Kuka provides robots for Bowers platform
Houston-based Bowers Equipment Co. Inc., which makes machinery for welding, fabricating and manufacturing, has selected Kuka Robotics Corp. to provide robots for its new Robotics Pipe Cutting Platform.
Kuka makes five- and six-axis robots.
Priced below $200,000, the pipe cutting machinery sells at half the price of larger fixed-equipment units, according to the companies. It also cuts at a higher speed and with more accuracy than traditional equipment, they said.
Joe Campbell, Kuka alliances director, said small pipe fabrication shops can use automated cutting. ``Until now, financially justifying an investment in an automated system just wasn't an option for many customers,'' he said. ``Now finally customers have an affordable option.''
Kuka Robotics is based in Clinton Township, Mich., near Mount Clemens. Its parent company is Kuka Roboter GmbH of Augsburg, Germany.
Tel. (248) 819-0230, fax (866) 329-5852, e-mail [email protected]
Kraton adds 2 grades of PVC alternatives
Kraton Polymers LLC has developed two new grades of Kraton G polymers as alternatives to plasticized PVC.
The new grades of the styrenic block copolymers are aimed at medical and packaging applications. They carry USP Class VI certification and are easy to process in blown or cast film equipment, according to Houston-based Kraton.
MD6932 and MD6945 are tough, flexible and clear, according to Kraton. They can be used in monolayer film - as a layer in coextruded film, or dry blended with polyolefins to customize properties. Kraton touts applications such as surgical draping, blood bags and medical tubing for the new materials.
Tel. (832) 204-5426, fax (832) 204-5460, e-mail [email protected]
Nylon Corp. develops a nylon-based TPE
Nylon Corp. of America has developed a nylon copolymer-based proprietary thermoplastic elastomer.
Nycolastic has flexural modulus as low as 12,000 pounds per square inch. The Manchester, N.H., firm also touts the material's low-temperature impact properties. The self-lubricating material has good recovery and high thermal and chemical resistance. Nycoa said its new TPE shows minimal loss of properties when regrind is used. It is cost-effective when compared with other high-performance TPEs, the company said.
Tel. (803) 233-7187, fax (803) 233-7188, email [email protected]
Nova commercializing latest polyethylene
Nova Chemicals Corp. is making commercial its new high-performance polyethylene for blown film.
Surpass FPs016-C is an octene-containing PE providing toughness without sacrificing processability, according to the Pittsburgh-based firm. It is made using Nova's Sclairtech single-site catalyst technology, which typically makes easy-to-process resins.
Targeted applications include produce and frozen-food packaging, and protective film for transporting mobile homes and boats. The resin's high melt strength, tear strength and seal strength help support such uses, Nova claims.
Tel. (412) 490-4747, fax (412) 490-4154, e-mail [email protected]
Charles Ross debuts its dual-shaft mixer
Charles Ross and Son Co. has introduced a new dual-shaft VersaMix unit that incorporates a special helical agitator and high-speed dispersion blade.
The combination of agitators gives better axial and radial turnover of the materials being mixed. Ross said that feature is especially useful for viscous materials with poor flow, for adding powders that tend to float on the surface, and when heat transfer of the batch constituents is important.
Teflon scraper assemblies are attached to the outside of the anchor agitator to scrape clear the sides and bottom of the vessel when operating in either forward or reverse direction. The VersaMix also can incorporate a high-shear rotor-stator mixer, according to the company in Hauppauge, N.Y.
Tel. (800) 243-7677, fax (631) 234-0691, e-mail [email protected]