PHD components fit Sidel blow molders
PHD Inc.'s Plastic Packaging Components Group has released the BCS series of stretch rod cylinders, designed as direct replacements for the parts used in Sidel SBO Series 1 and 2 blow molding machines.
The stretch rod cylinders feature a 50-millimeter bore. They are available in standard stroke lengths of 100-450mm, in increments of 1mm. Internal shock pads come as standard.
Also standard: Food and Drug Administration-approved lubrication, for use in blow molding food packaging.
PHD is in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Tel. (800) 624-8511 or (260) 747-6151, fax (260) 747-6754, email [email protected]
Rotomolding nylons tout strength, cost
Rhodia Engineering Plastics claims its new nylon resins for rotational molding offer new opportunities for product development.
Technyl RTM balances processing and strength properties and cost to open new opportunities in tanks, auto parts, construction components and housings. Initial nylon 6 grades provide chemical resistance, impact strength and stiffness as well as processability.
Technyl RTM C207L is a natural nylon with heat and light stabilizers. The C207 grade is a black material that is heat stabilized. The Farmington Hills, Mich., firm said other nylon 6 and nylon 6/6 grades are under development.
Tel. (248) 994-6120, fax (248) 994-6130, e-mail chad.waldschmidt @us.rhodia.com.
Holmes mold carrier working as retrofit
Portola Packaging Inc. installed one of Henry Holmes' Greaseless Mold Carrier and Alignment System on an older-model Husky injection press running a 48-cavity stack mold, at Portola's factory in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The inventor, who runs Holmes Engineering and Consulting in Lawrence, Kan., said the Portola job marks the first stack-mold application of his technology.
The mechanism, which works on both existing stack molds and single-face molds, uses a roller system that does not require grease. It is designed to replace support systems that slide back and forth on the tie rods or the machine base as the mold opens and closes, a method that requires constant lubrication.
Aaron Smith, Portola's senior tooling engineer, said the firm had spent about $38,000 replacing worn or damaged components where the major role was misalignment, caused by the old aluminum bronze bushings. Portola had to shut off cavities, costing it for maintenance and lost sales.
The system has been running on the 250-ton Husky in Mexico for about a year. After four weeks of running the mold with the Holmes system, Portola had no cavities shut down. For the next six months, repair costs dropped by nearly 80 percent, Smith said.
Holmes has patented the technology in the United States and Canada. Smith said Portola is putting Holmes' system on a 350-ton all-electric Milacron press.
Tel. (785) 843-7420, e-mail hen [email protected]
Data manager tracks blender material use
Process Control Corp. of Atlanta said its Material Manager data collection tool lets you analyze the material usage of a blender or a Gravitrol system over time.
Tracking all the different materials allows the system to provide complete reports on exactly how much of each material was used on a specific job, during a shift, and overall inventory data for each day, week, month and year.
Material Manager uses a Windows-based personal computer, with remote communications capabilities of Process Control equipment.
Tel. (770) 449-8810, fax (770) 449-5445.
Trim & stack former offers quick change
Lyle Industries Inc. said its new RFT Custom thermoforming machine is designed for quick-change, steel-rule trim and stack applications.
The machine can be configured with a variety of options, for both short-run and long-run thermoforming.
While the RFT Custom will accept most tooling packages on the market, Lyle offers an optional quick-change tooling package that enables a changeover in as little as 15 minutes.
The durable machine is designed around four oversized, round platen guideposts and rugged tubular chain rails, the Beaverton, Mich., company said.
The basic configuration includes a dancer unwind station, 110-inch oven, 60-ton form station with 7 inches of stroke, a 100-ton trim station and a scrap winder. The mold size is 32 inches by 36 inches.
The top and bottom ovens roll out independently for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Gary Sowden Jr., vice president of operations, said the RFT Custom is a big improvement over traditional round-post designs.
``Our oversized posts allow for higher tonnage, and our tubular chain rails are stronger and allow for more-precise temperature control,'' he said.
Tel. (989) 435-7717, fax (989) 435-7250.