OptiCheck provides 360-degree inspection
Agr International Inc. now offers its OptiCheck vision-based inspection and measurement system, with a quality-management system for sidewalls and label quality for plastic container production.
The optical arrangement, with multiple high-resolution cameras, uses light-emitting-diode lighting and does a 360-degree inspection of bottles that are translucent or opaque. It finds defects including folds, contamination, foreign materials, opaque spots, holes, missing or distorted features, flash and label defects.
A distinguishing feature is the Agr system's ability to perform label inspection at the same time as sidewall-defect detection, according to the company in Butler, Pa.
Tel. 724-482-2163, email ddineff @agrintl.com.
Preheating system boosts part quality
Radio Frequency Co. of Millis, Mass., has introduced a preheating system for sheet molding compound that uses radio-frequency-heating technology called Macrowave.
The company claims the system enhances the distribution of reinforcement fibers in the molding process, improving product quality and strength, and cutting cure time in half. RF heating is especially effective for thicker bosses and structures.
Macrowave can preheat SMC up to 30 inches wide by 84 inches long in less than 1 minute. A controller runs the heat-cycle time, power level and conveyor movement to synchronize with the press operation.
Radio Frequency has priced the Macrowave at $95,000 and up.
Tel. 508-376-9555, fax 508-376-9944, email [email protected] cy.com.
Reifenhauser to rep Jürgens in N. America
Blown film machinery maker Reifenhauser Inc. of Danvers, Mass., is representing Jürgens GmbH in North America. Jürgens of Emsdetten, Germany, supplies automatic handling and packaging systems for film rolls and non-wovens.
Tel. 978-412-9700, fax 978-412-9715, email steve.despain @reifenhauserinc.com.
JRL gets certified in LRTM, joins alliance
Cape Coral, Fla.-based JRL Ventures Inc. hosted a three-day seminar in light resin transfer molding for its production and engineering staff, plus several customers.
The training was conducted by Vonastra, Ontario-based RTM North Technologies, in conjunction with Composites One LLC of Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Closed Mold Alliance.
Upon completion of the seminar, JRL Ventures received certification and was named a member of the Closed Mold Alliance.
JRL Ventures makes composites tooling and parts.
Tel. 239-283-0800, email mcham bers @jrlventuresinc.com.
Disco-Tex. It has nothing to do with Saturday Night Fever.
No, it's an aligned, discontinuous carbon-fiber fabric that uses a thermoplastic as a matrix. It's produced by Pepin Associates Inc. of Greenville, Maine.
Materials that can be used are aerospace-grade carbon fiber and nylon, plus polyphenylene sulfide and high-temperature thermoplastics like polyetherimide.
Pepin Associates also has developed a glass-reinforced version of Disco-Tex that uses recycled, post-consumer PET from soda bottles. The material was used to make a demonstration crush-zone part for a compact car.
The firm believes that Disco-Tex made from carbon and thermoplastics also will be 100 percent recyclable.
Tel. 207-695-3434, email john [email protected]
Interbev taps pallet as award finalist
Polymer Solutions International Inc. said its plastic pallet, the ProStack Double Leg Ratchet, was picked as a finalist in the 2010 Interbev Beverage Innovation Awards, under the category of “best new bottling, manufacturing or distribution innovation.”
The company's pallet has a “double-leg” design that provides twice the damage protection of older-style, single-leg pallets. That design reduces damage from forklifts.
Polymer Solutions, based in Medford, N.J., said the ProStack pallets are injection molded using gas-assist.
The double-leg ratchet pallet is designed for pharmaceutical, medical, industrial and food and beverage applications.
Tel. 877-444-7225, fax 610-356-6327, email [email protected]
OxyPerm measures oxygen transmission
Dallas-based OxySense Inc. introduced OxyPerm, which measures the oxygen-transmission rate of films, packages and PET containers.
Multiple tests can be performed, as OxyPerm is fully scalable up to 250 test chambers. The system also supports several oxygen-measurement procedures such as head-space analysis, dissolved-oxygen studies, shelf-life studies and live-package studies.
Tel. 214-483-1003, email [email protected] oxysense.com.
