Future Design Inc., Mississauga, Ont., has developed its fi rst automatic gauge-control device for blown fi lm.

Future Design Inc., Mississauga, Ont., has developed its fi rst automatic gauge-control device for blown fi lm. It's a 1-in.-high manifold that can be installed under a Saturn air ring (or a competitor's) to control and redirect the ring's air supply by motorizing the manual valves. The new Perfect Balance Thickness Control is believed to be the only gauge-profi ling air-ring device that can rotate with a die. When used with a Saturn air ring for a 10-in. die, it has 36 individual stepper motors, one per inch of die circumference. Since building the fi rst prototype six months ago, Future Design has installed nine devices for dies up to 18 in. diam. It's now building one for a 44-incher. The company worked with Syncro Srl in Italy, which developed the computerized automation for the device, using Syncro's thickness gauge on the layfl at for lines with an oscillating haul-off. The system can also use thickness data from a Kundig gauge on the bubble. Future Design: (905) 361-9978 . www.saturn2.com

Future Design Inc.
5369 Maingate Dr. Mississauga L4W 1G6, Ontario, Canada
Phone (905) 361-9978 Fax (905) 361-9985