November 25, 2014 Plastics Engineering E-Newsletter: High-speed extrusion; PowerArmor solar panels; DuPont materials; sponsored by NPE
November 25, 2014
Plastics Engineering e-News
November 25, 2014
High-speed extruder triumph continues
More than 250 high-speed extruders from battenfeld-cincinnati have now been installed on all continents of the world. Regardless of whether thermoforming sheet, industrial sheet or edge bandings are to be made, the high-speed machines excel in the sheet industry by their enormous output combined with low energy consumption and modest space requirements. For ten years now, the German-Austrian extruder specialist has achieved market success with a complete series of high-speed extruders. Now the pioneer in this special technology is extending its machine portfolio by adding an adiabatic extruder which even uses about 10 % less specific energy. Read More
Gathering material-use data is automatic with SQL server® link built into Conair blenders
Conair is harnessing the power of Microsoft® SQL Server®, the same relational database management system widely used in general business applications, to help plastics processors track how much resin, regrind, color and additives they are using. Conair gravimetric blender products – including TrueBlend batch blenders, TrueWeigh continuous blenders and TrueWeigh extrusion controls –have always had extensive data-gathering capabilities. Now, however, there is an easy, automatic way to store it in a central database and generate company-wide reports. Read More
PowerArmorTM solar panels from IDG Europe are first to provide ballistic protection, with Dyneema® high strength fibers
A new solar panel system for Defense Forces provides ballistic protection and is lighter and more portable than systems currently available. The PowerArmorTM unit from IDG Europe has low-reflectance solar panels protected by an anti-ballistic surface made in an exceptionally strong unidirectional fiber-reinforced composite. The composite is based on an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by DSM Dyneema and branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiberTM. Read More
DuPont materials named in two SPE® automotive innovation awards
Dymax Corporation has released a more precise, flexible, and easier-to-use Model 455 Micro-Spray Valve. It features an inert, 100% disposable fluid path which carries materials from the material reservoir to the spray nozzle in a sealed path. This prevents materials from coming in contact with the valve’s inner components and ensures a contaminate-free dispensing process. The pneumatic pinch valve, outfitted with a stainless steel spray nozzle and spray regulator assembly, utilizes tube over-pinch, a feature that extends tube life, enhances repeatability, and offers precise control over material flow. Read More
First melting with a flighted barrel!
As commercial interest in micro injection molding picks up for high-precision, speck-sized medical and electronic parts, so is R&D. Probably the most unusual development in decades is a novel one-piece melting and injection unit for micro molding, which melts with flights in a stationary barrel, not the rotating shaft. The idea behind the new technology is to reduce melt volume in the barrel, residence time, and risk of thermal degradation. Read More
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Size grading of bulk potatoes now measures up
Accurate sizing of whole potatoes does not just need to be rough and mechanical thanks to the Modus, TOMRA’s new size grader. TOMRA Sorting Food revealed its Modus at INTERPOM | PRIMEURS in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium, from 23 – 25 November. “There are limits to these mechanical food sorting processes, including that almost all mechanical sorters in use today only grade by width. To address this issue, TOMRA Sorting Food’s development team has designed the Modus which can sort washed potatoes by width and length, or a combination of both,” says Jim Frost, market unit manager whole products sorting at TOMRA Sorting Food. Read More
Coming in November/December: "Additives Annual 2014: Additives Feel the Heat"
Markets: Additives (colorants, fillers & fibers, plasticizers, stabilizers, flame retardants, compatibilizers, processing aids), thermoforming technology, composites (materials & fibers), and primary equipment & tooling for composites
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