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Extrusion.

The new factor in extrusion machinery at this NPE is the influx of Asian suppliers. We count 30 Chinese OEMs this time vs. five at NPE '03 and 17 Taiwanese vs. six in '03. Chinese exhibitors now are likely to have a North American or European engineering or sales alliance.

Some Chinese machine builders have adopted westernized manufacturing techniques. Jwell (Shanghai) Machinery, for example, is ISO 9001 certified. And Jin Ming Plastics Machinery has several years' experience building oscillating hauloffs for a European maker of blown film extruders and now offers seven- and nine-layer blown film lines itself, though it has a three-layer line for its NPE debut. Jin Ming (North American offices at J.M. Machinery in Canada) incorporates European components such as a Kundig thickness gauge on a manually adjusted, Chinese-built die; and Schneider inverter drives from Germany on Chinese-built AC motors.

News in testing and inspection

Lots of new capabilities are shown for on-line quality checks. Gneuss developed a small on-line capillary Viscosimeter to determine polyolefin and PET I.V. A PLC generates shear and viscosity data, and the sampled melt goes back into the extruder.

Two NPE exhibitors brought new visual inspection systems based on LED light instead of lasers. Wintriss Engineering is introducing Refraction Ranger sheet inspection to detect superfine MD scratches in films for window glass. Pixargus is introducing X-LightEdge surface and dimension inspection for profiles.

Isis Optronics' new non-contact gauge uses IR reflection to measure overall film and individual layer thickness. Davinor is displaying a white-light interferometer gauge for layer thickness.

Less glamorous but very practical is the Melt Monitor from Dynisco, said to be the only combination extrusion pressure/temperature gauge on the market.

Going gearless

Machinery news includes wider application of gearless, synchronous, permanent-magnet torque motors, especially in blown film. NPE is a prime opportunity to explore motors, gears, and drives for extrusion because these component suppliers haven't been allowed to exhibit at the K Show in Dusseldorf--the only plastics show bigger than NPE.

At NPE, however, Zambello of Italy (represented by STC Equipment) will display a new TST high-speed gearbox, said to have the world's highest torque. German motor builder Baumuller is exhibiting its newest and largest gearless torque motor (see Other Exhibitors section).

Gearless torque motors are actually running equipment at this show. Macchi will operate a coex blown film line with all-gearless motors from Siemens on three extruders, the oscillating hauloff, and five winder rolls.

Davis-Standard is showing the first North American-built extruder with a gearless permanent-magnet torque motor (from Siemens) on its new EMDD (Electric Motor Direct Drive) extruder.

TechFlow Design & Manufacturing will show a video of its coex blown film line with gearless torque motors from Siemens, built in Italy this year at partner Giovanni Zocchi.

Reifenhauser, which showed the first gearless motor on an extruder at last NPE, has added three new extruder sizes (60, 80 and 90 mm) for wire coating with Siemens motors.

Besides being silent and allegedly energy efficient (which some OEMs say is hard to substantiate), the real advantages of the new gearless motors may turn out to be greater accuracy for better quality film and rolls and space savings where it counts most--in high-layer coextrusion. Addex's first extruder with a gearless torque motor is called SlimLine (see Keeping Up with Extrusion) and is recommended for seven- and nine-layer lines.

High-wood-content profiles

New wood/plastic composite (WPC) profile systems, mostly from Europe, pack in much more wood flour than U.S. processors are used to, and they generally do so without predrying. Cincinnati Extrusion is showing its Fiberex conical (or parallel) twin-screw running 80% wood flour in PP interior profiles, a fairly new application in the U.S.

Cincinnati Milacron will show a TC 86 conical twin for running up to 70% natural fiber in fence profiles. Futuresoft's WPC profile extruders, built in China by a joint venture with Shan Xi Qinchuan Machinery, also reportedly process up to 70% wood flour or rice hulls.

In two-stage WPC extrusion, Advanced Extruder Technologies (AET) combines a continuous batch intensive mixer with a hot-melt extruder. Altech-CTE in Japan combines one long and one short screw side by side, thereby combining a twin-screw kneader in line with a single-screw extruder, all in one barrel.

New flexibility in pipe & profile

Extruders are becoming more modular as an affordable way to offer choices of custom features. Many profile extruders introduced at NPE are described as modular with interchangeable sections, often prewired and preplumbed. American Kuhne's new AKcent low-cost customizable extruder offers a choice of three base configurations. American Maplan's new TechBEX single-screw profile extruder offers downstream modules that can easily be reconfigured. And Macro Engineering is introducing extruders with interchangeable grooved or smooth feed throats.

Inoex is showing its Advantage here for the first time: It allows pushbutton changes of polyolefln pipe dimensions and is said to be retrofittable on any pipe line. Krauss-Maffei's QuickSwitch system to change polyolefin pipe dimensions has now been adapted for PVC pipe, too.

MESIM, LISIM, and other cast film news

Even some of the most highly specialized equipment is becoming more flexible. DMT is bringing drawings of its new MESIM (Mechanical Simultaneous Stretching) line for biax film, which is only the second in the world (after Bruckner's LISIM technology) for simultaneous MD/TD stretching. DMT's MESIM is designed to accommodate a couple of different materials on one adjustable-width line, either BOPP and BOPE or BOPET and BOPS. Bruckner, meanwhile, is bringing its third-generation LISIM system to the show.

For complex, high-output cast films, Dolci is announcing a 5-layer line with a jumbo chill roll (1.5 meter diam.) and Welex is showing only the die of a 6-extruder, 9-layer line that company sources say is the most complex Welex has ever built--capable of both double-barrier sheet for packaging and pinstriped sheet for yogurt cups.

A lot of market development is going on in micro-layer films with 100 or 1000 layers, but only EDI will reflect that at the show. Cloeren and newcomer Allied Dies have micro-layer developments too, but won't display them in Chicago.

In other sheet news, EDI is also introducing a Restrictor Bar version of its Contour die for higher sheet throughput. And HPM is featuring Multi-Nip roll stacks with up to seven nipped chill rolls, also for higher sheet output.

More wear & corrosion resistance

With all the glass-filled resins being processed, lots of exhibitors will show more wear-resistant screws and barrels. A few claim to have new metallurgy. Crucible Service Centers is introducing wear-resistant nickel and stainless alloys. Extreme Coatings features a new NiBoride nickel boride coating for abrasion resistance and release in dies. And Conforma Clad is announcing new technology for extreme corrosion resistance.

To help you discern when to repair or replace a screw or barrel in the first place, Glycon Corp. is showing its novel Smart Barrel system, which mechanically measures wear without removing the screw, and Flitescan, which measures screw wear while the extruder is running.

Exhibitor Listings

Includes extruders, dies, air rings, screen changers, screws, barrels, controls, gauging, web-handling and other downstream equipment, bag-making, corona treating, and other converting equipment. New developments appear in boldface

ABIEF-BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING

Booth 10214

Trade group will run a hospitality suite for its 190 plastic packaging members.

ADDEX INC.

Booth 5571

Showing new 70-mm, 30:1 Slim Line Extruder with Baumuller gearless motor to save space on highly layered blown film lines. First North American appearance of synchronous, permanent-magnet torque motor from Baumuller (Booth 7409). Also new: oscillating hauloff that leaves no discernable zigzag (camber) in finished film, reducing edge trim (said to be a first). First show appearance of winder with knife in lay-on-drum and electrostatic pinning. Also exhibiting 3-layer Redi Die, manual-gauge-control air ring, and 36-in.-diam. IBC with gauge control.

ADESCOR INC.

Booth 4551

Manufactures pipe cutoffs and downstream pipe fabrication equipment.

ADVANCED EXTRUDER TECHNOLOGIES (AET)

Booth 4372

Introducing wood/plastic composite compounding and extrusion line that combines a continuous-batch intensive mixer with Advantage single-screw, 15:1 L/D grooved-feed, hot-melt extruder. Also introducing sheet take-off for packaging.

AEC INC.

Booth 1802

Offers vacuum calibration tanks, servo cutters, saws, pullers, embossers, takeaway conveyors, and other downstream accessories.

ALLIED DIES INC.

Booth 6255

Showing flat dies for film or sheet plus a model of new auto-gauge-control device with automatic lip adjustment.

ALPHA MARATHON TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 11032

Unveiling Abacus Air Ring for automatic gauge control.

ALTECH COMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.

Booth 4399

Japanese firm has Swiss unit, AltechPlast AG, that sells bag machines.

ALTECH USA INC.

Booth 7235

Introducing wood/plastic extrusion equipment from CTE Co. Ltd. in Japan. Requires no predrying of wood flour. Extruders have one long and one short screw side by side, changing from twin-screw kneader to single-screw extruder.

AMERICAN CUTTING EDGE INC.

Booth 4423

Supplies slitter blades.

