Plastic web processing maker Parkinson Technologies Inc. is making news for technology and making its headquarters greener.
Parkinson has completed the installation and testing of a new Cloeren seven-layer Variable Geometry feedblock and a 20-inch Epoch extrusion die at the company's pilot laboratory for film and sheet extrusion and biaxial orientation.
The setup enables Parkinson to make wider films with more layers than before. Customers also can try out the new Cloeren technology.
The die and feedblock were optimized for PET-based structures, but the adjustable vane and distribution pin design allows Parkinson customers to run a wide range of materials. Also, by changing out the Selector Plug, any of the five existing extruders potentially can be configured to feed any of the seven layers in the film/sheet structure.
Parkinson also introduced a digital tension unit, Model 81, offered as a replacement for original units on Dusenbery slitter/rewinders.
It replaces older Dusenbery tension control units, including the Model 61 and Model 71 unwind controls, and the DEL slowdown rewind controls. Those older controls were custom-designed and featured technology that is now obsolete, Parkinson said.
In addition to programmable logic control, the Model 81 TCU features an operator interface screen and recipe storage, so operators can store and recall optimal settings.
In other news, Parkinson has cut energy consumption at its factory in Woonsocket, R.I.
In mid-2009, Parkinson entered into a partnership with CPower, a New York-based energy management firm, to analyze power usage and identify ways to conserve. Parkinson installed a power monitor and made changes based on the results, including:
* Modifying the programming of a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
* Programming the compressor to shut off during non-working hours.
* Establishing rules for powering up and powering down in the shop
* Powering down the in-house laboratory panels overnight and on weekends.
* Those measures will save Parkinson more than $15,000 a year. The company can save at least another $10,000 by following some other simple things including turning out lights in offices if they are unoccupied for 10 minutes or more, turning off lights, projectors and computers when not in use and turning off computers and other office equipment at the end of each working day.
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