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Production control system
Centum VP R6.03 is a recently released version of the company's integrated production control system with enhanced functionality. In keeping with the VigilantPlant vision for the control business, the firm is said to have been continually making improvements to its flagship Centum VP integrated production control system. With the functional enhancements provided in the R6.03, Centum CS, Centum CS 1000 and Centum CS 3000 systems can be smoothly upgraded to the latest Centum VP offering. Centum VP is said to provide an optimum operation, monitoring and engineering environment for every phase of the plant lifecycle, from initial design, engineering, installation of systems and equipment, and startup, to full operation and the ongoing performance of renovations and modifications until it is time to withdraw a facility from service, according to the company.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com/us

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Infrared spectra data library
The LabSolutions IR thermal-damaged plastics library contains infrared (IR) spectra data of 13 types of plastics, both unheated and damaged thermally at 200 to 400C. Many commercial libraries do not contain spectra for thermally damaged plastics, so these data are crucial to laboratories using FTIR spectroscopy to analyze plastic contaminants, according to the company. This includes fields such as chemical, electrical and electronics, petroleum, pharmaceutical and others. The shape of IR spectra of thermally damaged plastics differs from the spectra of undamaged plastics. The thermal-damaged plastics library is said to be exceptionally effective for analyzing unknown samples that commercial libraries cannot cover, such as thermally changed contaminants and defective products.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Statistical process control
An international developer of statistical process control software solutions has updated its Synergy 1000 for the worldwide market. The most noticeable upgrade included in Version 9.0 is the key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard that will allow users to assess, track and analyze factors contributing to production efficiency at a glance. Also of note in this update are improvements to the applications that perform calculating and reporting availability, performance efficiency, rate of quality product and overall equipment effectiveness. Other features that have been enhanced to allow a better user experience include a modified auto note feature that provides more versatility as to what events will trigger an automatic prompt for a user to document assignable cause, corrective action or other events that take place in the process. Additionally, the ability to define the default number of ID and note fields applied to newly created data tables is included.

Zontec
www.zontec-spc.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Performance rheometer
QA/QC laboratories that analyze rheological properties of fluids at high pressures can now increase efficiency and reduce user error with an intelligent rheometer that adapts to specific measurement routines and conditions, according to the company. Designed for measurements under pressure of up to 600 bar, the portable Haake Viscotester iQ rheometer is used for determining the rheological behavior of industrial fluids. Featuring a cylindrical temperature control unit and pressure cell to accommodate high pressure applications, the instrument can be easily disassembled and packed into a transport case, shipped, unpacked and reassembled within minutes, without requiring any adjustments before running tests, according to the manufacturer. The Haake Viscotester iQ rheometer features a modular design, allowing users to quickly exchange accessories and customize the instrument to suit their needs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
www.thermofisher.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Inline measuring system
Inline measuring system The Profilemaster PPM10 is an in-line profile measurement system for profiles of all types, made of almost any material. It is the latest model in the company's measuring system product line that uses the light-slit method and image processing. The firm's systems are said to represent the state of the art and are based on almost 60 years of experience. Customer benefits are said to include faster start-up, improved process control and an increase in CpK, less scrap for savings on raw material and post-processing costs, increased product quality resulting in high customer satisfaction, quick and easy installation in an existing product line, seamless integration of the PC-based system in an existing Windows network, and return on investment within six to eight months. The reference profile can be directly loaded into the system as a DXF CAD file. An alternative here is the company's product generator: Predefined shapes (round, rec-tangular, square, rhomboid, L) can be included at the press of a button. The desired measurements can be defined by an operator within just a few seconds. The acquired current product profile is superimposed on the reference profile. Orientation, any rotation and position of the object within the measuring field are tracked constantly. The measured values and deviations from the target dimensions are reproduced graphically and digitally on the screen. Thanks to the reference profile, any changes in the captured contour and deviations from the target profile are clearly visible. The Profilemaster PMM 10 editor was developed for maximum user-friendliness: Various permission levels can be granted, depending on the user.

