These product news items are from companies exhibiting at the Plastics Extrusion World Expo, the Plastics Recycling World Expo and the Compounding World Expo, May 8-9 at Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center. The conferences are organized by AMI.
Sikora AG (BoothA320) will display its offline inspection and analyzing system for raw materials used in the plastics industry, the Purity Concept V.
It combines the advantages of a conventional optical light table with an automatic evaluation, for use in all types of transparent, diffused or colored materials, in laboratory operation or the inspection of incoming goods.
According to the company from Bremen, Germany, material on the sample tray gets inspected automatically within seconds by a color camera. Any contamination is directly highlighted by a projector.
EconCore (Booth C225), which makes honeycomb production systems, will highlighted its worldwide patented and widely used technology.
The company from Leuven, Belgium, makes equipment for companies in North America, Europe and Asia to produce performance-to-weight optimized products for packaging, automotive, commercial transportation and building materials.
EconCore's extrusion-fed technology converts thermoplastics to honeycomb material core structures with an inline lamination of skins to turn out lightweight sandwich panels.
Company officials claim the true honeycomb structure outperforms other low-density cores such as fluted or cup-shaped structures sometimes used in packaging and automotive applications. The continuous panel production consists of feeding — by direct extrusion or pre-extruded flat film/sheet — vacuum forming of the film/sheet to a half-hexagonal “half honeycomb” pattern, folding the pattern to a technical honeycomb structure and bonding the skin materials onto the honeycomb core to make sandwich panels.
EconCore, founded in 2005, began with the invention by an aerospace engineer.
Compounding extruder manufacturer Entek Manufacturing (Booth A720) has announced it installed a compounding line at Plastics Color Corp.'s plant in Ashboro, N.C., in January. The complete line includes a high-output Entek HR-3-73 millimeter twin-screw extruder and controls, a mezzanine, feeders and pelletizers.
PCC bought the line to increase production capacity both now and in the future.
“Medical, pharma and food are all strong markets, and to keep up with the needs of these markets, we had to ramp up our production,” said Dave Minor, PCC's vice president of sales.
Entek is based in Lebanon, Ore.