Danafilms Inc. plans to add a third blown film extrusion line by the end of the year at its relatively new facility in Franklin, Ky.
The Westborough, Mass., firm began producing film at the plant in September after investing about $9 million in construction and machinery, said Robert Simoncini, vice president of sales. The 47,000-square-foot building now houses two new Battenfeld Gloucester monolayer film lines.
Danafilms mainly sells to converters that produce laminated films for circuit board and electronics packaging, food packaging and specialty adhesives. Its Westborough head office plant runs 15 extrusion lines, some of which are Battenfeld Gloucester models. Simoncini estimated sales at $29 million for the year ended Oct. 31, up from $27.1 million for fiscal 1999.
The Kentucky plant processes low and linear low density polyethylene, metallocene-catalyzed PE and ethylene vinyl alcohol resins. It can make film rolls as large as 42 inches in diameter for converters that want to minimize downtime associated with roll changes.
Battenfeld Gloucester's Extrol process-control technology helps maintain gauge control and consistency for rolls as large as those, according to the Gloucester, Mass., machinery producer. The two lines have production capacity of about 25 million pounds per year and there is room for six more film lines in Franklin.
The film lines in Franklin include Battenfeld Gloucester's Autoprofile control system for bubble wall-gauge control. The system uses no thermal or mechanical action on the die. The lines also include Battenfeld Gloucester's internal bubble-cooling technology with an ultrasonic sensor system. The equipment supplier custom made a swing-out shaft for simple removal of heavy film rolls.