New products galore
Dusseldorf, Germany -- Many, if not most, companies at K use the show to introduce new technology and product lines...
Dusseldorf, Germany — Many, if not most, companies at K use the show to introduce new technology and product lines. Some of the highlights from the first two days of the show are:
Extrusion Dies, Inc. (Chippewa Falls, WI)has commercialized what it is calling the first boltless, flat-die clamping system that clamps and releases die halves in less one minute. The innovation centers on a series of hydro-mechanical clamps positioned along the backline of the die manifold in the same locations occupied by the body bolts in a conventional die.
“The boltless die enables extrusion processors and web converters who do frequent split-and-cleans to increase machine up-time and employ their manpower more productively,” says John Uljec, EDI’s executive vice president of engineering and technology.
Reifenhauser (Ipswich, MA)has introduced a 3-layer blown film line that can run different types of materials without the need to change the screw. The Filmtec 3-1700 IBC incorporates a new screw design and processing technology to permit the extrusion of various grades of LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and ionomers, as well as new metallocene-catalyzed and PP materials. The system is designed for laminating and packaging films with thicknesses ranging from 15 to 250 micron, and production speed up to 130 m/min
Atofina (Oakville, ON)has developed a new grade of TPE especially designed for use in automotive window seals for fixed glass. Sunfrost TPE can be injection molded and is said to have better long-term stability to UV radiation and other weathering factors than materials currently used in these applications. Sunfrost was recently chosen to seal the rear quarter of several Ford car models.