Archive for August, 2009

Davis-Standard, LLC to Host Basic Extrusion Seminar

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Davis-Standard, LLC will host its popular workshop on “The Basics of Plastics Extrusion” on October 14 - 15, 2009 at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The two-day class will cover the fundamentals of plastics extrusion, as well as the composition and properties of various polymers and the mechanics of essential downstream processes. Topics include extruder components, temperature control, maintenance and screw design.

In addition to instruction, course participants will tour Davis-Standard’s laboratory and manufacturing facilities and will have access to polymer process engineers and technical specialists. The fee is $750 per person with a 10 percent discount given for groups of three or more. Course books and materials are included, and class size is limited to promote student/teacher interaction.

For enrollment or more information about Davis-Standard’s seminars and on-site extrusion training, contact Wendy Smith at (860) 599-6119 or at [email protected]. To register online, visit

TSM: Gravimetric Blending System with up to 12 Components

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Based around years of TSM experience in the plastics industry, the TSM multi-blend™ allows the end user to centrally locate the blending of all materials and recipes in a high throughput gravimetric blender, the TSM3000. This gravimetric blender can handle up to 12 individual material components at any given time with total automatic cleaning between recipes.

The TSM multi-blend™ can be centrally located, supplying any number of machines. Its design offering has many advantages. Firstly, the use of centralized off-line blending to feed multiple machines has many cost advantages such as the elimination of gravimetric blenders for each machine. Thereafter individual material recipes are simply entered into the TSM central blender control panel. When a machine requests a material fill, the TSM blender prepares the required job recipe, mixes the material, before conveying it off to its respective machine. Finally, the blender’s automatic self-cleaning feature is initiated in anticipation of the next fill request or masterbatch change.

All material consumption is logged for traceability/ accountability purposes, which contributes to the overall increased production efficiency by using TSM control solutions.

There are considerable advantages associated with such a system;

- one blender can service any number of machines

- no cross contamination of materials

- avoids the requirement of multiple blenders and multiple loaders

- reduces installation costs

- reduced pipe runs for each machine

- faster order changes

- cleaning of central blender only, if required

- each blender can handle up to 12 components

- minimal pre-blended material at end of order

- emptying out less hoppers for order changes

- ease of use due to centralization of blending

- lack of contamination issues on material feed pipes to multiply blenders

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Fluidaire Cleaning Services: Expansion of polymer cleaning applications lab

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Fluidaire Cleaning Services Inc. (FCS), a leading supplier of thermal cleaning systems for the plastics and fiber industries located in New Brunswick, NJ has recently expanded their facility by installing a state of the art Vacuum Pyrolysis Furnace in their applications lab.

The new VacuClean 254T supplied by SCHWING from Germany offers unique features designed for quality thermal cleaning of parts such as dies, spinpacks, breaker plates, manifolds, screws, filters, etc. This system has many unique features such as a built in catalytic converter than ensures the highest level of pollution management of off gases, extremely low energy consumption, internal sensors to ensure no thermal damage is made on the parts, special software functions for preheating or drying, space saving side loading, and numerous safety and pollution controls.

Robert Lasky, Vice President stated “ We recognized the demand for the VacuClean in the US market and this marks a very important step to better service our customers with trials, contract cleaning services, and recommended solutions. We also have a demonstration model of our Fluid Bed Furnace on site. Because we perform contract cleaning services, we can offer customers valuable know-how along with the systems we offer.”

FCS was established in 1996 as a joint venture between Procedyne in New Jersey and SCHWING Fluid Technik GmbH located in Germany. Together, both companies have supplied thousands of systems into the market for applications such as injection molding, blown film, filament, fiber, resin manufacturing, etc. More information may be found at