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Plastics

  • ساخت پلیمرهای دوستدار طبیعت برای صنایع بسته‌بندی

    محققان دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر با استفاده از دو پلیمر زیست سازگار، به مواد پلیمری دست یافتند که در ساخت قطعات، بسته‌بندی مواد غذایی و صنعت پزشکی کاربرد دارند.

    پایگاه خبری پلیمر و بسته بندی - پپنا (www.ppna.ir):

    محققان دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر با استفاده از دو پلیمر زیست سازگار، به مواد پلیمری دست یافتند که در ساخت قطعات، بسته‌بندی مواد غذایی و صنعت پزشکی کاربرد دارند.

    به گزارش پپنا، مهسا نعمت‌الهی، مجری طرح با بیان این که این طرح با راهنمایی دکتر اعظم جلالی آرانی و دکتر حمید مدرس از اعضای هیات علمی دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر اجرایی شده است، گفت: حجم بالای مصرف مواد پلیمری مصنوعی و عمر تخریب‌پذیری طولانی ‌مدت آنها و به دنبال آن، نگرانی ناشی از بحث آلودگی محیط ‌زیست موجب شده تا تلاش‌هایی برای استفاده از مواد زیست‌تخریب‌پذیر صورت گیرد.

    وی "پلی‌لاکتیک‌اسید" (PLA) را پلیمری زیست تخریب پذیر با منشأ طبیعی توصیف کرد و ادامه داد: این ماده علی‌رغم ویژگی‌های بالقوه و قابل توجهی که دارد، بحث شکنندگی  آن موجب محدویت مصرف آن شده است. برای بهبود مقاومت در برابر شکنندگی این پلیمر، راهکارهایی توسط پژوهشگران ارائه شده است که هر یک مشکلاتی را به همراه دارد.

    نعمت‌الهی از اجرای طرح تحقیقاتی در این دانشگاه خبر داد و یادآور شد: این پژوهش با عنوان "تهیه و بررسی مورفولوژی نانوکامپوزیت پخت دینامیکی شده پلی لاکتیک اسید/لاستیک طبیعی/نانوذره؛ مطالعه برهمکنش نانوذره/پلیمر با استفاده از شبیه‌سازی دینامیک مولکولی" اجرایی و در آن از لاستیک طبیعی برای بهبود مقاومت به ضربه PLA استفاده شد.

    این محقق با بیان اینکه این لاستیک از انعطاف‌پذیری بالایی برخوردار است و خود منشا طبیعی دارد، خاطر نشان کرد: محصول نهایی در صورت برخورداری از مورفولوژی مناسب، مقاومت به ضربه بالایی داشته و همچنان زیست سازگار خواهد بود و این موضوع اصلی است که این پژوهش به آن پرداخته است.

    وی اضافه کرد: با توجه به عدم سازگاری دو پلیمر سازنده آلیاژ، برای دستیابی به مورفولوژی مطلوب، از راهکارهای متفاوت شامل استفاده از سازگارکننده، نانو ذره و پخت دینامیکی فاز الاستومری به صورت جدا و یا همزمان استفاده شد و این روند خود یکی از نوآوری‌های پروژه به شمار می آید.

    نعمت‌الهی با تاکید بر نتایج این پژوهش خاطر نشان کرد: تهیه آلیاژ PLA/NR در کنار استفاده از سازگارکننده، نانوذره و روش پخت دینامیکی فاز الاستومری، به تنهایی و یا همزمان، هر یک به گونه‌ای بهبود خواص مورد نظر در محصول را سبب شدند؛ به طوری که در نمونه بهینه، میزان ازدیاد طول و میزان ضربه پذیری به ترتیب بیش از ۸۰ و ۳۰ برابر مقادیر آنها در PLA خالص به دست آمد.

