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MACPLAS INTERNATIONAL
Supplement of August-September 2014 - Published by Promaplast Srl - Centro Direzionale Milanofiori - Palazzo F/3 - 20090 Assago (Milano, Italia) - ISSN 0394-3453
THE MAGAZINE FOR THE PLASTICS AND RUBBER INDUSTRY
COMERCIO EXTERIOR DE MAQUINARIA ITALIANA PROYECTOS EUROPEOS PARA
www.macplas.it LA INDUSTRIA DE MATERIALES PLÁSTICOS RECICLAJE Y COMPNDING DIRECTO
NO HAY COCHE ELÉCTRICO SIN PLÁSTICOS
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CONTENTS
17
37
9
9
17
MARKETING
A SEMESTER OF GROWTH
30
RECYCLING AND DIRECT COMPOUNDING
12
9
ITALIAN EXHIBITORS AT FAKUMA 2014
32
DEGASSING SYSTEM - DOUBLED CAPACITY
14
AUTOMOTIVE - PP AND PU DOMINATE THE MARKET
32
ROTARY INJECTION MACHINES FOR LINEAR BROOMS
14
PVC ON THE RISE AT LEAST UNTIL 2021
33
OPTIMIZED WATERPROOF MEMBRANES
14
BRAZIL: SLOW AROUND THE FIRST TURN
37
ADVANCED SOLUTIONS, NOT JUST ACCESSORIES
15
ELASTOMERS - CHINA CONTINUES TO BE THE LEADER
40
CELEBRATION FOR TWO
OF GLOBAL DEMAND
42
SERVO-DRIVEN VALVE GATE
45
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF COLLABORATION
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
IN FILM EXTRUSION
48
EFFICIENT PELLETIZING FOR POLYMER PRODUCTION
EUROPEAN PROJECTS - NEW CONCEPTS FOR SUSTAIN-
50
EVERYTHING FOR PIPE PACKAGING
ABLE PROCESSING
52
HIGH TEMPERATURE BONDING SYSTEM
20
THE FLUORESCENT FINGERPRINT OF PLASTICS
54
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE FOR THE END OF LINE
20
NEW RECYCLING GUIDELINES FOR PET TRAYS
56
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MIXER
22
BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS TO GROW
58
FUNCTION INTEGRATION: A PRINCIPLE
17
AT 12% THROUGH 2019
24
4
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OF MODERN PROCESSES
22
COLOURS ARE NATURE’S MAGICAL MASTERPIECES
60
IN THE OLD AND THE NEW CONTINENT
23
A HIGHER CONTENT OF RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALS
62
EUREKA IMPROVED
62
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL-COMMERCIAL
MACHINERY AND ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT
STAFF
64
“ARMOURED” SCREWS AND BARRELS
24
A GOOD YEAR
64
EXPANDING MARKET PRESENCE
28
TWO TRACKS FOR DRAW-TAPE BAGS ON ROLL
65
GEARBOXES FOR ALL
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COVER STORY
69
76
66
MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS
66
APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT PLUS COLLECTIVE
INGENUITY FUEL INNOVATION
69
A “NEW LIFE” FOR POST INDUSTRIAL POLYMERS
72
TPE - MORE RESEARCH IN THE FUTURE
72
HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYMERS FOR HIGH
TEMPERATURES
73
74
LED AND GAS TANK APPLICATIONS AT FAKUMA
TRADE FAIRS AND CONFERENCES
74
RUBBER 2015 - EXHIBITION WITHIN
THE EXHIBITION
74
EXHIBITIONS & TRADE FAIRS
76
THE NEW WORLD OF PACKAGING
76
MEETINGS & CONGRESSES
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Journey to the stars
Luminescent masterbatches in a wide range of colours
and plastics applications from the Grafe Group have been
on the market for years. This year, once again, the company is offering an outstanding array of excellent new ideas
(Stand 5306, Hall B5, at the Fakuma exhibition). One of
these is a colour effect that renders the appeal of the night
time starry sky. An impressive experience that is worth
discovering.
The importance of masterbatches for luminescent plastics remains unbroken. This can be seen by the strong
market demand. While in the past, only one colour was
available, there is today a wide range of colour options in
luminescent plastics. The Grafe Group can produce this
product in all popular thermoplastics, and can vary the duration and intensity of the luminescence individually in accordance with customer specifications.
“The application of coloured luminescent masterbatches
for the plastics industry is booming again”, reports Danny
Ludwig, head of development. “Our product is available in
a range of luminescent colours for all the usual thermoplastics. We can adapt the duration and intensity of luminescence to meet our customers’ demands”.
The resulting products can be found across a large range
of applications from the fashion and advertising industries
through the toy industry to the production of safety equipment. Especially in emergency situations caused by power failures, a quick orientation and a focused search for
emergency exits can save lives. An example of such a useful, luminescent safety aid might be a carpet with embedded luminescent fibres which are normally not visible by
daylight but appear only in the dark.
Luminescent masterbatches have been well-known for
years but are gaining new importance through their application in technical materials. Until now, customary products have been available only in a green-yellow luminescent colour. With the innovative masterbatches of the
Thuringian company, products can now light up in a whole
new variety of colours.
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MACPLAS INTERNATIONAL
ADVERTISERS’ LIST
3 AMUT
Supplement of MACPLAS
August/September 2014
Editor in chief
Riccardo Ampollini
Editorial staff
Luca Mei, Girolamo Dagostino,
Stefania Arioli
Sales office
Giuseppe Augello
Editorial assistant
Giampiero Zazzaro
Editorial committee
Giorgio Colombo, Alessandro Grassi, Enzo Balzanelli,
Pierino Persico, Giuseppe Lesce
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Registration at the Court of Milan
n. 68, 13/02/1976
Registration at the National Press Office
n. 4620, 24/05/1994
Managing director
Mario Maggiani
Administration
Alessandro Cerizza
Layout and prepress
Nicoletta Albiero
BARUFFALDI PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY
44 BINOVA
75
www.baruffaldi.eu
www.binovapm.it
CHINAPLAS
www.chinaplasonline.com
16 COIM
www.coimgroup.com
36 FILIPPINI & PAGANINI
www.saldoflex.com
11 FILTEC
www.filtec.it
27 FIMIC
77
www.fimic.it
FRIGOSYSTEM
www.frigosystem.it
33 GIURGOLA STAMPI
www.giurgola.it
1-5-55 GRAFE
www.grafe.com
15 HERRMANN ULTRASCHALL
www.herrmannultraschall.com
10 HRS FLOW
www.hrsflow.com
78 IMG
www.imgmacchine.it
2 IPM
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63
PLAST EURASIA
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59
PLASTICSEUROPE
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7
PLASTIC SYSTEMS
www.plasticsystems.it
68
PLASTIMAGEN
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23
PRESMA
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8 PROMIXON
35
www.promixon.com
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26
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34
TECNOVA
www.tecnova-srl.it
21 VANETTI
39
VEPLASTIC
73
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31 ZAMBELLO
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MARKETING
ITALIAN PLASTICS AND RUBBER MACHINERY
A SEMESTER OF GROWTH
T
he analysis by Assocomaplast (the Italian trade association, belonging to Confindustria, which groups together some
160 machinery manufacturers) of the Istat figures
for Italian foreign trade for the first half of this year
shows a rise in import-exports of rubber and plastics equipment, compared to January-June 2013.
Extending the comparison also to the preceding
months, we notice a progressive rise in imports,
which closed the first half of the year up by +8%.
This improvement can (we hope) partly be ascribed
to the - albeit limited - stimulus measures enacted by the Italian government. Exports, on the other hand, though still comfortably positive, reveal a
slight slowdown if we compare the +6.4% of June
with the preceding months (+8.6% in May, +8.3%
in April, and +8.9% in March). Looking at the most
significant equipment categories, we notice in particular the twenty-percentage-point rise in imports
of flexographic printers and injection moulding machines. On the export side, we note the +6% rise
for extruders (which account for over 11% of the
total), and also the strong performance of blow
moulding machines (+16%) and flexographic printers, which continue to account for a considerable
share of Italian exports in this sector. Finally, a separate mention goes to moulds, which account for
the largest slice of Italian exports, and often contribute to sustaining them, with over 95 million euros worth going to Germany. The ranking of the
top export destinations doesn’t show any major
changes compared to the first half of 2013:
• Europe (60% of the total; more specifically, the EU
MACPLAS INTERNATIONAL AT FAKUMA 2014
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THE ITALIAN RISE IN IMPORT-EXPORTS OF RUBBER AND PLASTICS
EQUIPMENT IS A GOOD SIGNAL. IF IT CONTINUES FROM HERE TO
PLAST 2015, IT WILL HAVE UNQUESTIONABLY POSITIVE OUTCOMES
IN TERMS OF GROWTH IN NUMBERS OF EXHIBITORS AND VISITORS,
BOTH EXPECTED TO SHOW GAINS
ITALIAN IMPORT-EXPORT OF PLASTICS MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT AND MOULDS (JANUARY-JUNE 2014 - 000 EUROS)
IMPORT
Flexographic printing machines
Plants for mono and multifilaments
EXPORT
2013
2014
∆%
2014/
2013
2013
2014
∆%
2014/
2013
165
10 935
19,3
53 899
59 073
9,6
738
453
-38,7
11 791
16 459
39,6
Injection moulding machines
30 572
37 189
21,6
57 178
50 267
-12,1
Extruders
8 183
8 613
5,3
140 078
148 718
6,2
Blow moulding machines
2 843
5 605
97,2
60 895
70 652
16,0
Thermoforming machines
1 339
4 811
259,4
22 668
35 693
57,5
Presses for tyres and inner tubes
1 619
182
-88,7
14 035
13 744
-2,1
Presses
5 139
7 631
48,5
35 335
28 498
-19,3
Machinery for moulding and forming
6 907
6 092
-11,8
71 357
70 963
-0,6
Machinery for reactive resins
1 481
1 630
10,1
20 815
21 764
4,6
Machinery for foamed materials
1 149
2 815
145,1
14 981
14 160
-5,5
Size reduction equipment
730
1 270
73,9
9 342
8 212
-12,1
Mixers
335
1 171
250,0
12 470
18 188
45,9
41,1
Cutting, splitting and peeling machines
1 763
892
-49,4
3 956
5 582
Other machines
20 976
21 289
1,5
174 616
174 523
-0,1
Parts and components
66 496
69 080
3,9
165 791
187 354
13,0
Moulds
120 391
122 518
1,8
344 002
366 816
6,6
Total
279 823
302 176
8,0
1 213 208
1 290 666
6,4
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• Americas (18% of the total): +3.7%, driven by the considerable recovery of sales to NAFTA countries, which amply counterbalanced
the slowdown of South America, affected by falling sales to Brazil
• Asia (17%): +24.7%. Also in this case, the balance was tipped by China, but exports towards India and Indonesia also performed well. The
Asia area also includes the Middle East, where we note the positive
performance of sales towards Saudi Arabia
• Africa (around 5% of the total): after a phase of relative expansion, the
African continent is now seeing a slowdown, made worse in particular
by the decline in sales to the markets of the Sub-Saharan quadrant.
Furthermore, a note on the sector for 2013 shared during the member
assembly of Assocomaplast, on June 10, showed an overall production
increase of 1.3% for member companies with exports leading the way as
a fundamental factor for the industry, representing over 70% of revenues
on average. This is a positive trend across the entire industry.
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There was a strong response from Italian and foreign companies taking advantage of the early booking opportunity for Plast 2015 offered by Promaplast, the organizer of this international exhibition for the plastics and rubber
industry, which will take place on May 5-9 at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in
Rho, during the Expo 2015 inaugural week. More than 1,000 companies
have cast their hats into the ring, affirming a strong interest in this international fair, the most important European event for the plastyc industry to
take place in 2015. In spite of the economic crisis and recession that have
struck almost all branches of international industry, the plastics sector has
affirmed its solidity, having reached in May, almost one year prior to the
opening of the doors, the same number of registered exhibitors as in the
2012 edition for the equivalent period. “The plastics and rubber machinery and moulds sector has held firm in a contest of continuing domestic
recession”, stated the Promaplast’s managing director Mario Maggiani. “It
is a sector of excellence in Italy which has made innovation its strong suit.
The 2012 edition of Plast had a total of 1,500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors. In 2015, thanks to the concomitance with the opening week of Expo,
we expect an even stronger response from exhibitors and visitors alike”. A
range of novel initiatives will be presented during Plast 2015, such as the
satellite exhibition Rubber, dedicated entirely to elastomers and their manufacturing, and the business incubator Start Plast.
START PLAST - AN ENGINE FOR THE ITALIAN INDUSTRY
Have a look to
Hall A2
Booth A2-2217
Stuttgarter Str. 33, 90574 Rosstal, Buchschwabach, Germany.
Ph. +49.9127.90.200.0 Fax +49.9127.90.200.99
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The satellite show Start Plast has the objective of providing a seedbed for
new projects in a venue where all the players necessary for launching a
start up can be found and a very positive message can be sent out: it is still
possible to do business in Italy. “Given the way the recession is dragging
on and the serious difficulties that continue to plague all of Italian business,
including the plastics and rubber industry”, stated Maggiani, “we feel it is
our duty to find a way to facilitate young entrepreneurs and the companies that represent our future. The decision was thus taken, together with
the technology incubator Comonext, to select up to a maximum of 50
start ups working in the field of plastics. Not just manufacturers, but also
converters, creators of machine and process management software etc.
Since capital is also necessary, in additional to ideas, in creating a company, the other important partner in this project is AIFI, the Italian private
equity and venture capital association”. The selected companies will have
the advantage of exhibiting their projects free of charge in a clearly recognizable dedicated area under the logo Start Plast.
www.assocomaplast.org - www.plastonline.org
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Via del Laghetto, 140
Badia Polesine - ITALY
Tel. +39 0425 594457 Fax +39 0425 594458
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MARKETING
ITALIAN EXHIBITORS AT FAKUMA 2014
ABATE BASILIO C.
AIGLE
BATTAGGION
BINOVA
BMB
CAMPETELLA ROBOTIC CENTER
CANNON
CELLOPLAST GD
CHEMORBIS
CMC
CMG
CMS
COIM
COMEC ITALIA
COSSA POLIMERI
CREI
CRIZAF
DAMILANO GROUP (DIV. PLASTHING)
DEDO RISORSE
DEMAK
DOMOPLAST
ELIOS
ESSETI PLAST GD
F.IN.CO.
FB BALZANELLI
FIMIC
FI-PLAST
FP SERVICES
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HALL
A7
A7
A6
A6
A4
A7
A1
A5
B5
A5
A1
A1
Foyer Ost
A1
Foyer Ost
A1
B3
A1
Foyer West
Foyer West
Foyer Ost
A4
A5
B4
A6
Foyer Ost
Foyer Ost
A1
STAND
7106
7205
6111
6207
4105
7208
1434
5116
5405
5303
1128
1428
FO-20
1403
FO-06
1411
3204
1223
FW-30
FW-49
FO-26
4012
5116
4118
6304
FO-05
FO-06
1500
HALL
FRANCESCO FRANCESCHETTI ELASTOMERI
B2
FRANPLAST
B1
FRATELLI VIRGINIO
A7
FRIGEL
A5
FRIUL FILIERE
A6
GEFIT
A3
GEFRAN
A3
GIASINI
B3
GIMA (A COMPANY OF IMA GROUP)
B1
GIMATIC
A7
GIURGOLA STAMPI
A1
GREEN BOX
A1
GRIP SERVICE
A7
GRUNIVERPAL TRANCHERO
Foyer Ost
HELIOS ITALQUARTZ
A1
HRSFLOW
A2
HT
A1
IMI FABI
B4
INDUSTRIE PLASTICHE LOMBARDE
B5
INTERCABLE
A7
ISPER
Foyer Ost
LATI
B2
LORANDI SILOS
Foyer West
MACPLAS
Foyer West
MAIN TECH
A1
MAIP
B2
MASS INTERNATIONAL
A1
MB CONVEYORS
B1
STAND
2012
1306
7212
5108
6111
3305
3004
3206
1115
7204
1101
1128
7407
FO-25
1301
2217
1503
4309
5120
7503
FO-22
2205
FW-43
FW-01
1128
2213
1128
1214
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ITALIAN EXHIBITORS
AT FAKUMA 2014
HALL
MEPOL
B5
MILLUTENSIL
A6
MORETTO
B3
MPI (MOULDS PLUS INTERNATIONAL)-ULTRA PURGE A4
NEGRI BOSSI
A5
NORD COLOR
B2
NUOVA RET
B5
NUOVA SITT
A1
OFFICINA CANNAROZZI
A1
OMG
B3
OTS
A7
PANTOSTAMP
A1
PEDROTTI NORMALIZZATI
A1
PIOVAN
A7
PLASTIC METAL
A7
PLASTIC SYSTEMS
B3
POLIBLEND
A5
POLIS PTFE
B4
POLYTHEMA
B5
PROGIND
A1
RADICI PLASTICS
A1
RADICI NOVACIPS
B2
RB
Foyer Ost
RICA-IRCA ZOPPAS INDUSTRIES
A1
RIPRESS
A6
RMP SAVOINI
A1
ROMAGNANI STAMPI
B3
ROSÀ PLAST
Foyer Ost
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5108
6104
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2009
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1317
6008
1402
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SABO
SARA
SCS (SOCIETÀ COSTRUZIONE STAMPI)
SERISTAMPA
SIRMAX
SO.F.TER.
SOREDI
SPA (STAMPAGGIO PLASTICA AFFINI)
STAR AUTOMATION EUROPE
SYTRAMA ROBOLINE
TARO PLAST
TECNOMAGNETE
TECNOMATIC
TECNOSTAMPI F.LLI PELIZZARI
TECNOVA
TECNOVITI
TEXER DESIGN
THERMOPLAY
TOSH
UCISAP
UNIFORM
VAMP-TECH
VERSALIS
VIBA
VIGNATI
VIRGINIO NASTRI
ZAMBELLO GROUP
ZRE
HALL
B2
Foyer West
A5
B3
B4
B2
B1
A2
A7
A5
B5
A1
A7
B5
A6
A6
Foyer Ost
B3
A1
A1
A1
A4
B1
B2
B2
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A5
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2303
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02/10/14 17:20
MARKETING
NEWS
Automotive
Polypropylene and polyurethane dominate the market
The global market for automotive plastics is expected to reach 41.49
billion dollars by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Global plastics demand for this field was 7,962.1 kilo tons in
2013 and is expected to reach 14,851.0 kilo tons by 2020, growing at
a CAGR of 9.4% from 2014 to 2020. Shift in trend towards reducing
the overall weight of automobiles
in both developed and emerging
Worldwide consumption
markets is expected to drive the
market for automotive plastics
over the forecast period. However, volatile raw material prices
should remain a key challenge
for market participants.
Polypropyene emerged as the
leading product segment and
accounted for 37.6% of total
market volume in 2013, followed
by polyurethane at 16%. Polyurethane is also expected to be
the fastest growing product segment, at an estimated CAGR of
9.9% from 2014 to 2020.
According to Ceresana, a
Electrical components were the
market research company,
most dominant application for
the global consumption of
automotive plastics as the segPVC is expected to grow by
ment accounted for 37% of total
an average of 3.2% per year
market volume in 2013. Electrical
at least until 2021. In 2013,
components were followed by inthe global demand reached
terior and exterior furnishings at
39.3 million tons, 56% of
32.8% of total market volume in
which was generated in the
the same year. Power trains are
Asia-Pacific region, thus
expected to be the fastest growshowing a higher potential
ing application market for autothan other areas. After several years of slowdown, mature markets such as North
America and Western Europe have also shown a positive trend.
The countries (China, India
and the United States in particular) that have planned
higher investment in the field
of construction and infrastructure - which are still the
main application of PVC should record higher than
the average growth rates,
up to 4.9% in India, whereas
Europe should see a moderate increase by only one percentage point.
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BAYER
PVC on the
rise at least
until 2021
motive plastics at an estimated CAGR of 10.4% from 2014 to 2020.
