Spirex, Glycon Corp. to sell shut-off valve
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Screw makers Spirex Corp. and Glycon Corp. have reached a worldwide agreement to market and sell Glycon's Quick Shut-Off nonreturn valve.
The QSO valve features high material flow and fast shut-off compared with conventional ball-and-ring-check valves, according to the companies.
The valve also provides lower stress and shear.
During shot recovery, melted polymer enters the valve through generous entry ports and pushes the poppet forward into an open position. Evenly spaced axial grooves create a smooth, open path for material through the valve, with no sharp corners or obstructions.
Spirex is based in Youngstown. Glycon is in Tecumseh, Mich.
Press maker Stork shifting to new site
HENGELO, NETHERLANDS - Dutch injection press maker Stork Plastics Machinery BV is leaving its original building in downtown Hengelo - where the Stork family founded a machine works in 1868 - and will move into a new, 108,000-square-foot building this year on the outskirts of town.
Construction began in December. ``Now it's more or less completed, which means we will start to move in April,'' spokesman Johan Visser said in a Feb. 10 telephone interview. The new factory is located along a freeway.
By September, employees should begin full production of Stork injection molding machines, which have clamping forces of 100-2,000 tons.
Hengelo will redevelop the original Stork site, renovating some buildings for a school, retail shops, offices and houses. One building is being turned into a fire station, Visser said.
Hengelo is known as Metal City, a nod to Stork's role as a co-founder of the town.
Stork got into injection molding machines in the late 1960s, building them under license from U.S. press maker Reed Corp. Later, the Dutch company began making machines using its own designs.
ARC predicts growth in asset management
DEDHAM, MASS. - Plant Asset Management systems should grow at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 10 percent through 2009, according to ARC Advisory Group of Dedham.
The market is expected to top $1.8 billion by 2009, up from more than $1.1 billion now.
PAM systems help optimize maintenance and plant operations, and boost the availability of production capacity. Wil Chin, ARC research director, said improving the management of capital assets is one of the best ways to boost productivity without upsetting production, since it helps companies use existing equipment better.
PAM systems are accounting for a larger share of business assets, he added.
Krauss-Maffei forms Thailand subsidiary
MUNICH, GERMANY - German machinery maker Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH has established a subsidiary in Bangkok, Thailand, called Krauss-Maffei Thailand Co. Ltd.
The center will help KM deliver spare parts more quickly to customers in Thailand, said chairman Josef MÃ¤rtl. Seven people work at the facility.
Krauss-Maffei's customer base in Thailand is centered on automotive molding, and food and cosmetics packaging.
The Munich company makes injection presses, extruders and polyurethane processing equipment. Last year, the firm opened two sales and service offices in China, in Beijing and Shenzhen.
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