    به گفته این محقق، این میزان افزایش بسیار بیشتر از افزایش خواص گزارش شده برای آلیاژهای مشابه است و نتایج این پژوهش می‌تواند در تولید صنعتی مورد استفاده قرار گیرد، ضمن آنکه گام‌های جدید تجربی و نظری در شناخت ساختار آلیاژها به منظور کنترل ریزساختار برای دستیابی به خواص معین برداشته شد که به خوبی می‌تواند در ارتقای مرزهای دانش پلیمر به کار گرفته شود.

    این دانش‌آموخته دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر با اشاره به نحوه اجرای این مطالعات، توضیح داد: این پژوهش از طریق اختلاط دو پلیمر به صورت ساده، در حضور سازگارکننده، نانو ذره و عامل پخت در حالت مذاب انجام شد. ضمن آنکه در هر مرحله به جهت دستیابی به مورفولوژی مطلوب، در ابتدا شرایط فرآیند بهینه شد و روند کار به گونه‌ای پیش رفت که ترکیب درصد آلیاژ، مقدار نانو ذره و مقدار سازگارکننده بهینه شدند.

    وی اضافه کرد: پس از اختلاط، نمونه‌ها برای آزمون‌های شناسایی قالب‌گیری شدند و بر روی نمونه‌ها آزمون‌های رئولوژیکی، میکروسکوپی، گرمایی، مکانیکی و دینامیکی-مکانیکی و همچنین مقاومت به ضربه انجام شد.

    نعمت‌الهی خاطر نشان کرد: از دستاوردهای این طرح می‌توان در صنعت بسته‌بندی مواد غذایی، صنعت پزشکی و ساخت قطعات بهره جست.

    وی انتشار دو مقاله ISI در مجلات با درجه Q1 و چاپ دو مقاله در کنفرانس ملی و بین‌المللی را از دیگر دستاوردهای این مطالعات نام برد و یادآور شد: در این پژوهش، طراحی و تولید آلیاژها و نانوکامپوزیت‌های بر پایه پلیمرهای طبیعی و زیست سازگار انجام شد. استفاده از این مواد، کاهش آلودگی محیط زیست را به همراه دارد؛ چراکه پلیمرهای اصلی به کار برده شده شامل پلی لاکتیک اسید و لاستیک طبیعی است که هر دو منشا طبیعی دارند.

    این محقق تاکید کرد: با توجه به طبیعی بودن PLA و ویژگی‌های مطلوب همچون استحکام و مدول کششیِ بالای آن، انتظار می‌رود در سال‌های آینده به عنوان جایگزین بسیاری از ترموپلاستیک‌های پایه نفتی مورد مصرف قرار گیرد. تهیه آلیاژ از این پلیمر همراه با لاستیک طبیعی و دستیابی به ریز ساختار مناسب شکنندگی این پلیمر را که از ضعف‌های آن محسوب می‌شود، در مقایسه با سایر روش‌ها به مقدار قابل توجهی کاهش داد.

    وی استفاده از پلیمرهای طبیعی به منظور تهیه آلیاژ و نانوکامپوزیت، افزایش قابل توجه خواص در مقایسه با دیگر آلیاژها و نانوکامپوزیت‌ها و دستیابی به ریزساختار منحصر به فرد را از مزیت‌های رقابتی این طرح نام برد و یادآور شد: دستاوردهای این طرح در صنایعی چون بسته‌بندی مواد غذایی، صنعت پزشکی، رهایش دارو و ساخت قطعات قابل استفاده است.

  • ARLANXEO spotlights new mobility solutions at K 2019

     

     

     

     

    ARLANXEO spotlights new mobility solutions at K 2019

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    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

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    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.

  • 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, Merck and SABIC partner to perfect laser marking

     

    Clariant, Merck and SABIC partner to perfect laser marking

    polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    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

      polymer & packaging news agency - www.ppna.ir

    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

     

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    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

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    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.

  • FEDDEM brings versatile compounding systems to K 2019

     

     

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  • Freek bringing novelties to K 2019

     

     

    Freek bringing novelties to K 2019

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    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).

  • Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019

     

    Gabriel-Chemie Group counts down to K 2019

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    Just a few weeks remain until major players in the plastics industry come together at the world‘s largest plastics exhibition in Düsseldorf.

