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Extrusion. (What to See at NPE 2003).

NPE is typically a competitive display of the biggest, most dramatic equipment machine builders can muster. This NPE, however, isn't about bigness, and you probably won't kick as many tires as usual. But that doesn't mean there isn't lots of new technology to see.

A couple of enhancements can make quantum differences in processes and products. Most of the new developments are intended to enhance output of machines that are already pretty advanced. A few new products are designed to make ancient extrusion lines work better. You'll find improvements that apply to every aspect of an extrusion line, up- and downstream--dies, tooling, controls, motors, calibrators, coolers, cutters, and winders.

Many big machine suppliers are also showing new expert services, making a lot of industry talent accessible right at the show. So processors should come prepared with samples to test and questions to ask because there will be plenty of industry experts to answer you--for free.

Extrusion versus blow molding

The most dramatic extrusion novelty at NPE is probably Cullom's revolutionary Convac tooling concept for corrugators (or indeed any large pipe extruder). The Convac System makes a chain of discrete hollow parts instead of continuous corrugated pipe. In principle, it works like a wheel blow molding machine except that the tooling doesn't move on a wheel, but on the continuous loop of corrugator tooling track. As the profile is extruded, it's pulled into the closing molds with suction and pinched off to form hollow parts. The Convac System, which has been used commercially for several years, actually leaves less pinch-off waste than blow molding, Cullom says. The firm will extrude mini coex footballs to give away at NPE; they will have a Santoprene TPV outer layer and PP inside.

Profiles chill out

To raise output of PVC profiles, Material Enhancement International is showing three emerging cryogenic technologies: 1) an internal profile cooling system that introduces chilled nitrogen gas inside the profile; 2) a cryogenic calibrator; and 3) a cryogenic cooling tank. There are several commercial installations of the cryo-cooling tank and one of the new cryo-calibrator. The company says PVC profile production can he three to four times higher with nitrogen cooling--if the extruder, die, and downstream equipment can handle that speed.

Getting more profiles out of one die also raises output. Catch a video from German profile die maker A&G, showing a six-strand PVC die. Downstream advances in tube-winding speed are shown by Boston Matthews and Corelco, both with automatic loading and unloading devices that let reels run continuously at very high line speeds, even during reel changes.

In pipe dies, Maillefer will show a five-layer coex die head for barrier automotive tubing. Maillefer has already designed one for six layers.

Pipe Coil Technology is displaying a new pipe/profile cutter, called Clean Cut, which can be programmed to cut specific numbers of different lengths of profiles.

Many profile displays involve wood- and fiber-reinforced profiles. NFM Welding Engineers touts the ability of its WE series of counter-rotating, intermeshing twin-screw extruders to maintain fiber length in long-fiber extrusion. NFM's single-screw and corotating twin-screw lines target wood-composite profiles.

For fences and other profiles that require rework, Specialty Extrusion Equipment Inc. is adding flexibility to its traveling table saws, which typically saw, cut, and punch at the same time, but can now rout and mill too. That makes for higher output, lower cost, and better cuts because the plastic is warmer.

Thickness gauges shown at NPE also work faster than ever. On Line Controls is showing an ultrasonic thickness gauge that measures up to four times faster than it did before.

Expanding interest in polyolefin foams

Leistritz will conduct what is believed to be the first show demo ever of polyolefin foaming with supercritical [CO.sub.2] on one corotating twin-screw extruder. Meanwhile, DavisStandard will have a static display of a coex PE foam line using a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder, special two-layer die from Sentinel Products, and butane or [CO.sub.2] blowing agent. Anew screw boosts outputs of PE foam from the former 900-lb/hr rate up to 1400 lb/hr.

Sentinel is displaying unusual PP foam products at its booth, including developmental three- and five-layer sheets with a foam core and rigid skins. Sentinel uses an annular die and 4:1 blow-up ratio to orient the rigid skins so the bubbles don't collapse. The resulting thermoformable sheet is surprisingly stiff, Sentinel says, and doesn't sag in thermoforming ovens. Sentinel will license its process and die technology for packaging applications and use it in-house to make automotive products.

Safer roll stacks

NPE will display many new chill-roll stacks for sheet and cast film, all complying with new ANSI safety standards for fast emergency opening. Cooling rolls are also getting bigger to raise output. Welex's new Evolution sheet line is redesigned with the extruder set higher to allow for bigger chill rolls--and for easier die cleaning.

News in flat dies includes EDI's unique combination of mechanical and thermal actuation in its new Autoflex VIL gauge-profiling die, said to be useful for controlling light-gauge sheet.

Davis-Standard will demonstrate its developmental wireless data-collection system on a lab-size cast film line. Though high-tech, it's designed as a retrofit for older machines or for plants where layout or distances make hardwired data collection costly or difficult.

Blown film news

Nearly all the blown film displays in Chicago have three layers, reflecting a market shift from mono- to multi-layer converting films, using the extra layers to accomplish downgauging. (An exception is Lung Meng from Taiwan, bringing a five-layer line.) "A lot of traditional single-layer films are moving to three layers to help fend off imports," explains Steve Engel, president of Kiefel Inc. "Any non-barrier film capacity being added nowadays is three-layer."

Virtually all blown film equipment suppliers at the show are also running their latest auto-gauging air ring and/or auto-die systems. Most of them have upgraded color touch-screen controls. Brampton Engineering will show an unusual auto-die system called I-Flex, which is the only one that alters the die gap with mechanical rather than thermal actuators.

For air-ring novelty, check out the "binary dual-lip" (i.e., four-lip) air ring at Macro Engineering. The 2 x 2 is not new but has never been displayed before. It's for high outputs on dedicated lines. As for thickness gauges, Kundig is introducing to North America the model KNC-200--reportedly the only non-contact capacitance gauge on the market. Automation & Control Technology claims to have the first backscatter device that uses x-ray transmission instead of nuclear.

Virtually every major supplier of blown film lines is also showing new high-speed winders, many of them built for bigger roll diameters. Addex's new SuperWind stacked winder, for example, makes up to 58-in, rolls, said to be a record for a stacked winder.

The new service sector

Black Clawson, ExtrusionTek Milacron, and several smaller suppliers are rolling out new "expert" services at the show. In part, they reflect a pool of talent available because of business slowdowns. Milacron's services are available to existing customers or to "potential customers." Black Clawson's BC Encompass program is open to any processor. It focuses on optimizing cast film, extrusion coating, coating and drying, and flexible packaging processes. The program offers 24/7 global emergency services (including replacement parts), as well as field service, equipment upgrades, engineering services, and R&D. The program starts with a plant audit, which Black Clawson staff performs for $995 plus expenses, giving a report with suggestions to improve maintenance and overall line capabilities. The cost of the audit, except expenses, is refundable if the processor orders equipment from Black Clawson as a result of the audit.

ExtrusonTek Milacron's ACES (application consulting engineers) are a newly assembled team of about a dozen specialist advisors. Some are Milacron employees, others are outside experts under contract for support work with customers on processing and screw-design issues. They include well-known names like James Frankland, ex-president of Newcastle; Jim Griggs, who developed dual-manifold dies for Mastic/Alcoa and spent 20+ years in siding and pipe extrusion at Mastic; and Ernst Krueger, former managing director of CPM, which Milacron acquired.

