Plastics Technology

OCT 2018

Plastics Technology - Dedicated to improving Plastics Processing.

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Absolute Robot Inc. (ARI), Worcester, Mass., has partnered with ABB Inc. Robotics, Auburn Mich. (abb.com/robotics), to offer six-axis robots for injection molding. ARI has customized the control interface on ABB robots to make them easy to operate on injection machines of all brands and sizes, as well as with downstream auto- mation equipment. 508-792-4305 • absoluterobot.com/6-axis At the Fakuma 2018 show this month in Germany, Aquatech, a Piovan company, will present its new Easytherm mold-temperature-control unit (TCU), which was also displayed at the Plast 2018 show in Milan in May. The unit, which operates at up to 90 C (194 F), has been redesigned inside and out, and so have the controls. The latter include a new tilted, 4.2-in. display with high brightness and strong color contrast to ensure easy readability in low-light conditions. Navi- gation in the submenus is managed with a convenient turn knob, and capacitive touch buttons provide imme- diate access to the main functions. A "basic" version with LED display is also available. Easytherm incorporates the OPC-UA communica- tion protocol, making it ready for communication with machines from different suppliers in Industry 4.0 environments with open standards. It also can be used with Piovan's Winfactory 4.0 plantwide super- visory software, which can be accessed by mobile devices using the optional WiFi connection. Models are available with 9 and 12 kW heating capacity. They have plate heat exchangers and a removable, folding front handle for moving the unit on the shop floor. A portable chiller incorporating similar design features will be launched next year. Aquatech products are available from Universal Dynamics (Una-Dyn), which recently moved to Fredericksburg, Va., the new headquarters of Piovan North America. 703-490-7000 • unadyn.com INJECTION MOLDING Six-Axis Robots Made Easy To Program for Injection Molding HEATING/COOLING New TCU Ready for Industry 4.0 Get instant access to processing specs for thousands of injection molding plastics from more than 100 suppliers with the Mobile Specs for Injection Molding app. And it's FREE! CONVENIENT Search for supplier, product, family or grade QUICK Get instant results in the palm of your hand COMPLETE Access detailed processing notes from suppliers CURRENT Benefit from info that is constantly updated Download the Mobile Specs for Injection Molding app on your Android or IOS device today at mobilespecs.com MOBILE SPECS @plastechmag 57 Plastics Technology N E W P R O D U C T S F O R P L A S T I C S P R O C E S S I N G

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