Asia Pacific continued its dominance in the global automotive plastics
industry and accounted for 53.2% of total market volume in 2013 and
is expected to continue leading the market over the forecast period.
Along with the largest market, Asia Pacific is also expected to be one
of the fastest growing markets for automotive plastics, at an estimated CAGR of 10.0% from 2014 to 2020. Growth of automotive industry, particularly in emerging markets of China and India, is expected to
fuel the regional demand for automotive plastics.
The global market for automotive plastics is fairly concentrated with
top four companies including Basf, Johnson Control, Evonik Industries and AkzoNobel accounting for just over 55% of total market in
2013. Other key companies operating in the global market include:
Delphi Automotive, Solvay Plastics, DIC Corporation and Magna International.
www.grandviewresearch.com
Carioca processors
Brazil: slow around the first turn
Based on a survey by the trade association
Abiplast, in mid-2014 the Brazilian converting industry (as well as the manufacturing industry generally) has registered a downturn of
1.9% in production of plastic articles with respect to the first half of 2013, just barely exceeding 3 million tons. There was also a drop
of 0.7% in domestic demand coupled with a
paradoxical 5.4% increase in imports, while exports fell off by 7.6%. This stagnation obviously brought negative effects on employment in
the industry and Abiplast does not have a rosy
forecast for the upcoming months, partially as
a result of high production costs.
www.abiplast.org.br
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ULTRASONIC
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
Elastomers market
China continues to be
the leader of global demand
In 2013 combined world production of natural and synthetic rubber exceeded 27.5 million tons,
increasing by 3.1% over the previous year. Specifically, natural rubber was just over 12 million tons
(+3.8%) with Thailand holding its
top ranking among main supplier countries (over 4.1 million tons,
+9.6% over 2012) and Indonesia
again in second place (just under
3.1 million tons, +2.2%). These
are some of the results of a recent survey by the International
Rubber Study Group.
China is the world’s leading producer of synthetic rubber, with over
4 million tons (up from just under
3.8 in 2012), with the United States
as a distant second (2.2 million
tons, -3.4%). Overall global rubber
consumption approached 27 million tons, broken down as follows:
11.4 million tons of natural rubber, of which 4.2 were absorbed
by China (+7.6% with respect to
2012); 15.5 million tons of synthetic rubber, of which China accounts
for 5.5 (+8.6%) and the United
States for 1.7 million (-3.9%).
China is the clear leader of global demand and continues to
grow at a sustained pace, as
it has over the past five years.
There are many “emerging”
countries in Asia where rubber consumption is increasing
strongly, albeit with a great deal
of variation in volumes. The Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and
Vietnam have recorded growth
rates into the double digits, at
least as regards synthetic rubber.
The European trend is much
flatter, with EU countries consuming just over one million tons
of natural rubber (-1.6%) and 2.4
of synthetic (-0.1%). For example, the following quantities have
been recorded for Italy: synthetic rubber production - 187,000
tons (-10%); consumption of
synthetic rubber - 171,000 tons
(-5.7%); consumption of natural
rubber - 96,000 tons (+2.5%).
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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
EUROPEAN PROJECTS: INNOREX, LEGUVAL, TDM-SEALS AND HIPERDRY
NEW CONCEPTS FOR
SUSTAINABLE PROCESSING
INNOREX: ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
FOR PLA PRODUCTION
The European project InnoREX - funded by
the European Commission under its Seventh
Framework Programme (Grant Agreement
number 309802) - enables the continuous,
highly precise production of bioplastics using
alternative energies and metal free catalysts
for reactive extrusion thanks to the broad
collective competence of the consortium involved in the project. These bioplastics are
then destined to applications in the monolayer packaging segment. The ambitious InnoREX project seeks to develop a new technology for the production of PLA (polylactic
acid or polylactide). Up to now, metal-containing catalysts (typically: tin (II) 2-ethylhexanoate) have been used to improve the polymerization rate of lactones, posing, however, a
potential hazard to health and environment.
InnoREX novel reactor concept using alternative energy sources and replacing metal-containing catalysts by organic ones will
make both process and product safer for
consumers and for the environment.
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FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION UNDER ITS EUROPEAN
UNION SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME, RESEARCH
ACTIVITIES ARE CONTINUING IN THE PLASTICS AND RUBBER FIELD,
INVOLVING RESEARCH CENTRES, TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND SMEs
BY GIROLAMO DAGOSTINO
A new reactor concept
To ensure short market entry times for the
InnoREX technology, commercially well-established co-rotating twin-screw extruders
will be used as reaction vessels. However,
the use of an extruder as a reaction vessel
to produce bioplastics made from polylactic acid is only one of the innovations in InnoREX. An online viscometer and spectral analytics using NIR technology will be applied
to the production line.The low-intensity but
highly-targeted input of alternative energies
in the reaction volume will increase catalyst
activity and ensure a high molecular weight
polymerization within the limited residence
time of a co-rotating twin-screw extruder.
The reason of why commercial polymerization has not been carried out so far in twinscrew extruders is the short residence time
and the static energy input of the extruder, which allows no dynamic control of the
reaction. These obstacles will be overcome
in InnoREX. The project will utilise the rapid response time of microwaves, ultrasound
and laser light during the polymerization
process. This adjustable input of alternative
energies will make it possible to achieve a
precise dynamic control of the polymerization and of the molecular structure (branching, crystallinity, molecular weight etc.) of
the resulting polymer.
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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
InnoREX at Fakuma 2014
InnoREX project is present at the 23rd edition of the Fakuma trade exhibition (Friedrichshafen, October 14-18, 2014) through
the presence of three partners of the InnoREX consortium: Fraunhofer ICT (Stand
2104, Hall B2), Gneuß Kunststofftechnik
(Stand 6501, Hall A6) and Assocomaplast
(this special issue of MacPlas - Assocom-
The main goal of Leguval project is the
valorisation of legume co-products and
by-products for package applications
(biodegradable films) and energy production
aplast’s house organ - is distributed at the
entrance of the fair and with an European
circulation).
www.InnoREX.eu
PACKAGING FILMS FROM LEGUME
BY-PRODUCTS
The research project called Leguval aims
at valorizing legume by-products for packaging applications based on biodegradable
films. It was launched on late 2013 with a kick
off meeting held on December 11 at Iris (already partner in similar project such as Olipha,
Wheylayer e Bioboard, related with waste valorisation for packaging applications), in Barcelona.
After the extraction of the protein fraction
from processed legumes production, the aim
of Leguval project is to develop new protein
films and coatings by wet and dry processes,
which will allow improving barrier properties in
packaging when applied as a layer on biodegradable plastic films while maintaining biodegradability of the final package. Whilst the
leftover biomass of protein extraction will be
used as a filler inside of polymer matrix to improve the properties of plastic materials and
as a source of biogas by anaerobic digestion.
Tons of legumes by-products produced annu-
A new efficient plastic pellets drying technology
Microwaves + steam = HiPerDry
Within the HiPerDry project, a consortium of twelve partners from
industry and research will develop a new drying technology for
hygroscopic plastics. The new approach combining microwave
heating with superheated steam convective drying will not only
lead to significant savings in energy costs, but also allow time
efficient drying of thermo-sensitive bioplastics. The principal objective of the HiPerDry project is to create a significant advance
over the State of the Art in hygroscopic plastics drying technology. The three year development programme will culminate in the
testing and demonstration of a pilot plant. It is expected to lead
to a reduction in process energy costs of up to 50% as well as a
decrease in drying time and an increase in resulting product qual-
Working principle of combined drying MW-SHS
(microwave and super-heated steam) for hygroscopic polymers
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ally in Europe are discarded and the disposal of this part is costly for the food industry
and damaging to the environment. Furthermore, the need to comply with the current
environmental legislation has led to great
market demand for environmental friendly materials and new alternative energy sources.
This three-years research project, funded by
the Seventh Framework Programme from the
EU, is handled by a consortium which combines the expertise of four European R&D centres (CNR-IPCF UOS, SSICA, Tecnalia and
Polieko) who will provide contract research services to three industry associations (Consebro,
PCS, Assocomaplast) and four companies (Iris,
Thenos, RDX, Tuba) related with the food and
plastics industry. Iris will coordinate the project on behalf of the participant associations.
Leguval will finalize the industrialization steps
prior to the commercialization of the developed
vegetal protein coating for plastic films that could
replace currently used expensive synthetic oxygen barrier layers. Moreover, using biomass in
composites and for gas production can provide,
respectively, new biodegradables polymers with
improved properties and new alternative energy sources. These strategies would add new
value to legume co-products and by-products,
ity. Moreover, it will allow to efficiently dry heat-sensitive hygroscopic plastics, especially bioplastics, without the risk of material degradation. The partners in this project are among Europe’s
leading plastics industry associations: Anaip (the Spanish Plastics Industry Association), Assocomaplast (Italian Plastics and
Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers’ Association), BPF (British Plastics Federation), Plastipolis (France) and
GKV (the German Association of Plastics Converters), represented by TecPart (Germany). The consortium is furthermore joined
and supported by technology providers Bierther (Germany), a
manufacturer of drying systems, and Faperin (Spain), a producer
of plastic parts for automotive and electrical applications. Heckmann Maschinenbau und Verfahrenstechnik (Germany) completes the consortium as machinery and system integrator. These
associations and enterprises form a strong transnational partnership to exploit and disseminate the foreground intellectual property developed in the project for the benefit of hygroscopic plastics-processing companies right across Europe. Together they
commissioned the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering
and Biotechnology (Germany), the Asociación de Investigación
de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas (Aimplas, Spain), the Institut
für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) at the University of Stuttgart Germany)
and the Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with the research and development of the new drying system and an integrated sustainability impact assessment. The research receives funding from the
European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/20072013) under Grant Agreement number 606425.
www.hiperdry.eu
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Do you remember the Space Shuttle Challenger
disaster? It is the most famous failure of an o-ring
greatly improve the packaging sustainability and
help to reduce petrol use for energy generation.
www.leguval.eu
“SEALING” THE DEAL WITH TDM-SEALS
Do you remember the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster? It is the most famous failure of an
o-ring. The o-ring installed in one of the rocket
boosters failed due to repeated over-compression during installation. The low temperatures,
in the morning of January 28, 1986, affected
the mechanical properties of the seal and produced an outflow of hot pressurized gas… and
the space shuttle burst into pieces.
In pressure cookers, washing machines, fridges, watering or milking systems, oxygen conduction systems in hospitals, taps, watches…
around us there are many more elastomeric
seals than we can imagine. Assocomaplast
is participating, as part of a consortium of 10
partners from all over Europe, in a project called
TDM-Seals, which has received funding from
the EU’s FP7 mechanism. The working group
will develop cost-effective, low friction seals by
“Texturing During Moulding” technology. This
3-year project will run until mid-2015.
The new process will be integrated in the
moulding for the surface texturing of elastomer-
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ic “dynamic seals”. These seals are required to
prevent leakage past parts which are in relative
motion. They are present in all types of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, such as those
used in automatic doors, construction machinery, reach stackers, brake cylinders or landing
gears. Dynamic seals, subjected to higher friction force, wear faster than static seals. For this
reason, and especially in pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, high performance seals are
installed in order to provide high resistance to
friction and maximum durability.
How to reduce friction? It has been demonstrated that friction between two surfaces can
be reduced by texturing one of them. This technique consists in making microdimples on the
surface and doesn’t affect the sealing properties. The problem is that such treatments must
be applied, usually by laser, through a post-production process, which hinders its implementation on an industrial-scale production. That’s
why the TDM-Seals project aims to develop
an optimised fabrication process of low friction
seals, by integrating surface texturing in the
moulding process, to achieve a reduction in the
seal dynamic friction of more than 20%. Furthermore, one of the most important tasks consists in characterising the functional properties
of texturized seals by FE (Finished Elements)
simulation and quantifying the improvement
achieved in the demoulding process by means
of new coatings. This should reduce production costs related to the demoulding process,
by developing ceramic coatings that reduce
(>30%) the adherence elastomer-mould. New
treatments and textures for moulds improving
the process and the final making of the seal will
be tested by the TDM-Seals Consortium partners: Instituto Tecnológico De Aragón (coordinator); amongst trade associations: The British
Plastics Federation, Plastipolis, Assocomaplast
and Swedish Plastics Industry Association;
amongst SME participants: DMX, Miju, Barbieri
A. & C.; amongst research centres: Tecnologias Avanzadas Inspiralia, Leibniz Universität
Hannover (Institute of Dynamics and Vibration
Research).
www.tdm-seals.eu
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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
NEWS
Separation of plastics for re-use
The fluorescent
fingerprint of plastics
At the Department of Chemistry of the Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), a team of researchers led by Heinz Langhals has taken
a significant step which promises to markedly expedite the recycling of
plastic waste. They have developed a technique which provides for automated recognition of their polymer constituents, thus improving the
efficiency of recycling and re-use of the various types of plastic. The
technique takes advantage of the polymer-specific nature of the intrinsic
fluorescence induced by photoexcitation.
“Plastics emit fluorescent light when exposed to a brief flash of light, and
the emission decays with time in a distinctive pattern. Thus, their fluorescence lifetimes are highly characteristic for the different types of polymers, and can serve as an identifying fingerprint”, Langhals explains.The
new technique, which is the subject of a patent application, involves exposing particles of plastic to a brief flash of light which causes the material to fluoresce. Photoelectric sensors then measure the intensity of the
light emitted in response to the inducing photoexcitation to determine
the dynamics of its decay. Because the different polymer materials used
in the manufacture of plastics display specific fluorescence lifetimes, the
form of the decay curve can be used to identify their chemical nature.
“With this process, errors in measurement are practically ruled out; for
any given material, one will always obtain the same value for the fluorescence half-life, just as in the case of radioactive decay”, Langhals adds.
Unlike metals, the quality of which often suffers during the recycling process itself, recycled plastics can be processed quite efficiently. “The crucial requirement is that the recycled material should be chemically pure.
In that case, bottles made of PET,
for example, can be relatively easPRE
ily turned into synthetic fibre for
use in waterproof windcheaters”,
says Langhals.
Reheating of recycled plastic can,
On September 24, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) released the design-for-recycling
however, lead to deleterious alterguidelines for PET trays. These guidelines, one for clear thermoforms and another for coations in its properties unless the
loured thermoforms, set the basic principles to create PET trays which could be treated by
sorted material is of high purity.
future plastics recycling plants dedicated to this stream.
Contamination levels as low as
The eco-design of PET trays is a first compulsory step to start the development of PET
5% are sufficient to significanttrays recycling. Additionally, this waste stream of 800,000 tons must be collected and sortly reduce the quality of the reed accordingly to create a dedicated waste stream. These two actions are essential in orformed product. For this reason,
der to create a real recycling stream for PET trays and allow this specific packaging to help
high-quality plastics are always
reaching the upcoming EU recycling targets.
manufactured exclusively from
As a proactive industry, the recyclers are calling the value chain, converters, retailers,
pristine precursors – never from
brand owners, raw material producers, to join forces to build-up a PET trays platform in
recycled material.
order to start a path to a value chain approach for PET trays similar to EPBP (European
The new method developed by
PET Bottle Platform).
the LMU team could, however,
www.plasticsrecyclers.eu
change this. “The waste problem can only be solved by chemical means, and our process can
make a significant contribution
to environmental protection, because it makes automated sorting
feasible”, says Langhals. Indeed,
the use of fluorescence lifetime
measurements permits the identification and sorting of up to 1.5
tons of plastic per hour. In other
words, the method in its present
form already meets the specifications required for its application
on an industrial scale..
www.en.uni-muenchen.de
DUPONT
New recycling guidelines for PET trays
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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
NEWS
European market
Biodegradable plastics to
grow at 12% through 2019
“The future of biodegradable plastics in Europe is expected to be bright
due to imposition of stringent laws mandating significant reduction in plastic
bag consumption in the region over the next five years”,
declared the research director of TechSci Research
According to a recently published report by TechSci Research, the
biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness a robust CAGR of around 12% during 2014-19. The growth in the market
is being supported by various factors such as increasing environmental awareness among consumers, strict implementation of environment friendly laws and growing R&D investments in the bioplastics
sector by public as well as private sectors.
European Union’s decision to reduce overall consumption of thin
plastic bags in the region by about 80% by 2019, compared to 2010
consumption levels, is expected to create huge growth opportunities
for biodegradable plastics manufacturers over the next five years. The
reduction in the usage of conventional plastic bags is expected to directly boost the consumption of biodegradable plastic bags in malls,
retail outlets and loose packaging applications.
Biodegradable plastics are largely used in some essential applications such as shopping bags, refuge bags, agricultural mulch films,
loose packaging, bottles etc. Presently, the average annual per capita
consumption of plastic bags in Europe stands at 200 units. However, general consumer acceptability and preference for biodegradable
plastics is increasing across all European countries. This growth is
expected to be driven by growing popularity of biodegradable plastics
in major end-user industries such as packaging, disposable plastic
goods and textiles. Polymers based on cellulose, starch and polylactic acid (PLA) dominate the biodegradable plastics market in Europe,
accounting for more than 80% of the total market share, in volume
terms, in 2013. With significant technological advancements driven by
public-private partnerships, biodegradable polymers have become
cost-competitive with petroleum based products. These technology
advancements have also facilitated improvements in various properties of biodegradable plastics over the recent years.
“The demand for biodegradable plastics is witnessing a significant
rise from conventional end-user industries such as packaging, agriculture and textile. Nevertheless, use of biodegradable plastics,
especially in European countries, is also increasing in other niche
segments such as medical implants and drug delivery systems. In orthopedics, they are finding use in joint replacements, fracture fixation
plates, bone defect fillers, artificial tendons, ligaments, bone cements
etc. Realizing the benefits offered by biodegradable plastics, several
research studies are underway to improve the commercial viability of
these niche applications”, said Karan Chechi, research director, TechSci Research.
www.techsciresearch.com
If a company is interested in colouring
biopolymers, Vanetti has the perfect solution:
biomasterbatches (a registered trademark)
As we look around our planet
we can find the most vibrant
and unique colours. Vanetti
wants to convey these colours
and rediscovered them in the
products we use every day. The
Italian company was one of the
first to examine and tackle environmental issues in the field
of colouring plastic materials,
and has now developed the
second generation biomasterbatches (a registered trademark) for the latest biopolymers. These polymers have
been molecularly modified and
rendered even more suitable
for processing. So colouring
them with the use of biomasterbatches is a natural choice.
The regulations concerning organic materials are constantly
changing, and the use of biodegradable polymers on a large
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Second generation biomasterbatches
Colours are nature’s magical masterpieces
scale undeniably represents a
challenge. When creating biomasterbatches, Vanetti started by studying the molecular
structure of biodegradable materials. Once the company has
verified the chemical properties
in its laboratory, it then decided
how to proceed with their processing by adding pigments
that can be integrated without
altering the end purpose for
which they are used. Biodegradable materials require specific production temperatures
and conditions for the processing machinery which charac-
terise their resistance to heat
and subsequently to light. The
greatest advantages of using
biomasterbatches are the ease
of dispersion and easy processing during production, in
compliance with the latest European regulations governing
biodegradation. The new masterbatches are designed for
application in PLA, Mater-Bi,
and all the new biodegradable
polymers. Vanetti’s biomasterbatches with biodegradable ingredients are currently used in
a variety of different industries
from shopping bags to pack-
aging and also more technically demanding products. In
order to strengthen biodegradable polymers, the company
is continually modifying their
molecular structure, so it can
broaden their range of potential uses to include even more
industries. Using biomasterbatches means adding value.
Not only do they comply with
regulations and produce excellent colours, they also satisfy
design demands for an industry whose key concern is protecting the environment.
www.vanettimaster.com
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Fourth generation Mater-Bi
A higher content of
renewable raw materials
The fourth generation of Novamont Mater-Bi integrates two
consolidated technologies based
on complexed amides and polyesters from oils with other two
new technologies of recent generation. It is ideal for a vast array
of applications - flexible and rigid film, coating, moulding, extrusion and thermoforming - and is
characterized by an even higher
content of renewable raw materials and an even lower emissions
of greenhouses gases and lower
reliance on fossil fuels.
