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19. May 2018

MonTech USA to Begin RPA Testing Webinar Series on June 13th

Columbia City, IN – MonTech USA will be hosting it’s very first Webinar Series completely geared towards RPA testing. The Webinar, Practical RPA Tests for Quality Control and Compound Development, is set to take place on June 13th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST.

The Rubber Process Analyzer (RPA) is a staple in both quality control and R&D laboratories. The vast capabilities of the machine range from determining molecular weight distribution of incoming polymers to analysis of post-vulcanization characteristics and much more. Test parameters are virtually endless. Although quality control and R&D serve different purposes, the main question for both is the same: How do we get our product to market as fast as we can?

The goal of the RPA Testing Webinar series is to give all participants a chance to view a practical approach to answering that question. The webinars will review many of the foundational tests to determine dynamic rheological characteristics of rubber compounds on the RPA.

Tests discussed include:

  • Process Simulations
  • Low Strain Frequency Sweeps
  • High Strain Frequency Sweeps
  • Payne Effect
  • Capillary Rheometer Simulation
  • Isothermal Cure
  • Isothermal Cure with Pressure Measurement
  • Cured Dynamic Properties – ΔTemperature
  • And more…

If you’re a chemist, process engineer, laboratory manager, lab technician, or anyone else using OR considering the purchase of an RPA, you do not want to miss this. If you’re a master of RPA testing, who knows, you may learn something new.

Mark your calendars for June 13th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST.

1. May 2018

MonTech to Present at Maplan’s Day of Technology in South Elgin, IL

From June 5th to June 7th, MonTech USA, specialists in rubber testing equipment and smart lab technologies, will participate as a speaker and vendor at Maplan’s Days of Technology event in South, Elgin IL.

MonTech’s presentation will center on Rubber Process Analyzer (RPA) test procedures specifically related to rubber injection molders. Test procedures include incoming compound quality control checks, processability measurements, and injection molding process simulations. These key tests for molders will allow them keep their rubber vendors accountable and ensure their mixing process is performing optimally. Molders will also gain insight into diagnosing molding issues. All injection molders are welcome to attend the event and join MonTech at their booth to discuss testing compounds in their injection molding processes.

From June 5th to June 7th, Maplan, one of the industry leaders for rubber injection molding, will host The Days of Technology event at their U.S headquarters in South Elgin, IL. Maplan will be showcasing their latest technologies, providing workshops and training sessions for all attendees. Aside from MonTech, other experts and strategic partners will be presenting tailor-made topics related to the rubber industry as well.

17. February 2018

New Product Announcement: MonTech RB 3000 Rebound Resilience Tester Emphasizes Ease of Use

COLUMBIA CITY, IN – MonTech introduces their new RB 3000, rebound resilience tester, to their rubber testing product line.

The RB 3000 resilience tester features a rigid design with all main components integrated into the machine frame including a 5” touch screen display, data interfaces, and the entire mechanical system.  The machine is precisely manufactured from high strength stainless steel and aluminium.  The pendulum mechanism features a 15mm diameter hammer fin. The hammer fin is connected via the pendulum arm to a virtually frictionless air bearing system. To guarantee the highest precision in pendulum angle measurement, the RB 3000 utilizes a noncontact encoder system.  A fully integrated spindle with an adjustment gauge and clamp allows quick and easy setup of the test specimen so that testing can start immediately.

A fully automated test sequence with motorized pendulum release and return eliminates almost any operator influence. Once the operator presses the start button on the multi-language touch-control panel, the instrument executes the selected test sequence automatically – including up to three pre-hits and three test hits.  Once the test sequence is completed the test results are automatically displayed on the built in 5” touchscreen.

The RB 3000 is designed for safety, comfort, and intuitive ease of operation. The unit automatically detects incorrect sample placement and optionally enables tests to be started once a set temperature is reached. Integrated calibration routines allow users to easily measure, calibrate and compensate the pendulum friction.

The state-of-the-art RB 3000 is the most intuitive and safest rebound resilience testing machine on the market to date.

14. January 2018

MonTech to Show the Online Testing Cell at Hannover’s Tire and Technology Expo

Buchen, Germany: MonTech, the global leader for manufacturing rubber testing instruments and completely automated testing solutions announces that their Online Testing Cell will be presented at the Tire and Technology Expo February 20-22, 2018 in Hanover Germany.

