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CMM East: a smaller medium for converters.

the regional show in Philadelphia, followed by a west coast exhibit in Los Angeles, provided a smaller, more intimate setting for converting industry suppliers to show their wares

Following the lead of the much larger CMM7 show, which took place last fall, the first of the regional converting machinery and materials conferences was held in April. More than 85 exhibitors showed their wares at CMM East, which took place in Philadelphia, PA, while an estimated 3200 attendees showed up, 75% of which were first time visitors to a Converting Machinery/Materials show.

The smaller converting equipment and material suppliers comprised most of the show and while it did not have the action and new product introductions of the larger national show, CMM East served its purpose in bringing together a regional market in a more intimate atmosphere.

Nonwovens played only a small part in most booths, but there were some interesting products on display at several.

What follows is a brief rundown of some of what was available for the nonwovens industry:

* Boschert, Inc., Mobile, AL, was featuring, for the first time in the U.S., a pneumatic opener with a remote control open/close feature for when the machine is not easily accessible. Also on display were Boschert's safety chucks, its primary product focus, as well as brakes and constant tension devices.

Century Adhesives, Columbus, OH, was one of the busier booths at the show. The company was talking about its line of high performance pressure sensitive and wet bond adhesives. Century Adhesives also featured a complete line of tape and label adhesives for the hot melt area and recently introduced CA 905 for leg elastics, chassis and other diaper applications.

* Coes Knife, Worcester, MA, had its new HV composite knife, introduced at CMM7, on display. Claiming it is the only company in the U.S. to have this unique composite design, Coes Knife manufactures the knife to customer specifications of width and thickness and reports that customers are getting two to three times more life out of the knife.

*Another busy booth at the show was that of Converter Accessory, Columbia, Nj. The company had a new edge guide control system with a hand held operator station, which allows the machine to be operated up to 20 feet away. Also new at CAC was a closed loop tension control system that senses tension ultrasonically and uses an air bar to detect changes in tension. The new system provides a lot of correction with little movement, as each roll moves individually rather than on a pivot.

* A wide array of knives and knife holders was on display from Dienes, Spencer, MA. Longitudinal slitting knives, heavy-duty score knives and female and male shear knives were among the equipment on display

* Futec International, North Brunswick, Nj, had on display an automatic on-line web inspection system that could be built specifically to customer specifications. The company said that customers were repeating orders for newer lines because they were assured of the quality of the equipment.

* Hurletron, Danville, IL, was showing register controls, tension monitors and anti-static devices as well as a new video monitor to permit viewing of the printed web on press. The company is just starting to become active in the nonwovens industry with its line of products.

* At the booth of Intec Corp., Trumbull, CT, an automatic inspection system was on display. The Series 3000 laser inspection system provides 100% coverage and can check up to 12 different defects. The machine has real time output and can use spray marking or an alarm bell to identify defects. The report can be seen on screen as a map of the product and can also be printed as a running map or defect summary.

* Magnat Rolls, Easthampton, MA, had all types of industrial rolls on display. The company was also showing cooling drums, hot oil rolls and calender rolls.

* A product that had its preliminary introduction at CMM7 was officially on display for the first time at the booth of Magnetic Power Systems, Fenton, MO. The "Digitrac" microprocessor-based tension readout and control is a closed loop system that is controlled by a touch pad keyboard. Storage for up to six complete machine or material set-ups is available and inertia compensation, taper tension and manual/automatic operation are all standard.

* Herman Schwabe, Brooklyn, NY, exhibited an updated model of its SL80 kiss cutting machine. The machine can be used for nonwovens with or without pressure sensitive adhesives and can cut all the way through the material or just kiss cut. The SL80 has speeds up to 120 cycles a minute and is very accurately controlled. It is also available with a hot stamping feature and vacuum system.

* Southworth Systems, Westbrook, ME, showed a line of roll and sheet handling integrated systems, available on their own or easily integrated with the customer's system. The company also had a variety of accessories, including mobile lift-tilt tables, shaft pullers, rollwrappers, roll transfer cars and sealers.

* An array of testing equipment was on display at the booth of Thwing-Albert Instrument, Philadelphia, PA. The company was featuring updated statistical process control software for its "Intelect II" tensile tester. The new software allows a variety of new charts and graphs to be created. The company was also showing its Elmendorf tear tester, a new friction/peel tester, a tensile compression tester and an electronic thickness tester.
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Title Annotation:Converting Machinery/Materials supplier trade show
Author:Noonan, Ellen
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Jun 1, 1990
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