WORMS, GERMANY (Aug. 30, 9 a.m. EDT) — Visitors to Kiefel Extrusion GmbH's K show booth will see an updated three-layer Kirion blown film line, controlled by Kirion C software, with an integrated, ultrasonic bubble-control system.
According to the company, the system significantly improves width control by integrating internal bubble cooling and a servomotor-driven, high-speed fine-adjustment unit, combined with a width-measurement system.
While the Worms-based company introduced the Kirion brand name at the 2001 K show, and showed the line at NPE 2003, the main news at this year's K are three new modules.
One is an improvement in cooling that boosts output. Second, an alternating-current direct drives for the extruders replace drive belts, saving valuable installation space and easier main— tenance.
Also the company will introduce a nine-layer die.
Other improvements include a new, robust haul-off, designed for large, lay-flat films of nearly 12 feet, and a new “cascade” width-control system.
During K, Kiefel will offer a shuttle between Dusseldorf and its factory in Worms, where the company will produce seven-layer barrier film.
Kiefel Inc. is the company's U.S. headquarters, which is in Wrentham, Mass.