Cielle selling in U.S. through Grayhawk
Cielle Inc., a maker of precision engraving and industrial routers in Treviso, Italy, has started selling its ETA line of engraver/routers in the U.S. market.
Initially, the products will be handled by Grayhawk Group LLC in Scottsdale, Ariz., but Cielle and Grayhawk are looking for more U.S. dealers.
The ETA works on a number of substrate materials, including plastics, stone, metal and wood.
Tel. 480-473-7427, e-mail [email protected]
Simco's bar reduces static electricity
Simco Industrial Static Control has introduced the Ionforce static-control bar for injection molding.
Molded parts can have high charges of static electricity that attract airborne contamination. Operators also can get an uncomfortable shock when working next to the collection bin.
The Ionforce static bar is installed in the part ejection area, or over tubs used for part delivery and collection. It has an extended range, with an optional air assist, to neutralize static charges in the injection molding process.
The bar has a low profile, just 1.13 inches high.
Simco, an Illinois Tool Works Inc. company, is based in Hatfield, Pa.
Tel. 215-822-6401, fax 215-822-3795, e-mail [email protected]
Microspheres fill Tretorn tennis balls
Expancel Inc. microspheres provide long-lasting bounce in Micro X series tennis balls from Tretorn Sweden AB of Helsingborg, Sweden.
Some 700 million microspheres take the place of compressed air in the balls approved by the U.S. Tennis Association. Conventional tennis balls lose a small amount of air each time the ball is hit by a racket, so over time the ball loses its buoyancy. By contrast, Expancel microspheres retain the ball's bounce, according to the Duluth, Ga., company.
Expancel microspheres comprise the Micro X ball's inner core. Surrounding the spheres is a core made of titanium and polybutadiene rubber, which gives a softer feel than in conventional balls and therefore enhances spin. A special felt surface covering the ball also helps aid playability and wear resistance.
Tel. 678-775-5102, fax 710-813-8639, e-mail [email protected]
Milliken films get OK for food-contact use
Milliken Chemical reports that its Hyperform HPN-20E has been granted food-contact notification by the Food and Drug Administration, allowing broad use in polyethylene film food packaging.
The Spartanburg, S.C., firm said a wider range of applications now can rely on the nucleating agent that improves clarity, physical properties, barrier and seal performance. The product provides a trigger point at the molecular level around which crystalline structures called spherulites form rapidly.
Milliken also said it installed an in-house blown film line at its Spartanburg applications laboratory. The single-screw line can help product development for PE and polypropylene films. In other research news, Milliken said it is looking at using nucleating agents to reduce cycle time in blow molded high density PE.
Tel. 864-503-2200, fax 864-503-2430, e-mail [email protected]
Axel: Additive helps keep surfaces clean
Axel Plastics Research Laboratories Inc. announces a new process aid designed for ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber.
MoldWiz Int-1117LAM leaves molded surfaces free of contamination that leads to uneven surface gloss and that makes subsequent bonding or printing difficult, according to the Woodside, N.Y., company.
The product is off-white for suitability in a range of light- and dark-colored elastomers. The mix of fatty organic acids, esters, alkanes and alkanols blends easily by Banbury processing with typical addition levels of 0.3-0.5 parts per hundred resin.
Tel. 800-332-2935 or 718-672-8300, fax 718-565-7447, e-mail [email protected]
Durex expands line of immersion heaters
Durex Industries, which makes electric heaters and temperature sensors in Cary, Ill., has expanded its line of immersion heaters for process solutions.
The heaters come in screw-plug, flange and over-the-side styles.
Tel. 847-639-5600, fax 847-639-2199, e-mail [email protected]
PlastiSoft upgrades Tori-Flex software
Toronto-based PlastiSoft Corp. has released version 7.2 of its Tori-Flex flexible packaging software.
New features include multicurrency capabilities, both metric and imperial measurements, taxation information and international addresses and phone numbers, so companies can monitor operations around the world.
PlastiSoft also upgraded shop floor reporting, so users now can update or post data throughout any point during the production process.
The company also improved the customer service, purchasing, scheduling and reporting modules.
Tel. 416-667-9292, fax 416-667-9607, e-mail [email protected]