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Metering, feeding and blending.

ACCURATE

Complete line of bulk-solids metering equipment includes flexible-walled volumetric feeders, flexible-walled and vibratory gravimetric systems for loss-in-weight, loss-of-weight and gain-in-weight applications; weighbelt feeders, mass-flow meters, and line of microprocessor controllers. Feeders meter hard-to-feed additives and ingredients including Ti[O.sub.2], Irganox, color pigments, antioxidants, uv stabilizers, impact modifiers, processing aids, lubricants, and fillers. Materials test lab available to ensure exact specifications.

ACRISON, INC.

Model 270 series inline weigh feeder modules meter a variety of dry solids at moderate to high rates in a totally dust-tight vertical configuration. Units require less installed space than most other heavy-duty weigh feeders having similar throughput capacities.

Model 407 series weigh feeders available with several different metering mechanisms. Units are compact, low-profile, and use company's weight-loss-differential technology for metering a variety of dry solids and liquid ingredients.

Model 170 series feeders are designed for applications where material changeovers are frequent and where downtime must be minimized. Units offer total and complete product cleanout capability and have the ability to self-empty when permitted to feed until empty or can be rapidly cleaned and emptied via a discharge port located in the flat bottom of the feed chamber. Cleanout is fast and simple.

Model 1015 series volumetric feeders for dry solids feature a "dissimilar" speed dual auger/agitator metering mechanism consisting of a large conditioning auger or agitator mounted above a smaller metering auger in a specially configured feed chamber. For use in applications where a minimal amount of residual product is desired.

Models GP403-101 and GP403-130 economical and compact weigh feeders accurately meter most free-flowing granular or pelletized dry solids. Single-auger metering includes a bottom discharge slide gate for rapid, complete and easy cleanout.

ADVANCED PROCESS DESIGN

Volumetric feeders designed for the metering of powders, granules, and other dry bulk materials. Systems meet FDA, USDA, and OSHA requirements.

Drum dumpers designed for emptying metal or fiber drums from floor level into processing vessels in about 15 sec. Dumpers available with hydraulic or pneumatic capabilities and push-button control. Standard capacities range from 100 to 10,000 lb.

AEC, INC.

Optimum series blender product lines involve gravimetric weighing and blending that minimize waste and maximize inventory accuracy, guaranteeing the correct resin blends for a wide range of process applications. Series includes BD and OA gravimetric blenders and OL continuous gravimetric blenders. Totalizing OFE weigh systems available to precisely meter and track materials.

Optimum series weigh blenders utilize quick-clean design with capacities to 5000 lb/hr/ingredient (up to six components). Off-the-shelf microprocessor controls can deliver accuracies to 0.1% with features such as quick start-up, easy-to-use interactive menu programming, recipe storage, and password protection. Volumetric skip mode can increase blender throughputs while maintaining an accurate blend of material to process.

Precision series volumetric additive feeders (AF-1 and AF-2) meter pelletized or granular color concentrates or additives directly at the molding machine or extruder throat. This precision auger-type feeder has a swing-away motor, removable augers, and large material flood zone. Standard controls for intermittent or continuous processing provide accurate closed-loop, motor-speed control and digital display or set-point. Options include extruder tracking and cycle timer/batch counter.

Patented OL Ulti-Mixer eliminates need for mixers. Materials are weight-loss metered continuously at the same rate as the extruder consumes them. Design provides first-in/ first-out (FIFO) feeding to the extruder and eliminates segregation of virgin pellets and additives. Controls allow color changes on-the-fly by initiating 100% virgin feed while hoppers and auger assemblies are changed over to another material. Unit can then switch over to the new recipe without halting production. Because material in residence is very small, color change is effected within minutes. Microprocessor controls auger speeds to within one rpm. Hand-held remote-control keypad can be located conveniently by the operator station.

Batch-weigh blenders have menu-driven computer controls. Several units can interface each other for total plant inventory control. BD Diamond-Gate slide-gate weigh blenders can accurately meter from 0.5% to 100%.

AMERICAN LEWA, INC.

Modular metering pumps and packaged systems for all controlled-volume liquid blending, proportioning, and injection services. Applications include continuous blending of reactive components in making prepolymers, or in the production of synthetic resin (urethane or epoxy) products; proportioning and feeding of additives such as dyes, pigments, flame retardants, lubricants, peroxides, plasticizers, uv stabilizers and modifiers; and metered injection of blowing agents and blends for producing foamed products. Pumps are constructed of stainless steel and offered in packed plunger or seal-less, low-maintenance diaphragm designs with manual or automated flow adjustment in open- or closed-loop control. Virtually all flow rates, pressures, temperatures, and fluid characteristics can be accommodated. Complete systems include tanks, piping, filters, heating/cooling, flow smoothing, relief valves, flow meters, controls, and safety devices. Flow accuracy is better than [+ or -] 1%.

AUTOLOAD UNIVERSAL DYNAMICS, INC.

Company's On-Spec feeder for feeding additives and color is modularly designed with a stainless steel feed bin and machined parts for quick change of additives, easy maintenance and cleanout. High accuracy is achieved through the use of the dosing cylinder. This augerless cylinder provides an even and regular output virtually equivalent to a gravimetric feeder. Accuracy of feeding is assured with the help of the digital controller, the dosing cylinder and a brushless stepper motor. The use of the stepper motor and dosing cylinder results in better control and accuracy of feed rates with the additional benefit of less maintenance. Two models are available: model OS-5 and model OS-10. Optional water-cooled rises available.

LOUIS P. BATSON INC.

Product feeders designed for dosing color down to as little as one granule/tenth shot. Precisely controlled dosing cone ensures accuracy. Features include easy material calibration and microprocessor control, which adjusts dosing according to fluctuations in the screwback signal for constant letdown.

RATTENFELD GLOUCESTER ENGINEERING CO., INC.