Exhibitor Listings

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

A&G EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Booth 5683

Austrian maker of PVC profile dies, vacuum calibrators, and downstream equipment will show a video of a new Multi-Strand die for six profiles.

ADDEX INC.

Booth 9733

Showing new Super Wind stacked surface winder for blown-film rolls up to 58 in. diam.--reportedly a record for a stacked winder. Also featuring a center/gap/reverse winder with an embedded knife. Showing three air rings with manual, external, and internal gauge control. Also showing a compact oscillating haul-off, nips, rollers and bubble cage.

ADVANCED EXTRUDER TECHNOLOGIES

Booth 5575 (Exhibiting w/American Extrusion Services)

Builds single-screw pipe and profile extruders, sheet and cast-film lines, tandem foam lines, and dual-diameter reclaim extruders. Displaying new mixing screw for PP and new retrofittable crammer feeders.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES WORLDWIDE INC.

Booth 8405

Displaying replacement screws and barrels. Also sells used extrusion machinery.

ADVANZ MEASUREMENT & CONTROL SYSTEMS INC.

See Automation & Control Technology Inc. (ACT)

AEC INC.

Booth 1840

Showcasing new AVS line of compartmented vacuum-sizing tanks with separate controls for each compartment plus new ACC puller-cutter and a belt puller and servo cutter.

AISA AUTOMATION INDUSTRIELLE SA

Booth 9158 (Exhibiting w/Sprimag)

Makes laminating and cosmetic tube machines. Will introduce PTH-80s machine.

AKRON MILACRON

See ExtrustionTek Milacron.

AKRON QUALITY FEEDSCREWS

See Diamond America Corp.

ALLIED DIES INC.

Booth 4116

Showing Duraflex line of fiat-film and sheet dies. Also reworks and remanufactures flat dies.

AMERICAN EXTRUSION SERVICES INC. Booth 5575

Services and rebuilds single-screw extruders and newly represents HPM extruders and complete sheet lines.

AMERICAN JET STREAM INC.

Booth 708

Will demonstrate two novel bag-making machines: Model DB80G SH/TSH for side-gusset, soft-loop handle bags, with option for automatic welded handles; and DB120E Coex for four lanes of barrier food pouches.

AMERICAN KUHNE INC.

Booth 6139

Launching color touchscreen extrusion controls for under $10,000. Also showing new Turbo-Cool air-cooling system for extruders, retrofittable on any brand of single-screw New for water-cooled extruders is an improved split flow for more uniform cooling. First display of new [HP.sup.2] Steward barrier screw. Also showing ANSI-compliant three-roll stand for sheet and 6-in., 30:1 air-cooled extruder with coextruder.

AMERICAN MAPLAN CORR

Booths 1602, 1802 (Exhibiting w/Battenfeld Service GmbH)

Displaying new AMC Compact integrated line for technical profiles, with interchangeable twin- and single-screw configurations. Also showing new vacuum calibrator Type V 125 VA and new RD2-10 dual-spider pipe die. Also featuring an SS-75-30 single-screw extruder with 200-hp drive for HDPE/natural-fiber composite profiles, and TS-135 twin-screw extruder for up to 3520 lb/hr of PVC pipe, profile, siding, or natural fiber composites.

AR EXTRUSION

Booth 13416

Showing three-layer coex die for blown film and an air ring.

AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Booth 10116

Supplies turnkey custom profile lines and downstream equipment. Also rebuilds extruders and modifies L/D.

AUTOMATION & CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC. (ACT)

Booth 820

Firm recently acquired instrument maker Advanz and will introduce a series of non-nuclear X-ray backscatter sensors that allow single-side measurement. Also showing PMC on-line basis-weight/thickness measurement and control systems.

LUIGI BANDERA SPA

Booth 7019 (Exhibiting w/Vistar Machinery International Inc.)

Introducing corotating twin-screw technology for cast film, able to make PET film for thermoforming directly from PET bottle scrap without drying or crystallizing. Also highlighting line of single- and twin-screw extruders, counter- and corotating.

ROBERT BARR INC.

Booth 4933

Introducing VBET (variable-barrier energy-transfer) screw. Also showing a dynamic-mixing screw tip and Barr ET multi-flighted screw.

BARREL & SCREW INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Booth 10117

Rebuilds extruder screws and barrels and also builds new screws and barrels with in-house design capability. Showing screws, barrels, tips, end caps, and breaker plates.

BATTENFELD GLOUCESTER ENGINEERING CO. INC.

Booths 1602, 1802 (Exhibiting w/Battenfeld Service GmbH)

Demonstrating upgraded Extrol controls on a line making three-layer blown film for bread bags out of LLDPE with clarity like LDPE. Line will alternate use of a new 16-in., nickel-plated Optiflow gauge-profiling die with an Autoprofile air ring. Also showing static display of new horizontal haul-off design.

Showing the firm's first complete sheet line for thermoforming refrigerator liners, developed with sister company SMS Extrusionstechnik in Germany. It produces up to seven-layer sheet 41.3- or 65-in, wide. Also showing a tandem foam-sheet line.

BERINGER LLC

See Dynisco LLC.

BERLYN EXTRUDERS INC.

Booth 5709

Showing for the first time a 3.5-in. extruder with new twin-screw vertical feeder for low-bulk-density material Also displaying screen changers, including a new model with continuous filters to remove large quantities of contaminants.

BERSTORFF

Booth 2002 (Exhibiting w/Krauss-Maffei Corp.)

Showing a mock up of an unusual planetary calender-roll stack with three independently adjustable rolls built by Seide, recently acquired by Berstorff. Seide expands Berstorff's offerings into PS, PP, PMMA, and PETG sheet and into thicker sheet up to 2.4 in. Also displaying information on Berstorff single-screw extruders.

BETA LASERMIKE

Booth 4007

Featuring new UltraScan ultrasonic wall-thickness measuring and concentricity device with automatic setup, together with the latest-generation DataPro 5000 process controller with touchscreen. Also new is a GraviScan gravimetric extrusion-control system, acquired with the recent purchase of a Danish instrument maker. Demonstrating laser diameter scanners and bench micrometers.

BEUTELSPACHER S.A. DE C.V.

Booth 12607 (Exhibiting w/Mexican Trade Commission)

Mexican machine builder will show for the first time a three-layer coextrusion system and new lab extruder.

BIELLONI CASTELLO S.P.A.

Booth 10755

Recent acquirer of Dolci Extrusion will feature Dolci's blown- and cast-film lines. Also featuring Bielloni printing machines.

BIMETALIX DIV. OF SPIREX CORP.

See Spirex Corp.

BKG BRUCKMANN & KREYENBORG GRANULIERTECHNIK GMBH

See Kreyenborg Industries.

BLACK CLAWSON CONVERTING MACHINERY CORP.

Booth 4539

Will feature new "BC Encompass" program for 24/7 global emergency service and spare parts, field service, upgrades, and engineering. Also adding new equipment for cast film, coating, and laminating to its QFP line of modular, "plug-and-play" components designed to minimize cost and lead time.

BOLTON INDUSTRIES INC.

