June 2009

Close-Up on Technology

Energy-Saving Dryer Pays Off In an Uncertain Economy
Plastics processors struggling through the recession need to save energy costs where they can, they need an affordable means to do so, and they could use energy-saving technology that pays for itself during times when plant throughputs are variable and below optimum capacity utilization.

ERP Software: New Ways to Find Your Data, Lower-Cost Entry for Small Plants
The past year has seen several product upgrades and new features in the EnterpriseIQ enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system from IQMS, Paso Robles, Calif.

Starting Up

Not So Fast
Commodity resin prices are moving up gradually, if not as fast as suppliers wish.

Your Business In Brief - June 2009
New Venture to Fill Gap in Tech SupportResin distributor Mitsui Plastics, White Plains, N.Y., and compounder Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., will announce at this month’s NPE show a new venture called Mitsui Techmer Solutions.


NPE News in Blow Molding
While occupying a relatively small category of exhibits, blow molding will present no lack of innovation at NPE.

NPE News in Compounding
Compounding news at the show includes several new ways to feed low-bulk-density materials faster for higher outputs with corotating twin screws.

NPE News in Extrusion
This NPE show won’t have a lot of extruders on the floor, either running or static. Instead, look for videos and announcements of new technology. You will also find lots of ingenious peripheral devices to improve output and quality and save resin. Some will do all three, and cost less into the bargain.

NPE News in Injection Molding
If a better machine can help your company beat challenging economic conditions, you’ll probably find it at NPE. And finding it will be easier, thanks to our editors’ efforts to sift out of some 2000 exhibits the most significant news in injection and blow molding, extrusion, compounding, and thermoforming.

NPE News in Thermoforming
For thermoforming of both heavy-gauge sheet and thin-gauge packaging, the show will present new machines with unusual flexibility, able to form a wide variety of products and materials.

What Kind of a Show Will It Be?
NPE 2009 in Chicago next month will be like previous triennial shows—but it will be different, too.

Keeping Up With Technology

‘Brushed Metal’ Film Is Embossed
MacDermid Autotype in the U.K. (U.S. office in Rolling Meadows, Ill.) is introducing Autotex Steel, a textured metallic-appearance film that is embossed with a brushed look.

‘Green’ Portable Chillers Save Space and Energy
Smaller footprint, energy savings, and enhanced control (including a handheld pendant) are some of the new features of the first “green” chiller from ACS Group, New Berlin, Wis.

3D Simulation Package Integrates with CAD/CAM
WEB EXCLUSIVE A new affordable, high-end injection molding 3D simulation software package has been fully integrated with surface and solid modeling tools, a mold-design package, comprehensive 2- to 5-axis machining with high-speed routines, and 2- and 4-axis EDM.

All-Servo Robot for Presses Up to 220 Tons
A new high-speed, all-servo robot with three or five axes of motion comes from Sailor Automation Inc., Placentia, Calif.

Collaboration in Real-Time Process Monitoring
WEB EXCLUSIVE Syscon-PlantStar of S.

CORRECTION High-Precision Ultrasonic Welder
WEB EXCLUSIVE Last month, we reported that Sonics & Materials Inc., Newtown, Conn., would introduce at NPE its new e-Press ultrasonic welder, designed to provide precise, repeatable welds to the exact final dimensions of a part.

Enhanced All-Electric Presses for Lenses
Japan Steel Works (represented by JSW Plastics Machinery Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill.) has upgraded its all-electric presses for precision lenses, which were shown at the IPF show in Tokyo last fall.

Gravimetric Blender Boasts Added Precision
Whereas most batch gravimetric blenders weigh each ingredient one at a time into a blender bowl, Plast Control’s first gravimetric blender has two weigh chambers with load cells.

High-ESCR HDPE for Bottles
An excellent combination of ESCR and stiffness is claimed for a new HDPE for blow molding personal-care and detergent containers and toys.

Hot-Runner Temperature And Valve Gate Control
A new line of control systems combines hot-runner temperature control and sequential valve-gate control in one enclosure with one interface and setup menu.

Magnetic Platen System Gets Enhanced Controls
The Intelligent Magnetic Clamping (IMAG) system from Staubli Corp., Duncan, S.C., now has additional monitoring features and can be used with thinner back plates (13 mm) than before.

Melt Filtration News at NPE
WEB EXCLUSIVE At least two suppliers will have new developments in melt filtration at the show next month in Chicago.

Moldable Hook and Loop Technology At NPE
WEB EXCLUSIVE The NPE show in Chicago later this month will be the first exhibition of the Inter-Mold hook-and-loop technology from Aplix Inc., Charlotte, N.C., which enables hook fasteners to be formed directly on the surface of injection molded parts.

Nano-Lubricated and Conductive Compounds at NPE
WEB EXCLUSIVE Recently developed engineering compounds based on nano-additives will be highlighted at the NPE show in Chicago by Techmer Lehvoss Compounds (TLC), Clinton, Tenn., a joint venture of Techmer PM and Lehmann & Voss Co. of Germany.

New Prehardened Steels For Injection Molds
Two grades of Toolox prehardened tool steel plates are now offered by Hasco America Inc., Fletcher, N.C.

New Rotary Platens Save Cost and Space
WEB EXCLUSIVE Two new cost-saving rotary platen styles have been added to the Universal Multishot Systems (UMS) line of ancillary equipment from MGS Mfg, Group Inc., Germantown, Wis.

New Sealing System for Packaging At NPE Show
WEB EXCLUSIVE Rennco LLC, Homer, Mich., will show at NPE a vertical packaging machine with a new Low Energy Seal System--a special sealing bar that operates at a lower temperature than standard systems, saving energy.

New System Extrudes EPS Pellets
A new approach to making EPS pellets for bead foam molding uses an extruder in place of a continuous polymer reactor.

New Ultramarine Pigments at NPE
Holliday Pigments of the U.K. is showing new developments in ultramarine pigments for plastics at NPE 2009.

New Web Treatment Process Combines Corona and Coating
What is described as a dramatically new technology for pretreating and functionalizing plastic films will see its U.S. debut at the NPE show in Chicago next month.

PLA/PC Alloys Debut In North America
As we reported in November and January, there is activity in blending polylactide (PLA) bioresins with engineering polymers for use in durable products such as laptops, cellphones, and auto parts.

Software to Manage Your Molds
WEB EXCLUSIVE A new generation of ProFile mold-management software from Progressive Components, Wauconda, Ill., will debut at NPE.

Thermochromic Films Can Have Multiple Color Changes
Custom film processor Wiman Corp., Sauk Rapids, Minn., worked with customer Debra Aperfine to develop flexible, waterproof thermochromic films for children’s apparel, novelties, and other applications.

Three Compact Controllers Debut at NPE
WEB EXCLUSIVE Eurotherm will display publicly for the first time its MACO Compact System for the Van Dorn HT machine line, whose original control systems are no longer supported by the OEM.

Valve Gate Series for All Types of Resins
A new series of hot-runner valve gates for use with abrasive compounds, semi-crystalline engineering resins, and general-purpose thermoplastics comes from Manner International LP, Lawrenceville, Ga.

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