Ampacet buys into feeding systems

Masterbatch producer Ampacet acquired Liad Weighing and Control Systems in February this year. Based in Israel, Liad initially developed a single-component gravimetric feeder technology for injection moulding machines and claims to now offer a full range of feeders, blenders, and real-time quality control solutions to the plastics industry. In North America, Liad products will be distributed by CISystems Color Integration, a new business unit that Ampacet has created to improve the way manufacturers use colour in their processes. “Ampacet is entering into a new era of delivering holistic solutions to our customers and preparing the stage to enter into new markets with a different value proposition,” says Alvaro Mendoza, Ampacet President and CEO. One of Liad’s innovations is BlendSave, which it describes as an

Below: Maguire’s

NVRBE vacuum pump is said to be easy to install in mini systems

Left: Ampacet says the Liad BlendSave system is suitable for compounding operations

advanced, patented multi-weighing channel batch blender. It comprises up to 14 weighing chambers fed directly from silos or containers, and can simultaneously, accurately, and consistently weigh raw materials, combining them as a batch according to pre-determined recipes to pre- determined processing machines.

company’s SFT load cells, the KCM-III also offers a significantly higher weighing resolution of 8,000,000:1 in 20ms. This allows it to react extremely quickly to changes in the system.

Combined control The KCM-III combines the motor drive and control modules of a feeder and its ancillary components into one unit and is generally mounted directly at the feeder. Built-in software covers a variety of application types for both batch and continuous applications, including loss-in-weight feeders, weigh belt feeders, and smart flow meters. For traceability purposes,

the KCM-III automatically stores up to seven days of log and event files, as well as trace and process data. Extended traceability is available as part of an optional software bundle. The NVRBE is a new vacuum pump from

Maguire Products, which it says is easy to install, operate, and maintain and can simplifying conveying of raw materials from storage to blenders, dryers, or machine hoppers. Multiple pump units can be configured in “mini- central” systems using Maguire’s compact LowPro receivers mounted on multiple blenders.

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“BlendSave can optimise the flow of raw materials whilst offering unparalleled consistency and high throughput,” the company says. The main target market for BlendSave is injection moulding operations, but it may also be sold to compounders serving markets such as automotive (but not to masterbatch manufacturers). “We are open to working with a true compounder, blending different resins and additives together to make performance compounds,” says Douglas A Brownfield, Commercial Director at CISystems. �

Notable features cited by the company include:

Clear-Vu dust collection bin to allow the operator to easily see when cleaning is required; a filter safety switch that initiates an alarm and stops the blower if the filter becomes clogged; a pressure differential switch that acts as a clogged filter sensor; a temperature safety switch; and an air bypass valve, which prolongs pump life and minimises power usage by allowing the blower to keep running when no vacuum is called for. “The automatic features of the NVRBE vacuum pump and its simplicity of use make it especially compatible with Maguire’s LowPro receivers,” says Frank Kavanagh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the company. “LowPro receivers are autonomously controlled, making them suitable for deployment in automated mini-central systems for conveying to multiple blenders.”




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