Spurred by global advancements in smart factories, plus the increasing demand in efficiency for all tire manufacturing processes, the Online Testing Cell is ideal for high-capacity mixing operations. By analyzing data in real time, each Testing Cell brings greater testing capacity, repeatability, and accuracy.

Online Rubber Testing Cells link all the necessary MonTech testing instruments for batch release into a single, compact and modular enclosed frame. The enclosed frame is integrated directly into the mixing line, automatically receiving slab samples for testing. Internal robotics prepare the sample, label, bin, and position each specimen on the integrated moving die rheometers, rubber process analyzers, and bulk density testers. The closed loop control of mixing, testing, and host data interfaces provided by the Cell allows users to fine tune and optimize all processes together for the first time.

The Online Testing Cell is available for demonstration at the Tire and Technology Expo at booth #5040 February 20-22, 2018

 

Other upcoming international exhibitions include:

Tires and Rubber
Moscow, Russia
April 24-27, 2018


HF / DKG Rubber Mixing Seminar
25-27 April 2018

Plast Milan
29. May – 1 .June

DKT 2018 German Rubber Conference (CELL AVAILABLE)
Hall 12 NCC West – Nuremburg, Germany
July 2-5, 2018

Expobor
Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo – SP, Brazil
June 26-28, 2018

The 18th International Exhibition on Rubber Technology
Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
September 19-21, 2018

Asia RubTech Expo 2018
Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, India
September 27-29, 2018

International Elastomer Conference
Louisville, Kentucky USA
October 9-11, 2018

Kaucuk Fair
Istanbul Turkey
October 24-27, 2018

23. September 2017

The 18th International Exhibition on Rubber Technology

The Leading International Rubber Technology Exhibition

The International Exhibition on Rubber Technology, short as RubberTech China, has been cultivated for years since it was brought to the public in 1998. Currently, RubberTech China has multiple characters ranging from enabling enterprises to develop trade opportunities and realize brand promotion, and also taking the role of an essential access to information exchange and technical communication, as well as a weather vane and propeller for the global rubber industry. With the rapid growth in the international rubber industry, RubberTech China has become a leading professional rubber exhibition with about 700 exhibitors and over 50, 000sqm exhibiting area. Exhibitors of RubberTech China come from 30 different countries and regions, involving rubber machinery, rubber chemicals, rubber raw materials and rubber products. It is no doubt a must-attend event within the entire rubber industry.

MonTech has displayed 15 MonTech product specialists and over 20 instruments on the booth MonTech was able to impress customers with in depth application discussions and talks, live testing and demonstration. The exihibition clearly underlined MonTechs capabilities and leading role in the Rubber Testing Instrumentation market in China.

8. September 2017

MonTech’s Online Testing Cell to be displayed at 2017 International Elastomer Conference and Expo

Columbia City, IN – MonTech USA announces Online Testing Cell to be shown at Cleveland’s 2017 International Elastomer Conference and Expo.  The introduction of the Online Testing Cell marks the first fully automated rubber testing system to be launched into the rubber industry.

Online Rubber Testing Cells bring the laboratory to the mixing line by linking the necessary MonTech testing instruments into a single, compact and modular enclosed frame. The enclosed frame is then placed next to the mixing line, automatically receiving slab samples from the batch off for continued testing.

Online Testing Cells are outfitted with robotically fed Moving Die Rheometers, Rubber Process Analyzers, Bulk Density Testers. Additional modules for sample preparation, labelling, binning, and disposal are included in each Cell. The robot is positioned in the middle of the Testing Cell with access to all critical sampling areas and testing instruments. Applying robotics decreases operator variation, and increases the precision and repeatability of batch releases in the quickest response times. The closed loop control of mixing, testing, and host data interfaces provided by the Cell allows users to fine tune and optimize all processes together.

The Testing Cell is available for viewing at booth #1534 during the International Elastomer Conference and Expo October 10th through the 12th.

For more information regarding Online Testing Cells, please contact MonTech at +49 (0) 6281 5622 – 30 or through www.rubber-testing.com

31. August 2017

MonTech Launches Online Testing Cell – The Future of High-Capacity Testing

Columbia City, IN – August 1, 2017 – MonTech, the world’s fastest growing premium rubber test instrument supplier, announces today the launch of its newest product, the fully automated Online Testing Cell.