AcuraBlend gravimetric blenders for film and sheet extrusion in loss-in-weight batch, continuous, or feed-throat configurations. Hoppers and auger-feed units are made of stainless-steel for long wear and easy cleaning. For accuracy, each loadcell supports only one hopper. Two-stage regulation of loadcell reference voltage and a closely mounted precision amplifier help to maximize accuracy and minimize external noise. Oversized gear motors (0.25-hp d-c) run cooler and last longer. Motor/gearbox need not be removed to service augers.

Combining vacuum and surge functions in one hopper reduces height and number of moving parts. System holds 20-min worth of resin in case of vacuum loading problems. Vacuum hopper filters out dust before it reaches the pump without using cartridge filters. Mounting vacuum sequence valves directly on vacuum lines and away from hoppers is said to virtually eliminate vacuum leaks from disabling the entire vacuum system.

Blenders are fully integrated with Extrol control system in order to make blend changes at the control console. Extrol monitors blenders and stores product recipes, which can be recalled for setup repeatability, and can control up to eight blenders on coextrusion lines.

BRABENDER TECHNOLOGIE

Supplies loss-in-weight feeders, screw feeders, twin-screw agitators, feeder controls and vibration trays.

BRAN + LUEBBE, INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

THE CLEVELAND VIBRATOR CO.

Light- and medium-duty vibratory feeders suitable for controlling flow of bulk materials to secondary processing operations. Vibrations produced by electric or pneumatic (reciprocating piston) drives provide smooth, uniform volumetric flow fully variable from a dribble to a surge. Units control product flow in bulk-handling operations such as packaging, batching, weighing, mixing, drying, sprinkling, dusting, and spreading. Feeders can handle a variety of material from dry to damp, cold to hot, fine to coarse, with bulk densities ranging from 5 to 400 lb/cu ft. Available in a variety of trough sizes and shapes, feeders can be furnished with special trough coatings such as neoprene, Armorite, glass, PTFE, as well as abrasion-resistant, removable steel-plate wear surfaces and antistick textured surfaces. Troughs can be furnished in steel, polished stainless steel, nickel, and aluminum. Air-powered feeders recommended for use in hazardous areas such as atmospheres containing explosive dust, vapors, or gas. Units equipped with explosion-proof solenoid or air-pilot operated signal valves. All units have noise levels below OSHA standard requirements.

COLORTRONIC NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Colortronic gravimetric and volumetric blenders for injection molding, blow molding, and extrusion. Synchronous feeding with continuous blending does away with mechanical mixing and potential for material segregation.

Gravimetric units provide continuous high-accuracy, in-line weigh blending of up to eight ingredients. Pellets and powders fed at total throughput of over 5000 lb/hr. Stable, high-resolution digital weighing of each ingredient. Stainless-steel ingredient modules provide easy sampling and fast cleanout. Special feeder modules for regrind and fluff. Full-featured, microprocessor controls provide RS485 serial communications link to host computer or to data recorder. Extrusion control packages also available: weigh/length control for profile and wire/cable coating, or weigh/area control for blown film, cast film, and sheet.

Volumetric continuous blenders automatically meter and mix pellets, granules, powders, and liquids directly on injection and blow molding equipment. Units incorporate discs instead of augers and disassemble for quick cleanout. Synchronous feeder design permits continuous blending without mechanical mixers. Models for 250 to over 2000 lb/hr. Optional microprocessor control with recipe storage, "auto calibrate" mode, totalizer functions, and interface capability.

COLOURMATE INC.

Colourmate additive and color feeders for injection molding machines, extruders, and other processing equipment feature an auger/ sleeve cartridge, which is easy to clean and change, as well as a removable stainless-steel hopper, and controls to suit specific applications. Also regrind feeders with feed rates from one to 600 lb/hr.

COMET AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

GraviMix Micro small weighing and blending system can be installed directly on processing machine. System can blend up to four components, is constructed of stainless and equipped with removable hoppers for each component. Auto-Pulse system maintains accuracy of even small quantities. Throughput up to 100 lb/hr.

GraviMix FMB blending system meters and weighs up to 10 components with throughputs to 6900 lb/hr. Blender constructed of stainless steel and has a sealed mixing chamber. Two economic and networking controls available. With an accuracy of 0.1% or better, blender is self-calibrating and automatically corrects differences from the recipe values. Designed for all processing operations.

The 150 and 500 series volumetric blenders precisely meter and mix free-flowing and nonfree-flowing powders, regrinds, liquids and pellets. May be machine-mounted or mounted on a stand for central blending. Throughputs from 150 to 4000 lb/hr. Mix hopper is stainless steel for longer wear and reliability. Metering hopper uses aluminum metering discs for high accuracy. Microprocessor control has 100-recipe storage and performs calculations for calibrations.

Color Exact 1100, 2000 and 3250 feeders with throughputs to 90,000 g/hr are screw-type feeders for precise at-the-throat metering of color concentrate and regrind. Two versions available: SMD with a stepping motor for injection and DC/D with a d-c drive motor for extrusion. DC/D can be connected to the tachometer of the extruder to obtain synchronous operation between the machine and feeder. Metering screws/sleeves and material hoppers are stainless steel, and units are easily assembled and disassembled using quick release clamps.

Color Exact PF 1200 feeder uses volumetric principles to meter nonfree-flowing powders and additives and comes in the SMD and DC/D versions with throughputs to 9072 g/hr with standard reduction. Unit equipped with cylindrical-shaped stainless-steel hopper with agitator. Special screw designed with an open spiral and fixed internal core ensures accurate metering. Modularly constructed transition piece enables several types of Color Exacts to be mounted at once.

CONAIR

TrueBlend gravimetric blenders feature a fully enclosed design that eliminates costly pellet leaks common with other blender designs. Throughputs can range from 100 lb/hr on model TB45 to 6000 lb/hr on model TB1800. Easy-to-use control system makes adjustments after every dispense cycle, automatically compensating on the next weighed batch for normal variations in dispensing as well as for resin bulk density and particle geometry. Double-acting, nonstick, self-centering vertical dispense valves allow material to flow freely and have no sliding clearances that can cause sticking even when dispensing thin low-bulk-density regrinds. Range of valve sizes, properly matched to material rates results in higher resolution and low-volume precision. For critical low-volume materials, controls can be set to Precision Additive mode, which gives priority to the weight of that minor component and achieves accuracy to [+ or -] 0.1% of setpoint. Intuitive touchscreen operator interface makes for easy setup and operation.