Booth 7220

This new company, which bought the assets of former Bobor Plastic Equipment Ltd., has re-engineered and expanded the product line, including a complete new line of downstream equipment--dies, calibrators, and fixtures--for wood/plastic composite profiles.

BONDABELT

Booth 3062 (Exhibiting w/G.F. Goodman & Son Inc.)

U.K. maker of puller belts.

BONMART ENTERPRISE CORP.

Booth 7231 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Taiwanese maker of extruders and cutters, also computerized four- to six-color printing, coating, and drying equipment.

BOSTON MATTHEWS INC.

Booth 4926

Launching AC auto winder for flexible tube and profiles that changes reels automatically at line speeds up to 1600 ft/min. Also running a new unitized 1.25 in.-diam. compact extrusion line with AC drive, 8-ft cooling tank, and AC puller/rotary servo cutter capable of up to 50 cuts/min.

C.W. BRABENDER INSTRUMENTS INC.

Booth 814

Showing single- and twin-screw lab extruders of 0.75 to 1.25 in. diam. and counter-rotating conical twins for reactive extrusion.

BRAMPTON ENGINEERING INC.

Booth 4749

Introducing a blown film die with I-Flex automatic gauge-control lip that has mechanical actuators 1 in. apart to push or pull the die lip. It's said to hold 2-3% gauge variation at 2 Sigma. Also highlighting its Aqua Frost blown-film system for high output of clear PE film. A small, high-output die and streamlined coex die will also be displayed.

BREYER GMBH MASCHINENFABRIK

Booth 10558

Showing a video of extrusion of cosmetic tubes with a special spiral die to reduce weld lines. Also exhibiting a 40-in, flat die for polished film and sheet with new manually adjusted flexible lip. New, but not displayed, is a fly-knife tube cutter for up to 300 cuts/min.

BRUCKNER INC.

Booth 12713

Focusing on sequential film-stretching lines for up to 10-meter-wide biaxially oriented PP, PET, nylon, PS, and PVC. Also showing specialty shrink film, synthetic paper, and up to 7-layer enhanced barrier films. Also showing LISIM simultaneous stretching system for PET and PP. Formtec business unit features twin-screw extrusion of undried APET.

CANADIAN FEED SCREWS MANUFACTURING LTD.

Booth 9713

Will exhibit MeltMaster and MeltExchange lines of proprietary screws.

CANTERBURY ENGINEERING CO.

Booth 12513

Manufactures and designs custom screws and barrels.

CDL TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 12447

Showing new single-screw extruder with plug-in heater bands (instead of hard wired) for ease of replacement. Exhibiting three extruders, including one with new PLC controls.

CDS (CUSTOM DOWNSTREAM SYSTEMS INC.)

Booth 12439

Showing new high-intensity spray cooling tank with compartments having adjustable water flow. Also showing new CSS3-3 traveling servo saw with touchscreen panel. Also displaying a vacuum calibration table; a combination puller-cutter; model CCH 120-10Q haul-off with custom cleats and the largest clamping area available; four-track pipe haul-off; and a slab haul-off.

CHI CHANG MACHINERY ENTERPRISE CO. LTD.

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Karlville Development USA Inc.)

Taiwanese firm builds tandem foam, rigid-sheet, and cast film lines.

CHIEFWELL ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

Booth 4492

Taiwanese company builds and rebuilds sheet extrusion lines, polishing-roll stacks, calenders, and coating and Laminating lines.

CHINA JARI TOOLING TECHNOLOGY CO.

Booth 4694

First-time U.S. exhibit will include tooling for PVC window and door profiles; coexdies for PMMA/rigid PVC or rigid/soft PVC; and custom dies for profiles, foam profiles, and wood/plastic composites. Also showing customer samples.

CLOEREN INC.

Booth 7305

Will feature a new extrusion-coating die with edge-bead reduction and an external sealing mechanism to prevent leaks. Also discussing proprietary micro-layer stretch-film dies.

CMD CORP.

Booth 9913

Introducing Model 6052 module for making draw-tape bags with enhanced tensioning and touchscreen PLC controls. It will be running at the show, and CMD will give away rolls of bags. Also featuring an improved CMD rotary overlap bag winder with all servo positioning and a Model 2352 surface unwinder capable of 700 ft/min.

CMG-COSTRUZIONI MECCANICHE GALLIA SRL

Booth 12840

Makes mono- and multi-layer blown-film lines with layflat widths of 1.5 to 10 ft.

COMMODORE MACHINE CO. INC.

Booth 8443

Makes tandem foam extruders for PS. Will show product samples, not equipment.

COMPUPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 10748

Releasing two new modules for Flow 2000 3D FEM software that simulate complex die geometries: Meshing Module imports 3D models from any standard CAD format, then creates a 3D mesh. Automatic Flow Balancing Module automatically adjusts die geometry

CONAIR

Booth 2616

Will present new zoned temperature control for profile cooling and show data on how hot water cools large profiles faster than chilled water because rapidly cooling surface seals in heat. Displaying a high-intensity spray tank with 6-ft, modular, dry-vacuum calibrator, improved servo saws, and a servo cutter with new software and improved repeatability. Also featuring new line of hydraulic and manual screen changers from BD Plast in Italy that combine a continuous screen with two slide plates.

CONFORMA CLAD INC.

Booth 4367

Provides corrosion-resistant tungsten-carbide cladding for screws and dies. Showing samples of barrel liners, screws, and tungsten-carbide flexible "cloth" used to clad contours.

CONTINENT MACHINERY INDUSTRIES CO. LTD.

Booth 13004

Makes twin-screw extruders for PVC, including wood composites.

CONVAC SYSTEMS, DIV. OF CULLOM MACHINE

See Cullom Machine Tool & Die Inc.

CONVERTING SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Karlville Development USA Inc.)

Will show in-line bag-making machines.

CORELCO

Booth 9459

Highlighting high-speed pipe winders and downstream equipment for corrugated pipe, plastic netting, and prewired pipe bundles.

CORMA INC.

Booth 5908

Offers corrugating equipment for single-, double-, and triple-wall pipe--including patented dies, tooling, and downstream handling equipment for pipe from 1 mm ID to 120 in. OD.

COROTEC CORP.

Booth 10721

Featuring a new economical corona treater for blown film with an open frame for two-sided treatment and either fixed or adjustable width. Also showing its latest UniDyne corona treater with removable electrodes, suited to narrow webs.

CPM MILACRON

See Extrusion Tek Milacron.

CRG LOGICS INC.

Booth 5784

Introducing several screen changers: manual/lever, hydraulic slide-plate, and continuous types.

CRUCIBLE SERVICE CENTERS

Booth 10110

Offers Cru-Clad bimetallic barrel liners, including its latest CPM S3OV, a patented high-hardness tool steel. Also showing its CPM "KillerV" high-vanadium tool steels.

CULLOM MACHINE TOOL & DIE INC.

Booth 7045

Demonstrating novel Convac System, a modified corrugating system that continuously extrudes a "daisy chain" of discrete hollow parts. Will be shown making coex mini footballs, which will be given away at the show. Convac is retrofittable on Cullom's corrugators.

CUMBERLAND ENGINEERING

Booth 2638

Introducing new line of downstream equipment--will show Model CSI-3 servo cutter and an upcut saw. Also offers cooling and sizing tanks, vacuum calibraters, conveyors, and dump tables for pipe and profiles.