The industrialization of the new
technologies enables the company to produce two monomers
from renewable sources: one from
vegetable oil, using a technology Matrìca, the first in the world - that
transforms oils into azelaic acid
and other acids; the other comes
from sugars fermented into 1,4BDO, a technology licensed by
Genomatica for which Novamont,
through its subsidiary MaterBiotech, is building the first dedicated
plant in the world.
The company presented a road
map for future generations of
Mater-Bi products; the goals
put in place have been pursued
through the creation of a system
of alliances, and approximately
300 million euro in investments,
and have been leaded to the
construction of two facilities that
are the first of their kind:
- in Porto Torres (Sassari, Italy) under Matrìca, the joint venture between Novamont and Eni
Versalis, for the production of
monomer 1 (azelaic acid) from
vegetable oil (the facility was inaugurated on June 16);
- in Bottrighe (Rovigo, Italy),
through the subsidiary Materbiotech, for the production of monomer 2 (1,4-butanediol).
The CEO of Novamont, Catia
Bastioli, confirmed: “I am convinced that integrated biorefining, focusing on a number of
high added value products, represents a virtuous way of interpreting the concept of bioeconomy and a real opportunity for Italy
and for Europe”.
www.novamont.com
Mater-Bi film for the cultivation of lettuce
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PROCESSING MACHINERY
TWO DAYS IN GERMANY FOR HAITIAN
A GOOD YEAR
R
evenue and net profits are up by 13.7%
against 2012 (peaking at 7.2 billion
RMB, equivalent to 858 million euro)
and 22.3% respectively (equal to 1.2 billion
RMB). Machine exports are also up by 3.6%,
boosted by solid sales in South East Asia, the
Middle East, Africa and North America. These
are the primary results of Haitian International
(Stand 6222, Hall A6) in the 2013 financial year,
which for the Chinese manufacturer ended on
June 26, 2014, the day they were presented at
a press conference held at the Zhafir Plastics
Machinery facility in Ebermannsdorf (Germany) as
part of a European open house lasting two days.
“As forecast, 2013 was a very busy year for all
industrial sectors, but for Haitian International it
was also a year of successes. We set new records in terms of revenues and profit, exceeding what we had already achieved in 2012. Performance that today gives us a 27% share of
the global market, with China confirmed as our
main trade partner”, Franz Helmar, president of
Zhafir Plastics Machinery and member of the
board of directors of Haitian International, said.
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APPOINTMENT IN EBERMANNSDORF, IN GERMANY, WHERE THE
SINO-GERMAN GROUP PRESENTED THE RESULTS OF THE 2013
FINANCIAL YEAR WITH RISING REVENUE, NET PROFITS AND
MACHINE EXPORTS. THE NEW ZERES RANGE OF HYBRID MOULDING
MACHINES HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN LAUNCHED
BY LUCA MEI
PRODUCTS AND STRATEGIES
The Mars moulding machines are confirmed
as being the highest seller of company products, in particular thanks to their efficient drive
technology, which has led to good market
results and which is offered as standard on
other series. The two-platen Jupiter machine
has also performed well, recording 40%
growth over 2012. The second generation of
this range is the fruit of in-depth technological development and today can be configured with clamping force of up to 88,000 kN.
With the new high performance Jupiter II
series, currently available in 10,000, 12,000
and 16,000 kN versions, Haitian International
intends, in particular, to provide solutions for
the needs of the automobile industry. From
a technological standpoint, this means, first
and foremost, ample space for the moulds,
reduced injection volume and low clamping
force. The distance between the tie-bars
has been increased by 20%, and the entire
clamping unit has been revised and modified. The new features of these machines
include: servo-drive unit with greater power of 75 and 110 kW, for optimal distribution
of motor energy; clamping system permitting
flexible adaption of the moulds; parallel tie-bar
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and platen blocking
for rapid and precise response to reduce mould change
times, and special
linear guides to
achieve precise, friction-free screw movements.
As far as the fully electric machine sector is
concerned, in 2013 Zhafir sold more than 1000
Venus presses, recording growth in revenue
of 22%.
The new hybrid Zeres series was presented at the open house. Its official launch was
preceded by a European tour that began in
May in Italy, at the premises of IMG, official
Italian distributor of the Haitian International and Zhafir machines, and concluded at
the recent FIP fair (Lyon, June 17-20), with
stops along the way at the premises of Pieretti (Civitanova Marche, in the province of
Macerata), Mapro (during its participation at
the International Engineering Fair 2014, held
from May 20 to 23 in Nitra, in Slovakia), Plastpol 2014 (Kielce, Poland, May 27-30) and
Anderstorp (Smaland, in Sweden), before
reaching, as mentioned, Ebermannsdorf.
The launch model for the new machines, the
first of which in Europe was sold by IMG to
Slamp in Arcore, in the outskirts of Milan, is
available with clamping forces of between
400 and 2300 kN. The basic characteristics of the Zeres range, based on an integrated servo-electric and hydraulic drive,
derive from the Venus II series, and offer
advanced dynamism and precision combined with greater production efficiency,
For the launch, the Zeres range is available with clamping forces of between 40 and 230 t
thanks to the double-digit percentage of energy saving. The integrated hydraulics not
only best exploit electrical technology, for
example thanks to use of the moulds with
ejector, but also repay the initial investment
much more rapidly thanks to the broad
application spectrum of the machines.
The Haitian Europe branch, based in Nuremberg, presented its market strategy, which
clearly mirrors that of the headquarters of
Haitian International: concentrate on developing standard machines. With a range of
products between 400 and 66,000 kN, currently applications in the European plastic
processing sector account for more than
80% of production. On a continental level, the
markets of Germany, but also Italy, the Czech
Republic, Russia and Slovakia play a key role.
“Germany has great potential, but processors are still tied to local brands, clearly
cautious of foreign counterparts, particularly when it comes to the quality of Chinese
products. To overcome this, we have to concentrate on our strengths and boost appreciation for our brand with complex proj-
Franz Helmar (left), CEO of Zhafir Plastics Machinery and member of the board of directors of
Haitian International, and Uwe Baer (right), managing director of Haitian Europe
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ects developed in collaboration with major
names”, Uwe Baer, general director of Haitian Europe, commented. He added: “Injection moulding technology generally is still
not fully mature: margins for improvement
are apparent when it comes to the plastification process, reducing the number of mobile parts and most energy-efficient drives”.
BETWEEN MARS AND VENUS
The new hybrid series Zeres was developed by Zhafir Plastics Machinery to occupy the technological and application space
as yet unfilled by entry-level Mars machines
and electrical Venus moulding machines,
destined for a medium-high market bracket and to which they are structurally identical. The differences and positioning between
one range and another also lies in the higher performance compared to Mars and more
affordable price range compared to Venus.
Zeres, in fact, requires a 25% lower initial investment.
As far as technological aspects are concerned, hydraulic drive was adopted to set
the carriage, ejector and nozzle, while the
rest is driven electrically. This solution permits speed, precision and versatility in use,
all with reduced energy consumption, especially using equipment that would require a
hydraulic control unit. These machines have
fully parallel movements and are ideal for using moulds with radial ejectors. In application
terms, this translates into a solution particularly suited for production, for example, of
optical components, where repeatability and
precision are absolutely essential.
The clamping unit with 5-point toggle joint has
been completely redesigned, reducing inertia
of the platens and stress on the joints, optimising the kinematics and slashing cycle times.
The injection unit offers improved response
times and greater reliability, found especially
in acceleration and in terms of energy saving.
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team celebrated not only the
successful reception to the
inauguration of the event,
but also the first order for a
Zeres machine in Europe, a
ZE1900/830, purchased by
Andrea Remonti, owner of the
Slamp company, based in Arcore (near Milan).
Remonti is a long-term client,
who already owns 3 Venus and
3 Mars moulding machines at
his facility. When he placed the
order he said: “In my opinion,
Zeres represents the perfect
symbiosis of the Venus and the
The first Zeres in Europe was sold by IMG to Slamp. From the right: Bonfadini (sales manager for IMG), Remonti (owner
Mars series, at a very tempting
of Slamp), Motta (product manager for Slamp) and Bandini (sales at IMG)
price. This machine guarantees
especially to meet the needs of the Italian mar- the same precision as the electric versions in reLOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
The Zeres Tour 2014, organised by Haitian In- ket: efficient in terms of energy saving, precise, gard to mould handling and injection. Moreover,
ternational in collaboration with its Italian trade dynamic, electric and fitted with integrated hy- a hydraulic system has been integrated to drive
partner IMG, started from the premises of IMG draulic system in more than 70% of applica- auxiliary axes. This is exactly what we needed.
in Capriano del Colle (Brescia), on May 14. tions with core pulls”, Bonfadini said. The ma- For numerous moulds, for example, the reducThe event centred on the launch of the new chine on show during the tour was equipped tion in pressure achieved by the hydraulic nozzles
Zhafir Zeres electrical moulding machine, and with a four-cavity mould, supplied by Salomon, is very important. Lastly, the integrated hydraulic
Davide Bonfadini, sales manager for IMG, and for the production of parts for ski attachments system can also reduce overall dimensions”.
his team, hosted about 50 processing compa- in PA6 reinforced with glass fibre.
www.imgmacchine.it
nies.“The Zeres machines appear to be made At the end of the first leg of the tour, the IMG www.zhafir.com
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PROCESSING MACHINERY
SALDOFLEX HAS INTRODUCED
IMPORTANT TECHNICAL
INNOVATIONS AND
IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WHOLE NEW BAG-MAKING MACHINE
RANGE OF ITS SERVO-DRIVEN
BAG-MAKING MACHINES. THE
NEW VERSION OF THE ROLL-FLEX
DRAW-TAPE MODEL REPRESENTS
THE TECHNOLOGICAL SYNTHESIS
OF THE MANUFACTURER AND
THE STATE OF THE ART
IN THE MARKET OF
BAG-MAKING EQUIPMENT
I
mportant technical innovations and improvements have been introduced by
Saldoflex (present in the markets of automatic bag-making machines and flexographic printing presses - with its Filippini &
Paganini division - since 1961) on the whole
range of its Roll-Flex and Roll-Flex DrawTape servo-driven bag-making machines for
the production of pre-cut, taped bags on roll.
The most important news is certainly the innovative Roll-Flex Draw-Tape bag-making
machine, characterised by two independent
tracks, instead of one, used for the produc-
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TWO TRACKS FOR
DRAW-TAPE BAGS
ON ROLL
tion of draw-tape bags on roll. This new version, recently delivered to a primary European converting company, sums up all the
improvements recently seen on the Roll-Flex
series, thus representing the technological
synthesis of the manufacturer and the state
of the art within the market of bag-making
equipment. First of all, it is marked by total
flexibility, thanks to the possibility to work either on one or two tracks at the same time
and to shift from bottom seal to double seal
directly from the operator panel during operation, without any further intervention on the
machine. This machine makes it possible to
produce gusseted, star-seal, no-drop sideseal, “C”-folding and double “V”-folding bags.
It is provided with two independent drawtape unwinding systems (for each of the
two tracks) with automatic change, each
one consisting of two motorized unwinders
as well as an accumulating and on-the-fly
changeover unit, allowing for the change of
the draw-tape reel without any need to stop
or even slow down production. The sealing
bar with special design enables an extremely quick replacement of the teflon tape (less
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than 2 minutes). The machine features a servo-controlled pre-cut blade and
an electronic micrometrical adjustment system of
the pre-cut depth, which
is controlled directly from
the operator panel during
production, without any
manual intervention on the
machine and with the possibility to save the pre-cut depth value
in the process recipe.
The automatic revolver rewinder, which
works on two completely independent
tracks operated by two specific servomotors and controlled by two independent
driving systems, grants the best control of
tensioning and speed on each track, also in
case the thickness of the starting film is not
uniform. Further significant enhancements,
leading to great improvements in terms of
noise, speed, precision and ease of maintenance, include the new drivetrain system
to the winding spindles by means of toothed
belts instead of gears, as well as the innovative movement for roll extraction, which is
now servo-driven instead of pneumatic. The
rewinding cycle can rely on 4 stations/shafts
for each of the two tracks, allowing the four
winding phases, pre-cut tear-off, taping and
roll removal operations to be performed
simultaneously. In order to grant a very high
productivity, also when producing rolls with
a low bag count, it is possible to carry out
up to 25 roll changes per minute (complete
with taping). The taping units are provided
with water metering and dosing system by
means of a rubber and an engraved anilox
roller, derived from the inking principle of the
printing machines manufactured by Filippini & Paganini. It allows the best accuracy
and repeatability in adjusting the quantity of
water deposited on gummed paper regardless of the machine speed, thus making it
possible to eliminate waste, avoid any issue
related to insufficient or excessive amount
of water, and facilitate the proper dosing for
every type of gummed paper. The machine
features excellent ergonomics and ease of
use thanks to the 19” colour touch-screen
operator panel mounted on adjustable suspended units as well as to the dedicated
software, which is completely developed by
the manufacturer.
Also the three-track version offers all the
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above-mentioned technical characteristics,
except for the specific solutions intended for
the production of draw-tape bags.
Further technical features shared by the
whole Roll-Flex series include: the motorized shaftless unwinder with hydraulic lifting
and positioning of the reel, the in-line motorized slit-sealing and post-gusseting unit,
the automatic tensioning and film guiding
system, the photocell allowing for the processing of printed film, the electrostatic polarization system for the production of compact rolls free from air bubbles also with low
thicknesses, the “Bio-Ready” technology,
which enables all the latest generation biodegradable and compostable films to be
processed, and, last but not least, thanks
to the Filippini & Paganini division, the possibility to equip the bag-maker with a one to
8 colour flexo printing machine.
www.saldoflex.com
Innovative Engineering.
Superior Quality.
Unmatched Productivity.
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The Roll-Flex Draw-Tape
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instead of one, allows for the production
of draw-tape, pre-cut and taped bags on roll.
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14. -18. Oktober 2014
Friedrichshafen, Germany
Halle A6, Stand A6-6202
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markets, to filtration systems delivering pure
melt and pelletizing systems that produce
perfect polymer products, Maag and Automatik
deliver customer-centric system solutions that
deliver a competitive advantage, build business
and drive revenue. Let us serve you.
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PROCESSING MACHINERY
THESE PROCESSES
CAN BE CARRIED OUT THANKS TO
CO-ROTATING TWIN SCREW EXTRUDERS
MANUFACTURED WITH OR WITHOUT
FORCED FEEDING SYSTEM OR PROVIDED
WITH TWO TO FOUR DEGASSING UNITS
RECYCLING LINES FOR SCRAPS DIFFICULT TO PROCESS
RECYCLING AND
DIRECT COMPOUNDING
F
ounded in 2006, Binova (Stand
6207, Hall A6) aims at bringing relevant innovation and development
in the recycling market which has, nowadays, to be faced with an industrial approach. The main element that has always
characterised Binova’s activity since the
beginning is its ability to produce plants
which are able to fully satisfy the end-user
needs. To that end, they are developed in
cooperation with the processors, in order
to find the most suitable solution according to the different situations.
truder. The co-rotating twin screw extruders for recycling and compounding represent the company’s core business. As
they are the heart of each production line,
they can be manufactured with or without forced feeding system, for the granulation of foamed materials or with very low
apparent density, or provided with two to
four degassing units, for the recycling of
high moisture and/or with high inked or
silkscreened materials. A special forced
degassing system grants the maximum
productivity even in the presence of very
moist materials.
WITHOUT DENSIFICATION
The EBB112 co-rotating twin screw extrusion line, recently developed by Binova,
allows for the direct compounding, without densification, of scraps resulting from
film grinding with a special mix of granules
and/or different regrind as well as with the
addition of mineral fillers (calcium carbonate or talc) up to 50%. The line ensures a
2,000-2,500 kg/h production rate and is
equipped with a gravimetric dosing which,
thanks to a new patented control system,
can determine the correct percentage of
ground sheet that has to be fed in the ex-
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CASCADE COUPLING
The Binova production range
includes, in addition, special
recycling lines, which take
advantage of cascade
coupling provided by single screw/twin screw or
twin screw/single screw
extruders for the processing of heavy polluting materials or scraps which are difficult to process. The typologies of these plants have
been radically modified compared with the
The Binova production range includes
special recycling lines for the processing
of heavy polluting materials or scraps which are
difficult to process
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The most advanced
Gearboxes for
COROTATING
The co-rotating twin
screw extruders for recycling
and compounding represent
the company’s core business. As they are the heart of each production
line, they can be manufactured with or without forced feeding system
previous standards. The machines have been designed according to the specific market demands with the aim of achieving
the maximum possible energy efficiency, accounting for 50% for
some materials, and ensuring, at the same time, high quality levels referred to both the plants and the final product.
For instance, the EBB71 last-generation co-rotating twin screw
extruder grants a capacity of more than 1,200 kg/h for the
grinding and compounding of mixed PP scraps deriving from
washing plants, without additives and/or mineral fillers.
In this case, consumptions are lower than 0.22 kW/kg for the
whole plant, including the process water cooling unit.
The co-rotating twin screw extruders are the best road to
follow for the future of recycling and compounding starting
from scrap materials. This is mainly due to the necessity to
process second-choice products or post-consumer scraps,
trying to maintain their technical characteristics as unaltered
as possible, or even to improve them with the addition of mineral or other fillers. The final quality of the product, ensured by
high-tech plants, allows recyclers and compounders to enter
new markets previously outside their business.
www.binovapm.it
Twin-Screw Extruders
TST-H
series
Torque density up to
16 Nm/cm³ per shaft
TST-HD
series
ZT
series
Torque density up to
14 Nm/cm³ per shaft
Torque density up to
18 Nm/cm³ per shaft
www.zambello.it
Since 1957, made in Italy
Zambello Riduttori srl - Headquarter
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 46 - 20020 Magnago - VA
Tel +39 0331 307616 - Fax +39 0331 309577
[email protected]
Zambello Riduttori 2 srl
Via Polesana per Rovigo, 28 - 45026 Lendinara - RO
Tel +39 0425 600843 - Fax +39 0425 641276
[email protected]
group
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PROCESSING MACHINERY
NEWS
Special presses
Degassing system
DOUBLED CAPACITY
As a result of the continuous activity of its R&D department,
Tecnova (Stand 6207, Hall A6) continues to develop its single
screw lines. Tecnova now presents its latest product denominated VTS (Vacuum Twin Stuffer), which is a degassing system
with automatic restoration of the melted material. Both as a
single and double degassing system, this component is able
to redouble the capacity of the lines to process material containing moisture. As a matter of fact, as far as the 37 D lines
are concerned, the maximum processable moisture value increases from around 3-4% to 7-8%, while in case of 54D lines,
it grows from approximately 7-8% to 15%. Obviously this results in a proportional increase of the hourly production of the
lines with the same amount of processed material.
www.tecnova-srl.it
The new VTS (Vacuum
Twin Stuffer) degassing
system allows the lines
to double their capacity
to process material
containing moisture
Rotary injection
machines for
linear brooms
For the production of solid bases for linear brooms (both household and industrial ones), Presma
supplies rotary injection moulding
machines with between 10 and
18 stations; these solutions guarantee high output rates thanks
to the elimination of downtimes
for cooling of the component in
the mould, as well as high quality processing. Actually, 10-station machines have been used
for many years, but growing demands, in terms of both quality and quantity, have prompted
the development of versions with
12, 15 and 18 stations, featuring
larger, electrically-driven injection units and digital controls, to
ensure optimal management of
the moulding parameters. Platens and clamping forces have
been increased to accommodate
moulds that can have as many
as 8 or 14 cavities, depending
on whether they are to be used
for the production of industrial or
household broom bases.
