These high-performance heaters have diameter tolerances between -.001 and -.005 inches from specified nominal diameters, ensuring a good fit into the heater cavity. The heater's thermal expansion then makes for proper heater/surface contact for maximum heat transfer efficiency. They have a standard heater length tolerance of 1/16 inch, and a 5 percent wattage tolerance, but the company can meet specific lengths and tolerances, too. They are made for branders, mold heaters, packaging dispensers, gum, glue and wax pots, immersion heaters, ink processing and food bag sealer applications.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.