Universal Dynamics Inc.

13600 Dabney Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22191 US

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As Seen In Plastics Technology

DRYING: Unit for Low, Mid-Range Throughputs
Dual-desiccant bed units require no compressed air.

Optimized Molding Is Only Possible With Efficient Material Drying, Handling
Injection speed and overall cycle time are often the focus for molders pursuing optimized processes, but for truly efficient production, molders should consider how and in what state material arrives at the machine.

CLOSING ALL THE LOOPS: ‘Talking’ Machines Pave the Way for Processing Plants of Tomorrow
At the convergence of smarter equipment, open communication protocols, and more powerful networks, a new shop floor emerges where groups of intelligent machines work seamlessly as integrated systems.

Auxiliaries AT NPE: New Controls Link Auxiliaries
Industry 4.0—the internet of things—is bringing a new level of connectivity to auxiliary equipment. Here’s a rundown of developments there, along with other news in auxiliaries from the show.

Two New Directions for Una-Dyn at NPE
Powder bulk handling and process cooling are two new product lines.

AUXILIARIES AT NPE: More Control, Flexibility, And Energy Efficiency
These are key trends in the many kinds of auxiliary equipment displayed at this month’s show. You’ll also see equipment designed to be virtually ‘foolproof.’

AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT: Filterless Vacuum Receiver Eliminates Wear Problems
Velocity-reducing elbow inside the receiver cuts wear, ensures air separation from material.

Resin Conveying: No More ‘Spaghetti Bowl’
You now have technology choices to avoid the maze of conveying tubes that form a ‘spaghetti bowl’ or ‘rat’s nest’ in a central materials-handling system. Here’s how they stack up.

Raise the Bar on Drying: Savvy Processors Reveal Best Practices
The processors speak: Here’s how some smart molders and extruders tackle the vexing problem of resin drying.

Auxiliaries at K 2013: More Efficient, Flexible & User-Friendly
It’s hard to generalize about auxiliary equipment, but a few trends stood out at K, including: greater energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and cleaning, controls that provide more real-time and historical process information and greater ease of use.

Conveying, Drying, Crystallizing PLA : The Energy-Saving Packaging Solution
When the new industry term “bioresins” hit the plastics community in the early 2000s, polylactic acid (PLA ) made its way to the top of the list in a class of new plant-based materials.

Making Old Bags New Again
This year, leading film processor and bagmaker Hilex company reprocessed 25 million lb of post-consumer material in its Bag2Bag recycling program.

Auxiliaries at NPE: News in Materials Handling, Cooling, Granulating, Welding, Testing, Decorating
Auxiliary equipment takes in a broad range of functions, from materials preparation to post-mold finishing.

Thrifty California Processor Dries PET with 'Waste' Heat
Southern California can be a challenging environment for manufacturers, not least because of concerns about the cost and availability of electrical power.

Auxiliaries at NPE: New Solutions from Material Preparation To Post-Mold Operations
There will be an extraordinary range of new auxiliary equipment on display at the show.

PCT3 dryer from Una-Dyn

AUXILIARIES: Energy-Saving PET Dryer
New PCT3 Series desiccant dryer from Universal Dynamics, Inc., Woodbridge, Va., is designed to minimize energy use at every stage of the drying process.

ResinWorks

NPE News Wrap-up: Resin Dryers
At least 16 companies introduced new dryers at the big show in Chicago. The new models span a range of drying technologies, but most sport features that save space and cost and make the dryers simpler and more reliable.

New PET Drying System Uses 35-55% Less Energy
Several new “auto-adaptive” features in the Genesys drying system are said to save 35% to 55% in energy for PET drying as compared with other current drying systems.

Extruder and PLA regrind receiver

On-Site: Green Business Is Good Business for Fabri-Kal
"We tend to jump on things early," says John Kittredge. "F-K has been a pioneer in a number of things. Our earliest example was converting HDPE margarine tubs to ABS. After that we were a leader in thermoforming polypropylene, and then APET." Now it's PLA biopolymer.

New Source of Mold Dehumidifiers
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Universal Dynamics, Inc., Woodbridge, Va., has re-introduced mold dehumidifiers, which it has not offered for many years.

Product Categories of Universal Dynamics Inc.

Blenders (non-intensive)
Chillers
Closed-loop Process Control Systems
Conveying Equipment (pneumatic and Mechanical)
Dryers for Resins
Feeders
Granulators
Hopper Loaders
Hoppers, Bins, Tanks
Level Sensors and Controls
Metal Detectors, Separators
Metering, Proportioning Equipment
Mold Dehumidification Systems
Semi-bulk Containers
Silos
Temperature Controllers, Monitors
Troubleshooting, Problem Solving Systems
Vacuum Pumps