Montreal engineering school buys film line (August 01, 2003)
Ecole Polytechnique, an independent engineering school affiliated with the Universit de Montral, announced at NPE that it has purchased a multi-purpose coextrusion system from Davis-Standard. The co...
Ecole Polytechnique, an independent engineering school affiliated with the Universit de Montral, announced at NPE that it has purchased a multi-purpose coextrusion system from Davis-Standard. The complete system incorporates equipment from Coperion, Cloeren, EGS Gauging, as well as Davis-Standard. Davis-Standard is acting as the general contractor.
According to Rick Keller, Davis-Standard sales/marketing director, coating, cast and blown film, line components will include a coextrusion set-up of three Davis-Standard single screw extruders, two Coperion co-rotating twin-screw extruders, a five-layer Cloeren feedblock, a Cloeren 48-in. single-manifold coextrusion die and a 36-in. three-layer multi-manifold die, an in-line machine direction orienter and an EGS Gauging system for in-line web measurement and control. The line is expected to be installed by the end of 2003.
The line will be used at Polytechnique’s Centre for Applied Research on Polymers (CRASP) for high-level development of micro-porous films and nanocomposite films, as well as general development of sheets, cast films, oriented films, extrusion coating and laminating processes. CRASP received a $10.5 million grant from the Quebec and federal governments to purchase the line. Additionally, Group Lavergne has offered 10.000 sq. ft. of floor space to house the line in its Montreal-area facility.
“This is a real production-scale line,” said Luc Parent, lab director at CRASP. “We’re excited about the possibilities of working with partners to develop new products.”