Optional TrueBlend configurations include "removable" additive hoppers on TB 100 and TB250 models and high-temperature models designed to blend hot dried resins up to 375 E Inlet/outlet ports allow for blanketing material compartments with dry air. A high-rate blender designed for throughputs to 12,000 lb/hr and a unit to handle materials that don't flow easily also available.

All Conair blenders have dedicated microprocessor controls for simple, accurate calibration and recipe storage and offer a 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. For metering colorants or other additives into the flow of virgin material directly at the throat of the processing machine, company offers its new precision gravimetric additive feeder. Unique dispensing technology achieves highly accurate and consistent feeding even at very low rates. Compact BFS volumetric auger feeders meter from 0.01 g/sec or up to 160 lb/hr based on auger/motor rpm selection. Model BFH provides higher throughput metering rates up to 100 g/sec or 800 lb/hr.

CONTROL & METERING LTD.

Line of volumetric and gravimetric feeders includes twin-screw, single-screw, vibrating tray and tube, and weigh belt feeders, which are pretested and preassembled.

Company markets Brabender FlexWall feeder, which is a flexible-walled feeder that can be employed volumetrically or as a loss-in-weight feeder. Unit is useful in applications requiring quick cleaning and processes involving multiple ingredients fed by the same feeder.

CRG LOGICS, INC.

Supplies gravimetric blending systems for extrusion.

DMS

Distributes swirl-effect color dosing system for injection machines from Addmix in the U.K. Device adds different colorants at the machine throat in a preset time sequence.

FOREMOST MACHINE BUILDERS, INC.

Machine-mounted or free-standing volumetric and gravimetric blenders.

Upright Duplex volumetric blenders blend up to 6000 lb/hr of virgin resin, regrind, colorants and additives in pellet, powder or flake form. Units include holding bins, metering augers or vibrators, and cascading chute or mixer. Mini- and machine-mounted blenders for the same range of materials as the Duplex series are designed of direct mounting on machine throat. Continuous mixers are optional.

Gravimetric blenders include LWB and BWB series for either loss-in-weight or batch-weight blending. CLWB series is a continuous loss-in-weight blender. Accutrac series is an economical alternative to gain-in-weight blending. Floor or on-machine mounting.

Microprocessor controls provide accuracy to [+ or -] 0.05% by weight. Continuous inventory monitoring of all ingredient throughputs is standard. Feed and control options include plantwide data acquisition and material-usage control with central microcomputer.

Customized systems include options such as liquid feed by weight. Also pellet and powder volumetric and gravimetric feeders for mixing and feeding additives.

GRACO INC.

Fluid-transfer and supply pumps (air- and hydraulic-powered), plural component proportioning systems, and complete circulating systems.

HAMILTON AVTEC INC.

Spectra metering feeder, a colorant/additive metering system, mounts on machine and precisely augers free-flowing materials into base resins as they flow into machine throat. Variable-speed d-c motor powers a selected metering auger. Metering occurs on a signal from injection or blow molding machine, or in conjunction with extruder speed. Spectra comes with a variety of metering augers from 0.5-in. to 2-in. diam. to vary letdowns in accordance with shot size or extrusion rates and material type. Supply hopper includes quick-cleanout door, and the cast-aluminum auger housing includes sampling port for setup calibration.

In-line mixer option can increase preblending performance, and a machine throat adapter, which mounts between the machine hopper and machine mounting plate, allows two Spectras to feed simultaneously for nearly instant color changes on the same machine. Stacking another adapter on the assembly provides mounting for four Spectra units.

Modular gravimetric blending system automatically weighs as it loads itself with one or more pellet or powder materials and weighs minor ingredients as they are metered into a scale hopper. Blending is done in either a supplied dynamic mixer or a separate ribbon or high-intensity mixer. Systems deliver 100 to 8000 lb/hr of blended materials.

All weigh blenders have [+ or -] 0.5% accuracy. Larger models come standard with DX electronic controls, including CRT screen and custom keyboard for recipe entry and storage. Displays include totalization, setpoint recipe, stored recipe, and alarm signals. Optional printers can be supplied, and controls can be interfaced with factory computers.

HARREL, INC.

Melt-pump systems, which precisely meter plastic out of the extruder, range from less than one lb/hr to 4000 lb/hr. Systems have metering pump, precision digital drive, gear reducer, mounting bench, and microprocessor controller. Special forms available for PVC and fluoropolymers. Also weigh feeders used for large volumes. Both melt pumps and weigh feeders suited for use as part of a closed-loop control system.

H.F. HENDERSON INDUSTRIES

Specializes in the design and manufacture of customized complete weighing/blending/handling systems for rigid and flexible PVC. Systems utilize non-proprietary hardware and software.

Sub-systems supplied include resin weigh scales that interface with mixer and in-feed system; chemical weigh scales in gain-in-weight or loss-in-weight configuration; plasticizer/oil scales, heated and nonheated; indexing conveyors; minor-ingredient automatic and semi-automatic systems; storage hoppers and tanks and equipment for transporting material to and from storage; and process control panels with PLCs, computer d graphics, and Scada packages.

HETHON USA, LLC

Volumetric and gravimetric feeders for dry free-flowing powders and pellets. Delivery rates from 0.0005 to 1100 cu ft/hr. Massaging paddles flex the sides of an internal flexible hopper. Electronic and variable-speed control. Special designs available as well as loss-in-weight designs.

INOEX LLC

Company offers its intelligent gravimetric dosing systems for all types of materials (liquids, powders, pellets and hard-to pour materials). Special reactive extrusion processes like cross-linked or foamed products use materials such as silane or peroxide that aggressively interact with each other and their environment. A specially adapted design of the machinery is necessary in order to master the dosing process for such materials.

