OMSO's prototype digitally prints CDs
OMSO SpA, which makes machinery for dry-offset and screen printing in Reggio Emilia, Italy, developed a prototype that digitally prints graphics on compact discs.
OMSO has one of the machines at its recently opened U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. Jacques Theuvenin, who has 12 years of experience in dry-offset printing machinery, was hired to be vice president and run the Florida facility, covering customers in the United States and Latin America.
The company's high-speed machines print on lids, cups, bottle caps, plastic paint cans, yogurt containers and other products.
While working at another firm, Theuvenin helped launch a group called the Print Quality Work Group, which led to the introduction of the eight-color printing presses in Europe and Latin America. The association helped train printers in dry-offset work to boost quality. He said he wants to start a similar group in the United States.
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IDES Prospector Pro accesses databases
IDES Inc. of Laramie, Wyo., has released a new plastic material-selection software called Prospector Pro.
Prospector Pro accesses 40,000 material data sheets from 390 resin companies worldwide. It includes design data, multipoint data and comprehensive data sheets direct from suppliers, and sourcing information. The system integrates with resin manufacturer and distributor material selection products and Web sites.
New features include exporting of design to HTML, text or Excel files, the ability to order samples from General Polymers, or buy resin from GE Polymerland. Users also can request quotes from resin suppliers and distributors.
IDES also has improved some aspects of its database. For example, if a user cannot find a certain data sheet, they can contact IDES and the company will track it down within 24 hours, then add that data sheet to the overall database.
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New Remco machine puts TPEs on rollers
Roller Equipment Manufacturing Co. of Grandview, Mo., has developed a new method for applying thermoplastic elastomers to rollers and cylinder-shaped products, such as hoses.
Traditionally, thermoset rubber has been used to cover rollers, belts, hoses, seals and pulleys, using several methods such as extruded strips, crosshead dies and calendered stock. A wrapping tape is applied before the part is cured in an autoclave.
But thermosets, once cured, cannot be recycled. TPE scrap can be recycled, and most TPEs do not require a separate curing step.
The Remco machine extrudes a ribbon of material that then is applied under pressure to the roll surface.
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Priamus' Tool Box provides quick setup
Priamus System Technologies AG of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is selling the Priamus Tool Box as a portable device that does fast mold setup on injection molding machines.
The goal is to carry out a standardized mold setup on any press, regardless of its type or design, and to give results on the performance of a machine's control and energy consumption.
A mold setup manager quickly creates specifications for a first setup. Then, a standardized mold setup is run. If the mold is used on different machines, the quality of molded parts can be reproduced, thanks to a saved graph of the cavity-pressure curve.
The information is saved in a neutral, machine-independent protocol for future use.
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LaserMike UltraScan for extruded products
Dayton, Ohio-based Beta LaserMike USA, which makes measurement and control systems, is marketing the UltraScan Digital Signal Processor as an ultrasonic measuring device for manufacturers of pipe, tubing, hose, cable and extruded products.
DSP measures wall thickness and concentricity.
The company claims that the easy-to-use, automatic device virtually eliminates complex operator setup.
Tel. (937) 233-9935, fax (937) 233-7284, e-mail [email protected]