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  • Ampacet introduces extension to its detectable black masterbatch range

     

    Ampacet introduces extension to its detectable black masterbatch range

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Ampacet has introduced an extension to its detectable line of black masterbatches that are near-infrared (NIR) transparent to allow sorting with NIR optical sensors and recycling.  

    New ‘REC-NIR-BLACK High Alcohol’ is the company’s latest addition to its ‘REC-NIR-BLACK’ range and is suitable for monolayer PET bottles and containers used in high alcohol applications, including wine and spirits, hand sanitizers, household cleaners, personal care and OTC pharmaceutical products. 

    “These detectable products are part of Ampacet’s sustainable development programme, which features new and innovative solutions that help to protect the environment,” explained Doreen Becker, Sustainability Director.

    “Our REC-NIR-BLACK masterbatch line significantly reduces the carbon footprint by providing a second life for black plastic packaging.”

    Limitations of black

    The key limitation to NIR sorting is its inability to identify and separate plastics that contain carbon black, the most commonly used black pigment.

    Conventional black colorants absorb a significant part of the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum, preventing the reflection of infrared light back to the sensor and consequently blocking the recognition of the resin’s fingerprint by a NIR scan.

    Most black packaging cannot be sorted by recycling companies and can only be disposed of in a landfill or used for energy recovery.  Packaging using Ampacet’s detectable masterbatch products can be scanned by NIR technology for automated sorting at recovery facilities.

    This technology enables the reuse, repair and recycling of black packaging waste and allows recyclers to obtain value from this waste and support the circular economy.

    Last week, recycling charity, RECOUP, released figures showing the fall in the overall use of black plastic packaging in the UK. RECOUP argues that all black plastic packaging on the market should be fully recyclable in commercial processing facilities by 2025.

  • ARLANXEO spotlights new mobility solutions at K 2019

     

     

     

     

    ARLANXEO spotlights new mobility solutions at K 2019

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    ARLANXEO, a global leader in performance elastomers, participates in its second K fair under the theme ‘future mobility’, as electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change transportation in the near future

    New means of transportation are emerging and responding to the demand for sustainable mobility.

    These trends are met with new demands for e-mobility solutions from the synthetic elastomer industry, requiring new materials with lighter weight, better thermal characteristics, reduced noise, optimal vibration performance and lower energy consumption.

    ARLANXEO is putting its full focus on addressing these requirements, designing, testing and providing solutions in collaboration with customers and partners.

    CEO Donald Chen said: "Our high-end rubber solutions are a key enabler of new technologies needed to make future mobility a reality. With innovation an essential part of ARLANXEO’s success and strategy, we are working closely with our customers in meeting their needs in electrification and automation. This year’s K fair presents a great opportunity to showcase our offerings and further explore co-operation opportunities with our clients and partners in the automotive and transportation industry."

    Visitors to ARLANXEO’s booth (Hall 6, Booth C52) will see the company’s solutions in three core areas – new tire solutions, new energy storage solutions, and new performance applications – which will be showcased at the booth and demonstrated by ARLANXEO experts.

    ARLANXEO will again be hosting the ‘rubber street’ feature to improve the visibility of rubber and TPE at K. ARLANXEO continues to support this initiative, which was founded in 1983, in collaboration with the German Rubber Manufacturers Association wdk (Wirtschaftsverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie) and Dr Gupta Verlags GmbH.

  • Atlas showcases state-of-the-art weathering instruments

     

     

    Atlas showcases state-of-the-art weathering instruments

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    Atlas, the global leader in materials testing, will demonstrate its suite of advanced weathering test instruments for polymer and plastic materials and products at K 2019.

    Hosted in Düsseldorf, Germany, between 16 and 23 October, the K Show is held every three years and is the leading international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries.

    Some of the most widely used man-made materials, polymers and plastics span an exceptionally diverse range of material chemistries and properties. As such, the products in which they are used range from relatively short lifespans, such as packaging materials, to long-lived service applications such as automobiles and building materials.

    Adding complexity, plastic products are formulated with various colorants and functional or performance enhancing additives. Because of these, polymer degradation chemistry and product weathering results can be highly specific to the service environment, base resin chemistry, compound formulation and processing.

