BFGoodrich reduces alloy's static decay
BFGoodrich Performance Materials has improved electrostatic-dissipative control in its Stat-Rite S series of polymer alloys.
The Cleveland firm claimed the new materials are two orders of magnitude lower in surface resistance than competing polymers. They also have decreased static decay times and predictable resistivity in a range of molding and extrusion pro-cesses.
BFGoodrich Co. is targeting sensitive electronics applications and production environments with the S series alloys. It supplies the materials in sheet and compounded forms.
Tel. (216) 447-5000, fax (216) 447-5328.
Franklin provides savings with Gafone
Franklin Polymers Inc. has a new, cost-effective, reinforced polyethersulfone for electrical and electronics uses.
Gafone 3430-SP60 is 30 percent glass-filled with an expected continuous-use temperature of 302§ F. Franklin of Broomall, Pa., claims the product costs 20 percent less than competing polyethersulfone materials. The company imports Gafone from Gharda Chemicals Ltd. in Mumbai, India.
Tel. (610) 543-9432, fax (610) 543-4684.
Kaneka rolling out new 108-inch planks
Houston-based Kaneka Texas Corp. is introducing a unique 108-inch, expanded-polyolefin plank used for packaging and manufacturing applications.
Kaneka's Eperan-brand, 48-inch-by-108-inch planks are available in polyethylene or polypropylene, with thicknesses ranging from 2-8 inches. The new plank is available in densities of 1.5, 1.9 and 2.8 pounds per cubic foot for PE, and 1.3, 1.9 and 2.8 pounds per cubic foot for PP. Kaneka said the 108-inch plank will improve yield and reduce waste in packaging applications.
The company claims that, compared to standard extruded planks, Eperan lowers total costs since less material is required to achieve equivalent effect.
Kaneka currently produces Eperan at facilities in Brenham and Pasadena, Texas; San Leandro, Calif.; and Butner, N.C. A fifth site in Elkhart, Ind., is scheduled to begin production later this year.
Kaneka Texas is a subsidiary of Kaneka Corp., a $5 billion international supplier of chemical and plastics products based in Osaka, Japan.
Tel. (800) 526-3223, fax (281) 447-0757.
Fast Heat's nozzle keeps tips, gate safe
Fast Heat Inc. is selling the Precision II hot-runner nozzle, aimed at the market for medium-to-small parts.
Precision II handles engineering and glass-filled resins without deteriorating the tip or gate. The nozzle also offers improved heat distribution and better performance in direct feed and multidrop, hot manifold applications, according to the Elmhurst, Ill.- based firm.
The company said the nozzle uses the same tip design as its recently introduced Micropoint series.
Tel. (630) 833-5400, fax (630) 833-2040, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Automa upgrades blow molding unit
Italian blow molding machinery maker Automa SpA has upgraded its AT2D S extrusion blow molding machine, and now offers the AT2D Plus.
Automa, of Bologna, Italy, redesigned the clamping unit, increasing the size of the back plate and boosting the clamping force. Proportional valves now control opening and closing movements. Engineers also improved access to the machine, and redesigned the deflash unit and takeout grippers, making it easier to change molds and maintain the press.
Automa also improved the mold parallelism adjustment system.
Automa's North American office is in Dublin, Ohio.
Tel. (614) 873-4794.
SAS debuts degater, end-of-arm tooling
End-of-arm tooling maker SAS Automation Ltd. introduced a punch-press degater system, and a robotic insert-mold tool.
The degater is fully automatic with a programmable logic controller. The degater is loaded onto the die slide, then once parts are in place, the slide automatically shuttles under the punch for degating. Prices start at $9,995.
The Xenia, Ohio, company plans to display its new, robotic end-of-arm tooling for insert molding at the Plastics Show Atlanta, to be held May 18-20.
Traditionally, when using large injection presses, a company would need two operators to load material from each side, such as vinyl or cloth for automotive parts.
The SAS tool is loaded outside the molding area, then a robot moves the tool with insert into the mold.
The special tooling automatically places the insert with a special pin-to-transfer device.
Tel. (937) 372-5255, fax (937) 372-5555, e-mail [email protected] at.com.