Extrusion-Pipe & Profile

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

Surging demand for Molecor PVC-O and large-diameter pipe

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

The market for PVC-O pipe has seen huge growth numbers over the last eight years, according to estimates provided by Molecor (Madrid). Also growing is demand for increasingly larger pipe diameters. Molecor has seen tremendous growth in molecularly oriented PVC pipe, which was developed as an improvement to conventional PVC pipe. 

Helix Medical's Baldwin Park, CA, facility earns FDA registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2014

Helix Medical, a contract manufacturer that provides silicone and thermoplastic molding and extrusion services, has obtained FDA registration for its facility in Baldwin Park, CA.

"The registration was driven by a customer who approached us with the need to manufacture a new product requiring FDA registration," said Steve Gilder, Director of Quality, in a prepared statement. "We have continuously expanded our range of services at the Baldwin Park operation in recent years, and we are now able to offer our customers finished device manufacturing."

New rotary union satisfies broad range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2014

The new DWA Series rotary union from Duff Norton (Charlotte, NC) offers a reliable and economical way to meet a broad range of process heating and cooling requirements. Designed for applications where water, oils, or noncorrosive fluids reach a maximum temperature of 200°F (93°C), it is suited for applications involving the processing of plastics and rubber as well as flexible packaging and printing operations.

Material handling systems designed for precise performance, minimal maintenance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2014

Resin dosing, blending, and material handling systems engineered for accurate performance and minimal maintenance by Sysmetric (Afula Illit, Israel) are available in the United States and Canada through CMD Corp. (Appleton, WI).

Commonly sourced parts and reliable systems ensure easy maintenance, requiring little to no service. Standard industrial PLCs are used.

The benefits of Sysmetric dosing systems include optional line, yield, output, and layer controls.

Vietnamese company installs the first 2,000 mm pipe extrusion line in Vietnam

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Co. (Haiphong, Vietnam) will be the first pipe manufacturer in Vietnam to produce large PE pipes with external diameters of up to 2,000 mm. The company ordered a complete pipe extrusion line, which is to be delivered in spring 2015 from battenfeld-cincinnati. In 2011, Tien Phong had already decided to acquire a turnkey PE pipe extrusion line, including a die with an innovative cooling system. This equipment served the company well and as a result, the customer chose a die with internal cooling again this time.

Plastic pipe demand expected to outpace all other materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

The U.S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3% per year to $63.5 billion in 2018, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by strong growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, as pipe is used extensively in drilling and oil and gas pipeline applications. Demand will also be supported by a projected rebound in building construction expenditures.

battenfeld-cincinnati makes several upgrades to its alpha extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

After 12 years and more than 750 units sold, battenfeld-cincinnati has made several updates to its standardized single screw extruders for technical profiles and small pipes.

In contrast to its predecessor models, the revised alpha extruders are now equipped with a new compact drive system, which the company says offers the benefit of small dimensions and substantially reduced oil requirements. Due to the smaller drive unit and a redesigned sub-structure, the extruder can reportedly save more space.

Desiccant wheel dryers sized just right for medical molders, extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

New compact dryers from Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder provide the same performance as larger desiccant-wheel dryers, making them advantageous when small quantities of expensive engineering resins are processed. Suppliers serving the medical device industry and other sectors where engineering resins are commonly used will benefit.

Reportedly the smallest wheel-type dryers on the market, the MicroWheel devices are designed as an alternative to compressed-air dryers and small twin-tower units.

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

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