    In short, accelerated laboratory durability testing of plastics and polymers is exceptionally challenging and requires high-performance testing instruments to reliably predict service lifetimes or pass exacting specifications.

    Atlas’ lightfastness and weathering instruments lead the plastics and polymer industries in testing performance, with many test methods having been specifically designed around the capabilities of Atlas instruments.

  • Baerlocher to spotlight high-performance additives for recycling, RST technology and Erema Demo Day at K 2019

     

     

    Baerlocher to spotlight high-performance additives for recycling, RST technology and Erema Demo Day at K 2019

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    Baerlocher will showcase its Baeropol T-Blends for recycling, the company’s RST (Resin Stabilization Technology) family of customisable stabilizer packages and several case studies showcasing Baerlocher’s successful collaborations with plastics industry partners at K 2019.

    The company has also teamed up with Erema, a recycling machinery manufacturer, and the recycling technology company APK to conduct live demonstrations that will take place in the Erema Circonomic Centre.

    The recycling of plastics is one of the central topics of Baerlocher's appearance at K 2019.

    Baerlocher’s stand will feature the company’s 100 per cent active Baeropol T-Blend products. These dust-free, easy-to-implement additives are based on Baerlocher’s RST-platform that works in synergy with traditional antioxidants.

    Baerlocher will also share its most recent and ongoing RST advancements, including the introduction of new grades that offer enhanced properties previously not associated with traditional recycling. The live demonstrations by Erema and APK will reveal how Baerlocher’s additive technologies can enable the upcycling of low-value, difficult-to-recycle consumer film waste into a material suitable for profitable products used in the construction sector.

    Baerlocher management and technology experts will be available for the duration of K 2019 to discuss the company’s additive technologies and capabilities, plastics industry trends and other topics of interest.

  • BASF will reveal new product for extrusion at K show

     

     

     

    BASF will launch and present its new product Ultradur B6551 LNI for extrusion and the worldwide first thermoformable PBT Ultradur B6560 M2 FC TF, at this year’s K fair.

    BASF will reveal new product for extrusion at K show

    Both new grades combine well-known characteristics of the Ultradur family, such as a high melting point, low water uptake, high dimensional stability and good barrier properties.

    By connecting and branching the polymer chains via tailor-made additives the experts of BASF gained a very high melt strength. This makes the Ultradur B6551 LNI a suitable material for pipes, profiles and mandrels and the Ultradur B6560 M2 FC TF the material of choice for extrusion of films and thermoforming of packaging or technical parts.

    BASF says the good processability was confirmed by its innovative partner ILLIG Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. The family business with its headquarters in Heilbronn/Germany is a leading global supplier of thermoforming systems and mould systems for thermoplastics.

    The material is produced in Schwarzheide, Germany, and is available worldwide with respect to the national regulations.

  • battenfeld-cincinnati is fit for the future

     

     

    battenfeld-cincinnati is fit for the future

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    At K 2019, battenfeld-cincinnati will be showcasing several models with innovative features from its wide range of extruders (Hall 16, Booth B19).

    Its one-of-a-kind standard extruder is suitable for manufacturing small technical profiles, and has carved out an established position in the market over the past 18 years as a cash-and-carry product, with some 1,200 sold to date.

    The latest innovation to be presented at K will be the alpha plus, a compact plug-and-play extruder with technical attributes.

    The proven BCtouch UX solution is the foundation of the new control system platform. A high-performance temperature-monitoring module is integrated in the compact control system, which is handy for temperature-sensitive raw materials.

    In, the battenfeld-cincinnati booth will also be demonstrating the solEX New Generation 75-40D, a high-performance single-screw extruder that offers three key advantages: outstanding melt homogeneity, low melt temperatures, and low energy consumption.

    This extruder delivers an exceptionally long service life with low wear and little maintenance required.

    The optimised NG processing unit is designed to be retrofitted onto an older solEX model with ease. The NG focus technology is delivering such strong results that battenfeld-cincinnati has made it available for the uniEX range of single-screw extruders, effective immediately.

    Retrofitting is also possible in this case.

