Extrusion-Pipe & Profile

MedPlast to open fourth manufacturing plant in China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 20th, 2015

A global provider of plastic processing services to medical device manufacturers, MedPlast (Tempe, AZ) has announced that it is opening a 20,000-square-foot facility in Suzhou, China, for the production of medical components and assemblies.

The company plans to install 12 new electric Chen Hsong injection molding machines ranging from 50 to 200 tons along with new custom designed medical blowmolding systems. The facility will be certified to ISO 13485 and will be equipped to accommodate a cleanroom for future needs.

Guill Tool introduces Series 725 co-extrusion crosshead design

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 17th, 2015

Guill Tool & Engineering Co. Inc. (West Warwick, RI) announced the introduction of its Series 725 co-extrusion crosshead design for tray cable applications. With all stainless-steel construction, the Series 725 offers machine builders and end users a number of advantages, including the patented Guill Seal Right system of self-aligning, tapered deflector and body design.

Thermwood taps extrusion expert American Kuhne for additive manufacturing system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 17th, 2015

American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI) customer Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN), a manufacturer of CNC routers, announced a program to develop a 3D additive manufacturing system capable of making large carbon-graphite-reinforced composite thermoplastic components.

The system uses a near-net-shape approach, in which a custom-built, vertical, integrated extruder deposits or "prints" carbon graphite–filled thermoplastic material to quickly create a structure that is close to the final shape. Once it cools and hardens, it undergoes a 5-axis machining process to achieve its final net shape.

Battenfeld-cincinnati sells 2.6-meter-pipe extrusion system to Hyundai Pipe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2015

South Korean pipe manufacturer Hyundai Pipe Co., Ltd. (Sang Ju City) has ordered a solEX 120-40 single-screw extruder, helix VSI-T+ pipe head with active intensive melt cooling and vacuum tank from battenfeld-cincinnati (Vienna) for the extrusion of solid-wall polyolefin pipes in diameters up to 2.6 m. The system is designed for the extrusion of large-diameter pipes used in applications such as transporting water in power stations. Hyundai Pipe plans to have the system installed by Q4 2015.

Milacron reports first quarterly results since going public

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2015

Executives at Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) were pleased with second quarter results, reporting sales of $301.3 million, up 1.8% from sales of $295.9 million in the year-ago period. However, sales gain spiked to 8.2% after taking away $18.8 million in the second quarter of “unfavorable effects of currency movements.” This is the company’s first quarterly report since completing an initial public offering (IPO).

SPI supports Manufacturing Day

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 10th, 2015

The roster of Manufacturing Day 2015 sponsors grew with the addition of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which has pledged support at the silver level, the third consecutive sponsorship year for SPI. A grassroots effort by manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America, Manufacturing Day is an annual event that has grown in support and visibility across the nation.

Freudenberg creates umbrella brand for medical manufacturing business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 10th, 2015

Freudenberg Group (Weinheim, Germany) has announced the formation of Freudenberg Medical (Carpinteria, CA), an umbrella brand for Helix Medical and MedVenture Technology. 

Helix Medical, which is specialized in silicone and thermoplastic molding and extrusion and various medical manufacturing services on a contract basis, acquired MedVenture in October 2012. MedVenture develops and manufactures minimally invasive systems. Helix was acquired by Freudenberg in 2006.

Böhler-Uddeholm appoints metal-working veteran Jeff Albee eastern region manager

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2015

Böhler-Uddeholm Corp. (BUC; Elgin, IL), a global supplier of tooling for metal forming, molding, extrusion and other applications, has announced the appointment of Jeff Albee to the position of Region East Manager. He will be responsible for the sales and service centers in the eastern region for BUC.

Elastomer products supplier Qure Medical expands EU footprint with acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2015

A supplier of elastomer products to medical device manufacturers, Q Holding Co. (Twinsburg, OH) has acquired UK-headquartered Silicone Altimex (Nottingham), which provides cleanroom-produced silicone tubing and associated products to the medical, pharmaceutical and technical sectors. Q Holding does business under the Qure Medical name.

The financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

GriffsNotes: Extrusion and the decline of the Roman Empire

By Allan Griff
Published: August 5th, 2015

The ancient Romans knew all about lead, a byproduct of silver mining. They knew the chemistry needed to get metallic lead, a soft and easily melted metal that could be worked into sheets and pipes. Their name for lead was plumbum, from which the word plumber and the chemical symbol Pb are derived. Lead pipe usage increased as civilization developed over the next two millennia, and well into the 20th century—look up Joseph Bramah, an Englishman who invented the hydraulic press to make lead pipe in 1797.

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