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Huntsman opens up new composites design freedoms at JEC Europe 2014

Huntsman at JEC Europe At JEC Europe 2014 Huntsman Advanced Materials will highlight the significant contribution its high performance chemistries are making as enablers of the latest innovative composites concepts. Projects including structural composites parts on the BMW i, composite bonders on a prototype racing vehicle’s rear spoiler and and prepreg components on a Richard Mille luxury watch, illustrate the spectrum of applications that will form the main areas of attention during the show. Read More

Efficiency 30 million times

KWK dosage spoons The correct dosage in medicine can make all the difference between a healing remedy and a deadly poison. Consequently, precise dosing aids are important tools in pharmacy. The Upper Austrian company Kunststoffwerk Kremsmünster (KWK) supplies a wide range of dosage systems. To step up its dosage spoon production, KWK chose the all-electric injection molding technology from Wittmann Battenfeld. The new production cell, consisting of an EcoPower 110/35 injection molding machine, two W832 linear robots from Wittmann and an automatic packaging station, has impressively demonstrated its efficiency during its first year in production by churning out more than 30 million dosage spoons. Read More

B&R expanding the successful Power Panel HMI family

Power Panel T and C Series B&R is adding two new series to its successful Power Panel HMI family: Power Panel T-Series terminals and Power Panel C-Series controllers – both featuring touch screens. Equipped with an embedded browser, the Power Panel T30 terminal is fully web compatible and can even be used as a VNC client. The terminal series is being offered with four TFT display sizes ranging from 4.3" to 10.1" and comes with two Ethernet interfaces, two USB ports and an extensive array of configuration options. Read More

Innovation at Versatile Mold and design scanning EDM electrodes

Versatile Mold EDM scanning The quality team at Versatile Mold were challenged to figure out how to distinguish Versatile Mold from their competitors. They felt there was no better way than to improve their quality while shortening the design and qualification cycle. Determining that the earlier in a project errors might be detected led them to a very innovative process. They would verify the correctness of an injection molding tool before any steel was cut. Read More

PE Blog

First automatic sorting of plastic film by polymer

PE December Blog Postconsumer mixed plastic film is at the bottom of the material recovery facility (MRF) waste chain. Both in Europe and the U.S. mixed plastic film, known as "2D 1-7" (two dimensional film, polymers 1 through 7) is a contaminant that lowers the value of recycled paper. So MRFs typically remove plastic film from the paper stream, either by hand or automatically. Automatic removal of film from paper by near infrared vision sorting isn’t new. It has been done commercially at MRFs in Europe and the U.S. for at least ten years, notes Jonathan Clarke, country manager for the U.K. division of Tomra Sorting AS in Asker, Norway, which makes TiTech NIR sortation devices. Read More

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Product Focus

BJK expands specialty films capacity with new 5-layer Reifenhauser-Kiefel blown film line

BJK Blown Film Line BJK Flexible Packaging, a specialty films producer based in Louisville, KY, has expanded its film production capacity with the addition of a new 5-Layer Blown Film Line from Reifenhauser Inc. The company recently installed and commissioned the new line in an all-new 30,000 ft2 addition that it built specifically for that purpose at its Louisville headquarters. Read More

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