    The STARextruder 120, in which battenfeld-cincinnati has developed a machine concept dedicated specifically to processing PET, will also be present at K. Basic structure consists of a single-screw extruder whose with a central planetary roller section where the melted material is rolled out into very thin layers, producing an enormous melt surface that is a breeze to degassing and devolatilise.

    The STARextruder can be used to process both non-predried new materials and any kind of recycled materials, as confirmed by its US FDA approval.

    There is still a huge amount of untapped potential in the possibilities that this system can offer, especially in the context of the circular economy. As numerous trials have demonstrated, it is also capable of delivering outstanding processing and decontamination results for other materials besides PET.

  • Clariant makes black plastic packaging ‘visible’

     

     

    Clariant makes black plastic packaging ‘visible’

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    New Clariant CESA-IR additive masterbatches are now available to make dark plastics visible to the NIR sensors used in automated polymer sorting systems.

    While many companies use black packaging to brand products, the problems it poses in recycling systems has led to calls for black to be phased out. The new masterbatches help to resolve that issue and allows increased recycling rates in Europe and elsewhere.

    The new product range is part of a ‘Design for Recycling’ programme at Clariant. Recognising that recycling is the foundation of a Circular Economy, Clariant Masterbatches and its Packaging Market group, is mobilising resources across the value chain to ensure that an ever-higher percentage of plastic packaging is recycled.

    NIR sensors can discriminate between HDPE, LDPE, PP, PE and various other commonly used polymers in today’s packaging. Unfortunately, the carbon black pigments typically used to make black plastics absorb all or most of the NIR light. As a result, the sorting sensors cannot ‘see’ the black packaging, much less sort one polymer from another.

    Alessandro Dulli, Clariant Masterbatches Global Head of Packaging, said: “As a result of this phenomenon, much of the dark-coloured materials entering the recycling stream have not been recovered. For that reason, many brand owners have been pressured to move away from black for environmental reasons. In close collaboration with these brand companies, and as a leader in sortation technology, Clariant has developed a way to achieve a persuasive black colour in plastics without compromising the essential detectability during recycling process."

    Specific CESA-IR formulations have been developed to enable IR-detectability of black HDPE and LDPE in injection and extrusion blow moulded products; black polypropylene in films and injection moulded products; and black PET and C-PET in sheets and film.

    In testing conducted by Tomra Systems ASA, PP containing carbon black was essentially indistinguishable under NIR radiation from background surfaces such as a conveyor belt.

    However, the same material made using another system including CESA-IR additive masterbatches was readily detectable, with reflectivity levels approaching those of uncoloured PP.

    Clariant’s leaders and partners will attend the ‘Symphony of Collaboration’ K 2019 media event on 17 October at Booth 8A J11.

  • Clariant Masterbatches earns ‘OK’ certification for home and industrial composting

     

    Clariant Masterbatches earns ‘OK’ certification for home and industrial composting

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Clariant colour and additive masterbatches made in five plants in Europe and Asia have been awarded OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL labels by the TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium NV testing company.

    The certification means that the masterbatch ingredients, including the polymer carrier, will not compromise the biodegradability of the plastic products and packaging in which they are used.

    The masterbatches are formulated and independently tested by compliance with EN 13432:2000, the widely recognised European standard for heavy-metal content and plant toxicity as well as the EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EEC.

     Clariant plants in Poliagno, Italy, and Sant Andreu de la Barca in Spain initially received OK compost INDUSTRIAL certification in 2012, and the latest testing adds the more challenging OK compost HOME label to their products.

    This means compostability is guaranteed not only in industrial composting plants, but also in home garden compost heaps, where conditions are less controlled and breakdown is achieved much more slowly.

    Dr Jan Sültemeyer, Global Head of Innovation and Sustainability for the Clariant Masterbatches business unit, said: “We are very happy to be able to make these compostable materials more widely available, not only in Europe but now also is Asia.”

    “Receiving the OK compost HOME label is especially important to many of our customers.”

  • Clariant, Merck and SABIC partner to perfect laser marking

     

    Clariant, Merck and SABIC partner to perfect laser marking

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    Clariant has teamed up with pigment supplier Merck and resin producer SABIC to develop laser-marking technology and materials to ease the recycling process for LDPE, LLDPE packaging film.