Zumbach
www.zumbach.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Tire bulge measurement
Tire bulge measurement The SL3 line laser sensor for cured tire bulge and depression, and runout measurement is the third generation of the high-speed line laser sensor first introduced in 2001. The SL3 sensors employ upgraded firmware and a new calibration process that substantially improves repeatability. Earlier versions of the SL sensor can be upgraded to the SL3. The SL3 is said to be a significant advancement in the state of the art for sidewall bulge and depression measurement. The company will continue to improve the technical performance in order to enable advanced tire measurement applications on the SL platform. The company manufactures laser-based non-contact industrial measurement systems utilized to monitor tire manufacturing operations, including calendering, extrusion, tire building, final finish inspection, research and development, and tire testing.

L.S. Starrett
www.starrett.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Air chiller system
Air chiller system The ACS-2 air chiller system is a mechanical refrigeration system that provides subambient temperature control for mechanical and rheological testing. Paired with a Q800 DMA, Discovery hybrid rheometer, ARES-G2 rheometer or RSA-G2 solids analyzer, the ACS-2 is said to provide reliable temperature control as low as -55C without the use of liquid nitrogen. The earlier ACS-3 was introduced in response to customer demand for performance of low temperature mechanical measurements while avoiding the cost, safety concerns and inconvenience associated with routine liquid nitrogen usage. In addition to subambient temperature control, the ACS-2 also decreases cool-down time between experiments. This is said to result in a typical reduction of total test time by more than 20%, reducing operator time and increasing laboratory throughput.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Fatigue testing systems
Fatigue testing instruments are specialized for engineering analysis of elastomer durability. The instruments will produce measurements compatible with durability simulation software packages such as fe-safe/Rubber and Endurica CL. The instruments will be the first commercially available systems to use control strategies developed by the company that are said to ensure unprecedented measurement productivity and reliability. Each instrument in the line measures one or more of the fundamental behaviors governing elastomer fatigue performance. The line eventually will include instruments for measuring rubber's fatigue crack growth rate curve, strain crystallization effect, crack precursor size and strain-life curve. The first instrument to launch, the Intrinsic Strength Analyzer, will measure rubber's intrinsic strength. Instrinsic strength is a minimum requirement for crack growth, and therefore an indicator of a material's fatigue endurance limit. With computer simulation of damage development in elastomeric products becoming a routine practice, the demand for cost-effective and reliable information about fatigue behavior of the material is said to be growing. Traditional fatigue testing methods in the rubber industry do not provide sufficient information to support modern durability simulations, according to the company. They can even end up hurting product development programs by under- or mis-informing design decisions that impact durability.

Endurica LLC
www.endurica.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Laser measuring unit
Laser measuring unit A modern dual axis measuring head from the ODAC laser measuring unit series is said to offer high accuracy, robustness, reliability and functionality. Due to its compact design, the ODAC 14XY measuring heads can be used in virtually every manufacturing process in the rubber, plastics, and wire and cable industries. Design considerations for these measuring heads are said to include the latest cutting edge technology, with laser diodes as light sources combined with intelligent and powerful measured-value processors which facilitate a simple and flexible integration, according to the company. The gauges feature single scan calibration, single scan monitoring and high data rate output of up to 125 data packages per second.

Zumbach
www.zumbach.com

Post date: 4/13/2016

 
Scanning calorimeters
Scanning calorimeters Discovery DSC2500, DSC250 and DSC25 differential scanning calorimeters are said to feature enhanced sensing technologies resulting in unprecedented performance in baseline flatness, sensitivity, resolution and reproducibility. The core of every Discovery DSC is the TA Fusion Cell, which incorporates design concepts that fuse together the best features of the world's bestselling Q-Series and first generation Discovery DSC, patented Tzero technology, and new proprietary manufacturing processes. Additionally, an app-style user interface is standard with each new model and, combined with powerful Trios software, automated calibration and verification routines, works seamlessly to dramatically improve laboratory work-flows and productivity, according to the manufacturer. The Discovery DSC measures the change in energy in a sample as the temperature is raised or lowered. It is used for a wide range of applications, including material science, chemistry and studies of biomaterials. It is said to excel in both research environments and production control processes.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 4/13/2016

