Bunting’s Largest Ever NPE Presence Includes Technology for High-Temp Applications
FF 350 Hi Temp Drawer Magnet targets metal separation in high-temperature plastics processing operations.
Seeking to serve customers that increasingly want to run high-temperature plastics, Bunting Magnetics Co. (Booth W5563) is introducing a drawer magnet rated to 350 F. Bunting says the FF 350 Hi Temp Drawer Magnet can work with molding machines running higher temperatures without affecting the rare-earth magnets the system uses, which can be damaged by elevated heat.
The Hi Temp FF drawer is typically installed above the molding machine’s feed throat and resin passes through the drawer to remove ferrous contaminants, ensuring a cleaner product while protecting downstream equipment from tramp metal. Bunting also upgraded the viewing window on the drawer, as well as the knobs that lock it down, to a high-temperature resistant material.
Paul Hansen, Bunting’s global marketing director, told Plastics Technology that in addition to drawer magnets for extrusion, injection molding and blow molding, Bunting will feature its HISC (High-Intensity Separation Conveyor) which the company says was the industry’s first stainless steel separation conveyor. The HISC debuted at NPE2015 and Bunting says it will be on hand with “a greater presence”, due to heightened industry interest in plastics recycling.
“This year is our largest presence ever at NPE,” Hansen says, noting the display is meant to convey leadership in its industry space. “(Bunting) has a full range of equipment for all types of plastics processing and recycling to capture all types of metals.”
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