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Moretto Doubles Down On North America at NPE2018

Moretto USA LLC, daughter company of Italy’s Moretto S.p.A., heads to North America’s largest plastics event after moving to a new, much larger facility in Western Pennsylvania to better serve the region.


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Moretto has two booths at NPE2018: W8545 and S17095, in the West and South halls, with the South hall booth in The Bottle Zone. Here, Moretto recreates PET preform and cap molding operations, displaying resin conveying, blending and drying. Featured equipment includes a “smart” Moretto One Wire3 conveying system, a Gravix DGM 900 gravimetric batch blender, Eureka Plus drying, Purex condensate separator, and the MOWIS supervisory control system operating Smart Factory 4.0. The system also has a Moretto Mold Dryer for preventing condensation on the tool.

In the company’s West Hall booth, Smart Factory 4.0 shows the integration of every device while the Eureka Plus drying system provides reduced energy consumption and improved drying performance, particularly for PET. According to Moretto, processors that have adopted Eureka Plus drying have experienced an average reduction in energy consumption of 56% compared to conventional drying. The Eureka Plus package entails real-time moisture analysis (Moisture Meter), multi-bed drying with a consistent dewpoint (X Max), dynamic airflow management (Flowmatik), and superior mass-flow drying characteristics (OTX).

The Moretto Moisture Meter Manager provides in-line measurement of moisture in a closed loop system monitored by the company’s Smart Factory 4.0 software. Smart Factory 4.0, in turn, is managed by Moretto’s MOWIS software, which serves to unify all the plant’s machines for integrated process control, monitoring and management from anywhere.

In resin conveying, Moretto is displaying its One Wire3 control system for centralized management, as well as the Kasko range of resin hopper loaders and receivers; Dolphin pneumatically-operated manifold; Kruise Kontrol automatic speed control and Loader F24 high capacity, self-contained hopper loader.

New at NPE 2018, and designed specifically for U.S. processors, is the Loader F24 stainless-steel, high-capacity, self-contained hopper loader that operates on common, single-phase power. Moretto says with the F24, large quantities of resin can be transferred automatically as required, without a central vacuum system.

The company’s Gravix gravimetric blender is also on hand. Featuring rugged, “double eyelid” dose metering, a precision batch-weighing hopper, and an easily cleaned mixer, the Gravix also has Moretto’s exclusive Vibration Immunity System. This is said to ensure accurate weighing, even when mounted on injection machines that could vibrate as the platens open and close. Eight models with throughputs from 11 to 11,000 lb/hr and up to 12 materials are available. A color, touch-screen control powers set-up, use, troubleshooting and maintenance and accommodates storage of up to 200 recipes. Moretto is also featuring its stainless steel range of TEKO liquid temperature controllers, in water and oil. Models range in power from 0.6 to 54 Kw, with temperatures up to 574 F.