 
Plant management
Version R3.30 of the company's Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool is offered for the centralized management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. PRM R3.30 is an upgrade to R3.20 and includes an improved management function of HART and enhancements to the navigation function, according to the company. With PRM, users can monitor the status of their devices and perform online diagnosis via a network, according to the company. In addition, PRM centrally manages information, including device ledgers, in a database, and supplies maintenance information for plant field devices and equipment to maintenance personnel.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Level measurement
Ultrasonic sensors provide continuous, non-contact level measurements in bins, tanks and silos. They can also detect material on conveyors. The SmartSonic ultrasonic transmitter features a high efficiency, narrow beam design that eliminates unwanted echoes and enhances operation in difficult applications, according to the company. SmartSonic comes in a variety of models with a measuring range of 4 inches up to 90 feet. Features of the SmartSonic ultrasonic transmitters include continuous liquid level measurement; easy two-point, push button calibration for fast setup; self-cleaning for minimal maintenance; 4-20 mA and RS-485 Modbus RTU communications; optional display module and PC utility and diagnostic software; built-in compensation for temperature changes; and sanitary models are available.

BinMaster
www.binmaster.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Post-mold cure analysis
Epoxy molding compounds (EMC) are thermosetting materials that are commonly used in the IC encapsulation process. During the filling stage of the encapsulation process, the crosslinking of polymer chains occurs as the temperature increases; when the crosslinking reaction reaches a certain degree, the EMC encapsulates will start to cure, which ultimately leads to better mechanical properties and stability of the finished products. However, in many situations, the EMC melt will not be fully cured when the mold cavity is completely filled. Thus, applying a post-mold cure process is said to be a solution to accelerate the overall curing process. The company's Moldex3D's post-mold cure analysis is said to provide comprehensive simulation results that allow users to predict potential deformation problems. Moldex3D can provide an accurate prediction of the final warpage analysis by considering the variations in the way warpage changes with temperature and curing degree at the constant pressure during the entire post-molding curing process, meaning from the time the unit is put into the oven to when it is cooled to room temperature.

CoreTech System
www.moldex3d.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Commodity management
The Commodity Manager software platform is said to have delivered over ten times efficiency savings for a leading commodity trading and import company in just three weeks. After a rigorous selection process, London-based Corrie MacColl & Son Ltd., which trades in natural and synthetic rubber, and latex, selected this firm which successfully implemented its cloud-based commodity trade and risk management platform, G10 Commodity Manager, in just three weeks. The project included data migration, real-time web services integration with the company's existing ERP system, configuration and training. Immediate benefits of the software solution, as reported by the heads of the trading, logistics and finance departments at Corrie MacColl & Son Ltd., included improved usability, speed and accuracy of reporting, and streamlined control over their operation.

Generation 10

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Calendering measurement
Calendering measurement A wide range of solutions for measurement and control of the calendering process is offered from this firm with over 30 years of rubber industry experience. The company helps customers achieve high quality calender sheet, lower manufacturing costs and better process visibility. Their profile measurement and control systems are designed for gum (innerliner) calenders, textile (fabric) calenders, wire (steel cord, metallic) calenders and PVC calenders. Capabilities include touchscreen display of key parameters, data archiving and roll reporting.

NDC Technologies

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Scanning laser micrometer
A manufacturer of technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter introduces the TLAser103 scanning laser micrometer, a single-axis laser gauge for the inspection of small diameters, quickly and accurately. The TLAser103 micrometer gauges the smallest products such as fine wire and monofilament with diameters as low as 0.0006 inches (0.015 mm/15μm). The robust design of the TLAser103 laser micrometer is said to ensure reliable inspection of very small parts at a fast rate, even in harsh manufacturing environments, according to the manufacturer. The company's technology is said to increase production efficiency, reduce scrap, improve processing and increase quality.

LaserLinc

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Dynamic testing machines
The DMA+ series instruments are dynamic testing machines dedicated to the fatigue and the viscoelastic properties analysis of advanced materials and industrial components. Each DMA+ makes it possible to characterize the mechanical properties of numerous materials and their dependence on various parameters, including frequency, temperature, stress or strain amplitude, wave form, environment, etc. DMA+ 300, DMA+ 1000 and DMA+ 2000 models are said to be the result of more than 40 years of experience in the development of innovative machines for the dynamic mechanical characterization of materials, according to the company. The DMA+ instruments are said to be used by engineers and scientists involved in materials research and development, and are said to provide accurate materials behavior data over a unique range of analysis domains, according to the company.

