Stabilizer targets foam sheet, profiles
Rohm and Haas Co. has developed a foam cell stabilizer for cellular PVC foam sheet and extruded profiles.
Acrylic-based Paraloid SureCel provides lower-density cellular PVC with performance equal to higher-density cellular products, according to the Philadelphia-based company. It provides even expansion and superior cell uniformity across wide-sheet dies with less shrinkage, and leads to a lower-gloss surface that is easy to coat and print.
Paraloid SureCel processes at lower temperatures than conventional stabilizers, reducing energy consumption and the risk of yellowing, and is easily substituted in existing formulations.
Tel. 215-592-6999. e-mail crobert [email protected]
Masterbatch mimics brushed aluminum
A new masterbatch from Ampacet Corp. provides a brushed-aluminum effect.
Brushed Brilliance replicates the luster and textural nuances of metal at a fraction of the cost, and without the design restrictions of metal, according to Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ampacet. The product does not require color mixing or cleanup and disposal of ink and chemicals, Ampacet said.
Brushed Brilliance relies on Ampacet's Formula X PET technology, which doesn't require pre-drying and allows direct feeding into extruder's throat.
Tel. 513-247-5412, e-mail douglas [email protected]
Relialine 170 heater offers adaptability
St. Louis-based Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. said its Relialine 170 is the first modular line heater that can be delivered quickly and easily installed.
Watlow can configure a heater for specific applications. Any individual heater segment can be removed to speed servicing, decreasing downtime.
Relialine 170 fits inside the outside diameter of standard tubing, to give close contact with maximum surface coverage.
Tel. 314-878-4600, fax 314-878-6814, e-mail [email protected]
Pneumatic lines OK with Bulk-X-Change
Coperion Waeschle GmbHh & Co. KG said its Bulk-X-Change heat exchanger for bulk materials can be integrated directly into pneumatic conveying lines. It had been limited to gravimetric lines.
The powder to be pneumatically conveyed enters the vertically arranged heat exchanger from below. Bulk-X-Change is suitable for free-flowing powders and granules and fine-particle powders, according to the Weingarten, Germany-based company.
Tel. 49-751-408-322, fax 49-751-4089-9578, e-mail andrea.trautman @coperion.com.
DataRecorder adds onto Dialog system
Welding equipment supplier Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc., of Bartlett, Ill., said its DataRecorder is a Windows-based, add-on software package for the firm's Dialog system.
It serves as a central location to network up to 16 separate Dialog systems. Up to 40 different weld parameters are collected and recorded for each weld cycle.
Tel. 630-626-1626, fax 630-626-1627, e-mail [email protected] sonics.com.
Makroblend aims at ultrathin electronics
Bayer MaterialScience LLC says it is aiming at ultrathin consumer electronics applications with its new polycarbonate/polyester resin blend.
Makroblend UT5205 is especially well-suited to metal insert molding. Plastic/metal hybrids provide stiffness, durability and desired aesthetic effects, according to the Pittsburgh-based company.
The new blend is formulated to accommodate stresses built in during molding and during heating and cooling cycles when the product is in use. It also resists chemicals like suntan lotion and hydrolysis.
According to Bayer, the new material also could be used in other applications where resistance to stress and chemicals is important.
Tel. 800-662-2927, e-mail pcinfo @bayer.com.
In-line unit converts PET flake to strapping
Erema North America Inc. of Ipswich, Mass., offers an in-line system to produce PET strapping from reclaimed bottle flake, at a rate of up to 1,452 pounds per hour of strapping bands.
It combines Erema's Vacurema basic 1308 TE-VSV and a Tight Strap 300 stretching machine from Techno Plastic srl of Modena, Italy. Erema's parent company, Erema Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, demonstrated the line at an October open house in Ansfelden, Austria.
Tel. 978-356-3771, e-mail [email protected]
Lubricants extend life of gearboxes
Belesta, a division of Belzona Polymerics Ltd. of Harrogate, England, offers lubricants to reduce friction on extruder gearboxes, extending their life.
A poorly lubricated gearbox can consume up to 10 percent extra power, Belesta said.
The lubricant concentrates are added, at 5 percent, to the host lubricant. The lubricant is electronically bound to the metal surface in a mono-molecular layer.
Tel. 44-1423-567-641, fax 44-1423-505-967.
QuadCam uses 3D to guard machines
A new machine guarding system from Castell Interlocks Inc. uses three-dimensional imaging to eliminate the potential for human error and tampering, according to the Erlanger, Ky., firm.
QuadCam's detection technology identifies objects and people moving in and around industrial machinery. It can distinguish between one or two people, with real-time tracking of all people within its field of view.
Machinery cannot be restarted until the entire detection zone is clear. The detection system ignores background objects, to avoid nuisance alarms.
Users can define warning and shutdown zones. When the warning zone is breached, QuadCam quickly gives visual and audible warnings, and can provide a signal to slow machinery. Entering the shutdown zone stops the equipment within milliseconds.
A single imager can monitor an 8- by 10-foot zone. Up to 10 imagers can be managed by a single controller.
Tel. 859-341-3075, fax 859-957-1577, e-mail [email protected] .com.
LPKF stand-alone unit laser-welds housings
LPKF Laser & Electronics North America, of Tualatin, Ore., has introduced the LQ-Power, an off-the-shelf laser plastic welding system for electronic enclosures and sensor housings used mainly in the automotive industry.
The laser system meets a laser safety rating of Class 1, and features real-time quality control and data logging of the welding process, for each part.
LQ-Power comes with a rotary table for manual or automatic material feeding. It can be loaded and unloaded during a welding cycle. Maximum part size is limited to 9 inches by 9 inches.
Tel. 503-454-4212, fax 503-682-7151, e-mail [email protected] usa.com.