    The Gabriel-Chemie Group will once again be in Hall 5, Booth B40 with a new booth design and numerous innovative solutions and product demonstrations. The main topics will focus on digitalisation and sustainability .

    Launched at Fakuma 2018, the custom-developed platform ‘Master of Batch’ product sector of Gabriel-Chemie was penetrated by the digital and networked world. The Smart Search Tool launched last year with ‘Master of Colours’ will be complemented this year with the extension ‘Master of Additives’.

    More disruptive developments

    A product line that enables information to be generated in plastics in a way that ensures material definitions and the identification of all individual parts, the Taggant Technology Series (TagTec) provides plastic parts with an individual DNA signature. This combination is useful for all stages of a product cycle from production to distribution. The product authentication and any security concerns are ensured by appropriate markers or ‘taggants’.

    An overview of the basic functionality of the TagTecseries and a selection of different application options will be presented alongside partners ALPLA and Wittmann Battenfeld in Hall 15, Booth C06.

    An integral part of the Gabriel-Chemie autumn presentations is the colour concept ‘Colour Vision No. 20’.The topics focus on Sustainability and Spirituality – both of which are more present than ever and unite the promotion of actual principles of responsible use, as well as the considerate handling of resources.The associated colours and materials of the Colour Vision Sustainability range follow these principles and showcase dry colour and surface impressions, which were realised on the basis of PCR and PIR polymers.

    New additives have been used that enable detectability in the recycling stream. The colour spectrum of the Spirituality Colour Vision ranges from an intense and vibrant red to a marble effect elaboration in blue.

    Detectability in the recycling stream refers to a professional solution for near-infrared-detectable and sortable thermoplastic masterbatch colours. The masterbatch is made using special pigment formulations that enable the correspondent sorting and recycling. Food contact approved and laser markable, the masterbatch can be extruded, blown or moulded. Interested visitors will acquire detailed information and can convince themselves of the application functionality.

    A laser additive masterbatch enables the contact-free, permanent marking, labelling and decoration of plastic parts without ink or solvents. A marking can be made on soft, coarse, stepped and curved surfaces and is abrasion-, chemical- and lightfast-resistant.

    Laser additive masterbatch enables customised designs and personalised markings. Perfectly suited to complex and rapidly changing layouts, this makes it the most sustainable alternative to all conventional customisation methods.

    Therefore Gabriel-Chemie continues to build on its close co-operation with beLaser and will demonstrate the partnership at K in the form of a separate laser area.

    Sustainability Strategy

    As a second-generation owner-managed family business, Gabriel-Chemie is one of Europe’s leading masterbatch producers after almost 70 years. A long-term and sustainable strategy is therefore a priority that focuses on delivering high quality and innovation.

    Sustainability has been a strong focus for Gabriel-Chemie. Responsibility and awareness pave the way for the group into the future, with upcoming generations adding their voices to the drive for sustainability.

    In addition to the NIR-detectable product range, group-wide initiatives include PCR masterbatches, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), awareness, circular economy and recycling, brand identity and personality.

  • 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.

  • Jomar launching TechnoDrive 65 PET at K

     

    Jomar launching TechnoDrive 65 PET at K

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    Jomar Corp., a leading global manufacturer of injection blow moulding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and household products industries, will launch the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine at the 2019 K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    Specifically designed to run PET resins but can easily switch back to PP and PE, the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine evolved from Jomar’s TechnoDrive 65, a high-speed production machine unveiled in 2018. It has a dry cycle time of just 1.7 seconds, making it one of the fastest injection blow moulding machines in the industry.

    Jomar’s engineers have expanded the TechnoDrive 65’s capabilities by adding a more robust plastifier motor, high-pressure valves and built-in nozzle heaters to aid PET processing.

    Jomar President Carlos Castro said: “The TechnoDrive 65 PET further demonstrates the versatility of the Jomar machines. Jomar machines can handle engineering resins and a wide range of PET grades such as PETE or PETG. We’re giving our customers the opportunity to bid for a variety of projects from cosmetic jars in PET to packers in HDPE, with the same machine.”