AMERICAN EXTRUSION SERVICES INC.

Booth 5728

Introducing barrier screw for higher output at lower melt temperature. Also presenting information on small "roll-around" coextruders (0.75-1.5 in.).

AMERICAN JET STREAM INC.

Booth 1180

Offers Tecom-Plastimac blown film lines and DeBernardi-Plastimac bag machines.

AMERICAN KUHNE INC.

Booth 6139

Showing latest AKtive color touchscreen controls with new hardware and software for improved graphics, higher speed, and greater accuracy. Also launching AKcent low-cost coextruders with choice of three base configurations. Showing standard Ultra extruders and AKcel customizable extruders, plus barrier screws.

AMERICAN MAPLAN CORP.

Booth 2515 (Exhibiting with Battenfeld Gloucester)

Introducing TechBEX modular single-screw profile extruder in 45 and 75 mm. Also new are two AMC/BEX single-screw extruders for sheet and VS1250/700 spiral-lattice basket die for polyolefin pipe. Also showing automation control, screws, downstream equipment, and the largest HDPE pipe ever made in the U.S. (63 in. diam.).

AMERICAN ROLLER CO.

Booth 10829

Showing rollers with rubber, urethane, ceramic, and chrome coatings.

AMUT NORTH AMERICA

Booth 4375

Featuring new higher-output drive system for PVC profile extruders. Also highlighting a recently built PVC blister sheet line for thermoforming that can use up to 80% scrap, with a BA120 twin-screw extruder and vertical calender. Ariostea Div. will show a new PVC feeding system.

A+G EXTRUSION-GRUBER & CO. GMBH

Booth 10464

Featuring recently introduced Combiline extruder and profile downstream equipment and S Series small profile downstream equipment.

A.R. ENG. MACHINE & TOOL INC.

Booth 921

Showing a blown film line, available with 1.25- to 80-in. die diam.

ASCON CORP.

Booth 4170

Italian maker of PLCs and controls is featuring new Sigma2 high-speed Ethernet controls combining PID and PLC. Introducing Gamma2 extrusion controls and auto-calibrating pressure indicator, as well as Delta2 self-calibrating pressure and temperature controllers (8 and 16 DIN).

LUIGI BANDERA COSTRUZIONI MECCANICHE

Booth 8345

Presenting barrier coex line for cast film and thermoformable sheet of APET/PET, PP, or HIPS with EVOH barrier. Has 85-ram, corotating twins-crew main extruder, 65-mm coextruder, and three or five 35-mm coextruders. Also presenting newly developed plants for direct extrusion of sheet from 80% to 90% PET bottle flake.

BATTENFELD GLOUCESTER ENGINEERING CO.

Booth 2515

Featuring Thermoflex 45[degrees]three-roll stack for sheet, designed to mate with in-line thermoforming. Showing new 160-mm Opticell spiderless die for foam sheet with tighter gauge control than annular dies and no weld lines. Also showing new low-cost, servo-controlled bag machine. Highlighting E-Plus II controls with graphics and animation.

BEIJING GREAT WALL-PEONY MOULD MANUFACTURE CO. LTD.

Booth 9436 (Exhibiting with Skyreach)

Makes dies for PVC window and door profiles.

BEIJING JIAN CHENG MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 9436 (Exhibiting with Skyreach)

Builds PVC extruders and dies. Offers new steel-plastic coextrusion process, which saves labor compared to traditional insertion of steel components.

BEIJING MAIKESI WEIER TRADING CO. LTD.

Booth 7144

Specializes in PVC compounding and extrusion lines for pipe and window profiles.

BERSTORFF

Booth 2102 (Exhibiting with Krauss-Maffei)

Highlighting extrusion lines for foam, film, and sheet with a Schaumtandex ZE/KE foam extrusion line, combining twin- and single-screw extruders.

BETA LASERMIKE

Booth 4007

Featuring enhanced version of Snap Technology for ultrasonic wall-thickness measurement with lower noise and higher dynamic range.

BETACONTROL OF AMERICA

Booth 4689

Demonstrating beta thickness sensor with new safety feature--a mechanical check on whether the sensor shutter is open or closed in case of a power outage. Displaying recently developed laser foam thickness gauge.

BLACK CLAWSON CONVERTING MACHINERY

See Davis-Standard.

BONDABELT

Booth 3039 (Exhibiting with G.F. Goodman)

Makes replacement belts for hauloff caterpillars. Launching Bondaflow belt-covering materials (35 to 93 durometer).

BONMART ENTERPRISE CORP.

Booth 264 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Taiwanese supplier of entire lines for producing PE squeeze tubes.

BOSTON MATTHEWS INC.

Booth 5061

Launching Logic Series energy-efficient single-screw extruders with Accutrol barrel-temperature control. Also showing AC vector-drive puller/servo-cutter combination and UC600 winder. Illustrating new coex capabilities, including a 5-layer tubing die head.

C.W. BRABENDER INSTRUMENTS INC.

Booth 2532

Will run KE-30 multi-purpose lab extruder with Univex flat-film take off.

BRAMPTON ENGINEERING INC.

Booth 5533

New blown film equipment includes battery-operated roll cart, integrated with front-to-front winders. Also showing 9-layer SCD-3 streamlined coex die for conventional coextrusion or water-quenched AquaFrost downward bubble. Real-time demo of Italycs-4 controls on 3- to 10-layer coextrusion. Newest feature is secondary nip to prevent wrinkles in film during winding.

BREVINI RIDUTRORI S.P.A.

See PIV Drives.

BREYER GMBH MASCHINENFABRIK

Booth 10550

Showing five extrusion lines, a traveling saw for sheet, and 3-roll calender with electro-hydraulic gap control adjustable on the fly. Also bringing a Fast Gap flat film die and a tubing die.

BRUCKNER INC.

Booth 514

Will demonstrate biaxial film orientation of unusual materials such as PLA, cyclic olefin copolymers, PVA, polyimide, PTFE, and triacetate on its Karo IV enhanced laboratory stretcher with three ovens instead of two. Also highlighting third-generation LISIM simultaneous biax stretching.

BRUCKNER PLANT TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Booth 4106 (Exhibiting w/Triad)

Makes curing and drying ovens for vinyl flooring, roofing membranes, and tarpaulins.

BSG (BRUCKMAN STEUERUNGSTECHNIK) GMBH

Booth 4668 (Exhibiting with Kreyenborg Industries)

German designer of complete process-control and data-acquisition systems for extrusion and compounding.

BUSCH INC.

Booth 10420

First showing of new Mink MM BV dry rotary-claw vacuum pump. Also displaying three other types of vacuum pump--recently introduced Panther rotary-lobe, positive-displacement blower; Dolphin liquid-ring pump; and Cobra NB dry screw pump.

BYTEWISE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

Booth 5139 (Exhibiting in Rubber/TPE Pavilion)

Offers in-line laser profile-measuring systems.

CANADIAN FEED SCREWS MFG. LTD.

Booth 4446

Will display screws and barrels.

CANTERBURY ENGINEERING CO.

Booth 5984

Showing new Zero Feed crosshead. Also showing screws, barrels, in-line heads, crossheads, screw tips, end caps, dies, and breaker plates.

A. CARNEVALLI & CIA. LTDA.

Booth 1895

Brazilian maker of blown film lines and pipe and profile extruders will run Polaris 3PO1800 coex blown film line with new Multi Point automatic gauge-control die.

C.B. MANUFACTURING & SALES C0. INC.

Booth 4423

Industrial knife producer is introducing CB Sharpening Systems, a program to reduce knife-sharpening costs.

CDL TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 10422

Offers twin- and single-screw extruders and downstream equipment. Will display a 2.5-in. single-screw extruder.

CDS

Booth 5581

Showing latest traveling planetary saw, which cuts up to 18-in. pipe. Also showing servo-driven Miter 45 miter saw for 45[degrees]and 90[degrees]cuts on profiles. Also showing "high-precision" vacuum tank for close-tolerance tubing and 20-ft Fenestrand dual-strand line with cooling, calibration, haul off, and guillotine.

CHANGZHOU HENGLI MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7443

Chinese firm produces extrusion coating and tape extrusion machinery, and tape and flat-fiber stretching equipment.

CHENG YIEU DEVELOPMENT MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 281 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Taiwanese firm builds single- and parallel twin-screw extruders for PVC pipe, tubing, and profiles.

CHI CHANG MACHINERY ENTERPRISE CO. LTD.

Booth 363 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Taiwanese firm is introducing PS foam plank extrusion line for construction applications.

CHINA HANGZHOU SHUANGLIN PLASTIC MACHINERY

Booth 7344

Launching dies, hauloffs, calibration tables, and irradiation tower for one-step in-line crosslinking of PEX pipe. Also offering pipe extrusion and downstream equipment for PVC, PP, PB, and aluminum-wrapped composite pipe.

