Wilmington offers Lumina series press
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Wilmington Machinery Inc. will introduce the Lumina series of injection press, and the Series III wheel blow molding machine at K 2004, where it will be located in the North Carolina booth.
The Lumina LP press provides structural foam, gas-assist and other low-pressure molding technologies for molders of large, heavy-walled parts.
The Series III wheel machine has up to 60 cavities. It features barrier extrusion capability to produce complex containers.
The company is based in Wilmington.
Boston Matthews launches new Logic
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - Boston Matthews Plastics Machinery Ltd. will launch a new Logic range of single-screw extruders at K 2004.
The company in Worcester said it has invested more than $550,000 to add three-dimensional computer design software and improve manufacturing and assembly operations.
Boston Matthews designed the Logic to be energy efficient, quick and easy to maintain and to have the ability to run many materials.
Standard energy-saving features include an alternating-current motor with encoder feedback, together with a flux vector drive with forced ventilation. Intelligent electronics automatically shut down functions when they are not required - for example, a temperature sensor shuts down the ventilation fans when not needed.
A cold-start interlock and over-pressure protection also come standard.
The Logic range is available in four screw-diameter sizes: 30 millimeters, 38mm, 45mm and 60mm.
Bekum introduces its tandem process
BERLIN - Berlin-based Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH will debut the tandem-blow process, which blow molds two bottles, base-to-base, from a single extruded parison.
Bekum developed the multicavity process for small, individual-serving bottles that hold 3-9 ounces of milk, sports drinks and juices. The process can run on single- and double-station machines.
At K 2004, Bekum will demonstrate tandem blow by running 6-ounce milk bottles on a six-cavity mold fed by three parisons. The technology, which blows from the top and bottom, finishes the bottle in the mold. Bottles come out of the machine in an oriented fashion, and no downstream trimming is required, Bekum said.
Tandem blow doubles the production output of a single- or twin-station machine, said Gottfried Mehnert, Bekum's chairman and president. The process turns out bottles with a single layer, three layers or six layers.
``You have the output like a rotary machine. This is the important part,'' Mehnert said.
Also at K, Bekum will mold 6-ounce cosmetic bottles on a BM-806/D double-station machine.
The company will run a two-cavity, two-liter handleware bottle on a BM-304SE, one of its Economic-line blow molders made its factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bekum targets the Economic machines to customers in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Econ-PET can make 3,000 bottles an hour
TAUNUSSTEIN, GERMANY - A German company, Plast Engineering Knauff, is debuting a PET stretch blow molding machine called Econ-PET Compact A4, which can turn out 3,000 PET bottles an hour.
K 2004 marks the market introduction of the machine, developed with Plast Engineering's partner, Carbo Concept of Pancevo, Serbia.
Miroslav Stulic founded Carbo Concepts in 1990 to manufacture machines that made PET packaging for Coca-Cola and Fanta soft drinks.
The original market was the former Yugoslav republics, plus Eastern European countries such as Romania, the Soviet Union and Albania.
The controls and equipment components of the Econ-PET come from Germany and Western Europe.
Taunusstein-based Plast Engineering Knauff also will demonstrate a Semi 500 stretch blow molding machine, which makes PET containers of up to 5 gallons.