MINNEAPOLIS - Hosokawa Bepex Corp., a designer of processing equipment for polymers, chemicals and food, has opened a $3 million polymer development center in Minneapolis. One specialty of the facility, called PolyQuest, is solid-phase polymerization of PET.
PolyQuest will help polymer manufacturers take theoretical information about processing from bench scale to pilot test, then design full-scale polymer plants.
Customers can test new polymer chemistry formulas on the same flowsheet equipment found in commercial plants.
PolyQuest also has an advanced laboratory for studying polymers.
By the end of 1996, the facility will be equipped with infrared heating, eliminating the need for steam or hot oil to heat the polymer.
Hosokawa Bepex's parent company is Hosokawa Micron Corp. of Osaka, Japan.
Tel. (612) 331-4370; fax (612) 627-1444.
MANZIAT, FRANCE - French extrusion equipment maker Corelco has developed two machines - one that automatically extrudes conduit around the wires they protect and a machine to make plastic netting.
On the conduit machine, vacuum removes air from the tubing in the corrugator for added precision. After being wrapped around the wires, the tube is pulled through a water cooling bath.
Corelco's netting machine extrudes and forms a net up to 6.6 feet wide. Plastic flows through slots in a ring that makes up one part of the die head. When the other part of the die head, shaped like a mandrel, is pressed down into the ring, plastic is forced through the slots to form vertical filaments. When it is raised slightly, plastic escapes to form rings, which are welded to the filaments to form the mesh net.
Manziat-based Corelco is represented in the United States by French Technology Press Office in Chicago.
Tel. (312) 222-1235; fax (312) 222-1237.
TEMPE, ARIZ. - Fiberite Inc. has developed a cyanate polysiloxane resin that absorbs less moisture than current space-application composite materials.
Fiberite's 996 is a new-generation cyanate resin system, said Tom Triplett, senior technical service engineer for the firm's Tempe products group.
``It has extremely low moisture absorption, 50 percent lower than our industry-standard polycyanate 954-3,'' Triplett said.
The patented 996 system improves dimensional stability, lowers component weight and has low outgassing. Fiberite will preimpregnate 996 most often in high-modulus-fiber reinforcements for tape and fabrics to make space structures such as optical benches, solar arrays and struts.
Fiberite makes continuous fiber thermoset and thermoplastic advanced composite materials and thermoset chopped fiber molding compounds.
Tel. (602) 730-2000, fax (602) 730-2290 or e-mail [email protected] fiberite.com.
MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO - Sandretto Plastics Machinery Inc. has introduced new injection molding machines, both large and small.
The Middleburg Heights company is now offering a 1,300-ton size in the Meta T series. Until now, Meta T machines were available in clamping forces of 550-1,100 tons.
Features include a long opening stroke of 60.23 inches; smaller size, measuring about 10 by 10 by 52 feet; and mold height capacity of 17.8-62.9 inches.
In small machines, Sandretto introduced the Series Micro line of injection molding presses, which have clamping forces of 30-100 tons.
The line features standard closed-loop control and a variable-volume hydraulic pump, the company said.
The company also announced a new sales representative for Michigan, H&W Systems Inc. of Holland, Mich.
Tel. (216) 243-4673; fax (216) 243-4588.STERLING, VA. - Gammaflux LP's 9500SP controller is designed for hot-runner systems with fewer than 20 zones.
Alarm, set point, process values and diagnostic information are displayed on a color touch screen.
The operator also can change the screen to customize information, according to the Sterling company.
Tel. (703) 471-5050; fax (703) 689-2131.