ITHACA, N.Y. - AC Technology North America Inc. is working to commercialize software to analyze the injection/compression process. AC Technology said the software will be offered in mid-1995.
Injection/compression molding is sometimes called ``coining,'' since it resembles the way coins are minted. The process is used to make small, thin-wall parts such as compact discs, cellular phones, personal computers and pagers.
The company said the software will enable processors to determine early in the product design cycle whether injection/compression can be used to make a part.
At first, the mold remains partially open so the polymer can fill the cavity with less shear. The mold is then fully closed and the final phases of the process are completed, avoiding excessive molded-in stresses.
AC Technology is developing a version of its C-Mold analysis software for injection/compression molding. The company is based in Ithaca.
Glass fiber producers begin repair porjects
ANTWERP, BELGIUM - Two European glass fiber producers recently reported developments affecting capacity.
Bayer AG hopes to return its glass fiber production facility in Antwerp to full production in the second half of 1995, spokesman Johann Thim said May 17 in a telephone interview from Bayer's Leverkusen, Germany, office.
The plant was badly damaged in an October fire that reduced output by 30-40 percent. Thim said parts of the plant still are being repaired.
Elsewhere, on April 24, Compagnie de Saint Gobain's Vetrotex International unit said its facility in Chambery, France, experienced a minor furnace leak and lost a couple of days' production of chopped strand glass fiber.
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Battenfeld Blowmolding Machines announced Complete Plastic Systems of Acworth, Ga., has become Battenfeld's exclusive sales representative in the Southeast. The exclusive Southwest representative is K&S Associates of Dallas.
Krauss-Maffei Corp. of Florence, Ky., now offers its C range of injection molding machines in seven sizes, from 44-165 tons. The machines were sold in clamping forces of 40-80 tons.
Borden Chemicals and Plastics Ltd. Partnership completed its acquisition of Occidental Chemical Corp.'s PVC plant at Addis, La. As previously reported, the 450 million-pound-per-year plant, near Borden's Geismar, La., manufacturing com-plex, adds about 50 percent to Borden's total PVC capacity.
Black Clswson Converting Corp. of Fulton, N.Y., has opened a sales office in Manila, Philippines, for marketing converting equipment. Black Clawson designs, makes and installs converting equipment for the flexible packaging film, pressure-sensitive label and tape, carbonless paper and board-coating industries.