The machines come with a single
nozzle, which makes it possible
to use both the moulds normally
destined for traditional machines
and those that are used on rotatory machines for two-component moulding. They can be
equipped with a dual-nozzle head
and double injector cylinder with
two punches, each of which feeds
one nozzle. This allows filling of
the mould in two separate points,
thereby avoiding, in the presence
of 8 cavities or more, excessively
long sprue channels and reducing
cavity balancing problems by half.
The 10- and 12-station versions
feature a hydraulically-operated
80-mm plasticizing unit; an electrically-driven version with an inverter (Elettra) can also be supplied, on request. As regards the
15- and 18-station solutions, on
the other hand, only the Elettra
version features a 100-mm plasticizing unit; this allows greater
plasticising capacity, better exploitation of the additional cooling stations, and energy savings
of 20-30% compared with the
hydraulic version. The standard
versions can inject up to around
2,500 g of material (PP).
www.presma.it
With polypropylene pellets (even recycled) which guarantee efficient feeding and using the new models and 8-cavity moulds, it is possible,
to produce bases weighing 150 g (1,200 g of material) at a rate of over 1,200 pieces per hour, which corresponds to a cycle time of under 20 seconds
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Amut has started the manufacture of a line for
producing a TPO 2-layer membrane with
a width of 2,120 mm and a thickness
from 0.6 to 2.5 mm
Extrusion lines
Optimized
waterproof
membranes
Following the recent trend of
the market that more and more
prefers synthetic components
than bituminous ones, Amut
manufactures extrusion lines
producing waterproofing membranes capable to treat different thermoplastic materials,
such as PVC, TPO, and TPE.
The use of these materials definitely improves the technical
performances and the physical
features of the membrane, complying with the specific exigencies required by the field of civil
works.
The Amut solutions allow to:
- produce the membrane in one
step (without getting back the
roll twice or three times) using
a single calender properly designed. This process reduces
the costs and simplifies the
management operations for
the operator;
- guarantee a flexible production to permit the processing
of different materials on the
same line;
- extrude multilayer products with
reinforcing elements amongst
the layers to enhance the mechanical strength of the finished product;
- laminate a support base, usually on the lower side of the
membrane, as protection.
The Italian manufacturer has
currently started the manufacture of a line, addressed to a
leading German processor, to
produce a TPO 2-layer membrane with a width of 2,120
mm, and a thickness from 0.6
to 2.5 mm. The different possible structures of the membrane
also include an inner reinforcing
scrim, a bottom protective/supportive fleece (fleece-back) and
an upper coating with signal layer. The total capacity of the line
is around 2,400 kg/h, resulting
in an yearly production of more
than 5 million sqm.
A dual-entrance calender allows to obtain a “sandwich”
geometry with two plastics external layers (which contain the
reinforcement in polyester or in
fibreglass) coated with the signal film and the fleece-back.
The line is also equipped with
a thickness gauge system, an
automatic winder group to produce jumbo and custom rolls
and a control PC/PLC.
www.amut.it
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TECNOVA S.r.l. Via Verbano, 56/A - 28047 Oleggio (No)
Italia - Tel. +39 032191700 +39 0321992332
Fax +39 032194341
e-mail: [email protected] - [email protected]
BINOVA S.r.l. Via Verbano, 54 - 28047 Oleggio (No)
Italia - Tel.+39 032194128 +39 032194955
Fax +39 0321961014
e-mail: [email protected]
TECNOVITI S.r.l. Via Tarantelli, 8 - 20020 Bienate di
Magnago (Mi) - Italia - Tel. +39 0331306935
+39 0331306936 - Fax +39 0331306946
e-mail: [email protected]
Unser Vertriebs-Service Büro für Deutschland: Jürgen Leusder
Weilautstr. 49 48607 Ochtrup Germany
Telefon +49 (0)2553/720230 - Telefax +49 (0)2553/720231 - Mobil +49 (0)170/3444500 - Email [email protected]
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
EVERYTHING FOR TREATING POLYMERS
ADVANCED SOLUTIONS,
NOT JUST ACCESSORIES
AN ENTERPRISE
IN CONTINUAL EVOLUTION
An international point of reference, Plastic
Systems (Stand 3113, Hall B3) started up in
1994 to meet the pressing demand for technology in a number of application sectors:
automotive, electronics, medical, home
appliances, packaging and construction,
recycling and textiles to name a few.
The group currently has 240 employees and
four companies: the parent company Plastic
Systems SpA is located in the province of Padua; Plastic Systems Shanghai began operations 7 years ago, and produces systems for
the Chinese market; Plastic Systems Ltda., set
up two years ago in São Paulo, Brazil, develops
systems for the Latin American market; Plastic
Systems India, in operation for 6 years, handles sales and assistance services on the Indian market, and is slated to begin production by
2014. In addition to international expansion, the
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AN ESTABLISHED REALITY IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY,
PLASTIC SYSTEMS DESIGNS AND MANUFACTURES POLYMER
TREATMENT SYSTEMS; FROM STORAGE TO PNEUMATIC
CONVEYOR SYSTEMS, DRYING AND BLENDING INCLUDED
company intends to fully integrate operations
between the group companies. The recent implementation of SAP and its roll-out at the foreign branches of the group guarantees total
control and sharing of data in real time.
SMART SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY NEED
In addition to engineering a vast range of standard products, the company assigns paramount importance to research and development, employing 25 engineers with a variety of
specialisations.
It designs special systems for leading processors in the respective sectors. The company
Screen for the supervision system, material storage,
drying and centralised feeding
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
DRYING AND CENTRALISED
CONVEYORS
The three owners of Plastic Systems. From left to right:
Gianfranco Cattapan, Rinaldo Piva and Michele Zanon
Anniversary in the plastics field
A grand gala to
celebrate 20 years
On September 19, 2014, Plastic Systems
celebrated its first twenty years in business together with its employees and
their families, suppliers, representatives
of the local institutions and members of
the press. The celebrations included a
tour of the company, a dinner, with music and entertainment, and the conferment of several accolades. The company, which is based in Borgoricco, near
Padua (Italy), is a well-established concern in the plastic materials sector: it
designs and builds plants for polymer
treatment, as well as storage systems,
pneumatic conveyors, drying systems
and feeders.
Depending on the sector of application, Plastic
Systems also proposes three types of dryer:
- compressed air dryers with molecular sieves,
DAC series, suitable for small batch production (electronics sector);
- rotor type dryers with hopper on the load cell,
DWC series, for medium batch production.
This machine is one of the major innovations
launched on the market in recent years (sector: electronics, automotive, medical);
- molecular sieve dryers, D series twin tower system: the technology that Plastic Systems has
used for years, delivering 5000 installations to
the PET industry for the production of preforms
and to the extrusion sector, to create centralised drying systems for large production.
All the drying systems are fitted with control
valves and inverters to reduce energy consumption by up to 70% compared to conventional machines.
also pays constant attention to new trends on
international markets, in order to guarantee
high performance, energy efficiency and the
utmost reliability.
BLENDING AND GRANULATING
STORAGE, DRYING, FEEDING, SUPERVISION
SUPERVISION AND TOTAL CONTROL
The Matrix central feeding system can support
up to 100 presses centrally. It is fully automatic
and fitted with an automatic central control system that enables the machine to process material from various locations, which is conveyed to
the machine without help from operators.
With increasing frequency, companies are
looking for turnkey systems which include:
storage systems with modular aluminium
bins and positive loading systems; central
feeding systems with Matrix microprocessor,
which, combined with the coupling stations
and a series of suction boxes, automatically
loads up to 100 stations with a capacity up
to 15000 kg/h.
The company’s slogan “Advanced solutions not
just equipment” expresses its desire not to limit
itself to the supply of individual machines, but
to offer advanced system solutions. The new
intelligent Matrix & Mes Control system communicates with injection machines at the customer’s plant, measuring production efficiency
and interacting with the company’s ERP. The
machines are connected to a serial port on the
Matrix server and their operation is monitored
by modern technological devices. Assistance is
provided remotely to all installed systems across
the WRD (Web Remote Diagnostic) system,
guaranteeing outstanding after-sales service.
www.plasticsystem.it
Gravimetric batch blenders or loss-in-weight
blenders along with granulators complete the
range of products supplied by Plastic Systems.
The WRD system ensures remote
assistance to all installed plants
Outside the facility
in Borgoricco, Padua (Italy)
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comimm.it
It’s in our
blood.
We were born and grew up with compound in our blood.
Reliability and passion are essential for us to supply a high quality product
with quick delivery all around the world.
VEPLASTIC SRL
Via S. Rocco, 75 - 21029 VERGIATE (VA)
Tel. +39 0331 948320
Fax +39 0331 948185
[email protected].com
www.veplastic.com
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
DOUBLE MILESTONE
CELEBRATION
FOR TWO
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE BUSINESS FOR STAR
AUTOMATION EUROPE AND FIFTY FOR ITS PARENT COMPANY,
STAR SEIKI. AN IMPORTANT GOAL THAT IS CELEBRATED AT
FAKUMA 2014 WITH NEW AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS
ON DISPLAY
The perfect match among the side entry
robot model TZ-1500HM, the 180-ton Arburg
Allrounder Hidrive hybrid injection moulding
machine and the mould supplied by Hofstetter
ensure high output rates and quality in the
production of rectangular thin-wall containers
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T
his year, Star Automation Europe
celebrates 25 years of business
along with the 50 th anniversary of
its parent company, Star Seiki. In order
to underscore this important milestone,
at Fakuma 2014 (Stand 7115, Hall A7) the
company exhibits two new robots and a
packaging application in collaboration
with Arburg and Hofstetter. The first robot
series - the ES-800II - will be available on
the market immediately after the exhibition, while the other series - the XW-122 will be launched in spring 2015.
NEW ROBOTS
The goal of the new ES-II robot is to meet
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every possible needs about low price
without forgetting quality and performance. The research and development
department worked on two main aspects:
adding a new free programmable touch
screen controller and reducing the price
by at least 10%. Both aims have been accomplished. The new ES-II series consists of 5 models destined for injection
moulding machines from 50 to 1600 tons.
The XW series was instead designed
for satisfying the most demanding customers by guaranteeing quality and per-
formance. In this case the research and
development department focused their
attention on the structure of the robot,
strengthening the previous Lx series and
improving speed and acceleration performance. Moreover, a new touch screen
and the free programmable controller
model Stec-520 have been integrated
and can be also transferred from one robot to another.
These were the main tasks completed by
the company’s designers. After hearing
the needs and suggestions coming from
The new robots series ES-II
(above) and XW (below) will be
premiered at Fakuma 2014: the
first will be available on the market
immediately after the exhibition
and the other in Spring 2015
The application developed in cooperation
with Arburg and Hofstetter underlines the
attention towards the mould open time, and
thus to total cycle time
the various international branches of the
company, they have been able to develop an innovative project aimed to improve
the functions of the classic Cartesian robot which is increasingly employed in production solutions connected to the web
and controlled remotely. The main aim of
this series is to guarantee performance
and mechanical rigidity as well as high
application flexibility similar to a six axis
robot.
MOULD OPEN TIME
The application developed in cooperation
with Arburg and Hofstetter underlines the
attention towards the mould open time,
and thus to total cycle time. The perfect
match among the side entry robot model
TZ-1500HM, the 180-ton Arburg Allrounder
Hidrive hybrid injection moulding machine and the mould supplied by Hofstetter ensures high output rates and quality
in the production of rectangular thin-wall
containers with a capacity of 1 kg. It is
a simple, efficient and reliable automation
system which was also developed in collaboration with Sabic, MB Conveyors and
other important partners.
www.star-europe.com
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
SYSTEM FOR THE INJECTION PROCESS
SERVO-DRIVEN
VALVE GATE
T
THE HRSFLOW FLEXFLOW DEVICE ASSURES
ACCURATE, EASY AND FLEXIBLE CONTROL
OF PRESSURES AND FLOW RATES DURING
THE WHOLE INJECTION PROCESS. IT IS A
STEP FORWARD THE SEQUENTIAL INJECTION
MOULDING THANKS TO ITS HIGH FLEXIBILITY
IN ADJUSTING THE PROCESS PARAMETERS
AESTHETICAL RESULTS
sults can be obtained with class “A” surfaces, grained surfaces and aesthetical parts
in general. It reduces the part warpage, indeed the packing pressure can be adjusted
independently for each nozzle, resulting in
lower stress in the part. Thanks to FLEXflow
optimal balancing results can be obtained
in family tools. Currently different channels
geometry is used to manage various shot
weights. FLEXflow allows
to adjust independently
and accurately the flow rate
to each cavity and it can be
used to overcome balance
problems avoiding flash effects
on the part.
The FLEXflow servo-driven valve gate is
suitable for medium to large applications. It
is the ideal solution to guarantee top quality parts, avoiding the common defects of
aesthetical parts. By eliminating pressure
drops during the filling phase, flow marks on
aesthetical parts are removed. Optimal re-
The FLEXflow servo-driven valve
gate is the ideal solution to guarantee
top quality parts, such as bumpers,
door panels, instrument panels,
spoilers etc. and for all optical
part applications requiring peak quality
he new FLEXflow servo-driven
valve gate, powered by HRSflow
(Stand 2217, Hall A2), is designed
to independently control each valve pin
by precisely adjusting position, acceleration, speed and stroke. It assures accurate, easy and flexible control of pressures
and flow rates during the whole injection
process. It is a step forward the sequential
injection moulding thanks to its high flexibility in adjusting the process parameters.
Among the different benefits, FLEXflow allows to improve part quality and perform
the most challenging applications.
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COST SAVINGS
The servo-driven valve gate allows to obtain
an even and reduced pressure profile over
the part geometry. Therefore smaller injection
moulding machines with lower tonnage can be
used in order to reduce the operation costs.
The removal of the over-packing in the part
allows to save resin material. In comparison to a standard sequential injection pro-
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cess, pressure in the part is more even and
peaks are reduced, and the part thickness
is more uniform. This brings a weight reduction.The holding pressure can be adjusted independently for each nozzle, obtaining more
uniform pressure distribution. This minimizes the bending of the mould. Reducing the
stress in the mould, also the required stiffness is reduced, allowing steel saving in the
tool production.
OPERATION BENEFITS
FLEXflow is a reliable system that makes no
use of hydraulic/pneumatic connections,
avoiding the risk of water and oil leakage. As
a consequence the system results in being
safe, clean and dry. It is an advanced technology however it is very easy to use and very little maintenance is required: the system needs
only to be periodically greased. Easy valve pin
adjustment is possible directly from the leverage (±1mm, steps of 0.1 mm). The valve pin
can be forwarded over the edge to avoid issues of gate burrs (with traditional technology,
the system must be dismantled).
The servo-driven valve gate is suitable for medium and large applications, such as bumpers, door panels, instrument panels, spoilers
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The HRSflow FLEXflow controller grants accurate setting, control and monitoring of the valve
pin position, speed, acceleration and stroke.
etc. and for all optical part applications requiring peak quality. FLEXflow is available in 3
different versions according to the processor
needs: on plate, lateral and on manifold, and
it can be installed in different positions in order
to offer full design freedom to the user. The
HRSflow FLEXflow controller grants accurate
setting, control and monitoring of the valve
pin position, speed, acceleration and stroke.
Controllers are available in 7 different configurations: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 zones.
Furthermore HRSflow Mold Flow department
can provide processors with an optimized nozzle opening sequence for a minimized numbers
of shots for colour changeover. This sequence
can be recorded in the FLEXflow control unit to
be easily recalled whenever needed.
www.hrsflow.com
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
FRIGOSYSTEM AND VERBANO FILM
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
OF COLLABORATION
IN FILM EXTRUSION
V
erbano Film, which has operated in the
flexible packaging sector since 1986,
produces cast film in polypropylene
(PP) for a variety of sectors, mainly the foodstuffs and medical ones. This interview with
Antonio Platini, co-owner of the company with
his brother Carlo, shows how this company
has come to be an outstanding Italian name in
the field of technical films and technological innovations for flat die extrusion. One of the factors contributing to the high quality of the end
product is the company’s almost exclusive collaboration with the refrigeration system manufacturer Frigosystem, here represented by its
CEO, Alessandro Grassi.
VERBANO FILM SEEMS TO HAVE
BEEN LESS AFFECTED THAN OTHER
PROCESSORS BY THE ECONOMIC
CRISIS. WHAT IS ITS SECRET?
Antonio Platini (AP): “It is true. Our performance over the last few years has been quite
positive overall. This may be because we make
unique products and also because, thanks to
our strategy of diversifying our business, we
are present in a range of sectors, from the automotive industry to the medical sector, and
also the food sector. We have perhaps been
harder hit by the effects of the earthquake in
Emilia Romagna, given that many of our customers in the medical sector are based in that
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VERBANO FILM’S ITALIAN PLANT RELIES EXCLUSIVELY ON
FRIGOSYSTEM FOR THE COOLING OF ITS PRODUCTION LINES
BY RICCARDO AMPOLLINI
region. In order to grow, our company has always drawn on its own resources, and thanks
to these the outlook for the next few years is
good. Our products are highly technical - advanced in some cases - and if a company has
special products to rely on, then it is protected somewhat against the effects of economic
crises, even if it serves the automotive sector”.
YOU ARE REFERRING MAINLY TO
MULTI-LAYER FILM, IS THAT RIGHT?
AP: “Yes, absolutely. What is more - and here I
am referring only to the automotive sector - our
multi-layer films do not age in the sunlight, do
not degrade and are scratchproof. In the food
sector, the technology is evolving; for example,
our films make it possible to microwave food still
in its packaging. Masterpack, a wonderful company based in Monvalle (Varese), is using laser
technology to create some truly futuristic products in this field: valve bags and bags with very
special features that are useful in everyday life.
To cite just one example, one of the latest Bonduelle packages created by Masterpack (using
one of our films) for the packaging of asparagus,
Alessandro Grassi, CEO of Frigosystem, in front of the
control panel of the casting temperature control + Raca
Plus Energy free-cooling chiller unit
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
The multi-layer film is trimmed
before winding
cauliflower and carrots, allows these vegetables
to be cooked directly in the microwave oven in
just three minutes. The product is cooked using the liquid contained in the vegetables themselves and, remarkably, their flavour and organoleptic properties are worthy of a gourmet! Of
course, in addition to Masterpack, Verbano Film
also has a number of other important customers, such as Goglio and Safta (Guala Group)”.
SINCE YOU TARGET HIGH-END
PRODUCTS, DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN
IN-HOUSE R&D DEPARTMENT?
AP: “We certainly do. We carry out applied
research in a small but efficient laboratory,
which is equipped with standard machines
for prototyping products and all the instruments used to carry out the different tests optical (haze, gloss, colour, checks under
the microscope), thermal (viscosity, hot
tack, DSC) and physical-mechanical (with a
dynamometer) - that are necessary to ensure that the film complies with the technical specifications agreed with the customer.
Should further, special tests be necessary,
we use external laboratories”.
HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH
FRIGOSYSTEM COME ABOUT?
AP: “It is a historical relationship. In the
1970s I was building and testing extrusion
systems for a local company and even then
the best chillers on the market were Frigosystem ones, which stood out for their high
efficiency. I knew Sergio Grassi, Alessandro’s father and, at the time, CEO of Frigosystem, and I witnessed the “birth” of his
first chiller. He is a unique person. Therefore, I had every faith in him when the time
came to purchase cooling systems for Verbano Film. Just think, during his weekend
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trips to the lake, he would drop in on our
company, even on a Sunday, to see if we
needed anything. So we installed a first system, then a second, and so it went on. We
have several Frigosystem chillers that are 14
years old and they are still working very well.
And when I encounter a problem, all I have
to do is pick up the phone to obtain prompt
technical assistance. In 1999 Verbano Film
Polska was founded and that was the only
occasion that, due to technical reasons and
our relationship with the local supplier, we
did not install Frigosystem chillers. But had
it been up to me, we would have had ten
plants equipped with Frigosystem systems
in our Strzebielino facilities too! Indeed, in
Varallo Pombia, all the chillers are strictly
Frigosystem ones. The latest machine we
had from them is an absolute gem. Twin motors and a remote assistance service. Basically it is one very fine chiller! We also use it
for cleanroom manufacturing”.
