Universal Dynamics Inc.

11700 Shannon Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 US

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A Piovan Company

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As Seen In Plastics Technology

Nextherm TCU

Advanced TCU Controls Both Temperature & Flow Rate
Unlike most TCUs, which control only water temperature, Nextherm controls both temperature and flow rate by means of a positive-displacement gear pump with a variable-frequency drive (VFD).

Easytherm mold-temperature-control unit (TCU)

New TCU Ready for Industry 4.0
Easytherm incorporates the OPC-UA communication protocol, making it ready for communication with machines from different suppliers. 

Universal Dynamics Opens News Plant

New U.S. HQ for Piovan and Una-Dyn
Grand Opening will be held in new facility in Fredericksburg, Va., on October 4.

Biplab Pal, CTO and co-founder of MachineSense

NPE2018 Auxiliaries: A Path to Industry 4.0 Emerges
Industry 4.0 dominated the news in auxiliary equipment at the show, but many questions remain for both suppliers and processors.

NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Drying
Industry 4.0 meets resin-drying at NPE2018.

Piovan Quantum blender

Practical Application of Industry 4.0 Promoted at Piovan, Una-Dyn
10 years after it acquired Universal Dynamics, Italy’s Piovan Group continues to expand its presence in the North American market as it nears completion of a new plant for Una-Dyn in Fredericksburg, Va.

Conair Carousel dessicant-wheel dryer

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.

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

Optimized Molding Is Possible With 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.

'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 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.

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

K 2013: More Efficient, Flexible & User-Friendly Auxiliaries
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.

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