Archive for September, 2009

GN Thermoforming Launches DX Series For High-Output APET Food Packaging

Friday, September 18th, 2009

GN Thermoforming Equipment has introduced the GN DX series of thermoformers – a new line of servo-driven machines that provide significantly greater cutting capacity of APET sheet for food packaging applications. The GN 3021 DX (30 x 21 in. forming area) and GN 3625 DX (36 x 25 in forming area) models boast a more robust design with increased production capability.

The GN DX series helps processors meet the growing worldwide demand for APET packaging while also converting most other thermoformable grade sheet products, according to Jerome Romkey, GN marketing manager. “These new products will become the choice of customers who require a larger forming area and increased cutting capacity to provide maximum part production,” said Romkey.

The DX machines feature reinforced cast beams which provide increased rigidity for cutting APET materials. These thermoformers cut 50% more linear knife than standard GN machines. The GN 3021 DX handles sheet widths up to 815 mm and operates at 25 to 30 dry cycles/min. The servo-driven machine offers exceptional energy savings with power consumption of 7.5 kW/hr. At 12-ft long and 6-ft wide, the machine’s footprint is small for its platen size, according to Romkey.

The GN 3625 DX handles sheet widths up to 965 mm and offers higher throughput, running up to 30 cycles/min. It too offers energy savings with power consumption of only 12 kW/hr. Both machines can run sheet thicknesses ranging from 0.15 mm to 1 mm.

The DX line also boasts a state-of-the-art transport system which when combined with common-edged cutting dies helps reduce overall scrap to 12% to 14% (well below the industry standard), resulting in more parts per kilogram of material. Each machine comes with a built-in powered unwinder, an adjustable part stripping point for increased speed, easy vacuum hook-up, and an integrated diagnostic system which also allows technicians to monitor and troubleshoot from a remote location.

GN Thermoforming has already sold two GN 3021 DX models to companies in the Netherlands and Turkey for production of APET trays for fruit and chocolate products. For more information:

Novosystems: color dosing for viscous and hard media

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Seevetal, Germany, 15th September 2009: Novosystems ( has radically improved its WB4000 pump, creating a system for color dosing that can handle masterbatch granulate media. This breakthrough means that plastic manufacturers can now dose liquid color and feed granulate to be colored, using just one dosing system. The basis of this multifunctional system is the WB4000 pump combined with a dedicated granulate feed accessory, the ZHD 2000 Easy Feed.

The proven WB4000 pump serves as the drive unit in masterbatch mode. The WB4000 now also works with the granulate feed accessory ZHD 2000 Easy Feed for feeding and dosing of microbatch, masterbatch, granulate and regranulate. A tailor-made flange interface ensures quick and simple changes between feeding granulate and dosing liquid colors. The WB4000 enables precise dosing with minimum variance while ensuring optimal consumption and high color quality with liquid colors and with granulates.

Premiere: Choice of masterbatch or granulate deployment

The WB4000 device makes the choice of deploying hard or liquid color media possible for the first time. The user can, in general, choose one variant – however, depending on the customer wishes, can switch between both media. This is of particular interest for subcontracted production work where manufacturers have to comply with customers’ specifications regarding color media. As a result, microbatch, conventional masterbatch and granulate additives can all be fed using the system. Concerning feed volume, the ZHD 2000 Easy Feed compares well with other feed equipment on the market and can be flexibly tailored to handle small volumes right up to large throughputs, depending on production requirements.

Complete process control

The performance range of the WB4000 dosing system covers injection and extrusion modes with regranulate modulation, monitoring of dosing volumes and remaining quantities. Mixing and dosing datas are recorded by the WB4000 dosing machine in protocols and saved in databases. In addition, the unit can be connected to existing data infrastructure using a LAN cable, Blue Tooth and WLAN. As a result, recipe changes can be inputed via a mobile handheld Palm computer via WLAN. Alternatively these changes can be carried out using a central PC or laptop via RF Master. Novosystems provides special software for these system management options which can handle up to 100 dosing machines.

Universal deployment

Novosystems took into account the many different requirements of plastic manufacturing including the issue of throughput volumes – from the use of liquid colors for laboratory extruders and micro-injection right up to pipe extrusion applications when designing the new universal WB4000 dosing system. Manufacturers can deploy liquid colors or masterbatch for injection molding, extrusion and PU production while maintaining complete flexibility with just one dosing system. With the advanced multi-purpose WB4000 new possibilities and potential exist together with significantly more flexibility in deploying colors in the manufacture of plastic products.

Innovation – the winning margin for tooling and machines

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The Gruber & Co. Group has gained a new profile. The Group is now presenting itself as the “Gruber Extrusion” brand. The new communicative market presentation of the complete plastic profile extrusion provider from Upper Austria also includes a new corporate design. “We are creating a winning margin through innovation in tools and machines for profiles in PVC, plastics and compounds”, Peter Gattinger said summarizing the concept.

The new Gruber Extrusion brand is having a signal effect in the industry. It makes the key competence of the globally active Corporate Group instantly visible. The “technology by innovation” creed underlines this new positoning. “We can now present our service range and our image swiftly and clearly everywhere including all our future markets”, CEO Richard Füsslberger said. The new market presentation is having a sustained strengthening effect on the corporate network.

One world, one vision, one system

The Corporate Group skillfully the powerful synergies available in the individual partner companies for projects in plastic profile extrusion – one world, one vision, one system. The company has clearly staked its claim of being miles ahead in the industry and one of the world’s best complete providers, a leadership that is now the driving force in its every activity. Gruber Extrusion ensures high customer satisfaction with innovation, flexibility and reliability. The Corporate Group generates powerful added benefits for its clients with know-how and consulting competence. “We are shaping the future of plastic profile extrusion”, is how CEO Peter Gattinger explains the group claims.

Turnkey extrusion plant

Gruber Extrusion produces individually aligned profile extrusion lines for the plastics area. The company strength is in working out individually tailored complete solutions such as the production of turnkey extrusion plant, meeting concrete customer requirements. The company also invests energetically and targeted in new and further developments to all its services.

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