Arburg Inc. gaining 2 technical centers
NEWINGTON, CONN. - Officials of injection press supplier Arburg Inc. are working on two new U.S. technology centers at the same time - in Irvine, Calif., and Elgin, Ill.
Arburg held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 4 for the Irvine center. The 5,800-square-foot building is 10 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
President Friedrich Kanz said Arburg is purchasing a 6,000-square-foot building in Elgin.
Each center will have a demonstration and training area big enough to hold five or six injection molding machines. The facilities also will handle spare parts and service personnel.
Arburg Inc., based in Newington, is the North American operation of Arburg GmbH + Co. KG of Lossburg, Germany.
In other news, Arburg plans to announce its largest injection press ever at Fakuma 2006, slated for Oct. 17-21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany - an Allrounder machine with 600 tons of clamping force. Arburg once was known as a small-press specialist, but the company steadily has increased the sizes of its machines.
Hermann purchases trucking operation
DAYTON, NEW JERSEY - Hermann Services Inc. is boosting its capacity drastically, acquiring a bulk trucking outfit and building a second rail siding for transferring and packaging plastic pellets.
``Essentially, the bulk operation and the new rail spur will double the size of our [resin] packaging division,'' said Scott Pillsbury, manager of the packaging division, in a telephone interview.
The third-party logistics company acquired Alpha Bulk Carriers Inc. of Bernardsville, N.J., and is combining the operation with its own packaging division. John Pocock, president and chief executive officer of Alpha Bulk carriers, will stay on as bulk operations manager of the new division.
The second rail siding, in Dayton, is designed to accommodate 40 railroad cars. The space is dedicated for covered hopper cars and will be accessible to bulk trucks. The company also has a rail-car siding in North Brunswick, N.J.
``Now we will be able to serve additional customers,'' Pillsbury said.
Hermann Services is based in Dayton. The company operates an automated contract packaging operation for transferring plastic resin from hopper cars and bulk trucks into bags, boxes and supersacks.
The company was started by Fred Hermann in 1927 as a way to haul watermelons to market. Today, it has transportation, leasing and warehouse services. Hermann Warehouse Corp. started in the 1960s supplying plastics producers. Now, it has more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space in five buildings.
FlexOne Technologies adds CNC software
SAN JOSE, CALIF. - FlexOne Technologies Inc. of San Jose has added SolidCam software to strengthen its toolmaking for electronics manufacturing. SolidCam is for computer numerically controlled programming inside SolidWorks design software.
FlexOne supplies small and medium-size companies in medical and military markets. FlexOne has achieved military-work qualifications, is registered under ISO 9001-2000 and is working to receive the medical-specific ISO 13485 certification.
``We are not a large contract manufacturer, but we have the breadth of services that a Tier 1 supplier offers,'' said Chris Ryan, business development manager.
The company manufactures and assembles printed circuit boards and has total mechanical capabilities including plastics processing and electric discharge machining, said John Zolkos, vice president for plastics.
FlexOne began injection molding in-house in 2001. The firm operates four presses: Engels with 28 and 55 tons of clamping force, a 5-ton Arburg and a 220-ton HPM.
Shay Ahmed formed FlexOne in 1997. The firm employs 27 and occupies 15,000 square feet.
GE Plastics unveils high-heat polymers
SINGAPORE - GE Plastics plans to commercialize two high-performance polymers early next year.
The firm will test applications in information technology and construction later this month.
Kim Choate, GE's Pacific marketing director for Ultem/LNP, said the ultrahigh-heat polyetherimide materials are being readied for the global market. He introduced the melt-processable thermoplastics, which GE will market for ``extreme environments,'' at the Innovations in High Performance Engineering Plastics conference, held Oct. 9 in Singapore.
Choate said the resin will have excellent tensile strength retention at elevated temperatures. GE has named the two products EXP1, with heat bearing in the range of 536-590° F, and EXP2, for up to 513° F.
He said GE is preparing to release more details on the new products.
B&P Process to open sales office in India
SAGINAW, MICH. - B&P Process Equipment and Systems LLC, a Saginaw maker of corotating twin-screw extruders, kneaders, batch mixers and centrifuges, is opening a sales office in India and has inked a deal with a Chinese maker of powder-coating extruders.
Ray Miller, president and chief executive officer, said B&P will open a facility in Pune, India, by the end of October.
The office will cover B&P's full product line.
``It's an emerging market and we've recently had some great success there. So I think now it's time to have yourself on the ground there. It's certainly going to be an opportunity in the future,'' Miller said during B&P's Sept. 28 open house.
The machinery maker announced its China connection in February. B&P signed an agreement with Donghui Powder Processing Equipment Co. Ltd. in Yantai, China. B&P said Donghui Equipment is the largest Chinese manufacturer of twin-screw extruders and kneaders for powder coating.
The companies will share technology and manufacturing experience. B&P has the rights to sell the Donghui machinery outside of China.
Sidel participating in BioHub program
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - Packaging machinery maker Groupe Sidel is a partner in BioHub, a project to make wheat and corn into monomers and polymers. The effort is one of six programs chosen so far under France's Agency for Industrial Innovation.
Heading BioHub is Roquette Freres SA of Lestrem, France, a major producer of starch and a specialist in processing wheat and corn into industrial uses.
The program's goals are to develop ways to make chemical products from renewable plant sources, limit the use of fossil fuels and cut the production of greenhouse gases.
BioHub has a seven-year time frame and a budget of 98 million euros (US$125 million).
Sidel is based in Le Havre.
Davis-Standard gains Saudi Arabian client
ERKRATH, GERMANY - Davis-Standard GmbH of Erkrath has sold two extrusion lines to a customer in Saudi Arabia that makes medical tubing.
Davis-Standard said it supplied all equipment, including extruders, melt pumps, tooling, calibrators, pullers, cutters, winders line controls. It did not identify the customer.
The firm said its business has picked up in the Middle East, where it also has sold machines in Kuwait, Lebanon and Libya.
* Polyflow Corp. of Akron, Ohio, is working on a way to turn mixed and dirty plastics and rubber waste into styrene. The company is contracting now to start taking polymer waste in early 2008. Polyflow is seeking investors so it can open a pilot plant.