AUXILIARIES: New Loaders, Granulators, Dryers & More at Fakuma Show

AUXILIARIES: New Loaders, Granulators, Dryers & More at Fakuma Show

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At last month’s Fakuma show in Germany, Wittmann Battenfeld (U.S. office in Torrington, Conn.) showed off a range of auxiliary equipment. One new item was the Feedmax B203 net hopper loader, said to combine the advantages of the Feemax S3 net single loader with those of the Feedmax B200 central-system loaders. The new model is equipped with high-performance blowers (up to 7.5 kW/10 hp) to achieve high throughput over longer distances. The word “net” in the name indicates the possibility to control several units via a single remote touch control. The unit is made of stainless steel and its flap lid is completely separated from all connections to allow for easy opening for cleaning. Like other newer Wittmann auxiliaries, it has a color-coded LED to indicate the unit’s status from a distance.

Wittmann introduced a smaller version of its Aton segmented-wheel compact dryer, the Aton basic G30, with dry-air capacity of 30 m3/hr. It can process 44 lb/hr of PC or nylon.

Also new is the Junior 3 Compact press-side granulator. This low-speed, screenless model has been made considerably more compact than the first Junior 3 models introduced at the 2014 Fakuma show. Its size and weight have been trimmed by 30%. Capable of 66 lb/hr, it has a cutting chamber measuring 240 x 467 mm.

Wittmann also highlighted its Flowcon plus water-flow controller, introduced at the last Fakuma show; WP80 pneumatic sprue picker and WS80 servo sprue picker, also introduced at Fakuma 2014; and a new feature for its W818 servo robot, which is now. available with an extended axis. Wittmann also showed a new servo wrist for W832 to W843 pro models, which makes them into four- or five-axis robots suited to machines of 400 metric tons and up. They can also be fitted with a new load cell that allows them to sense the weight of parts after demolding.

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