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Pennite sheet tapped for use in vehicles

Penn Fibre Plastics Inc. of Bensalem, Pa., recently introduced thermoformable long-glass-fiber polyolefin-based composite sheet under its Pennite-brand glass-reinforced-sheet products.

According to a June 30 news release, the new sheet is targeted at automotive-type applications that have lower-volume production needs: golf carts, snowmobiles, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, construction, trucks and buses, aircraft and marine. The new Pennite sheet also could be used in bicycle seat substrates, orthopedic supports and camping equipment such as backpack frames, the company said.

The sheet has been produced in glass loadings ranging from 14-25 percent, General Manager John Cowperthwait said in the news release.

Sheets available for sampling are Pennite LGF PO-20 (20 percent glass) at thicknesses of 0.04, 0.062, 0.093 and 0.125 inches, and Pennite LGF PO-30 at 0.125 inch.

Tel. 800-662-7366, 215-702-9551, fax 215-702-9552.

Gneuss gets FDA OK for recycling process

Gneuss Inc. has received a letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration for its bottle-to-bottle recycling process, which consists of a multirotation extruder and a fully automatic melt filtration system.

Gneuss of Matthews, N.C., said the FDA approval is for up to 100 percent post-consumer bottle flake. Pellets manufactured using the Gneuss process can be used in the United States for food containers, both for cold-filled and hot-filled bottles, according to the company.

The multirotation system also can make PET sheet for thermoformed food packaging.

Gneuss said the extruder can process 100 percent post-consumer flakes into pellets for food-grade packaging without any prior treatment or pre-drying of the flakes.

Tel. 704-841-7251, e-mail

Uniloy shuttle unit boosts efficiency

Uniloy Milacron srl, headquartered in Magenta, Italy, has developed the EnergiaZero brand of all-electric continuous extrusion shuttle blow molding machines.

EnergiaZero machines use an energy-recovery brake to boost efficiency.

The Uniloy 200-D EZ has a clamping force of 20 metric tons and can accommodate six-cavity molds at a 110-millimeter center distance.

The machine can be equipped with Uniloy's double-sized in-mold-labeling technology. The 200-D EZ also can handle multilayer configurations and is available in the single-carriage version.

MoldPro Machinery & Sales Inc. of Burlington, Ontario, is the sales representative for Uniloy Milacron srl.

Tel. 905-335-3364, fax 905-335-1116.

Mixhead improves safety and accuracy

Pittsburgh-based Bayer MaterialScience LLC introduced the Bayonet rapid mixhead mounting system for reaction injection molding.

Bayonet helps solve common problems associated with RIM equipment by locking into position after the mixhead is accurately centered and placed by the operator.

It holds the mixhead firmly against the mold to avoid leakage. Also, by locking into position, the mounting system allows the operator to move away from the injection point, improving employee safety.

Tel. 800-622-2927, e-mail nafta


SAS Automation LLC has received patent No. 7,611,180 for its programmable end-of-arm tooling, which can be programmed to automatically relocate four separate component holders within the cycle of the robot, all within the same EOAT. Each of the four tool holders can be used for vacuum cups or grippers, mounted on individual linear actuators that can be programmed for up to 28 separate locations. SAS is based in Xenia, Ohio.

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