Davis-Standard sells Super Blue extruders
Concepts Plas Inc. has purchased three Davis-Standard Corp. Super Blue-brand extruders to process rigid and flexible vinyl profiles for windows and doors, plus specialty applications such as boat dock bumpers.
The company processes from 70-300 pounds of vinyl an hour on each machine, depending on the product.
Another Super Blue buyer is Piper Profiles Inc. in Ferndale, Wash. The start-up extrusion company has purchased seven of the machines, and officials plan to buy more as the company diversifies beyond window and door products.
Davis-Standard of Pawcatuck, Conn., introduced the Super Blue in 2003 as a lower-priced quick-ship machine with delivery two weeks from the date of order.
Tel. (860) 599-1010, e-mail [email protected]
Harrel's melt pumps hold up to pressure
Extruder maker Harrel Inc. of East Norwalk, Conn., said its GP-054 series of melt pumps has a much thicker steel shaft than the standard construction of a half inch to 1 inch.
A thicker shaft is needed when plastic pressures rise above 5,000 pounds per square inch, the company said. The GP-054 also features modified gears and more rugged overall construction.
It is rated to 10,000 psi and 750° F. The range of melt pumps can turn out 15-2,000 pounds an hour.
Tel. (203) 866-2573.
Battenfeld unveils BMCtouch controller
Extruder maker Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik GmbH introduced the BMCtouch controller with, as the name implies, touch-screen operation.
The company in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, said BMCtouch is an improvement over earlier models of BMCplus and BMCsmart controllers. The controller, which has a 15-inch high-resolution screen, has retained large machine keys for use by machine operators if needed.
BMCtouch can handle a complete extrusion line.
Tel. +49 (5731) 242-0, fax +49 (5731) 271-24, e-mail [email protected] bex.battenfeld.com.
Bandera provides packaging extruder
Luigi Bandera SpA of Busto Arsizio, Italy, has supplied a complete extrusion line to a European customer to make amorphous PET/glycol-modified PET multilayer foil for thermoformed food packaging.
Bandera said the two-extruder line can run more than 2,640 pounds an hour of PET foil, with up to three layers. The main, co-rotating, twin-screw extruder has a screw diameter of 135 millimeters to run the inside layer of recycled PET. A 70mm extruder makes the outside layers. Each extruder has a length-to-diameter ratio of 42-1.
Bandera said its patented technology processes PET - generally a mixture of post-consumer bottles, post-industrial and virgin resin - by a direct method that eliminates the need for expensive and bulky crystallization and drying systems to pre-treat the raw materials.
Tel. +39 (0331) 398-111, fax +39 (0331) 680-206, e-mail [email protected]
AirConvey equipment aids film recycling
Precision AirConvey Corp. of Newark, Del., has introduced two machines to assist film recycling.
The WastePAC densifier compresses film into bricks on-site for easy handling when shipping the material to a recycler. The machine can process up to 450 pounds an hour. The operator can quickly change the size of the bricks from 8-30 inches long.
PAC roll splitters permit defective rolls of film, or those outside of specifications, to be safely and automatically removed from the cardboard cores without manual cutting, which can be dangerous. That also means the film is free of contaminants. The company said the process takes as little as eight seconds.
Tel. (302) 999-8000, fax (302) 266-7559, e-mail [email protected]
SIG Corpoplast offers blow station option
SIG Corpoplast GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, is offering a compact blowing station on all Blowmax Series III machines. The newly designed blowing stations can turn out hourly 1,800 large PET bottles up to 1.5 liters in size.
Tel. +49 (40) 67907-357, fax +49 (40) 67907-9357, e-mail [email protected]
Littleford names Powder King its rep
Pulverizer maker Powder King LLC has become the exclusive U.S. and Canadian sales agent for a new line of rotational molding machines from Littleford Plastics International USA, a unit of Littleford Day Inc.
Littleford's equipment includes carousel and shuttle machines, both available with straight- and offset-arm models. The shuttle machine comes in four sizes, with a swing ranging from 98-216 inches. Three sizes of carousel machines have swings ranging from 98-137 inches.
Ovens on the machines use accordion-style folding doors, a feature the company said increases energy efficiency.
Both types of machine use a touch-screen Windows-based controller.
``The current demand for used rotational molding machines is greater than the number of machines out there,'' said Powder King President Jim Hummel, who also sells used machines. ``It's the perfect market to introduce a competitively priced line of new machines.''
Littleford is based in Florence, Ky., where it makes high-intensity mixers and upstream equipment for rotomolding and vinyl pipe, profiles, windows and fence. The firm introduced its rotomolding machines at the K 2004 show in Germany, then hooked up with Powder King at the October Association of Rotational Molders International meeting in Cleveland.
Littleford Day has sold eight rotomolders since the ARM event, according to Charles Kroeger II, vice president of sales.
Besides Florence, Kroeger said Littleford Day has manufacturing locations for rotomolding machines and components in Milan, Italy, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The firm can source components from any of those locations, he said.
``We have the capability of making 100 percent of the machine here in Florence,'' Kroeger said.
Powder King recently moved into a larger headquarters in Anthem, Ariz. The building has a test grinding operation.
Powder King also sells dry powder mixers for rotomolding made by Kelly Duplex Mill & Manufacturing Co. of Springfield, Ohio.
Tel. (623) 551-9897, fax (623) 551-8571, e-mail [email protected]