OMSO will launch N.J. sales, service
ALLENDALE, N.J. - OMSO SpA, an Italian maker of machinery for dry-offset and screen printing on plastics, is establishing direct sales and service in the United States.
OMSO is based in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Its high-speed machines print on packaging such as plastic lids, cups and bottle caps, plastic paint cans and yogurt containers.
For many years the firm had sold through a manufacturers' representative in Canada, said Jacques Theuvenin, OMSO vice president for the Americas.
A few years ago, Theuvenin set up an OMSO office in Florida, but he said New Jersey is a better location because it's near competing printing machinery makers.
Theuvenin, in Allendale, represents the firm's dry-offset printing machines; Jason Turner, in Markham, Ontario, is sales director for screen-printing equipment. North American director of engineering services Scott Frey handles after-sales service and technical support for both types of equipment in Walton, Ky.
Tectron, German firm build metal detectors
LAGUNA HILLS, CALIF. - Two companies have teamed up to form a supplier of metal detection equipment called Tectron Metal Detection Inc., in Laguna Hills.
The partners are Tectron Engineering Inc. of Laguna Hills, and S+S GmbH of Schoenberg, Germany. Tectron Metal Detection will make, sell and service metal detectors to the plastics, recycling, mining, cement and timber industries worldwide.
Recycling plant fire under investigation
VINTON, TEXAS - Authorities are labeling as ``suspicious'' a March 18 fire that destroyed recycler Plastics International Inc. in Vinton.
Bill Adler, chief of the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Vinton, said the investigators still are looking for the cause, but said it started among raw materials the company had stored outside.
``There was no machinery around the area of origin, so it appears to be suspicious,'' Adler said. ``I don't believe it is accidental.''
One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation, and an apartment complex next door was evacuated temporarily. An elementary school next door closed for the day, Adler said.
Officials with Plastics International could not be reached.
Adler said the facility and plastic parts from vacuum cleaners, headlights and other products stored on its 5-acre property were a ``total loss.'' Several propane tanks on the property exploded as firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, he said.
The company in 2003 had attracted the attention of El Paso County authorities, who were concerned it was a possible fire hazard.
County and school officials were concerned about PI because of a 1997 fire that destroyed the nearby grinding plant of Talco Plastics Inc., said Christina Viesca-Santos, assistant El Paso County attorney. Plastics International paid a $200 fine in early 2004 and was ordered to clean up the business, she said.
Beyond the fire department investigation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is reviewing air and water samples from the fire.
Stratasys FDM able to use PC/ABS blend
CHICAGO - Rapid prototyping specialist Stratasys Inc. has added to its fused deposition model equipment's resin capabilities.
The FDM system now can operate with a polycarbonate/ABS blend, compared to previous limits requiring the use of either ABS or PC for its three-dimensional models, spokesman Joe Hiemenz said during National Manufacturing Week, March 7-10 in Chicago.
The new capabilities will allow manufacturers to use a PC/ABS blend closer to the resins intended for full production, he said.
The Minneapolis-based company also has rolled out a new acrylic photo-polymer resin for the PolyJet modeling machines which allow for designers to produce prototypes using either a blue or white color, which could make fine details easier to distinguish, he said.
RJG JV targeting Asia-Pacific region
SINGAPORE - Two years after RJG Inc. signed up Singapore-based Plastechnic Marketing Ltd. as a distributor, the two firms have formed a joint venture there to sell, distribute and support all RJG products in the Asia Pacific.
The venture, RJG Plastechnic Asia Pte. Ltd., will serve Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China. A new Web site will provide product information in several languages for those customers.
In other news, RJG has met CE certification for eDart, meeting standards required by the European Union.
Fast Heat making hot runners in China
SHANGHAI, CHINA - Fast Heat Inc. has opened a center in Shanghai for manufacturing, sales and service of its hot-runner systems and heating system elements.
Fast Heat of Elmhurst, Ill., already runs a facility in Singapore.
``Like our other operations around the world, Fast Heat China has implemented a complete quality management system and expects to have ISO 9000 certification,'' said Chief Executive Officer Tim Stojka.
The China operation is headed by General Manager Moon Xia.
Fast Heat China is located in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai.
NFM Welding adds devolatilization test
MASSILLON, OHIO - NFM Welding Engineers Inc., which makes compounding extruders in Massillon, Ohio, has expanded its pilot research and development facility by adding a new devolatilization testing laboratory.
NFM said the lab is aimed at companies that want to improve devolatilization processes without installing a pilot facility, which typically can take an investment of two years in time and $2 million in expenses.
The facility has twin-screw and auxiliary equipment, including static mixers, preheaters and an underwater pelletizer. It can run 100-500 pounds of material an hour.
The lab can handle Class I, Division II, Group D materials.
Webview buys assets of Spectrum Vision
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. - Santa Rosa-based Webview Inc. has purchased the assets and intellectual property of Spectrum Vision System from Advanced Technologies Inc. of Palm Harbor, Fla.
The Spectrum equipment offers high-speed inspection of a range of products, including pharmaceuticals, food products, packaging, labeling and automotive parts - at speeds up to 10,000 parts per minute.
The online Spectrum system does not require programming languages for setup and use.
Webview also produces machine vision equipment.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.