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OCT 2018

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STOP OVERPAYING FOR AUTOMATION PROVEN. AFFORDABLE. EFFICIENT. www.absoluterobot.com Every molder deserves access to affordable automation. ARI wants to keep molders competitive by supplying high-quality, cost-effective robots and complete automation systems. If you can make a product at a competitive price, wouldn't you rather make it here? Biax Lines for 'Bone-In' Meat Bags Macro Engineering and Technology, Mississauga, Ont., recently enhanced its Quadex biaxially oriented multiple-bubble lines to produce films with nylon and EVOH, particularly for high-barrier bone-in-meat shrink bags. The machine builder says it has devel- oped the process and multi-material formulation for extruding these films and will include this know-how with the line purchase. This line offers computer-based automation and overall control. Line features include: • Configurations for seven, nine or 11 layers. • Ability to run up to three nylon layers with the EVOH main barrier layer. • Film widths from 8 to 20 in. • Film thickness from 40 to 90 microns. • Output from 110 to 330 lb/hr. Macro says it has more than 60 biax lines running worldwide. The newest Quadex line was recently installed at a customer in South America. 905-507-9000 • macroeng.com Continuous Extruder Monitoring For Real-Time Predictive Maintenance In response to the increased demand for "smart" technology, Davis-Standard, Pawcatuck, Conn., has made its DS Activ-Check system for continuous extruder monitoring an option for its Integrator, Epic III, and DS-eVue control systems. Activ-Check enables real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notifications of potential extruder failures. Machine operators are alerted to issues before they happen, reducing unplanned downtime while also collecting valuable data. Users receive notifications via e-mail or text, and continuous monitoring of production machine status is available on smart devices and remote PCs. Key parameters monitored include extruder gear reducer, lubrication system, motor character- istics, drive power unit, and barrel heating and cooling. Vibration sensors on the gear reducer provide data on the condition of the gears, bearings and lubrication system. The extruder motor is supplied with combination temperature and vibration sensors. The reducer lubrication system (if provided), includes pressure, flow and temperature sensors. Operators are also able to monitor key health indicators in the drive power unit The system is said to be easy to operate due to overview screens that provide a quick reference of monitoring points and trend graphs. Users can touch a location to view details. 860-599-1010 • davis-standard.com EXTRUSION EXTRUSION 58 OCTOBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com Keeping Up W it h Technolog y

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