Format UK builds giant thermoformer
Format UK Ltd. of Lancashire, England, has built a giant thermoforming machine to make body panels for motor homes.
The machine uses seven rodless pneumatic cylinders from Hoerbiger-Origa and automatically loads the sheet and unloads finished parts. Standard pneumatic cylinders are not load-bearing, and they require the machine to be designed with extra room to accommodate the fully extended rods. Rodless cylinders solve that problem, the company said.
Tel. +44 (1706) 219-529, fax +44 (1706) 219-935, e-mail [email protected]
Iretex Group leasing Vacufoam technology
Brisbane, Australia-based thermoforming machinery maker Leading Edge Services has developed a way to make expandable foam polystyrene shipping pallets with a protective film skin of high-impact polystyrene.
Leading Edge developed the technology through a subsidiary, Vacufoam Systems. The firm is licensing it to packaging maker Iretex Group Ltd. of Collinstown, Ireland, which also has operations in the United States, Czechoslovakia and Malaysia.
Tel. +61 (7) 3299-5444, fax +61 (7) 3299-5244, e-mail [email protected]
Coperion develops high-pressure valve
Coperion Waeschle GmbH said it has developed the first high-pressure blow-through valves for plastics and chemicals.
ZXQ valves, which feed powders into pneumatic conveying systems, are suitable for differential pressures of up to 31/2 bar.
The Weingarten, Germany, firm said the rotary valves reach capacities 30-60 percent higher than those reached by conventional valves of the same size, depending on the product and pressure.
Tel. +49 (751) 408-526, fax +49 (751) 408-557, e-mail [email protected]
F.R. Gross unveils its temperature roll
F.R. Gross Co. of Stow, Ohio, the chill roll subsidiary of Xaloy Inc., introduced its Varitherm multizone, variable-temperature roll.
It features the Equaltherm spiral-wrap design, and offers multiple temperature zones within the roll. F.R. Gross said customers want a heat-transfer roll that can maintain a variety of temperatures across profiled webs.
Tel. (330) 686-2378, fax (330) 686-9262.
RJG program tracks equipment upkeep
RJG Inc. has a Windows-based preventative maintenance program for molds and equipment, called InsightPM, which tracks tool repair histories, labor costs and material costs.
InsightPM can be coupled with RJG's real-time production-monitoring system, or used with an independent spreadsheet.
The program tracks inventory used for repairs and allocates costs. Work orders with a bill of materials can be generated. Maintenance can be scheduled by hours or dates run.
Tel. (231) 947-3111, fax (231) 947-6403, e-mail [email protected]
GE Plastics installs Strainoptics system
GE Plastics has installed its fifth SCA-1500P automated stress measurement system from Strainoptics Inc. of North Wales, Pa.
The personal-computer-based instruments measure birefringence in polymer film. Other models are available that measure residual stress in extruded, thermoformed and injection molded products. GE Plastics uses the device in its resin plants in Mount Vernon, Ind., the Netherlands, Canada and China.
Tel. (215) 661-0100, fax (215) 699-7028, e-mail s[email protected]
PlastiSoft designs packaging software
Toronto-based PlastiSoft Corp.'s cost-estimating software, Tori-Flex version 6.14, is designed for companies that extrude, print and convert flexible packaging.
The latest version has several new features, including the ability to estimate the cost of multilayer bags, improved bar-code shipping by pallet, a full purchasing module and customizable quotes and work-order reports.
Tel. (905) 760-0100, e-mail [email protected]
DTR Software, IQS integrate software
DTR Software International of Jacksonville, Fla., has partnered with Cleveland-based IQS to offer the IQS Business System software as an option, integrated with DTR's enterprise reporting program software for plastics, the Manufacturing Manager version 9.
The agreement marks the first collaboration between IQS and a plastics-specific ERP provider.
Tel. (800) 822-4387.
Orbitform introduces heat-staking method
Orbitform offers a new method of welding plastic parts with molded posts and tabs: ThernuForm, a method of thermal-pneumatic heat staking.
A controlled flow of hot air is blown across a stud or boss to be formed. Then, a cold tool upsets the boss under low pressure to form and set the desired head shape. The boss is remolded, and the resulting joint is tight and rattle free, according to the company in Jackson, Mich.
Hot-air guns are modular, and easy to change to handle different parts, the firm said.
Orbitform said most types of thermoplastics can be formed using ThernuForm, including ABS, nylon, polypropylene, polycarbonate and filled materials.
Tel. (800) 816-9661, fax (517) 787-6609, e-mail [email protected] form.com.