Material Handling Systems

'Unprecedented traceability' in materials handling

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 16th, 2013

Wittmann Battenfeld's new M7.3 central material handling system control has four new options designed to support greater traceability: RFID User Management; Lot Management; WiMaTrace lot traceability; and OPC connectivity.

Can you skip re-pelletizing difficult regrind?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 6th, 2012

Recycling material is certainly popular, and it can also be cost effective. However, some materials, like PET bottle flake and thick film and sheet scrap, tend to hang up and bridge in conventional hoppers, meaning processors often have to re-pelletize these materials in order to use them efficiently, says Conair's Jeff Bickel, blender product engineer.

Filter drawer eases screen inspection, maintenance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2012

Conair's DuraLoad vacuum receivers feature a new filter drawer that eliminates having to remove the receiver lid to perform routine screen inspection and maintenance. A thin module, fitted between the the lid and body of the receiver, incorporates a slide-out drawer that houses the filter-screen disc.

Drum tumbler offers flexible material mixing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

A new single-drum tumbler was designed to turn unused corners of the customer's facility into a productive place to mix materials. The single material drum tumbler from IMS Company (Chagrin Falls, OH) now converts into a double tumbler with the addition of a rear leg set and a second drum holder instead of requiring the customer to buy a second drum tumbler when their mixing needs increase. 

Metal separation for any process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2011

Eriez (Erie, PA) has augmented its range of magnetic separators with the debut of the heavy duty Model CF Metal Separator; installable directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding or blow molding machine

Smart blender control options for injection, extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Bringing together control technology developed for its TrueBlend family of gravimetric polymer blenders and the TrueBlend EXT extrusion-control system, Conair (Cranberry Twp., PA) is now offering three distinct blender-control options for both extruders and injection-molders.

Plastics machinery: Maguire’s MaxiBatch blenders drawing maximum attention

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2011

Pat Smith, VP sales and marketing at plastics auxiliary equipment manufacturer Maguire, cuts to the chase when he describes the positive impact that the company's MaxiBatch brand of blenders are having on the company's business. "It is the single fastest-growing portion of our business," he explains, with plastics compounders and extrusion processors eagerly installing the machines in their plants.

Medium-range throughput blender features fast change-over of minor ingredients

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 3rd, 2011

The Maguire WSB 260R4 gravimetric-blender incorporates six hopper bins, including two large ones for natural resin and regrind and four minor-ingredient bins that are removable for fast color and additive changes and easy cleanout. While materials in the large bins are dispensed by means of slide gates like those in many other Maguire blenders, additive dispensing is carried out with vertical valves, which provide a high degree of accuracy when dosing minor ingredients.

Distributed drive targets material handling applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2010

A rugged, energy-efficient drive boasting a compact footprint, lower total cost-of-ownership and moreover enhanced usability is equally at home controlling motion in material handling systems or packaging conveyors. The Sinamics G110D drive from Siemens (Atlanta, GA) is ideal for installation in close proximity to motors located throughout facilities where dust and water ingression are a concern.

All-in-one silo, hopper, and machine feed system

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 8th, 2010

A hopper/mini silo system fabricated from HDPE that not only functions as a dry-bulk hopper and storage silo but also as a machine feed hopper that does not require constant operator attention, is "intended to replace the cardboard gaylord and wooden pallets that have been used in the plastic processing industry for years," according to its developer, David Wheatley.

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