Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom reported these news briefs from NPE 2003, held June 23-27 in Chicago.
Liquid Control Decker offers PU applicator
Liquid Control Decker of Palm City, Fla., introduced a polyurethane skin applicator and an automated, form-in-place-gasketing work cell.
The high-pressure, recirculating applicator with an impingement mixer sprays an elastomeric coating into a mold to form a skin backed with foam for seating applications in marine, automotive and recreational vehicle applications. The C-Spray reaction injection molding gun and metering-tempering unit start at $40,000. Testing began in late 2002 with the first commercial use planned for August.
Liquid Control Decker has installed two of the automated Excell 500 work cells since February. Each complete cell combines an automation platform and a dispensing unit with a Paradyne mix head for about $140,000. The equipment can dispense adhesive to bond HEPA filter media into channels, nonfoaming elastomer urethane for shoe insoles or urethane foam for automotive filters.
Liquid Control Decker is a business unit of Liquid Control Corp. of North Canton, Ohio.
Ga. firm introduces
Auxiliary equipment maker Process Control Corp. of Atlanta has entered the injection molding market with dryers that were redesigned and downsized from extrusion units in PCC's core niche.
PCC decided in 2002 to tackle the larger injection molding field.
Jim Martin joined the firm in early 2003 as vice president of sales for the newly formed molding division and has retained 25 domestic sales representatives.
In addition, PCC started a powder division and is seeking a sales manager to head up the powder feeder line.
The company introduced a D Series desiccant dryer, a hopper dryer able to dry hygroscopic materials, a line of powder feeders, PT Series floor-level tilt table and HS Series indoor resin storage bins.
A unit, Process Control GmbH in Birstein, Germany, handles assembly and light manufacturing duties.
Process Control Corp. was established in 1967, employs 120 and had 2002 sales of more than $15 million.
Logic Corp. tests
Logic Corp. Inc. of Sandy Hook, Conn., is beginning field testing of its Vac-U-Safe negative-pressure hot oil and water unit. The system aids molding operations lacking central air conditioning.
Logic President Paul Allen exhibited a Vac-U-Safe prototype. He started work on the idea in January and applied for a patent in June. Vac-U-Safe prevents the temperature in a molding environment from governing processing parameters. It can overcome changes in cooling water temperature, water pressure and power voltage changes. A plant operator programs set points to trigger adjustments as room temperature or cycling changes occur.
Matsui America Inc.
rolls out Plas-aid line
Matsui America Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill., introduced the Plas-aid line of portable drying, conveying, mold temperature control and grinding units. The Plas-aid product line targets the injection molding community.
The compact portable dehumidifying Multi Jet 3 with desiccant-rotor drying and resin loading has a double hopper and is energy efficient in operations. Other new products included the MGD hot-air dryer and loader, the beside-the-press SMGL grinder and the MGL dryer.
In recent years, Matsui has reduced manufacturing costs and made its equipment affordable to more processors, said Greg Lewis, national sales manager.
Beginning in 2000, parent firm Matsui Manufacturing Ltd. of Japan opted to concentrate manufacturing of key products instead of making similar equipment in multiple locations.
The Elk Grove Village facility has light assembly and limited manufacturing activities. Matsui Manufacturing operates 14 plants in nine Asian countries and the United States.
Joint venture Gloucester-CMG of Newport, N.H., combines a seasoned line of granulators and one of the industry's newest identities.
Machines from granulator manufacturer CMG of Budrio, Italy, were sold in the domestic market for two decades under the Cumberland Engineering brand.
That changed in January 2002 with the formation of a partnership between CMG and Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. of Gloucester, Mass., and the establishment of Gloucester-CMG.
``We have the oldest young company in the granulator marketplace with 30 years' experience,'' said Robert Barski, Gloucester-CMG North American sales manager.
Among its other products, Gloucester-CMG exhibited a thermoforming granulator with a 14-inch-by-55-inch cutting chamber for about $29,000. An augur discharges material into a blower and virtually eliminates the usual problem of pulling ground content long distances with a blower, Barski said.
Stratasys Inc. touts
low-cost 3-D printer
Stratasys Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., demonstrated a less-than-$30,000 printer that builds three-dimensional models using ABS engineering resin. Comparable machines can cost at least $70,000.
With a desktop Dimension printer, a designer can create a 3-D, solid-model drawing and transform it into a plastic part in an hour, said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing. The printer can duplicate 80 percent of the characteristics of an injection molded part.
Spooled filament in a cartridge feeds the print head, which heats and softens the ABS. The machine extrudes the ABS with a thickness of 0.0001 inch and builds layers to create the part.
Stratasys employs about 200 and had 2002 sales of $39.8 million.