Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom gathered these news items at the Replitech International conference and exhibition, held June 3-5 in San Jose, Calif.
Pioneer Video offers DVD replication unit
Pioneer Video Corp. introduced a fully integrated, second-generation system to replicate digital versatile discs and demonstrated the unit at Replitech International.
Processors moving toward DVD can use alternate molds and parameters settings to press compact discs or CD-ROMs now.
``The full turnkey system uses all-electric injection molding machines that save 75 percent on power over hydraulic systems and use 10 percent less chilled water,'' said Jonathan Long, sales representative for distributor Mitsui Plastics Inc. in Marietta, Ga.
The Mars II single-line system links two molding machines, a sputtering machine, two lacquer overcoating units and an ultraviolet cationic bonding unit for production of a DVD in four seconds.
``Others take six to eight seconds,'' Long said.
The system combines previously available in-line replication equipment now in use at four sites in Japan and four in the United States and operates in a clean capsule, eliminating the need for a clean room.
Pioneer Video used two JSW 35-ton injection molding machines in the demonstration, and Pioneer has qualified Nissei 40-ton or Sumitomo 35-ton machines for use with the system.
The system can produce two titles concurrently and has 30 stations to decrease the temperature of the substrate gradually, while creating stability.
In addition, Yamanshi, Japan-based Pioneer Video launched an integrated mastering system and a DVD signals inspection machine at Replitech.
VHS cassette shipper reducing packaging
Media packaging and storage provider Alpha Enterprises Inc. has rolled out a VHS cassette shipper and patented latching strip, both of a proprietary high-impact polypropylene resin and both recyclable.
``We engineered it so that no further protective packaging is necessary when shipping a video,'' said marketing manager James Lawrence. ``Traditional VHS shipping methods require hands-on assembly, thick cardboard sleeves and, generally, more postage.''
The new product, called the Econ-Shipper, needs no assembly, short of closing the case, and works as a storage case for the user's library.
In addition, Alpha exhibited its new upscale Capsule family of products for VHS, audio cassette, CD, CD-ROM and DVD packaging, made with standard PP.
``There are no other plastic media storage units with this look and feel,'' Lawrence said.
Separately, Alpha showed its Dura-Case, which it describes as ``the only plastic oversized `Disney Case' alternative to vinyl clamshells.''
Alpha shipped millions of Dura-Case units to major and B film studios in 1996. The PP case is recyclable.
Alpha Enterprises employs more than 400 and molds cases at two facilities in North Canton, Ohio, and another in Tucson, Ariz.
Production and warehousing occupies about 500,000 square feet.
The business began in 1972 as a design and marketing company for the premium-item marketplace.