MCPHERSON, KAN. - Extruder manufacturer American Maplan Corp. now can machine its own screws at a 23,000-square-foot addition completed in October at its McPherson headquarters. President Horst Eigruber said the company invested nearly $2 million in the building and metalworking equipment. American Maplan will cut the screws using computer numerically controlled milling machines.
Eigruber said some Maplan-made screws will be available in 1997. The company had imported screws manufactured in Germany by F. Theysohn GmbH and Battenfeld GmbH.
Theysohn, of Salzgitter, owned American Maplan until mid-1995, when it sold the Kansas company to Battenfeld, based in Meinerzhagen, Germany.
American Maplan has experience in rebuilding screws but this will be its first production of new screws. The company makes extruders for PVC pipe, profiles and siding.
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Brampton Engineering Inc. recently produced an 80-inch, three-layer die with air ring and internal cooling equipment for a blown film line.
The Brampton-based machinery firm made the C$1 million (US$750,000) equipment combination for an undisclosed customer that is upgrading a monolayer line to coextrusion for agricultural films and similar products. The system will be fed by two 6-inch and one 8-inch extruders with total capacity of about 3,850 pounds per hour. It is capable of making film with lay-flat widths of 60 feet for greenhouse coverings and 23 feet for geomembranes.
Brampton Engineering President Bill Wybenga said in a news release that his firm has made more than a dozen large die systems, and the latest is one of the world's largest. Agriculture and geomembranes are high-growth markets for such large dies.
YARDLEY, PA. - D&S Data Resources Inc., which has supplied the Plaspec material selection database online since 1991, began offering a version on the World Wide Web on Oct. 1.
Yardley-based D&S says its plastics-only database includes 12,800 thermoplastic, thermoset and elastomer molding resins and compounds.
D&S operates Plaspec under an exclusive, unlimited license from Bill Communications Inc. of New York. Bill's Plastics Technology magazine developed Plaspec in 1984. Plaspec permits interactive searching on more than 90 properties and 150 characteristics of plastics materials.
D&S plans to offer archived material on the site, which is at http://www.plaspec.com.