DAVINOR LTD.

Booth 9039

Showing LayerGauge optical off-line measuring instrument, which uses white light to measure individual layer thicknesses in transparent or semi-transparent multi-layer films.

DAVIS-STANDARD CORP.

Booth 5107

Introducing and demonstrating wireless remote data collection with its EPIC Ill controls on a Killion cast film line. Introducing but not showing a tandem foam line with 94-mm counter-rotating twin-screw. Showing new 45:1 corotating twin-screw extruder for foaming and cooling in a single unit. Exhibiting a GP-94 corotating twin-screw extruder for high outputs of PVC profile with new shorter barrel (20:1 LID). Also showing a vertically mounted gear reducer on a 4.5in. Thermatic extruder; a Gemini GO 61-mm conical twin-screw for filled PVC profiles; 75-mm, 34:1 Mark V single-screw extruder; D-S 125-A vertical coextruder; 310A automatic coating die; WesJet AutoPro air ring; and a lab film line with an Eagle gel counter co-developed with Lasor/Systronics.

DELTAPLAST MACHINERY LTD.

Booth 6313

Maker of single-screw profile extruders for PVC is launching its first parallel twin-screw extruders for PVC profiles. DTS twin-screw models come in 75, 94, and 114 mm diam. and 26:1 or 33:1 L/D with conventional or touchscreen controls.

DIAMOND AMERICA CORP.

Booth 5675

Displaying new dual-purpose TL 150/30 lab line with two interchangeable barrels and screws: 1.5-in. diam. smooth-feed and 30-mm grooved. Also showing TL-150 and TL290 single-screw extruders, screws, strand dies, and barrel-heating technology.

DR. COLLIN GMBH

Booth 13319

Introducing cassette-type filter tester to detect particles, agglomerates, and fish eyes in melt in less than 10 mm. Launching a 30-mm-diam. pilot cast film line with two-gap MD orienter for breathable films. It has a 30:1 vented extruder, 300-mm slot die, and two chill rolls. Also showing a winder with thickness measuring, edge trimming, and embossing.

D.R. JOSEPH INC.

Booth 6022

Will feature IBC with new microprocessor controls. Also showing a new sealer/cutter.

DRIP RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Booth 5699

Offers complete lines for drip-irrigation pipe.

DROSSBACH GMBH & CO. KG

Booth 6371

Builds corrugating equipment and tooling.

DYNAMIC METAL TREATING INC.

Booth 4598

Features Dynablue ferretic-nitrocarburizing process for surface hardening of screws and barrels. It uses a fluidized bed for more even coverage than atmospheric nitriding or a salt bath.

DYNISCO LLC

Booth 5526

Showing line of standard filled extrusion pressure sensors with new Dymax abrasion-resistant coating that makes sensors last four times longer without reducing sensitivity Also showing new oil-filled sensors that are more heat resistant and therefore longer lasting. Introducing rugged, non-filled SPT (silicon pressure transducer) series that boasts better repeatability and stability than previous unfilled sensors. Temperature sensing is built in without need for a separate thermocouple.

Also introducing SPX series melt. pressure transmitters with HART (highway-addressable remote trans. mitter) protocol--an industry first. Also introducing bus-enabled melt transducers with digital output for CANopen and DeviceNet protocols, as well as new 2290 and 2291 family of pressure and process indicators that are slightly smaller, faster, and less expensive than the previous 1290 series. Also showing a new dual-bolt continuous screen changer, standard hydraulic and manual screen changers, and gear pumps of all sizes.

EAGLE MANUFACTUR1NG CORP.

Booth 12936

Showing for first time a small entry-level Eaglematic Model HPS-24-RSA carriage for in-line profile fabrication, which has new touchscreen controls, A larger Eaglematic unit appears in the Merritt Davis booth. Drawings will be held at the booth for digital picture frames.

ECON GMBH

Booth 13543

Austrian firm introducing "thermosealed" screen changers for low-viscosity melts. Also showing pyrolysis furnaces to clean dies and breaker plates.

EGS GAUGING SYSTEMS

Booth 5161

(Exhibiting w/Eurotherm Controls)

Showing recently introduced, less expensive, pre-engineered Solution 21 thickness-control system with beta gauges, one or two scanner frames, and Wonderware display software.

EISBAER TROCKENTECHNIK GMBH

Booth 11050 (Exhibiting w/Ausbian Trade Commission)

Will exhibit a cooling system for blown film.

ELBA SPA

Booth 9955

Italian firm will show a new multi-lane converting machine for vacuum- packed bags with or without zippers.

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS SPA

Booth 13443

Italian firm will show an air-caliper thickness-measuring system.

EPROTEC AMERICAS LLC

Booth 13023

Distributes melt pumps built by Eprotec Extrusion Technologies AG in Switzerland.

EREMA NORTH AMERICA INC.

Booth 7918

Running model SW 2/104 RTF back-flushing screen changer for film recycling.

ERHARDT + LEIMER INC.

Booth 10759

Supplies web guides, web-tension controls, web-inspection systems, and web-cutting equipment.

ESI-EXTRUSION SERVICES INC.

Booth 5776

Specialist in downstream extrusion equipment for profiles, especially wood-composites. ESI will show for the first time a Dual Servo Fabricator for notching, punching, and cutting small profiles at 90 ft/min with fiber-optic control.

EVERPLAST MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7132 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Offers single- and twin-screw extruders for PVC profiles-foamed, unfoamed, and coextruded--together with dies calibrators, cooling tanks, hauloffs, and cutters. Systems for pipe and tubing include braiding and reinforcing.

EXTRUSION CONTROL & SUPPLY INC.

Booth 10922

Showing repair and maintenance parts for extrusion machinery.

EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES LLC

Booth 4561

Featuring new Autoflex VI-L gauge-profiling system for light sheet, which moves the flexible lip twice as far as its previous model by combining mechanical levers with thermal actuation. Also displaying new Contour Die with short residence time, fast purge, and quick set-up. Showing new UltraSplit system that splits the die for cleaning without dismounting it from the extruder. Also showing recently developed dual deckling for cast film and coating and an Accuflow adjustable coex feedblock.

EXTRUSIONTEK MILACRON

Booth 1440 (Exhibiting w/Milacron Inc.)

Featuring new corporate resource called "ACEs" (application consultant engineers)--a pool of about a dozen industry experts available to discuss processing and applications issues like screw design. Announcing, but not showing, new TP Series high-torque parallel twin-screw extruders developed by CPM Milacron. They come in four sizes with 26:1 or 33:1 L/D for rigid PVC and woodflour profiles. Also highlighting but not showing Akron Milacron single-screw extruders from 0.75 to 12 in. diam. Also discussing Wear Technology screws, barrels, and drives and Progress Precision Inc. screws and barrels.

FACTS INC.

Booth 5751

Introducing PC- or PLC-based extrusion-control packages for temperature and speed control with recipe storage for individual extruders or complete lines. Also exhibiting custom controls for integrating extrusion lines into plantwide CIM. Facts also makes control panels and CIM components.

FAS CONVERTING MACHINERY AB

See Peco Inc.

