Plastics News reporter Mike Verespej gathered the following news briefs during NPE 2006, held June 19-23 in Chicago.
Kurz showcases new heat-transfer presses
Kurz Transfer Products LLP of Charlotte, N.C., introduced its ES 1000 line of electronic heat-transfer presses that can generate up to 10,000 pounds of force and place a heat-transfer stamp within plus or minus 0.004 inch, with alignment performed by a laser-registration system.
The system can be used for products ranging from license plates to coasters.
It also unveiled a special application for in-mold foils that can create a gemstone look for the housing of a cell phone, said Chip Bailey, vice president. He said large, single, color images with circular cutouts are printed onto a carrier foil that then is metalized to give the printed areas a slight metallic gloss and to give the unprinted areas a silver-color appearance.
The mold cavity used by Kurz contains recessed areas that produce raised areas on the injection molded part, providing the user with a better grip.
New charging system from MKS lightweight
MKS, Ion Systems, part of the Ionization Group of MKS Instruments Inc. in Wilmington, Mass., introduced a new lightweight charging system that is small enough to be mounted on a robotic arm for in-mold labeling.
Its single-polarity generator weighs just over 2 pounds and provides consistent pinning power, regardless of changes in ambient conditions or variations in the properties of labels.
MKS Ion is in Alameda, Calif.
Firm offers cheaper controller for inkjet
The Marking Products division of Matthews International Corp. of Pittsburgh showcased its I-Mark SX32 inkjet controller to aid in marking extruded plastic, vinyl siding and plastic pipe.
The SX32, introduced earlier this year, was designed to be a more affordable option ``for lower-end applications'' than the company's controllers for heavy-duty print-head marking applications, said Donna Meade, SX32 product manager.
It can operate in harsh environments with a variety of enhanced valve or traditional print heads to produce high-quality graphics, logos and date codes from 0.09 inch to 5 inches high on porous and nonporous substrates from both volatile organic compound and VOC-free inks.
Econ venting system aids screen changers
Econ GmbH of Pasching, Austria, has incorporated a new patented automatic venting system into its screen changers for extruders.
The system enables companies to run production lines without melt pumps and prevents air from getting trapped in the melt chamber, which can lead to a breakage of film and production-line downtime.
The automated venting system has an integrated spray protection for the venting channels.