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As Seen In Plastics Technology
K 2019 Report: Auxiliaries Stake Their Claim in the Circular Economy
The theme of sustainable plastics pervaded the exhibits at K 2019, even those of auxiliary equipment suppliers, where everything from dryers to blenders to hopper loaders was reimagined as part of a circular plastics process.
NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Material Blending, Loading, Dosing
The big push is for more functionality in a smaller footprint.
Plastrac Promotes Flexibility With Upgraded Cart Blending
Building off a concept launched at last NPE, Plastrac has a revamped version of its cart-based blending system in Orlando that stresses flexibility.
Auxiliaries at NPE2018: Packing More Functions in Less Space
Auxiliary equipment suppliers are building more and more technology into their products, packing more physical and virtual functions into the same or smaller footprints.
Blender Line Adds Touchscreen Controller
New control allows recipes and parameters to be easily entered and stored, with an alarm/event history for maintenance.
Cart-Mounted Blending Systems Updated
Updates to Plastrac's cart-mounted blended systems which debuted at NPE2015 include a new touch-screen control.
How Low Can Low-Rate Feeders Go?
More and more processors are looking for greater precision from their feeding equipment. Here’s what some are doing about it.
AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT: Batch Software for Offline Mixing with Blenders
Ensures that the system blends at the fastest rate possible for any given materials.
Captive Molder Gives New Blenders A ‘Whirl’
By updating presses with multi-component blenders, Whirley Drinkworks drastically slashes colorant costs.
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.
Materials Handling: New Equipment Emphasizes Efficiency & Value
Visitors to the recent NPE 2009 show in Chicago were looking for materials handling equipment that could do more than dry, blend, or convey resins. It had to do those things while saving energy, providing faster and easier maintenance, speeding product changeovers, reducing labor cost, minimizing waste, and providing better value for money. The new products cited below addressed those needs and more.
NPE Newsfinder: Materials & Parts Handling
From pneumatic systems that deliver materials to the processing machine to conveyors and handling devices that pull parts out the back, the trend appears to be “smaller and smarter.” NPE 2000 will show lots of downsized auxiliaries designed for mini processing machines, as well as more compact equipment of every size that frees up floor space.
NPE News Wrap-Up: Materials Handling
The big show in Chicago presented more new loaders, feeders, blenders, and conveying controls than you could count. They’re more flexible, easier to maintain, and easier to control. Many are web-enabled, and some are lower in cost.