CHING HSING IRON WORKS CO. LTD.

Booth 167 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Taiwanese firm is highlighting equipment for mono- and multi-layer sheet extrusion with PET, PLA, and TPU, as well as conductive and antistatic sheet. Also presenting coex processes for PC/PMMA/MS (modified styrene) and PP/HIPS/PE sheet.

CINCINNATI EXTRUSION INC.

Booth 2515 (Exhibiting with Battenfeld Gloucester)

First North American demonstration of Fiberex T58 WPC profile line running 80%-woodflour PP profile for furniture. Running pelletized material from Fasalex GmbH in Germany (Fasalex representatives will be present). Also displaying Alpha 45 and Alpha 60 single-screw profile extruders for the first time in North America.

Other introductions include Argos 173 EA jumbo parallel twin-screw extruder for foamed PVC sheet; Monos 90 single-screw extruder with 37:1 L/D for PP and PE; and Talos "universal" single-screw extruder for flexible operation. Also showing Konos 50 conical and Argos 93 parallel twin-screws, plus molybdenum-coated screws.

CINCINNATI MILACRON EXTRUSION MACHINERY

Booths 1702, 1715

Introducing Mosaic extrusion control, a no-cost option on twin-screws and extra-cost option on single-screws. Also showing FACTS microprocessor control system for parallel and conical twin-screw extruders. A 115-mm, 26:1 TP115-26 parallel twin-screw will be shown with a pipe die and a TC86 conical twin-screw for high natural-fiber loadings of up to 70% will be shown for fence profiles.

Also featuring aftermarket services with specially coated replacement barrels and screws, including the newly licensed Barr VBET and ET feed-screws; a new barrel air-cooling system; and gearboxes. Showing Akron Milacron PAK 350 single-screw extruder with affordable customization, bimetallic barrel, chrome-plated screws, 4-bolt gate for die removal. Also showing PAK 200 coextruder.

CLOEREN INC.

Booth 5566

Highlighting 145-in. AutoGauge die and feedblock for cast film; 92-in. MasterFlex sheet die with 3-layer feedblock; 72-in. EBR IV AG die with feedblock; and a 2-layer die for PVC siding. Also showing two fixed-slot coating dies: 1250-mm and 12-in. hot-melt. Discussing die-repair capabilities (and showing 17-in. dies before and after rework).

CMD CORP.

Booth 755

First-time introduction of Model 1400 BS (bottom-seal) servo-driven bag maker for shopping/handle/side-gusset bags and lawn/garden/can liners up to 99 in. long. Also showing for the first time compact drawtape bag maker, running at up to 600 ft/min integrated with roll banding.

COFIT INTERNATIONAL SRL

Booth 241

Italian maker of screen changers, gear pumps, and diverter valves. Showing for first time in North America fully automatic AP Type screen changer.

DR. COLLIN GMBH

Booth 5395

First U.S. show for Mini blown film line for multi-layer film with Teach Line Series 20-mm extruders. Also showing new filter-pressure test unit, type FT-E20T-MP-IS, for the new European EN dispersability standard for colorants and additives. Also showing 7- or 9-layer feedblock, CR 136-350 chill roll, and E30E extruder.

COMERIO RODOLFO S.N.C.

Booth 5084

Italian producer of complete PVC calendering lines, displaying information on newly improved take-off for calenders.

COMMODORE MACHINE CO. INC.

Booth 3120

Specializes in foam tray equipment. Introducing extrusion line controls with data storage and trending. Also featuring new Quick-Cut trim tool. Displaying real-time video and data monitoring of foam tray extruder running at Commodore's plant.

CONAIR

Booth 2649

Showing downstream equipment for extrusion, including vacuum sizing and cooling tanks, pullers, cutters, and saws.

CONFORMA CLAD INC.

Booth 4367

Manufactures replacement barrels for co-rotating twin-screw extruders, clad with tungsten carbide for longer wear. Announcing new technology for extreme corrosion resistance.

COOPER MACHINE & TOOL GMBH

Booths 9249, 9252

Showing new turret winder with fixed cantilever and end support during winding. Also demonstrating a buttom-seal, shuttle-track bag machine and cureless surface winder.

CORELCO

Booth 10610

Will show an automotive corrugator.

CORMA INC.

Booth 5749

Supplies single-, double-, and triple-wall pipe corrugating equipment for PP, PE and PVC, from I to 3000 mm OD, offering the largest commercially available size.

COROTEC CORP.

Booth 10104

Exhibiting Plasma-Jet surface treater for film to increase printability and adhesion. Also showing Uni-Dyne sheet-fed treater and narrow-web treater.

CRG LOGICS, INC.

Booth 6165

Supplies extrusion gravimetric throughput monitoring and control as well as complete line control systems.

CRUCIBLE SERVICE CENTERS

Booth 4529

Introducing two corrosion- and wear-resistant alloys for barrels and screws: WR-16 nickel alloy and CPM SV110 stainless steel. Will bring a novel die material as well.

CUMBERLAND ENGINEERING

Booth 2642

Offers vacuum calibration tanks, servo cutters, saws, pullers, embossers, conveyors, and other downstream accessories.

DAVINOR LTD.

Booth 9420

Introducing white-light interferometer gauge for layer thickness.

DAVIS-STANDARD LLC

Booth 5107

Extrusion Systems Group will feature new DS-TPC touch-panel controls combining pressure, temperature, and drive control in three pre-configured levels with a PLC. Converting Systems Group (formerly Egan and Black Clawson) will feature Integrator Pro complete line controls for coating and converting cast and blown film and new Integrator C upgrade for Egan CMR cast film controls with recipe storage, data trending, alarms and improved temperature and gauge control. Also highlighting new 75-mm EMDD (electric motor direct drive) coextruder, the first North-American-built extruder with a gearless, permanent-magnet, synchronous torque motor (from Siemens).

Also displaying new XP Express roll stand with gel-detection camera, new lab QC line, and a cotton-swab production line, running at the show. Introducing 7-layer blown film line with "Super-Cooled" MAC extruders and 64-in. dual turret winder. Other featured products include EPIC III and MESA III control systems; 3.5-in. Merritt extruder; and 4.5-in. Super Blue extruder.

DEKKER VACUUM TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 9326

Presenting Titan liquid-ring vacuum pumps and Vmax oil-sealed liquid-ring pumps. Demonstrating Vacuum Solutions Assessments, a full review of customer's vacuum needs with solutions to improve performance.

DEKUMA GMBH

Booth 9940

Sales arm of Cosmos Machinery Ltd. in Hung Kong, a builder of German-designed pipe dies and extruders.

DELTAPLAST MACHINERY LTD.

Booth 4139

Showing a parallel twin-screw extruder with new Siemens color tonchscreen supervisory control for up- and downstream equipment and a 3.5-in., 24:1 single-screw Deltaplast extruder with a PID controller to keep head pressure constant. Displaying new 1.25-in., 24:1 coextruder with slimmer, shorter design. Also showing a new compact control cabinet (24 x 30 x 8 in.), believed to be the industry's smallest.

DIAMOND AMERICA CORP.

Booth 4265

Showing a 2.5-in., 24:1 single-screw extruder with twin-lever, quick-opening die gate and 1.5-in., 24:1 extruder with adjustable height. Highlighting screw-repair services with a screw showing different stages of rebuilding. Also displaying a variety of replacement screws.

DMT TECHNOLOGY GMBH/ ARTEC MASCHINENBAU GMBH

Booth 9946 (Exhibiting with Austrian Trade Commission)

Showing new MESIM (mechanical simultaneous stretching) system capable of simultaneous MD/TD stretching. TDO section adjusts to different widths, allowing one line to make both BOPP and BOPE or BOPET and BOPS.

DOLCI EXTRUSION SRL

Booth 7405

Announcing new high-output FC H8 Stratocast 5-layer cast film line, including a Jumbo chill roll (1500 mm diam.). Line includes new Contrawind 3000 robotic winder with vibration reduction. Also presenting recent developments in blown film and a cast film extruder.

DOTECO SRL

Booth 5091

Showcasing new Profit automatic gauge-control air ring with PLC and Kundig thickness sensor on the bubble. Also introducing Prolix auto profile-control system and showing Dotexa supervisory extrusion controls.

R. DRAY MFG. INC. OF TEXAS

Booth 283

Will show Dray Adjustable-Barrier screw and other extrusion screws.

DSM XPLORE

Booth 4687

Showing variable-capacity twin-screw batch tester for 3-, 7-, or 15-cc batches. Now features either co- or counter-rotation. Accessory film roll winds 1.25-in. tapes.

DYNAMIC METAL TREATING INC.

