Stopol diversifying as industry resource
CHICAGO - Solon, Ohio-based Stopol Inc. (Booth N4216) continues to evolve from a company that specializes in used machinery auctions, to one that brings many facets of the industry together.
Stopol has reached an agreement with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based MGV Enterprises LLC to sell its IntelliMold-brand closed-loop process control system for molding.
IntelliMold acts as a sort of autopilot for molding machines ``using real-time pressure and temperature measurements to calculate the moldability of the internal melt pressure,'' according to a Stopol news release.
Selling new equipment is an initiative the company has been pursuing during the past year, said Bryan Kokish, Stopol's marketing director, in a June 19 interview at NPE.
Those efforts included recruiting Steve Schroeder, formerly of Fremont, Ohio-based Epco Machinery LLC, to head up new equipment sales.
Kokish said Stopol also is likely to enter the real estate business, helping expanding firms locate good facilities being vacated by companies that are downsizing or closing altogether.
Also at NPE, Stopol announced the launch of a new free job- posting service on its Web site, which it says receives about 500,000 hits per month. Beginning Sept. 1, displaced workers will be able to market themselves to prospective employers at www.stopol.com.
IQMS presents new wireless monitoring
CHICAGO - IQMS Corp.'s (Booth S338) latest product is so high-tech that the company cannot sell it in China.
The computer chips and software that are part of the network technology built into the company's new wireless Production Monitoring System have potential applications in defense, meaning that the U.S. government limits where the company can sell the system.
But throughout most of the world, the wireless system introduced at NPE 2006 allows remote monitoring of molding machines in real time and saves the $500 cost of hard wiring those machines into the network, said President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Flamm.
Each wireless box costs $300, saving molders $200 per press, which adds up over a global press fleet, Flamm said during a June 19 interview at NPE.
IQMS of Paso Robles, Calif., has its hard-wired monitoring system in use within 750 plants globally. Manufacturers and managers can access information about what is running in each machine and if the machine is operating within normal guidelines.
IQMS teamed with chip supplier Crossbow Technology Inc. to create the wireless version of its system. The wireless components use a mesh network technology, which prevents glitches in communication by allowing the sensor on one machine to access others around it, to link into the central database, essentially bouncing the signal until it finds a clear path - while still maintaining speed needed to collect the data in real time.
Molders also can shift presses and adjust plant floor layout more easily if they do not have to rewire the network, he said.
Radici plans plant in China, JV in India
SUZHOU, CHINA - Italian compounder Radici Plastics plans to launch a new nylon compounding subsidiary in Suzhou by the end of this year.
Designed to tap China's rapidly expanding demand for nylon, Radici's 22 million-pound-per-year plant will start with 30 employees. Radici will own 100 percent of the operation.
The firm expects formal approval from Chinese authorities in ``a few months'' - and hopes to start the plant by year-end, according to Cesare Clausi, coordinator for the Chinese project.
Clausi, former general manager of Radici's Brazil operation, said the firm is launching the plant to meet demand from the auto market and from existing Radici customers that are moving operations to China. Chinese consumption of nylon is forecast to double by 2010, and the market is expected to soar to 1.1 billion pounds per year in that time, Clausi said.
Car production in the country is due almost to double, to reach around 10 million units per year by 2010, according to Radici Plastics, part of Bergamo, Italy-based Radici Group.
Early next year, Radici Plastics plans to launch a joint venture in India that will be 60 percent owned by Radici and 40 percent by Mumbai, India-based industrial conglomerate MK Modi Group. The venture expects to post annual sales of 10 million euros ($13 million) within three years, according to Radici.
NPE international attendance sets record
CHICAGO - Total registration reached 59,714 as of midafternoon Monday, according to numbers released by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington. Of that, 13,746, or 23 percent of the total, were from outside the U.S. Those numbers include both on-site and pre-registration.
By comparison, the first day of NPE 2003 reached 58,260; of that total, 9,864 - or 17 percent - were international registrants.