Krauss-Maffei sites PU center in Detroit
NOVI, MICH. - Krauss-Maffei Corp. has opened a Detroit Competence Center to showcase its polyurethane processing equipment to automotive customers.
PU processors in the Detroit area can run chemical trials, do prototyping or get training.
The center, in Novi, houses a range of Krauss-Maffei PU metering equipment, a spray system and several reaction injection molding presses, plus color dosing, air nucleation and carbon dioxide blowing.
The firm plans to add a large MX injection press, with 1,300 tons of clamping force, as well as routers and trimming equipment.
The Detroit facility serves as Krauss-Maffei's worldwide center for polyurethane spray technology, an area of special interest to the automotive industry.
In other news, KM has partnered with EPW Inc. of Elkhart, Ind., to offer molds and tooling for polyurethane processors. The two companies are working out of the Detroit Competence Center.
The center's address is 29615 Hudson Drive, Novi, Mich., 48377-1734.
Wittmann 7-Series wins design award
Vienna, Austria - Germany's Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has given a Red Dot Design Award to a Wittmann robot.
The 7-Series robot won the 2006 award for the category of machinery, plant and components for Wittmann Kunststoffgerate GmbH and designer Valentinitsch Design Studio, both of Vienna.
Valentinitsch Design has helped Wittmann create robots, dryers, material-handling systems, mold temperature controllers and water flow regulators. The designer also helped Wittmann create a corporate branding design.
Wittmann's U.S. unit, Wittmann Inc., is based in Torrington, Conn.
Starlinger HQ hosts opens house on PET
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - More than 200 visitors representing 155 companies from 55 countries came to Starlinger & Co. GmbH's open house in at its headquarters in Vienna in mid-September.
Starlinger, which sets up factories to make woven plastic sacks, has moved into PET recycling in recent years. The open house centered on PET. Visitors could talk to experts from recycling companies, PET preform makers, beverage makers, equipment suppliers, refineries and consulting firms.
Attendees also toured PRT PET Recycling Team GmbH in WÃ¶llersdorf, Austria.
The company's U.S. operation is in Hanover Park, Ill.
New programs drive software upgrades
Dedham, Mass. - Growing interest in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma means the global market for continuous improvement hardware, software and services should more than double by the end of 2010, according to ARC Advisory Group of Dedham.
The continuous improvement market was more than $200 million in 2005, ARC said.
Research director Ralph Rio said global competition is forcing manufacturers to adopt continuous improvement programs.
``A corporation's business processes are embedded in their software systems. As they adopt lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, they increasingly need systems tailored to these programs,'' he said.
ReifenhÃ¤user venture targets wood-plastic
Troisdorf, Germany - ReifenhÃ¤user GmbH & Co. KG is making news in the wood-plastic components business and extrusion coating.
ReifenhÃ¤user and wood-plastic specialist Kosche GmbH developed technology for that market, and six ReifenhÃ¤user extrusion lines were installed at Kosche's factory in Hesse, Germany.
Kosche, of Much, Germany, uses ReifenhÃ¤user's twin-screw extruder, the Bitruder, because they are equipped with special counter-rotating, intermeshing screws that are good for processing wood fibers and thermoplastics such as polyethylene or polypropylene.
ReifenhÃ¤user adapts the screw geometry and wear resistance of the twin screws and barrels to the different combinations of wood and polymers.
Kosche builds its own dies. Its Kovatool brand has an integrated disc calibrator.
Kosche and Troisdorf-based ReifenhÃ¤user are marketing the turnkey extrusion equipment to the wood-plastic market.
In other news, ReifenhÃ¤user has signed an agreement with Italian printing and converting machinery maker Rotomec SpA. ReifenhÃ¤user is now a preferred supplier of extruders integrated into Rotomec extrusion coating and laminating. Rotomec is based in San Giorgio Monterrato.
The extruder maker's U.S. unit, Reifenhauser Inc., is in Ipswich, Mass.