FLENDER CORP.

Booth 4690

Showing new A-Line single-screw extruders from 2.5 to 10 in. diam. with higher torque and lower noise than the SZNF models they replace. Also showing Motox-N drive motors.

FONG KEE IRON WORKS CO. LTD.

Booth 7525 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Builds single- and twin-screw extruders, mono- and multi-layer blown- and cast-film and sheet lines, extrusion coating and laminating equipment, and systems for pipe and multi-layer PVC foam sheet.

FREDERICK ENTERPRISES CO. LTD.

Booth 10726

Features circular looms to make produce bags.

FUTURE DESIGN INC.

Booth 3206

Showing three recently developed air rings: automated Saturn Genie (running at the show), Saturn Titan for HMWHDPE, and Saturn Mach I for heavygauge film. Also showing new Little Giant cantilevered winder and labsize blown film line. Newly offering corona treaters and a 30-kHz generator from Martignoni in Italy.

G. CALINI FABBRICA MACHINE

Booth 7019 (Exhibiting w/Vistar Machinery International Inc.)

Makes automatic and semi-automatic coilers.

GENCA CORP.

Booth 10544

Featuring in-line and crosshead pipe and tubing dies from 36 gauge to 15 in. diam., both monolayer and coex. Also showing screws and barrels.

GHIOLDI

Booth 7144 (Exhibiting w/Ital-Plast Machinery)

Featuring custom multi-layer blown- and cast-film lines up to 2 meters wide.

GLYCON CORP.

Booth 1285

Offers a new laser-alignment service for screws and barrels. Also showing screws and barrels.

GNEUSS INC.

Booth 4372

Showing two RSFgenius melt filters redesigned for 20% more filtration: RSFgenius 75 with 17 cu ft of filtration and RSFgenius 175 with 78 cu in.

G.F. GOODMAN & SON INC.

Booth 3062

Introducing a less-expensive "SimpleServo Cutter." Its mechanical control is said to be faster and more accurate than microprocessor control. Will show puller belts from Bondabelt in the U.K.

GREINER EXTRUSIONSTECHNIK GMBH

See Uniplast International Inc.

GUILL TOOL & ENGINEERING CO.

Booth 6355

Introducing SyncroFlow thermal-separation die that allows nylon to be coextruded over rubber. Also displaying a spiral-flow die, FeatherTouch concentricity adjustment, a rotary crosshead, and new Micro die for medical tubing.

HARREL INC.

Booth 5715

Displaying new RS-600 roll stack that's compliant with new ANSI safety standards. It'll be shown with a new, economical WD-100A sheet winder. Also showing patented Alternate Polymer tube-extrusion system with two extruders switching polymers.

HEMINGSTONE MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Karlville Development USA Inc.)

Taiwanese builder of bag-making machines will introduce a machine for wire-loop handle bags. Will run a coreless bag-on-a-roll machine and a patch-handle, bottom-sealing bag machine.

HIGH-TECHNOLOGY CORP.

Booth 4957

Demonstrating new microprocessor-based extrusion controls for continuous-ribbon screen changers. Two units will be running at the booth with extruders making pellets and film.

H.M.S. ANLAGEN-UND MASCHINEN GMBH

Booth 11050 (Exhibiting w/Austrian Trade Commission)

Offers a new fast, precise belling system for PP and PE pipe. It allows for shrink-proof in-line socketing.

HONEYWELL CONTINUOUS WEB SOLUTIONS

Booth 2532 (Exhibiting w/Honeywell Plastics)

Introducing Experion PKS Process Knowledge System for enterprise-wide information management. It integrates data from MXProLine on-line measurement and controls. Demonstrating MXProLine modules: ProWeb monitoring, Uniformance Quality Companion data management, and OptiVision production managment.

HOSOKAWA ALPINE AMERICAN

Booth 5166

Introducing to North America the AutoTherm segmented die for automatic gauge control. It will be running three-layer lamination-grade blown film using a new 30:1 barrier screw. Also exhibiting a new low-profile, side-fed, three-layer die (Model 2550K) as well as an oscillating nip and tandem gap winders.

HPM DIV. OF TAYLOR'S INDUSTRIAL SERVICE

Booth 5507

Showing new lower-cost touchscreen extrusion controls based on a Siemens PLC. Also displaying an HGL two-roll stand and an adjustable HGL three-roll stand for 72-in.-wide, highly polished PC, acrylic, or PETG sheet.

HUESTIS INDUSTRIAL

Booth 8410

Displaying Air Miser air wipes with airflow control for wire and cable, tubing, and profiles.

INDUCTAMETALS LP

Booth 8445

Makes IDM-Ultramax barrels with tungsten-carbide coating, newly guaranteed for the life of an extruder.

INDUSTRIAL EXTRUSION BELTING

Booth 10314

Makes puller belts, custom cleats, rubber-covered rollers, sheaves, and pulleys for large, hard-to-pull profiles.

INOEX LLC

Booth 4793

Displaying new igsD4 gravimetric dosing device for liquid additives, Saveomat D2 automatic dosing device for powder and granules, and Aurex ERS 36 ultrasonic gauge-measuring and flaw-detection system for 100% quality control of pipe.

ITAL-PLAST MACHINERY

Booth 7144

Represents Ghioldi custom-engineered, multi-layer, blown- and cast-film lines.

ITIB MACHINERY INTERNATIONAL

Booth 10618

Italian maker of corrugated pipe tooling and downstream equipment will show samples of PE, PP, PVC, and nylon corrugated pipe. Products have single and double walls and range from 6 mm ID to 630 mm OD.

JCS EQUIPMENT INC

See Specialty Extrusion Equipment Inc.

JLS INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 10959

Showing a screen changer mounted together with a gear pump on a cart. Also showing replacement screen packs, filter elements, and static mixers.

JOHNSON SCREENS

Booth 11005

Makes wire-mesh screen filters for screen changers and a new random-fiber filtration media called Spinnerette.

JUMBO STEEL MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Karlville Development USA Inc.)

Taiwanese machine builder will show straw-bending and corrugating machines with in-line packaging.

KARLVILLE DEVELOPMENT USA INC.

Booth 7026

Represents Taiwanese machine builders Chi Chang Machinery, Hemingstone Machinery, Jumbo Steel Machinery, and Sun Centre Machinery and Converting Systems in the U.S. Mita SA reps the same group in South America.

KEY FILTERS INC.

Booth 6307 (Exhibiting w/Parkinson Technologies)

Introducing KSPM-model manual screen changer with linear actuator. Also showing a KCN model continuous-ribbon screen changer and Chiva manual screen changer.

KIEFEL INC.

Booth 1649

Demonstrating a three-layer Kirion blown-film line for the first time in the U.S. It has new touchscreen controls for closed-loop gauge control using a segmented die. Also showing new horizontal oscillating haul-off with non-contact Zerotouch air turning bars and a collapsing frame with nylon bristles to reduce scratching and wrinkling. Also showing new tandem, back-to-back center/surface/gap winder with patented CLP (constant lay-on pressure).

