Van Dorn offering Twinshot on presses
STRONGSVILLE, OHIO - Strongsville-based Van Dorn Demag Corp. has become the first injection molding machine manufacturer to offer the Twinshot coinjection technology on new presses.
Twinshot was developed by Community Products LLC of Rifton, N.Y., which invented it for its own injection molding needs. Unlike traditional coinjection, Twinshot uses a single screw with a two-stage design running through a single barrel. Two materials are fed through separate hoppers located along the screw. At the transition point to the second stage of the screw, the melt moves into a channel through the core of that screw section. The second material then enters, flowing along the outside part of the screw.
Spirex Corp., a Youngstown, Ohio, screw and barrel maker that is the worldwide provider of Twinshot technology, will install the system on a press at Van Dorn Demag. Another Van Dorn Demag press with Twinshot will be located at Spirex's technical center.
Spirex is talking to other injection press makers about offering Twinshot, said Darrel Vertanen, vice president of sales at Spirex.
Twinshot also can be retrofitted onto existing injection presses.
Taylor's HPM division names extruder reps
MOUNT GILEAD, OHIO - The HPM Division of Taylor's Industrial Services in Mount Gilead named four sales representatives for its single-screw extruders:
* Expert Resources of Santa Monica, Calif., covers Southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada and Mexico.
* LB Technologies LLC of Mystic, Conn., covers Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
* American Extrusion Services of Dayton, Ohio, covers Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, Missouri and Kansas.
* T&K Enterprises of Eureka, Mo., covers Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
ACS and Colortronic sign sales agreement
WOOD DALE, ILL. - ACS Group and Colortronic Inc. have signed a sales distribution agreement, where ACS is now making available the full range of Colortronic powder conveying and blending equipment, under various ACS Group brands.
Thomas Breslin, president and chief executive officer of ACS, said Colortronic equipment complements the ACS product offering, ``enabling us to enhance our ability to handle other materials such as PVC compound, various powder additives and wood flour, in addition to plastic pellets.''
ACS is based in Wood Dale.
Robert Edwards, executive vice president and CEO of Colortronic, based in Runnemede, N.J., said the deal ``represents another way to reach prospective customers.''
``This agreement augments our current channels of distribution, improves market penetration and confirms and further validates the market's acceptance of our Graviblend blending technology,'' Edwards said.
Battenfeld acquires Nothelfer business
BAD OEYNHAUSEN, GERMANY - Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik GmbH, an extruder supplier in Bad Oeynhausen, has acquired the pipe socketing equipment business of Nothelfer GmbH of Lockweiler, Germany.
The machines form socket joints on sections of plastic pipe. One end of the pipe segment is heated, then inserted into the socketing tool for widening and forming.
Battenfeld also makes stacking and packaging equipment.
Nissei ASB lays off 50 of its employees
NAGANO, JAPAN - Blow molding machinery maker Nissei ASB Machine Co. Ltd. laid off 50 employees earlier this year - about 20 percent of its work force, reported the Shinano Daily News.
The newspaper said Nagano-based Nissei ASB asked for ``voluntary resignations,'' because of the prolonged weak market for PET bottle blow molding machines.
The job cuts marked the first request for voluntary resignations since the company was founded in 1978, according to the Daily News.
Flexicon relocates to Pa. headquarters
BETHLEHEM, PA. - Flexicon Corp., which makes equipment for handling bulk materials, has relocated to a 90,000-square-foot plant and headquarters in Bethlehem.
Manufacturing used to be done at two plants, in Phillipsburg, N.J., and Easton, Pa.
``The facility was purpose-built for efficient flow of work-in-process, with raw material entering one end of the building and moving straight through sheet metal, welding, finishing and assembly departments, and finally shipping at the opposite end,'' President David Gill said.
Flexicon makes screw conveyors, bulk bag dischargers and fillers, bag dump stations, weigh batching systems and automated plantwide systems.