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Sheet line aims for global appeal

Article-Sheet line aims for global appeal

Sheet-extrusion system supplier PTi took advantage of NPE2009 to launch its new global offering, the Globaline. Targeting overseas markets where business is more fragmented and smaller runs more frequent, the Globaline operates in throughputs from 1000-2000 lb/hr compared to traditional PTi sheet systems at upwards of 10,000 lb/hr. The new system uses a 4.5-inch main extruder, and will offer sheet outputs of 1m (40 inches) and 1.5m.

Developed over the course of a year, with initial announcements made at a PTi open house last year and the 2008 Society of Plastic Engineers Thermoforming conference, the manufacturer says it removed some bells and whistles from the Globaline to reach a global cost position. Providing a pre-engineered product gives it further price and delivery advantages. It’s also targeting markets in Latin America and Eastern Europe where labor costs are lower, so that for processors some manual configuration isn’t cost prohibitive.

Tailored for polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyethylene terephthalate, the system also includes a package to run biopolymer polylactic acid (PLA). In particular, the system can run thin-gauge PP, which is currently a hot product due to price and density advantages. The system can be paired with a horizontal roll stand that precisely controls the die/nip gap—key for running PP. [email protected]

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