    The results of the collaboration will be presented at K 2019.

    Chun-Yip Pang, Clariant’s Global Product Manager Additive Masterbatches – Laser, said: “This collaboration is focused on eliminating the printing ink used for tracking, shelf-life, bar codes and other variable information that must be placed on almost any package on the market. Less ink means less contamination when it comes to recycling.”

    The collaboration demonstrates a complete supply-chain solution for laser-marking of films. As the resin supplier, SABIC contributes the polymer technology that delivers the properties required in the film packaging. SABIC can also supply a wide variety of polymers in its portfolio as a certified circular polymer, contributing even more to sustainable packaging.

    Laser-sensitive Iriotec pigments and marking expertise are provided by Merck, while Clariant developed the additive masterbatch formulations for use in film extrusion.

    Because most plastics are transparent to the radiation used in laser-marking, the additives are necessary for a visible reaction in the film. The marks are permanent and resistant to water, oil, grease or fatty foods. They can be applied to the surface of a mono-layer film, or a laser-sensitive layer can be placed behind a laser-transparent surface layer.

    The additives provide excellent contrast and allow high-speed marking.

    At K 2019, the collaborators will show several examples of laser-marked packaging films and pouches.

  • Commodore Technology highlights thermoformers at K

     

     

    Commodore Technology highlights thermoformers at K

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    Commodore Technology, a Dolco Packaging business, will be highlighting its line of expanded polystyrene meat tray, plate and hinged-lid container thermoformers at K 2019.   

    Commodore manufacturers five different narrow web thermoformers ranging from 16-44 inches to accommodate a wide range of container and tray producing needs. Commodore sells its equipment outside of the US to thermoformers interested in low or medium output. The equipment has been designed for quick changeover, ease-of-access and flexibility. Commodore also manufacturers extruders and provides tooling for turnkey thermoforming solutions.

    Chuck Gallagher, Vice President, Business Development at Dolco Packaging, said: “What distinguishes Commodore from other thermoforming equipment manufacturers is that we actually run our equipment 24/7, producing parts that we sell into the US marketplace. Because we are equipment operators, as well as equipment manufacturers, we have used our production experience to engineer the best possible units. This means that offshore manufacturers can benefit from our 30 years of equipment manufacturing experience.” 

    Another benefit of Commodore’s equipment design is that all of the tooling (mould sets) are interchangeable across the entire line. This gives manufacturers a significant amount of flexibility. Further, the 22-30 inch-wide web enables fast changeover in less than 2.5 hours, giving smaller producers more flexibility to change container types and colours.

    Commodore equipment features an electrically-operated servo motor index. This enables control of the sheet advance via chain rails with adjustable entry guides. Furthermore, Commodore can connect remotely worldwide to any of its machines for troubleshooting.

  • Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019

     

     

     

    Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Davis-Standard and Maillefer will showcase a range of new extrusion and converting technology at  K 2019 from Hall 16, booth A43,16-23 October.

    Highlighting the ways Davis-Standard, Maillefer, Brampton Engineering and Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) deliver technology, value and market expertise to customers, Davis-Standard’s support of a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use will be at the fore.

    Davis-Standard President and CEO Jim Murphy said: “The K show is always a tremendous opportunity to connect with our global customer base. Our exhibit will highlight an excellent cross-section of technology at our booth. We will also share progress on our product lines and continual efforts to improve customer service responsiveness. K 2019 will also mark the second anniversary of our acquisition of Maillefer. This partnership has significantly broadened Davis-Standard’s reach and capabilities throughout Europe and the MEA regions.”

    Alongside sustainability and circular economy, Davis-Standard’s K 2019 highlights will include DS Activ-Check, a smart technology system that enables real-time predictive maintenance; Bluebox, Maillefer’s Industry 4.0 data strategy developed for high-speed acquisition and storage; Elastomer developments including silicone technology and elastomer capabilities for automotive applications; Profile capabilities for pipe, tubing, wire and cable; and a new extrusion die for coating applications, amongst other areas of interest.

    Davis-Standard offers multiple services to support product line performance, including a full range of spare parts, feasibility studies, resin changes and product developments.