KKA KLEINEWEFERS/TRIAD SALES LLC

Booth 1227 (Exhibiting w/Mixaco)

Triad Sales represents KKA's equipment for web handling, calendering, extrusion coating, laminating, embossing, rotogravure printing, and winding. Custom turnkey plant installations are provided. Triad also reps Bruckner Trockentechnik GmbH liquid-coating lines and curing ovens.

KRAUSS-MAFFEI CORP.

Booth 2002

Exhibiting KMD 133-36D parallel twin-screw extruder for highly filled PVC and composite profiles and KME 45 XS single-screw model for small custom profiles and capstock. Also highlighting new QuickSwitch technology to change pipe dimensions on the fly.

KREYENBORG INDUSTRIES

Booth 5780

Will feature several models of a new line of melt pumps not shown before in the U.S. Also showing several screen changers.

KUAG KUNSTSTOFF-MASCHINEN UND ANLAGENBAU GMBH

Booth 11050 (Exhibiting w/Austrian Trade Commission)

Features tooling and downstream equipment for pipe, including fully automated stacking and packaging. New U.S. rep is Plastic Processing Technology, Lake Geneva, Wis.

KUNDIG INTERNATIONAL

Booth 1335

North American introduction of KNC-200 (Kundig Noncontact Capacitance) gauge, reportedly the only one of its type. Also showing on- and off-line capacitance thickness gauges and layflat-width controls.

LABTECH ENGINEERING CO. LTD.

Booth 12410

Thai builder of lab extruders will run several new models. One is a corotating modular twin-screw extruder with a clamshell barrel and four removable inserts for different L/Ds. Also showing new 25-mm lab lines for cast and blown film, sheet, and compounding. A new filter-test extruder will detect particles down to 5 microns.

LAND INSTRUMENTS INTERNATIONAL

Booth 11242

Introducing LSP7 thermal imager for thin film with 1000 points per line for very high-resolution images. Also showing LSP process thermal imagers, Cyclops portable thermal imagers, S4 fixed infrared thermometers, and Cyclops portable IR thermometers with closed-loop temperature controls and monitoring.

LEISTRITZ

Booth 5544

Believed to be the world's first show demonstration of the relatively new approach of direct extrusion of polyolefin foamed profiles using supercritical [CO.sub.2] in a twin-screw extruder--a 50-mm ZSE model with 52:1L/D and 150hpAC motor.

LUNG MENG MACHINERY

Booth 9501

Showing for the first time a five-layer coex blown film line for nylon/EVOH barrier packaging. It incorporates two 55-mm, two 25-mm, and one 42-mm extruder--all 30:1 L/D-and an 8-in, pancake die with interchangeable inserts, plus horizontal oscillating haul-off and automatic winder. Also exhibiting a 75-mm monolayer HDPE blown-film line, a bag-zipper extruder, and equipment for drawstring garbage bags, side- and bottom-sealing bags, soft-loop and patch-handle bags, and flexographic printers.

MAAG PUMP SYSTEMS TEXTRON

Booth 4961

Introducing Rubbex gear-pump system for rubber extrusion and new instrumentation for extruders. Also showing HSC manual screen changers and Wil-Man screen changers, including large CSC dual-piston models.

MACCHI SRL

Booth 185

Italian firm will demonstrate three-layer coex blown-film extrusion.

MACRO ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 5961

First showing of recently introduced Accupro auto-die for gauge control, using an 8-in. die and two dual-lip D-10 air rings, one on top of the other.

MAGUIRE PRODUCTS INC.

Booth 9101

Demonstrating new extrusion yield-control system, said to monitor lb/hr or lb/ft much more accurately than before.

MAILLEFER SA

Booth 5579

Introducing MLH five-layer pipe head for automotive tubing capable of rapid layer changes. Will also highlight production of crosslinked-PE pipe and PE-aluminum composite pipe.

MARSHALL AND WILLIAMS PLASTICS

Booth 6307 (Exhibiting w/Parkinson Technologies)

Features winding and mono- and biaxial orientation machinery, including model 400SJ TDO unit capable of more 800 ft/min.

MATERIAL ENHANCEMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC

Booth 7913

Showing novel cryogenic downstream cooling equipment for PVC profiles. Cooling inside the profiles with high-velocity cryogenic gas is said to raise output 200% to 300% without any water cooling (line is 90% shorter as a result).

MEASURETECH (MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY CORP.)

Booth 5529

Supplies on-line and off-line capacitance thickness gauges and software for blown and cast film, sheet, and coatings.

MERRITT DAVIS CORP.

Booth 4509

Featuring reclaim extruders with new screw, new computer controls, increased horsepower, and proprietary ram feeder. Showing 6-in., 36:1 model with 600 hp (vs. 400 before); it puts out up to 4000 lb/hr of reclaimed PE film. Also offers Eagle Manufacturing Corp.'s Eaglematic downstream cutting and punching stations.

MID SOUTH ROLLER

Booth 13021

Company builds shafts and rollers. It also recovers rolls.

MIDWEST KNIFE GRINDING INC.

Booth 11347

Builds and sharpens rotary and cutoff knives.

MIGRANDY CORP.

Booth 10126

Featuring extruder screws of different sizes with innovative hardface coating materials.

MITA SA

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Karlville Development USA Inc.)

Represents the same group of machine builders as Karlville Development (see above) in Latin America.

MYUNG-IL MACHINERY CO.

Booth 9030

Makes foam-sheet extrusion and coextrusion lines, including ones for extruded PS foam board and chemically crosslinked PB foam sheet.

NANOSYSTEMS LLC

Booth 10403

Showing for the first time its system for 100% on-line inspection of film and sheet. It reports and classifies holes, contamination, gels, specks, streaks, and coating defects. Also showing a laboratory gel counter.

NDC INFRARED ENGINEERING

Booth 5371

Introducing two beta-gauge scanner frames: AccuTrak wide 0frame and MiniTrak small single-sided O or C frame. Also launching ProMax closed-loop supervisory extrusion controls and showing a TFG 710 thin-film gauge using noncontact NIR sensors.

NEW CASTLE INDUSTRIES INC.

Booth 4739

Introducing two patented screw designs: Stratablend II mixing screw and NanoMixer mixing section. Also offering free design consultation at the show on extrusion screws, heat-transfer rolls, and process improvements.

NFM/WELDING ENGINEERS

Booth 5501

Highlighting new object-oriented, animated touchscreen on its Aries process-control system. Also showing an SPX singlescrew extruder for making wood/plastic composite profiles and a MonoClamp extruder head for quick die changes.

OCS-OPTICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS GMBH

Booth 12904

Offers on-line optical scanning systems that measure haze and gloss for film quality control. Also supplies small laboratory cast and blown tape extruders with chill rolls and winders, and a continuous mini-calender used to detect contamination in wire and cable coatings.

OLMAS SRL

Booth 10435

Makes extrusion lines for corrugated and flexible plastic pipe.

OMA USA INC.

Booth 10303

Running a braiding machine for hose and displaying other braiding, taping, and wrapping products.

ON LINE CONTROLS INC.

Booth 10106

Demonstrating redesigned UltraGauge 4000 ultrasonic thickness gauge with higher speed--800 measurements/sec, four times the usual rate. Updated software permits one-touch set-up. It's aimed at high-precision medical tubing. Also exhibiting ultrasonic pipe-gauge control and MicroAir ultra-low-air-pressure regulators.

