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Davis-Standard Runs Pipette Extrusion Line at Plastec West

The polycarbonate pipette line will be equipped with a high-performance extruder and new process control system.

January 22, 2023

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Davis-Standard HPE H extruder
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A running extrusion system for medical applications will be front and center in the Davis-Standard booth at the co-located Plastec West and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West event in February. The line will be producing polycarbonate pipettes at booth 3911 on the show floor.

The line will be equipped with a Davis-Standard HPE (high performance) extruder and new DS-XEL process control as well as downstream equipment from Conair Group and an OD/ID wall gauge by Zumbach Electronics, both Davis-Standard technology partners. In addition, a 2.5-in. (50-mm) Davis-Standard Super Blue extruder will be displayed with DS-XEL controls, and show attendees can learn more about the company’s DS Activ-Check cloud-based platform for preventive maintenance and monitoring.

Introduced last fall, the DS-XEL implements high-performance human-machine interface features to facilitate data acquisition and process information, said Davis-Standard. Processors benefit from built-in security to prevent unauthorized changes to setup parameters, multi-language support, process alarm logging, and real-time and historical data trending. The DS-XEL is the new standard control for Davis-Standard’s Super Blue and HPE extruders.

The HPE extruder, which will power the line at the event, is available in an adjustable vertical or horizontal configuration in sizes ranging from ¾ to to 1¾ in. (19 to 44 mm). A direct coupled motor and smaller footprint make this machine suitable for tight manufacturing spaces and cleanroom environments. The HPE can be run as the primary extruder or as a complementary extruder in a co-extrusion arrangement.

The Super Blue is easy-to-maintain, energy-efficient, and provides increased torque capacity for high-viscosity resins. It is available in sizes from 2 to 41/2 inches (50 to 114 mm) with a range of DSB barrier screw designs and a three-year warranty.

“We continue to expand upon our medical tubing solutions targeted at energy efficiency, sustainable practices, and process versatility to address evolving resin and end-product requirements,” said Kevin Dipollino, Davis-Standard’s Senior Product Manager of Pipe, Profile, and Tubing Systems. “We have had excellent feedback on the DS-XEL, and can engineer this system to accommodate our DS Activ-Check digital transformation tool in order to achieve overall equipment effectiveness.”

DS Activ-Check is gaining traction as a smart manufacturing solution because of its many advantages, such as real-time monitoring, predictive and preventive maintenance, process and equipment analytics, and multi-faceted team connectivity, according to Davis-Standard. Processors can apply DS Activ-Check to amplify production efficiency, easily connect and collaborate using smart devices and remote PCs, manage cloud-based data collection, improve operator productivity and safety, and accelerate service and support.

Dozens of other suppliers of extrusion equipment, products, and services, much of it intended for medical applications, will be exhibiting at the co-located Plastec West and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West event in Anaheim, CA. Some of them are featured here. The show and conference runs from Feb. 7 to 9, 2023, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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