Extrusion-Film & Sheet

Reifenhäuser: Insulation installed on extruders can save thousands per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Simple measures such as the enclosure of certain line components can result in significant savings in blown film production. However, according to Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion, the amount of savings strongly depends on the component chosen. Tests conducted in the Technology Center of Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion with various raw materials shown that the enclosure of barrels and heater-bands has reportedly proved to be the most efficient measure.

Foster Delivery Science expands to satisfy demand for drug-delivery polymers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Foster Delivery Science (Putnam, CT), a company that provides hot melt extrusion (HME) services for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, has broken ground on a new facility to support increased demand for drug-delivery and implant polymer blends. The facility is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015, and will be registered with FDA to allow for the processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Friedrichshafen, Germany, which shares idyllic Lake Constance with Austria and Switzerland, would seem an unlikely location for an international plastics processing event. Of course, like any town of consequence in Germany, Friedrichshafen has a fairground (or messe, in local parlance), but one might expect to find shows for model railroad enthusiasts or, given the maritime location, pleasure boats rather than Fakuma, which attracts international giants of molding, extrusion, and other plastics processing technologies; materials; auxiliary equipment; and associated processing services.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Moretto

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Following extensive R&D dedicated to plastics dehumidification processes, ancillary equipment maker Moretto S.p.A. (Massanzago, Italy) will show its Eureka material conditioning system at Fakuma.

Shipments of primary plastics equipment totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2. 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

Frank Nissel, father of sheet extrusion and co-founder of Welex, dies

By Karen Laird
Published: September 2nd, 2014

Sheet extrusion pioneer Frank Nissel passed away on August 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Nissel was 88.

Nissel co-founded extrusion equipment manufacturer Welex (York, PA) in 1966 and grew the company into a leading global supplier of plastics extrusion machinery. Nissel retired in 2010. Welex was purchased by Graham Engineering Corp. in 2013.

Battenfeld-cincinnati delivers 25 extruders to Chinese pipe manufacturer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2014

A major pipe manufacturer in China has ordered 25 extruders from battenfeld-cincinnati (Vienna, Austria). Fourteen of the lines, which are equipped with high-efficiency dies to manufacture HDPE pipes with diameters ranging from 125 to 1600 mm, have already been installed and are operating to the satisfaction of the customer. The remaining lines will be installed and commissioned within the next few weeks, according to battenfeld-cincinnati.

Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

Annual sales of products made using MuCell extrusion technology exceeds $100 million

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

MuCell Extrusion is finally coming into its own as an in-demand technology for producing extruded plastic products. For the first time in the company's history, the sale of plastic extrusion products made using MuCell Extrusion technology has exceeded $100 million in sales over a 12-month period, according to Mark Lindenfelzer, president of MuCell Extrusion.

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

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