PP reaps benefits of polyolefin elastomer
A new, developmental polyolefin elastomer provides broad service temperature performance when combined with branched polypropylenes.
Dow Chemical Co.'s ENR 7487 is a high-melt-strength polyolefin elastomer designed to improve economics, processing and aesthetics in extrusion blow molding, thermoforming and high-shear profile extrusion. It provides benefits to PP without the need for reactive processing, according to the Midland, Mich., resins major.
Made by Dow's Insite technology, the material offers high melt strength and exceptionally low gloss, and can provide low-temperature ductility in injection molded parts, the firm said.
ENR 7487 is an ethylene-butene copolymer with a melt index of less than 0.5 gram per 10 minutes and a Shore A hardness of 58. Dow said the material can deliver the benefits of advanced thermoplastic polyolefin compounds to a wider range of applications.
Tel. 800-441-4369, fax 989-832-1465, e-mail [email protected]
PlantStar improves monitoring systems
Syscon PlantStar of South Bend, Ind., offers two options for improved visual display of its production and process monitoring systems.
The first is to integrate light-emitting-diode display boards, such as full-matrix Andon AlphaVision personal computer boards from Adaptive Displays of Milwaukee. Viewable areas range from 57.6 inches by 9.5 inches to 202 inches by 56.7 inches.
The second option is to use a slim-depth, wide-screen DLP high-definition television, with an LED engine, that includes a PC-mode feature. These monitors are available up to 61 inches in size, with a full range of brilliant colors.
Tel. 574-232-3900, fax 574-287-5916, e-mail [email protected]
Franklin Miller ups Delumper's capacity
Franklin Miller Inc. has rolled out the Delumper 2020L, a larger, more powerful unit with higher capacity in its Delumper L series.
Delumpers can break down clumps of material in plastics, chemicals, foods, minerals, pharmaceuticals and other industries.
Features include a larger throat opening, and an inlet and discharge opening measuring 20 inches by 20 inches. Also, wide mounting flanges allow you to connect the Delumper easily to hoppers or other parts of the system.
Franklin Miller is based in Livingston, N.J.
Tel. 973-535-9200, fax 973-535-6269, e-mail [email protected]
LiquidMetal for PET adds color shades
Ampacet Corp. has extended its LiquidMetal colors line with seven new shades.
Aimed at PET bottles, the new shades give the appearance of highly reflective metal. They are called bronze, glitzy gold, ruby slipper, silver sparkle, midnight blue, brown sugar and bright chrome. End uses include packaging for cosmetics, health and beauty aids, specialty foods, beverages and car-care products.
The Tarrytown, N.Y., firm now offers 13 LiquidMetal colors.
``These colors, which look like clear-coat automotive finishes, ratchet up PET's appearance to boost brand awareness and shelf appeal,'' the company said in a news release.
Tel. 513-247-5412, fax 513-247-5415, e-mail douglas.brown [email protected]
Instron model tests part tension, flexure
Instron introduced a testing-equipment package for tension and flexural tests of plastic parts.
The Model 3345 testing machine features automatic recognition, balancing and calibration of load and strain transducers.
A high-torque, direct-current servomotor with digital, closed-loop position control provides accurate crosshead speed control, fast acceleration and full-speed performance over a wide-range of loads, according to Instron of Norwood, Mass.
Tel. 800-564-8378, fax 781-575-5725, e-mail [email protected]
Optimass 3000 made for low-flow blending
Krohne Inc.'s Optimass Series 3000 is a single-Z tube flow meter for precise blending, dosing and batching in low flow applications.
Available in three sizes, the flow meters are suitable for flow rates of 0.66 pound per minute, up to 16.5 pounds per minute. The device also measures density, temperature and concentration.
Krohne is in Peabody, Mass.
Tel. 978-535-6060, fax 978-535-1720, e-mail [email protected]
PTFE grade targets high temp, high wear
Quadrant Group of Zurich, Switzerland, has added an ultrahigh-temperature grade of polytetrafluoroethylene in its Fluorosint lineup.
The new high-production-volume grade is aimed at applications that demand high wear resistance and low friction, as in seals and bearings. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -464° F to 500° F.
Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, with a U.S. location in Reading, Pa., makes the product available in rod, tube and sheet and also can supply it in near net-shape form. The new grade has Rockwell hardness of R54.
The Fluorosint line uses specialty processing and compositions to give the materials lower friction properties and higher dimensional stability than conventional reinforced PTFE, according to Quadrant.
Tel. 800-366-0310 or 610-320-6600, fax 610-320-6868, e-mail [email protected]
Tec rotary turntable holds molded items
Tec Engineering Corp. of Oxford, Mass., has introduced its RWT, or rotary work turntable, into its line of belt conveyors, separators, box-filling stations, storage silos and overhead transport systems.
The RWT was designed to hold and collect molded products until downstream equipment is ready to accept it, without taking up a lot of space.
The product revolves at a steady, slow speed. A cushioned interior surface prevents against scratches.
Tec can fabricate the RWT in different sizes to accommodate customer needs.
Tel. 508-987-0231, fax 508-987-0093.
Isoten vacuum rolls control coated webs
Isoten-brand vacuum rolls from Webex Inc. grip one side of a coated or adhesive-treated web for better control in transporting or pulling wet webs or isolating web tension.
The roll shells include a tungsten carbide plasma release coating. Other covering options include polymer compounds, stainless steel, mesh screen or, for delicate webs, felt.
Webex of Neenah, Wis., makes rolls from 12-20 inches, in diameters up to 160 inches, with web wrap angles from 30-80 degrees.
An adjustable-width vacuum zone option is ideal for varying web widths and helps maintain efficient, quiet operation.
Jeco designs pallet for heavy roll goods
Plastic pallet and container maker Jeco Plastic Products has designed a new pallet for roll goods, aimed at the printing, converting and other industries.
The Variable Roll Pallet creates a cradle to fit the roll diameter, by moving a pair of chocks.
The pallet is rated for loads as high as 3,500 pounds. It features forklift access from any side.
Jeco Plastic Products is based in Plainfield, Ind.
Tel. 317-839-4943, fax 317-839-1209, e-mail [email protected]
Guardian expanding with 40-pound unit
Process Control Corp. keeps expanding its series of low-cost, accurate gravimetric batch blenders, with the addition of a 40-pound blender.
The Guardian blender is available with up to 12 individual ingredient hoppers, with throughput rates of more than 5,000 pounds per hour. The unit can be configured with a four-, six-, eight- or 12-component hopper design.
The customer does not have to dedicate low-rate or high-rate ingredients to certain hoppers, since each hopper can run up to 100 percent of the recipe.
Atlanta-based Process Control can supply the blender with a regrind feeder for feeding hard-to-flow flake or regrind, or a powder feeder.
Tel. 770-449-8810, fax 770-449-5445, e-mail [email protected]
Weigh batch system moves bags to bins
A new weigh batching machine from Flexicon Corp. discharges material from bulk bags, delumps it and gravimetrically feeds it into rigid bins.
The unloader uses a manual Spout-Lock clamp ring, at the top of a pneumatically actuated telescoping tube, called Tele-Tub. That design allows an operator to make a good, sealed connection between the clean side of the bag spout and the clean side of the hopper, and to elongate the bag automatically as it empties.
Above the point of connection, a Power-Cincher pneumatically actuated flow control valve cinches the bag spout concentrically, allowing the retying of partially empty bags with no dusting. Bag activators, called Flow-Flexers, raise and lower opposite bottom edges of the bag at timed intervals, to loosen compacted material and promote flow into the discharge spout.
The unloader's surge hopper discharges material into a low-profile delumping device that has dual rotors and three-point heads to break up agglomerated material that has formed in the bag.
Flexicon is in Bethlehem, Pa.
Tel. 888-353-9426 or 610-814-2400, fax 610-814-0600, e-mail [email protected]
Low-cost E4 printer takes oversize parts
Teca-Print USA Corp. has introduced a low-cost, multicolor pad-printing machine called the E4 series.
The printer comes with a digital or a pneumatic shuttle table, or for higher production rates, an electromechanical transfer device.
Teca-Print said the E4 has high-force pressure and a large work space, for printing oversized parts with very large images. The printers are available with an open inkwell, sealed ink cups and oval ink cups.
Tel. 978-667-8655, fax 978-670-6023, e-mail [email protected]