Archive for December, 2008

High Performance Treatment Meets Sophisticated Monitoring and Control

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Enercon’s new Dyne-A-Mite™ IT Elite etches, cleans, activates, sterilizes and functionalizes a wide variety of difficult to treat conductive and non conductive material surfaces. Its advanced blown-ion plasma surface treatment is ideal for promoting adhesion for painting, bonding, casting, flocking, labeling, coating, marking, extruding and overmolding applications. Quality control is self regulated by a real time Plasma Integrity Monitoring system for all process variables.  The new modular system is upgradable with up to four surface treatment heads with quick connect/disconnect capability. A touch screen interface provides local control and connectivity to network control systems is also available.

Its ability to treat flat surfaces as well as difficult to reach recesses makes this simple to use system a safe treatment solution for a wide variety of applications.

The Dyne-A-Mite IT™ Elite generates a concentrated blown-ion discharge that bombards a material surface with a high-speed discharge of ions. Positive ion bombardment facilitates a micro-etching or scrubbing (ablation) effect which can remove) organic and inorganic contaminants from the surface of an object. Without changing the substrate morphology, the system successfully changes the mechanical and chemical properties of a surface. It cleans surfaces and initiates cross-linking effects. Blown-ion treatment allows for easier application and improved adhesion of coatings, adhesives, inks, labels and markings of all types. In-line treatment eliminates the need for costly chemical priming, etching and vacuum processes.

The Dyne-A-Mite IT™ Elite is highly effective at treating and cleaning all types of polymers, elastomers, glass and even conductive surfaces. It treats extruded, pultruded, molded and formed materials. Treatment is ideal for PE, PP, PET, nylon, vinyl, polystyrene, polycarbonate, PVC and all other types of thermoformed and thermoset plastics. Typical applications include removing grease, oil, oxides or silicone; pre-treatment and preparation for bonding, soldering or gluing and pre-treatment for finishing metals.

Enercon Industries Corporation, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI, is a major manufacturer of equipment for the plastics and packaging industries. The company supplies custom built atmospheric plasma treating systems for rolls, webs, sheets, and three dimensional objects.

Ghioldi opens the door to innovation

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Ghioldi opens the door to innovation
Polimerica, Italy - Dec 22, 2008
In January, an open house is planned at their Marnate plant, located in North West Italy, to present their newest products for hi-tech extrusion,

Multilayer packaging films key to world food markets

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Multilayer packaging films key to world food markets
Converting Magazine, IL
The Bioflex-A series is a PLA blend for blown film extrusion and has been used in multilayer films. Mitsubishi Plastics has introduced a silicone dioxide

Berry Plastics Corporation and Power Efficiency Corporation …

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Berry Plastics Corporation and Power Efficiency Corporation
Earthtimes (press release), UK
This represents an energy savings exceeding 40%, payback in less than two years, and a 74% internal rate of return. A CO2 reduction over 300000 lbs is

Merquinsa Develops World First Ether-based Bio TPU

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Merquinsa Develops World First Ether-based Bio TPU
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release), NY - 12 hours ago
This new plant-based development is the last addition to the growing range of Merquinsa´s Bio TPU for “Green” injection moulding, extrusion and adhesive

Baxter Mexico: IW Best Plants Profile 2008 - IndustryWeek from extrusion energy savings - Google News

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Baxter Mexico: IW Best Plants Profile 2008

IndustryWeek - Dec 17, 2008
The cleanroom production process starts with the extrusion and cooling of plastic film onto rolls. These rolls feed automated machines that fuse two layers

Plastics take lead in hot and cold water pipes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Congoo News: Plastics has taken the lead in the European hot and cold water pipe markets, according to an Applied Market Information (AMI) report. The European Hot & Cold Water Pipes study found that, in metres, plastic

Wexco: New Bimetallic Barrel Alloy Boosts Sustainability

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Improved durability and wear resistance, a lower coefficient-of-friction, and compatibility with a wide variety of hard-faced flight materials are key features of Dura 686XL™, a new, patent-pending bimetallic barrel-lining alloy for high-speed applications from barrel manufacturer Wexco Corporation (Lynchburg, VA).

Although processing machinery manufacturers and tooling engineers have kept pace with developments in processing plastics at ever higher screw speeds and volumes, little has been done to advance the durability of conventional boron bimetallic barrel linings.

According to Tony Grant, Director of Sales and Marketing at Wexco, screw speeds and throughput rates for filled and unfilled materials have nearly doubled in recent times, introducing an unprecedented degree of wear energy into plasticizing unit assemblies.

“The choice left to molders and machinery builders is to use more expensive barrel linings, those typically used for running highly glass-filled compounds and other severe-wear applications. But, in many cases, I call this approach ‘application overkill.’

“Our new Wexco 686XL alloy provides machine builders and processors with a more affordable, extra-heavy-duty, longer-life alternative, providing sustainable machine performance.”

Calvin Lundeen, Ph,D., P.E. and head of engineering and technical services at Wexco adds, “The unique characteristics of this new patent-pending alloy also include improved damage resistance and a lower coefficient of friction. We’ve found that these features improve wear life without requiring an increase to hardness.”

Dura 686XL has a proprietary alloy chemistry specially formulated for high-speed applications in blow molding and injection molding machines. It’s suitable for use by molders and extruders who want to replace their more conventional linings to improve durability.

Dura 686XL provides excellent resistance to hardness losses caused by elevated temperatures and friction energy. It is compatible with the majority of screw hard-face flight materials and metal constructions.

Its low coefficient of friction improves durability and metal-to-metal compatibility. In standard, recognized tests for determining abrasion resistance—ASTM G75 slurry abrasion tests, and ASTM G65 dry sand abrasion tests—Dura 686XL provided dramatic service-life improvements when compared to nitrided barrels. And it was shown to provide a significant increase in wear life when compared to Wexco’s standard iron-boron alloys and similar inlays.

“In actual field test observations these barrels have out-performed our expectations,” Grant concludes.

PLA becomes hot topic for Cool Change

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

PLA becomes hot topic for Cool Change
FoodBev.com, UK
The business sources the biodegradable Ingeo PLA bottles from US-based NatureWorks, a company that claims the material requires less energy for production

Ampac Flexibles expands capacity with W&H multilayer-film line

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Ampac Flexibles expands capacity with W&H multilayer-film line
Converting Magazine, IL -
Ampac’s new extrusion line is part of the company’s capital growth strategy and commitment to high quality packaging. In addition to the new line,