Compounders are hard at work, twisting and tweaking resin pellets until they obey processors' every command. New products hitting the show floor at NPE 2003 include the following.
Ampacet Corp. (Booth S2903): Total Bottle Cost Reduction program, which is designed to help molders decrease their bottle costs and time to market and improve sales of packaged consumer brands. The program includes bottle construction, molding process optimization and color innovation.
Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (Booth N7535): New techniques of gas-assist injection molding with thermoset compounds.
Coim SpA (Booth E12527): Hydropolar polyurethane dispersions.
ColorMatrix Corp. (Booth N6149): New liquid-color technology and metering systems.
Compuestos Dominicanos SA (Booth E13505): PVC compounds for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion.
Engineered Plastics Corp. (Booth E9312): Optimum-brand copolyester compounds, which incorporate colorants, including metallic flakes, to lend color to the superscratch-resistant material while maintaining excellent impact properties, the firm said. PermaFlex-brand thermoplastic elastomer compounds, which combine the elastic properties of traditional rubber materials with the abrasion resistance of the most durable plastics.
GLS Corp. (Booth N4161): Through its GLS-DSM alliance, Versalloy 8000 thermoplastic vulcanizate alloys, from 45-70 Shore A. Supersoft 30 Shore 00 Versaflex CL2003 TPE, which is water-clear, nontacky and nonoil-free, used in applications such as gel inserts for bicycle saddles and shoe soles; brush handles and athletic equipment grips. Versollan high-performance rubberized thermoplastic urethane TPE alloy, now available in 45 Shore A.
Multibase SA (Booth N4556): TPSiV-brand thermoplastic elastomers, which combine the high-temperature elastomeric performance of silicone rubber with the melt processability and chemical/ thermal resistance of engineering resins. Used in automotive and industrial hoses and other applications. Also spotlighting Nylex-brand nylon and PP alloys and Siloxane-brand ultrahigh-molecular-weight polymers.
Riverdale Color (Booth S3054): New Pump-in-a-Pail liquid color metering device that meters color through a sealed tubing assembly, with automatic shut-offs preventing spillage. Device uses 7-gallon pails that can be returned to Riverdale for refilling.
RTP Co. (Booth N8523): Powder Flo-brand metal injection molding compounds, which combine powdered metal with a binding system that allows compounds to flow under pressure and hold a shape during further processing.
Star Thermoplastics (Booth E13137): Mediflex-brand TPE compounds to replace latex in tubing. Other applications include tourniquet bands, syringe tips, suction bulbs and nasal hoods.
Techmer PM LLC (Booth S1132): Linear low density polyethylene-based additive with foul taste to discourage animals from chewing through plastic applications ranging from wire and cable to outdoor lawn furniture and garbage containers. Additive is nontoxic and will not harm pets.
Teknor Apex Co. (Booth E9755): Magic Color-brand color concentrates, which are ``color-variable'' products that change colors when viewed from different angles. Available in PE, PP, PS, PC and ABS grades for sheet, film, bottles or injection molded parts. Also ``superflexible'' Apex-brand PVC compounds, plasticizer-free flexible PVC compounds, PVC/elastomer alloys and PVC compounds with a built-in bioactive molecular component that prevents blood clotting in medical devices.