.
Offers end-to,end business management software for small and medium-sized firms.
SIEMENS ENERGY & AUTOMATION, INC.
Supplies control systems for injection and blow molding, thermoforming, and extrusion featuring integrated logic and temperature/pressure-control functions.
Launching vibration-resistant temperature sensors. Also showing thermocouples and PRTD platinum resistor thermometer.
Supplies manufacturing execution systems (MES) for real-time process and production monitoring. Offers full upload and download integration to MRP/ERP systems, scheduling, production reporting, labor tracking, material forecasting and tracking, barcoding, SPC/SQC reporting, and preventive-maintenance tools.
TEMPCO ELECTRIC HEATER CORP.
Manufactures temperature sensors and controllers. Offers TEC series temperature controllers in 1/32 to 1/4 DIN sizes. Also supplies fuzzy-logic PID auto-tuning controls with up to four programmable outputs.
TERWIN INSTRUMENTS LTD.
Launching single- and dual-channel process indicators, plus new low-cost melt-pressure/temperature transducers and transmitters. Also supplies extrusion melt-pressure transducers, transmitters, thermocouples, signal conditioners and controllers.
Demonstrating its newest TDM40/50 melt/hydraulic-pressure transducers and new melt pressure/temperature controllers as well as a broad line of transducers and sensors that can be retrofitted to any brand or model of equipment.
Offers instruments for dewpoint and humidity measurement, which can be used in plastics dryers.
Supplies pressure transducers and transmitters and level transmitters.
WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CO.
Introducing EZ-Zone ST integrated temperature-control loop, which packages six normally separate components of a control loop into five snap-together modules that communicate digitally with each other. This brand-new control architecture reduces wiring, saves space, and improves diagnostics.
Showing infrared heater controls from Multiba/Hetronik in Germany.
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