NSF tapped to lead compostability tests
The Biodegradable Products Institute Inc. of New York has accredited NSF International to test plastic materials and products for compostability.
NSF's compostable product testing on plastic products, such as trash bags, bottled water containers and disposable dinnerware, verifies that the products will biodegrade completely, quickly and safely like other organic matter such as food scraps and yard trimmings, said Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF's Engineering and Research Services.
NSF verifies claims of biodegradable/compostable products by testing against standards developed by ASTM. Testing is done by planting samples in a closed environment with compost. Once the samples have biodegraded, the compost with the biodegradable samples is then tested for the ability to sustain plant matter.
NSF International is based in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tel. 734-769-8010, fax 734-769-0109.
Lumetrics offering film-measuring unit
Lumetrics Inc. of West Henrietta, N.Y., has introduced an Online Rotational Scanning System as an accessory to its OptiGauge thickness-measurement product, to reduce startup times and improve product quality.
Lumetrics has installed the first of five U.S. installations at one of the world's leading manufacturers of film for the medical bag industry. Lumetrics did not identify the customer.
Lumetrics said the Online Rotational Scanning System is a cost-effective way to measure blown film, both single- and multilayer. It provides continuous measurement during production, feeding the data back to the equipment.
Tel. 585-214-2455, fax 585-214-2458, e-mail [email protected] metrics.com.
New Martin splicer joined with rewinder
Martin Automation Inc. has installed a new butt splicer and rewinder combo on a narrow-label web press at Flexographic Trade Services of Fort Mill, S.C.
The new Martin butt splicer is combined with an STR turret rewinder, giving non-stop roll changing. The equipment matches the press speed of 500 feet per minute.
Martin Automation is based in Rockford, Ill.
Tel. 815-654-4800, e-mail [email protected]
GN-Octal DPET study claims cost savings
GN Thermoforming Equipment and sheet supplier Octal Inc. have released a study showing that GN's DX series thermoforming machine running PET trays with Octal's new DPET (direct PET) brand of amorphous PET sheet can yield a potential savings of 24 percent over traditional amorphous and recycled PET.
The companies conducted tests at GN's laboratory and in field trials to confirm cost models.
GN, of Chester, Nova Scotia, has designed the DX series of thermoforming machines that use contact heat conducting the heat from a heated platen into the plastic sheet. In addition to the different types of PET sheet, the tests also compared the contact heat process with the radiant heat process.
Octal of Plano, Texas, supplied the sheet for the test trays.
According to the companies, the savings from the DX machine and Octal's DPET brand of APET sheet include lower energy consumption, faster cycle time, greater production efficiency, runs with lower clamping pressure and lower material costs.
Octal said DPET also has the lowest carbon footprint of any APET.
OptiVision software to manage AET sites
Applied Extrusion Technologies Inc. has picked Honeywell International Inc.'s OptiVision Business Logic software, a manufacturing execution system, to improve production and control production costs at two AET film plants in North America.
OptiVision allows New Castle, Del.-based AET to better forecast its raw-material usage, improve planning and scheduling processes and manage production and quality.
We reached the point where supporting our legacy software did not make business sense due to increasing demands on our [information technology] resources and risk of compromising our manufacturing capabilities, said Jim Burger, AET's director of information technology.
Honeywell is based in Morristown, N.J.
Tel. 877-841-2840 or 480-353-3020.
New BinMaster probe boasts flexible timer
BinMaster Level Controls has introduced dual-timer capacitance probes that feature a flexible time delay, so the probe can react either immediately or with up to a 30-second delay when it detects a covered or uncovered state.
The option is available on both the Procap I and Procap II capacitance probes.
BinMaster is based in Lincoln, Neb.
Tel 402-434-9102, e-mail jchris [email protected]
Scara robots feature highly rigid gears
Toshiba Machine Co. America said its TH-A series of Scara robots is the first to feature highly rigid gears for each axis, a design that has proved successful in six-axis robots, the company said.
TH-A series robots are nearly identical to Toshiba's TH series of Scara robots, except for the plastic gears and the robot's working envelope. The first and second axes combine to give the TH-A a nearly 360-degree working area.
Scaras are compact robots that pick up a part, then spin quickly to move to another location.
Toshiba is based in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Tel. 847-709-7308, fax 847-709-7358, e-mail [email protected]
Herbold introduces recycling equipment
Herbold Meckesheim USA of Smithfield, R.I., has introduced several pieces of wash-line equipment for recycling plastics:
* Debalers to break down bales or briquettes of bottles and other post-consumer plastics into single items for sorting. Other pre-wash equipment detects and removes metal and other foreign objects.
* Wet granulators, which have water in their current chambers so they simultaneously wash and size-reduce material. Herbold's high-speed shredders also can be used with water and added to a wash line when more-intensive washing and shredding is necessary.
* Friction washers give more washing power, as they typically receive a slurry of plastic fragments and water from a wet grinder/granulator. They also sometimes are installed after separation tanks.
* Separation tanks separate floating materials from those that sink.
* Mechanical dryers centrifugally dry plastic fragments, but they also can be used as intensive washers, by using a high-speed agitator and a high volume of water. For additional drying, the company offers thermal dryers, and for hard-to-dry materials such as stretch film and foam, Hoffer offers the HV Plastcompactor, which simultaneously heats, dries and compacts.
Tel. 401-232-3354, fax 401-232-5425.
LPS filtration system cuts contaminants
Liquid Process Systems Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., has developed a heat-transfer fluid-filtration system specially for the PET plastic packaging industry.
The Vector Series Model VB10C thermal fluid-filtration system filters contaminants down to 10 microns. This keeps thermal fluids or hot oil clean, giving higher heat transfer and plant efficiency, longer fluid life and minimum downtime for maintenance.
System flow and pressure from the plant process is used to re-circulate fluid or hot oil from the pump discharge through the filter. Clean fluid is then returned to the suction side of the pump.
The filter reduces fouling and carbon sludge, keeping the lines clear.
Tel. 704-821-1115, fax 704-821-1190, e-mail [email protected] tion.com.
Ferromatik Milacron Maschinenbau GmbH of Malterdingen, Germany, has donated a K-TEC multicomponent machine to the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen, Germany. The press, with 200 metric tons of clamping force, replaces an older Ferromatik machine at IKV. ... Precision AirConvey Corp. of Newark, Del., offers a mobile version of its TrimPac series of automated trim systems, which can be rolled from one press, slitter or die cutter to another.