H.R. PAARVIO HANDEL & HOLDING

Booth 10626

Introducing long-life screw and barrel and a compact extruder system. Showing spare parts, screws, and barrels.

PARKER HANNIFIN CORP.

See Zenith Pumps.

PARKINSON TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 6307

Launching a cross-cut system for automatic cut-and-roll transfer winding of heavy sheet at high line speeds.

PECO Inc.

Booth 10750

Peco and sister company FAS Converting Machinery AB build in-line bag-making and converting equipment. Will run a high-speed bag machine and winder at the show.

PERIPLAST EQUIPAMENTOS INDUSTRIALS LDA

Booth 13537

Portuguese firm builds single-screw and corotating twin-screw extruders, pipe dies, and downstream equipment for pipe, profile, and sheet. It just acquired rights to take-offs, planetary saws, and swarfless cutters from the former Speedex in the U.K. Its new equipment includes a cutter for up to 1200-mm-diam. PE pipe 80 mm thick.

PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES, DIV. OF ITW INC.

Booth 1327

Will show for the first time a single-sided split-box corona treater for blown film.

PIPE COIL TECHNOLOGY LTD.

Booth 12747

Introducing Clean Cut swarfless pipe/profile cutters on a servo-controlled carriage able to cut specific counts of different lengths without distortion at up to 25 cuts/min. Also new for the company are winders for cable, hose, and rope. Also showing coilers, winders, unwinders, cutters, and hauloffs for HDPE pipe.

PLAST-CONTROL INC.

Booth 7932

Introducing Pro-Jet automatic TD gauge controls retrofittable on blown-film lines with oscillating dies. Also launching PCC (plant central control) to track an entire factory's or company's performance, reporting consumption of resources, output, and efficiency.

PLASTICOS B.S., S.A. DE C.V.

See Beutelspacher.

PLASTIMAC SPA

See American Jet Stream.

POLYTYPE CONVERTING

Booth 5555 (Exhibiting w/Polytype America Corp.)

Featuring new extrusion-coating systems using Battenfeld Gloucester extruders plus proprietary downstream laminating and handling. Company previously offered only converting and printing equipment.

PROCESS CONTROL CORP.

Booths 3004,5361

Offers Gravitrol gravimetric extrusion yield controls with software that integrates with downstream takeoff devices.

PROFILEPIPE MACHINERY INC.

Booth 5849 (Exhibiting w/Unicor Plastic Machinery Inc.)

New distributor for Unicor Plastic Machinery.

PROGRESS PRECISION INC.

See ExtrusionTek Milacron.

PROGRESSIVE MACHINE CO. INC.

Booth 3115

Exhibiting spoolers, traverse winders, and coilers.

PSI POLYMER SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 6343

Introducing hydraulic slide-plate screen changers with innovative seals, a gear pump, and melt-temperature probe. Also showing bolt-type continuous screen changers and static mixers.

PTI/PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Booth 7518

Featuring new layer-control technology on a model 6000 Trident extruder with roll stand, new direct drive, and air knife.

QUEEN'S MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 4980

Hong Kong firm offers blown- and cast-film lines, PP and PS sheet lines, bag machines, flexographic and rotogravure printers, laminators, slitters, rewinders, and drip-irrigation tube equipment.

RAJOO ENGINEERS LTD.

Booth 13313

Features mono- and multi-layer blown-film, sheet, pipe, and profile lines with winders and takeoff equipment.

RAMBOO INTERNATIONAL SA

Booth 11209

Mexican firm offers licenses for an unusual process to make rattan-like, Prolen-brand plastic furniture.

RANDCASTLE EXTRUSION SYSTEMS

Booth 4544

Showing its first horizontal single-screw extruder. This 1-in., 36:1 prototype Taskmaster compounder has special Recirculator screw mixing elements, three vents, and a new feed section. Also featuring six Microtruder lab models for cast film, coating, blown film, sheet, tubing, and pelletizing.

RDN MANUFACTURING CO. INC.

Booth 4109

Showing servo cutters, a taper-tube puller cutter, heavy-duty belt pullers, and traveling saws.

REIFENHAUSER INC.

Booth 2270

Displaying upgraded UFA tandem blown-film winder with new tension control. Also exhibiting new nonstick turning bars for sticky film, a small gearless coextruder, and Reicotherm blown-film die with automatic gauge control.

ROEHLEN ENGRAVING

Booth 2238 (Exhibiting w/Mold-Tech)

Manufactures and engraves embossing rolls. Showing sample rolls.

ROLLEPAAL-USA INC.

Booth 12613

First U.S. showing for Rollepaal's extruder and puller for pipe and tubing with new touchscreen controls. Also showing new vacuum-cooling tank and a wall-thickness scanner.

ROSENTHAL MANUFACTURING CO. INC.

Booth 3035

Showing slitters and sheeters with enhanced controls and higher accuracy. Also showing rewinders.

SENTINEL PRODUCTS CORP.

Booth 1204

Newly offering a Japanese-built digital microscope for on-line cell counting of foams. It has lenses from 25X to 1000X magnification. Also featuring unusual new foamed polyolefin sheet products. One is a three-layer PP sheet with CO2-foamed core of 4 pcf and thin solid skins, extruded from an annular die. Sentinel will license the process for packaging but will use it exclusively in-house for automotive applications. Also displaying foamed PE products and technologies.

SFR INDUSTRIES

Booth 5733

Exhibiting extruder breaker plates.

SHERMAN TREATERS, DIV. OF ITW INC.

Booth 1327 (Exhibiting w/Pillar Technologies)

Introducing to the U.S. the ISIS corona-treating power supply with internet diagnostics.

SICA SPA

Booth 9462

Discussing a belling machine for 52in.-diam. PVC pressure pipe- believed to be the world's largest.

SML EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY INC.

Booth 9133 (Exhibiting w/Austrian Trade Commission)

First North American show for Sleeve Touch sheet take-off for PP, a belt-polishing process licensed from Chiba Machine Industry Corp. in Japan. It makes thin PP film with PET-like clarity. Also featuring complete coex cast-film lines for LLDPE breathable film with monoaxial orientation. Highlighting Model 2000 high-speed cast-film winder.

SOLVETECH INC.

Booth 5593

Showing non-nuclear, on- and off-line capacitance thickness gauges. Will test visitor samples at the booth.

SPECIALTY EXTRUSION EQUIPMENT INC.

Booth 959

Changing its name this month to JCS Equipment Inc., the firm is showing a novel table saw for fence profiles that saws, cuts, punches, routs, and mills while the table travels. Result is said to be higher precision, faster line speed, shorter line length, and better cuts on warmer profiles.

SPECK PUMPS

Booth 11045

Introducing a new model of liquidring vacuum pump.

SPIREX CORP.

Booth 1045

Makes extruder screws and barrels, offers consulting services and special screw designs.

STC EQUIPMENT CORP.

Booth 13425 (Exhibiting w/Zambello STC)

Distributes new line of gear boxes for twin-screw extruders and also single-screw gear boxes--both from Zambello in Italy.

STERLING INC.

Booth 1415

Introducing a servo cutter, vacuumsizing tank, and belt pullers.

SUN CENTRE MACHINERY CO.

