R&B Plastics Machinery LLC, a leading manufacturer of blow molding machinery, single-screw plastic extruders, and extruder process screws, has announced the launch of a cost-effective extruder control system which delivers performance that is comparable to that of higher-end systems. R&B Plastics MAX Extrusion Control System utilizes an economical Windows CE-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) system that offers performance similar to SCADA software systems. R&B Plastics will feature the new control system at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase (Booth #W7065) March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla.

The MAX advanced control platform, featuring Allen Bradley and Ifix systems, provides integrated line control for all extrusion applications including pipe, profile, tubing, sheet, reclaim, compounding, fiber, and film. R&B designs the MAX control systems to customer specification, including end users’ process requirements and preferred supplier hardware. The MAX Control System can be retrofitted for all makes and models of extruders. It can also be used with R&B’s MAX extruder product line.

R&B MAX extruder

The MAX Extrusion Control System also allows for control of temperature, speed, amperage, and pressure of the extrusion system with the touch of a screen. Seamless integration of upstream and downstream equipment is also available. The custom system also features logging of up to 100 variables to a USB memory stick in .CSV file format, printing of customized production data screens, and unlimited recipe storage, reporting, and multi-level security access groups with users configurable at run time. The MAX system provides real-time run data, allowing for operator line control and supervisory access to all production/process parameters. Other key features include heat zone and melt pressure names configurable at run time and single-button melt pressure transducer calibration.

The PLC-based extrusion control system features an open architecture which utilizes off-the-shelf components, thus giving end users easier troubleshooting and component replacement. The MAX Control System uses a large, HMI touch-screen display which makes control functions clearly visible. A 17-in operator screen utilizes intuitive commands and color graphics with customized drawings and easy-to-read screen buttons.

R&B Plastics Machinery sells extrusion systems, blow molding machines, and performs extensive rebuild/modernization of all competitive equipment. In addition to automotive, R&B’s customers represent diverse end-use markets including food/beverage, personal care, medical, motor oil/lubricants, household cleaners, detergents, and lawn/agricultural chemicals. Modernization and upgrade services bring older machinery up-to-date, thus providing measurable productivity improvements, faster cycle time, energy savings, improved quality, and greater efficiency and consistency. Cost savings are measured in decreased labor, utilities, and materials usage.    

 

About R&B Plastics Machinery LLC                                                                                               

R&B Plastics Machinery LLC, based in Saline, Mich., is a manufacturer of blow molding machines, single-screw plastic extrudersextruder process screws, and trimming systems that can be custom configured to meet the most demanding process applications. An experienced technical staff engineers machinery to provide maximum output and superior performance. With one of the most comprehensive field-service/support groups in the industry, R&B Plastics Machinery ensures that machinery remains current.

R&B Plastics’ sister company, Monroe Mold, based in Monroe, Mich., makes cold-end tooling and molds for the blow molding market. The partnership between R&B Plastics Machinery and Monroe Mold provides customers with the most comprehensive turnkey solutions for blow molding machines, single-screw extruders, and trimming/deflasher systems. For more information, visit www.rbplasticsmachinery.com.