Akron Extruders can build, ship in 3 weeks
Akron Extruders Inc. is picking up the pace: The Canal Fulton, Ohio, company announced it will build and ship four of its models in three weeks or less.
Each machine is built to order. Included in the offer are the M-PAK 150 and PAK 200, 250 and 350 extruders. The machines range in screw-diameter size from 11/2-31/2 inches. The barrels' length-to-diameter ratio is 24-to-1. Akron Extruders offers them with either resistance aluminum band or cast finned heaters.
Akron Extruders President David Kattan said market forces drove the change. ``This three-week option will allow processors to better schedule purchases of equipment to correspond to their production requirements,'' Kattan said. ``We are seeing a growing trend in the industry to postpone capital equipment purchases until there is production in-house to support the purchase.''
Tel. (330) 854-4111, fax (330) 854-6066, e-mail akronext@juno. com.
Bell Labs to license new welding method
Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories unit wants to license a new welding technique it uses to assemble ABS telephone handsets.
Lucent has hired Competitive Technologies in Fairfield, Conn., to market the technology to other companies.
Wil Jacques, Competitive's vice president of marketing, thinks the technology could apply to other plastic products, from toys to automotive interiors.
The process starts with insert molding. A tapered pin is molded into one of the parts, and a mating boss is molded into the other. The parts are positioned in fixtures and forced together at very high speeds. Frictional heat melts the plastic on the mating surfaces, welding the two parts together.
The welding method uses no ultrasonics, no vibration and no adhesives.
Bell Labs received U.S. patent No. 4,997,500 in 1991.
Tel. (203) 255-6044, fax (203) 254-1102, e-mail wil.jacques@ snet.net.
RJG working toward molder certification
RJG Associates Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., recently completed the first two phases of its Master Molder Certification Program.
The program includes classroom learning and extensive hands-on molding and testing. Participants must prove their mastery of decoupled molding and systematic injection molding skills.
RJG coordinates the program at its new Master Molding Laboratory, which can accommodate as many as 30 students.
The school is completed in two-week modules in Traverse City, or RJG will conduct workshops at plants.
Tel. (616) 946-3111, fax (616) 947-6403.
Ala. firm develops mica-band heater
Thermal Corp. has developed Thermaloc, a mica nozzle band heater.
The Madison, Ala., company claims the band has a longer life and can run at a higher temperature than competing products.
The band comes in diameters of 1-3 inches and the same measurement of widths.
Tel. (800) 633-2962, fax (256) 837-0265, e-mail [email protected] com.com.
Wayne introduces small blown film line
Wayne Machine & Die Co. introduced its smallest-ever blown film line — a table-top machine able to make lay-flat film as wide as 4 inches.
The laboratory machine can process most thermoplastics, including low density polyethylene, high density PE and linear low density PE.
Wayne of Totowa, N.J., offers coextrusion systems to make films with as many as five layers.
Tel. (973) 256-7374, fax (973) 256-1778.
Pallman Industries shows shredder line
Pallmann Industries Inc. of Clifton, N.J., has introduced its Power Grinder, a new line of single-shaft shredders.
Pallmann said a ram feeder pushes material top-loaded into the hopper down into a hardened steel rotor. A screen controls the maximum particle size.
Typical products are purgings, rotational and blow molded parts and large automotive parts, such as bumpers.
Tel. (973) 471-9143, fax (973) 458-1088.
N.J. company debuts hot-runner controllers
Polymer Cleaning Technology Inc. debuted a new line of hot- runner temperature controllers, made by PMS Systems Ltd., at Plastics Fair Cleveland, held June 23-25 in Cleveland.
The PMS Model HRX Series controllers can run as many as 12 zones of temperature control. The HRX also automatically checks for faulty wiring and shorts. The unit even offers solutions to help an operator repair the mold.
Polymer Cleaning Technology, of Belle Mead, N.J., cleans hot-runner manifolds and flashed hot mold halves while the mold is fully assembled.
The company also releads and repairs all types of nozzle and sprue heaters.
Tel. (908) 281-0055, fax (908) 281-7979.