Battenfeld exhibits in-mold decorating
In a demonstration during K'98, Battenfeld GmbH of Meinerzhagen, Germany, molded car-body bumpers using three injection units and in-mold decorating.
The process eliminates the need for painting car body parts.
Battenfeld molded the bumpers on a 3,000-ton press. The main injection unit backmolded around the decorative film. The second unit applied a layer of transparent film. The sealing lip was molded by the third injection unit.
In the United States, the injection press maker is represented by Battenfeld of America Inc. in West Warwick, R.I.
Tel. (401) 823-0700, fax (401) 823-5641.
K-Tron feeding system improves blend recipe
K-Tron America's K2-G SmartFlow feeding system uses the company's modular feeder design to control multiple feed streams, according to the company in Pitman, N.J.
Each feeder module gets weighed individually using a single-point weighing system with K-Tron's Smart Force Transducer II. Feed modules swing away for easy cleaning and fast material changes.
Tel. (609) 589-0500, fax (609) 589-8113.
Krupp stretches neck with Blomax series
Krupp Corpoplast Maschinenbau GmbH is selling a Blomax 2T stretch blow molding machine as part of its new Blomax T series. Krupp said the series can produce round, oval and wide-neck containers.
The 2T machines, with two blowing stations, can produce 2,000-2,500 PET bottles an hour. This year, Krupp plans to expand the T series to include a Blomax 1T, which can make larger, wide-neck bottles, from 5-8 liters, at a rate of 800-1,250 per hour.
The company also is developing a 4T machine that can pound out 4,000-5,000 PET containers an hour.
Krupp Corpoplast, of Hamburg, Germany, is represented in the United States by Krupp Plastics & Rubber Machinery Inc. in Branchburg, N.J.
Tel. (908) 252-9360, fax (908) 252-9807.
Husky robot handles small-tonnage units
A new top-entry robot from Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is designed for high-speed parts removal on Husky's new small-tonnage injection presses, the S-series.
The TE-3 robot works with the machine controller on the S machines, which range in clamping forces from 65-180 tons. Husky, of Bolton, Ontario, said the robots can be used for non-Husky machines as well.
Tel. (905) 951-5000, fax (905) 951-5361.
Dynisco introduces extrusion accessories
Dynisco Inc. of Sharon, Mass., announced several new products:
A new MGP melt pump from Dynisco Extrusion, available in both a helical and herringbone style. Dynisco said the HGP is better than typical two-gear pump systems. Maximum discharge pressure is up to 3,500 pounds per square inch.
An MHDP melt pump system is designed to process hard-to-run material with fractional melt or highly filled materials, or even 100 percent regrind. It operates at pressures up to 10,000 psi.
Dynisco Instruments is selling a Dyn-X value series of pressure transducers for running high temperature materials. An MRT series of pressure transducers lets the users select between four of the most commonly used pressure ranges — 3,000, 5,000, 7,500 and 10,000 psi — in a single transducer.
Dynisco also said it is offering an applied extrusion technology seminar March 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C. The seminar's topic will be improving the quality of the melt system.
Tel. (781) 784-8400, fax (781) 784-6139.
Independent Machine rolls out new winder
Independent Machine Co. of Fairfield, N.J., introduced a traverse winder for spooling extruded profiles, while also adding a protective interleaf.
Each two-position winder has an ``S'' wrap pull roll section that follows the speed of the extruded profile.
For film, the company also is selling a 16-inch cantilevered turret rewinder with automatic cutoff and transfer. The turret indexes an empty core into the winding position. After an automatic knife cuts the web, a pneumatic lay-on roll presses the cut web to a preglued empty core, completing the transfer.
Tel. (973) 882-0060, fax (973) 808-9505.
Spirex upgrades its cavity flow software
Youngstown, Ohio, screw builder Spirex Corp. is bundling a new cavity flow computer analysis called Spirex Mold Fill with the company's part-quote software, the Molder's Technician.
Mold Fill allows injection molders to predict the moldability ``window'' of a part — the first step in planning a new job, the company said. Molders can then try alternate materials, temperatures, sub-runner sizing, gate dimensions and cavity thickness.
Tel. (330) 726-4000, fax (330) 762-9437.
Ga. firm enhances TSK screen changer
Trendelkamp of Norcross, Ga., has upgraded its TSK screen changer with the TSK...SR System, designed for recycling applications with large quantities of contaminants. It can be used in front of other filters as a pre-filter, it also can be the primary filter where particle retention of 1 millimeter is acceptable.
Tel. (770) 931-9199, fax (770) 931-9466.
Indexing control unit fits on existing lines
Conveyor system supplier EMI Plastics Equipment of Wickliffe, Ohio, is selling an indexing controller that can be retrofitted on existing lines.
The S-44-R has a twist-lock plug that replaces the conveyor's existing plug.
Tel. (216) 535-4812, fax (216) 535-4814.
RW Engineering offers mold rotating devices
RW Engineering Ltd. of Mount Carmel, Ill., introduced mold rollover devices for turning plastic injection molds 90 degrees for disassembly, inspection and repair.
Table size ranges from 40 by 40 inches up through 96 by 96 inches on the mold base dimension. A fail-safe magnetic brake controls the rotating table.
Tel. (618) 262-8932, fax (618) 262-8936.
Delta presents latest motion controllers
Delta Computer Systems Inc. of Vancouver, Wash., introduces new two-axis motion controllers from its RMC family, the RMC100DI/O-LCD.
The motion controller boasts an easy-to-use liquid crystal display keypad. Applications include injection molding and reaction injection molding.
Tel. (360) 254-8688, fax (360) 254-5435.
Cryovac system fills, forms, seals pouches
Cryovac has introduced a stand-up pouch system that it says is the first system that forms, fills and seals air-free, stand-up pouches.
The Duncan, S.C.-based company, a division of Sealed Air Corp., said its Cryovac 3030A system can run up to 60 pouches per minute, make pouches up to 1 liter, and takes one-third of the floor space of traditional systems.
The 3030A was introduced at the International Exposition for Food Processors, held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago Nov. 8-12.
Cryovac also introduced its LD Thin Film, a thin shrink film that the company said has the gloss, clarity and other performance characteristics of heavy gauge film.
The company has also developed a system to remove residual oxygen from modified atmosphere packaging, targeting food manufacturers. The OS1000 low oxygen packaging film that removes oxygen without changing the look or feel of existing packaging. It does not require moisture as an activator, and instead uses a Cryovac ultraviolet triggering unit.
Tel. (800) 845-3456, fax (864) 433-2134, e-mail [email protected] sealedair.com.
Cumberland markets Accrapak pelletizer
John Brown Plastics Machinery's Cumberland Engineering Division in South Attleboro, Mass., will handle North American distribution of strand pelletizers and compounding equipment made by Accrapak Systems Ltd. of Cheshire, England.
Feed widths on the Accrapak pelletizers run from 1-16 inches.
The 23-year-old Accrapak is based in Burtonwood, England.
Tel (508) 399-6400, fax (508) 399-6653.
Davis-Standard Corp. has started listing its inventory of new and used machinery on its Web site. Access the site using www.davis-standard.com or www.extruders.com and click on Equipment Online.