MDO Automatically Changes Web Paths

MDO Engineering Inc. in Cincinnati is a new builder of machine-direction orienters.

MDO Engineering Inc. in Cincinnati is a new builder of machine-direction orienters. It was started in June by Eric Hatfield, a former owner of FlexTech Packaging Inc. in Cincinnati, a custom extruder of MDO films. His new firm will develop custom MDO equipment on three levels. The commodity, low-end model for trash-bag film will have five or six variable-speed rollers and will be designed for minimum cost by being dedicated to a particular product with little flexibility. A mid-level MDO model with eight rollers will compete with other commercial MDO units. A high-end model of a type “which no one builds now,” Hatfield says, will be based on the custom, automated unit that was built for Flextech with pushbutton selection of up to five web-path variations. Tel: (513) 703-8524 • e-mail: erichat@aol.com