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At NPE2018, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Bolton, Ont., intro- duced its newly updated Shotscope NX process and production monitor, along with an "augmented reality" app for remote service and trouble- shooting. The new version of Shot- scope NX is a web-based monitoring system that automatically collects information from machines and plants anywhere in the world. It utilizes the OPC-UA communication protocol for interfacing with MES systems. One new feature is a production dashboard that displays cycle time, cavitation, OEE, individual shot-profile graphs, SPC charts, job scheduling, and much more. An unusual element is a real-time calculation of how much resin is being used, based on auto- mated shot-size detection. Shotscope NX now also allows for remote service access to the system. In a similar vein, Husky showed off a new app for smartphones and tablets that "brings service to the shop floor" without need for a physical visit by a Husky technician. If the customer wears special glasses, the app can utilize augmented-reality technology to allow the remote Husky technician to point to objects of interest or show through gestures how to address a problem. The free app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play. 905-951-5000 • husky.co At its 10 th anniversary celebration in Austria in June, Wittmann Battenfeld (U.S. office in Torrington, Conn.) presented new, larger models extending its Feedmax basic series of lower- priced central vacuum loaders/receivers. Supplementing the previous models of 3 and 6 liter capacity, the new additions are 15 and 25 L, suitable for higher throughputs of 110 and 220 lb/hr, respectively. These units have a gravity discharge flap with a magnetic contact, whereas the Feedmax plus line has a pneumatic-valve discharge. These units have a new modular design with quick release. The central part of the chamber is connected to the pedestal by a clamping ring. All parts of the loaders that contact the material are of stainless steel. Flow of pellets into the loader can be opti- mized by simply twisting the top of the unit. Loading time can be set easily with a poten- tiometer. Several loaders can be connected and operated jointly by one controller as a small central conveying system. 860-496-9603 • wittmann-group.com INJECTION MOLDING Upgraded Process & Production Monitor, New Remote Service App MATERIALS HANDLING Larger Sizes of Economical Loaders PLASTICS CONVEYING ONE STOP SHOP U S A 1 . 8 0 0 . 2 6 3 . 7 7 8 2 C A N A D A 1 . 8 0 0 . 2 6 3 . 1 9 4 2 Our industry leading quality can't be beat, and same goes for our delivery times! Couplings, Elbows, Fittings, Cyclones, Diverter Valves and Gates. We manufacture it all! # l o r e n z q u a l i t y # l o r e n z c o n v e y i n g 74 SEPTEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com Keeping Up W it h Technolog y

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