The following briefs were reported by correspondent Michael Lauzon from Expoplast '96, held Oct. 8-9 in Montreal. Moldpro Inc. debuted its LC1000 leak tester for blow molded bottles.
Robert Agnew, technical sales representative for the Burlington, Ontario, firm said it is designed for quick setup without tools. It is expandable to include color sensing, flash detection and other capabilities.
The LC1000 can test as many as 2,000 bottles per hour in sizes from 50 milliliters to 10 liters. Agnew claimed the control terminal is user-friendly and features diagnostics that can eliminate down time. He estimated that the unit will sell for about US$11,000.
A Quebec consortium of business, government and research organizations has published a directory of the province's plastics industry.
Repertoire des Ressources Specialisees de la Plasturgie gives details on companies, consulting firms and other organizations. It lists products and services and which companies offer them. The directory, published in French, contains an English-French glossary.
Plastics Industry Strategic Information Network of Sainte-Foy, Quebec, claims the directory is the first of its kind.
The book costs C$30 (US$22.20) plus tax. Contact (800) 463-3386 or (418) 652-2208, fax (418) 652-2225 or e-mail [email protected]
Plastics painter Datran Inc. said it may expand into top coating of vinyl window profiles.
The Pointe-au-Pere, Quebec, private firm is studying how much window profile extruders need the service and what equipment Datran would have to purchase, according to Lise Lapointe, Datran sales representative for the Montreal region. Window producers might prefer to do their own coating so they can guarantee their products, she said in an interview at Datran's Expoplast booth.
Four-year-old Datran automated its coating line last year. Most of its business is in coating telecommunications, electrical, recreational and transportation parts.
It has Class A coating capabilities and claims to be the only plastics coatings specialist subcontractor in the province of Quebec.
Piovan Canada Ltd. exhibited its new polycarbonate resin dryer and materials-handling system for the first time in Canada.
The CD2 system is especially suited to digital versatile disc injection molding operations where extreme cleanliness is required. It features a closed-loop pneumatic conveying system and precise drying control. Piovan Canada service engineer Bryan Terry said CD2 provides even lower dust and contaminant levels than its CD1 system for compact disc molding.
The subsidiary of Piovan srl of Venice, Italy, set up operations in Mississauga, Ontario, two years ago.
Terry said it located there partly to be near Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. of Bolton, Ontario. Husky is a major supplier of PET injection molding systems.
A big part of Piovan's business is supplying PET drying and handling systems, and it works with Husky on many projects, according to Terry.
Alpha Marathon Manufacturing Inc. officially launched its Die Signature blown film software.
Marketing director Chris Amell said Die Signature accurately simulates single and multilayer blown film lines, allowing the user to experiment with material and process changes without occupying valuable machine time. Die Signature can, for example, report the effect of a new material on shear rate and pressure, according to Amell.
The software quickly provides information on expected back pressure, residence time, shear rates and flow velocity, the company said. It also outputs shear rate at the die lip, line speed, layer velocity and composite velocity.
Alpha Marathon said it regularly will provide updates on the software, which runs on DOS V5.00 and later versions, and on Microsoft Windows 3.0 and later versions.
Amell said his firm hired a polymer scientist to help support updates of the Die Signature technology.
The company said it also recently appointed Plasti Systems Inc. of Montreal as Quebec sales agent.AB Jewelry Machinery displayed two small, low-priced injection presses suited for prototype work and short production runs.
Alex Benedek, the Montreal firm's president, said its AB-100 and 200 presses generate pressures of about 2-3 tons and reproduce intricate detail.
AB-100 is a manual press selling for about US$3,600. The 200 model is semiautomatic and costs about US$5,700, Benedek said.
The company originally developed the presses for jewelry manufacturing and investment casting, but expanded its marketing into the plastics industry a few years ago.
Expoplast '96 is the first plastics trade show where AB has exhibited the presses. It is contemplating an exhibit at NPE next year, Benedek said.
AB has sold several of the presses to medical parts suppliers in the United States and Europe, according to Benedek. They fit on a table top and can be transported easily.