Booth 4134

Highlighting Dynablue low-temperature, ferritic nitro-carburizing process to harden tool steel. It reportedly resists wear, corrosion, and galling up to 10 times longer than ion or gas nitriding.

DYNISCO INSTRUMENTS

Booth 5016

First showing of new Melt Monitor pressure and temperature sensor for extruders with integral digital display.

ECON GMBH

Booth 9946 (Exhibiting with Austrian Trade Commission)

Exhibiting screen changers Also offering a new pyrolysis furnace to clean dies and filters.

EGS GAUGING INC.

Booth 4639

Showcasing latest EPlus web gauging and control technology with Shadow-Master "True Caliper" sensor, a non-nuclear, non-contacting thickness gauge with fast scan speeds. EPlus is also offered with SR-90 or KR-85 beta gauges. Also introducing version 2.0 of 21Plus measurement and control system with two new modules, Die Mapping Display and Mass-Map Display for biax cast film.

EISBAER TROCKENTECHNIK GMBH

Booth 9946 (Exhibiting with Austrian Trade Commission)

Offers air chillers for blown film.

EREMA NORTH AMERICA INC.

Booth 1185

Featuring a video of direct extrusion of PET sheet and strapping from Vacurema PET recycling line. Also demonstrating new KAG 504 in-line edge-trim recycler, integrated with touchscreen controls to supervise multiple systems.

ERHARDT & LEIMER INC.

Booth 5875

Showing a new generation of Eisis surface inspection system for high-speed webs.

ESI-EXTRUSION SERVICES INC.

Booth 4946

Showcasing recently built downstream equipment for an unusual wood/plastic sheet line for product up to 48 in. wide and 0.5-in. thick. Uses novel tooling concept: a sheet die and calibration, instead of a three-roll calendar. Also introducing low-cost puller/cutter. Also featuring a high speed, dual-station coiler with automatic cut and transfer and an all-servo fly-knife cutter.

EUROIMPEX S.R.L.

Booth 10748

Italian firm is showing extruder screws and barrels, including standard and specialty screws. Also exhibiting a partial extruder with gearbox, bimetallic screw and barrel, and thermal regulation.

EVERPLAST MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 265 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Taiwanese firm builds extrusion plants for pipe and profile, as well as dies.

EXTREME COATINGS, DIV. OF SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY CO.

Booth 332

Extreme Coatings features a new NiBoride nickel boride coating, introduced six months ago for abrasion resistance and release in extrusion dies. Also displaying screws with carbide and other coatings.

EXTRUSION CONTROL & SUPPLY INC.

Booth 10922

Introducing replacement screws and belts as supplement to the firm's replacement heaters, breaker plates, rupture discs, transducers, temperature sensors, and screen packs.

EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES LLC (EDI)

Booth 4661

New technologies include layer-multiplier die for micro-layer film of 80 layers or more. Also presenting new Restrictor-Bar contour die for sheet. It adjusts sheet gauge inside the die with a restrictor bar instead of using flexible die lips. Also new is a custom-engineered flat-die system, which optimizes die design for better gauge, properties, and output. Also showing dies for cast and oriented film, sheet, and coating, plus coex feed-blocks.

FACTS INC.

Booth 4344

Showing new on-line color control using an X-Rite color analyzer and automatic adjustment of color feed. Also new is a replacement thickness gauge for existing scanner frames.

FAS CONVERTING MACHINERY AB

Booth 9225 (Exhibiting with Peco)

Swedish firm will run a bag maker and new PU500 perforator with TW 475 turret winder.

FONG KEE IRON WORKS CO. LTD.

Booths 458, 557 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Makes extruders for mono- and multi-layer cast film and sheet and will feature an extrusion laminator.

FRANKISCHE ROHRWERKE GEBR. KIRCHNER GMBH & CO. KG

Booth 5992

German builder of single-and dual-wall corrugated pipe lines up to 1.8 meter diam. will show photos and a video of its machinery and factory. Displaying a die for 1.5-meter pipe. Now planning its first 2-meter-diam., dual-wall corrugator.

FREDERICK ENTERPRISES CO. LTD.

Booth 163 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Exhibiting a bag-making machine and polypropylene woven bags and shopping bags.

FUJI TECHNO INDUSTRIES CORP.

Booth 11427

Demonstrating new HYSC-06 pulse-free reciprocating metering pump to feed fluids with high accuracy into an extruder. Also featuring a portable metering pump and Super metering pump.

FUTURE DESIGN INC.

Booth 5933

Introducing Chinese-built oscillating haul-off (not displayed). Also introducing segmented air ring in three versions: manual, manual with Sussex SIG 130 profile gauge, and automatic with thickness control from Aipex Engineering in the U.K and Saturn Genie recipe storage. The manual version will be displayed.

FUTURESOFT TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 7442

Offers turnkey wood/plastic profile extrusion systems built by Qinchuan-Future Materials Equipment Co. Ltd., a Chinese joint venture of Futuresoft and Shan Xi Qinchuan Machinery Development Co. Profiles contain up to 70% wood fiber or rice hulls in PVC or recycled HDPE.

GAMMA MACHINERY

Booth 8311

Canadian firm is showing a winder and bag machine.

GENCA

Booth 9415

Showing in-line pipe dies up to 8 in. diam., dies for multi-lumen medical tubing, and replacement screws and barrels. Showing a model of a die that switches from monolayer to striping to coex and finally coex with stripe. Also showing a video on rotating tips and dies.

GLYCON CORP.

Booth 5915

Introducing Hurricane screw mixing section with a high degree of chaotic mixing and self-cleaning action for fast color changes. Also showing new Smart Barrel mechanical wear measurement of screw and barrel without removing the screw and Flitescan device for measuring screw wear while extruder is running. Also displaying custom feedscrews.

GMA MACHINERY ENTERPRISE CO. LTD.

Booth 11229

Taiwanese maker of dies for hollow sheet extrusion of PC, PP and PET as well as coex feedblocks for flat dies. Also offers static mixers, gear pumps, and air knives.

GNEUSS INC.

Booth 4766

Featuring new SFXmagnus rotary filtration system and introducing a capillary bypass "Viscosimeter" for online measuring of melt viscosity. Also exhibiting RSFgenius automatic filtration system with reduced purging time.

G.F. GOODMAN & SON INC.

Booth 3039

Makes standard and custom downstream equipment for pipe and profile extrusion, including vacuum calibrators, cooling tanks, pullers, servo cutters, flywheel cutters, traveling saws, conveyors and packaging systems. Sells Bondabelt line of replacement belts for caterpillar pullers.

GREINER EXTRUSION U.S. INC.

Booth 791

Austrian-based firm is showing new, more robust and accurate Guillotine cutter and stainless-steel cooling tanks for large fence and wood/plastic profiles. Also featuring HOT (high-output tooling), E-Tech, and Simplex tooling.

GUANGDONG LIANSU MACHINERY MFG. CO. LTD.

Booth 8340

Chinese firm offers L&S extrusion lines and corrugating equipment for PVC pipe production.

GUANGDONG SIMCHENG PLASTICS MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7225

Chinese firm makes 3-layer coex cast film lines up to 5 meters wide for CPET and CPE with a PVB inner layer. Also makes extrusion lines for stretch film and MDO units for sanitary films.

GUILL TOOL & ENGINEERING

Booth 4465

First display of new Micro-Mini II die, 1.772 x 1.772 in. square, for tubing down to 0.005 in. OD and 0.0002 in. wall thickness. Also featuring new crosshead die that's guaranteed leak-free. It combines multi-port spiral flow, FeatherTouch concentricity adjustment, and SealRight technology. Also displaying a range of other dies.

HAIDE PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7139

Chinese firm makes machinery for PE spiral pipe and PVC carpet production, single-screw tubing extrusion lines for PP and ABS, and conical twin-screw lines for PVC tubing and panels.

HANGZHOU SHUANGLIN PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7344

Chinese firm supplies lines for smooth-wall, corrugated and composite pipe.

HARDEN INDUSTRIES LTD.

Booth 7245

Chinese supplier of screws, barrels, screen changers, melt pumps, feed-blocks, dies, and bag makers. Also supplies single- and twin-screw extruders and extrusion lines for cast film.

HARREL INC.

Booth 5709

Launching CP644 extrusion controller with LCD screen and keypad and CP 873 complete extrusion line control. Also showing static display of Alternate Polymer System that extrudes two materials sequentially to avoid a weld.

HIGH-TECHNOLOGY CORP.

Booths 5033, 5728

Running a continuous screen changer on a 5/8-in. Randcastle single-screw lab extruder.

HONG YUENG MACHINERY CO. LTD. Booth 258 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Makes a wide range of bag machines will feature an automatic servo-driven T-shirt bag machine.