Metravib
www.metravib.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Elastomer test solutions
Dynamic mechanical analysis capabilities have been extended to Acumen electrodynamic test systems. DMA is a dynamic characterization technique used to perform detailed studies of the damping properties of elastomers, polymers and shape-memory alloys. Specifically, it enables the calculation of phase angle, complex stiffness, storage stiffness and loss stiffness, as well as the complex modulus, storage modulus and loss modulus and tan delta. With the software package available on the company's Acumen systems, researchers are said to now have a precision tool for performing DMA testing at lower forces and very small displacements. In addition, the Acumen systems are available with optional chambers for conducting dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, as well as a wide selection of grips, fixtures, extensometers and other environmental simulation systems for performing many other dynamic and monotonic materials tests. The company's comprehensive elastomer testing portfolio comprises an assortment of high-performance solutions designed to address test application needs at all stages of elastomeric product development, and includes a variety of uniaxial servohydraulic, electromechanical and electrodynamic systems for performing low, medium and high frequency materials tests.

MTS Systems
www.mts.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Laboratory combination
North American laboratories are being offered the latest design, consisting of combining the company's NM-38 (one pound batch) mixer, its 4 x 8 two-roll mill and its 12 x 12 x 30 ton press, all working from a common hydraulic drive system and recirculating lubrication system. It consists of two separate bases that bolt together for ease of laboratory installation covering a rectangular floor space of 5 feet, 7 inches x 6 feet, 8 inches.

Nerpco USA LLC
www.nerpcousa.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Diameter measurement
Technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter is provided by the company. The firm specializes in laser and ultrasonic technology for precision measurement. The technology is said to be known for increasing production efficiency, reducing scrap, process improvement and increasing quality. The company is said to serve a broad range of industries such as medical, automotive and aerospace in a variety of applications, including rubber/plastics extrusion (e.g., wire and cable, hose, pipe, tubing, monofilament), and more. The company's Total Vu platform has optional interfaces to other measurement devices: The TLAser400 interface supports most scanning laser micrometers on the market; analog input from analog sensors and transducers; serial and Modbus input from smart sensors; and manual/keyboard input.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 12/8/2015

 
Thermal analysis, rheology
Expertise in differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and differential mechanical analysis thermal equipment is offered by the company, in addition to ARES and DHR rheometers. In 2013, the company acquired Scarabeus GmbH, a supplier of high quality RPA, MDR, Mooney testers and software. In 2015, the firm acquired certain assets related to the ElectroForce Systems Group from Bose. The ElectroForce group manufactures dynamic mechanical testing systems used to characterize a wide variety of materials, including polymers and elastomers. The ElectroForce systems are said to be particularly well suited to perform fatigue, durability and specialized rubber/tire tests. The firm's complete line of instruments for the measurement of rheological and physical properties of polymers, rubber and rubber compounds at all stages of manufacture includes a rubber process analyzer, moving die rheometer, Mooney viscometer, automated density tester and automated hardness tester. All rubber testing systems are manufactured to exacting mechanical standards and with the latest measurement technology for the most accurate, reliable and reproducible data available, according to the company.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 12/8/2015

 
Laboratory attritor
This manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, and supplier of grinding media and material characterization services for a broad range of research and industrial applications announced the development of a user-friendly touchscreen control system for its S1. It can be adapted to other models and sizes of attritors or small media mills. The optional package is said to be ideal for any application where the need to acquire and track data is essential. The touchscreen control system includes a data log that measures mill rpm, mill kW, mill amps, grind time, cooling water inlet temperature, cooling water outlet temperature, slurry temperature and cooling water flow rate. Besides real-time data acquisition, this system can run the mill for set times. Data can be exported to an Excel file for further analysis and reporting, according to the manufacturer.

Union Process
www.unionprocess.com

Post date: 10/20/2015

 

 
 
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