    The TechnoDrive 65 PET can mould a variety of shapes and sizes in PET. One limitation, however, is rooted in the nature of injection blow moulding. Unlike injection stretch blow machines, an IBM machine does not mechanically extend its core rods, which provides biaxial orientation and allows for extremely thin walls such as those found in water or soda bottles.

    The average wall thickness for a TechnoDrive 65 PET bottle in PET is 1mm, so it is more inclined to mould jars, vials and bottles for the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries.

    All PET projects for the TechnoDrive 65 PET would be accepted as a turnkey project where Jomar is building both the machine and mould. This allows Jomar to tailor the equipment to provide the largest processing window and ensure the project’s overall success.

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  • KHS focuses on circular economy at K

     

    KHS focuses on circular economy at K

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    KHS will present a new PET concept at k2019 based on the juice bottle as an example. It combines individual environmentally friendly packaging solutions in one container and thereby supports the theory of circular economy.

    The system provider shows how efficiency and sustainability go hand in hand by offering further line-compatible container solutions in addition to its Bottles & Shapes service offering. With these technologies, KHS provides support in the conversion to an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving packaging portfolio.

    Kai Acker, CEO of KHS, said: "We already offer forward-looking concepts today. Our extensive PET portfolio covers the entire value chain, ranging from innovative bottle design to energy and resource-efficient production processes. We provide support for conversion to environmentally friendly and resource-conserving types of packaging. Our portfolio offers concrete solutions for further promoting the concept of sustainability. Against the backdrop of the company group's overall positive business development for KHS during the first half of this year, we are focusing on consistently developing our products, processes and solutions."

    A new PET bottle will be presented for the first time at K 2019. The company combines various disciplines of its extensive knowhow to create a unique container. With this concept, KHS is consistently pursuing its strategy of reduction, recycling and reuse, and has thereby agreed a partnership with an environmental service provider.

    Compared to conventional PET containers, the system provider's new approach ensures a high level of product protection and a longer shelf life. Completely recyclable and conserve on additional resources.

    With the Bottles & Shapes programme, KHS is also furthering its developments along the entire production chain.

  • Kiefel simplifies thermoforming with next-gen Speedformer

     

    Kiefel simplifies thermoforming with next-gen Speedformer

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    Kiefel GmbH has created the Speedformer KMD 78.2 Speed to showcase at K2019 in Düsseldorf (Hall 3, Booth E90), where visitors are invited to experience the machine live.

    The new generation of Kiefel steel rule machines offers the usual quality with even greater productivity and energy efficiency.

    Erwin Wabnig, Director Packaging Division at Kiefel, said: "The new generation of machines is fast and reliable. Operators, even without specific training, can operate them intuitively. Ergonomics and data transparency are a matter of course. And of course, in addition to common materials and products, our new system can also process novel film materials and produce even complex products whilst consuming a minimal amount of energy."

    The Kiefel designers focused on higher productivity, process control and availability, as well as trend-setting intuitive user guidance with considerable added value in operation and maintenance.

    The new KMD generation not only saves energy, but film. A newly developed film feed table guides the film to the film transport system. The proven station drives stabilise and work symmetrically, and the optimised forming air vacuum system enables customers to produce superior moulded parts.

    The ergonomic tool change systems, one among many improvements, can significantly shorten set-up times too.

    Intelligent User Guidance

    ‘Simple and intuitive’ is the motto of human interaction with the KMD 78.2 Speed. Pictograms and graphics, some animated, support the adjustment of machine parameters and aid fault diagnosis and rectification if necessary.

    The new KMD generation only needs a few parameters to be input, the rest are automatically determined by onboard algorithms. The display shows the entire forming process and other important functions are just a click away.

    Wabnig added: "In order to optimally adapt the new KMD generation for our customers, we have increased our requirements. On this basis, we have developed a state-of-the-art system in co-operation with universities, and internal and external experts, that simplifies our customers' daily manufacturing."

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