Archive for August, 2002

IMI: Purchase of DCI Marketing

Tuesday, August 20th, 2002

IMI plc, UK, a manufacturer of plastic pipe, profiles and retail displays, has acquired point-of-purchase design and product-development company DCI Marketingof Milwaukee, USA, for US$66 million in cash. DCI employs 300 and had operating profit of US$7 million on 2001 sales of US$90 million. It has regional offices in five U.S. cities and an assembly and warehouse facility near Milwaukee.

Macro Engineering: Hot lip controls blown-film gauge

Tuesday, August 20th, 2002

A new automatic gauge-control system for blown film positions cartridge heaters at 2-in. intervals in the outer die lip. The interval can vary depending on application. Macro Engineering & Technology Inc., Canada, teams its Accupro die with auto-tuning software and a 360-degree oscillating gamma-backscatter gauge from NDC Infrared Engineering. Macro unveiled the new system at an open house in late June, where it ran 2-mil film with gauge variation (2-sigma) of +/-1.9%. The Accupro lips can be retrofitted onto most blown-film dies and will improve thickness uniformity by at least 50%, Macro says. www.macroeng.com

Trendelkamp: Separate company for screen changer

Thursday, August 15th, 2002

Josef Trendelkamp Stahl- und Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, has established a separate firm, Trendelkamp Technologie GmbH, focused primarily on plastics screen changers, along with other products of the firm’s Plastics Technology business section. The new firm also produces pellet classifiers, vacuum pumps for degassing extruders, film/flake silos, mixing silos, strand dies, cooling tanks, and hydraulic guillotines. The parent firm’s main business is construction contracting.

Leistritz: Cooperation with Breyer

Thursday, August 15th, 2002

Two German extrusion equipment companies have set up a co-operation to develop in-line compounding systems. Leistritz, which is primarily a compounding equipment supplier, and Breyer, which makes complete lines for film, sheet and tube extrusion, have already handled a couple of installations, and are planning a workshop Inline and Speciality Compounding in Nuremburg on November 6/7.
Typical examples of in-line compounding are the production of wood flour/PP sheets, film for acoustic and energy insulation and the processing of undried PET into flat film. A complete flat film line is to be installed in the Leistritz laboratory and will be available for testing after the workshops in November.

Asahi Kasei: New alternative for flexible PVC

Wednesday, August 14th, 2002

Asahi Kasei is to begin commercial production of its SOE-SS series of ‘super-olefinic elastomers’, which can be used as a substitute for flexible PVC. The polymers, which have similar flexibility and mechanical properties to flexible PVC, can be formed using the same equipment and conditions. Asahi claims that SOE-SS resins have superior scratch resistance and wear characteristics to flexible PVC. The resin is made by co-polymerisation of styrene and butadiene, followed by hydrogenation of the polybutadiene segments to produce a co-polymer of styrene, ethylene and butylene. Asahi says the production method allows manipulation of the polymer structure to create extra performance characteristics. The cost of SOE-SS should be comparable to that of flexible PVC, according to Asahi. The polymer will be produced at Asahi’s Kawasaki facility in Japan.

Battenfeld Gloucester: New President

Wednesday, August 14th, 2002

Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co., USA, has named Brian Marvelley as president and CEO, effective Aug. 1. Marvelley, who has been with Gloucester for 17 years, was most recently its v.p. of finance, controller, and treasurer. He replaces Phil Murphree, who resigned as president/CEO. Marvelley is the second president since the retirement three years ago of Gloucester’s long-time president Harold Wrede. Gloucester is a unit of SMS Plastics Technology in Germany.

Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer: ZSK with interchangeable processing sections

Wednesday, August 14th, 2002

A new development which is of particular interest for laboratory and development tasks and for small-scale production will be presented by Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart/Germany, at the Fakuma (15 to 19 October 2002 in Friedrichshafen/Germany), on stand 5038 in Hall A 5: For the first time, a twin-screw compounder (ZSK) is equipped with two processing sections which have been optimized for different process tasks and can be easily interchanged in just about 60 min.

The processing section ZSK 32 MEGAcompounder, with 32 mm screw diameter, is suitable for compounding processes requiring high energy input, high shear rates and high torque.

The processing section ZSK 34 MEGAvolume is designed for compounding large-volume feedstocks with low bulk density as well as for compounding processes requiring a relatively low energy input and longer residence times.
The two processing sections of the new compounding extruder ZSK 32 Mc / 34 Mv are operated at different torque. Nevertheless, only one drive motor, one gearbox and one switchgear are used. For torque adjustment, a pneumatic clutch with electronic monitoring device is integrated in the drive, which is the only deviation from standard design

Macro Engineering: Representation of Czech line of slitters and printers

Tuesday, August 13th, 2002

An agreement between Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. and Soma Engineering SRO, Czech Republic,brings Soma’s printing and converting machinery to North America for the first time. Soma builds slitters and rewinders as well as six- and eight-color flexographic printers. They’re built with “German quality” but at more competitive prices, a Macro spokesman said. At a recent open house, Macro demonstrated and sold a Compact model Soma slitter. The Compact model runs at 1000 ft/min and makes up to 25-in.-diam. slit rolls or 40-in.-diam. parent rolls.

InductaMetals: Barrel for a lifetime

Monday, August 12th, 2002

InductaMetals LP, USA, is so confident in the wear resistance of its IDM-Ultramax barrels that it is offering customers a lifetime guarantee, the first ever for products like these in the plastics industry, the company says.
For injection molders, the guarantee stipulates that an IDM-Ultramax barrel with an I.D. of less than 100 mm will not wear more than 0.010 in. diametrically over the life of the barrel (0.015 in. for barrels of 100 mm or more) for as long as the original purchaser owns the molding machine. For extrusion customers, an IDM- Ultramax barrel with an I.D. of less than 100 mm is guaranteed not wear more than 0.015 in. diametrically over the life of the barrel (0.020 in. for barrels over 100 mm) for as long as the original purchaser owns the extruder. If total wear exceeds an allowable limit, InductaMetals says it will elect to replace or repair the barrel or refund the purchase price.The company says that many processors using 30-65% filled resins report their IDM-Ultramax barrels have already lasted three to five times longer than the tool-steel or furnace-cast tungsten carbide bimetallics they replaced and still show only negligible wear.

Coexplan: Purchase of FSP

Monday, August 12th, 2002

Fexible packaging group Coexpan, Spain, has bought FSP, a firm specialising in the manufacture of co-extruded barrier foil from German parent company Bericap. FSP, which is located between Paris and Lille, is known for its development in 1998 of a range of multi-layer plastic high barrier foil to gas (EVOH) for the packaging of fragile or long-life shelf products such as cheese, meat and fish. Its market share multiplied by five in the last four years and its 2002 turnover is expected to be more than EURO10m. The acquisition will enable Coexpan, which produces packaging for food companies such as Danone, Yoplait, Nestle and Muller, to fulfil its aim of increasing its presence to the barrier foils market. The addition of FSP will give Coexpan a total of 11 plants around the world.