NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY WHEN UPTIME MATTERS AUTOMATED BLENDER CLEANOUT TOMORROW'S CHALLENGES SOLVED TODAY. WWW.ADV-BLEND.COM SEE US AT BOOTH #W8063 Drying and Water Temperature Control Combine at Advantage Engineering Focus on Renewable Chemicals Expands for Braskem Leaders in water temperature control and resin drying, Advantage Engineering and Novatec, joined forces to create the new DryTemp+ combinaঞon TCU and dryer. By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Come by Booth W3563 to see the new pat- ent-pending DryTemp+, a machine that com- bines a portable desiccant-wheel dryer and a fluid TCU in a single footprint. Advantage Engineering teamed up with auxiliary equip- ment supplier Novatec (Booth W3729), to create the DryTemp+, which is targeঞng pro- cessors that don't rely on central drying, with potenঞal target sales in automoঞve, for ex- ample, where molders increasingly dry high-temperature materials at press side. Now they can do so without the hit to floor- space by placing a dryer and addiঞonal TCU by the machine. Beyond injecঞon molding, medical-tubing extrusion is also viewed as a possible market. As Novatec's Conrad Besse- mer told Plascs Technology's Jim Callari, "Processors with dryers typically also have mold-temperature controllers, and dryers require a water connecঞon, so it made sense to both companies to look for ways to inte- grate the two machines." The unit features a 7-inch touch-screen Siemens PLC, which accesses both drying and mold-temperature control parameters. The PLC can provide trending and data log- ging and is ethernet equipped so it can be used for QC logging of jobs with resin, mold temperature and drying parameters. The DryTemp+ dryer is a NovaWheel des- iccant dryer sized for 25 to 150 lb/hr, featur- ing Novatec's over-dry protecঞon technolo- gy. The TCU comes with one or two circuits, a display screen, custom-designed impeller housing and heaঞng and cooling cylinders, with capacity of 30 gpm at 30 psi and 30 to 250 F temperature capability. Beyond the DryTemp+, Advantage is also highlighঞng its Sentra line of TCUs, featuring the VE, G and T series of microprocessors. For monitoring of one or more units, proces- sors can use the Mini XK display. In chillers, Advantage is showcasing portable and cen- tral units. On the portable side, units run from 1/4 to 40-tons in capacity, with water and air-condensed configuraঞons. The G-Se- ries control provides energy saving via digital scroll and variable speed compressors. In central chillers, Advantage is showcasing the Titan unit, also available in air- and wa- ter-condensed configuraঞons, with capacity from 30 to 210 tons. These feature an inte- gral reservoir and pumping system, helping keep installaঞon ঞme and cost low. By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology "We are seeing more and more people, com- panies and government rise to the environ- mental challenge. The power of the consum- er's wallet can drive change, through electric vehicles, solar energy, greener products and more responsible brands," says Gustavo Sergi, director of Braskem's Renewable Chemicals business. They are at Booth S22001. Braskem is reinforcing its posiঞon in the U.S., with a new Boston-based Renewable Chemistry Research Center focused on the development of new chemicals and materials derived from sustainable feedstocks that can serve as replacements for their current petro- leum-based counterparts. Within the last couple of years, Braskem has reforged agreements with U.S. renewable products company Amyris and French ঞre maker Michelin to develop technology for the producঞon of biobased isoprene, a chemical feedstock used by the ঞre industry, and other rubber products. The technology is devel- oped from plant sugars, such as those found in sugarcane and cellulosic feedstocks. Braskem also conঞnues to make progress on development of a new technology for the producঞon of biobased butadiene in partner- ship with U.S. biotechnology company Geno- maঞca. That agreement aims to supply green butadiene primarily to the syntheঞc rubber market. The current naphtha-based butadi- ene is also a key raw material for some key volume plasঞcs, including ABS. Just last year, Braskem announced the launch of a plant to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. This is made possi- ble through a partnership with Haldor Top- soe, of Denmark, where the demo plant is being situated. Notes Sergi, "MEG is a key component of PET resins—the main man- made raw material used by the texঞle and packaging industries that is also widely used to make clear plasঞc boles. The partnership is developing new technology which will al- low Braskem to push renewable chemistry to a whole new level. A[er I'm Green PE (bio- PE), this is another major step forward in Braskem's vision of using renewable chemi- cals as a carbon capture tool." 26

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