Two unusual new processes from Germany allow changes of profile, pipe, and pelletizing dies in just a few seconds.
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Sanduvor PR-25, a uv absorber based on new photo-reactive chemistry, was aimed primarily at coatings when it was first launched a couple of years ago. Since then it has made headway in clear plastics, including flexible PVC, polycarbonate, PET, and other engineering thermoplastics.
Thanks to a new dual-spot laser and other enhancements, the latest stereolithography machine from 3D Systems, Valencia, Calif., offers speed and surface-finish improvements crucial to rapid-tooling applications.
Before long, the most important tool for managing your plant may be an internet browser. Here's a look at one "cybermolder" that's already on line.
Web processors and converters who use liquid-heated rollers for orienting, annealing, laminating, and embossing should take a look at recent advances in electric-heated rolls. You could get better temperature control with less maintenance and downtime.
Process simulation for thermoforming is still new and far from perfected. Yet a small but growing band of processors are discarding trial-and-error methods in favor of simulation as a shortcut to optimizing quality.
There's a lot more to Siegel-Robert Inc. today than just a shiny surface. Known as the world's largest electroplater of plastics, the St. Louis-based firm plates 300,000 sq ft of plastic each day at five facilities.