Milacron forms group to upgrade extruders
Milacron Inc. has started an extrusion aftermarket group to upgrade older extruders to improved productivity, process controls, reliability and ease of maintenance.
Special services include a one-day turnaround on controls repair and a gearbox loaner program to minimize downtime at the customer.
The Cincinnati-based company offers the rebuilding and retrofit services in North and South America on all Cincinnati Milacron-brand extruders, according to Mark Birkle, business manager of the firm's aftermarket group.
The group can upgrade extruders with several new technologies, including advanced barrels and screws, new air-cooled designs, new controls, motor and drive replacements, advanced screw-oil manifolds for precise screw heating and a new ``open-core'' entry adapter body for boosting output.
Milacron also offers a machine audit service, with a technician makes recommendations, either at the extrusion factory or after the extruder is shipped to Milacron's factory in Batavia, Ohio.
Tel. 513-536-3314, fax 513-536-2668, e-mail [email protected]
Munchy adds features to recycling machines
Recycling equipment maker Munchy Ltd. has added several new design features to get higher output from smaller machines.
The company added the Insizor technology to its patented Munch Dual-Diameter Screw, leading to a better-quality melt at low temperatures, reducing thermal degradation. The Insizor improves the efficiency of material in-feeding, especially when recycling reels and trims.
An Auto-Length Pellet Control, standard on all roll or trim-fed Munch lines, ensures that pellets are consistent in size and shape. The controller automatically adjusts the machine settings to compensate for variations in the material input.
Also, In-Feed rollers now feature a reverse- feed action, which gives an easy, time-saving method of clearing material jams, according to the company in Norwood, N.J.
Tel. 201-767-7111, fax 201-767-6293, e-mail [email protected]
Alconox says cleaner prolongs mold life
Got dirty molds? Alconox Inc. has the answer.
The company in White Plains, N.Y., said its Alconox-brand aqueous cleaner can prolong mold life, when it is used in a 1 percent solution to clean molds manually or ultrasonically.
JAE Oregon Inc. of Tualatin, Ore., used the cleaning product on its molds for electrical connectors. JAE officials said Alconox is the best way to remove rust and material residue on the molds. The processor cleans its tools daily.
Tel. 914-948-4040, fax 914-948-4088, e-mail [email protected]
PHD division offering replacement nozzles
PHD Inc.'s division, Plastic Packaging Components Group, has released the Series BCZ2D heat set nozzle cylinders, which are designed as drop-in replacements for nozzle cylinders on Sidel Series2 heat-set blow molding machines.
The PHD cylinders mount into the same space and bolt patterns.
An optional manifold and valve combination can increase response times and simplifies plumbing issues, according to the company in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Clariant touting its metal alternatives
Clariant Masterbatches has added heavyweight thermoplastic compounds to its lineup as alternatives to metals.
In the early 1990s, GE Plastics debuted heavy, filled thermoplastics with special grades of its Valox polybutylene terephthalate but Clariant's offerings span a wider range of resins, including nylons, polypropylene, ABT PBT, polyphenylene sulfide, poyetherether ketone and thermoplastic polyurethane.
Clairiant says it is adding tungsten, barium sulfate, bismuth and other heavy materials to resins to give them specific gravities from as low as 1.5, equal to that of 80 percent glass-filled polycarbonate, to 11, about as heavy as lead metal.
Clariant Masterbatches specialty compounding product manager Robert Wick said the compounds combine some of the advantages of metals with processing ease of plastics. Medical uses can include radiation shielding and radio-opaque products. Sporting goods like fishing tackle and ammunition can benefit from their heft. Cosmetics packaging might convey higher value with the extra weight, suggests the Millington, Md.-based specialty compounding division.
Tel. 410-928-5412, e-mail [email protected]
Hasco Hasenclever unveils mold sealant
Hasco Hasenclever GmbH + Co. KG has introduced a flexile sealing element for mold cavity plates, called the A4200.
When the elements are mounted on the cavity plate, metal inserts can be overmolded without creating any burrs and damaging the mold, the company said.
Hasco developed with the wear-resistant plastic material for the inset with the Plastics Institute in Ludenscheid, Germany. Hasco also is based in that city.
Tel. 49-2351-95-70, fax 49-2351-95-72-37, e-mail [email protected]
Inoex introduces MaxFlexx sleeves
Inoex GmbH has introduced MaxFlexx, a new generation of adjustable calibration sleeves for pipe extrusion.
MaxFlexx comprises an inflexible inlet and a flexible calibration cage. A range of pressure classes for a nominal pipe diameter can be made without interruption, according to the Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, firm. The core of the system, the calibration cage, is adapted to exterior diameters, including shrinkage rates, through a simple manual adaptation unit. A meter at the inlet displays actual values.
Tel. 49-57-31-9886-0, fax 49-57-31-96766, e-mail [email protected]