The multi-component dosing station masters the process sequence of measuring, conveying and mixing. It adapts to the needs of the continuous extrusion process and guarantees process safety, even when a large variety of materials are used.

ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

Information on Italian companies offering equipment for materials handling.

IVEK CORP.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

JAECO FLUID SYSTEM INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

JEFFREY DIV. INDRESCO INC.

Line of vibrating feeders includes single-mass brute-force and two-mass natural-frequency.

In the two-mass type, both electromagnetic and electromechanical types with adjustable feed rates of 0-100% available. Feed rates can be manually adjusted with a control knob or automatically adjusted using a variety of process signals. Controls offer flexibility for batching and blending systems.

A variety of feeder decks available in widths from 4 to 96 in. and lengths from one to 25 ft. Designs include enclosed tubular decks with water jacket, heater blanket, and metallic and nonmetallic wear liners. Feed rates from a few lb/hr to many tons/hr.

Electromagnetic feeders feature high-frequency long stroke, encapsulated coils dust-tight drives, vibration isolation, and advanced-design drive without rotating parts.

Electromechanical feeders feature a positive cog-belt drive, heavy-duty drive motor, frequency control, low frequency, long stroke and precompressed coupling springs.

JESCO PRODUCTS CO., INC.

Continuous-flow and shot-control dispensing equipment for automatic metering, mixing, and dispensing of epoxies, RTVs, urethane adhesives and sealers. One- and multi-component meter-mix and dispense systems for the building, electronics, aerospace, sporting goods and automotive industries including systems for roof coating, insulated glass, windshields, and sunroofs.

Static, dynamic and impingement mixers available. Dispense systems provide uniform material flow rate for consistent beads or repeatable shots of material to the part and are available in hydraulic, electric or pneumatic-operated versions. Systems are readily interfaced to robots or other automated systems.

Complete line of equipment from basic manually operated equipment to sophisticated, multifunctional dispensing systems.

Also available is a complete line of power operated flow valves, fluid applicator valves batch proportioners and dispensers for lab/ prototype development, primer dispensing systems, PUR foam dispensers, fluid fill systems, industrial lubrication systems and a complete line of supply and transfer pumps. Equipment available for processing virtually any fluid from low-viscosity pourable liquids to high-viscosity materials up to 12 million cP.

KOMAX SYSTEMS, INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

K-TRON COLORMAX

Specializes in feeding, blending and conveying equipment for handling raw materials. Offers a range of color addition equipment including micro dosers, volumetric blenders and hopper loaders.

Offers the Posimax feeder, a patented doser for free-flowing additives; Multiweigh loss-in-weight feeder; and a range of conveying equipment for poor-flowing materials including many powders.

K-TRON PROCESS GROUP

Manufactures ISO 9001 gravimetric and volumetric feeders for processing powder and bulk solid materials, specializing in plastics compounding, resin production and high-end extrusion. Products include single- and twin-screw volumetric and gravimetric feeders, Bulk Solids Pump (BSP) feeders, vibratory, weigh belt, liquid loss-in-weight, Smart Flow Meters, K4G gravimetric blenders plus self-contained and central vacuum conveying systems, integrated control and systems engineering services.

BSP feeders offer accurate feeding of pellets and other granular materials that can be configured as volumetric or loss-in-weight units. Loss-in-weight utilizes Smart Force Transducer (SFT) weighing technology. Feeder can also be configured as part of new K4G continuous gravimetric blender where it utilizes single-point suspension weighing. BSP does not use screws/augers, belts or vibratory trays to convey material, but instead uses positive displacement action to feed free-flowing materials with accuracy that offers uniform discharge, consistent volume and gentle handling. Feeders have vertical rotating discs that create a product lockup zone conveying material smoothly from storage hopper to discharge outlet, achieving true linear mass flow. With no pockets or screws and only one moving part, unit is cleaned in seconds.

BSP is available in three models: BSP-100 feeds from 0.07 to 7 cu ft/hr, BSP-125 feeds from 0.32 to 32 cu ft/hr, and BSP-150 feeds from 1.6 to 160 cu ft/hr.

Company offers support for service, parts, repairs and 24-hr 'hot line" service.

LABOTEK A/S

Resin/additive blenders provide 0.1% to 1.0% metering accuracy of color concentrate and additives. Mini-Masterbatcher (MMB) and MMB Mixer with Con-Evator vacuum hopper loader and Ratio-Selector provide automatic loading, metering, and mixing of resin, regrind, color concentrate, and a second additive if required.

Conti-Master compact machine with two to five metering stations feeding into an inclined screw mixer offers same accuracy as the MMB with capacities of 500-6000 lb/ hr. Automatic loading of stations is provided by three-phase vacuum motor/blower units mounted in the remote-control unit.

Mini-Conti-Master microprocessor-controlled metering/mixing unit for virgin plastics, regrind, and additives in granular form has up to five dosing stations, high dosing accuracy by means of stepper motors and max. capacity of 180 liters/hr (approx. 240 lb/hr). Unit has built-in microprocessor. Data on material bulk densities and desired mixing percentages is entered; proportions are calculated automatically; and machine is adjusted accordingly. Detachable keyboard can be removed and the Mini-Conti-Master will remember programmed data so the same keyboard can be used to program other units. Automatic conveying by means of a single vacuum blower. (Products distributed by V-Tech Engineering Inc.)

LINCOLN INDUSTRIAL

Full line of measuring valves for dispensing vinyl plastisols into molds in precise, preset volumes. Standard model is adjustable from 4 to 46 fl oz, with larger volume ranges available.

MultiMeasure valve incorporates 10 adjustable measuring positions on numbered rotating index heads, allowing an output range from 0 to 34.7 cu in. (up to 18.5 fl oz). PTFE packings are standard, as is a manual four-way hydraulic directional valve.

Also air-operated reciprocating pumps that can be used to supply plastisols from original containers to the measuring valve. Plastisol measuring/dispensing systems used by toy manufacturers and automotive trim and accessories manufacturers.