HOSOKAWA ALPINE AMERICAN

Booth 5555

Displaying 7-layer coex blown film line with new AES7 controls. After the show the line goes to Alpine's lab for customer trials. Also new is "Reverse IBC" air system, which reverses the usual position of air pipes through the die to insulate the hot die from cold pipes. Also displaying a 20-in. side-fed "K" die design and samples of MDO film.

HPM, A TAYLOR'S COMPANY

Booths 2115, 2127

Featuring novel "multi-roll" roll stacks with up to seven nipped chill rolls for high-output sheet lines.

HUESTIS INDUSTRIAL

Booth 7305

Displaying downstream equipment for wire and cable: air wipe, payout, and take-up stand.

IEEC-PBJ INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS PVT LTD.

Booth 7631

Indian firm supplies corona treaters for wide- and narrow-web applications in blown and cast film, coating, converting and ultra-wide BOPET, BOPP, and CPP.

IMG PLASTEC SP. Z.O.O.

Booth 8228

German-Chinese joint venture making extrusion lines for blown film and PS and PP packaging foams.

INDUSTRIAL EXTRUSION BELTING

Booth 10315

Displaying hauloff belts. Specialty is large belts matching a pro file's geometry.

INJEX SYSTEMS INC.

See Syn-Genuity Sourcing.

INOEX LLC

Booth 10301

Presenting new Advantage pushbutton vacuum-calibration technology to automatically change polyolefin pipe dimensions. Retrofittable on any extrusion line. Also displaying Aurex ultrasonic wall-thickness measurement and flaw detection for pressure pipe. Also showing "igs" D6 (intelligent gravimetric system) multi-component dosing station to feed liquid silane and peroxide directly into an extruder for PEX pipe.

INTELECS CONTROLS INC.

Booth 7230

Canadian firm is unveiling BATCH, a supervisory yield-control system capable of handling multiple extruders or coextruders, vacuum loaders, pumps, and blenders.

ISIS OPTRONICS GMBH

Booth 10806

German maker of thickness and profile gauges will demonstrate a new non-contact thickness gauge using infrared reflection to measure total film thickness and individual layer thickness.

ISRA SURFACE VISION

Booth 5887

Introducing SMASH surface inspection system for 100% on-line film and sheet QC. Includes statistical reporting, defect flagging, and rewind control. ISRA's gel counter will run at Davis-Standard booth.

ITAL-PLAST MACHINERY

Booth 8423

Canadian firm will have information on Ghioldi Italian-made extruders for blown and cast film and coextrusion and Saldoflex Italian bag-making machines.

ITIB MACHINERY INTERNATIONAL SPA

Booth 10362

Italian firm manufactures extrusion lines for single- and dual-wall corrugated pipe (4.5 to 630 mm OD). Featuring new F15 small-diameter vacuum corrugator.

JELLIFF CORP.

Booth 10837

Displaying screen packs and screens for blown film, as well as copper gauze to clean screws and breaker plates.

JENN CHONG PLASTICS MACHINERY WORKS CO. LTD.

Booth 466 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Makes extruders for blown film, strapping, and netting, plus bag makers.

J.M. MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 9846

New North American sales agent for Guangdong Jinming Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd., a major Chinese maker of multi-layer blown film lines, automatic gauge-control air rings, IBCs, spiral-mandrel dies for up to 3 layers, pancake dies for up to 9 layers, horizontal oscillating hauloffs, and dual-station gap winders. Will run a 3-extruder line with IBC, Kundig profile gauge, manual die adjustment, automatic winder, horizontal oscillating haul-off, and computer controls. Also makes five-layer, water-quenched downward-bubble line and agricultural blown film lines with up to 10-meter layflat.

D.R. JOSEPH INC.

Booth 4339

Introducing non-IBC-based layflat width control using ultrasonic sensors. Also displaying IS-IBC2 IBC; seal-cut MD sealing unit; and a Gammatec blown film sizing cage.

JUMBO STEEL MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booths 266 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Will demonstrate PP straw extrusion, packing, and package bundling. Also providing info on extruders for PP or PET strapping, heat-shrinkable PVC film, and PVC vacuum hose.

JWELL (SHANGHAI) MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 8405

Large Chinese producer of plastic machinery and chemical fiber plants, ISO-certified builder of PVC extrusion lines for pipe, sheet, and profile (including dies and feedblocks). Also builds extruders for blown and cast film, foam, and wire/cable coating.

KADANT JOHNSON

Booth 10250

Featuring new RX ball-bearing rotary union for water and thermal oil.

KAMPF KKA

Booth 4106

German-based firm builds turret winders and other equipment for film calendering, laminating, embossing, and coating (suspension, emulsion, dispersion, or solvent-based). See also Triad Sales.

KEY FILTERS INC.

Booth 5756 (Exhibiting with Parkinson Technologies)

Showing new economical, flexible PLC control for continuous screen changer, with Ethernet communication to supervisory line controls. Also exhibiting manual and continuous screen changers.

KIEFEL INC.

Booth 1515

Running new Kirion MDO line for film, 2.6 meters wide for stretch ratios up to 1:10. Also featuring novel Enhanced Cooling Package IBC with water-cooled insert inside bubble for higher output of heavy-duty shipping sacks. Is building its first 9-layer blown film line for its lab.

KRAUSS-MAFFEI CORP.

Booth 2102

New modification of QuickSwitch system to change pipe dimensions on the fly--now suitable for PVC pipe. Also launching modular KME 60-36 B/R single-screw extruder for pipe with ability to convert to sheet and film. Also showing KMD 75-32/P high-output twin-screw profile extruder. Video and lectures highlight reinforced thermoplastic high-pressure pipe for gas.

KREYENBORG INDUSTRIES

Booth 4668

First North American show for new 4-screen version of automatic back-flush screen changer with constant pressure.

KUAG KUNSTSTOFF-MASCHINEN UND ANLAGENBAU GMBH

Booth 9946

Austrian supplier of pipe and profile downstream equipment, including hauloffs, calibrators, spray baths, calibration tables, cutoffs, saws, and bellers.

KUHNE GMBH

See American Kuhne.

KUNDIG HCH & CIE AG

Booth 1315

First U.S. show for S-100 Twin capacitance gauge for barrier film, combining thickness measurement, width control, and edge guide in one sensor. KNC-200 (Kundig non-contact cling-free) sensor will run at Windmoeller & Hoelscher booth and a Kundig K-100 ECO gauge profiler at Jinming and Carnevalli booths.

LABTECH ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

Booth 4575

Thai maker of lab extruders will display a large assortment, all running daily. Introducing mini blown film line and three-layer, two-extruder laboratory cast film and sheet line with chill roll, convertible to five layers with three extruders.

LAND INSTRUMENTS INTERNATIONAL

Booth 11426

Introducing M4 hand-held thermal-imaging camera the size of a cell phone. Also showing recently introduced SOLOnet web-enabled, digital IR thermometer. Display includes other thermal-imaging cameras and calibration equipment.

LEADER EXTRUSION MACHINERY INDUSTRY CO. LTD.

Booth 5896

Taiwanese builder of equipment for flat, corrugated, and hollow-profile PC sheet; PET and PP sheet; and 3-layer coex cast film with MDO. Features sheet calendars, surface/center winders, and Japanese controls with closed-loop servo line-speed control.

LEISTRITZ

Booth 5544

First display of PLA sheet extrusion, running on 18-mm lab ZSE co-rotating twin-screw with gear pump. It will produce 6-in.-wide sheet using a flex-lip die and three-roll stack. Also showing auxiliary extrusion equipment, including a small sheet takeoff, recirculating oil-ring pump, and supercritical C[O.sub.2] injection system for foams.

LEMO MASCHINENBAU GMBH

Booth 5575

German maker of bag machines will show one in operation.

LUNG-MENG MACHINERY (USA) INC.

Booth 9610

Taiwan-based firm will run three-layer coex blown film line with three 55-mm extruders. Also running three bag machines: bottom-seal/loop handle; drawstring; and "universal" side or bottom seal. Will also run a zipper profile extruder.

MAAG PUMP SYSTEMS TEXTRON

Booth 4749

Introducing 5th-generation Maag extrusion pump in three versions: general purpose, high pressure, or high volume. Also new is Constant Pressure Module for screen changers to keep pressure steady and candle filters with very high screen area.

MACCHI NORTH AMERICA CORP.

Booth 1695

Italian-based firm will run novel all-gearless blown film line with five Siemens permanent-magnet, synchronous torque motors on extruders, hauloff, and winder. Also running a 3-layer coex Flex 3.3 line with one 3.2-in. and two 2.6-in. extruders, 14-in. die, oscillating hauloff, and back-to-back winder.