ARE YOUR EXTRUSION LINES ALWAYS
ITALIAN MADE?
AP: “Two are Italian made and two are German made. In Germany I bought only the
extruders, the head and the winding unit; all
the rest was designed here at Verbano Film.
Initially, we also designed and built the entire extrusion line in house as well, but then
we started to outsource the construction
so as not to waste our energies, and also
so as to be able to focus more on the final product. The films (maximum 3 layers)
are produced by 4 highly automated lines
(1 for single-layer films and 3 for coextruded films) equipped with control systems and
self-diagnostics to ensure that the production and quality parameters are kept within well-defined tolerances. Given the high
output of the lines, the supply of granules is
guaranteed and controlled by an automatic
system, fed by a battery of 20 granule storage silos, for a total of 1400 tons. Nominally,
the potential output of the 4 lines installed
at Verbano Film is around 16000 tons/year.
The films produced, depending on the end
product and applications, can have the following features: thicknesses between 25
and 280 micron; widths up to 2750 mm;
and reel diameters up to 1000 mm. The
lines devoted to the production of films for
flexible packaging of food products and/or
health and hygiene products are installed
in rooms protected from potential contaminants, such as dust and/or insects (2 overpressure chambers). This is essential in the
film winding stage in order to obtain a good
quality end product. The chambers are filled
with finely filtered air, which is also conditioned by two air treatment units (ATUs); this
also ensures the maintenance of the stable
and controlled atmosphere that constitutes
the ideal condition for ensuring repeatability of production processes. For our films, in
which the presence of environmental contaminants and/or process defects such as
fish eyes, pitting and microholes are unacceptable (or are acceptable only within specific tolerances), quality controls involving
scanning/optical identification are carried
out before winding. Because of its nature,
CPP (cast polypropylene), on completion of
the film casting process, needs a period of
stabilisation. At Verbano Film, this is rapidly achieved inside a curing chamber. Finally,
the company also offers inspection, cutting
and winding, and single folding services”.
COULD YOU GIVE ME A DESCRIPTION
OF YOUR MOST RECENT PLANT?
AP: “Although it is based on a Reifenhäuser
extrusion line, it is highly “customised”, because it is designed specifically for the medical sector. It is currently used to produce
three-layer film for the sterilisation of surgical instruments, although it can easily be
converted so as to be able to produce other
types of film - with up to five layers and with
thicknesses ranging from 25 to 300 micron.
It is equipped with inspection cameras and,
from the extrusion head onwards, the entire process takes place in the clean room.
The chillers, the raw material dosing systems, the extruders and the waste grinding
units are situated outside the clean room,
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ed, thanks to the automatic pressurisation
system that keeps them away from the production area. To be specific, we design and
build only the structure, the feeding hoppers
and the grinding unit. The dosing system is
German built, as are the extruders and calenders, which are produced by Reifenhäuser. Finally, for the first time, we have incorporated a Frigosystem chiller for cooling the
bearings of the grinding unit, supplied by
Aertecnica Croci. In this way, they last longer and the granulator does not get stuck,
as it often used to do”.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES
OF THE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM?
Alessandro Grassi (AG): “The Raca E Superplus chillers installed on the two Reifenhäuser cast lines are last-generation chillers
featuring screw compressors and very high
performance integrated free-cooling units,
allowing considerable energy savings. However, they are of the “heavy duty” type, i.e.
have a cooling capacity above 700 kW. This
makes it possible to achieve an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of around 6.8. The EER
is the ratio between energy output and energy expenditure. Therefore, these chillers
can supply 6.8 kW of cooling for each kW
of electricity consumed. They are the first
machines providing this level of cooling that
Frigosystem has installed. In fact, they already achieve their maximum free-cooling
performance when the temperature difference (delta) between the external ambient air and the water is less than 4°C. The
temperature delta between air and water in
free-cooling systems is normally between 7
and 10°C - the best ones even reach 5°C and we have succeeded in integrating a
free-cooling system that already achieves
its maximum performance at a delta T of
3.8°C, thereby showing much greater efficiency. This allows energy savings of, on
average, an additional 15% compared with
what is possible using a free-cooling chiller
belonging to the previous generation. Both
chillers are monitored through a remote assistance service, and linked to a rather sophisticated temperature control system - the
true heart of the machine - which controls
and manages the different temperatures of
all the utilities”.
The complex system of pumps, pipes and valves
that makes it possible to cool single zones of the
extrusion line
WHAT AND HOW MANY UTILITIES
ARE YOU REFERRING TO?
AG: “On the most recent (2012) line, just described, as many as six different zones are
managed locally or remotely: primary chill roll;
secondary chill roll; gauging rolls (first station); gauging rolls (second station); cooling
of the corona treatment systems (supplied by
Me.Ro.); cooling of the extruder motors. All of
these can work at different temperatures. Furthermore, there are two other important utilities, external to the line but still managed by
the same chiller. The first involves the electric
container, which in this case is cooled to the
tank temperature and therefore does not need
thermoregulation: part of the water sent to the
chill roll is used, normally at 10-12°C. Finally, as
mentioned by Platini, one utility also cools the
bearings of the grinding system, external to the
line. Each utility is based on forced temperature
control, so as to limit excessive temperature
changes and keep the temperature constant
and uniform over the entire surface of the two
chill rolls, with a maximum delta T of 1°C. In this
way, the heat is correctly transferred over the
entire width of the film, protecting it and ensuring that it maintains its technical characteristics.
This part, which is the most important technologically, is in direct communication with the
management system of the Reifenhäuser line
and converses via Profibus DP/DP. The great
advantage of this for the operator is that it prevents him from having to go to the temperature
control unit when there is a problem on the line.
Indeed, it is possible, from the control panel, to
bypass, switch on and off, or manage the alarm
in another way. As regards the storage of the
information for the correct operation of the line,
the Siemens system used by the Reifenhäuser
control also makes it possible to manage and
record alarms, which, were they on a separate unit, would not even be visualised, unless
they were noted down manually from the small
chiller control”.
IT IS QUITE A COMPLEX SYSTEM...
AG: “... and also an interesting one, given that
the original Reifenhäuser line has been “highly personalised” by Verbano Film, which has
added a great deal of its own know-how in order to meet its own production needs. Therefore, there has been close dialogue between
all parties involved to get the desired result”.
www.frigosystem.it
Some of the Frigosystem chillers installed
outside Verbano Film, in order to take full
advantage of the ambient temperature, especially
in the winter and spring months, thanks to the
integrated free-cooling unit
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
COMPLETE SYSTEM
EFFICIENT PELLETIZING
FOR POLYMER PRODUCTION
MAAG PUMP SYSTEMS, AUTOMATIK PELLETIZING SYSTEMS
AND MAAG FILTRATION SYSTEMS, THE PSG BRANDS,
PRESENT A COMPLETE DEVICE FOR POLYMER PRODUCTION
IN THE MID-TIER THROUGHPUT RANGE. THE WHOLE SYSTEM
CONVINCES WITH IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY, GREAT
RELIABILITY AND HIGH PRODUCTIVITY
A
t the Fakuma 2014, the PSG brands
(Stand 6202, Hall A6) present a
complete system for polymer production whic consists of the extrex 90
extrusion pump, the CSC-RS 116 arched
screen changer and the brand-new Sphero
S underwater pelletizer system. The whole
system convinces with improved energy efficiency, great reliability and high productivity. Each of the individual system com-
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ponents is designed with compactness,
space-saving and ease of operation in
mind.
Further exhibits are the Primo 200E dry-cut
strand pelletizer with its cantilever bearings
and an extra-large cutting width of 200
mm, and the extrex GDP twin outlet gear
pump that ensures an individual and constant supply of melt to two different nozzle
blocks.
THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM
The newly developed Sphero S underwater pelletizer is the heart of the system. It
was designed especially for compounding,
masterbatch and recycling applications
and operates in throughput ranges from
approx. 700 to 3,000 kg/h. The pelletizers
of the Sphero series can thus now cover
applications from virgin polymer production
through to recycling.
Great attention was paid during the design
of the new pelletizer to making optimum
use of the often confined space in production shops. The system requires no rails
and can be exactly positioned thanks to the
swivel arm. There are no leaks when the
cutting chamber is closed. In order to guarantee the highest pellet quality, the design
of the cutting tools has also been optimized.
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The improved water bypass construction ensures process reliability and a faster production start-up. Operation of the system has also
been optimised; die plate changing, in particular, is now carried out in a minimum of time.
The pelletizer is available with manual pressure
setting and with pneumatic pressure control.
The extrex 90 extrusion pump from maag
pump systems is used to feed the melt to
the Sphero S. The proven gear and bearing
technology of the extrex series combines
high efficiency with minimised energy consumption. Optimized flow channels, very
good self-cleaning properties and a long
service life are the hallmarks of the pump.
A further highlight of the system is the
CSC-RS 116 arched screen changer from
maag filtration systems. The use of arched
screens allows the screen surface area to
be enlarged (up to quadrupled), so that up
to four times more active screen area can be
used than with comparable screen changers with round screen cavities. The use of
extrex GDP double-gear pump
a CSC-RS 116 enables operators
to keep their production rates at
a consistently high level, while at
the same time significantly reducing energy consumption and operating costs. The space requirement is also minimised.
Operators who already have a filter from the CSC series can retrofit the new arched screens
in this filter. The larger
screen surface area results in a considerable
increase in the flow rate,
and hence in higher energy efficiency.
SYSTEM FOR
COMPOUNDS AND
MASTERBATCHES
The newly developed Sphero S underwater pelletizer is the heart of the
system developed for polymer production in the mid-tier throughput range
The Primo 200E from automatik pelletizing
systems is particularly suited to the compounding of thermoplastics and the production of masterbatches up to a line throughput of 1.5 t/h. Primo 200E is a single-side
mounted dry-cut strand pelletizer with an extra-large cutting width of 200 mm. Its unique
cutting geometry - with the shortest, unguided length between the feed rollers and
cut - permits optimal straight cutting of both
hard, abrasive and very soft, flexible plastic strands. The pellet dimensions can be
changed very quickly thanks to an optional,
automatic pellet length adjustment system.
The Primo 200E is an absolutely reliable, very
robust and sturdy dry-cut strand pelletizer.
TWO NOZZLES FOR A SINGLE
EXTRUDER
With the extrex GDP twin outlet gear pump,
maag pump systems has created an absolute innovation: two different nozzle blocks
can be supplied with an individual and constant melt stream by one extruder. The specific output and die pressure is guaranteed
by the design and variable. The operators
of extrusion lines can bundle their production capacities and optimize the efficiency
of their lines by feeding two separate nozzles with different throughput and pressure
demands from a single extruder.
www.maag.com
www.psgdover.com
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
END-OF-LINE AUTOMATION
EVERYTHING
FOR PIPE PACKAGING
W
hile in the past pipes packaging stations tended to represent the bottleneck of the whole manufacturing
process, since they could not keep up with
the higher performing cutting and socketing units, the next generation pipe packaging
plants must be able to keep pace with the increasingly fast production rhythms of the most
modern extrusion lines, particularly in the manufacturing of PVC and PP pipes. Considering
the greater and greater attention paid by the
pipe manufacturers to the management and
reduction of business expenses, end-of-line
automation systems are becoming a strategic choice, not only to grant higher productivity, consistency, quality and repeatability of the
final products, but also to reduce health and
safety risks and labour costs, as well as to preserve the capital equipment. All of this allows
pipes producers to gain a more competitive
edge locally and against cheaper imports and
labour costs.
IPM designs and manufactures customised
end-of-line pipe packaging solutions complying with the specific requirements of the end
user (space available in the production hall,
budget, pipes characteristics and types of
packaging etc.). From small and ready-to-go
packaging modules, via more structured packaging plants based on the interaction of differ-
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PACKAGING, STRAPPING AND PALLETISING THE FINAL PRODUCT
TO MAKE IT READY FOR STORAGE OR DISPATCH. END-OF-LINE
AUTOMATION HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FOR
PIPES MANUFACTURERS, MAINLY IN THE MOST ADVANCED
MARKETS
IPM designs and manufactures customised end-of-line pipe packaging solutions complying with
the specific requirements of the end user
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ent modular units, through to the most complex and fully automated motor-driven robotic
systems equipped with high-tech measuring
and checking instruments, the company is
able to satisfy the broadest range of market
requests, offering equipment which covers all
kinds of pipes, made of any material and featuring any diameter. Thanks to custom-tailored
motor-driven conveyor belts, which can even
run over the existing line to make maximum
use - even in height - of the available space in
the production hall, IPM packaging machines
can be placed either on the side or along the
extrusion line, or even in other rooms. Each
belt performs a production step, and it is synchronized with the other belts as well as with
the line, thus targeting the highest performances through complete automation.
AUTOMATIC MACHINES
AND PALLETISERS
Rigid PVC, PP and PE pipes with diameters
up to 160 mm and a length ranging from 1 to
6 m, normally need to be counted, compacted
and tied up through heat-sealed plastic straps
to form pipe bundles. This grants more solidity to pipe packets during displacements, and
limit any bundle collapsing when some items
are taken out for use. For this kind of process,
the company offers the IRT automatic machine, which can be additionally combined, for
example, either with an IST machine, inserting
the pipe bundles into heat-sealed plastic bags,
or with an IAF machine, wrapping the pipes in
self-adhesive film. In both cases, the pipe surface is protected against friction, impacts, sunlight action, dirt, dust, humidity and other unfavourable store conditions.
PVC and PE pipes with bigger diameters
and lengths up to 12 m, instead, are usually
packed on pallets fitted into special wooden
frames. In order to perform this kind of packaging in a completely automatic way the IPAL/G palletiser can be used, which allows the
pallet geometry to be customised from the machine’s control panel and performs the strapping of pre-set pipe layers inside the wooden
frame before assembling the pallet as a whole,
thus boosting the stability of the package and
preventing it from collapsing when some pipes
are taken out for use.
ROBOTS FOR SEVERAL
KINDS OF PACKAGES
The company also developed the RMC, RMB
and RMT robots, handling pipes of different lengths and performing several kinds of
packaging. RMC is used to pack short pipes
normally ranging from 150 to 500 mm into
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cardboard boxes, safeguarding the items
from any scratching or damaging during
transport or storing. The latest version of this
system can not only fill already pre-formed
cardboard boxes, but also form the carton
itself, by folding cardboard foils automatically and securing its walls with adhesive tape.
The RMB robots, mainly destined to the
North European converters who have always
been at the forefront of researching and employing environment-friendly packaging solutions, make it possible to automatically stack
PVC pipes up to diameter 200 mm and
length 1 m into iron cages perfectly re-usable
for many production cycles. A robotic arm
with special pliable rotating pincers, provided
with suction cups, guarantees a precise and
safe grip on the pipes, since movements are
so well-tuned to avoid any impact of the pipe
against the cage edges.
The RMT units, designed for pipes with
lengths ranging from 1 to 3 meters, normally consist of two packaging stations handling
different pipe lengths at the same time, lifting
and rotating them to alternate the position of
the socketed end in each pallet layer, according to the pre-set program. Each pipe layer is
automatically spaced out by special plastic
supports that do not deform or ovalize the
pipes, making pallets lighter and stable also
when single pipes are taken out.
as well as labelling machines printing or attaching bar codes, brands or any other required product specifications on the final
packages.
Since the packaging stations described
mainly handle socketed pipes equipped with
rubber gaskets, an in-line automatic gasket
inserter has been conceived and patented that simultaneously checks the correct
placement of the gaskets, in order to ensure
an excellent tightness. This system automatically detects and ejects defective sockets,
preventing them from being conveyed to the
next packaging units.
Finally, one of the latest IPM innovations is a
packaging plant which can handle pipes with
several diameters and six different lengths
coming from 4 different extrusion lines, and
pack up to 3600 pipes per hour.
www.ipm-italy.it
CAROUSEL SYSTEMS
The supply and replacement of cardboard
boxes, iron cages and wooden and plastic pallets have been automated by the socalled “carousel systems”. Thanks to this
transfer process, empty and full trolleys are
automatically conveyed within a protected
working zone, reducing human intervention
to the mere removal of the final packages by
fork-lift. Besides conferring a longer working
autonomy to the packaging plants, also the
internal organization of the production department benefits from this chain movement
since trolleys remain secured inside the carousel systems, and none of them shall be
found around the factory anymore.
The possibility to match together the various automatic packaging units gives even
the chance to gather the final packages into
even bigger pallets, to be then taken away
by fork-lift and duly stored.
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
The company also supplies additional accessories, rounding off the packaging, codification and customisation of the final products. These include ink-jet printing devices
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
FOR PLAS MEC, AND IN PARTICULAR FOR
ITS TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT, THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE BONDING SYSTEM PROJECT
(HTBS) HAS BEEN A CONSIDERABLE
CHALLENGE FROM BOTH A DESIGN AND
IMPLEMENTATION POINT OF VIEW
BY DOMENICO CIANO*
CASE HISTORY IN THE MIXING TECHNOLOGY
HIGH
TEMPERATURE
BONDING SYSTEM
T
he Plas Mec project “High Temperature Bonding System (HTBS)”
is the result of a request, by a
leading company in the industrial surface
treatments industry that specialises in the
creation of non-stick and anti-wear coatings, to develop a small-scale plant capable of creating a special bonding cycle to
produce a new type of fluorine polymer
perfected in their own research and development laboratories. The bonding process is the process of adhesion of the pigment (metal) to the base, in such a way as
to prevent their separation during application and recovery of product in the cabin
of application.
The plant configuration that was decided
on involved a high efficiency mixer combined with a vertical cooler. Development
of the project not only relied on over forty
years’ experience in the creation of mixing
plants for plastics (PVC, PPE, PE), powder
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coating and masterbatches, but also considerable R&D activities aimed at finding
new solutions and materials that would allow Plas Mec to satisfy the project specifications and even exceed them, as has
been the case in certain areas.
As is usual for Plasmec, projects aimed at
developing new mixing technology start
with tests carried out by process technologists in the company’s own laboratory plants, which highlighted the process
problems for which technical solutions
needed to be found:
• the bonding cycle could not be connected to the action of the mixing device
alone, as it was necessary to reach a
process temperature in excess of 265°C
to obtain a good agglomerate;
• it was necessary to confine the material, which proved to be highly volatile and
tended to deposit itself on the cover and
block the filters, creating a build-up of
pressure in the mixing tank;
• the mixer had to be thermally insulated
both on the outside and in its sub-components, and particular care had to be
taken with respect to thermal dilation,
particularly in moving parts;
• risk analysis resulted in considering the
machine, both internally and with respect to the external environment (manual loading of bases and additives), as a
potential explosion risk.
These process-related needs were joined
by other specifications connected to the
client’s requirements:
• the system had to be sized for continuous production of small batches, but at
the same time it had to have the flexibility
of a laboratory in order to carry out tests
on the materials and on the process;
• quick and easy system cleaning, for rapid recipe changes.
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THE FIRST DESIGN CHOICES
During the initial project development
phase, Plas Mec engineers concentrated
on how to achieve heating of the material to
the process temperature. To do this, they
opted for a mixing tank with a cavity into
which diathermic oil, heated in an external heat regulation unit specially designed
by one of Plas Mec technical partners, is
made to flow. To control the temperature
of the fluid it was decided to implement a
PID controller, and this allowed optimum
management of this important process
parameter. The need for working at high
temperatures meant it was necessary to
completely redesign the transmission and
mechanical seal units (see figure 1). Given the difficulty in proceeding using traditional methods, development of these
components was carried out with the aid
of the most up-to-date design tools (3D
Cad, FEM and CFD) so that they could be
assessed, even at the design stage. The
problems of thermal insulation of the machines and thermal dilation were dealt with
using the same methods.
in the volume of operation of the blades,
even at high mixing speeds. This gave undoubted advantages for dispersion and
homogenisation of the various components in the mix, as shown by the laboratory tests performed by the client.
