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Automated density tester
The Model SG-220 automated density tester evaluates the density of rubber products using the hydrostatic method. The motorized system weighs the specimen in both air and water, then calculates and displays the results on the built-in touchscreen display. The majority of the process is completely automated, providing improved accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility, according to the manufacturer. The automated density tester includes such accessories as a beaker, basket sample holder and wire sample holder. Optional data acquisition software is available at an additional cost. The stainless steel construction features LED compartment illumination. An integrated temperature probe is provided for temperature compensation. No compressed air is required. The tester complies with ISO 1183-1 Method A, ASTM D297 Part 16.3 and ASTM D792 Method A.

Corporate Consulting Service & Instruments
www.ccsi-inc.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Automated density tester
The Model SG-220 automated density tester evaluates the density of rubber products using the hydrostatic method. The motorized system weighs the specimen in both air and water, then calculates and displays the results on the built-in touchscreen display. The majority of the process is completely automated, providing improved accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility, according to the manufacturer. The automated density tester includes such accessories as a beaker, basket sample holder and wire sample holder. Optional data acquisition software is available at an additional cost. The stainless steel construction features LED compartment illumination. An integrated temperature probe is provided for temperature compensation. No compressed air is required. The tester complies with ISO 1183-1 Method A, ASTM D297 Part 16.3 and ASTM D792 Method A.

Corporate Consulting Service & Instruments
www.ccsi-inc.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Moving die rheometer
Moving die rheometer The Premier HC (high capacity) system can be seamlessly integrated with the company's flagship Premier MDR (moving die rheometer). Available as a field upgradeable module, or factory installed with a new instrument, the system is said to be easy to implement and allows users to pre-load up to 112 samples for rheological testing. Premier HC enables users to load samples and then walk away from the instrument while it continues to test. The system is said to increase throughput with a reduced footprint while providing a renewed automated solution to customers with high capacity testing requirements. The Premier HC is said to deliver advanced efficiency that enhances the capabilities of instruments already renowned for their superior repeatability and reproducibility, according to the company. It allows users the ability to stay mobile and efficient during high volume testing processes. The Premier MDR remains available in single sample and multi-sample queuing models.

Alpha Technologies
www.alpha-technologies.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Polymer sorting system
The Sortex E PolyVision is able to identify same-color polymer contaminants by analyzing their chemical signatures. The Sortex E PolyVision features a patent-pending lighting system which enhances detection of thinner polymer contaminants, as well as high-precision ejectors that remove delicate flakes with little or no loss of good product. It can also be used as a three-in-one sorter or combined with existing Sortex technologies in a fully integrated sorting station, making it one of the most flexible optical sorters available to the recycling industry today, according to the manufacturer.

Buhler Group
www.buhlergroup.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
Scanning laser micrometer
A manufacturer of technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter has introduced the TLAser1240 scanning laser micrometer, a single-axis diameter gauge for the inspection of large products, quickly and accurately without contact. The TLAser1240 micrometer measures diameter, height or width up to 9.1" (231 mm) and is designed for use in industries such as plastics and rubber extrusion, wire and cable, etc. Features include: measures any material, even if transparent; fast inspection of 1,600 measurements per second; repeatability (two seconds) of .00008"; separate transmitter, receiver and rigid mounting rail; use two units together to get dual-axis inspection, or three for three-axis diameter and accurate ovality measurement; integrate with the Total Vu HMI using a standard ethernet connection for complete product and process monitoring and control; integrate with line control PLCs using the SmartLinc processor and industrial communications such as ethernet/IP; and a four-year warranty.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
X-ray spectrometer
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) products and technologies are offered by the company, including the next generation Nanohunter II benchtop total reflection x-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometer. The spectrometer enables high-sensitivity ultra-trace elemental analysis, in liquids or on solid surfaces, to the parts-per-billion level, and combines a fully automatic optical axis adjustment system that provides stable high-sensitivity analysis in a convenient benchtop form, according to the manufacturer. Additional services and x-ray equipment are available from the company. The firm is said to have been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, the company is said to be a world leader in x-ray spectrometry, diffraction and optics, as well as small molecule and protein crystallography.

Rigaku
www.rigaku.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
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

 

 
 
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