PET Processors adds pelletization service
PAINESVILLE, OHIO - PET Processors LLC recently added lab-scale pelletization to help its clients develop new grades of PET.
The pelletization is done on a single-screw extruder that can produce lots of 20-40 pounds. The system includes a strand pelletizer and additive-mixing components.
Painesville-based PET Processors earned its ISO 9001:2000 rating in February and has added about 10 employees so far this year, according to Vice President Rick Blakeslee. The firm recently reached full production on its fifth extrusion line, which raises its extrusion capacity to 35 million pounds annually.
PET Processors does most of its business in recycling PET and in solid-stating PET for resin makers. Last year, the firm opened a small-batch polymerization unit aimed at aiding customers with research and development projects. PET Processors also operates a smaller plant in Dumfries, Scotland.
Shakespeare debuts nylon 6/12 product
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Shakespeare Co. is putting added capacity to use by introducing a nylon 6/12 product and a transparent nylon grade.
The products are part of the Columbia-based firm's effort to grow its external resin business, according to Isocor-brand nylon resin manager Jack Davies.
A new reactor installed in early 2003 doubled Shakespeare's resin polymerization capacity to 10 million pounds. Half of the output is sold outside the company, with the other half used internally to make monofilament wire, primarily used in the fishing market.
Shakespeare's nylon production is centered on specialty grades like 6/10, as well as terpolymer grades such as 6/6/6 and 6/6/9.
``We feel that the specialty polymers market is an area of high growth,'' Davies said. ``We try to stay away from commodity grades.''
The new reactor was part of a $10 million investment that included new lab equipment, as well as a twin-screw extrusion line and an injection molding machine for development work. The project is expected to create as many as four jobs, Davies said.
Most of Shakespeare's resin needs are met by its own production, Davies said. The firm began making its own resin in the late 1960s, but didn't start selling material on the outside market until the early 1990s.
Shakespeare, a unit of sporting goods maker K2 Inc., is a major producer of fishing and industrial wire and fishing rods and reels. The wire portion of the business is expected to generate sales of about $100 million next year. In addition to making resin and wire in Columbia, Shakespeare operates wire plants in the United Kingdom and China.
The 107-year-old firm also recently purchased a monofilament business in Switzerland from EMS-Chemie Holding AG and a coated thread business near Asheville, N.C., from BASF Corp.
Hasco opens center at N. American HQ
ARDEN, N.C. - Hasco America has opened a customer service center at its North American headquarters in Arden.
The company makes mold components, plates, mold bases and hot-runner systems. The 32,000-square-foot Arden headquarters plant, built in 2000, runs three shifts and is capable of lights-out operation.
Companies team up for control systems
PAWCATUCK, CONN. - Davis-Standard Corp. of Pawcatuck is linking up with a New Jersey system integrator called Circonix to work on DS extrusion control systems.
Davis-Standard will gain access to Paterson, N.J.-based Circonix on an as-needed basis. Davis-Standard also can use Circonix technicians to support equipment installation and aftermarket services for extrusion lines.
In other news, Davis-Standard has upgraded its Model 2300 winder to include a new chucking mechanism that permits 120-inch finished roll widths, at production speeds of up to 1,500 feet per minute - all without the need for a center shaft support.
The chucking mechanism increases line speed because it reduces shaft deflection and shaft whipping, which previously limited speeds to 1,000 feet per minute, at the winder width.
In accumulator-head blow molding news, a pressure-reducing circuit called Toosafe protects tooling from inaccurate pin and die adjustment, after a mold change. Toolsafe, which is standard on all new Davis-Standard blow molders and can be retrofitted to other makes of equipment, lowers pressure to the hydraulic or programming cylinder.
Also, the company said a 3-year-old recycling program at its technical center has kept nearly 450,000 pounds of plastic out of landfills.
REE, Italian firms to produce, sell screws
LOS ALTOS HILLS, CALIF. - REE Inc. (Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering) of Los Altos Hills has signed an agreement with two Italian companies - OMG SpA, a screw and barrel maker in Camignone, and RCT srl, an engineering firm specializing in extrusion, compounding and recycling in Vedano Olona, to develop, produce and sell REE's patented screw designs.
The three companies will provide screws for extrusion and injection molding. REE said its CRD mixer technology uses elongational mixing, for improved mixing and product quality.
According to REE, OMG is part of the Spreafico Group, Italy's largest screw and barrel producer.