MACRO ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY Booth 4410

New technologies include prototype of ProFix automatic air ring and multi-video-camera monitoring of blown and cast film lines for cost-effective troubleshooting of large bubbles or difficult materials. A six-camera installation on Macro's lab blown film line will be shown on monitors at NPE. Also highlighting recently developed interchangeable grooved or smooth extruder feed throats. Exhibiting 7-layer Macro Pack blown film die.

MAGUIRE PRODUCTS INC.

Booth 5507

Introducing LineMaster AC extrusion yield control system via simulation of a coex blown film line. Material consumed by three extruders will be monitored with loss-in-weight hoppers. Also introducing new sizes of loss-in-weight hoppers.

MAILLEFER S.A.

Booth 4791

Swiss firm is featuring new in-line crosslinking process for PEX-A pipe with IR oven immediately after the die. Crosslinked tube is then wrapped with aluminum and coated. U.S. introduction of MEH 60 and 80 high-output single-screw extruders with a barrier screw and new barrel design.

MARSHALL AND WILLIAMS PLASTICS

Booth 5756 (Exhibiting with Parkinson Technologies)

Makes stretching equipment for biax film. Introducing SuperFlex clipping system for tenter frame rails. Boasts lower profile and smoother movement than previous Multi-Joint System. Also showing MD Orienter.

MEECH STATIC ELIMINATORS USA INC.

Booth 3138

First display of Model 986 pulsed-DC feedback system, reportedly the only long-range ionization system with automatic feedback control loop. It has a sensor bar that checks the web for residual static and adjusts the ionizer accordingly. Also showing new line of static-control equipment for locations with hazardous fumes, where ionizers typically can't be used.

MENZEL

Booth 8512

Introducing Polyband Expander device to prevent wrinkles during web winding. Neither a slat expander nor a bow roll, the non-driven roll is a 6-in.-diam. aluminum cylinder with parallel lengthwise grooves holding 30 elastomeric bands. Also showing A-frame winding stand.

MERRITT EXTRUDER

See Davis-Standard.

MICHIGAN PLASTICS MACHINERY CO.

Booth 4369

Builds downstream equipment for large pipe up to 42 in. diam. and large fence and deck profiles. Showing combination servo puller/cutter and standalone servo cutter. A vacuum cooling tank will be displayed at Beta Laser-mike booth.

MIDWEST KNIFE GRINDING INC.

Booth 11232

Showing industrial knives.

MIGRANDY CORP.

Booth 10101

Featuring custom screw designs and consultation services. Showing video on screw geometries and Migrandy 1000 hard facing.

MILACRON INC.

See Cincinnati Milacron.

MOZART AG

Booth 7314

German maker of tool-steel cutting knives, including slitters for film.

MYUNG-IL FOAMTEC

Booth 10443

Korean firm specializes in PE and PS foam extrusion lines and related equipment. Also makes lines for PS foam board and chemically crosslinked PE foam.

NANJING GIANT MACHINERY CO. LLC

Booth 4899

Chinese firm makes single- and twin-screw extruders.

NANJING RUBBER AND PLASTICS MACHINERY PLANT CO. LTD.

Booth 7347

Chinese firm builds single-screw extruders for pipe, sheet and film; conical twin-screws for PVC pipe with downstream equipment, and twin-screw compounding extruders.

NAROTO (N.A. EXPORTS-INDIA)

Booths 7825, 7831

Offers single-screw extruders for LLDPE throughputs up to 650 lb/hr.

NDC INFRARED ENGINEERING

Booth 5461

Introducing Remote View software for remote display of gauging results and remote ability to changing extrusion control settings. Also displaying Accuprobe, a small, inexpensive gamma backscatter thickness gauge; Minitrack single-sided sensor with XRB laser thickness sensor; and FG 710 gauge running on Accutrak.

NFM/WELDING ENGINEERS

Booth 5501

Introducing single-screw reclaim extruders for low-bulk-density film and fiber scrap. Also presenting new Aries II HMI touchscreen controller for supervisory control and data acquisition. Displaying HSX-160 single-screw extruder, standard and OEM spare parts for single- and twin-screws (co- and counter-rotating) with HIP (high-isostatic-pressure) process for imparting abrasion and corrosion protection.

NINGBO FANGLI GROUP CO. LTD.

Booth 7231

Chinese firm makes SJ Series single-screw extruders, SJCZ conical twin-screw extruders, and extruders for tri-colored straws, hollow-wall flexible pipe, dual-wall corrugated pipe, and profiles. Also makes pipe dies, pipe cutters, cooling and calibration tanks, and expandable air shafts.

NORWELL PLASTICS INC.

Booth 7537

New U.S. company builds cast film, sheet and profile lines in China. Products include single-screw extruders and conical and parallel twins. Offers Chinese pipe corrugators from under 400 mm to over 1000 mm, including systems for steel-reinforced pipe.

OLMAS SRL

Booth 10450

Italian firm will present information on extrusion lines for corrugated and flexible HDPE, PP, and PVC pipe from 4.5 to 315 mm. Showing pipe samples.

OMA USA INC.

Booth 10016

Italian maker of braiding machines will bring a Model 24/1-140 ST/EC braider for textile reinforcing of plastic hose.

OMIPA SPA

Booth 8431

Italian firm will display 2.7-meterwide die for custom PP profile with very fine vertical flutes (1.5 to 3.5 mm). Makes dies for hollow optical sheet as wide as 3 meters.

ON LINE CONTROLS INC.

Booth 10106

Displaying UltraGauge 4000 and 6000 pipe thickness gauges. Also showing UG 4000 paired with recently developed 3-axis gauge from Laser Line and PC-based touchscreen display of OD/ID on tiny medical tube. Also showing MicroAir low-pressure regulator for air pressure inside the tube within the die.

OPTICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS GMBH (OCS)

Booth 10317

German firm is introducing ME2800/BFT-300 lab-scale blown film line. Also exhibiting updated FSA-100 film defect analyzer and updated model ME-2800/CR-9 cast film line.

OPRTO

Booth 6195

Russian firm produces turnkey PVC profile lines, including downstream equipment, for panels, window profiles, planks, and siding. Introducing technology for PVC profile decoration.

OX PAPER TUBE & CORE INC.

Booth 6197

Showing spiral-wound paper tubes for film roll cores and for protecting film rolls during shipping.

PARKINSON TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 5756

Launching Dual Razor web slitter for uninterrupted slitting during blade changes. Also makes winders and other web-handling equipment.

PATT TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 7244

Introducing the Rotary IV rotary backflush screen changer with greater filtration area. Also introducing PLC-based Gen III controls to integrate full extrusion line control. Will run a Rotary III screen changer at the booth. Also displaying extrusion dies, knives, adapters, screw elements, and coating/nitriding services.

PECO INC.

Booth 9225 (Exhibiting with FAS Converting Machinery AB)

Unit of Swedish FAS Machinery Group will run two converting modules from roll stock--a bag-making line and a new PU500 perforator showing sheet perforation and winding on a TW 475 turret winder.

C.A. PICARD

Booth 5884

Makes screws, screw elements, and barrels for twin-screw extruders. First North American display of SK kneader element. Also showing tungsten carbide hard facings.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES, AN ITW CO.

Booth 935

Demonstrating split-box treater for blown film.

PIPE COIL TECHNOLOGY LTD.

Booth 9637

British firm's first U.S. showing of fully automatic pipe coiler with automatic stretch-film overwrapping. Model SPC 030 SH-F is for 10- to 32-mm pipe. Showing video of automated pipe coiling in production.

PITAC INTERNATIONAL MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 360 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Will highlight equipment for foam extrusion and coextrusion of PS, PE, PP, and PVC. Also featuring PVC pipe and profile extrusion and sheet extrusion of PVC, PP, HIPS, PET, PS, ABS, and PE.

PIV DRIVES GMBH

Booth 5187

German drive manufacturer (part of Brevini Riduttori in Italy) will highlight its Posirex I drives on singlescrew extruders for Reifenhauser's largest blown film line (making 4800 lb/hr of 3-layer agricultural film in Spain).

PIXARGUS INC.

Booth 4996

Introducing X-LightEdge surface and dimension inspection system for profiles, reportedly more accurate than laser technology. PCD-X360 system with X-LightEdge projects a line of LED light onto a plastic profile. Also offers machine-vision cameras for film quality inspection.

PLAS ALLIANCE LTD.

Booths 282, 365 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Displaying bag-making machines for bottom and side sealing and T-shirt bags.

PLAST-CONTROL INC.

Booth 6364

First U.S. display of non-contact capacitive C-Scan scanning device for blown film with seven or more layers. Introducing re-engineered Pro-Jet segmented automatic gauge-control plate, which fits between air ring and die. Previously only custom-built. Also showing uncontrolled air ring.

PLASTIC PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 1240

Provides extrusion screws, tips, and barrels, including Posi-Melt plasticating screw for better homogeneity, lower melt temperature.

