Deal gives Fischer rapid heat process
Tokyo-based Ono Sangyo Co. Ltd. has purchased a 15.7 stake in Fischer Tech Ltd., a Singapore-based company that molds and decorates products for consumer, health-care, automotive and computer markets.
Fischer Tech sold about 42.9 million shares to Ono Sangyo for 20 cents a share.
Ono Sangyo invented the Rapid Heat Cycle Molding process, which uses elevated mold temperatures during the injection cycle, followed by rapid cooling. That enables production of thin, highly rigid plastic products with no weld line and a mirrorlike surface gloss.
Fischer Tech officials said the deal will help improve its molding technology for cosmetic parts.
The companies will work together to win new customers and develop new technologies.
Fischer Tech will raise $8.54 million through the placement, after deducting expenses.
Tel. 65-6542-2338, fax 65-6542-3088.
Clamp and Go comes in three press sizes
The Hilma Division of Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. has introduced the M-Tecs Clamp and Go magnetic mold-clamping system.
The magnetic plates come with pre-cut mounting holes, compatible with standards of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington as well as Euromap, Europe's association of plastics and rubber machinery manufaturers, based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Clamp and Go comes in three sizes, for injection presses with up to 200 tons of clamping force.
The Hilma Division is in Ellisville, Mo.
Tel. 800-827-2526 or 636-386-8022, fax 636-386-8034, e-mail [email protected]
Shaftless roll stand offers dual positions
Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. of Westerly, R.I., offers a dual-position shaftless roll stand for loading one unwind position during operation. It can be equipped with a powered roll-delivery system.
The hydraulically powered stand can handle two rolls. Each position can lift a roll up to 84 inches in diameter and weighing up to 7,000 pounds. Each position loads a roll by lowering both arms and then moving each toward the roll. Sufficient clamping pressure is exerted to drive the chucks into the core.
Tel. 401-596-0162, e-mail bbur [email protected]
Campus database contains VDA info
M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH has introduced a new extended version of its Campus resin database, after consulting with the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA.
A VDA working group developed a new directive: Data for Selection of Thermoplastic Materials in Interior, Exterior and the Engine Compartment. This document presents a list of preferred material properties and standards for material selection in the auto industry. In some cases, additional properties were introduced, such as light resistance, information about extended chemical resistance and emission behavior.
The Campus group and VDA agreed on uniform standards. The new software allows for each Campus grade to print the complete, official VDA data sheet.
M-Base is in Aachen, Germany.
Tel. 49-241-963-1450, fax 49-241-963-1469, e-mail [email protected]
3iTech for molding carbon-fiber parts
RocTool SAS has aimed its 3iTech process of heating a mold using electromagnetic induction at molding carbon-fiber-reinforced parts.
The inductors superheated cartridges are integrated inside the mold, matching the shape of the part, according to Roctool CEO Alexandre Guichard. Induction is generated from inside the mold, and no electrical current circulates on the surface. They heat up quickly, cutting the cycle time for carbon-fiber composite parts.
Heating can be adjusted in local parts of the tool.
Guichard is predicting the technology could play a key role in carbon-fiber parts for electric vehicles. The process can be used to make structural parts and decorate components, including exterior parts, the roof and hood.
3iTech also is suited to sports products like bicycle wheels, baseball bats, skis and soles of athletic shoes, said RocTool of Le Bourget du Lac, France.
RocTool North America is in Atlanta.
Tel. 866-260-2572, 404-233-8625, e-mail [email protected]
Parkinson partners with NatureWorks
Parkinson Technologies Inc. touted its recent technology for making biaxially oriented film and sheet with Ingeo biopolymers from NatureWorks LLC at the Innovation Takes Root 2010 conference in Dallas in April.
Minnetonka, Minn.-based NatureWorks lists Parkinson, with its Marshall and Williams Plastics brand of equipment, as a partner for machinery to make biaxially oriented film with Ingeo.
We have assisted NatureWorks with development trials over the years, said Ken Forziati, Parkinson business development manager, in a news release. Since 2007, Parkinson has seen the number of biopolymer lab trials more than triple, the Woonsocket, R.I.-based firm said.
Tel. 401-762-2100, fax 401-762-2295.
DynaCon spot-air unit cools parts quickly
Dynamic Conveyor Corp. of Muskegon, Mich., offers a portable spot-air-cooling unit, linked to one of its modular conveyor systems, to speed the production of parts.
The spot-cooling unit gives instant cool air, up to 25° F below room temperature, targeted to a specific area, and costs as little as 10 cents an hour to operate.
The DynaCon system includes a duct structure using clear plastic to cover the conveyor, creating a tunnel above the conveyor belt to maximize cold flow of air over parts.
Tel. 231-798-1483, fax 231-798-9583, e-mail [email protected] veyor.com.
Entek garners honor from Ore. magazine
Entek Manufacturing Inc., which makes twin-screw extruders in Lebanon, Ore., was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine.
The annual list recognizes companies for excellence in retention and rewards, work environment, decision making and trust, performance management, career development and learning. Winners were announced in the March issue of Oregon Business.
More than 300 companies participated in the survey, and nearly 20,000 Oregon employees completed the survey, rating their level of satisfaction in 50 workplace qualities. Entek was ranked No. 12 in the medium-sized company category, defined as firms with 50-249 employees.
President Larry Keith detailed some factors that helped Entek get the designation. Every two weeks, all employees are updated on company matters and given a chance to contribute ideas. They also are briefed on customer projects and requirements.
Open communication is a very important part of who we are, Keith said.
Tel. 541-259-1068, fax 541-259-8018.
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