Rapid Granulator Inc. introduced several machines at NPE, including a screenless model, a line designed for easy access to the rotor and a larger version of its Force granulator.
David Miller, Rapid's regional vice president of sales, said the company expects strong growth in the screenless market, now that the U.S. patent held by Nissui Corp. has expired and that company has stopped manufacturing in the United States. The patent expired a few days before NPE 2003, held June 23-27 in Chicago.
Rapid's screenless model, the Multicutter MC, is designed for glass-filled materials and materials that generate a lot of dust. The design offers 360-degree visual inspection, and is available in three sizes and up to 2.5 horsepower.
``Multicutter technology is about to explode,'' Miller said.
The company's new Wrath series is designed for easy access to the cutting-area chamber for cleaning and maintenance, Miller said. The series has three chamber widths, 24, 36 and 48 inches, and all can turn up to 2,500 pounds of scrap per hour back into regrind.
The 1514-CD model, meanwhile, is a niche machine that the company has been selling for about a year, Miller said. It's designed to capitalize on the growing trend of compact disc and digital versatile disc makers recycling their scrap and growing more comfortable with using material recycled internally in CDs, Miller said.
Because the machine is completely sealed so that the particles cannot be contaminated, it's also finding applications in the medical market, he said.
``This market is really growing,'' he said. ``A lot of the major CD/DVD manufacturers are saying you can reclaim this material.''
The company is introducing another model in its Force series, the F-24, with a 24-inch chamber width for more cutting capacity. Rapid also exhibited its large-size Storm Series S50/S60 models, for handling up to 5,000 pounds an hour of large-part throughput, Miller said.
Rapid's Swedish parent, Rapid Granulator AB, is owned by Sewickley Capital Inc., a Pittsburgh firm that also owns Conair Group Inc. Sewickley formed a new management group last year to oversee the two firms, but Rapid President Kirk Winstead said the companies are maintaining separate distribution channels.
Rapid, based in Rockford, Ill., makes some granulators for Conair, but they are different products than what Rapid sells. Winstead declined to estimate how much of the granulator market Rapid has, but he agreed that industry estimates saying it has a one-third share are ``not wildly off.''