LINDEN INDUSTRIES, INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

L-R SYSTEMS

Line of auger-feed, vibratory-feed, weigh-scale, and loss-in-weight blenders for two to eight materials have capacities to 20,000 lb/hr. Also additive feeders and proportioning loaders.

MAGUIRE PRODUCTS INC.

Forty-two models of gravimetric blenders blend up to 12 components at rates of 10 to 5000 lb/hr. Materials are metered by weight, and accuracy is constantly monitored and verified. Each batch is followed by an error correction routine that continuously hunts toward perfect dispense weights, providing accuracy to within 0.1 of 1%. Direct settings for percentage of each component require no calculations or set-up sheets. Easy and safe access to all material contact surfaces permits rapid color change in 3-5 min.

In larger blenders with throughputs rated at 450 lb/hr or higher, resin and regrind are sequentially dispensed from hopper bins into a weigh chamber by high-speed slide-gate valves with an accuracy/dispense of [+ or -] 4 g. Alternatively, in the Micro-Blender model with maximum throughput of 140 lb/hr and batch size of 400 g, dispensing is accomplished by means of vertical pneumatic valves mounted inside the hopper bins.

To speed color changes, removable bins are featured in the 100, 200 and 400 series blenders, as well as the smallest model, Micro-Blender. Bins are equipped with integral shutoffs to eliminate spillage and have hinged lids for easy access to the compartments. A safety interlock automatically disables the blender slide-gate mechanism when a bin is removed.

Maguire Gravimetric Gateway Material Management System controls raw material consumption for single- or multiple-plant operations. Using Linux software and PCs equipped by Maguire, the system offers rapid two-way communication between PCs and blenders on multiple processing machines. System tracks material consumption by weight for each machine for plant-wide material management.

Maguire Extrusion Control Network controls monolayer and coextruded product thickness by networking gravimetric blenders. In coextrusion the system provides precise control of overall product thickness and layer-to-layer material distribution. System is about 1/3 the size of conventional extrusion yield control systems.

Full line of color and additive feeders for pellets, powders, and liquids. Microprocessor-controlled pellet and powder feeders meter precise quantities into the main flow of virgin material directly above the throat of the process machine. Stainless-steel hopper, auger, and auger housing allow removal of all material contact points for easy cleaning and fast material change. Unit detects and compensates for changing cycle times, varying torque requirements, or fluctuations in plant voltage.

MPA liquid color pumps are positive-displacement pumps with no seals, check valves, or clearances to allow for any leakage. Pumps accurately meter high-viscosity liquids at the low rates.

MATCON USA, INC.

Discharger valve, which bolts to the discharge outlet of a silo, consists of a hopper body and an inverted cone within it. At rest it acts as a sealed valve for positive shutoff. On demand the cone rises and vibrates, allowing material to discharge through the resulting annular gap. Once open, it continues to vibrate, becoming a fully automatic discharger and bridge-breaker, promoting a free flow of even the most difficult to discharge materials. Variable throughputs are obtained by increasing or decreasing the lift height of the cone and by adjusting the on/off cone pulse time.

Discharger valve can be used on new and existing silos, discharging and controlling the flow of solids from storage, or as a prefeeder for accurate gain-in-weight and loss-in-weight feeder systems and for automatic filling or packing lines. System is especially suited for topping off feeder systems because it maintains a constant head of material in the feeder surge hopper and avoids overworking the material. Machines built of stainless steel or mild steel to accommodate any bin or silo.

MATSUI AMERICA, INC.

JCM volumetric color blender can handle two or three materials such as virgin, regrind, and color materials. Lightweight unit consists of metering feeders, two through three material hoppers, which can be self-loading, and mixing drum to homogeneously blend metered components. Microprocessor timing control is provided. Models cover a range of 330-440 lb/hr and provide [+ or -] 0.5-1.0% precision on pelletized materials. Cleanouts and color changes are quick. No tools are necessary. Units can be mounted directly on molding machine or on a floor stand for use as a central blender.

MERRICK INDUSTRIES, INC.

Belt feeders, loss-in-weight feeders and process controls includes line of 304 stainless steel belt feeders with feedrate capacities from 1 lb/min to 45 ton/hr. Feeders have a turndown of 20:1 and are accurate to 0.25%.

Loss-in-weight feeders are standard 304 stainless steel and modular, which allows for disassembly without the need for tools. Single and twin screws as well as vibratory discharge modules can be interchanged on a single unit. Feedrates from 1 lb/hr to 20,000 lb/hr with accuracy of 0.25%. Hopper sizes from 0.75 to 60 cu ft.

A universal touchscreen controller can be used with belt or loss-in-weight feeders for batching or continuous applications. A direct interface between the universal controller and most PLCs and DCS software is available.

METALFAB, INC.

Metering/feeding equipment includes volumetric screw and belt feeders, batch and continuous loss of weight screw and belt feeders, bin activators, bulk bag unloaders, continuous mixers and railcar/hopper spin-loading equipment.

METER-MIX ACCUMETRIC, LLC

Equipment for multiple-component applications includes pneumatic and hydraulically driven metering cylinders, gear pump metering systems, PLC controls, static and dynamic mixing, and positive ratio control. Products handled include silicone, epoxies, urethanes, and multimix products.

Designs and controls for all types of metering processes, cold and hot, with metering accuracy of [+ or -] 1% or better. Cylinder designs ensure seals are not subject to metering stroke pressure, while pumping systems come with variable speed and variable output capability for a wide range of ratio selections.

WILLIAM W. MEYER & SONS, INC.

Supplies rotary airlock feeders, screwveyor pumps, slide gates, blower packages, double-flap gate valves, gravity-flow diverters, line diverter valves and rotary plug valves.

MOTAN, INC.

Offers a full range of gravimetric and volumetric equipment that can stand alone or be mounted to machines or bins. Units can be installed on fast-cycling injection machines with no loss of accuracy due to vibration. Intelligent controls on all units with full capabilities are easy to calibrate and guarantee accurate material amount with little risk for mistakes. Recipe storage can blend up to six components. Units are easy to clean and maintain.

