A Russian sheet extruder, Gebau Kunststoff, purchased a sheet die from Nordson Corp. at the Interplastica trade show held in Moscow in January. The die went to Gebau's factory in Moscow.
The EDI SmartGap die has a new adjustment mechanism to make changes in thickness with what Nordson said is unprecedented speed. For Gebau the die gives it a greater range of thicknesses.
Gebau will use the die to manufacture heavy-gauge sheet for packaging, furniture and appliance applications. Gebau's technical director, Grigorii Mulevan, said the company chose the new die because of increased uptime and enhanced quality.
“The SmartGap die will enable us to make faster changeovers over the whole range of thicknesses without interrupting production, and in the process reducing the volume of scrap generated during the translation from think sheet to thick,” Mulevan said. “It will also help us to improve the quality of our finished product, enabling us to produce sheet with greater uniformity and flatness.”
The SmartGap uses a single-point adjustment mechanism that changes the lip gap while simultaneously modifying the length of the lip land to provide the most appropriate conditions for the newly adjusted thickness as the sheet exits the die.
At Gebau's Moscow facility, the company produces sheet from a wide range of polymers, including ABS, acrylic, polyethylene and polystyrene.