  • Dieffenbacher at K 2019

     

    Dieffenbacher at K 2019

     

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Companies that depend on the economical production of high-quality composite parts will find valuable advice and customised automated production plants at the Dieffenbacher booth at K 2019.

    For applications such as SMC Class A exterior components and semi-structural components made from LFT, Dieffenbacher’s Fiberpress series delivers the right press and high-performance, sophisticated automation with material supply and component handling.

    Thermoplastic continuous fibre-reinforced parts can be produced efficiently with the Tailored Blank Line, consisting of Fiberforge and Fibercon technology.

    Dieffenbacher offers efficient and complete production systems from a single source for the automotive and transportation, building and construction, aerospace, and sports and leisure industries. Dieffenbacher list of prestigious customers includes Audi, BMW, Autoneum, Fritzmeier, Hanwha and Polytec, amongst others.

    Dieffenbacher will also present recycling solutions at K 2019 under the heading ‘Waste 2 Product’, wherein concepts ranging from shredding and cleaning to new end products made from recycled materials will be presented.

    Individual turnkey production plants for applications help customers seize circular economy opportunities, reduce disposal costs and produce products in a sustainable way.

    Dieffenbacher supports its customers from the initial product idea, through engineering and plant conception, manufacturing and installation of the press or production plant, to its commissioning and beyond. The Dieffenbacher Lifecycle Service provides planning security over the service life of the plant.

    Individual modernisation solutions ensure that existing production lines can still be operated efficiently even after many years.

  • Elmet at K: New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing

     

    Elmet at K: New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    Elmet is presenting itself at K2019 as an international one-stop shop supplier for the entire field of injection moulding two-component liquid silicone rubbers (LSR).

    One focus of Elmet’s exhibition will be its enhanced TOP 5000 P pneumatically driven dosing system, which has a smaller footprint than its predecessor. Elmet will also provide an initial glimpse of the status of development of a servo-electrically driven dosing pump and premiere its new remote maintenance system for the TOP 5000 series.

    Elmet is preparing for the commercial introduction of a TOP dosing system with a fully electric dosing pump driven by a torque- and current-controlled servomotor. Here the focus is on minimising dosing fluctuations and maximising efficiency and simplicity of operation.

    Despite occupying still less space in the production zone, the upcoming designs of the TOP-5000 dosing systems do not entail any compromises in terms of efficiency.

    Sales Manager Mark Ostermann said: "Our electrically driven dosing system will be the result of very extensive development work, the first step of which focused on designing the pump group. Initial testing of the newly developed components of the pump group has demonstrated the uniform quality of delivery which is achievable using this new principle … Once the system is ready for mass production, we will be able to offer a suitable solution for all market segments and applications up to and including LSR 3D printing. Elmet will thus be in a position to meet any possible future customer wishes."

    In terms of Industry 4.0 capability, all TOP 5000 series dosing systems have a VNC and an OPC-UA interface for data exchange with the injection moulding machine. The newly created remote access interface means that Elmet will be able to offer a Premium Connectivity Package with email functionality and remote support. The software can automatically send email messages to predefined groups of recipients in the event of a breakdown or maintenance and drum change messages.

    A VNC link means that Elmet and operators can remotely access the relevant dosing system from anywhere in the world without requiring access to the customer's own IT network.

  • ENGEL to show e-mac 280 at K 2019

     

    ENGEL to show e-mac 280 at K 2019

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    ENGEL is to takes its e-mac 280 to the packaging floor at K 2019, allowing for an even more granular performance gradation for the packaging industry in all-electric use cases.

    Tube collars made from HDPE with a total shot weight of 81.6 grams are being produced on an all-electric e-mac 740/280 injection moulding machine, using a 48-cavitiy mould by Sibo.

    The cycle time is eight seconds, and therefore precisely in the range in which the e-mac has its maximum efficiency benefits.

    Friedrich Mairhofer, Product Manager for Electrical Machines at ENGEL, said: “The e-mac combines very high energy efficiency and precision with a particularly compact design and comparatively low investments costs.”

    “With its performance features, the e-mac is the most cost-effective solution for many packaging applications with a cycle time of more than six seconds.”

