Advapak eliminates lead from PVC pipe
Rohm and Haas Co. has developed a series of lead-free heat stabilizers for PVC pipe.
Advapak Neo systems have a wide processing window and provide early and lasting color retention. They also deliver correct lubrication levels in equipment to enhance fusion and processability, according to Philadelphia, Pa-based Rohm and Haas.
Advapak Neo contains all the additives needed for users that want to eliminate lead-based stabilizers from their process. Based on the firm's patented blocked thiols technology, the products do not cross stain or emit unpleasant odors. Compared with calcium/zinc systems, vinyl is easier to recycle when Advapak Neo is used, the company said.
Tel. 33-1-4002-5245, e-mail [email protected]
Borealis adds PP for medical packaging
Borealis AG has added a new random copolymer grade for medical packaging in its Bormed polypropylene series.
Bormed RE806CF is designed for cast film where it provides excellent optical properties and high purity and good sealability even after steam sterilization.
The resin is a medium ethylene copolymer without slip or anti-blocking agents. Transparency is retained during and after steam sterilization. It provides good thermal stability with a melting point of 289° F.
Vienna-based Borealis said RE806CF is well-suited to pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical-device packaging.
Tel. 43-1-22-4000, fax 43-1-22-400-333.
Hurricane winds rage in MOD test chamber
Engineers at rotational molder Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. have developed an off-beat laboratory test: They built a hurricane simulation chamber at the company's plant in Madison, Ind.
The chamber creates the intense rains of a hurricane and the driving, 70-mph winds of an F1 tornado.
Ashtabula, Ohio-based MOD uses the hurricane chamber to test products such as above-ground utility boxes, telecommunications enclosures and bulk-transport containers.
Tel. 800-772-7659, fax 440-992-4667, e-mail [email protected]
KM, Greiner expand supply partnership
The partnership between Greiner Tool.Tec GmbH, which makes plastics profile extrusion tooling, and extruder maker KraussMaffei Berstorff GmbH, is expanding into Eastern Europe and Russia, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and India.
The alliance has yielded customers around the world, with KM Bertstorff supplying Greiner with about 400 extruders since the partnership began in the mid-1990s.
Joint projects are being implemented in the Ukraine, Iran, Columbia and Russia. The partners currently are building a large-scale plant in Venezuela to serve prefabricated house production.
Greiner is based in Nussbach, Austria. KraussMaffei Berstorff is part of KraussMaffei AG, based in Munich.
In other news, KraussMaffei Berstorff has developed a new screw to optimize PVC pipe extrusion, called HPG (for high performance geometry). Company engineers have eliminated atmos- pheric venting in the new 36D twin-screw extruders, so the extruder has only one venting zone. That design, combined with the HPG screw, allows the use of the entire length of the barrels.
Features include longer preheating and metering zones.
Tel. 49-89-8899-2592, fax 49-89-8889-3092.
New PKA pulverizers feature direct drive
Powder King LLC has introduced the PKA series of pulverizers for making rotational molding powder.
PKA stands for Powder King Anthem, since the machines are made in the company's new factory in Anthem, Ariz. The company also has expanded its customer services to include disk grinding, 24-hour technical support and test grinding from laboratory trials.
Features of the PKA line include better reliability with the company's direct-drive system and horizontal grinding mills for more-even grinding and longer disk life. It has a 20-inch diameter.
A new streamlined mill design improves quality, consistency and production rates. Direct drive means the PKA runs quieter than traditional belt-drive models, and the Hy-Pro Disk design makes disks last three or four times longer between sharpening, according to the company.
Also, disk gap adjusters are simple to use, with an Allen wrench, the firm said.
The machine also has a new pocketed-disks mounting feature on the flywheel and water jacket.
Tel. 623-551-9897, fax 623-551-8571, e-mail [email protected]
Temperature changes ChroMyx film's color
Chameleon International of Oak Ridge, N.C., has developed color-changing film materials sensitive to temperature.
Chameleon's ChroMyx changes color once certain temperatures are reached, and then reverts to the original color when the temperature shifts back. Chameleon developed the materials in conjunction with Wiman Corp., part of RTP Co.'s sheet and film unit.
ChroMyx film is made by a cast extrusion process of PVC film by Wiman Corp. of Sauk Rapids, Minn. It can be laminated, radio-frequency sealed, stitched and printed.
Tel. 336-643-0157, [email protected] chameleonint.com.
Arkema aims Rilsan at auto tubing uses
Arkema Group says its new Rilsan HT can replace metal in high-temperature automotive tubing end uses.
Rilsan HT, a polyphthalamide, lowers overall system cost and ensures longer service life of engine components, said the Colombes, France, company. Also, it contains 70 percent renewable carbon for an environmental advantage, the firm said.
Arkema claims its new material is the only PPA extrusion resin that can replace metal in tubing in demanding engine service and other severe applications. It provides good forming and fitting-insertion properties in smooth or convoluted tubing. It resists oxidation and chemical aging at high temperatures and creep.
Tel. 33-1-4900-7144, e-mail [email protected]
BinMaster upgrades SmartBob console
Garner Industries Inc., maker of the BinMaster level-measurement device, has introduced a SmartBob2 console, the SBC-1000, that can remotely start and view measurements from up to 128 SmartBob2 remotes.
The SBC-1000 monitors all vessels connected to a network from a single control panel. Users can check distance to product, product height, weight and percent of fullness.
Tel. 402-434-9102, e-mail [email protected]
Toshiba Machine Corp., the injection press supplier in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has named CNSmith Machinery Sales Inc. of Georgetown, Ontario, as a manufacturers' representative covering Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Maritimes. Toshiba also named Southeast Polymer Solutions of Kennesaw, Ga., to represent its machines to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Frigel NA of East Dundee, Ill., which makes the Ecodry closed-loop, dry-cooling system, won the 2008 Illinois governor's Pollution Prevention Award, offered in conjunction with the University of Illinois' Sustainable Technology Center. Ecodry saves up to 95 percent of water consumption, Frigel said. York, Pa.-based Engel North America has donated an all-electric E-motion injection press to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., and Engel Canada Inc. has donated an E-motion to St. Clair College of the Applied Arts and Technology in Windsor, Ontario. Separately, Nypro Inc. molding manager Joe Cates won a 42-inch high-definition television in an Engel drawing after he visited the firm's Web site seeking information on its E-max injection molding machiness.
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