Web Ranger system finds film scratches
San Diego-based Wintriss Engineering Corp. installed a Web Ranger surface-inspection system at a manufacturer of window film, to detect very faint scratches in the film.
The scratches can be less than 1 mil wide, so they are very difficult to find during the production process, but they stick out when the film is installed in a window in a house.
Wintriss developed an innovative lighting solution based on a special optical technique that uses the refractive index of the scratches.
Tel. (800) 550-7300.
NRD LLC introduces Staticmaster ionizer
NRD LLC of Grand Island, N.Y., has introduced a line of ionizers called Staticmasters. They diminish the buildup of static electricity in materials such as plastics, paper and textiles.
Model 6100 EC is a static-neutralizing bar with a round body that enables users to aim the emitter points as needed. The Model 6100ER neutralizing bar comes with two sliding mounting studs in a slotted channel for mounting flexibility.
Model 6100 ER-AC adds an air knife, which helps when working with irregularly shaped parts or when dust or other particulates must be removed.
NRD also offers a Staticmaster Model 600 power supply for use with the bars and the 6200 HOB ionizing air blower.
Tel. (716) 773-7634, fax (716) 773-7744, e-mail [email protected] .com.
Maplan plans to show vinyl siding know-how
American Maplan Corp. will highlight its twin-screw extruders and screw technology for vinyl siding at K 2004, Oct. 20-27 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The use of long screws, with a 26-to-1 length-to-diameter ratio, improves heat transfer, increases melt homogeneity and gives good process control. The combination of high screw torque and low revolutions per minute yields a gentle mixing action, reducing shear and improving melt quality, according to Maplan of McPherson, Kan.
Maplan offers combinations of extruders and coextruders designed for vinyl siding. The combination of a TS135 main extruder and TS92 coextruder pumps out more than 4,000 pounds of siding an hour. A lower-volume choice, the TS110 main extruder and DSK62 coextruder, produces more than 2,000 pounds an hour.
Maplan has developed screws that process both rigid vinyl and acrylic capstock.
The company's Active Conical System can be retrofitted onto competing extruders to make capstock. The design reduces flight depth in the feed zone and increases depth in the metering zone.
Tel. (620) 241-6843, fax (620) 241-0207, e-mail [email protected] maplan.com.
Bruckner to exhibit lines for film, sheet
Bruckner Maschinenbau GmbH of Siegsdorf, Germany, will present its sheet lines and film-stretching machinery at K 2004.
Bruckner Formtec will show equipment for making PET and polypropylene film for rigid packaging. In cooperation with Processing Technologies Inc., the company will exhibit sheet lines that can handle thicknesses up to 10 millimeters.
Bruckner SerTec will show its ability to upgrade existing lines, those made by Bruckner and other brands.
Tel. +49 (8662) 63-278, fax +49 (8662) 63-220, e-mail karlheinz [email protected]
Dipiemme to operate PP drinking-cup line
Dipiemme srl of Cassano Magnago, Italy, plans to run an in-line extrusion and thermoforming system making polypropylene drinking cups on a 12-cavity mold during K 2004. The line will include a main extruder with a metering pump, a metering die to produce 26-inch-wide PP sheet, calendering rolls for cooling, a heating section and a thermoforming and trimming station.
Features include compressed-air operation, a cam-driven toggle, brushless motor, aluminum water-cooled chain guides and fast mold changes. A Robostack system will remove and stack the cups.
Dipiemme also will show the latest development in extrusion waterproof membranes from high-impact dimple sheet.
Tel. +39 (331) 200-730, fax +39 (331) 282-000, e-mail [email protected] iemme.com.
Kortec focuses on soft drink solutions
K show visitors will be able to see Kortec Inc.'s Ultra 144 multilayer coinjection system for PET preforms, a 144-cavity mold.
Kortec said a major soft drink producer, which it does not identify, is using the Ultra 144. Kortec claims it is the world's largest production system for multilayer PET preforms. The 144-cavity mold can turn out 576 PET preforms per minute - or 288 million a year. The coinjection system is designed for preforms with neck diameters of 28 millimeters.
On the same machinery platform, Kortec also offers its Ultra 128, which produces preforms with neck diameters up to 43mm, commonly used for juices and sports drinks.
``Our focus is more on showing the total solutions we bring to converters serving the carbonated soft drink, beer, juice and other packaging markets,'' said John Kermet, vice president of sales and marketing at Kortec in Ipswich, Mass.
The three-layer preforms combine PET with the layers of barrier and oxygen-scavenging resins. The finished container can offer up to 60 times the oxygen-barrier performance of a single-layer PET container, for longer shelf life.
Tel. (978) 238-7167, e-mail jker [email protected]
Sipa SpA to display its rotary machinery
At K 2004, Sipa SpA will play on the flexibility theme in blow molding, by rolling out its SFR 9/27 triple- and single-cavity rotary machines.
The blow molding machine can make bottles in many different sizes. Its nine blow stations can mount triple-cavity molds for single-service containers, or single-cavity molds for larger bottles.
The SFR 9/27 boasts a very small footprint, simple mechanical setup and preform heating and stabilization that is typical of Sipa's SFR rotary range.
Sipa is based in Vittorio Veneto, Italy. Sipa North America is in Atlanta.
Tel. (404) 349-3966, fax (404) 349-3858, e-mail [email protected]
Gneuss introducing melt filtration system
At K 2004, Gneuss Inc. will introduce the SFXmagnus rotary melt filtration system.
SFXmagnus is based on the automatic model of the RSFgenius. It offers a new drive technology and a larger screen capacity up to 1,400 square inches, but it does not do integrated screen cleaning, allowing for a lower cost. Features include constant pressure, the ability to include pressures of up to 12,000 pounds per square inch, filtration down to 3 microns and melt temperatures up to 660°F.
Gneuss of Matthews, N.C., also will introduce its Premium pressure sensor, with a new diaphragm technology. The design means it is no longer possible to break off the flexible capillary. The sensor can be removed even when the equipment is cold.
Gneuss also will show an extended range of features on its RSFgenuis, including the ability to handle highly corrosive materials, increased active screen area up to 465 square inches and finer micron ratings down to 1 or 2 microns.
Tel. (704) 841-7251, fax (704) 841-7254, e-mail [email protected]