    In the high-speed, all-electric high-performance range, with cycle times of less than six seconds, ENGEL’s e-motion series and e-cap machines, which are tailored to caps and closures applications, meet a wide range of market requirements with the highest precision and cost-effectiveness.

    Together, the two series cover a clamping force range from 300 to 6,5000 kN and achieve cycle times of less than two seconds.

    Both the e-motion and e-cap machines are equipped with encapsulated toggle levers and a clean linear platen guide, which makes them ideal for strictly regulated production areas and cleanrooms in the foods and medical technology industries.

  • FEDDEM brings versatile compounding systems to K 2019

     

     

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

  • Freek bringing novelties to K 2019

     

     

    Freek bringing novelties to K 2019

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    German-based heating element specialist Friedr.Freek is presenting two novelties at K 2019. Their square cartridge heaters and alternative nozzle heaters have numerous mechanical, economic and ecological advantages.

    For heating metal plates or surfaces to temperatures higher than 200°C, common round cartridge heaters and tubular heaters are usually the means of choice. The latter are normally pre-bent and installed into grooves before cast in a heat-conductive compound. This procedure is complex and for small quantities very expensive. The same applies for deep-hole bores for cartridge heaters.

    Heating plates with square cartridge heaters

    Freek has dealt with this difficulty and developed soft, malleable square cartridge heaters that don’t require pre-bending but can be processed straight before being laid and pressed into rectangular grooves with simple tools. Doing so is economic and efficient for the production of small quantities.

    In addition to the square cartridge heaters, the German heating experts will focus on energy-efficient nozzle heaters at K 2019. Freek has gained valuable knowledge from recently conducted experimental studies on the energy-saving potential of alternative nozzle heater constructions.

    Freek illustrates this topic to the K 2019 audience with the example of an Otto Hofstetter 48-cavity PET hot runner, which the company believes will attract much attention to the Freek booth (Hall 11, Booth A01).

  • Gillard exhibiting new extrusion servo rotary cutter at K

     

    Gillard exhibiting new extrusion servo rotary cutter at K

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    Gillard will be exhibiting a new extrusion servo rotary cutter on their stand in Hall 16, Booth C77, at K 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany.

    The new Servo-Torq Plus extrusion cutter is designed for plastics, rubbers and many non- polymer materials. The unit combines the latest Lenze brushless AC servo motors with a fully digital multi-axis control system to activate the rotating knife blade.

    According to Gillard, very high cut rates are possible with precise cut length accuracy. The company adds that the new Siemens widescreen touch panels allow easy operator control of the machine.

    The new Servo-Torq cutters are available with maximum diameter cutting capacities of up to 150mm. All types of plastic and rubber extruded material can be cut with the machine.

    Integral twin-belt Accra-FeedTM caterpillar infeeder/puller machines are provided to match every cutter model. These feature direct drive AC motors and planetary gearboxes to provide improved speed control at high extrusion speeds.

    A high level of connectivity is standard as well as Industry 4.0 cloud support. Remote service is available via the internet using the onboard VPN router. ProfiNet communications allows networking with the rest of the extrusion line.

  • GN to launch new thermoformer at K 2019

     

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     GN Thermoforming Equipment a leading manufacturer of servo-driven, roll-fed thermoforming machines will launch its new GN580 Thermoformer at K 2019.

    The new form/cut/stack thermoformer is ideal for food, medical, and industrial packaging markets.

    The GN580 Thermoformer is a smaller version of the GN800 launched at K 2016. The launch of the new GN models, part of GN’s strategic growth plans, has proven to be very successful, according to Jerome Romkey, President of GN Thermoforming Equipment. “Our customers have fully embraced the new products and the GN800 is regarded as a highly productive and reliable machine within the industry,” said Romkey. “We continue to provide an industry-leading level of service and support, giving customers added confidence when launching new machines like the GN580.”   

    At K 2019, the GN580 will run PCR PET with a common-edge tool, producing meat trays with minimal scrap. Over the years, GN has perfected the common-edge-cut tooling technology for their line of thermoformers. Common-edge tooling offers the ability to form a series of square or rectangular trays in a row or multiple rows while eliminating the web between the products.

