Polymer center gets compounding line
Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary, Automatik Inc., have teamed up with American Leistritz Extruder Corp. to place a compounding line at the Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte, N.C.
The extruder is a Leistritz ZSE-50 Maxx co-rotating twin-screw machine. The Automatik pelletizer is a Sphero 70 with a Centro 150 integrated water system and a dryer.
The new extrusion line can turn out 2,000 pounds an hour.
The system permits the Polymers Center for Excellence to perform small-batch trials as well as longer experimental production runs.
The line is outfitted with Brabender loss-in-weight feeders capable of metering pellets, granules, fibers and powders.
American Leistritz is based in Somerville, N.J. Automatik Plastics is based in Grossostheim, Germany, and its U.S. unit, Automatik Inc., is in Spartanburg, S.C.
Tel. 864-804-5960, fax 864-804-5961.
Machinery maker Siapi opens US unit
Italian stretch blow molding machinery maker Siapi srl has opened a U.S. subsidiary in Norcross, Ga., named Siapi America Inc.
The 7,700-square-foot facility, which covers the U.S. and Canada, offers technical support, spare parts and service, demonstration machines in a showroom, customer training and customized container design and development.
Siapi America has a network of sales representatives and service engineers.
Siapi America is led by Marco Manzini, president and CEO, and Mike Charlton, vice president of customer service, who is in charge of all after-sales activities.
Siapi, based in San Vendemiano, Italy, also has released its 2009 production numbers. Officials report the company enjoyed a 17 percent growth in sales volume for its PET blow molding machines in a year of economic recession.
More than half of the installations were for large-format blow molding machines. The company has developed an EAWM-brand range of linear blow-molding machines with one, two, three or four cavities, for making wide-mouth, larger containers. Another innovation: the HandleMatic system, which automatically inserts a handle directly into the mold, then blow molds a 5-gallon container.
The goal of executives this year is to make Siapi a leader in the large-container market for beverages and wide-mouth containers for the food sector.
Tel. 770-778-7890, e-mail [email protected]
IQMS adds software to monitor quality
IQMS Inc. has rolled out its Quality Audit Module as an addition to its EnterpriseIQ resource planning software.
The module lets users assess inventory, bills of material, corrective actions and shipping. It also helps automate administrative tasks such as scheduling an audit, adding the scheduled item to a calendar or creating a meeting for the audit in EnterpriseIQ or Microsoft Outlook.
Some industries, such as medical manufacturing, require quality audits as part of compliance regulations.
IQMS is in Paso Robles, Calif.
Tel. 805-227-1122, fax 805-227-1120, e-mail [email protected]
Firms team for remote bin-monitoring units
BinMaster Level Controls and Digi International Inc., a wireless technology company, have developed the BinLink system for remotely monitoring bins, tanks and silos.
Users can check inventory of stored material from any Internetlinked computer.
The system includes BinMaster's SmartBob 2 and SmartBob- TS1 sensors mounted on the bins, and a Digi ConnectPort X gateway. Digi is based in Minnetonka, Minn.
Being notified when bin levels get low allows users to arrange for timely refills, optimize deliveries and prevent product shortages and unscheduled downtime, said Todd Peterson, vice president of sales for BinMaster of Lincoln, Neb.
In other news, BinMaster has integrated TankVista bin-monitoring software from Minneapolis-based New Boundary Technologies Inc. into BinLink.
Tel. 402-434-9102, fax 402-434-9133, e-mail [email protected]
KraussMaffei offers PU-insulated pipe
KraussMaffei Berstorff is making news with new pipe technology and a major sale to a Middle East pipe maker.
The company is offering systems for continuous production of polyurethane-insulated pipe.
Extruded plastic is given an insulating PU layer, immediately followed by a protective polyethylene sheath. The pipe can be high density, cross-linked or raised-temperature PE, or polybutylene.
It is produced on a conventional pipe extrusion line. The pipe is wound onto large steel drums and then transferred to a second operation to get the insulation layer. In this second unit, the pipe is unwound from the steel drums, heated if necessary and fed under tension into a shaping conveyor, where a mixing head dispenses the PU at the inlet throat.
Aluminum shaping jaws define the outer diameter of the insulation layer, by limiting the volume of the foam. Once the insulation has cured, the pipe leaves the shaping conveyor and a single-screw extruder applies a PE outer sheath.
In other news, P.E.S. Co., based in Tehran, Iran, has purchased a KraussMaffei Berstorff line to make 96-inch- diameter, smooth-wall HDPE pipe.
The extra-large pipes are used in many applications, mainly for supplying salt water to desalination plants and cooling water to oil refineries.
Two years ago, P.E.S. bought a 64-inch KraussMaffei Berstorff line.
P.E.S. also will use the new line to make HDPE pipe in diameters of 72, 80 and 88 inches.
KraussMaffei Berstorff is based in Munich. Its U.S. operation, KraussMaffei Corp., is in Florence, Ky.
Tel. 859-283-0200, fax 859-283-9208, e-mail [email protected] feicorp.com.
New control system saves space, energy
For blown film, D.R. Joseph Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas, has introduced the third-generation IS-IBC1 internal bubble cooling control system.
