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Kraiburg launches two new classes of materials at NPE2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 4th, 2012

Orlando, FL - Kraiburg TPE, the global supplier of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), launched two new classes of materials designed for the consumer electronics industry at NPE2012 booth (#61027).

The new olefin block copolymer (OBC) blends offer strong mechanicals, skin oil resistance, and enhanced bond strength to high-performance glass-filled nylon substrates, the company stated. These OBC blends are available in 60-80 Shore A hardness range, and offer resistance to sebum, olive oil, sunscreen lotion, and other oils.  

Wittmann Battenfeld boosts automation, machine capacity

By Doug Smock
Published: April 4th, 2012

Strong business conditions are spurring expansions at Wittman Battenfeld, including a major new automation plant in Europe, company officials said during a press conference held on the third day of NPE2012 (Orlando, FL, April 1-5). The company's booth at the show whirred with exhibits of integrated molding cells and next-generation auxiliary equipment, but the show-stopper was a fast-paced game of robots playing basketball at speeds that would have even impressed the newly crowned NCAA champions.

Show sales are brisk for RPET screen changer

By Doug Smock
Published: April 4th, 2012

Parkinson Technologies (Woonsocket, RI) is showing a prototype at NPE2012 (Orlando, FL) of a screen changer originally developed for elastomeric materials, but the big interest is coming from companies extruding recyclate, company officials told Plastics Today in interviews at the show.

NPE2012: Proco unveils take-out system with integrated deflasher and leak tester

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 4th, 2012

Orlando, FL—Proco Machinery Inc. has developed a take-out system with an integrated deflasher and leak tester.

The company demonstrated this new "all-in-one" multi-functional system for extrusion blowmolded bottles at NPE2012 booth (#542).

"This is a very unique system and is an industry first," Savi Krish, sales manager with Proco, told PlasticsToday. "This takes three functions and puts it into one station."

UBE boosts machinery output in Michigan

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

UBE Machinery, which specializes in production of large injection molding machines, is increasing production in Ann Arbor, MI as it introduces the UU2e Fusion, a two-platen machine that fits between the company's all-electric and standard hydraulic machines.

David Bernardi, senior sales and marketing manager, said he expects the company's domestic machine production to increase from 100 last year to the 120-140 range this year, partly due to the new machine introduction. Annual global production of big injection molding machines by UBE is in the 250 to 300 range.

Significant progress reported as liquid metal molding scales up

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

There has been "significant" progress in developing an injection molding system to accommodate the liquid metal process, and Liquidmetal Technologies (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) has already begun shipping molded components to customers.

Mark Sankovitch, president of Engel North America (York, PA) discussed liquid metal in an interview with Plastics Today at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL .

Engel eyes top spot in cap machines with all-electrics

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Engel demonstrated a high-powered, all-electric cap-molding cell at NPE2012 and disclosed its goal of becoming number one in the bottle cap production niche.

"Our cap business is growing 30% a year," said Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at a press conference, adding: "Our goal is to become number one in the cap business."

Qatar makes first NPE splash in Orlando

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Qatar sees plastics as a pathway to an economy consisting of more than gas and oil and NPE2012 as one of the first steps in reaching that diversified future.

DuPont launches amine-free antistat for film at NPE2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Orlando, FL— DuPont has created a new amine-free antistat for BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) and PP (polypropylene) film for the food packaging industry.

The new biobased product is featured at NPE2012, along with other biobased additives resulting from the recent acquisition of Danisco.

NPE2012: Kautex touts rapid prototyping for packaging applications, R&D operations

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Orlando, FL— Kautex Machines Inc. discussed with PlasticsToday at booth (#1751) its rapid prototyping for packaging applications, which includes a patent-pending shell insert system.

Through rapid prototyping and simulation, Kautex can produce a blowmolded sample within 48 hours from receiving the 3D CAD drawing, said Chuck Flammer, VP sales at Kautex.

Traditionally this process takes about six weeks, Flammer said.

"We believe it is a competitive advantage," he said.

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