    The high-production GN580 thermoformer with integrated steel rule cutting press and stacking station is used for the cost-effective manufacturing of packaging products made from all thermoformable materials. The most distinctive features of the GN580 are the high degree of automation as well as the ease of tool change. 

    The GN580 has a forming area of 580mm x 465mm and a cycle time of 45 cycles/min at full stroke. The machine forms 120mm deep parts above and below the sheet line. It also features an operator-friendly HMI with integrated diagnostics and remote connection, an energy recovery system incorporated in all drives, and maintenance-free precision roller bearings in the toggles.

    The GN580 offers additional options suited to specific customers’ requirements and it can be further customised for certain applications. The thermoformer provides additional flexibility by accepting tools from many of the competitors’ machines. 

    GN’s family of thermoformers continues to offer advanced technology while being flexible and user-friendly.

    Among the top priorities of GN’s customer-focused approach are improving productivity and ensuring that customers produce the most finished parts per pound of sheet. 

  • Gneuss introduces next-gen equipment at K 2019

     

     

    Gneuss introduces next-gen equipment at K 2019

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    Gneuss  Filtration Technology will exhibit several different models of their patented Rotary Filtration Systems at the K trade fair this year (Hall 9, Booth A38).

    These continuous filtration systems are characterised by a filter disk on which the screen cavities are located in a ring pattern. Screens can be changed on the part of the filter disk that is not active in the melt channel, while the production process continues to run without any interruptions or disturbances.

    The new SFneos was developed to combine the characteristics of several older models into one simple and cost-efficient solution.

    The SFneos filtration system is suitable for applications that benefit from a continuous, pressure and process constant screen changer, but that don’t require back-flushing. The SFneos 90 the company will display has an active screen area of 260cm2.

    Gneuss will also exhibit two KF screen changers, a KF 75 with an active screen area of 44cm2, and a KF 110 with an active screen area of 95cm2, which will be installed in a blown film line at Brazilian machinery manufacturer Carnevalli’s booth (Hall 16, Booth C70).

    Gneuss Extrusion Technology will show a complete Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) including a second generation Multi Rotation System MRS110 extruder, a fully automatic melt filtration system RSFgenius 90 and a new style online viscometer VIS, for the processing of 600kg/h of undried and uncrystallised polyester (PET).

    The Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) has been available for more than a decade now and has proven itself for the reprocessing of highly contaminated materials without pre-drying, especially bulky PET waste such as post-consumer bottle flakes and industrial waste from fibre and film manufacture, as well as polystyrene, nylon and other hydrophil polymers.

  • Good Vibrations - Coperion K-Tron brings new feeding tech to K

     

     

     

    Good Vibrations - Coperion K-Tron brings new feeding tech to K

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    Coperion K-Tron has announced a completely new K3 line of vibratory feeders for dry bulk solids which will be exhibited at K 2019. 

    The new feeder design features a unique, patent-pending drive system combined with an advanced control package, and the ability to achieve accuracies averaging 35 per cent better over traditional vibratory technologies. This new generation of Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight vibratory feeders offers gentle handeling, higher accuracy and faster product changeover, resulting in less product waste, less downtime and better end product quality, as well as improved sustainability.

    Significant advantages

    These advantages are possible due to groundbreaking new technology. The key to achieving high accuracy is the ability to deliver a continuous, even product discharge with minimal pulsations, which the K3 vibratory drive does with a completely new shock absorber design. Conventional vibratory feeders use rubber or spring shock absorbers, which allow movement of the drive in all directions, resulting in rotational motion. In contrast, the K3 line uses a unique flexible pendulum technology which provides shock absorption only parallel to the desired direction of motion, eliminating rotational movement. This parallel motion ensures an even material flow of the product along the entire length of the tray.

    The advanced control system and feeder electronics include internal sensors which measure acceleration, displacement, load, current and temperature at rates of up to 25,000 times per second. The fast-acting controller then adjusts the vibratory drive signal to maintain clean sinusoidal displacement for optimal mass flow. The combination of this unique drive with the Coperion K-Tron SmartConnex control system also results in extremely low energy consumption as compared to other feeding technologies.

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