GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.-British twin-screw extruder maker APV Baker is going direct in the United States.
APV, which for three decades has concentrated on machines for food processing at its plant in Grand Rapids has set up a U.S. Industrial Extruder Division there to handle APV extruders for compounding, powder coating and other industries.
Randy Kincer, who has worked in the screw and barrel industry, was named product manager.
The announcement means APV now is handling its sales, spare parts and service business directly. In 2000, HPM Corp. began doing final assembly of APV compounding extruders, after the base machines were shipped from England. That relationship is over, Kincer said.
Peterborough, England-based APV now is shipping the compounding and powder coating machines to Grand Rapids, where technicians add electronics and controls.
FRANKFURT, GERMANY - Euromap, the association that represents European makers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, has introduced a new standard covering electronic communication between the injection press and industrial robots.
Euromap 67 will be applied to new machines beginning in August, Euromap said. The old standard, Euromap 12, will apply only in cases of replacement equipment.
Frankfurt-based Euromap said the change is based on a new risk assessment. Machinery makers agreed.
Euromap 67 has redundant signals of the machine operator's door and the emergency stop. Euromap 12 is a single-channel safety for the electrical interface between press and robot.
Merritt Davis, Eagle offer turnkey systems
HAMDEN, CONN. - Extruder maker Merritt Davis Corp. and Eagle Manufacturing Corp., which makes equipment that does punching, saws and notches extruded plastic profiles, have launched a partnership to supply turnkey systems.
Eagle's main product, the Eaglematic, significantly reduces production costs by eliminating the need for additional handling, according to the company in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Merritt is based in Hamden.
Eagle said it understands the extrusion die industry because, in addition to extrusion auxiliary equipment, it does close-tolerance machining work.
Farrel profit rises,
sales drop in 2002
ANSONIA, CONN. - Farrel Corp., which makes extruders, mixers and calendering equipment, reported a decline in sales during 2002, but its profit rose from the year before.
Farrel reported 2002 sales of $50.1 million, an 11 percent decline from 2001 sales of $56.2 million.
Profit, however, increased 22.5 percent to $968,000, up from $790,000 the year before.
Farrel said its backlog was improving.
Order backlog was $25 million as of March 27. $21.3 million on Dec. 31, 2002. A year earlier it was $18.1 million.
Ansonia-based Farrel is traded over the counter on the Nasdaq Electronic Bulletin Board.
n Tokyo-based injection press supplier Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. has opened service offices in the Czech Republic and Poland. Sumitomo now has sales and service facilities in 31 cities in 19 countries. ... LaBelle Industrial Sales is representing Demag Plastics Group injection press sales and service in six Southwestern states and the Mexico border area. El Paso, Texas-based LaBelle covers Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. ... Durex Industries of Cary, Ill., now is selling a line of thermocouples for plastics.