Booth 7026 (Exhibiting w/Kartville Development USA Inc.)

Chinese maker of blown film lines will show a small unit running in-line with Converting Systems' bag machine.

SURFACE ENGINEERING & ALLOY CO.

Booth 7215

Encapsulates screws with tungsten carbide and guarantees to double the life of any screw.

Booth visitors can test abrasion resistance of tungsten-carbide coating versus CPM9V and D2 tool steel.

TECHNOPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 4984

Showing new double-clamp-frame profile calibration table with two independently adjustable clamp frames to hold two separate sets of tooling with different center heights. Also exhibiting a double puller saw for single- or double-strand extrusion.

TECNOLOGIA B.S., S.A. DE C.V.

See Beutelspacher.

TEXAS EXTRUSION SERVICE INC.

Booth 5693

Rebuilds extruders, screws, barrels, and gear boxes. Also custom builds new screws, barrels, and extruders.

THERMO ELECTRON TTThERMOELECTRON CORP., MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION DIV.

Booth 926

Offers Thermo Haake lab-scale extruders, viscometers, rheometers, and mixers. Showing a USA Lab 16-mm twin-screw extruder with 40:1 L/D.

THERMO ELECTRON CORP., PROCESS INSTRUMENTS DIV.

Booth 9342

Combining the former Thermo Ramsey and Thermo Radiometry product lines, this business unit will display thickness gauges, controls, and CIM for extrusion.

THERMO HAAKE

See Thermo Electron Corp., Material Characterization Div.

THERMO RAMSEY

See Thermo Electron Corp., Process Instruments Div.

TONG SHIN PACK CO. LTD.

Booth 10629

Korean builder of extrusion equipment for polypropylene and polystyrene sheet.

TOPF KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK

GMBH

Booth 9133 (Exhibiting w/Austrian Trade Commission)

Makes sophisticated calibration tooling for PVC profiles.

TRENDELKAMP LP

Booth 9716

Exhibiting a pellet-size classifier; a combination twin-bolt screen changer and integrated diverter valve; and a discontinuous, single-bolt screen changer. Trendelkamp is also represented by JLS International (Booth 10959), which will show more of Trendelkamp's screen changers and melt-filters.

TREXEL INC.

Booth 3038

Licenses MuCell microcellular foam extrusion technology using supercritical physical blowing agents. Focusing on new TPV applications for automotive sealing systems.

TSI INC.

Booth 13012

Showing Laserspeed Model LS200 length- and speed-measuring laser sensor and Holix diameter-measuring laser scanner with holographic calibration.

TSM CONTROL SYSTEMS INC.

Booth 4017

Will show ultrasonic width measurement and control using updated Sigmat 600 system. Also displaying Sigmat 505 thickness profiler.

UNICOR PLASTIC MACHINERY INC.

Booth 5849 (Exhibiting w/ProfilePipe Machinery Inc.)

Introducing UC58 variable-length corrugator with molds in standard North American lengths. First show display of new high-speed UC 100 corrugator, said to run faster than 100 ft/min.

UNIPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 691

Showing parent Greiner Extrusion-stechnik's latest die, calibration, and downstream technology, including a new calibration table for window profiles and new chipless guillotine cutter.

UNITED EFP/ANDERSON WIRE WORKS

Booth 11313

Showing replacement screen packs, wire cloth, copper cleaning materials, and sintered porous filters.

UNITED PRECISION ENGINEERING GROUP

Booth 12940 (Exhibiting w/Magna Machine)

Makes blown film dies and downstream equipment--air rings, nips, IBC, and cooling and winding rolls.

VENUS PLASTIC MACHINERY CO. LTD.

Booth 7325 (Exhibiting w/Taiwan Trade Center)

Offers blown film lines.

VISTAR MACHINERY INTERNATIONAL INC.

Booth 7019

Imports turnkey extrusion lines for profile, film, sheet, and pipe.

VULCAN MACHINERY CORP.

Booth 9401

Displaying a tensionless coiler for tubing and profile. Showing videos of other downstream equipment, including sheet winders.

WALL COLMONOY CORP.

Booth 13449

Featuring Colmonoy alloys for hard-surfacing screws against abrasion and corrosion.

WAYNE MACHINE & DIE CO.

Booth 4439

Introducing Yellow Jacket counter-rotating conical twin-screw lab extruder for powdered PVC and other resins. Also exhibiting a 1.25-in.-diam., 24:1 cast film lab line and a 0.625-in. silicone rubber extruder.

WEAR TECHNOLOGY

See ExtrusionTek Milacron.

WEKO BIEL AG

Booth 10631 (Exhibiting w/Kine Tik Enterprises)

KineTik represents Swiss-made Weko rotor damping systems for liquid coating on film webs.

WELEX INC.

Booth 4501

Introducing completely redesigned Evolution sheet line with 3.5-in. and 4.5-in. extruders, integrated wiring and hoses, quick-disconnect thermocouples, and built-in die support. Dies are elevated to allow for larger roll diameters and easier cleanup. The sheet takeoff has direct linear bearings and air/hydraulic roll-gap mechanism. Cooling rolls use non-threaded plumbing so they don't leak. Also showing a 7/9-layer feedblock with AutoFlex die.

WESTERN FEEDSCREW

Booth 10324 (Exhibiting w/Romax)

Romax represents Western Feed-screw's extrusion screws.

WESTLAND CORP.

Booth 4733

Featuring its low-shear Eagle Mixing Screw, adapted to extrusion applications in up to 30:1 L/D.

WEXCO CORP.

Booth 3011

Exhibiting samples of bimetallic cylinders.

WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER CORP.

Booth 1885

Will show a new touchscreen control panel for its Varex blown film extruder. Also showing new Multi-nip oscillating haul-off with Nostic rollers. New automatic roll and shaft handling system on the Filmatic T Winder was developed specifically for the U.S. market. A three-layer Varex line with Optifil P-2 automatic die control will be running in the booth.

WINDSOR FEEDSCREWS INC.

Booth 10226

Makes new and replacement single and twin screws, barrels, tips, end-caps, and tiebars.

WINTRISS ENGINEERING CORP.

Booth 12934

Showing WebRanger surface-inspection system using linear CCD cameras networked with improved software and lighting.

XALOY INC.

Booth 1425

Showing new Melt Master barrier screw said to have 20-35% more melting capacity. Unique adjustable dam allows Melt Master to be tuned for different polymer viscosities. Ask for a price quote at the booth and get a chance to win up to $2500 toward a new screw or barrel.

ZEIGER INDUSTRIES

Booth 7218

Introducing ZPM specialty screw, a modified general-purpose design with superior mixing and melting. Also displaying Wexco bimetallic barrels.

ZENITH PUMPS DIV. PARKER HANNIFIN CORP.

Booth 5739

Showing new 9000DS gear pump for liquid dispensing, featuring a PDA interface. Also showing several other gear-pump models: PEP II, B9000, C9000 and H9000.

ZUMBACH ELECTRONICS CORP.

Booth 5191

Introducing Rayex non-contact, "dry" OD/ID measurement system for tubing. It can be used on fluoropolymer and composite tubing and hose. Also featuring new Profile-master light-curtain measurement system for profiles.
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