Sandretto outlines sales of machines
TURIN, ITALY - Sandretto Industrie SpA has sold two Series S injection molding machines, each with 100 tons of clamping force, to Plasti Medical, which makes blood-transfusion and other medical devices.
The machines, along with eight other Sandrettos, run in a clean room in Bologna, Italy. Another clean room in Villamarzana runs seven Sandrettos. The two new Series S presses have bimetallic screws designed to mold glass-reinforced ABS parts.
Sandretto, based in Turin, also announced it sold two Series T presses to ACI Plastic Closures in Melbourne, Australia. The presses, in clamping forces of 165 and 220 tons, bring the total of Sandretto machines there to 20.
In other news, Sandretto sold six large-tonnage Mega H ESD presses to Visteon Corp.: three with 1,500 tons, two with 2,000 tons and two with 1,500 tons of clamping force. Visteon uses one of the three 1,500-tonners, a two-platen, truncated tie-bar-design machine, to mold door panels using injection/compression technology. This permits the plastic skin or fabric to be inserted into the partially opened mold before injecting the polymer.
The new Mega ESD technology uses an electric motor drive with a fluid-transmission system.
The firm's U.S. operation, Sandretto USA Inc., is in Freedom, Pa.
Black Clawson wins film-coating-line bid
FULTON, N.Y. - Commonwealth Laminating and Coating Inc. of Martinsville, Va., has purchased a film-coating line from Black Clawson Converting Machinery Inc.
Commonwealth is making the SunTek brand of solar-control window films on the equipment, which will be housed in a 12,000-square-foot addition at the company's Martinsville factory. The film cannot have any distortion or contamination.
Black Clawson said the tandem coating and laminating line can run webs as wide as 74 inches. The modular Series 4000 cartridge coaters allow the machine to be changed over quickly by a single operator in 10 minutes or less.
Fulton-based Black Clawson also has teamed with Pliant Corp. to produce a high-speed stretch line and a second line to make proprietary hygiene films.
Maillefer in Canada becomes CTS Ltd.
CONCORD, ONTARIO - Maillefer Extrusion Ltd., the Canada-based North American operation of the Swiss producer of wire and cable coating machinery and pipe extruders, has changed its name to Cable and Tubing Solutions Ltd., under the ownership of President Brett Hamner.
Maillefer SA, with headquarters in Ecublens, Switzerland, was formed after a group of executives bought the pipe and wire and cable machinery businesses from Nextrom Holdings SA. Cable and Tubing Solutions is based in Concord.
``We are adapting our presence in North America according to the market needs. Our aim is to be closer to our customers by calling on a larger pool of resources for sales and service,'' said Manuel Felder, Maillefer's vice president of sales and marketing.
CTS has some familiar Maillefer faces. Hamner covers sales and service for cable machinery. The team includes Sharon Nathaniel in customer service, Alex Cox handling pipe-extruder sales and service and Art Deming, who covers sales and service in the southeast region.
Boston Matthews opens Asian office
SINGAPORE-Extrusion equipment maker Boston Matthews Plastics Machinery Ltd. has opened an Asian sales and technical support office in Singapore.
The facility, headed by Colin Davies, newly named Asia-Pacific sales manager, will provide sales and support for Boston Matthews extruders and the Munchy range of recycling equipment. The office is the main contact point for agents in Malaysia, Thailand, the Phillipines, Japan and China.