Whether you're making film, sheet, pipe, profiles, tubing or compounds, you're bound to find the equipment you need at NPE. The following extrusion machinery and related items will be introduced at the show.
Addex Inc. (Booth E9733): Superwind surface/center gap winder with 80-inch/2,000mm lay-flat area, featuring embedded knife in the drum for easy reverse winding. Three-layer, 12-inch/300mm Redi die. MGC manual gauge control air ring; EGC external gauge control system for automatic film thickness control; and IGC internal gauge control system. All-digital, noncontact internal bubble cooling control system, with expansive bubble-size range.
Advanced Extruder Technologies (Booth N5575): New line of single-screw extruders.
Allied Dies Inc. (Booth N4116): Wider design range of flat dies for film and sheet extrusion.
American Extrusion Services Inc. (Booth N5575): Measuring wear of barrels and screws, bore scoping, rebuilding extruders and gearboxes and upgrading control panels.
American Kuhne Inc. (Booth N6139): Upgraded HP2 Steward barrier screw for enhanced output and lower melting temperature for high density polyethylene. Improved water-cooled extruder. New design eliminates uneven flow of water between the two halves of the heater. New Turbo-Cool high-performance air-cooled extruder. Upgraded motor, blower and ducting increases air flow so cooling effectiveness is nearly equal to that for water-cooled extruders. New low-cost, color, touch-screen extrusion control system.
American Leistritz Extruder Corp. (Booth N5544): New ZSE-50HP direct extrusion foam profile system with 150-horsepower motor and 52:1 length-to-diameter screw ratio. Features include loss-in-weight feeders, special barrel section for gas injection port, piston pump for gas feed system and quick-cooling downstream barrel sections. Introducing ZSE-18 twin-screw extruder, the first in its size range (18mm) with hammered and splined screw shafts to boost torque transmission by 40 percent. Powered by four 21/2-kilowatt motors and unique gear-motor design. Demonstrating new personal-computer-based twin-screw control system. TSCS controls and monitors parameters with software that allows higher level of integration with information systems through Ethernet communications.
American Maplan Corp. (Booths S1602, S1802): Compact extrusion line for small profiles in a turnkey system that integrates line components and cuts costs. SS-75-30 single-screw extruder for optimal HDPE pipe and natural-fiber composites production. High-performance TS-135 twin-screw machine for long production runs. New dual spider die RD2-10 reduces pressure drop and allows more precise control at high output. New vacuum calibrator Type V 125 VA allows faster cooling and precise calibration with low maintenance.
Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (Booth S1602): Three-layer blown film line in operation. Line increases clarity and cuts costs by allowing use of linear low density PE instead of LDPE, and includes new Extrol control system. TSL sheet line designed specifically to extrude rigid plastic sheet for thermoforming applications. Tandem foam extrusion line including Opticell die for high quality and throughput. Enhanced haul-off for better processing of soft films by randomizing die, air ring or tower effects.
Berlyn Extruders Inc. (Booth N5709): New extrusion line. Vertical screw feeder for low bulk density materials. New screen changers.
Black Clawson Converting Machinery Inc. (Booth N4539): QFP modular equipment design expanded to include cast film and coating and laminating lines. Company claims modular systems reduce field wiring, installation time and cost.
Boston Matthews Inc. (Booth N4926): Compact extrusion line in operation with 11/4-inch AC Vector extruder, 8-foot cooling bath and combination puller/cutter for small-tube and profile production. New Auto-Winder for flexible tubing and profiles at up to 1,600 feet per minute. Munchy's K40 reprocessing machine for use with air or water cooling. Small size allows cost-effective recycling of certain materials.
Brampton Engineering Inc. (Booth N4749): New I-Flex system for three-layer blown film for lamination or conversion, featuring precise gauge control through I-Flex AutoGauge control lip. Output rates for AquaFrost multilayer, water-quenched blown film systems match cast film rates, but with more balanced orientation. Film can be thermoformed. AquaRing quickly cools downward-blown film for exceptional clarity, according to the company. North American debut showing of 4+1 Pancake Internal Bubble Cooling. Independent orifices deliver cool air into the bubble allowing precise control for sophisticated multilayer films based in resins with various melt strengths.
Breyer GmbH (Booth E10558): Extrusion line for thin polished films processes polycarbonate and acrylic without pre-drying. The third of three calendering rolls adjusts within 80 degrees for precise cooling. Also, line for high-speed coextrusion of cosmetic and other packaging tubing that runs up to 771/2 feet per minute. And, extrusion line for multiwall sheet with complex cross section, featuring redesigned vacuum calibrator.
Bruckner Inc. (Booth E12713): Sequential film stretching lines with speeds up to 1,500 feet per minute. Multilayer film stretching lines with up to seven layers for enhanced properties. Simultaneous stretching lines for high-quality special films. Bruckner's Lisim technology, proven on PET and polypropylene lines, for high-quality film at up to 1,200 feet per minute, the company claims.
Buss-SMS GmbH (Booth E10258): Large-volume compounders for plastics processing.
Canterbury Engineering Co. Inc. (Booth E12513): Special high-speed check valves.
Compuplast International Inc. (Booth E10748): North American debut of computer-aided-design software for extrusion dies, especially profile dies.
Davis-Standard Corp. (Booth N5107): WestJet AutoPro air ring with special forming cone for metallocene LLDPE. Vertical gear reducer on Thermatic extruder shortens machine and can have input shafts mounted above, below or on the side for processing flexibility. Gemini GC-61 conical, high-torque twin-screw extruder can start and run flood-fed and, because of low screw speed, can process high volumes with less screw and barrel wear. Davis-Standard's modified Gemini parallel, 94mm, twin-screw extruder fills gap between large conicals and small parallel extruders; 20:1 barrel featured for cost efficiency at extrusion rates of 550-850 pounds per hour. Also, coextrusion foam die and 94mm counter-rotating extruder, specially designed for high-output PE processing; AB-design coextrusion die made by foam extruder Sentinel Products. Groove feeders for advanced wire and cable and flexible PVC processing, and vertical extruders with modular design for positioning at any angle. A 310A automatic extrusion coating die for single or coextrusion. On display, 1.2-meter die made by Davis-Standard's plant in Erkrath, Germany. Enhanced version of EPIC III Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition system that allows complete plant management and extrusion process control capa- bility. And, a compact gel detection system in a running, laboratory-size cast film line, featuring 5,000-pixel Eagle Gel Counter with charge-coupled camera for high-resolution imaging from Lasor/Systronics.
Diamond America (Booth N5675): New line of extruders, screws, barrels and strand and sheet dies; 11/2-inch extruder with twin-lever quick-opening gate.
Draiswerke Inc. (Booth S1223): New designs for Gelimat thermokinetic mixing/compounding equipment. Process control technology allows new models to change multiple process parameters during 5- to 20-second cycles, and logs and graphically displays process parameters in real time.
Extrusion Dies Industries LLC (Booth N4561): Autoflex VI-L gauge profiling system with twice the responsiveness of previous Autoflex systems, allowing automated profiling for thin-sheet production; also doubles speed of flexible-lip adjustment so film and coating processors reach target gauge sooner and without operator intervention.
Contour Die, a new die providing streamlined flow, short residence time, fast purges and rapid achievement of target gauge. The new UltraSplit system eliminates the need to take the die offline to split and clean it. UltraLip scraper traverses the width of a die in less than a minute to clear away buildup from the lips.