Companies under SMS Plastics Technology of Dusseldorf, Germany, showed injection molding machines, blown and cast film equipment and extruders at NPE 2006, held June 19-23 in Chicago.
NPE marked the entry into the printing market for Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc., which has partnered with an Italian company.
During the week-long show, Battenfeld Gloucester sold a cast stretch-film line, a two-layer thermoplastic polyurethane line, a monolayer blown film line and several bag machines and winders.
``We closed more business during the show than ever before, and the level of serious inquiries is also impressive,'' said Bob Weeks, vice president of sales and marketing. ``The presentation of new hardware, and our entry into the printing market, was very well-received.''
At the Chicago show, Battenfeld of America Inc. displayed:
* A small, two-platen HM 25/130 molding a double cogwheel with two sets of gears on an eight-second cycle in a four-cavity mold. The compact design saves space and allows easy access to all parts. Features include generous mold mounting space, and what the company claims is the largest diagonal distance between tie bars for a press of its clamping force. Linear guides support the moving platen. A new size in the line, the HM 400/2250, molded a box on a 30-second cycle.
* From the company's toggle modular series, a TM 100/525 molded a polycarbonate reflector casing for a flashlight, running a 10-second cycle.