Lyle integrates latest Cone Drive reducers
Thermoforming equipment maker Lyle Industries Inc. uses Cone Drive Operations Inc.'s worm-gear reducers for Lyle's electro-mechanical and servo-based control.
For many years, Lyle has used Cone Drive's model HP worm-gear reducers to drive the mold platens and trim press. More recently, Lyle integrated Cone Drive's Series B worm gear, with a patented fret-free bushing design into its thermoformers, for the lighter-duty, non-precision movements.
In the latest innovation, Lyle designed-in servomotors with Cone Drive's Series E planetary gearboxes to automate the chain-rail adjust system, which is used to accommodate webs of different widths. That had been a manual operation.
Lyle is based in Beaverton, Mich. Cone Drive is in Traverse City, Mich.
Tel. 231-929-8269, fax 231-929-8322, e-mail [email protected] .com.
India's Steer launches online design service
Customers of Bangalore, India-based extruder maker Steer Engineering Pvt. Ltd. now can design their compounding extruder online at www.sigmalinesix.com.
A monthly subscription fee gives access to the design program, said Wayne Stagner, president and CEO of SteerAmerica Inc., the company's U.S. operation in Uniontown, Ohio. He said the service includes hundreds of screw elements in online libraries. Users can build an extruder and keep records of the design.
Stagner described the service at SteerAmerica's booth at the recent Antec conference in Boston.
In other news, Stagner said that Steer developed a version of its lab-sized Omicron 12 extruder aimed at the pharmaceutical sector.
Tel. 866-984-1800, fax 330-563-4413.
Exopak LLC installs Evolution line in Ga.
Exopack LLC has installed a three-layer Evolution blown film line from Reifenhauser Inc. at its plant in Thomasville, Ga.
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Exopack makes paper and plastic flexible packaging for a variety of applications, including pet products, food and beverage, medical devices, lawn and garden products, agriculture, chemicals and minerals, building materials and electronics.
The Evolution line, equipped with the latest cooling technology and auto-profile system, boosts Exopack's production of the three-layer bags. The line is equipped with an Evoltuion W-S surface winder.
Reifenhauser is based in Danvers, Mass.
Tel. 978-412-9700, fax 978-412-9715.
Compound extruders offer enhanced feed
Coperion Corp. of Ramsey. N.J., recently highlighted its line of compounding extruders.
One new feature is called feed-enhancement technology, which Coperion claims significantly improves feeding capacity and throughput rates.
FET pulls vacuum on the feed zone of the ZSK, which is equipped with a porous, gas-permeable wall section. That can increase the intake capacity for feed-limited products, with low bulk density, by up to three times, the company said.
FET equipment can be retrofitted to the extruder.
Tel. 201-327-6300, fax 201-825-6494.
Welex builds system using nine extruders
Welex Inc.'s custom nine-extruder, five-layer sheet extrusion system makes multicolored striped sheet for thermoformed yogurt cups.
The Blue Bell, Pa.-based company built the line for a leading European custom sheet extruder, which it did not identify. The nine extruders can be configured to provide virtually unlimited multiple stripe and layer combinations, Welex said.
The system produces sheet up to 60 inches wide, with a thickness range of 0.02-0.06 inch, at a rate of 3,000 pounds per hour. The nine extruders have screw diameters of 21/2 and 31/2 inches.
The five-layer sheet construction includes a crystal polystyrene gloss layer, a fully configurable five-color stripe layer, a white layer, a scrap-foam layer and a white-bottom layer. The scrap-foam layer is made using a proprietary gas-blown foam process.
The system also can run polypropylene with no equipment changes.
KraussMaffei film line to make solar panels
A Chinese film manufacturer has ordered a KraussMaffei Berstorff line to make ethyl vinyl acetate film for solar panels.
EVA film is embossed on both sides and used to cover highly sensitive silica slices on the photovoltaic panels, and all electrical connections between the individual cells. KraussMaffei Berstorff, of Hanover, Germany, did not identify the Chinese customer.
The production line includes a co-rotating twin-screw extruder and a flexible PlanetCalander smoothing unit. The film must exhibit precise embossing, extremely low shrinkage, excellent adhesion, long service life and outstanding optical features.
Tel. 49-511-57-02586, fax 49-511-57-02608.