At NPE 2015, Graham Engineering Corporation will demonstrate a new modular extruder design for medical processing that reduces job changeovers while preserving clean-room integrity.
Graham Engineering comprises three brands: American Kuhne extruders and extrusion systems, Welex sheet extrusion systems, and Graham Engineering extrusion blow molding systems.
American Kuhne will demonstrate live its Modular Quick-Change extrusion system. As introduced, this system reduces time for job changes and removes the contaminating change-over activity from the clean-room environment by “hot-swapping” the barrel, screw, and die head.
The modular extruder design allows the removal of the barrel and its replacement by a pre-heated barrel with pre-mounted tooling within a few minutes.
Welex will show its XSL Navigator control system. An example of the synergy across the brands, XSL Navigator is adapted from the award-winning XBM Navigator control system, which Graham Engineering has used on its blow molding systems for nearly a decade.
As said, the XSL Navigator now offers intuitive navigation on a Welex line that makes it easy for the operator to set up quickly and work easily with the machine. Built on a “soft” industrial computer, the system also enables processors to integrate data from a machine or line to an ERP system using client-server architecture.
In addition, NPE 2015 will mark the commercial launch of Graham Revolution MVP rotary wheel extrusion blow molder, featuring an all-new, Modular Clamp design as well as a Variable Pitch option.
The new line offers flexibility and configurability to allow a range of package sizes to be manufactured on a single platform. And the modular clamp enables offline maintenance, repair, or replacement of a single clamp station to reduce downtime. The modular clamp design will be exhibited on the Graham High Speed wheel and the variable pitch feature will be demonstrated live at the show.