PLASTIMAC

Booth 1180 (Exhibiting with American Jet Stream)

Italian firm is featuring blown film machinery and DB 100N SH automatic electronic sealing machine for boutique bags with soft loop, patch, rigid, and zip handles.

PREMIER DIES CORP.

Booth 8335

Builds flat sheet and film dies. Showing 50-in. cutaway model of novel Rapid Gap sheet die with single-point adjustment, shown with coex feedblock. Also showing unusual 3-layer, 2-material (ABA) triple-manifold sheet die for 20in.-wide PVC siding.

PROCESS CONTROL CORP.

Booth 2926

Offers Gravitrol extrusion yield and line-speed control systems.

PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES INC. (PTI)

Booth 5961

Showing Trident Model 5000 convertible sheet extruder (5-in., 32:1). Also Revolution 5000 J-stack with convertible conveyor that changes from close-coupled for in-line thermoforming to full-length takeoff

PROFILEPIPE MACHINERY INC.

Booth 4551

Sales representative for Adescor in Canada, which builds downstream equipment for corrugated pipe.

PROGRESSIVE MACHINE CO. INC.

Booth 5930

Displaying updated 3-position turret tube coiler with new programmable winding patterns for a wide variety of tube and bundle sizes. Also introducing "fly winder" for small spools of small-diameter micro tubes, fishing line, or optical fibers.

PROGRESS PRECISION INC.

Booths 1702, 1715

Exhibiting recently developed MixStar distributive mixing tip for screws. Has multiple flights with stepped root geometry and notched flights. Also displaying feedscrews and relined barrels.

PSI-POLYMER SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 6340

Makes gear pumps, screens, screen changers, filtration materials, and static mixers.

PUROLATOR EFP

Booth 11008

Formerly United EFP, makes screens and screen packs.

QINCHUAN-FUTURE MATERIALS EQUIPMENT CO. LTD.

Booth 7442 (Exhibiting with Futuresoft Technologies Inc.)

Chinese joint venture of Futuresoft Technologies builds wood/plastic profile extrusion lines.

QINGDAO LUHUA PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7128

Chinese firm builds extruders and lines for smooth and corrugated PE pipe.

RAJOO ENGINEERS LTD.

Booth 4980

Indian firm is introducing sheet lines for PP and PET and Inverted Conical Spiral Stack Die (INCOSS) for blown film.

RANDCASTLE EXTRUSION SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 6307

Demonstrating new tiny single-screw batch mixer with Reeirculator mixing sections. Will automatically make small tensile bars. Also showing tiny sheet line, lab extrusion coater, and newly developed downstream web coater for roll stock. Displaying full-size 3.5-in. Recirculator screw and a 5/8-in. extruder will run at High Technology's booth.

RDN MANUFACTURING CO. LTD.

Booth 5939

New products include Taper Tube software Version 6.0, shown running on a TT-0.5/206-1 Taper Tube extrusion line. Also new is Intellicut Version 4.0 software for IC-8 Intellicut servo cutter. Also showing IC-2/218-3 IntelliCut puller/cutter, servo saw, vacuum sizer, conveyor, saws, belt puller, and vacuum calibrator.

REEL-O-MATIC

Booth 7215

Exhibiting In-Line FM Series shaftless, tension-controlled spooling equipment to coil flexible profiles like conduit, cable or tubing. Model ILFM1.8 for reels up to 1800 lb will be operated during the show.

REIFENHAUSER INC.

Booth 2911

First North American show for new REI2Cool double air ring for high-output blown film. It's height adjustable and specially matched to IBC orifices. Also announcing three-layer spiral-mandrel die for high output of metallocene PE, LLDPE, and bimodal PP; and 5-layer spiral-mandrel die for very thin layers of barrier and tie resins. Also highlighting recently developed gearless REItorque single-screw extruders for wire and cable in 60- to 90-mm diam. and 25:1 or 30:1 L/D.

REINHOLD

Booth 2559

Windmoeller & Hoelscher subsidiary will produce heavy-duty shipping sacks on its high-speed tube former for form/fill/seal. Also showing Topas FFS packaging system with integrated dust removal for bagging powdery materials.

ROLLEPAAL INC.

Booth 1385

Dutch-based supplier of extruders and downstream equipment for PVC and polyolefin pipe. Introducing RCM8 pipe cutter with two knife blades on a rotating cutting head. Also displaying two extruders: 75-mm, 30:1 TREX 75/30 parallel co-rotating twin-screw; and 80-mm, 33:1 single-screw AREX 80/33 with grooved infeed. Showing RDV 2/1-4 dual-vacuum sizing tank and 4-in., dual-track RHO 4-2T hauloff. Also showing stationary RSS4 pipe thickness gauge with ring of ultrasonic sensors and a newly upgraded rotary scanner.

ROSENTHAL MANUFACTURING

Booth 835

Designs and builds custom automation systems for sheet and roll handling. Displaying a sheeter and new dual-lane sheet stacker, designed to allow continuous operation.

SFR INDUSTRIES

Booth 4633

Showing custom breaker plates for extruders.

SHAN XI QINCHUAN MACHINERY DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.

Booth 7442

One of largest plastics machine-building groups in China. Its Qinchuan-Future Plastics Machinery subsidiary (a joint venture with Futuresoft) builds turnkey wood/plastic composite extrusion systems. See Futuresoft Technologies.

SHANGHAI JARI EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.

Booth 7318

Chinese firm (also known as Jari Tooling Technology Co.) exports extrusion tools, dies, and downstream equipment for profiles.

SHANG TA CHIA INDUSTRIAL CO. LTD.

Booth 566 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Will feature equipment for extrusion of hollow PP and PC profile sheet and PP and PC corrugated sheet. Also offers extrusion laminators and multi-layer sheet extruders for PC, PLA, and PET.

SHENG YANG MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 4697

Chinese builder of single- and multi-screw extruders for pipe, profile, and sheet.

SIKORA AG/SIKORA INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Booth 9050

German-based firm produces measuring, control, and test equipment for hose, tube, wire and cable. First U.S. demonstration of X-Ray 2000 wall-thickness system. Also showing complete range of laser diameter gauges for pipe and X-Ray 2120 wall-thickness gauge with EcoControl 2000 for up to 4-in. OD pipe.

SKYREACH GROUP INC.

Booth 9436

Sales company represents Beijing Jian Cheng Machinery Co. and Beijing Great Wall Peony Mould Mfg. Co.

SML MASCHINEN GMBH

Booth 9946 (Exhibiting with Austrian Trade Commission)

Introducing novel shaftless winder/ slitter for film. Also highlighting its Sleeve Touch steel-band polishing technology for high-clarity cast polypropylene film.

SOLVETECH INC.

Booth 826

Introducing Precision SpotChecker, a non-contact capacitance thickness gauge for coating. Showing an SC 1000 SpotChecker and Precision Profiler thickness gauge. Offering free analysis of material samples at the booth.

SPI FILM AND BAG FEDERATION

Show Entrance (Exhibiting in SPI Pavilion)

SPI trade group open to converters and suppliers to plastic bag industry, offering fall and spring conferences, recycling programs, economic data, and information on legislative activities related to plastic bags.

SPIREX CORP.

Booth 2170

Displaying screws, barrels, and front-end extrusion components. Plasma screen display of mixing-screw flow simulations.

STC EQUIPMENT CORP.

See Zambello USA.

STERLING INC.

Booth 1849

Offers vacuum calibration tanks, serve cutters, saws, pullers, embossers, takeaway conveyors and other downstream accessories.

SUNWELL GLOBAL LTD.

Booth 9840 (Exhibiting with Thermoforming Systems LLC)

Hong Kong firm builds extrusion lines for PP, PET, and PS solid and foam sheet for thermoforming. Builds equipment in partnership with Thermoforming Systems LLC, Yakima, Wash.

SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY

See Extreme Coatings and Syn-Genuity Sourcing.

SYN-GENUITY SOURCING LLP

Booth 4798

Supplies bimetallic barrels and liners from Injex Systems Inc. in Columbia Station, Ohio. Also provides wear-resistant hard-surfacing for screws and dies from Surface Engineering & Alloy, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TANTEC INC.

Booth 7306

Showing air-ionization systems to neutralize or apply static charge on film. Also showing ionization systems from Ion Industrial, which recently acquired Tantec (and was in turn acquired by MKS Instruments). Also offering corona surface treaters for foam and sheet.

TECHFLOW DESIGN & MANUFACTURING

Booth 7001

Canadian firm is highlighting its first blown film line driven entirely by gearless, permanent-magnet, synchronous torque motors (from Siemens). Has two 55-mm and one 65-mm extruder, hanloff, nips, and winder rolls. Line was built at partner Giovanni Zocchi in Italy. Showing video of 5-layer blown film line at Zocchi.

TECHNOPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 4793

First North American showing of Double Downstream calibration table and cooling tanks, displayed with two different window-profile tools. Also showing samples of complex profile dies.

TECNICA INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Booth 278 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Offers plastic film converting machinery.

THERMOFORMING SYSTEMS LLC

Booth 9840

Introducing 120/150-mm tandem foam extrusion system for PS, PE, or PP, made in Taiwan by partner Sunwell Global Ltd. with Flender gearboxes. Has 32:1 primary extruder, 34:1 secondary extruder. Also showing 45[degrees], three-roll sheet takeoff.

THEYSOHN VINYL EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 9946 (Exhibiting with Austrian Trade Commission)

Makes conical and parallel twin-screw extrusion systems for PVC pipe, profile, siding, and sheet. Supplies extruders, screws, dies, cutters and other downstream equipment.

TONG SHIN PACK CO. LTD.

Booth 10731

Korean maker of thermoformers will launch later this year a sheet line with vented twin-screw extruder for PET regrind.

TRENDELKAMP LP

Booth 6158

German-based firm is showing screen changers and new line of melt pumps, built by Eprotec Extrusion Technology AG in Switzerland. Eprotec representatives will be at booth.

TREXEL INC.

Booth 5908

Highlighting joint development with ExxonMobil's Advanced Elastomer Systems of smooth-surface MuCell microcellular TPV profile extrusion of automotive weatherseals, using a special Santoprene F150 grade. AES-Santoprene people will also be present.

TRIAD SALES LLC

Booth 4106

Represents Bruckner Plant Technology ovens for coating lines; Kampf KKA calendering, laminating, embossing, coating and turret winding equipment; and Paper & Plastics Solution Group's in-line gauge, moisture, surface, transparency, and defect measurement systems for film.

TRINITY NORTH AMERICA INC.

Booth 11309

Austrian-based firm is featuring single- and dual-strand extrusion tooling and downstream equipment.

TROESTER MACHINERY LTD.

Booth 5139 (Exhibiting in Rubber/ TPE Pavilion)

German-based firm makes air- and fluid-cooled single-screw extruders for wire and cable coating, hose, and profiles; also Twin-Rot caterpillar belts, accumulators, and winders for wire and cable.

TSM CONTROL SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 4017

Ireland-based firm's first U.S. show for double-sided C-frame, non-contact capacitance gauge. Also displaying new width-measurement system combining two sensor types and locations--IR sensor on the layflat and three stationary ultrasonic sensors on the bubble.

VERSA MACHINERY

Booth 7237

Launching new servo puller cutters with 6-in. color touchscreen controls. Also showing recently developed ACT (Adaptive Cutting Technology) cutter controls with three cutting modes--on-demand, cam, and flywheel. Also new is a servo-driven, table-top Minicutter for small medical tubing.

VFK HEAD CORP.--KOREA

Booth 10727

Makes sheet extruder primarily for thermoforming PP cups and bowls.

VIHAN ENGINEERING PVT. LTD.

Booth 9043

Indian maker of pipe socketing and belling machines, cutoffs, hauloffs, pullers, saws, and a high-speed servo-based profile cutter.

VULCAN MACHINERY CORP.

Booth 3023

Launching high-speed coiler with improved servo control. Displaying takeoff equipment for tube, profile, sheet, and strands.

WAYNE MACHINE & DIE CO.

Booth 4439

Introducing Yellow Jacket Flexi-Panel extruder that converts from straight dies for sheet, film, or pelletizing to crosshead dies for tube, wire, or cable. Also displaying co-rotating twin-screw lab extruder and 0.75-in. tabletop extruder.

WEAR TECHNOLOGY

Booth 1702, 1715

Cincinnati Milacron unit custom builds parallel and conical twin screws and barrels. Exhibiting new tungsten-coated twin screws and tungsten-lined barrel. Also displaying conical screws.

WEBEX INC.

Booth 4267

Introducing extremely low-tension winders that use dancer roll and transducer for tension control. Showing dual-spindle slitter/rewinder for up to 120-in.-wide 3-roll stack, plus ThermEx chill rolls and ZDR anti-deflection chill roll for sheet.

WEIFANG ZHONGYUN MACHINERY CO.

Booth 7345

Builds extrusion lines and downstream equipment for corrugated pipe of 400 to 1000 mm diam. Distributed by Norwell.

WELEX INC.

Booth 4501

Displaying EDI feedblock and die for unusually complex 6-extruder sheet line for 9-layer double-barrier sheet and for 1/8-in. alternating-stripe sheet for thermoformed yogurt cups. Exhibiting World Standard monolayer vented sheet line with 5-in. extruder for 2200 lb/hr of 60-in. PET or PLA sheet. Winder has differential winding shaft for different roll widths. Also displaying 2.5-in. profile extruder and Evolution takeoff with new automatic controls and dual-shaft turret winder for 48 in.-diam. rolls.

WESTLAND CORP.

Booth 4336

Showing new solid C-2 tungsten-carbide-lined barrel and also presenting the new 8th Edition of Cylinder & Screw Handbook. Also showing Reilloy bimetallic barrel from Reifenhauser, Eagle low-shear mixing screw, and Eagle Barrier screw.

WEXCO CORP.

Booth 3009

Featuring bimetallic barrels, including "Durocast" carbide-lined barrels with 5-yr guarantee; super-corrosion-resistant "BO22" barrels for fluoropolymers. Displaying high-performance screws and tips.

WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER CORP.

Booth 2559

Showing 3-layer Varex blown film line with Filmatic T dual-stack turret winder, running at the show with new fully robotic handling and laser core aligning. Winder comes in new TX model for up to 47-in.-diam. rolls. Varex line has new roller stabilizing cage with single bar design. Reinhold subsidiary will showcase production of heavy-duty shipping sacks on high-speed tube former.

WINDSOR FEEDSCREWS INC.

Booth 4256

Custom screw manufacturer displaying assorted feedscrews.

WINTRISS ENGINEERING CORP.

Booth 11107

Demonstrating surface inspection of cast film samples with new OPSIN 7500 HS line-scan camera. Also first commercial showing of Refraction Ranger sheet inspection system using LED light source and special lense to detect fine MD scratches, gels, and contamination.

WITTE PUMPS AND TECHNOLOGY LLC

Booth 4172

Exhibiting Xtru extrusion gear pumps in seven sizes and a herringbone gear section for constant pressure generation in film extrusion.

WORLDLY INDUSTRIAL CO.

Booth 165 (Exhibiting with Taiwan External Trade Development Council)

Offers extrusion coating and laminating machinery.

XALOY INC.

Booth 1432

Highlighting new Fusion II screw with notched flights in mixing section for greater mixing at lower temperatures. Featuring a new space-saving vertical screen changer in seven sizes. Also new are manual screen changers in metric sizes, and melt pump sizes for 715 and 1120 cc/rev.

XINXING TWIN SCREW MACHINERY CO.

Booth 5087

Chinese maker of conical twin-screw extruders for PVC pipe, dual-wall corrugated PVC and HDPE pipe, PVC/PUR foam-core pipe, and PVC profiles. Makes single- and parallel twin-screw extruders and lines for wood/plastic boards.

YE I MACHINERY FACTORY CO. LTD.

Booth 1685

Taiwanese builder of extrusion lines for sheet, pipe, profile, strapping, flat yarn, and zippers. Also makes bag-making and film-embossing machines.

ZAMBELLO USA

Booth 4273

Italian-based firm will display gear reducers, including new TNT high-speed, twin-screw gear reducer, said to be the world's highest-torque gearbox.

ZEIGER INDUSTRIES

Booth 522

Manufactures custom feedscrews, tips, and bimetallic barrels.

ZENITH PUMPS

Booth 5826

Introducing PEP-III melt pump. Also showing additive and metering pumps and motor controllers and offering pump repair services.

ZHEIJANG JINHAI PLASTIC MACHINERY

Booth 7418

Chinese firm supplies screws, barrels, and single-screw extruders of 15- to 250-mm diam. and up to 48:1 L/D. Also builds conical twin-screw extruders from 45 to 92 mm and complete extrusion lines for wood/plastic composites, profiles, pipe, sheet, blown film, pipe coating, and wire/cable coating. Also builds gearboxes, vacuum pumps, and pipe dies.

ZHONGSHAN FENGYUAN PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7245

Chinese firm specializes in machines to extrude bubble wrap.

ZUMBACH ELECTRONICS CORP.

Booth 4757

Highlighting ProfileMaster, the first inline measurement and control system to control profile shape and overall dimensions. It uses 1 to 4 measuring heads, each with camera and laser. Also displaying UMAC-G, the first ultrasonic thickness gauge to measure pipe walls before the vacuum tank, not in it. Target is earlier detection of gauge problems in big profiles.
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