Colors For Plastics Inc. has found a better way to get liquid color from point A to point B.
The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based compounder recently designed a new liquid-color tote system at one of its two Elk Grove Village plants.
The system - designed for customers that use CFP's liquid color products in molding applications - can deliver liquid color to as many as eight machines from a distance of up to 300 feet, national sales director Ron Hulbert said during a recent interview at the company's headquarters.
Previous liquid color delivery systems involved manifolds or trunk lines and required a space-consuming pump, motor and controller located close to the molding machines, Hulbert said. Earlier systems also could serve only four machines, a number that's now doubled.
Color changes also had to be done right at the machine, a process that was time-consuming and potentially messy. Now, a 275-gallon container can be refilled or changed from an area far away from molding machines. Pumps and controllers also are located at a distance.
``It's a better delivery system,'' Hulbert said. ``A lot more customers are looking at liquid color than before as an option for their business.''
CFP is offering customers full-service installation and training on the new delivery system. Color testing of the system has produced results accurate to within half a gram per color cycle.
The firm has a total of 5 million pounds of liquid color capacity at plants in Elk Grove Village and Spartanburg, S.C. Recent installations of new liquid mixers at each site more than doubled that capacity.
CFP also makes a broad line of solid color concentrates at its three plants. More than half of CFP's sales are into the housewares market, with about 70 percent of its products based on polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene.
Sales for 2004 are up 5-10 percent from last year, prompting CFP to add 10 employees and two sales reps so far this year.
The privately owned firm expects sales to hit $16 million in 2004.