Brampton Engineering Inc. is opening a technology center featuring a nine-layer blown film line.
The Brampton, Ontario, firm is offering time on the film line to processors and resin companies to run confidential trials of new structures and materials. Vice President Jim Stobie estimates throughput capacity at about 660 pounds per hour for structures containing nylon barrier layers and about 20 percent higher for polyolefin films without nylon.
``Most of our customers are running their existing lines at full capacity and therefore do not have the opportunity to run trials of new structures they want to test,'' Stobie said.
At the heart of the line is the company's SCD streamlined coextrusion die. The nine-layer die is 350 millimeters wide and is fed by eight 2-inch and one 2½-inch air-cooled extruders. Brampton's latest control system, Italycs-4, is featured. Other standard components include an I-Flex heated lip gauge control, Eliminator air ring, internal bubble cooling, vertical oscillating haul-off and a face-to-face 64-inch turret winder with automated roll-handling system.
Brampton plans to unveil the technology center officially during an Oct. 12 open house.