At October’s K 2016 Show in Dusseldorf, two leading providers of resin blending, drying, and handling equipment announced they were teaming up with suppliers aligned with extrusion.
Maguire Products Inc., Aston, Pa., and Italy’s Syncro srl announced a partnership to provide customers of both companies with an extensive platform of options for materials and extrusion control. Maguire has invested in Syncro, which will lead to a portfolio of technologies combining Maguire’s experience in materials handling and blending with Syncro’s extensive range of extrusion control systems.
At its booth, Maguire displayed an extrusion control interface with a 7- or 21-in. screen alongside the new WXB series of Maguire blending systems, which combine batch functionality with loss-in-weight control. At its stand, Syncro showed its full range of extrusion control equipment and systems. Maguire has a substantial base of customers with extrusion operations, including blown and cast film, sheet, pipe, profile, and compounding. Syncro’s core expertise is in extrusion control for blown and cast film, sheet, and compounding. Syncro product lines cover a full range of downstream software and hardware to optimize line control. The company also manufactures gravimetric loss-in-weight feeders and blenders, air rings, IBC control, bubble cages, and a wide range of gauging systems.
Meanwhile, Moretto S.p.A. of Italy, a producer of a broad range of auxiliaries for conveying, feeding, blending, drying, granulating, and mold-temperature control (U.S. office in Columbus, Ohio), has joined up with Contrex, an Italian producer of loss-in-weight blending and extrusion yield-control systems for extrusion, as well as pneumatic conveying systems and blown film air rings (photo), capacitive thickness gauges for blown and cast film, bubble-width controls, bubble cages, IBC systems, oscillating hauloffs, and complete extrusion line controls.
Acquired last year by Moretto, Contrex operates as a separate Moretto company, but is integrating Moretto components such as hopper loaders on its blending systems and chillers for its air rings and IBC systems.