The need for high process temperatures
contrasted with the need to safeguard
against the risk of explosion, as was
brought to light in the initial risk analysis.
To deal with this, a series of countermeasures were adopted at design level to eliminate all possible trigger sources, in particular within the mixing tank (accumulation
of static electricity, uncontrolled temperature increases in mechanical parts, sparks
caused by rubbing of moving components). Externally, much work went into the
selection of suitable components for Atex
22 classified environments and on the creation of the area around the machine. The
risk analysis carried out following these
modifications did not show any particular
residual risks, and by following the requirements of the Atex standard it was possible
to declare the machine compliant with CE
EX II 2/3D IIIC T135°C.
FROM THERMAL INSULATION
TO EXPLOSION PROOF SOLUTIONS
As regards insulation, the aim was to reduce
heat loss to a minimum and bring the potential contact surfaces up to the values foreseen by the standards.
Here again, careful calculations and numerical analysis
were carried out in order to
select the right insulating material (ceramic spacer components and ceramic-silica fabric) for the mixer and the pipes
connecting it to the heat regulation unit. Also, thanks to
the analysis of thermal simulations it was possible to avoid
problems relating to thermal
dilation by identifying critical
areas that required careful design and by making wide use
of ceramic-based materials.
As regards problems with
mixing and the volatility of
the compound, careful design of the individual stages
in the mixing equipment, the
mixing tank cover, an innovative system of fluxed seals
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Rendering
of the plant
developed
by Plas Mec
for HTBS
project
Figure 1 - The need
for working
at high temperatures
has forced Plas
Mec engineers to
completely redesign
the transmission
and mechanical
seal units
FLEXIBILITY AND IMPROVED CLEANING
The need for flexibility, required to use
the plant to carry out tests on new formulations, was satisfied by working both
at mechanical configuration and at control system level. Mechanically speaking, work was carried out to allow rapid
changing of the mixing tool configuration, also providing various types of interchangeable blade. As regards the
control system, while maintaining the levels of automation typical of production
plants, an attempt was made to make it
as complete as possible by implementing
a whole series of typical laboratory functions that will allow technicians to create
the recipes to be processed in a fast, intuitive manner.
In order to satisfy the cleaning requirements, the mixer and the cooler were
equipped with easy-to-reach discharge
outlets that can be completely dismantled
for fast cleaning. The mixing tool itself can
be dismantled using a single tool, while
the entire mechanical and pneumatic section is protected by removable guards to
reduce deposits of environmental dust on
the components to a minimum.
Finally, after undergoing strict testing, the
HTBS plant was installed and commissioned at the client’s factory in December of last year, and is now fully operative.
Furthermore, as attested by the client, the
bonding process perfected has proved
itself of fundamental importance in improving the application of coatings to the
components prior to firing.
www.plasmec.it
*Plas Mec, technical manager
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
EXTRUSION OF PIPES AND PROFILES
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE
FOR THE END OF LINE
BASED IN FERRARA AND ESTABLISHED IN 1953, BARUFFALDI
PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY OFFERS A COMPREHENSIVE
END-OF-LINE-MACHINES SELECTION FOR EXTRUDED
PLASTIC PROFILES AS WELL AS FOR PIPES, INCLUDING
PRIMAC BRAND PRODUCTS
B
aruffaldi is a company with a strong
tradition, but dynamic and flexible: all
strengths it uses to satisfy the specific
needs of its customers and win the competition with the biggest multinational corporations.
The four company’s core businesses are: high
speed and high productivity tools for extruded
profiles; machines for slotting, perforating and
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jointing corrugated pipes; PVC and aluminium
roller shutter assembly machines; and turn-key
plants for cable ducts. Specialised in the manufacturing of niche products, Baruffaldi has increased and established its market shares
worldwide, especially as regards the development of machines and processing systems
for punching, cutting and milling profiles, even
those having very complicated geometries.
In particular, the company owns several patents for the cold blade and hot blade “guillotine” cutting units. The transversal cutting
device, which is their peculiarity, ensures a
high-quality cut without any deformation of the
profile. Hot blade and cold blade guillotines are
continuously improved and equipped with various accessories to cut a wide range of profile
types and sizes. The hot blade guillotine cutting unit has been recently upgraded by a latest generation blade movement, which allows
cutting both profiles and pipes with no deformation or out-of-roundness. The Baruffaldi
range is rounded off by milling units and machines for the profiles handling and storage.
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Thanks to the acquisition of Primac, the
company’s product range has been extended to include end-of-line units for pipes processing, such as vacuum calibration tanks
for single or dual extrusion, cooling tanks,
take-off units, several types of cutting units
(tracking cutting units, units with planetary
disks or knifes, units with automatic groove
centre search, etc.), as well as dimension
tolerance testing instruments and special
equipment for coating PVC drainage pipes.
ELIMINATE FLASHES
In order to eliminate the production of
flashes and dust while cutting pipes and
profiles, the company developed the
TVP-110 orbital cutting machine and the TG
series of guillotine units, respectively. The
TVP-110, in particular, consists of a cutting
unit featuring a rotating orbital blade, which
carries out the simultaneous cut and chamfer
of the pipe and is particularly fit for electrical
cable pipes as well as for PP and PPR pipes
used for water collection. It is an extremely
versatile, safe and reliable machine, which offers several advantages: besides performing
a clean cut without chips, material removal
or dust, it is silent and precise, reaches a tol-
A detail of a cutting
and punching system
erance of up to 0.2 mm on the length and
ensures lower energy consumptions. The
unit can be equipped with different tools, according to the pipe material, and can reach
speeds up to 25% higher than traditional cutting machines.
Finally, the aim of Baruffaldi research programme TAG (Technological Advancement
Group) is to optimise all its technological resources, in order to satisfy converters’ needs
by manufacturing machines which improve
work conditions and can be integrated with
management software and remote automatic controls, using barcodes, optical fibres,
smartphones etc. On the marketing side,
the company has developed its own mobile
app, available for Android mobile devices or
downloadable from the Apple Store, which
allows the customer to view his/her own catalogue even off-line and to support his/her
agents in their activities wherever they are.
www.baruffaldi.eu
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
MIXING OF PVC
CHOOSING
THE RIGHT MIXER
E
ver since man made the discovery
that, by mixing together separate materials, he could obtain a product quite
different from the original components, he
has looked for ways of making the process
of mixing easier and quicker. Whether we are
talking about mixing herbs with salt in order
to add flavour to freshly hunted game, or mixing purple with carbon dust to obtain the material used to create splendid drawings that
have lasted through the centuries, this type of
process is part of everything we do and man,
if he is attentive and cares passionately about
his life and work, will undoubtedly endeavour
to develop the best techniques in this regard. It is just such a passion that has led
Promixon to build TMX, a “rapid mixer” that
even our forefathers would have approved of
on account of its capacity to obtain homogeneous mixing of large quantities of material. This company is barely a year old, but its
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team is made up of true professionals, who
have been active in the mixing sector for over
two decades. Promixon’s managing director
Marco Marinello, can proudly state that the
TMX turbomixer is an excellent machine, the
core part and beating heart of all the company’s installations, automatic and otherwise,
for the plastics industry. Everything revolves
around this rapid mixer. Dubbed the “devourer of plastic and masterbatches”, it is indeed
responsible for mixing, in a very short time, all
the components introduced. But let us look
in more detail at the role of TMX in the production of rigid PVC-based dry blend.
MIXING PVC FOR THE EXTRUSION
OF PIPES AND PROFILES
A ver y common application of rigid
PVC-based dry blends is its use in the extrusion of pipes and profiles for windows. The
raw material for this process is obtained by
DESIGNED AND PRODUCED
BY PROMIXON, A VERY
YOUNG COMPANY, TMX
IS A TURBOMIXER THAT
REPRESENTS THE IDEAL
SOLUTION FOR THE
PRODUCTION OF BOTH
RIGID AND PLASTICISED
PVC-BASED DRY BLENDS
mixing PVC with various additives, necessary
to stabilise the PVC itself and to obtain binding of the molecules with other basic components, such as calcium carbonate (CaCO3)
and titanium dioxide (TiO2). The calcium carbonate serves to make the PVC compact,
to reduce its softness and, obviously (given
that calcium carbonate is, basically, ground
stone), to make the end product heavier.
This additive is very widely used in the production of PVC pipes; in previous years, in
particular, efforts have made to increase the
amount of calcium carbonate added to PVC.
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A mixing blade
of the TMX
mixer
sten carbide coating has
been made thicker and its
angle of incidence has been increased, so as to be able to lift the
product more and toss
it between the upper
mixing blades. This allows mixing at a lower speed,
which therefore means less wear of
the tank and mixer tool itself.
USE IN POWDER
COATINGS
There were various reasons for
this, such as the low cost of calcium
carbonate in relation to that of the plastic material, and the possibility of obtaining
a heavier product, at a time when the sale
price was based on the weight. “Yes, in the
past,” Marco Marinello explains, “the plastics
processor would weigh up the plant maintenance costs (higher on account of the wear
caused by the carbonate) against the profit
generated by using calcium carbonate, and
would still often happily opt to use calcium
carbonate. We at Promixon have often come
across PVC pipes containing 50% calcium
carbonate, used as a filler: as a result the pipe
would be extremely heavy but also very fragile, added to which it must be considered that
mixing stone causes wear both of the mixer tool and of the mixer tank, given that the
mixer works at very high speeds - these are
currently around 32 m/s (this is the peripheral speed of the mixer tool), but in the past
the standard speed was around 36 m/s and
there were even some machines that operated at speeds of 40 m/s or more”. As a result
of research activity, processors subsequently developed a better understanding of the
most correct way to act in order to reduce
wear of mixing plants, transport pipes and in
particular extruders, which are extremely expensive to replace. In view of the increasing
cost of spare parts and also the costs (in both
time and money) of the resulting downtimes
for maintenance, recent years have fortunately brought a reversal of the trend. The TMX
turbomixer, with the numerous innovations it
incorporates, was created precisely in order
to overcome all these problems. The most important of these innovations include:
1. A better system for assembling the
transmission, which is now incorporated
into a single housing and allows assembly/
dismantling to be carried out on the machine table.
2. Improvements to the mixer tool: the tungMACPLAS INTERNATIONAL AT FAKUMA 2014
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As regards the production of powder coatings on the other
hand, cleanliness
of the plant is crucial, in order to avoid contamination with other colours. In
this type of process, the TMX is used almost
exclusively to create “bonderised” products
filled with metallic powders (aluminium, copper,
mica) and it is configured to work with a hopper
in which the powders are loaded upon completion of a set sequence and with a very high
safety margin.
This safety is conferred through the release
of nitrogen gas into the machine and through
control of the percentage of oxygen it contains, which is monitored and kept below the
trigger threshold created by the electrostatic
currents and metallic powders. Furthermore,
the TMX mixer tool is cooled to prevent material from building up on it, and it features and
excellent opening system for inspection and
cleaning of the discharge outlet. Promixon has
also decided to improve the control software,
which currently contains basic pages for the
operator, other pages for the maintenance,
and others still for the production, where the
more complex system data are found.
In addition, a last-generation Siemens operating panel has been chosen, which will be a
standard feature in the PLC too. “We have tried
to provide operators with user friendly software”, adds Marinello, “simplifying the functions necessary to put the plant into production
and avoiding choices that might jeopardise its
smooth running. The supervisor, on the other
hand, is given the possibility of intervening on
all the sensitive data; therefore, he is the only
one who can control the plant sequence”. “The
purpose of a mixer”, remarks Promixon CEO,
“is to mix well, but this key function often tends
to be forgotten. When one is served a Bloody
Mary, if it has been mixed properly with a shaker or a spoon, it will have the balanced taste
that goes hand in hand with good mixing; if
on the other hand, you are expected to mix it
yourself with one of those terrible mixing sticks,
the flavours will undoubtedly be stratified and,
when you get to the bottom of the glass, you
will get an unpleasant taste of tabasco and
Worcester sauce. Quite undrinkable!”
www.promixon.com
A sectional view
of the TMX turbomixer
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
ULTRASONIC WELDING
FUNCTION INTEGRATION:
A PRINCIPLE OF MODERN
PROCESSES
IN SEMI-AUTOMATED MULTI-HEAD MACHINES, SEVERAL PROCESSES
ARE OFTEN JOINTLY INTEGRATED TO ACHIEVE HIGH FUNCTIONAL
DENSITY IN CONFINED SPACES. PARTS ASSEMBLY FUNCTIONS,
COMPONENT DETECTION AND SENSING FEATURES, AS WELL AS
VARIOUS TEST PROCESSES ARE ADDED TO THE ACTUAL JOINING
PROCESS. THE ULTRASONIC WELDING MACHINE INTERCONNECTS
ALL AUXILIARY FUNCTIONS AND CREATES INTERFACES
T
he conventional concept of function
integration originates from design
theory pursuing the goal of covering as many technical functions as possible
with as few components as possible. Today, it is an indispensable principle of modern manufacturing processes: several process steps are combined in one production
unit to improve the added value potential.
There is no need to interrupt the process
chain; this contributes to reducing unit
costs and increasing production safety.
IMPLEMENTED PROCESS INTERLINKING
WITH MULTI-HEAD MACHINES
Large, complex plastic parts are welded in
multi-head machines. Integration of auxilia-
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ry functions has long been common practice, with obvious advantages: plastic components with sensitive surfaces only have to
be handled once when being inserted into
the suitable fixture. Prevention of unnecessary part handling saves time and protects
the product.
In the example shown (in figure 1 a and b),
a multi-part engine cover is assembled and
welded to the sound insulation mat. The
work space comprises a large number of
auxiliary functions. These include mechanical pressing-in of rubber dampers and
scanning for correct fit, printing of a barcode label and verification of legibility, as
well as permanent engraving of the component.
VDMA Blue Competence concept study for
Fakuma 2014: standard modular ultrasonic
welder HiQ Dialog with small-scale robot:
handling, testing, welding, and marking
of a toy elephant
IDENTIFICATION BECOMES INCREASINGLY
IMPORTANT FOR TRACEABILITY
Today, identifying components, selecting preset parameters, and saving weld process data
are basic requirements for the control architecture and ultrasonic generator software. This
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ventional fieldbus interfaces and in a data base
all information is allocated to the component.
But not only documentation of weld process
parameters is part of a complete traceability;
single component marking and tagging is also
crucial for identification. Herrmann Ultraschall
has made it their business to comply with requirements from various industries and to provide customized solutions. In future, expedited
by the FDA (US), a Unique Device Identification (UDI) will be required for medical products.
Depending on component design and the required durability, marking processes such as
scratch embossing, laser, ink jet printing, and
barcode labels are used. The customer can select the best suitable marking process, which is
integrated as an auxiliary function into the overall concept of an ultrasonic welding machine.
Fig. 1a - Function integration in multi-head
welding machine for automobile engine cover:
entire tool change kit
CONCEPT STUDY AT FAKUMA 2014
completeness. After the weld process, all parts
At the Stand 4108, Hall A4, Herrmann Ultra- are individually marked, providing the current
schall demonstrates process interlinking of date and time and a unique application number.
several production steps: a standard modular
ultrasonic welder HiQ Dialog, is shown in combi- IN CONCLUSION
nation with a touch-sensitive small-scale robot, a In future, it will become easier to integrate
camera, and a marking device. The robot makes other processes and auxiliary functions and
multi-axle handling of the applications possible. thus supply supplementary functions from a
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camera checks the parts for their
quality and
This not only applies to ultra-
Fig. 1b - Details of function integration: Ultrasonic
welding (1), scratch embossing equipment (2),
mechanical press-in unit (3) and sensors
sonic multi-head machines but also to manual work stations and ultrasonic welding systems. Customer demand is growing. This
simplifies production monitoring and quality
assurance processes. Herrmann Ultraschall
is going the extra mile and implementing further development of existing products to prepare them for “industry 4.0”.
www.herrmannultraschall.com
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in Europe... Let’s make it happen
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Debate – Act – Change
4-5 November, Brussels
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
FOUR CASE HISTORIES
IN THE OLD AND
THE NEW CONTINENT
DOUBLE FILTRATION
Since 1993 Nuova Gandiplast (based in Gandino, near Bergamo, Italy), first in Europe to do
so, develops a process to recycle LDPE post
consumer film, with equipment partly self designed and partly from selected suppliers. It
takes care of two different stages of the plastic recycling process: the first is the recycling
of LDPE waste material; the following is the
actual production of garbage plastic bags of
various colours and sizes. 81% of the waste
supply comes from national sources located
at a maximum of 250 km from the company
facility, 98% of the production uses recycled
material. The process includes a first stage of
material reduction through a grinder; then the
material goes through a decantation system, it
is washed in two phases and then compacted.
The aim of Nuova Gandiplast is not only to increase the actual production of 1,000 kg/h
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THE ITALIAN COMPANY FIMIC,
PRODUCING SELF CLEANING
MELT FILTERS, WHICH WORK
IN BOTH SCRAPING AND
BACKFLUSHING MODES,
PRESENTS FOUR OF ITS
RECENT INSTALLATIONS IN
ITALY, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
AND IN THE USA. AT THE
FAKUMA 2014 (FOYER OST,
STAND FO-05) THE COMPANY
SHOWS ITS FILTER 400
when processing material with MFI 0,9-1,5, but
also to improve the quality of the final product
going to filtration finer than the actual 300 microns. In the last year, in fact, Fimic has included
in its range of screenchangers a new laser drilled
screen going down to 100 and 200 microns.
Nuova Gandiplast has therefore decided to install a Fimic 500 mm diameter, instead of the
current 325. In fact, reducing the filtration, the
general working pressure rises and there is the
possibility of incrementing the power consumption and some risk on the quality of the material. Increasing the filtration area both risks are
avoided. Another innovation in the Fimic range
of products is an extraction by auger instead
of a valve. The company normally uses a valve
that purges the waste material out of the filter
when a certain pressure is reached (a pressure that can be set at different levels), which
works very well when there are high levels of
contamination. With the new auger designed,
the equipment can gradually eliminate the contamination with a saving in waste from purging. Nuova Gandiplast contamination can reach
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3%, including wood, aluminum, PET and nylon.
These innovations will enable Nuova Gandiplast to increase the quality of the final material,
reduce the waste and, consequently, increase
the return on investment.
THIRD LINE AND THIRD
SELF-CLEANING FILTER
Plasgran, based in the UK and formed in 1999
by a husband and wife partnership, in 2007
moved to the current site in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, which has been divided into various processing areas. The company has three
400 Fimic filters installed on all of the pelletizing lines for a production of 1,000 kg/h each,
with screens ranging from 100 to 600 microns,
depending on material, contamination and customers requirement. The most recent company addition consists in a filter equipped to work
in both scraping and backflushing modes, for
very fine filtration. During installation, the machine, operating in backflushing HDPE with MFI
4, was able to produce the average production
also when the filtration was down to 120 microns with a working pressure from 70 to 130
bar. With an estimated contamination of around
2%, including wood, grits and some aluminum,
the discharge was about 2.5%.
VERY LOW MFI FILTRATION
Primex plastic corporation, one of the largest
custom sheet extruders in the United States,
specializes in several types of products. All
products are extruded from top quality resins
and may be extruded within the 100% recycled material utility program. The company extrudes a number of different HDPE, LDPE, and
HMWPE. This latter presents huge challenges
through the process and particularly as far as
the melt filtration is concerned. The MFI, from
0.010 to 0.015, and the level of contamination
Plasgran has three 400 Fimic filters installed on all of the pelletizing lines. The most recent addition
consists in a filter equipped to work in both scraping and backflushing modes, for very fine filtration
made the use of a normal sliding filter not economical. Once the company decided to explore
the possibility of using an automatic filter, extensive tests have been made on the different
technologies available. The test on Fimic filter
demonstrated that this equipment was able to
better deal with the material characteristics and
contamination. The Fimic filter chamber is completely enclosed and the contamination, which
at the level of pressure caused by HMWPE is
very aggressive, has no way of causing damages on the structure. Also, the lower level of
working pressure guarantees a huge saving in
power costs. Primex has two Fimic 600, producing around 1,500 kg/h when processing
HMWPE with 300 microns filtration.
