INJECTION MOLDING: Controls, Monitors for Injection Molding At NPE2015

Monitor one machine or many.

In addition to new and improved control systems from machine builders (see feature on p. 62), NPE2015 in Orlando will present the following:

Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric, Ashburn, Va. will show several new offerings: the Optima Plus 15-in. touchscreen monitor with fast Ethernet port; upgrades for the economical MACO Compact System PLC, including Impact II close-loop process control and a system tailored for legacy Van Dorn HT presses; remote troubleshooting by Eurotherm of MACO controllers via Internet; and the OptiPak II
totally integrated PLC solution for injection machine control.

• As a result of its acquisition of Sensormat, Gefran Inc., Winchester, Mass., now offers the QE1008 tiebar strain sensor with magnetic mounting and optional wireless communication.

• As at the Fakuma 2014 show, Kistler Instrument Corp., Amherst, N.Y., will show three new developments (see February Keeping Up). One is small cavity-pressure sensors with interchangeable cables. Another is a charge-bearing spacer sleeve for placement in the tool so the charge signal is transmitted directly to a contact element in the tooling insert without need for a cable. Third is CoMo DataCenter 2.0 for production and process monitoring of multiple molding machines—even on mobile devices.

Priamus System Technologies, Brunswick, Ohio, will show its latest cavity pressure and temperature sensors with hardened, chemically resistant fronts to resist abrasion from highly filled materials. And its FillControl system now has User Management to configure applications differently for individual users, as well as data export to Excel.

RJG, Inc., Traverse City, Mich., will show off its new eDART System Manager (ESM), now in beta testing and due for market launch at the end of June. It’s a central monitor for all the eDart machine process/production monitors in the plant. It also allows adjustments to those individual eDarts from PCs or mobile devices. It backs up historical job data from all machines, gives an overview at a glance of which machines are running “green” (good) or “red” (bad). And it ensures that the latest mold configurations, alarm limits, setpoints, and security protocols are available to all users, regardless of where or when the mold ran last.

Other new RJG developments include Lynx DIN rail modules (photo) with shielded metal enclosures and cables for easier installation and troubleshooting; a multi-channel strain-gauge system to simplify installation of strain-gauge cavity-pressure sensors in high-cavitation molds; and a toolroom sensor tester to check the operation of up to 30 sensors at a time.

Yudo Inc., Livonia, Mich., will show off its wide-ranging capabilities beyond hot runners, including its IMC (Integrated Monitoring & Controlling) system for injection machines, hot runners, robots, and other auxiliaries.