Hosokawa Alpine: Die fits two layers in the space of one

The first seven-layer blown film line in the U.S. from Hosokawa Alpine America Inc., USA., will be delivered this summer to FlexTech Packaging Inc., a Cincinnati maker of specialized, oriented barrier films. The line will be the first anywhere to use a new Alpine seven-layer die that is approximately the same height as Alpine’s previous five-layer models. Alpine accomplished this by replacing two standard plates in the stack with plates that accommodate two spirals each. FlexTech plans to use this approach to retrofit its existing five- layer die for seven layers without increasing its height.

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