The Online Testing Cell is the first automated robotic testing system available to the rubber industry. Housing multiple stations including binning, sample preparation, MDR, RPA, and density and more, the testing cell provides relevant batch information in real-time by bringing the quality lab to the mixing line. Applying complete automation and robotics promises faster batch release, higher sampling rates, less scrap, less rework, decreased variability in testing, and ultimately a lower cost per test.

The On-Line Testing Cell has a tangible ROI of less than 2 years for greenfield plants.

Although the product’s official debut is August 1st, the technology behind the testing cell has been in the works from MonTech since 2009 as a cooperative development between MonTech and various tire manufacturers. Since then, MonTech testing cells have been installed on over 90 mixing lines globally.

Inception of the project came from high-capacity mixers, such as tire plants, desiring to pursue technology that would reduce overhead costs of the laboratory, while increasing testing rate, reliability, repeatability, and accuracy of the data they were collecting. Combining robotics and testing instruments was the only option.

Online Testing Cells allow, for the first time, closed loop control between mixing, testing and downstream processes. Through direct integration into mixer controls, Cells can provide quick feedback for precisely controlled processes at a higher quality output.

Spencer Bagan, National Sales Manager for MonTech USA stated:

“We’re honored to lead the charge on introducing the On-Line Testing Cell to the U.S. market. It seems like a long-awaited opportunity for many of our high-capacity mixing friends. The question on how to fully automate testing has been tossed around for a couple years, and now we have an answer for it.”

22. July 2017

MonTech & ALTTRAN Team Up for Second Laboratory Expansion

Hudson, OH – Locally owned custom mixer, ALTTRAN, has announced another expansion of their compound development and QC laboratory.  This includes new MonTech testing instruments that will be installed in October 2017. 

Alttran’s last major lab expansion began in 2015 with the purchase of a MonTech rubber process analyzer (RPA 3000).  This new phase of investment will add a variety of lab equipment including moving die rheometers, Mooney viscometers, and the software needed to analyze the data and support ALTTRAN’s technical approach to quality control.

Dave Topliff, owner and President of ALTTRAN, expects more good results from the new MonTech equipment.  “The MonTech RPA has been a great addition to our lab capabilities.  We have used the RPA for QC testing of raw materials and in compound development to measure the impact of different fillers and accelerators on compound properties.   The MDR test eliminates most of the variation that we see with traditional ODR cure testing.  As ALTTRAN drives continuous improvement in our mixing process, we need the best tools to measure quality and product performance.  The new MonTech MDR machines will help us better identify sources of variation in our process.”

“We are excited to partner with ALTTRAN once again as they continue to grow,” said MonTech National Sales Manager, Spencer Bagan.  “They have an incredible team, and we look forward to working alongside them”.

 

About MonTech

MonTech is the fastest growing rubber testing instrument supplier in the global rubber industry.  Entering the U.S. market in 2010, MonTech supplies the largest portfolio of testing equipment dedicated specifically to the rubber industry.  With offices in Columbia City, Indiana and Charlotte, North Carolina, MonTech offers a family business approach to supporting their customers in any respective area of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

 

About ALTTRAN

ALTTRAN is an independent, specialty elastomer compounding and development company.  ALTTRAN continues to grow by focusing on technical solutions to best fit our customers’ needs.

To learn more, please contact:
Spencer Bagan at MonTech

3. December 2016

Rubber China 2016 Shanghai

International trade fair for rubber manufacturing and rubber processing

RubberTech China is an international trade fair for rubber manufacturing and rubber processing. It takes place once a year in Shanghai and has established itself as the leading exhibition for rubber technology in Asia since its foundation in 1998.

MonTech has displayed 15 MonTech product specialists and over 20 instruments on the booth MonTech was able to impress customers with in depth application discussions and talks, live testing and demonstration. The exihibition clearly underlined MonTechs capabilities and leading role in the Rubber Testing Instrumentation market in China.

27. November 2016

Rubber Istanbul 2016

RUBBER 2016, İstanbul 9th Rubber Industry Fair will be organized by Tüyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc. in cooperation with the Rubber Association between November 24 – 27, 2016 at Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Büyükçekmece, İstanbul.

International exhibitors show the full range of rubber machinery, rubber chemicals, rubber raw materials and rubber products.