Motorola introduces palm-sized cell phone
A new impact-modified polycarbonate with good processability helped Motorola Corp. develop a palm-sized cellular telephone.
Motorola chose Makrolon DP1-1456, supplied by Bayer Corp., for its new cell phone.
Bayer designed the new resin for thin-wall applications that need good dimensional stability and appearance combined with heat resistance and mechanical strength.
Motorola also uses another material from Bayer of Pittsburgh for the small phone. Bayfol CR film, a blend of polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyester, is used to make the key set.
Tel. (412) 777-2000, fax (412) 777-4889 or e-mail pat.cafaro.b @bayer.com
Airspray adds capacity at Netherland facility
Airspray International BV is adding more proprietary equipment in Beverwijk, the Netherlands, to boost capacity to mold 100 million units of its F2 finger pump foamer next year.
Annual capacity was 15 million units in the fall of 1996, when polypropylene, or clear PVC, was introduced in the United States as an alternative to pressurized aerosol foamers.
Now, the finger pump is being used atop containers of Helene Curtis Industries Inc.'s Salon Selectives mousse, C.R. Bard Inc.'s antibacterial soap and Miracle Corp.'s pet shampoo.
As of Oct. 1, Airspray was quoting three to four months for delivery. The 35 cent item combines Airspray's air spray concept and Daiwa Can Co.'s pumping technology, to create a mechanical pump that transforms surfactant-containing liquids into an evenly delivered foam.
Pressing the actuator releases product through two screens, creating the foam. The pump is attached to a refillable container.
Airspray and Daiwa of Tokyo formed a joint venture that introduced the finger pump in Japan in the spring of 1996. Airspray's U.S. unit is in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Tel. (954) 942-1122, fax (954) 942-8825.
WebSPC helps firms share data on Internet
Hertzler Systems Inc. claims its new WebSPC is the first product that lets manufacturers share statistical process control data across the Internet with colleagues at other plants, corporate headquarters or even customers.
WebSPC allows distribution of SPC information in a secured environment, without the need to produce and distribute paper documents.
The system supports both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
For security, the system manager sets up password user names and determines the types of charts, reports, queries and sets of data that each user can access.
WebSPC is an add-on product to Hertzler Systems' GainSeeker SPC and CMS/Advantage software for SPC. Hertzler Systems of Goshen, Ind., began shipping WebSPC this fall.
Tel. (219) 533-0571, fax (219) 533-3885.
Sensor unit detects plastics properties
Chemical ElectroPhysics Corp. said its Proceptor sensor detects plastic physical and chemical properties during extrusion.
Proceptor fits in-line with extruders and detects additive concentration, viscosity and other properties.
It senses using dielectric measurements of the plastic melt. The Hockessin, Del., firm said the durable unit bolts onto the extruder and eliminates the need for side streams and extra valves and gear pumps.
Chemical ElectroPhysics said Proceptor can improve process control in applications such as compounding of conductive materials and additive concentrates. The company was founded by former personnel of DuPont's Experimental Station, where they developed the sensor.
Tel. (302) 234-8206, fax (302) 239-3568 or e-mail [email protected]
Pa. company making recyclable PS lid stock
Kama Corp. is manufacturing biaxially oriented polystyrene lid stock capable of being recycled with other web scrap.
The film was developed in 1986 by Polytech, Klepsch and Co. in Vienna; Hazleton, Pa.-based Kama is producing it under license. The material was introduced in Europe as lid stock for yogurt and creamer containers.
The BOPS lid stock seals to any PS structure without a heat seal layer or polyethylene seal layer. The combination of temperature, pressure and dwell time on a form, fill and seal machine produces a repeatable, peelable seal.
Monopack Inc. of Westmont, Ill., is distributing the film in North America.
Kama, part of Ivex Packaging Corp., produced its first sample of the lid stock just after NPE '97. It has plans to expand into other dairy and portion-control containers, such as jams, jellies and heat-seal, tamper-evident containers.
Monopack tel. (630) 850-7600, fax (630) 654-8821.
CRS robot suited for factory floor tasks
CRS Robotics Corp. is marketing the new F3 robot, a six-axis articulated robot able to move 6.6 pounds.
CRS said the robot is well-suited for tasks such as machine loading, dispensing, deflashing, packaging and palletizing.
F3 can be equipped with CRS' machine vision-based guidance package called Object Recognition and Identification System. CRS Robotics is based in Burlington, Ontario.
Tel. (905) 332-2000, fax (905) 332-1114.