Plastics News reporters Bill Bregar and Roger Renstrom gathered these items at Plastics Encounter Los Angeles.
Plastics Encounter changes L.A. venue
The first-ever Plastics Encounter Los Angeles show will return to Southern California next year, but the location has moved from the convention center in downtown Los Angeles to the Long Beach Convention Center.
The show drew 1,363 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center, April 10-12. Of that total attendance, 974 were show visitors and 389 were exhibitor personnel, said Linda Whelan, director of trade shows and marketing. Plastics News sponsored the show.
The next California show dates will be Nov. 5-7, 2002.
The next Plastics Encounter show this year is scheduled for June 19-20 in Cleveland.
Alliance introduces NitroGenie machine
Alliance Gas Systems Inc. introduced a machine that generates nitrogen gas for gas-assisted injection molding, called the NitroGenie.
Rick Lamprecht, a sales official at Alliance Gas Systems, said self-generation of gas starts to pay off economically when a company buys nitrogen at the rate of 150 cylinders a month or more.
Safety is another reason to make your own gas. A knocked-over cylinder with a damaged valve can become a deadly missile, Lamprecht said.
The NitroGenie machine can turn out gas with purity from 95.5-99.5 percent, because it uses no oil in the gas compression process. According to Alliance Gas Systems, oil can leave deposits that clog gas pins. Oil residue can get onto the part.
NitroGenie also generates outlet pressures to 5,500 pounds per square inch.
During Plastics Encounter, a woman dressed in a white "Nitro Genie" costume toured the show floor, handing out candy to promote the machine.
Alliance also introduced a gas pin that can be used with either gas- or water-assisted molding.
The company has a U.S. patent pending on its water-assist molding process.
The main advantage of water is to reduce cycle time in parts with large cross sections, said President Ronald Thomas.
Pacific Texturing to open Mexico site
Pacific Texturing Inc. of Riverside, Calif., plans to begin operating a full-service mold texturing and texture repair facility in Tijuana, Mexico, by June 1.
Having the leased 3,500-square-foot site, Texturas del Pacifico, will eliminate brokering across the border and trucking molds to and from Riverside for processing.
It is roughly a three-day savings, said General Manager Tim Prendergast.
A partnership between Pacific Texturing owner Geoff Maddocks and Robin Kratz, formerly of Precision Engraving Inc., operates a North York, Ontario, facility, Pro Texturing Inc. The three sites will employ 12.
Sales for 2001 are expected to exceed $1.2 million, Prendergast said. The two existing locations had sales of about $700,000 last year. Pacific Texturing was formed in 1989.
Serigraph installs new printing press
Screen and offset printer Serigraph Inc. has installed a new multicolor in-line screen-printing press.
Serigraph specializes in plastic decoration for automotive, appliance, electronic and other applications including point-of-purchase displays.
The new press can process various plastics in sheet sizes up to 56 inches by 73 inches. Screen-printing color in one pass through the press improves print quality, reduces production time and increases output.