Wide choice of volumetric blending units provide consistency and cost-effective dosing by gravity mixing. Greater accuracy accomplished with inclined dosing screws. Proportioning valve allows regrind and virgin material to be pulled into the same receiver and can be operated from a timer or control panel as a percentage of the total receiver content.

Motan's controls for operation, management and supervision of all stages of the materials-handling processes include Controlnet ethernet-based management system; and Luxornet, Gravinet and Metronet for drying, blending, conveying and storage. Used as stand-alone controls or combined to form an integrated network. All controls can be operated through company's Webpanel full-color, easy-to-use graphic touchscreen.

MOULD-TEK INDUSTRIES, INC.

GXB series Exac-U-Batch weigh scale blender for up to eight materials can be programmed to dispense materials in a multitude of sequences. Throughputs from 200 to lb/hr. Blenders are computer-controlled with an easy-to-read LCD screen. Two load cells precisely weigh each ingredient deposited into a scale hopper and then into a mixing chamber, producing an homogeneous mix. Processing rate is accurately matched by constant monitoring of the proximity level switch in the mixing chamber.

Herbie HRB 14 mini blender dispenses four materials up to 145 lb/hr. Standard features include 100 recipe memory, material identification library, process rate in g, oz, kg or lb/hr., visual/audible alarms and materials management reports. Control panel is mounted on each blender. Remote is optional. Models for mounting directly on to the feed throat of the process machine, or an optional floor stand with material take-off collection box.

VBL-300 pellet blenders mix up to four pelletized ingredients or free-flowing regrind, come with low-level alarms in each compartment, and have throughputs to 1500 lb/hr. Vacuum take-off box standard; also available with gaylord clearance and machine-mount bases.

T-COM2 software provides remote control of the GXB Series 4 blenders from a central PC. Individual control at each blender is maintained. T-COM2 permits two-way communication between the blender and PC operating with Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, NT and XP and initiates a request for current status of any blender. A monitor screen displays real time conditions of each blender including status, ID, alarms, blending rate, batches completed, formulas and actual weights of each ingredient. The software provides materials management, building and maintaining formulas, cycle reports, inventory reports, total run reports, download and upload formulas, and units polling mode and security levels.

NATIONAL BULK EQUIPMENT INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

O.A. NEWTON & SONS MATERIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS DIV.

Custom designs materials-handling, feeding and storage systems for compounding and mixing. Proprietary units include Micro Ingredients Controller (MIC), a weighing and feeding system for minor ingredients; E-Z Flo hoppers, conveying systems, self-contained pellet coolers, control systems, vacuum and pressure power systems; and a range of specialized equipment and repair services. Designs and engineers components for new systems or for retrofitting existing ones.

NOVATEC, INC.

Auger-feeder cascading blender (AFCB) to 3900 lb/hr cascades two to four materials through a series of specially positioned pyramids to create a homogenous volumetric blend. AF-1 auger feeders with a wide choice of screw sizes that run at variable speeds control flow rates of each material. BBS blenders with unique load cell suspension and capacities to 4000 lb/hr and more provide precise weighing and blending of up to four ingredients (optionally to six or eight ingredients) with 0.1% accuracy. Can be used for free-flowing pellets, powders, regrind or flake. All components are weighed with every batch. Includes Regrind bypass system and fast and easy cleanout.

NovaTouch touch-panel PLC reliably controls all blender functions or choose MCS-750 microprocessor control with more functions.

Auger feeders to 990 lb/hr available with several stainless-steel screws run at variable speeds to control material flow. AF-1 and AF-1 QC bodies are cast aluminum and hoppers are 304 stainless steel with a bottom-mounted slide gate for sampling material or emptying the hopper. Mount up to four units on a single throat to save space. Available with fixed or easily removable quick-change hoppers. Injection molding controls are standard, while extrusion controls are optional.

MAF-1 micro-auger feeder provides quick-change capability for short runs. NovaBlend gravimetric blenders to 1200 lb/ hr for up to four components with 0.1% accuracy can be mounted directly on machine. Each material discharges in precise pre-set amounts into a weigh hopper until batch weight is reached. Material is then released into a mixing chamber for timed or continuous blending.

NovaTouch touch-panel PLC controls all blender functions.

OIL-RITE CORP.

PurgeX injector metering pump system, which dispenses a liquid spray, stream or drop, eliminates vapor lock and cavitation. No priming is necessary even at the smallest flow setting. Positive inlet suction provided along with an outlet suck-back (no after drip) feature.

System dispenses adjustable quantities of substance for virtually any application including oils for lubrication, liquid for food additives, inks, adhesives and chemicals. Methods of operation include air operated, hydraulically operated, motor driven, solenoid operated and manually operated. Body of the system is made of lightweight extruded aluminum. Buna N viton seals are used throughout for positive sealing.

PurgeX operates as an individual pump and is available in single-feed or multiple-feed (2-24) outlets. Each injector is precisely adjustable in liquid output of 0.012 cu in. to zero per cycle.

High output pressures can be achieved because of a 9 to 1 difference in air piston size. Pressures to 1000 psi output can be achieved with 120 psi air. Minimum air pressure required to operate air injector pump is 40 psi.

Complete PurgeX modular system has built-in controls and reservoir, and can be used for an entire plant or for an individual system on a single machine. Related accessories available.

OSPREY CORP.

Extrusion off- and on-line Sigmabatch batch blending systems combine 2-10 materials at capacities to 5000 lb/hr. Patented continuous horizontal mixing auger provides optimum blend homogeneity and allows blender to be directly mounted on extruder throat. Integrated extrusion control and weight/ length control available without additional weighing hardware. Prewired remote operator console with multiple recipe storage and self-calibrating software.

Sigmablend continuous gravimetric blending systems for extrusion combines 2-8 materials at capacities to 5000 lb/hr. Optional line speed monitor for weight/ length control. Prewired remote operator console with multiple recipe storage and self-calibrating software.

