EREMA Recycling at Work During K

By: Heather Caliendo 21. October 2016

EREMA is recycling over 30 tons of plastic waste live on an INTAREMA TVEplus 1108 recycling system during the K show. Check out the video below to see the system at work:

Alpine Kicks Off K With Lots of Layers

By: Jim Callari 21. October 2016

Layers are great with chocolate cake. And blown film too. Hosokawa Alpine ran what’s believed to be a show first: an 11-layer line producing nylon-based barrier film.


Over the past few K Shows most suppliers have stuck with five-layer structures. Back in 2001, Battenfeld Gloucester, now part of Davis-Standard, ran a nine-layer blown film line at K. The line Alpine fired up on Day One of K 2016 featured 11, grooved-feed 65-mm, 32:1 L:D water-cooled extruders and a 560-mm X Die, as well as a new version of its V air ring designed to maximize output.


It was equipped with a film-stretching unit built into the nip. The line offers “infinite flexibility by allowing processors to bundle 11 equal layers” in the configuration of their choosing, says Dave Nunes, president of the company, whose U.S. operation, Hosokawa Alpine American, is based in Natick, Mass.


K Reporter’s Notebook, Materials: New PPAs; Styrenic-Based Thermoplastic Composites; and Additive Introductions

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 20. October 2016

BASF and DSM have introduced all new PPAs targeting automotive applications, while a modified SAN from INEOS is thought to be the first styrenic-based thermoplastic composite and Vertellus and Addivant introduce antioxidants and chain extenders, respectively.


BASF and DSM launch new PPAs for automotive applications.
BASF Corporation - Engineering Plastics's new Ultramid Advanced N PPA, which is designed for complex and compact electronic assemblies, is used in parts for the RN30 concept car being showcased by BASF and Hyundai. It can also be used in structural parts near the engine and the gearbox.


DSM's (in U.S. DSM Engineering Plastics North America) new ForTii Ace, is its third-generation ForTii PPA. Positioned as a replacement for die-cast metals and costlier engineering resins like PEEK, the PPA’s target applications include power train, transmission, chassis, and thermal management components.


Styrenic-Based Thermoplastic Composites
The new StyLight composites INEOS Styrolution (Ineos Styrenics in the U.S.) are believed to be the first styrenic-based thermoplastic composites available on the market, with mechanical properties that reportedly exceed nylon 6- and PC-based composites.


StyLight is based on a modified SAN and offered with both glass or carbon fiber fabrics for aesthetic/semi-structural and strictly structural applications for automotive, truck interior and exterior panels, seat structures, center consoles and more. The product is also suitable for applications in electronics, sports and healthcare.


StyLight grades are offered as semifinished goods or thermoplastic sheets, which are ready for processing via thermoforming and over molding. A video at the company’s exhibit shows the manufacturing process, with sample parts also on display. The company also offers the materials for back injection or over molding. Included in the launch are three glass-filled ABS/nylon 6 grades and one ABS grade.


Addivant and Vertellus Introduce New Additives
Addivant has launched a new generation hindered phenolic antioxidant for HBCD-free flame retarded EPS. Lowinox XPS 162 reportedly boasts 1.5 times better stabilization and 10 times less discoloration.


Also new is Lowinox Fast CL antioxidant, which is said to boost productivity of XLPE power cable producers while lowering cost. Ultranox 800 phosphite AO is said to provide high color and process stability with enhanced cost savings for PP compounds.


Vertellus launched three new ZeMac masterbatches: Extend L65 and L68, which are chain extenders and branching agents, respectively, that can work with everything from low relative viscosity nylon to branched high RV nylon with what’s said to be better thermal and mechanical performance than linear nylon RV. Extend P62, meanwhile is said to be the only product in the market able to smoothly compatibilize nylon and recycled PET to reduce material costs. 



K 2016: Day Two Show Report

By: Heather Caliendo 20. October 2016

All 19 halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre are fully booked at K 2016 so clearly there's a ton to see at the show. But the Plastics Technology staff has you covered as several of us are here for the entire show run. With Day Two of K 2016 just wrapping up, check out the video below where Plastics Technology Editorial Director Jim Callari discusses some of the trends in extrusion that he's seeing at K 2016.

Spotlight On 3D Printing at K 2016

By: Heather Caliendo 20. October 2016


During K 2013, Arburg captured everyone’s attention with its novel Freeformer machine for additive manufacturing. We’ll find out soon what will be the next showstopper, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some cool and innovative 3D printing technologies that you’ll see at K. See you in Dusseldorf!


3D fab+print
Be sure to check out the 3D fab+print presentations, which are organized and managed by MMesse Düsseldorf North America in cooperation with its partner KCI Publishing BV. In-depth presentations and discussions about the topic will be held in two half-day conferences to take place on October 20 and October 25 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.


The 3D fab+print Summits will further focus on developments in materials as well as on the different methods used in the processes of additive manufacturing, including best practices, scenarios, market potentials and costs. Contributions by manufacturers as Stratasys, Inc., Arburg GmbH & Co KG, Proto Labs, Inc. and EnvisionTec, as well as by experts from the fields of research and science, will ensure a wide variety of perspectives. Each of the 30-minute presentations will be structured as short talks, followed by question-and-answer sessions.


You also have to check out the “Wolfgang’” FabBus parked in front of Hall 3 during K 2016. As part of EU funding project, the double-decker bus was converted into a mobile laboratory by GoetheLab of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences (see picture at bottom).


“Wolfgang” will bring the latest scientific findings in the field of additive manufacturing straight from the laboratory to the exhibition center, making the technology understandable and accessible. The FabBus' lower deck is designed as a showroom with exhibits and components manufactured using all the usual methods of additive manufacturing. The upper deck features eight workplaces with CAD computers and 3D printers for visitors to design and print their own objects.


Some highlights from exhibitors:
At this year’s K-Show, Stratasys (Hall 4/C55) will showcase how companies like Unilever, HASCO, Berker and many more are enjoying savings in both cost and time across their manufacturing operations by incorporating Stratasys technology into their injection molding process.


In addition, the recently-launched J750 3D Printer—the world’s only 3D printer to produce full color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print—will demonstrate  the capability to quickly and cost-effectively produce molds in ABS.


Wacker will showcase a reported “world’s first” at K 2016: the first industrial 3D printer for silicones (see picture at top). The high-tech device—called ACEO Imagine Series K—will be in operation in Hall 6/A10 throughout the entire tradeshow. Up to now, there is no mature 3D printing technology available for silicones. Wacker believes this process marks a milestone in additive manufacturing.


A new development collaboration between Airbus Group Innovations, LSS Laser Sinter Service and Lehmann&Voss&Co. has been launched to bring ThermoMELT, a new 3D printing process developed by Airbus Group Innovations. This technology is said to reduce the cost of producing with high performance polymers, and allow new high performance polymers to be used, by lowering required sintering temperatures. German service bureau Rauch CNC will also join this collaboration as a partner for testing ThermoMELT and to ensure it fulfills market requirements.


ThermoMELT allows the production of parts using high performance materials in slightly modified commercial SLS machines that are already in the market. These modifications will provide better thermal and laser control to the system. Furthermore, ThermoMELT also significantly reduces the thermal aging effects during the manufacturing process, increasing recyclability and reducing costs compared to standard additive layer manufacturing techniques.  


This collaboration will bring the ThermoMELT process to a commercial level allowing the use of high-performance materials in additive manufacturing. Lehmann&Voss&Co. will present insights of the THERMOMELT process in Hall 8A/G33.


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