PROFITABLE RECYCLING
OF MIXED PLASTICS
Idealservice is a leading company in the development and management of waste material
processing. In its location in Costa di Rovigo (It-
Idealservice is able to produce 20,000 tons of granules and 15,000 tons of SRA (Secondary
Reduce Agent), with a recycling rate of almost 90%. It has been able to reach this results also
thanks to two Fimic self cleaning filters with a diameter of 500 mm
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aly), the company is able to recycle mixed plastics and to produce pellets suitable for application in the building sector and suitable also for
another wide range of moulding materials. In the
last years Idealservice has developed the recycling of the so called plasmix, integrating the selection activities with the recycling of the waste
coming from the selection process, with an annual throughput of 40,000 tons. As per today,
the company is able to produce 20,000 tons of
granules and 15,000 tons of SRA (Secondary
Reduce Agent), with a recycling rate of almost
90%. Idealservice has been able to reach this
results also thanks to two Fimic self cleaning filters - diameter 500 mm - that enable the two
lines to process about 1,000 kg/h of polyethylene each. The company has recently decided
for the installation of a new line for 2,000 kg/h.
This new project represented a tough challenge
for Fimic because of the very high level of contaminations, that can have a considerable negative impact on the throughput. The initial idea
was to install a filter with a diameter of 700 mm,
with a filtration area of 3,793 cm2. However, Idealservice was concerned about the unavoidable line stops. In fact, because of the high level of contamination, the screen is on average
changed every 24 hours, with a stop each time
of about 30 minutes. Therefore the company
has decided to install two filters in parallel on
the single 300 mm extruder, ensuring a filtration
surface of 5,552 cm2. The line is equipped with
deviating valves so that the line doesn’t stop
when one of the screens is changed and the
flow to the single filter is interrupted. The final
part of the line includes two pelletizers, allowing
to do maintenance on one of the two machine
leaving the other in operation, thus keeping the
plant in operation.
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NEWS
Dehumidification system
Eureka improved
Massanzago (Italy) headquartered
ancillary equipment producer
Moretto gives pride of place to its
Eureka plastics material conditioning system at Fakuma (Stand
3208, Hall B3). The Eureka system consists of three elements:
a Flowmatik airflow management
and distribution system, the OTX
hopper dryer and the X MAX dryer. Moretto’s Eureka system has
been developed over a 13-year
period of simulation, experimentation and testing, leading to what
company founder and CEO Renato Moretto describes as “the most
ambitious project in the history
of dehumidification during my 45
years carrier in the plastics world”.
By choosing the Greek word Eureka (I found it), as famously exclaimed by Greek physicist and
mathematician Archimedes upon
discovery of his theory of displacement, Moretto says that this word
appropriately describes how the
three elements of the system have
finally “closed the loop” to form
a highly efficient drying system.
Moretto says Eureka is “the most
advanced drying system for engineering thermo-plastics” and that
it is “the only drying system that
can process 10,000 to 12,000
kg/h of material in compounding,
extrusion and PET processing where it has up to 56% lower energy consumption than traditional
drying systems as observed by
customers”. All vital components
indispensable for optimum quality, economy and performance of
the process and the end product
have been redesigned and calculated utilizing the power and AI of
the high-end Leonardo computer.
The core X MAX dryer is based on
Moretto’s patented “X technology”
and incorporates a multi bed single molecular sieve desiccant system providing constant -65°C to
-85°C dew point. Although twice
the size of conventional beds, it
not only works without requiring cooling water or compressed
air for the changeover valve, but
also features complete energy recovery by rotation, heat being recovered from cooling of the bed
during molecular sieve regeneration. A key enhancement in the
latest X MAX dryer within the Eureka system is its multi-stage centrifugal blower, developed by Moretto
since the initial launch in cooperation with nearby Padua University.
Due to these combined features,
the dryer is highly efficient. The X
MAX 916 model, for example, providing each unit up to 1,600 m³/h
drying capacity at 300 mbar pressure with exceptionally low electricity consumption of just 13.2 kWh.
From two to ten X MAX dryers can
be combined, providing extremely large drying capacity, with up
to 20,000 m3/h airflow rate when
using 10 units. Should full system
drying capacity not be required,
the Flowmatik airflow management
can stop one or more dryers and
distribute the reduced load over
the other dryers, as well as sharing
air with up to 32 truncated cone
shaped OTX (Original Thermal Exchanger) hopper driers. The OTX
is available in 28 sizes and its innovative internal geometry ensures
even material and air flow through
the hopper for maximum drying efficiency combined with much lower
energy consumption than conventional hoppers - and 40% faster.
During the Fakuma 2014 show, on
Thursday October 16, Moretto organizes the press conference entitled “Eureka system for efficient
drying of engineering thermoplastics”.
www.moretto.com
20 years’ experience
The importance of the technical-commercial staff
Thanks to its 20 years’ experience celebrated in 2013, Filtec strengthens its development and presence on foreign markets. To this end, it has expanded its sales
network outside Italy and has recently
started a training program for its sales representatives, which will consist of several
Filtec has expanded its sales network outside
Italy and has recently started a training program
for its sales representatives
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steps, until the end of 2014. Established in
1993, Filtec was founded by some technicians with proven experience and skills in
the production of vertical cutting systems.
But, very soon, the founders realized the
necessity of creating technological solutions that could make the production processes more rapid and efficient. Today,
the cutting equipment range is decidedly
complete - in fact it includes vertical, horizontal, in-air, misaligned and underwater
cutting systems - with which it is possible to process every kind of polymers,
even the most critical ones. Besides the
cutting lines, the product range also comprises screen changers, water filters, horizontal and vertical centrifuges and vented
vibratory screens. The company strength
lies in the specialization of the products
and in the customization of the plants according to the specific and peculiar needs
of each processor. To do so, three main
groups of technicians with a deep knowledge of plastics, machinery and processes were established right from the beginning. The first group includes the design
engineers, who follow the machine design from the conceptual idea to the startup and daily operation. The second group
comprises the technical assistants, who
autonomously support customers during
the assembly operations and provide assistance at the customers’ premises. The
third group consists of the sales representatives, who share information with
the processors on plastics, machines and
processes with the aim to offer the most
suitable solution. The constant interaction
and information exchange among these
groups increase the company knowledge,
which is considered its best tool.
www.filtec.it
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ANCILLARIES AND COMPONENTS
NEWS
Extrusion auxiliaries
tions can be assembled using several methods, such as key, broaching,
hexagon, nitriding steels as well as
fully hardened steel and sintered
steel. Thanks to the vast competence gained by Mast, the screw profile is always kept intact in order to
ensure an optimal self-cleaning effect
while the machine is running. Finally, the barrel may incorporate modular sections with internal circulation
of the coolant as well as hardened or
bimetallic interchangeable bushings.
“Considering the complexity of the
typical thermal and mechanical cycles in plastics extrusion processes,
the use of high-performance materials plays a very important role in the
production department”, says the director of Mast, Carlo Arioli. “For example, we use bimetallic barrels in
case of high wear which is usually caused by filled or reinforced plastic
materials. These barrels have an inner wall made of sintered material,
or powder coated. In this case, hole boring is carried out by one of our
partners exploiting the combined action of centrifuge, pressure and temperature, benefiting from the fact that the barrel inner surface will be considerably more compact - and the micro-hardness of the individual grains
higher - in order to increase resistance to wear and corrosion compared
to conventional nitrided barrels. Not surprisingly, we use bimetallic barrels combined with screws coated with Stellite - which is a cobalt alloy
characterised by excellent resistance to wear and corrosion - or, more
often, with Colmonoy, a nickel-based alloy which improves resistance to
wear and corrosion, thus obtaining a really ‘armoured’ screw.”
[email protected]
“Armoured” screws and barrels
Established in 1967 by Marino Arioli
and kept healthy over the years by his
sons Carlo and Marco, Mast provides
the appropriate solution for the manufacture of screws and barrels destined
for various types of product fabricated on extruders and injection moulding machines, as well as for systems
manufacturers. The company based
in Cagno (Como, Italy) offers different
solutions in terms of materials and
coatings, without particular limitations
regarding the maximum diameter and
length of the screws which, respectively, now can reach a diameter of 400 mm and maximum length of 7,000 mm.
In detail, single-screw extruder systems require the production of screws
of different profiles, from the traditional feeding thread with variable pitch,
to transfer thread and Maddock mixer sections, as well as coatings of
different materials such as Stellite, Tig5, Colmonoy or any other material specified by the customer. Moreover, Mast is able to provide chambers made of bimetallic materials. Instead, counter-rotating twin-screw
extruders involve the production of two screws with thread areas of a
different pitch, including a variable-pitch thread area. Mast also specialises in the production of taper screws. In this case, a version featuring
threads with coated crests is also available. The company manufactures
in-house parallel and taper twin barrels as well, supplied to the customer fully equipped with all components such as flanges, and comprising
the installation of cooling pipes. As far as the co-rotating twin-screw extruders are concerned, it is important to emphasize that the screw sec-
Moulds for caps and closures
Expanding market
presence
In order to keep up with the times and
anticipate market needs, Giurgola Stampi (Stand 1101, Hall A1, at Fakuma) has
continually worked to provide processors
with innovation, expertise, flexibility, service and, of course, high quality moulds.
Primary emphasis has been placed on
the moulders’ production requirements.
Although it remains a mouldmaker, the
company feels it is necessary to expand
its competence from the co-design of the
processor product to the complete quality control of the moulded part, through
the whole testing phase and pre-production, with the aim to provide processors
with an answer to any need and a solution to any problem. The company takes
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part in several fairs, showing
the latest technologies applied to moulds for closures,
destined to sectors such as
food and beverage, personal
care, body care, pharmaceutical and medical, all of great
interest to the company.
Caps are displayed with all
their possible combinations,
with unscrewing thread, pull
thread, seals, flip top with and
without closing of the lid in the
moulding machine, mono, bi and three
colour, realized using rotating and tilting
technologies in the mould, completely
designed and manufactured by the company to meet the needs that emerged
from a particularly demanding processor.
Equipment constantly updated and managed by qualified and dynamic people allows the company to expand its commer-
A multi-cavity mould from Giurgola Stampi
cial presence in Europe and around the
world, looking for continuous growth opportunities in a changing socio-economic
reality. The company is trying to move the
boundaries in mechanics using inventiveness and imagination to create solutions
and pass on to processors its capability
of being a reliable partner.
www.giurgolastampi.com
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For extrusion and injection moulding
Gearboxes for all
Company operating worldwide and specializing in the design and manufacture of
gearboxes for extruders, Zambello (Stand
6105, Hall A6, at Fakuma) is more and
more focused on offering a full range of
products to cover all applications, from the
single screw, to the parallel twin-screws
(both corotating and counter-rotating) and
the conical twin-screws. The gearboxes
for injection moulding machines (hybrid or
full electric) complete the range of products entirely designed and manufactured
by Zambello.
Founded in 1957 by Zevio Zambello - the
father of Elio and Alessandro, today’s managing directors and owners of the group
- the company has been involved, since
the beginning, in the design and manufacture of reduction gearboxes of the highest
technology. In the last decades, the range
has gained a prominent position in the
field of machinery for plastic materials and
for extrusion in general. The company’s
industrial policy, inspired by quality criteria,
has led it to make important investments
over the years and to pursue significant
industrial and commercial developments,
which have determined a considerable increase in its international activities, making the company wellknown all over the
world. The list of processors now include
the most important companies in the extrusion field worldwide. Since the very beginning, the company has manufactured
exclusively in Italy.
The headquarter of the group is located in
Magnago, near Milan, and covers a surface of 16,000 sqm, 3,500 of which are
covered. The Magnago factory produces gearboxes for single-screw and twinscrew extruders of large dimensions (i.e.
for extruders having a screw diameter
from 120 mm on) and gearboxes for injection presses of large dimensions. But the
main manufacturing site is located in Lendinara, near Rovigo (still in Italy), and covers a surface of 110,000 sqm, 8,000 of
which are covered. This factory produces
gearboxes in series for single-screw and
double-screw extruders of small and medium size (up to screw diameter 120 mm)
and also gearboxes for injection presses
of similar dimensions.
The company is now investing again to
enlarge both the production facilities in Italy.
The production capacity will be increased
by 60% in order to meet the increasing
demand of high quality gearboxes for extruders. On one side, the production plant
in Magnago, will be doubled. On the other
side, the covered surface of the production plant in Lendinara, will be increased by
5,000 sqm. As a consequence, new CNC
machinery will be placed in production in
order to enhance not only production capacity but also productivity. Moreover, its
worldwide sales network is getting global
with two new offices in Istanbul (Zambello
Turkey) and Ahmedabad (Zamindia).
www.zambello.it
Zambello is specialized in the design and manufacture of gearboxes for extruders
and injection moulding machines
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MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS
DuPont and
Biesterfeld
collaborate at
Fakuma
DUPONT AT FAKUMA
APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
PLUS COLLECTIVE INGENUITY
FUEL INNOVATION
U
nder the banner of “Welcome to the
Global Collaboratory”, DuPont present how its Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Predictive Engineering
Solutions coupled with its broad portfolio of
advanced materials can provide outstanding benefits in a wide range of industries including automotive, electrical & electronics
and heatlthcare. Highlights include:
• Zytel renewably sourced long chain poly-
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amide in a rigid pneumatic tubing application made by Munkplast, Sweden;
• flexible and rigid automotive coolant pipes
made in Zytel PA612 long chain polyamide
and glass reinforced Zytel PA66;
• halogen free1 Zytel FR95G25V0NH with
enhanced long term heat ageing properties for Electrical & Electronic applications;
• recently launched Rynite PET halogen
free1 combining excellent long term heat
THE DUPONT EXHIBIT AT
FAKUMA 2014 (STAND 4200,
HALL B4) REFLECTS THE
IMPORTANT ROLE PLASTICS
PLAY IN SOCIETY AND HOW
DUPONT IS ENHANCING
ITS ADVANCED MATERIALS
TECHNOLOGY TO HELP
COMPANIES INNOVATE AND
COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL
ECONOMY
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ageing and flame resistance performance
for electrical & electronic applications.
LIGHTWEIGHTING MEETS ENGINE
EFFICIENCY
Among DuPont innovations at Fakuma 2014
will be new forward-thinking materials and
technologies to significantly reduce weight
in automotive without compromising performance and sustainability. Lightweighting is
probably the most significant and immediate pathway to CO2 emission reduction for
the car manufacturers. Every 110 kg weight
saved on a car translates roughly into 10 g/
km CO2 emission reduction, and the greatest impact is through the introduction of
plastics instead of metal. DuPont’s collaborative approach goes beyond resins development, providing integrated and cost-effective solutions to the challenges of automotive
lightweighting and compliance with regional
emissions legislation. Good examples of this
approach will be seen in rigid and flexible
coolant pipes of glass reinforced Zytel PA66
designed for Water Injection Technology
(WIT) and Zytel PA612 Long Chain Polyamide
(LCPA) that offer excellent processability in
extrusion and injection capabilities combined
with long-term resistance to aggressive water/glycol and road salts under high pressure
at temperatures ranging from -40°C to 125°C.
PERFORMANCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY
The company offers a wide range of engineering polymers for the electrical & electronics
that can be recycled vs. thermoset in applications such as housings, enclosures, sockets &
switches. In addition, DuPont is also constantly evolving its range of halogen-free portfolio of
engineering polymers which are being developed to address stringent sustainability legislation for better health and safety.
The new halogen-free1 Zytel FR95G25V0NH
flame retardant nylon 66 offers enhanced thermal aging (Relative Temperature Index, RTI
Electrical, of 160°C under UL746 certification)
and industry leading high Comparative Tracking Index (CTI), UL V0 @ 0.4 mm thickness
and excellent surface finish. The material offers
greater productivity as it is high flow and resists mould deposit. It has the highest Relative
Temperature Index (RTI) value in Dupont’s Performance Polymers portfolio and in most of the
polyamide market. Furthermore, the company
has recently launched the first halogen-free1
Rynite FR533NH combining enhanced long
term heat ageing performance (RTI Mechanical
of 160°C under UL746 certification) and good
electrical properties with a CTI of 325V. The resin also brings outstanding flammability benefit,
allowing glow-wire ignition temperature (GWIT)
resistance up to 775°C (UL V0 @ 0.4 mm).
SAFETY MEETS HEALTH
Agreeing with the increasing demand for consumer safety and with the customers demand
to approach them to collaborate on safety applications, DuPont continue to expand its dedicated portfolio of SC and PC (Special Control
and Premium Control) products for the health-
At Fakuma 2014, DuPont present how its Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Predictive
Engineering Solutions can provide outstanding benefits to customers
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care industry. These grades are represented in
Crastin PBT, Delrin acetal resins, Hytrel TPC-ET
and Zytel PA product families. The SC and PC
products are tested against relevant parts of
USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5, -11, are manufactured according to GMP (“Good Manufacturing Practice”), provide sterilization data, are
FDA and EU food contact compliant (with very
few exceptions), and are globally available.
DuPont was one of the first to introduce a specific “FG” (Food Grade) portfolio of polymers.
Its food contact materials (FDA and EU food
contact compliant) not only use raw materials
which comply with the relevant guidelines, but
they are also produced in the facilities under
GMP conditions, where special controls are
in place for products expected to be in contact with food. These grades are represented
in Crastin PBT, Delrin acetal, Hytrel TPC-ET,
Rynite PET, Zytel PA and Sorona EP product
families. This potential is clearly seen in the
food processing industry where a food contact-approved, metal-detectable Delrin FG400MTD acetal has found numerous applications when food safety is a key requirement”.
SCIENCE MEETS INNOVATION
The company works with customers throughout the product development cycle, continually advancing materials, supporting design and
optimizing for processing.
At Fakuma, DuPont is emphasizing advances in the design stage by helping customers
predict how its materials will perform based
on enhancements made by DuPont Engineering Research to its materials modelling expertise. “Our State-of-the-art advanced computer modelling and simulation will help original
equipment manufacturers confidently select
the best material for the application because
they will better understand how the material
will perform given the dynamics of their particular product”, said Craig Norrey, head of design
(EMEA) at DuPont. “Our Finite Element Analysis
(FEA) models are providing part performance
confidence, thus minimizing prototyping”.
Throughout the “art-to-part” process, DuPont’s
design and engineering teams share data and
analysis with their partners using Computer
Aided Engineering (CAE) standard software
suites in a non-proprietary, transparent environment. “This transparency provides a true
collaborative connection between DuPont
and our value-chain partners, with real-time
information available at all stages of design
and development”, added Craig.
www.dupont.com
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“halogen-free” as used here indicates that no halogen
is added as an intended ingredient.
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MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS
MASTERBATCHES AND COMPOUNDS
A “NEW LIFE” FOR POST
INDUSTRIAL POLYMERS
THE REGENERATED COMPOUND IS A TECHNICAL ARTICLE ON WHICH VEPLASTIC’S
INNOVATION ACTUALLY REPRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHOICE FOR
PLASTICS PROCESSORS. THE COMPANY IS ABLE TO GIVE NEW LIFE TO POST
INDUSTRIAL POLYMERS PROVIDING A REAL AND EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO
THE DEMANDS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
“D
on’t call it only compound. It’s a Veplastic compound”. This sentence wish to signify that there
is an entire company behind what could only be
perceived as a good of fairly common use. An entire company that has been able to first understand that “Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity” (Michael
E. Porter, professor at Harvard Business School).
This is the constant and dominant thought in forty years of
family Vezzari’s business experience. Today, after a long
lived experience nothing of the original spirit was lost but
there is a deep look toward the “new” as a spring capable
of providing the energy for success.
To help in understanding the company at first we must
say that the business was born in the 70s as an artisan
society for regeneration and compounding of plastics. At
that time people lived an atmosphere of ardent passion
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for the work that it was able to gradually transform a small
domestic reality in the actual reference company for the
plastics market.