The system features a smaller-sized control panel, lower power consumption and fewer installed parts.
D.R. Joseph said the IS-IBC1 uses about half of the power of its previous systems.
All IBC components are mounted within a 15-inch-by-15-inch panel.
For installations in areas that are extremely tight on space, the flexible modular design allows the main control panel to be mounted up to 66 feet away, with a very compact touch-screen panel that can be mounted in a variety of configurations, according to the company.
Tel. 800-767-4470, website www.drjosephinc.com.
Extrusion system runs resins for fuel lines
Boston Matthews Inc. of Norwood, N.J., has developed an extrusion line specifically to make monolayer and multilayer automotive fuel lines.
The extrusion line can run resins for fuel lines, including nylon, polyvinylidene fluoride, polybutylene terephthalate, ethlyene tetrafluoroethylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol.
The easy-to-adjust, precision vacuum calibration and cooling system ensures the tube is produced to the exact tolerance specification, and with a high-quality surface finish, Boston Matthews said.
The company's Helix Die Head technology can make monolayer and multilayer fuel lines on the same production line without any disruption. Material changeover and die-head cleaning is simple and quick, the company said.
Tel. 201-767-7111, fax 201-767-6293, e-mail [email protected] thews.com.
Routsis e-training addresses presses
A. Routsis Associates Inc. of Dracut, Mass., has released an online training program, "Understanding Electric Injection Molding Machines."
The course gives participants a better understanding of machine functions and alternate machine designs, plus the capabilities and benefits associated with electric presses. The improved efficiency, accuracy and repeatability of electric presses, when compared to hydraulic machines, also are covered in detail.
Tel. 978-957-0700, fax 978-957-1860, e-mail [email protected] tive.com.
Koalesce develops SmartMolder press
Koalesce LLC, run by industry veteran Rick Fitzpatrick in Berthoud, Colo., has developed the SmartMolder, an extrusion/ plunger injection molding press that features a low-shear screw and barrel and gives a high level of control over injection pressure by using a pressure sensor inside the mold.
The injection systems are interchangeable subassemblies configured for specific materials and shot sizes. They are easily changed with simple hand tools, Fitzpatrick said.
Koalesce has developed a clamp system featuring a relatively low-pressure travel force that is amplified when the mold is closed. The company provides the mold, machine and system.
The motors, cylinders and other components are scaled down to a much smaller size - and cost - than traditional machines.
Tel. 970-214-6440, e-mail rick [email protected]
Herrmann Ultrasonics celebrates 20 years
Break out the birthday cake - ultrasonically welded, of course - because Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc. is celebrating its 20th anniversary in North America.
Thomas Herrmann established Herrmann Ultrasonics in Schaumburg, Ill., in 1990. In 2006, the company opened a 20,000-square-foot facility in Bartlett, Ill., as its North American headquarters.
Throughout its 20-year history, the company has established technology centers in the Northeast, on the West Coast, in the Caribbean and in Mexico. The company's regional sales offices are located throughout North America.
"Keys to our success were, and remain, to be focused on providing ultrasonic systems with local support for application development know-how, engineering services, spare parts, support and in-house tooling manufacturing," said Uwe Peregi, executive vice president and general manager.
Tel. 630-626-1626, fax 630-626-1627, e-mail [email protected] sonics.com.
Labelle tech center to provide training
Labelle Industrial Sales Inc. has opened a 6,000-square-foot technical center for automation at its headquarters in El Paso, Texas, including a showroom and classroom for training and end-of-arm tooling assembly.
The facility will feature classes on robots from Yushin America Inc. of Cranston, R.I.
Tel. 915-584-5729, e-mail wmay [email protected]
RedE on-board system stores, manages data
RedE Innovations of Madison Heights, Mich., has launched an on-board mold data management and storage systems, called RedE Vault.
The RedE Vault was developed by Jim Stuart, former owner of mold- component maker PCS Co., and Klaus Wieder, inventor of the Slide-Lock and Tri-Lock.
Mold owners can store mold data, manuals, repair logs, process parameters, drawings and schedules directly onto the mold, for access to the mold data anytime.
The system also can help monitor business practices, increase the accountability of mold technicians and help with quality-control and ISO-compliance efforts, directly in the mold, according to the company.
Compact extruders ideal in limited space
American Kuhne Inc. of Ashaway, R.I., introduced a line of Compact MD extruders for making medical tubing within the space limitations that often exist in clean rooms and other controlled manufacturing environments.
The electrical circuits are easily serviced and integrated into the extruder frame, to cut floor space. The low-profile control panel gives the operator an unobstructed view across the production area.
Smooth external surfaces and rounded corners allow for quick and easy wipe down. An ergonomically designed rotating operator control station can include simple discrete controls of the customer's choice of three levels of control solutions.
The Compact MD Series is offered in screw diameters of 0.5 inches to 1.75 inches.
America Kuhne also offers an optional modular variation, where the barrel diameter and/or length-to-diameter ratio can be quickly and easily changed.
Tel. 401-326-6200, fax 401-326-6201.
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