Extrusion

Gimac unveils smart medical balloon extrusion system

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 17th, 2014

A so-called intelligent balloon tubing extrusion system has been developed by Gimac (Castronno, Italy), a maker of microextrusion equipment for the medical manufacturing sector.

Italian stance on carrier bags vindicated by European Parliament vote

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

On April 16, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe.

New multilayer packaging films open without knife or scissors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Reclosable packages are not very common yet on the North American market compared to other places, but a German-based packaging provider hopes to jump-start the trend in the states.

Südpack USA Inc. has extended its range of film packaging for food products on the U.S. market. The multilayer packaging films reportedly provide easy opening without a knife or scissors and can be reclosed multiple times without any quality loss. This film range, called Multipeel films, can run on many standard packaging machines.

Octal reaches $3 billion in sales

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

PET producer Octal has surpassed the $3 billion dollar mark in sales, a record in the company's six-year history. The company also recorded its highest quarter production volume of PET in Q1, with March 2014 being its second best month ever of PET production volumes, the company said. The latest capacity expansion of its PET complex in Salalah has increased production of bottle grade PET resin by 40% with a monthly run-rate of $100 million. Octal accounts for approximately 15% of Oman's non-oil exports, which equates to about 1.5% of the national GDP. 

Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

Japan Steel Works has picked Stork as service partner for Western Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2014

Few things are as important to generating customer loyalty as a professional and reliable after sales service and support network. International suppliers of products of all kinds recognize this and tend to solve the problem by partnering with trusted local partners. A recent example is the cooperation agreement signed by plastics machinery manufacturers Japan Steel Works and Stork, which is, in fact, more or less a formalization of a practice that has existed for some 10 years.

Macro developed a new two-ply film extrusion method for 100% post-consumer recycled film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. has developed and patented a new process to produce trash bags using post-consumer materials. 

With conventional methods for producing bags with high amounts of recycled material, the reclaim is normally buried in the core layer of a coextruded structure between skin layers of mostly-virgin material. Macro says the issue with this method is that defects, such as gels/pinholes, may originate from impurities in the recycled materials of the core layer, which tend to migrate through all layers of the structure.

Gloucester Engineering expands bag machine rebuild services

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 9th, 2014

Rebuilding and retrofitting old bag making machines is nothing new to Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC), which has long been a service the company has offered, but recently GEC expanded the capabilities of this service.

GEC can now take a used bottom-seal bag machine of any age, and from any OEM, and upgrade, retrofit, and remanufacture it with the latest servo drive and control package.

PSI-Polymer Systems sells modified CSC continuous screen changer for a food industry extrusion application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2014

PSI-Polymer Systems has recently sold a modified continuous screen changer to a U.S.-based candy producer for use in what the company called a "challenging food extrusion application."

This purchase marks the fifth PSI screen changer this customer has purchased for their food process. The first one went into service in 2011.   

Demand for lidding films for ovenable applications continues to grow

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 8th, 2014

With schedules showing no sign of slowing down, more people are reaching for packaged food thanks to its convenience. As such, the trend for food on-the-go continues to open up new opportunities for packaging companies. The latest example of this is the expansion of the LumiLid brand from Toray Plastics.

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