Wayne takeoff unit adds second chill roll
Wayne Machine & Die Co. of Totowa, N.J., has introduced a midsized Yellow Jacket cast film takeoff system, featuring orientation, thanks to a second chill roll.
The second roll features a closed-loop precision drive that maintains the selected speed ratio between the two chill rolls, so the film is oriented in the machine direction.
Once set, the motors are continuously monitored with encoders to maintain the exact degree of orientation.
The chill rolls feature double-shell, spiral-baffle construction with chrome plating.
Tel. 973-256-7374, fax 973-256-1778, e-mail [email protected]
Maplan line boosts CSM's efficiency
Central States Marketing and Manufacturing installed an AMC/BEX 54 extruder, and AMC Compact downstream equipment from American Maplan Corp., and the extrusion company boosted efficiency by 10-15 percent.
The ability of the line to do precision cutting has eliminated the need to cut off-line, according to CSM President Chuck Singleton. The extruder produces more than the company's other lines, and uses less energy, he said.
CSM and Maplan are both based in McPherson, Kan.
CSM is using the Maplan line to make window profiles, fence and siding and custom profiles for signs, furniture and other markets. The AMC/BEX 54 can turn out 65-285 pounds an hour.
The ``plug-and-play'' line were running the same day they were installed, Singleton said.
The extruder has water-filled screws and air-cooled barrel. The Compact downstream equipment includes a calibrating table, a belt haul-off and a saw.
Tel. 620-798-2304, 620-241-2142, e-mail [email protected]
Fasti chiller utilizes water, air mixture
Fasti GmbH of Kufstein, Austria, has developed a new chiller technology for blow molders that uses a chilled mixture of water and air, also called ``saturated steam.''
Fasti said the equipment, named DryWater, can boost production by 10-30 percent. The saturated steam is injected into the part to be blown, then the water particles dissolved in the air react with heat radiating from the product. This continues until it reaches a saturation level of 100 percent. This steam, now heavily loaded with water molecules, is then available for the blowing process.
According to Fasti, the mixture is extremely capable of removing heat from a blow molded part. Also, the steam creates a very smooth inner surface, Fasti said. The saturated steam, or mist, does not remain on the part.
Fasti equipped a mold for a six-layer automotive gas tank with the DryWater system, and cut the cycle time by 16 seconds, to just 79 seconds. That equaled a 20.6 percent production increase.
The company's U.S. operation, Fasti USA Inc., is in Elgin, Ill.
Tel. 847-695-9502, fax 847-695-7679, e-mail [email protected]
Italian firm develops lightweight bottles
PET Engineering srl of San Vendemiano, Italy, has developed a 3-ounce, single-serve bottle that weights just 5 grams - about 2 grams lighter than similar PET bottles.
PET Engineering worked with Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. of Bolton, Ontario, to develop the container, intended for dairy and nutritional drinks. The Italian packaging development company is pitching its lightweight bottles, dubbed ``monodose,'' to replace high-density polyethylene bottles in that market.
Tel. +39-0432-657-336, fax +39-0432-657-153.
Mag-Plastic, Sistec team up on machines
Mag-Plastic Machinery SA, the Swiss maker of PET stretch blow molding machines, has entered into a deal with Italy-based Sistec srl to integrate Sistec presses for large PET containers into the Mag-Plastic portfolio.
Mag-Plastic now offers machines to blow mold PET containers up to 20 liters (5.2 gallons), and also increase the cavitation of its machines up to 10 cavities.
The Sistec machines formerly were sold under the Alkam brand name. Sistec's technical experts will continue to work on new technology. Mag-Plastic will be in charge of marketing and technical support.
Mag-Plastic, based in Vouvry, Switzerland, has sold more than 800 machines around the world. Sistec is based in Pordenone, Italy.
Mag-Plastic's U.S. operation, Mag-Plastic Machinery Inc., is in West Chester, Ohio.
Tel. 513-759-5555, fax 513-755-5740, e-mail [email protected]
MTM system assists blow molding units
MTM Systems, a division of St. Louis-based Lectro Engineering Co., said its MTM 2006 high-speed servo-takeaway system is designed for Aoki and Nissei ASB blow molding machines.
The 2006 is capable of nine-second cycles for dual-row cavitation setups. The servodrive provides accurate drops, reducing downtime and improving productivity, MTM said.
An ionization blower, for eliminating static buildup, comes standard. The vacuum conveyor will run in reserve. A blow-off station clears preforms, allowing for quick startups.
The portable equipment can be moved from one blow molding machine to another.
Tel. 314-567-3100, fax 314-567-3466.
New bowling ball uses Bayer PU technology
The Radical Inferno - it's not your father's bowling ball.
Brunswick Corp. is using its new reaction injection molding machine, and polyurethane material technology from Pittsburgh-based Bayer MaterialScience LLC, to make the new ball. Brunswick's Web site calls it a ``urethane casting'' process.
The machine is part of a custom-built room full of advanced equipment boasting enhanced processing control - so Brunswick's research and development team can fine-tune bowling ball performance.
The Radical Inferno makes a sharp, continuous turn into the pocket. It also offers improved back-end traction, thanks to the Octane reactive cover stock from Bayer, which is infused with several colors.
Bayer spent three years developing the cover stock material.
Brunswick is based in Lake Forest, Ill.
Tel. 412-777-2000, Fax 412-778-4430.
Amut press produces 50,000 cups an hour
Amut SpA has developed a new thermoforming machine with forming-cutting technology in the tilting mold platen, to make more than 50,000 disposable cups an hour.
The thermoformer is fully electro-mechanical. Improved software enhances the performance and makes the press more flexible, Amut said. Other features include good operator ergonomics and a reduction in the maintenance operations required.
The machine has a forming area of 22.8 inches by 17.7 inches. It can form parts up to 5.9 inches deep.
Amut is based in Novara, Italy. Amut North America is in Woodbridge, Ontario.
Tel. 905-652-9034, fax 905-652-9035, e-mail [email protected]