PELLETRON CORP.

Pellefeeder precision auger feeder with a direct drive features both inlet and outlet flanges on the same vertical centerline. Compact design fits in areas with low headroom and facilitates easy installation. Units made of stainless-steel.

PLASTICS EQUIPMENT MARKETING SERVICES INC.

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

PLASTORE INC.

Plasticolor proportioning unit for mixing color concentrate, regrind, or other free-flowing, nonbridging materials with the main raw material. Unit is mounted on machine under the main supply hopper and can also be combined into mixing stations for up to eight materials. Mixing station is mounted on the machine throat, making batches of material independently of machine. Controls accurately regulate speed of the screw. Four sizes of feeders offer capacities from 2.4 oz to 4500 lb/feeder/hr. Directly related accessories such as hopper loaders and alarms also available.

PLASTRAC, INC.

Ultra-compact Auto-Disc self-calibrating gravimetric color proportioning equipment and multi-ingredient blenders combine stable disc metering with synchronous feeding, eliminating the need for mechanical mixing. Standard unit, which uses a single feeder for color concentrate or other additive combined with flood feeding of the main component, is suitable for small injection machines. Individual metering station outputs range from low-capacity discs, which can add 0.10 g/shot to a high-capacity disc, which can meter up to 945 lb/hr. Each station provides a turndown ratio of 100/1. Modular design allows all capacity discs to be operated in the same unit. Multiple-feeding station units also available. Digitally controlled quick-change systems simplify material change-over by blending at the molding machine inlet.

Equipment can be configured into minisystems that include metering units and loaders controlled by a single-system controller. Systems can handle virgin materials, color masterbatches, and other additives for injection and blow molding and extrusion.

Auto-Disc micrometering blender also available capable of metering color concentrate microspheres or micropellets at levels below 0.025% to obtain injection molded part that exhibit a tint of uniform color. Disc-based unit includes automatic gravimetric calibration and provide synchronized (no mechanical stirring) feed rates as low as 0.004 g/sec.

Also standalone material loaders that can be configured as part of a mini-central materials conveying system. Each loader includes individual locally placed controller with audible alarms for nonfill occurrences and can be enhanced with options including blowback filter cleaning and strobe lights to provide a visual indication of alarms. These provide a cost-effective material-handling system for small- to medium-size molding machines and to fill and empty resin dryers. Vacuum is generated by a brushless-type electric motor or a brush-type unit.

PREMIER PNEUMATICS, INC.

ProRate II high-capacity auger feeder, designed for applications requiring feed rates from 450 to 3500 lb/hr, mounts directly on a molding machine, extruder or mixer and has stainless-steel housing and auger. Quick-release band clamps allow for easy cleanup of motor, bearing housing, and auger assembly.

ProRate gravimetric feeder consists of one to eight feeders and a central microprocessor-based controller. Designed to continuously meter raw materials accurately into a central station hopper. Each feeder operates in an independent, loss-in-weight scaling mode to ensure precise accuracy of each ingredient. Controller continuously monitors weight signal of each feeder and adjusts auger speed to match the recipe feed rate.

PROCESS CONTROL CORP.

Line of continuous and batch gravimetric blenders includes XLG series machine-mounted continuous gravimetric blenders designed to accurately blend up to eight ingredients at rates to 5000 lb/hr. Operator interface allows entry of blend ratios by weight, or selection of one of 400 stored recipes. Blender simultaneously meters ingredients from weighed hoppers, using high-resolution weight-loss control, through a cascade mixing chamber where homogenization occurs without any moving parts. Blended mixture then flows as a plug through a weighed downcomer directly above extruder throat, eliminating any chance of demixinc. Features include increased computer speed and memory, simplified installation and wiring, supported SPI standard interface easy access for machine cleanout, integral loading platform, and clear plastic hopper doors.

XLC and XDC blenders offer similar features in a central- or mezzanine-mounted configuration. XD blenders have all features of the XL blenders, but are more compact for limited space applications with throughputs to 700 lb/hr.

WXA blenders provide gravimetric accuracy in a batch blender with thorough mixing. Features include microprocessor-based distributed control system and 20-bit weighing system for blend accuracy, easy cleanout for recipe changes, and blending of up to ten ingredients.

All blenders can be equipped for gravimetric extrusion control.

Recently introduced an ultra-low-rate powder feeder.

PTI/PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

PTi Trident series CCF crammer feeders available in models CCF-3500, 4500, 6000 and 8000 (3.5-8 in.) Feeders can be retrofitted to existing extruder configurations, and also available in stainless steel for medical, pharmaceutical and/or corrosive material processing.

PTi Trident series RAM feeders available in models RAM-3500, 4500, 6000, 8000, 10000, 12000, 15000 from 3.5 to 15 in.

RIVERDALE COLOR MFG., INC.

Supplies liquid-color metering pumps that feed from pails or drums.

ROMAX, INC.

Supplies Fabri-Dyne series of mechanical premixers that fit just above the throat of a processing machine. Also supplies Movacolor additive feeders.

SCREW CONVEYOR CORP.

Volumetric screw and drag conveyor controlled-feeding equipment in carbon and stainless steel.

SPIROL INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Series 2000 high-performance vibratory parts feeder reportedly maximizes efficiency and reduces power consumption in feeding headed screws, fuses, tablets, and similar products in automated assembly lines. Unit eliminates bowl tuning and features variable vibration frequency, independent of the main power frequency. Feeder automatically secures the natural frequency of the accompanying bowl-feeding system and reduces parts damage, bowl wear, and noise levels. Provides independent horizontal and vertical variable angle/amplitude control. Once set, amplitude is monitored electronically.

Series 2000 eliminates excessive bouncing resulting in higher feeding rates. Drive is capable of feeding in both directions so the feeder can be used with clockwise or counterclockwise bowls, or reversed electronically to clear jams. Benefits include individual product feeding, reduced jams, simplified tooling, and reduced dependency on air assistance.

