CHICAGO—World Class Film Corp. announced at NPE 1997 in Chicago that it bought a $2.6 million, seven-layer blown film line from Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. of Gloucester, Mass.
World Class of Yonkers, N.Y., recently announced it would install a seven-layer line at its Barrier Films operation in Sparks, Nev. It acquired Barrier Films in May. World Class officials at that time did not disclose the supplier of the seven-layer line. World Class managing director Ron Shemesh and president Yoram Shemesh announced the purchase June 18.
The new line will be Barrier Films' first Gloucester film line, although World Class recently installed a monolayer Gloucester line at Yonkers. Barrier Films President Bill Wright said the company wanted a line that can process nylon and ethyl vinyl alcohol for proprietary modified atmosphere films. It expects to start operating the line in mid-August.
Battenfeld Gloucester's line features two 2.5-inch Contracool extruders and five 2-inch Contracool extruders. The 16-inch, low-profile die has internal bubble cooling and a Series 800 adjustable lip air ring.
The line includes an air-bearing bubble cage, non-contact air-board collapsers and Gloucester's Model 1008 dual turret winder.
Never seen before at a U.S. trade show are Gloucester's Elevating Traversanip oscillating hauloff, its Optiflow LP die, the Accurablend gravimetric blending and feeding system, and the Digisonic layflat control system, all installed on the seven-layer line. Battenfeld Gloucester said its line was the only seven-extruder, seven-layer line on display at NPE.