Today, forty years later, Veplastic is a manufacturer of polyolefin-based compounds on its own formulations and it is
able to provide very high production standards of quality and logistics at a value highly competitive. It is really
wide the availability of specific formulations (“tailor-made”)
for use in injection moulding and extrusion in the field of
housewares, furniture indoor and outdoor articles for the
building and automotive industries.
In the operating site of Vergiate (Varese, Italy), the current
total production capacity stood at higher levels than the
180 tons/day and Veplastic is able to provide, from the
first to the last kilogram, product quality and timeliness
and promptness in delivery. The company management,
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as expressed in the “Quality Policy”, is also
committed to respect a full ethical behaviour
protecting the environment with the goal of
complete customer satisfaction. On these key
points a “code of honour” is built step by step
and this has been able to generate full and
loyal links both with suppliers and customers.
Based on that “mission” this strategy is always
alive in the company’s style: to guarantee safe
and reliable products that fully match the expectations of the customer, competitive in the
market, in full compliance with applicable laws
and regulations. Another key to success it was
the gained awareness of “being a team” and
therefore the management has devoted a lot
of resources in the staff training. Remembering that “when an institution, organization, or
nation, loses its ability to arouse high personal
performance, its great days are over” (John W.
Gardner), Veplastic has moved into the professional qualifications and consolidation of skills
of all the people who work within the company. This attitude has been able to support
the many technical challenges that the market
continues unceasingly to put in the effort to improve performance and reduce costs.
REGENERATED COMPOUNDS,
PROCESSING AIDS AND BIOPOLYMERS
There are wide generations of remanufactured products suitable for special applications, consisting of polyolefin polymers with
fillers of different nature that combine the
aesthetic and technological properties even
in the presence of tolerances as often required. The regenerated compound is a technical article on which Veplastic’s innovation,
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Master LV behaves as a processing aid and it is formulated to improve the processability of
polymer masses for the extrusion of polyolefin films
from the very beginning and beyond opinions
ruling, actually represents an opportunity for
choice for customers who are able to make
a choice combine physical/ mechanical and
thermal properties very similar to the polymer
virgin, with an excellent dimensional stability.
Even for the most demanding applications,
with particular formulation components, it is
possible to give a satisfactory reply and competitive and in particular appropriate treatments may also provide improvements in the
aesthetic aspects.
The company is thus able to give new life to
post industrial polymers providing a real and
effective contribution also to the demands of
environmental sustainability who want to develop without the waste of resources that are
not renewable.
Last born in the large world of the Veplastic’s
compounds and flagship of the wide range
of products are Master LV and Vebio, recent
fruits of the plant of continuous innovation.
Master LV is a special additive, specifically
designed for the production cycle of materials
such as LLDPE, HDPE and metallocene resins (applications already present in the films
by blow moulding, cast
film, extrusion of pipes and
sheets, flat head, moulding
& blow moulding etc.) that
requires a certification for
contact with food.
This product behaves as
a facilitator of the process
and it is formulated to im-
prove the processability of polymer masses
for the extrusion of films made of polyolefins.
Its main feature is to act by coating the inner surface of the extrusion line and/or the
mould thereby reducing the friction between
the polymer and the metal. The main advantages of this innovative product are:
• reduction or elimination of “melt fracture”
• improvement of the surface, purity, and brilliance
• reduction of energy consumption and melting temperature
• increasing of the flow rate
• improved transparency and better mechanical properties
• reduction of odour typical of PEG-containing additives.
Vebio is made instead on the basis of a biopolymer (compostable according to UNI EN
13432) with dispersion of inorganic components. This product also marks Veplastic’s
entry into another market segment related
to research performances that safeguard the
sustainability. In this aim it could be again
seen the original spirit declined according to
another point of view.
Today the company is conducted in the first
person by Claudio Vezzari, in an effective and
continuous presence, backed by the passion
and youth, that every day renews the tradition in innovative ideas that are being tested in the laboratories dedicated to the needs
and requirements of customers.
www.veplastic.com
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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION FOR PLASTICS AND RUBBER INDUSTRIES
MILAN - May 5/9
The largest exhibition for plastics and
rubber in Europe in 2015, in Milan,
in coincidence with EXPO
plastonline.org
Organizer: Promaplast srl
MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS
NEWS
Thermoplastic elastomers
MORE RESEARCH
IN THE FUTURE
Polyimide and polyetheretherketone
High performance polymers
for high temperatures
With the support of the regional sales teams for EMEA
and a view toward a research-oriented strategy, Kraiburg
Based in Hamburg, Germany, the disTPE’s focus at Fakuma 2014 (Stand 5303, Hall B5) is on
tribution company Bieglo presents at
special developments for customers in the European
Fakuma 2014 (Stand 4113, Hall B4) its
market. The expanded exhibit stand is Kraiburg TPE’s reportfolio of temperature-resistant high
sponse to the positive feedback at previous trade shows:
performance polymers. This year’s fo“We want to give our customers at Fakuma room for incus is on Meldin 7000 line of semi-fintensive consultation on our custom-engineered TPEs and
ished shapes, made up of thermoset
our TPE portfolio. Consultations are conducted by our expolyimide, produced by Saint-Gobain.
perts from diverse market teams and development”, says
These plastic shapes are suitable for
Michael Pollmann, Sales & Marketing director EMEA. Inapplications at high temperatures up
dividual compounds can be developed for a product at
to 315°C (482°C intermittently). Due to
the request of the customer. The materials are used in the
its high temperature resistance, Meldin
automotive, industry, consumer and medical sectors. The
7000 meets the demands of excellent
TPE specialist will pass on its expertise in a presentation
performance in different industries like
on viscosity in the injection moulding process. At the exaerospace, semiconductor, automotive,
hibition, Kraiburg TPE will present its latest findings on
appliance, pumps, valves and controls.
the relationship between viscosity and surface quality in
It can be processed in different ways,
thermoplastic elastomers. The presentation is scheduled
as for example isostatic moulding, hot
for October 14, at 2:40 p.m. in the Fakuma exhibitor forum.
compression moulding and direct formIn addition to personal consultations at the trade show,
ing. Another important cornerstone of
prospective customers can also find information about deBieglo is the range of CoPEEK produced
sired compounds online in the new eight-language prodby Panjin Zhongrun High Performance
uct database.The company emphasises the importance
Polymers. The powders and granules
of increased strategic cooperation with OEMs in research
are used in the production of stockprojects. As a result, it has already been granted numershapes, tubes and sheet, but also find
ous material and component releases. “We are receiving
a growing number of injection moulding
more and more releases through new projects and new
customers. Due to its excellent qualicompounds. The industry can look forward to creative dety-price relation, CoPEEK (Tg of 143°C)
velopments from Kraiburg TPE in the future”, says Michael
has found an increasing group of conPollmann. The TPE manufacturer supports its customers
verters that produce PEEK products unwith its own regional sales teams. Currently the organisader their own brand and do not need the
tion is being expanded primarily in Germany, Poland, Ruscostly helping hand of the market leader.
sia, Finland and the Middle East and Africa. The company’s
Bieglo also offers PEEK compounds with
sales team in Poland is supported by the retailer Plastofibres and other additives. In the growing market of thermoplastic high perforplan. Kraiburg TPE and Plastoplan already cooperate in
mance products,
Austria, Switzerland
the company has
and Hungary. On
added
thermothe Finnish market
plastic polyimide
sales will be sup(TPI) to its proported in the future
gram and thereby the distributor
fore rounds up the
of plastic products
CoPEEK-portfolio
Bang & Bonsomto the top with a
er Group Oy, with
thermoplastic that
which Kraiburg TPE
has a Tg of 250°C.
entered into a coSince early 2014,
operation in Russia
The Twin-CAL IP67 digital vernier caliper from
the Swiss measuring product specialist Tesa will
Bieglo has starttwo years ago.
be manufactured using the innovative TPE
ed another activiwww.kraiburg-tpe.com
sFor-Tec E from Kraiburg TPE.
ty in semi-finished
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The thermoset polyimide Meldin 7000
is a good substitution for ceramic, and
can be shaped in different forms such
as sheets, rods and tubes
products made of CoPEEK; so rods,
sheets and tubes are now offered via
a new platform in the internet: www.
peek-shop.de. Furthermore, Bieglo offers PEEK film and various filaments
made of high performance polymers.
As part of the Bieglo Group, the company ASP-Plastics is also present at Fakuma 2014 as co-exhibitor, focusing on
their Royalite ABS fire-resistant sheet.
Last but not least, at the exhibition
Bieglo and Lavergne consolidate their
exclusive partnership for engineering
polymers made of recycled raw material. Lavergne is one of the world´s leading producers for recycled raw materials. With their ISO certified compounds,
they pioneer in the contribution to the
resource-saving production of innovative polymers. Sustainable products
like Vyteen PC and PC/ABS, Vypet PET
and PET/PBT blends are already commercially successful in the electronic
and automotive industry worldwide.
www.bieglo.com
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Engineering plastics
LED and gas tank
applications at Fakuma
In Friedrichshafen (Stand 4408, Hall B4) Royal DSM introduces new high
performance polyamides. The company is also demonstrating how its materials have been used in some of the latest application innovations to be
introduced to the market, and it provides a sneak preview of the new R&D
facilities in the Netherlands. More in detail, DSM is unveiling the next generation of Diablo high temperature resistant grades in its Stanyl polyamide 46
and Akulon polyamide 6 portfolios. These new Diablo grades are aimed at
applications in automotive engine compartments such as air intake manifold, ducts and charge air cooler combinations, where temperatures can
reach as high as 250°C. The company is also leading the way in high performance engineering plastics for the electrical and electronics sectors. It
demonstrates the use of Stanyl TC, a thermally conductive grade of Stanyl polyamide 46, in a heat sink for new LED downlights from one of the
world’s leading lighting companies. Also on the DSM stand there are thermoplastic composite gas tanks for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) that
the company has developed with Covess, a specialist in advanced thermoplastic composite vessels for a wide range of applications. Together
with hydrogen, natural gas is claiming its place in the field of cost-effective
and low carbon footprint fuels for use in automobiles. Thermoplastic tanks
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DSM is unveiling the next generation of Diablo high temperature resistant
grades in its Stanyl polyamide 46 and Akulon polyamide 6 portfolios
weigh around 70% less than steel tanks, and they last longer than steel
or even advanced thermoset gas tanks. They exhibit extremely low gas
permeation levels, making them very safe, and they are fully recyclable.
Besides thermoplastic tape, DSM provides solutions for liners in Type IV
composite pressure vessels with its Akulon Fuel Lock polyamide portfolio.
Most recently, a material is developed for large pressure vessels for heavy
duty vehicles and gas transportation. DSM’s commitment to exploitation
of innovative and sustainable high performance materials is evidenced in
its investment in a materials sciences research building on the Chemelot
Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. This facility will be opened on
November 17. It will be one of DSM’s most important R&D center for engineering plastics, complementing facilities in Asia and the United States.
Visitors to Fakuma will be able to obtain a sneak preview of this important investment in new materials technologies and expertise, aligned with
DSM’s focus on “Bright Science for Brighter Living”.
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Rubber 2015
Exhibition within the exhibition
After its great success
in 2012, Rubber - the
satellite fair dedicated
to the elastomers industry - will be staged
again at Plast 2015 (Milan, May 5-9, 2015). During Rubber last edition, proposed again at
Plast after 20 years of absence, more than 100 Italian and foreign exhibitors of the sector have taken part, occupying a large area of Hall
11. The entire rubber industry has been represented: from machineries manufacturers to producers and processors of finished products
semi-finished products, blends, thermoplastic elastomers, natural
and synthetic rubber, auxiliaries etc. Given the interest that has been
expressed by a host of former and new exhibitors, it already appears
that the number of participants and the area dedicated to Rubber
2015 will both be larger than in 2012. Unlike last edition, Rubber 2015
will be coordinated by Sviluppo Servizi Gomma, Assogomma commercial company, that will take care of applications and stand allocations and even of congress, of course in cooperation with Promaplast (the organizer of Plast), to better satisfy the needs of exhibiting
companies, being a benchmark always more and more relevant for
the sector. For further information: Giovanni Panico ([email protected] - Phone: +39 02 43928231-33); Fabrizio
Vanzan ([email protected] - Phone: +39 02 82283744).
Synergy with Expo
It has to be also considered the extraordinary coincidence with Expo
(held in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015), that will take place
at walking distance from Plast 2015 and Rubber 2015. Benefits will
be also granted to foreign operators of our sector, thanks to the support of the agencies of countries taking part in Expo that will organize delegations coming to visit Milan. A cooperation agreement between the Plast fair secretariat and the Fiera Milano executives will
involve joint marketing initiatives and concrete benefits for international operators in the plastic and rubber industry, with the aim of exploiting all extraordinary incentives available from countries attending Expo 2015 in order to arrange delegation visits to Milan. Thanks
to the network to be established between associations and foreign
operators interested in Plast in collaboration with the various authorities working on Expo, the overlapping of the two events could
provide an exceptional opportunity to strengthen the international
scope of Plast. To date, 144 countries are officially signed up for
Expo 2015, representing 94% of the total world population.
An exhibition on tour
The Plast 2015 promotional tour continued and reached China, Romania, Taiwan, Iran, United Kingdom and Spain, on the occasion of
sectorial exhibitions. In fact, an informative booth was attended by
the organizing secretariat and/or by local representatives of Plast
2015 during CMI Plas (Chongqing, September 18-21), Expo Plast
(Bucarest, September 24-27), Iranplast (Tehran, September 25-29),
Taipeiplas (Taiwan, September 26-30), Interplas (Birmingham, September 30 - October 2) and Equiplast (Barcelona, September 30 October 3), where it was possible to ask for information in order to
exhibit or visit Plast 2015.
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EXHIBITIONS & TRADE FAIRS
2014
October 27-29 - Luxe Pack Monaco (Principality of Monaco)
October 28-29 - Jec Americas (Boston, United States)
October 28-November 1 - IPF (Tokyo, Japan)
November 5-8 - Vietnam Plas (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
November 5-8 - Ecomondo (Rimini, Italy)
November 18-21 - Plastimagen (Mexico City, Mexico)
November 19-20 - Expoplast (Montreal, Canada)
November 19-22 - Plastics & Rubber Indonesia (Jakarta, Indonesia)
November 25-28 - Euromold (Frankfurt, Germany)
November 27-30 - Myanmar International Plastics Rubber Packaging
Industrial Fair (Yangon, Myanmar)
December 3-5 - Rubbertech (Shanghai, China)
December 4-7 - Plast Eurasia (Istanbul, Turkey)
2015
January 10-13 - Arabplast (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
January 27-30 - Interplastica (Moscow, Russia)
January 29-February 3 - India Plast (Gandhinagar, India)
February 5-10 - Plastindia (New Delhi, India)
March 1-3 - Saudi Plastics & Petrochem (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
March 10-12 - JEC Composites (Paris, France)
March 10-14 - Intermold Korea (Seoul, South Korea)
March 10-14 - Koplas (Seoul, South Korea)
March 23-27 - NPE (Orlando, United States)
March 26-28 - Mecspe (Parma, Italy)
April 28-30 - Plast Print Pack Nigeria (Lagos, Nigeria)
May 4-8 - Feiplastic (São Paulo, Brazil)
May 5-9 - Plast 2015 (Milan, Italy)
May 19-21 - Plast-Ex (Toronto, Canada)
May 20-23 - Chinaplas (Guangzhou, China)
May 26-29 - Plastpol (Kielce, Poland)
August 26-29 - Tiprex (Bangkok, Thailand)
November 4-6 - Fullplast (Santiago, Chile)
November 27-30 - Indplas (Kolkata, India)
2016
January 10-13 - Plastivision Arabia (Sharja, Saudi Arabia)
January 18-21 - Saudi Plastics & Petrochem (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
March 1-3 - Plastics & Rubber Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
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TRADE FAIRS AND CONFERENCES
MEETINGS & CONGRESSES
Austria
November 3-5, 2014 - Vienna: Wood-Plastic
Composites - AMI (www.amiplastics-na.com)
December 2-4, 2014 - Vienna: Silicone
Elastomers/Thermoplastic Elastomers World
Summit - Smithers Rapra
(www.smithersrapra.com)
February 17-19, 2015 - Vienna: International
conference and exhibition on pipeline
protection, coating technology, materials
and markets - AMI
(www.amiplastics-na.com)
Belgium
November 20-21, 2014 – Brussels:
Plastics Recyclers Europe Annual Meeting
2014 (www.plasticsrecyclers.eu)
December 2-3, 2014 – Brussels: 9th
European Bioplastics Conference
(www.en.european-bioplastics.org)
Arab Emirates
December 8-10, 2014 - Abu Dhabi: Flexible
Packaging - AMI (www.amiplastics-na.com)
Pira Packaging Summit 2014
The new world of packaging
Over the last five years, the economic downturn and declining consumption in many
key developed countries have led the global packaging and packaging materials sectors to be increasingly driven by cost cutting, resource saving considerations and efficiency improvements. As these overbearing market dynamics have been gradually
reducing their grip, the packaging sector is now confronted with a new set of complex
market drivers set to catalyse a new world order of packaging, and a wealth of new opportunities. On November 11-12, Smithers Pira’s packaging event will fully explore the
meaning of this emerging new order. The 5th annual Pira Packaging Summit, which is
once again held in association with the magazine Packaging News, is taking place at
230 Bishopsgate, London, and precedes the UK Packaging Awards. The different sessions running throughout the conference will include: Consumers demanding more for
less; Internet of things - How will packaging function; Broadening scope of price comparison sites; Material consumption, cost innovation, innovation in luxury and economy. Featuring presentations by experts from Kingfisher, SABMiller, NVC Packaging
Centre, Linpac Packaging, Marks & Spencer, Global Print Strategies and more; these
days of summit will delve into the new and evolving industry drivers related to the new
world of packaging, changing global consumer behaviours, the digital world, market
innovations and enabling technologies that have emerged within the packaging sector since the recession. For firms to position their business to take advantage of this
growth potential and to innovate effectively, it is imperative to understand how this
wide range of drivers will co-relate to create the packaging market of the future and
how the industry can work together to meet the demands of its customers.
www.pack-summit.com
France
March 11-12, 2015 – Lyon: 2nd World
Elastomers Summit - ACI
(www.wplgroup.com)
Germany
October 28-30, 2014 - Cologne: Polyolefin
Additives - AMI (www.amiplastics-na.com)
November 4-6, 2014 - Cologne: Polymer
Foam - AMI (www.amiplastics-na.com)
November 11-13, 2014 - Nuremberg:
PETnology Europe - PETnology/tecPET
(www.petnology.com)
December 9-10, 2014 - Frankfurt: Maximising Propylene Yelds - ACI
(www.wplgroup.com)
December 2-4, 2014 - Cologne: Thin Wall
Packaging - AMI (www.amiplastics-na.com)
December 9-11, 2014 - Cologne: Fire
Resistance in Plastics - AMI
(www.amiplastics-na.com)
June 21-26, 2015 - Dresden: EPF 2015 European Polymer Congress
(www.epf2015.org - www.aim.it)
Spain
February 23-25, 2015 - Barcelona: European Additives & Colours Conference - SPE
(www.4spe.org)
March 9-13, 2015 - Sitges (Barcelona): 4th
International Conference on Multifunctional,
Hybrid and Nanomaterials - Elsevier
(www.hybridmaterialsconference.com)
United Kingdom
November 11-12, 2014 - London: Pira
Packaging Summit - Smithers Rapra
(www.pack-summit.com)
United States
November 6, 2014 - Philadelphia: Medical
Plastics Minitec - SPE (www.4spe.org)
November 11-12, 2014 - Philadelphia:
Plastics in Photovoltaics - AMI
(www.amiplastics-na.com)
December 9-10, 2014 - Philadelphia: Compounding World Forum - AMI
(www.amiplastics-na.com)
February 22-25, 2015 - Houston: International Polyolefins Conference - SPE
(www.4spe.org)
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