MATERIALS HANDLING: Modular Loader Design Allows Customization, Optimization

Material loader’s modular design allows users to configure the optimal setup for any application.

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motan Inc., Konstanz, Germany (U.S. office Plainwell, Mich.) will introduce the Metro G material loader range at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando; booth W3315), unveiling in North America a product that motan says combines its own design with the latest technologies from acquisition Colortronic (read more on the product from our Fakuma preview).


motan offers up clean room operations as an example of the potential benefits of a modular unit. The Metro G material loader, for example, can be expanded into a clean room version by adding special vacuum diaphragm valve, while a dust-removal module can eliminate fines, an essential for processing critical engineering plastics where no dust is allowed.


The Metro G material loader can also be fitted with tangential material inlet modules to provide a cyclone effect for processing resins where a more coarse dust separation is required.


The Metro G loaders can work in conjunction with the Motan’s Metrolink material selection for pairing the correct material/machine connection – quickly, reliably and without risk of confusion or contamination. Fixed material pipe connections provide reliable operations, and the system is automatically purged before every material change, eliminating contamination.


Metrolink also automatically establishes and monitors the material path, reducing the potential for error. Metrolink units can feed as many as 32 machines with up to 16 different materials.


motan’s SilentLine double-walled material feedline system guarantees a minimum noise reduction of 12 dB(A), and can be combined with motan's IntelliFlow system for an additional sound reduction of up to 6 dB(A). SilentLine also detects line leaks so faulty pipe sections to be easily identified and replaced. In addition to sound management, the double-walled pipeline provides thermal insulation, allowing dried material to be cooled less quickly during the conveying process.