KM system creates crystal-clear sheet
KraussMaffei Berstorff offers its PlanetCalander, featuring a flexible roll arrangement, for polishing optical-clear film and sheets.
Applications include sliding roofs; headlights and rear windows for automotive; displays for communication devices; helmet visors; sunglasses; roof lights and safety windows for buildings; and protective covers and casings.
The sheet, used for thermoforming, has to be protected against dust by clean room conditions.
KraussMaffei Berstorff sheet production lines have output rates of up to 2,640 pounds an hour. They usually use a single-screw extruder, but when a sheet producer needs higher output rates and even more efficient degassing, the company can equipment the line with co-rotating twin-screw extruders under the ZE line.
The roller train has chrome-plated carrying rollers, giving excellent surface quality and avoiding marks on the crystal-clear sheet, according to the Hanover, Germany-based company. The first rollers are temperature-controlled and temperature-driven.
Tel. 49-511-5702-586, fax 49-511-5702-608.
Amsler adds electric blow molding press
Amsler Equipment Inc., which makes all-electric, reheat stretch blow molding machines, has expanded its line of convertible machines with the L32 blow molder.
The three-cavity, all-electric press gives custom blow molders flexibility, lower power consumption and easy operation. It can produce 3,600 2-liter bottles an hour 50 percent more than a two-cavity machine.
With the same compact footprint as a two-cavity, this versatile three-cavity machine can replace a conventional two-cavity for a slight upcharge, said President Werner Amsler.
The L32 features servo-driven electric stretch rods, rather than pneumatic-type rods.
Also available: an air-recovery system and hot-fill capabilities.
Amsler Equipment is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Tel. 905-707-6704, fax 904-707-6707, e-mail [email protected] ment.net.
New Nissei machine doubles the output
Nissei ASB Co. has launched a one-step stretch blow molding machine, the ASB-150DPW, which boasts twice the productivity of the company's single-row model for both narrow- and wide-mouthed, small- to medium-sized containers.
The new ABS-150DPW has the same footprint as the ASB-150DP, but features a double-row configuration, so it doubles the cavitation to a maximum of 36, compared with 18 on the single-row machine.
Nissei ASB is targeting applications ranging from small hotel amenity items, liquor and energy-drink containers to wide-mouth containers from peanut butter, mayonnaise and toys. The machine can mold virgin and recycled PET, polylactic acid and polycarbonate in neck sizes up to 94 millimeters.
A special version fitted with conditioning blow capabilities can process polypropylene for making an intravenous drip and other medical containers.
Jamie Pace, vice president, said the double-row machine also uses almost the same energy as the single-row press, depending on container size. The new press cuts energy cost per container by about 40 percent.
Brand owners and packaging companies are demanding sustainability improvements and carbon-footprint reductions for products requiring medium-to-high production rates. This new model is perfect for those requirements, Pace said.
The ASB-150DPW can blow mold containers ranging from 50 milliliters to 1.5 liters, at a rate of up to 4,505 bottles an hour, depending on bottle design and cavitation.
The Nissei ASB-150DPW and ASB-150DP share about 70 percent of the same parts.
Atlanta-based Nissei ASB has sold about 50 of the ASB-150DP machines in North America since the single-row press was introduced in 2003. Its parent, Nagano, Japan-based Nissei ASB Machine Co. Ltd., expects to receive 12 orders in its current fiscal year, which ended in September.
Tel. 404-699-7755, e-mail j.pace @nissei-asbus.com.
Engel touting its fast and light Viper robot
Officials of Engel North America are calling their new robot the Viper it is fast and light, but can lift relatively heavy parts.
Engel uses laser-welded steel sections to reduce weight, while providing operational stability even when the Viper handles heavy parts at high-speed cycles.
York, Pa.-based Engel has an easy-to-use controller, and three software features: Mass identification adapts Viper to match the mass to be moved, ensuring optimum acceleration; vibration control; and energy-efficiency control.
In other news, Engel North America was one of eight companies to receive the Partners in Education Award from Pittsburg State University's Plastics Engineering Technology Advisory Council. During the last decade, Engel has placed three different injection presses on consignment at PSU's technology center in Pittsburg, Kan. The latest is an all-electric, tie-barless Engel E-motion press with 110-tons of clamping force.
Tel. 717-764-6818, fax 717-764-8093, e-mail [email protected] global.com.