DataLase targets U.S. for high-tech printing
WIDNES, ENGLAND - DataLase Ltd., which has secured $9.6 million in financing to develop laser printing technologies for product identification on packaging, is targeting the U.S. market.
Widnes-based DataLase offers coatings and additives that react and change color with the use of an infrared laser, allowing images such as bar codes or date codes to be applied to packaging materials like plastic, paper and metal.
The funding comes from BASF Venture Capital GmbH of Ludwigshafen, Germany, which is an arm of BASF AG. Other European investors include England-based firms MTI Partners Ltd. of Watford and Hotbed Ltd. of Milton Keynes.
DataLase will use the money to expand U.S. marketing and sales activities, and for research and development to extend its product range.
On Feb. 8, DataLase named Fred Barnard business development manager for North America. He has 16 years of experience in packaging and converting at major U.S. companies.
Execs, equity firm buy screener maker
CINCINNATI - Private equity firm Windjammer Capital Investors and Rotex Inc. management have acquired Rotex, a Cincinnati screening equipment maker.
Rotex makes plastic-pellet screeners and other equipment for sifting dry materials, liquid/solid separators for wet applications, particle-size analyzers, and vibratory feeders and conveyors.
The plastic-pellet screeners use a special horizontal gyratory/reciprocating motion to screen as much as 5,000 pounds an hour.
Rotex, which markets the plastic screening equipment to compounders, said this type of screening motion is much longer than vibratory screeners, so the pellets get spread evenly across the full width of the machine.
Windjammer Capital is based in Newport Beach, Calif.
Rotex was advised in the sale by Harris Williams & Co. of Richmond, Va., which handles mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies.
Terms were not disclosed for the deal, announced March 19.
Italy's Cofit boosts presence in Americas
PALM CITY, FLA. - Cofit International srl, an Italian maker of screen changers, melt pumps and pelletizers, has established Cofit America LLC in Palm City to handle sales and support for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
Cofit International is best known in Europe and Asia. Alessandro Fabbri and his business associates bought the firm two years ago from the Marianelli family, who started Cofit in 1964.
Fabbri, Cofit's president, said the move is part of the company's plan to introduce new developments in the design and use of screen changers and to continue supporting Cofit's European customer base in the Americas.
Cofit's line of slide-plate screen changers and hot-face pelletizers were marketed to the U.S. plastics industry under an agreement with Beringer LLC. The company holds a number of screen changer patents.
Based in Milan, Cofit International claims to be the first company to obtain an international patent for a continuous-flow screen changer. The company also holds a patent for the filtering system integral to its AutoPurge continuous-flow, self-cleaning screen changer.
Bob Vogel is the managing director of Cofit America. His experience in the plastics industry started in the late 1970s.
The screen changer product line includes manual, semiautomatic, automatic and hydraulic slide-plate melt-filtration systems. One key product is the programmable logic controlled AutoReclaimer, a self-cleaning, continuous-flow screen changer for filtering heavily contaminated post-consumer and industrial reclaim.
Cofit America also has exclusive worldwide rights to market and support the Alfatech/Cofit gear pump that is designed and manufactured by Alfatech srl in Tradate, Italy.
Beckhoff controllers standard for Graham
YORK, PA. - Blow molding machinery maker Graham Engineering Corp. began heavily adopting personal-computer-based controls about five years ago, and now uses Beckhoff Automation LLC of Burnsville, Minn., as its controller supplier across all product lines.
``In 2003, GEC had determined that our existing PC hardware platform wasn't going to keep up with our machine design migration, so we needed to find a successor,'' said Dave Fiorani, engineering manager at York-based machinery maker Graham.
Graham picked Beckhoff after evaluating industrial PCs from five major vendors.
Also, Graham hooked the Beckhoff hardware on a wheel machine in its laboratory, which is used to test and apply new controls to newly designed machine components.
PlastiVan pays visit to Michigan school
GLADWIN, MICH. - More than 120 students at Gladwin Middle School got a visit in January from the PlastiVan, thanks to a Gladwin-based thermoforming machinery maker and the Thermoforming Division of SPE.
``The scope of plastics is so great, and has such a great impact on everyone's lives, that we wanted to share information about it by sponsoring this award-winning program,'' said Albert Petersen, president of equipment maker Advanced Ventures in Technology Inc.
AVT and the Society of Plastics Engineers in Brookfield, Conn., sponsored the event.
The PlastiVan program is run by the National Plastics Center in Leominster, Mass.
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