L-R Systems moves to new, larger plant
ROMEOVILLE, ILL. — L-R Systems Inc., a maker of material-handling equipment, blenders, granulators, dryers, processing cooling and heating systems and other auxiliary machinery, has began production at a 31,000-square-foot plant in Romeoville that doubles its size.
L-R Systems moved from Joliet, Ill., to Romeoville.
The new factory will enable L-R Systems to continue building equipment for specific applications, and continue growing in a more efficient layout.
“We have updated and expanded our manufacturing capabilities to meet ever-increasing customer demands,” said Keith Stark, general manager.
He said the auxiliary equipment maker installed a new paint booth, burn table, extra storage racking and a dust-ventilation system.
The plant location is close to major highways and airports.
L-R Systems serves the plastics, food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Invensys Eurotherm opens new facility
ROCKFORD, ILL. — Invensys plc, the London-based parent of controls maker Eurotherm Inc., is opening a center of excellence in Rockford.
Invensys Operations Management is housed in the center. The center includes Eurotherm's research and development and engineering departments, Maco systems repair, and a systems- and product-training facility for customers.
Invensys Operations Management is based in Plano, Texas. Eurotherm, which makes the Maco controller for plastics processing equipment, is in Ashburn, Va.
Rick Jarrell, Eurotherm North America operations manager, said the company's products such as Maco controllers and brands like Action Instruments and Continental are well-known in the plastics processing, automation and machine controls market.
“The investment we made in this facility proves that we are fully engaged in this market with a long-term commitment to our global customer base,” Jarrell said.
Steve Schroeder, Eurotherm's business development manager for plastics, said the company had been located in an older building in Rockford. Invensys moved manufacturing of cards and circuit boards for Maco controllers to Asia, where the majority of its Maco units are sold.
Invensys will continue to install the electronic components, and do controller assembly, at the new Rockford center of excellence, Schroeder said.
The center employs about 20.
Total to shut down PS line permanently
HOUSTON — Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. announced Nov. 11 that it will permanently shut down a 200 million-pound-per-year polystyrene unit at its Carville, La., styrenics site.
The line has been idle since the second half of 2010.
“The balance of supply and demand in North American polystyrene has shifted over the last decade,” Stan Beisert, the company's vice president of styrenics, said in a news release. “While we remain committed to styrenics, this unit is no longer viable given current market conditions.”
The company said it will improve the efficiency of its other PS units, which currently have nameplate capacity of 1.45 billion pounds annually.
Houston-based Total said it believes it has sufficient capacity to meet demand for PS resin during the next few years.
Calif. plastics lab wins certification
SANTA ANA, CALIF. — Plastics Analytical Laboratory Inc. of Santa Ana received notification Sept. 27 of its certification under ISO 17025, a standard for testing and calibration competence.
The certification brings credibility and “puts us on a different level of the playing field,” said Brian Rubin, PAL technology director. “We have been blessed with access to market, but some customers prefer the accreditation.”
The nonprofit membership society American Association for Laboratory Accreditation of Frederick, Md., known as A2LA, handled the process working with Diana Randall, PAL quality manager. PAL made initial contact with A2LA in March 2010.
Custom compounder Modified Plastics Inc., also of Santa Ana, established PAL as a subsidiary in June 2008 to provide the plastics industry with analytical and technical services often involving new product development, material deformulation or failure analysis.