STERLING

Products include digital dosing systems, volumetric additive feeders, and a variety of batch and continuous gravimetric blenders.

STRANCO PRODUCTS DIV. OF U.S. FILTER

See Compounding/Mixing Systems.

TECWEIGH/TECNETICS INDUSTRIES, INC. INDUSTRIAL DIV.

Flexible-walled volumetric screw feeders for metering powders and pellets specifically designed for difficult materials such as pigments and fillers. Flex-Feed polyurethane flexible feed hopper is externally agitated by stainless-steel massaging paddles to eliminate bridging and rat-holing, resulting in feed accuracies of [+ or -] 0.5% to 2%.

Continuous loss-in-weight and gain-in-weight gravimetric systems include a flexible-walled volumetric feeder mounted on a scale base and controlled with a closed-loop loss-in-weight controller, which can be configured to handle multiple feeders.

Bulk-bag unloading systems and weighbelt feeders cover a range of feeding applications for most bulk powders and pellets. Also a line of hard-sided volumetric feeders for materials, such as pellets, have good flow characteristics.

THAYER SCALE/HYER INDUSTRIES, INC.

Line of gravimetric screw and vibratory loss-in-weight feeders, weigh belt feeders, belt scales, display and control instrumentation, and bin and hopper flow aids. Specializes in powder feeding such as additives and pigments, but also supplies equipment for feeding fibers, flakes, pellets and liquids.

Weigh feeder controller instrumentation is durable and user friendly. Installed drivers for serial interface with all popular PLCs and distributed control systems ensure straightforward and reliable integration of equipment.

THERMO ELECTRON CORP. PROCESS INSTRUMENTS

Supplies weigh-belt feeders, and loss-in-weight feeders.

THORESON-MCCOSH INC.

Acra-Color solids blender blends virgin or regrind with color concentrates or powdered additives. Capacities from 100 to 10,000 lb/hr. Can be machine- or floor-mounted. Floor-mounted models may be arranged to blend materials for several molding machines or extruders.

TRIDYNE PROCESS SYSTEMS

Net-weighing or weigh-counting machines and systems for dry materials. Features include preweighing and discharging, or continuous feeding; multiple heads; job memory; and weight ranges to 300 lb with [+ or -] 0.1% accuracy.

UNIVERSAL DYNAMICS INC. A CO. OF MANN+HUMMEL

Volumetric metering and blending equipment for granular, regrind or pelletized plastics. Solids-metering units include patented dispersion chambers mounting directly onto processing equipment. Floor-mounted units available for central blending have digital count, pneumatic transfer systems, and outputs from 0.25 to 10,000 lb/hr. For advanced centralized control and monitoring, devices/equipment can communicate with a plantwide computer-based monitoring and control system.

HC-WB series gravimetric batch blender mixes pelletized additives such as virgin and color with regrind. Up to 10,000 lb/hr throughput is available with two to four hoppers. Modular design allows for quick material change. Microprocessor control stores up to 100 recipes, totalizes material, and displays take-away rate.

Small press-mounted feeders are suited for controlled metering of color, antioxidants, etc. Central blending units can handle throughputs to 10,000 lb/hr with two to six different materials. Centralized control and monitoring of systems use a microprocessor control with computer/network interface packages. Individual component feeders also available. Throughputs from 0.1 to 1000 lb/hr. Units available with accuracies up to 0.25%.

VIBCO, INC.

Electric, air, and hydraulic vibrators for moving, sifting, and feeding materials in bins and hoppers and on screens. Vibrating tables for packing, settling, or sorting materials/ products. Turbine air vibrator accomplishes sound level as low as 72 dbA.

VIBRA SCREW INC.

Controlled-vibration equipment to assist and improve the processing of dry-bulk material. Application of controlled vibration in the discharge of materials from storage bins is offered, along with gravimetric and volumetric feeders with feeding and metering accuracies as high as 0.25% to 0.5% of set rate. Equipment includes bin activators, bulk-bag unloaders, volumetric screw and belt feeders, all types of gravimetric feeders, blenders, and electronic controls.

V-TECH ENGINEERING INC.

Distr. for Labotek A/S.

WALTON/STOUT, INC.

Proportional blenders for virgin, regrind, and color concentrates; and pneumatic conveying systems for pellets or powder. Also weighing equipment and batching control systems.

W.Z. INTERNATIONAL PRO. INC.

Supplies a range of auxiliaries from Ningbo Huare Machinery Mfg. Co., Ltd. in China. These include low-intensity color mixers with stainless-steel bodies and capacities of 37 to 73.5 lb/min and time-controlled mix cycles. Motors of 2 to 4 hp.

XALOY INC.

Produces a peristaltic liquid-color metering pump with loss-in-weight control (drum on weigh scale). Also uses air piston to inject colorant downstream in machine barrel to avoid screw slippage.

ZENITH PUMPS BUSINESS UNIT OF COLFAX CORP.

Precision metering gear pumps and systems include booster/transfer pumps, distribution pumps, spin pumps, and finish pumps. Sizes range from 0.06 cc/rev to 1600 cc/rev. Built of 300 or 400 series stainless steel and high-speed tool steel. Pumps are used for such diverse applications as extrusion (both mainline and liquid additive), two-component systems (epoxies, polyurethanes), adhesives and melt-blown nonwovens.

Line of standard gear-pump styles meets all viscous liquid metering needs. Pumps will handle virtually any viscous liquid, providing a precise, pulseless and repeatable flow.

Zenith 9000DS CE compliant dispensing system provides diverse dispensing for applications from 0.01 cc/sec to 2.7 liters/min, differential pressure up to 1000 psi, and fluid viscosity to one million cps. The B, C and H-9000 pump products can dispense a range of fluids including corrosive thin fluids, abrasive fluids and high-temperature fluids. System is a versatile, highly accurate and repeatable dispensing system that is easy to use and cost-effective.

In addition to handling standard dispensing applications, 9000DS satisfies more difficult high-pressure, temperature and viscosity applications at the same level of accuracy.
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