WEB EXCLUSIVE: Several suppliers of hot-runner nozzles and controls have come out with new or enhanced products in the last few months. To begin with controls, Mold-Masters Ltd., Georgetown, Ont., introduced the K-Series modular controllers, which are said to be compact and economical, offering significant cost savings especially for systems with over 60 zones. They come with a 10.4-in. touchscreen for control of up to 240 zones. The company’s expanded range of control offerings is a result of its recent acquisition of PMS Systems
Athena Controls, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pa., came out with Series IMP single-zone controllers, available in 15-amp modules or 15- and 30-amp portable controllers. They include a new current monitor, displaying average output current to load, automatic soft-start, and an improved display that makes error messages visible at a greater distance. Athena also introduced prewired mold junction boxes with a terminal strip to make hot-runner wiring of power and thermocouple connectors fast, easy, logical , and crimp-free.
Several enhancements have been added to TTC hot-runner controllers from Gammaflux L.P., Sterling, Va. These mobile, floor-standing consoles now include monitoring and alarms for water temperature, which can be useful for jobs where water temperature is related to surface finish. This feature can also be used as an over-temperature control to prevent nozzle and manifold cracking from overheating or to prevent operation of valve gates if the temperature is incorrect. A new “OK to Run” screen provides a simple status report of whether all zones are “OK to Run.” Also new is a wattage alarm that detects nozzle leakage.
In nozzles, DME Co., Madison Heights, Mich., has a new model, the integrally heated .750 hot sprue bushing, designed for smaller single-drop, direct gating. It’s a medium-volume bushing with 0.187-in. flow diam.
Meanwhile, Synventive Molding Solutions, Peabody, Mass., has added a new interactive hot-runner system design tool to its recently redesigned website. The new design tool allows fast, easy download of 3D CAD models of the company’s entire line of manifolds and nozzles. These components can then be “dropped into” a mold design drawing.
(800) 782-6776 • athenacontrols.com
(800) 626-6653 • dme.net
(800) 284-4477 • gammaflux.com
(905) 877-0185 • moldmasters.com
(800) 367-5662 • synventive.com
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