Engineering resins such as PPO alloys and nylons are now being tested on the industry's largest coextrusion blow molding machine, owned by Fralo Plastech Mfg., Syracuse, N.Y. These materials are being investigated for large parts for automotive, agricultural, and marine applications, says Fralo CEO Francis Lombardi II. New resin grades with greater melt strength are in development for monolayer and multilayer applications, he notes. Fralo wants to expand beyond making four-layer HMW-HDPE septic tanks on the giant machine from Rikutec America Inc., Webster, Mass. It has a 400-liter accumulator head and 660-ton clamp. Four 140-mm extruders put out more than 4400 lb/hr. A special machine controller was developed by Eurotherm Inc., Leesburg, Va., to handle parison movement. Rikutec: (508) 943-7660/www.rikutec.de . Eurotherm: (703) 443-0000/www.eurotherm.com
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