The sales pitch is simple: Make better product faster, while saving money, time and floor space.
Auxiliary equipment manufacturer Kalwar Group of Halle, Germany, is exhibiting its innovative new Calvasol-series corona treatment machinery at NPE2009 in conjunction with its North American partner, Lectro Engineering Co. (Booth S54025) of St. Louis.
To increase efficiency and profitability, the Calvasol combines processes typically done independently of one another.
Perhaps most significant is the ability to add surface treatments such as static and fog inhibitors or ultraviolet primers to film during the corona treatment process eliminating the need for compound additives that require humidity to migrate throughout the extruded film over time, according to the companies.
That is particularly helpful for film makers that deal with fluctuating humidity levels throughout the year, Kalwar officials said. In addition to eliminating climate from the equation, the Calvasol unit provides a lifetime corona film treatment to an industry accustomed to a shelf life sometimes as short as 30 days.
Officials from both companies are quite bullish on their sales opportunities with major original equipment manufacturers at this year's NPE.
This integration can depending on the particular process increase line speed as much as 40 percent, said Markus Kalwar, the family-owned company's managing director, in a June 21 pre-show interview.
Kalwar Group has more than 130 surface-treatment patents, he said.
The company is split between Kalwar CIV Innoserv GmbH, its research and development arm; and Kalwar CFT Fusiontechnik GmbH, its machinery business.
According to Kalwar Group's product literature, a nebulizer installation is used to generate an aerosol, which is applied to the surface of the substrate with the plasma discharge.
The machine also has an integrated power supply, and features an Ethernet connection that allows Kalwar service technicians to troubleshoot and maintain machines via the Internet.
Kalwar Group and Lectro have worked together for decades, but forged a formal partnership in 2007, according to Greg Wood, Lectro's vice president of sales and a co-owner of the company.
Lectro's core business historically was in surface treating of finished molded parts. The company's sales have spiked about $2 million in Europe over the past 18 months as a result of the Kalwar partnership, Wood said. The marriage between the two companies will benefit both of us, he said.
For the German company, NPE2009 is about putting its best foot forward in the North American market. This is our first step, Kalwar said.
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