LITHONIA, GA. - Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Walton/Stout Inc. has acquired Todd Manufacturing Co. Todd started operations in 1967 in Cleveland, Tenn., by designing and producing materials-handling and pollution-control equipment for hot-mix asphalt. Currently, the Todd product line includes dense- and dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems, bulk storage silos, railroad car unloaders, batch and continuous weighing equipment, bulk bag unloaders, dust collectors and process controls.
Walton/Stout, based in Lithonia, would not disclose details of the purchase.
Digital technology can detect defects
MIAMI - South Florida Test Service is offering Video Image Enhanced Evaluation of Weathering, an advanced digital technology for evaluating surface defects.
With the use of a digital video camera, a Windows-based personal computer and analysis software, images of test products are recorded and analyzed automatically. VIEEW can analyze any surface defect recordable by the camera, including cracks, chalking, blistering, scribe delamination, and filiform corrosion.
This technology allows earlier failure detection and can result in shorter testing cycles, reduced product quantities and lower shipping costs, according to Miami-based SFTS.
Chronopol to develop lactic acid polymers
GOLDEN, COLO. - Golden Technologies Co. Inc. recently formed a company to develop and commercialize polylactic acid under the product name Chronopol polymer resins.
The new company, Chronopol Inc., will be headquartered in Golden.
Chronopol lactic acid polymers are 100 percent degradable plastics, according to the firm.
Lactic acid polymers can be converted by conventional means into an assortment of products, from coatings and containers to flexible packaging. Chronopol polymer films can be printed and metallized.
Chronopol also announced the formation of EcoPol, a joint venture limited liability company between Chronopol and EcoChem to consolidate the companies' polylactic acid technologies. EcoChem is a joint venture between ConAgra and DuPont.
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Maguire Products Inc., a producer of gravimetric blenders, color feeders, liquid color pumps, and other plastic processing equipment, recently doubled the production space at its Media, Pa., plant to 50,000 square feet. The expansion also includes a demonstration and training facility.
Proper Mold & Engineering of Warren, Mich., has expanded its capabilities by opening a rapid prototyping facility, Pinnacle Technologies. Pinnacle occupies 10,000 square feet in Roseville, Mich. It offers stereolithography, reverse engineering and laser scanning, and advanced tooling processes. Proper Mold is an injection mold maker serving the automotive, aerospace and houseware appliance industry. It operates two plants in Warren, and employs about 200.
Huls America Inc. announced it will expand its intermediates and fine chemicals facilities at the company's Mobile, Ala., site. The $20 million project is expected to be completed by January 1997. The expansion will include a 50 percent increase in cyanoacetic acid ester production capacity. Headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., Huls America is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, specialty polymers, colorants, biocides, additives and raw materials for the coatings industry.
Bayer Corp. of Pittsburgh is adding about 77 million pounds of polybutadiene rubber capacity by mid-1996 to its Orange, Texas, facility by streamlining the polymerization and finishing operations. Polybutadiene rubber is used extensively by the tire and plastics industries.
Richard Anderson, president of M.A. Hanna Resin Distribution in Lemont, Ill., hosted the Parc Classic golf outing June 5. The event raised $108,000 for Parc, a not-for-profit Westchester, Ill., agency serving adults and children with developmental disabilities. Supporting plastics firms included: AtoHaas, Dow Chemical, Huntsman Chemical, Shell Polypropylene, Bayer, Eastman Chemical, DuPont, Chevron, Montel and Amoco.