At Hosokawa Alpine American's booth during NPE2009, you could have a snack and watch a blown film line on a video screen, running live in Freeport, Texas, at Dow Chemical Co.'s film application development center.
President David Nunes said it was the second straight NPE that Alpine had not run a blown film line.
At NPE 2006, the company, from Natick, Mass., used a static display to show extruders and a die.
Nunes said there are other, more cost-effective ways of getting the message out.
Three years ago, we decided the investment of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars just was not in the best interests of our customers, Nunes said. At NPE2009, held June 22-26, other blown film companies followed suit, he said.
Instead, Alpine American partnered with Dow, which took delivery of the seven-layer line last fall.
Alpine's NPE booth had three plasma screens showing live shots of a seven-layer Alpine line running at Dow's film center. Cameras were set up at the extruders, the takeoff unit, the winder and other points of interest along the line. The shots scrolled through the different views.
Alpine showed the control cabinet, hooked up to the blown film line in Texas, so NPE visitors could see all parameters, including the output, pressures and gauge control. Nunes said Alpine engineers could take control of the line remotely to make changes. It's the same as if we do trouble shooting for customers, he said.
In McCormick Place North, the company displayed rolls of six different films run on the Dow machine, including seven-layer barrier film and film for shipping sacks.
Dow featured the same live video link at its hospitality suite.
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