The Conair Group, Cranberry Twp., Pa., will introduce several new lines of products at NPE in Orlando, Apr. 1-5:
•In materials handling, Conair’s Intelligent Loading System (ILS) is being upgraded to be fully distributed via Ethernet communication, which will dramatically simplify wiring and reduce installation costs, while increasing its control capabilities to handle up to 500 loaders and vacuum pumps. Conair’s FLX material-handling control has also been expanded to handle up to 128 loaders and 40 pumps. This system is designed to be expandable in easy increments from as few as eight loaders and two pumps.
•ControlWorks, a single interface to monitor and control auxiliary equipment, is being rebuilt on a commonly available, highly flexible control platform. This change makes a more user-friendly system that is modular and open-ended. A higher-resolution display delivers larger, clearer graphics.
•Conair is also introducing a new material-selection station that automatically routes resin from one place to another based on digital instructions from the system control. What used to require manual connection of conveying lines from a given source to a specific destination is now programmable, with automatic proofing to confirm that connections match the source/destination inputs from the operator.
•In drying, a new touchscreen panel will add capabilities such as data-trend analysis to mid-sized dryers (Models W150 to W400) used alone or as part of a central system.
•In mold temperature control, the new TW-HT series will debut—superheated hot-water units for up to 392 F/200 C. For medical applications of PEEK, PES (Ultem), and other ultra-high-temperature materials that require mold temperatures up to 435 F/225 C, a special TW-HTM model is available.
•Also new are TW-ALT units that deliver both hot and cold water in alternating cycles for hot/cold (Variotherm) molding. They can deliver water as hot as 392 F/200 C or as cool as 59 F/15 C. Alternating temperatures can cycle through a swing of up to 180° F/100° C to aid mold filling and surface finish.