Extrusion

New extruder options from American Kuhne cut changeover time

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 29th, 2015

American Kuhne has applied Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) concepts to key tasks involved in extrusion job changeovers. The resulting three options are designed to substantially reduce downtime in tubing, profile, wire and cable, and other small-die production lines.

Foster distributes high-strength polyamide to North American medical manufacturers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2015

Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT) specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, has partnered with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (New York) to distribute MX nylon to the North American medical market. MX nylon, a meta-xylene diamine polyamide, offers mechanical and barrier properties suitable for molded components and devices, and for use in medical packaging applications.

Metallocene PP material targets foam, large thermoforming applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Japan Polypropylene (JPP) has launched a high melt strength polypropylene (PP) resin dubbed Waymax which consists of a reactor-produced long chain branched (LCB) material based on proprietary catalyst and polymerization technologies.
According to the supplier, existing LCB-PPs are primarily produced via "post-reactor" modification and have some drawbacks such as fish-eye and recyclability. JPP, however, has succeeded in introducing LCB structure into the polymer chain using a metallocene catalyst.

Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

Battenfeld-cincinnati shows its most powerful cross-linked PE extrusion line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

Battenfeld-cincinnati (Vienna) reports that it recently held a very successful demonstration of the capabilities of its PE-Xa extrusion line for cross-linked polyethylene (PE). Forty customers from EMEA countries were on hand to observe the system's throughput, which far exceeds conventional lines or RAM extruders, according to the company, and its short, low-maintenance cross-linking station. The inline process enables high-rate production of peroxide cross-linked pipes at an extremely low cost, says battenfeld-cincinnati.

Peelable heat-shrink technology from Zeus reduces complexity of catheter manufacturing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 8th, 2015

Polymer extrusion company Zeus (Orangeburg, SC) will showcase its recently introduced peelable heat-shrink technology for medical catheter manufacturers at BIOMEDevice Boston next month. Described by the company as the "most significant product enhancement for catheter construction in years," FluoroPEELZ is said to offer users a new method for increasing yield and improving safety.

Guill introduces latest generation of extrusion tooling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 6th, 2015

Extrusion die maker Guill Tool & Engineering (West Warwick, RI) featured its extensive line of crossheads and inline tubing dies in fixed and adjustable centers for single or co-extrusion applications at the recent NPE2015 trade show. The tooling is designed to process all compounds, and features the company's patented, precision Feather Touch Concentricity adjustment and Seal Right system, which combines with the Feather Touch system to eliminate polymer leaking. Guill also displayed its unique spiral flow distribution system.

Engineering resins? Asaclean purging compounds can take the heat

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, when Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals introduced the Asaclean purging compound for molders and extruders, it earned numerous accolades for its technology, which is now sold in more than 60 countries. The company hasn't rested on its laurels, as Joe Galluci explained to PlasticsToday from the company's booth at NPE2015. Galluci is National Sales Manager for Sun Plastech Inc. (Parsippany, NJ), a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei that manufactures and distributes the purging compound.

Medical-grade PP now available from Interstate Plastics for orthopedic applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Interstate Plastics (Sacramento, CA) has announced the availability of medical-grade Propylux HS, a heat-stabilized polypropylene (PP) rod used primarily in orthopedic applications.
  
Propylux HS PP rods, designed and manufactured by extruder and compression molder Westlake Plastics (Lenni, PA ), are biocompatible and chemically resistant materials.
 

GriffsNotes: Six NPE2015 business resources to use now (even if you didn't attend the show)

By Allan Griff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Trade shows such as NPE2015 are not just spectacular events, like an eclipse or comet, that show up for a brief moment and then disappear. On the contrary, they have echoes. Exhibitors prepare for them, printing brochures and priming their sales force, so that even after the last machine is re-crated and sent off to its new owner, and the last box of giveaways is packed (or recycled), the echoes remain. Here is some advice on how to hear those echoes and make the most of them.

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