NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Weima America Brings Full Arsenal Of Size-Reducঞon Equipment BASF Emphasizes Unique, Highly Reinforced Compounds and Addiঞve Manufacturing Weima's WLK30 Super Jumbo machine features a rotor diameter of 700 mm. By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology Weima America (Booths W5489 and W5589) presents a full arsenal of size-reduc- ঞon equipment at its two booths. Weima is also showcasing recycling in acঞon at NPE via its recycling partnership with the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon and Commercial Plasঞcs Recycling Inc. The Weima WKS shredding line is making its North American debut on the tradeshow floor and is billed as ideal for processing everything from bulky objects to tear-resis- tant fibers and film. A swing ram on rolls is posiঞoned inside the cuমng chamber, pro- viding for consistent infeed of materials. An inspecঞon flap inside the chamber allows for easy access for maintenance to clear any foreign objects that may have been intro- duced during the shredding process. These shredders come equipped with hy- draulic or power-belt drives, depending on the applicaঞon. The rotor type also depends on the applicaঞon—a V-rotor for lumps and large objects, or an F-rotor for fibers and film. The screen size can be chosen to fine-tune the final shredded product to the ideal size. In addiঞon, the large Weima WLK 30 Su- per Jumbo is on display. This machine is sized to meet the needs of operaঞons with large pieces of scrap or large throughput quanঞ- ঞes. The WLK Super Jumbo features a rotor diameter of 700 mm. Visitors to the Weima booth can view the inside of the machine's hopper, which is not in operaঞon but is open for inspecঞon. There are more than 80 op- ঞonal features available on these machines. According to Audrey Brewer, Weima market- ing coordinator, the Super Jumbo line of ma- chinery is both versaঞle and reliable, with robust construcঞon. "This is also a great line of machinery if an operaঞon's applicaঞon requires custom seমngs," she says. By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology "Our industry conঞnues to find opportuniঞes to replace tradiঞonal materials with plasঞc composites as we have seen over the last decades," says Mark Minnichelli, director, technical development, BASF Performance Materials. Emphasizing the conঞnuing interest in fiber-reinforced thermoplasঞcs and compos- ites in areas such as automoঞve, he adds, "We are seeing a growing interest in various combinaঞons and types of glass fibers and carbon fibers. We have a couple of automo- ঞve projects underway exploring carbon- fiber-reinforced thermoplasঞcs, and we an- ঞcipate greater interest as prices of carbon fiber drop further." He notes that such ther- moplasঞc composites have been successfully used in grille opening reinforcers and are being explored for structural oil pans and other structural applicaঞons. On the glass-fiber front, Minnichelli con- firms there is conঞnued exploraঞon with higher glass content polyamides, for exam- ple. "We are moving from the typical 30-35% glass content to as high as 50-55%, to achieve extra sঞffness and strength to ad- dress new opportuniঞes." He sees the light- weighঞng trend in automoঞve conঞnuing and further bolstered by both electric and autonomous vehicles. Yet another area being emphasized at Booth S15023, and not surprising when one considers the breadth of materials and addi- ঞves technology BASF offers, is 3D prinঞng. The company is highlighঞng its partnership in this arena with a creator of specialty fila- ments, Essenঞum Materials, College Staঞon, Texas. Minnichelli tells Plascs Technology the company has made some major investments toward the development of high-perfor- mance materials for 3D prinঞng. He adds that the company's broad polyamide poro- lio and know-how is one focus, as is the pop- ular FFS/FDM type process, but stresses that BASF is interested in providing materials for a range of addiঞve manufacturing pro- cesses. "One of the Achilles heels of layered processes is z-direcঞon strength limitaঞon of the layered component. We are focusing on addressing this." An expansion of the company's patented Ultrasim predicঞve simulaঞon technology said to outperform other analysis technolo- gies—it boasts a 90-95% accuracy in predict- ing performance in metal-to-plasঞc conver- sion—is also underway. BASF has successful- ly adapted it to address foaming perfor- mance of polyurethanes and is also exploring its use for similar predicঞve assessment of injecঞon molded TPUs, for new applicaঞon opportuniঞes. Mark Minnichelli, director, technical development BASF Performance Materials discusses the company's current focus on some key industry arenas. LARGER THAN LIFE RECYCLING OCCC West Building, Westwood Parking Lot This on-site recycling demonstraঞon is the ulঞmate opportunity for educaঞon-in-acঞon. Commercial Plasঞcs Recycling (CPR) is collecঞng and removing scrap plasঞcs from the show floor and transporঞng it to WEIMA's WLK 15 single-sha[ shredder (see story above!). The materials will be sorted into batches, shredded and conveyed through a granulator, reducing the plasঞc down to a granulate size that will then be transported to CPR's headquarters in Tampa, Florida. 84 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION LEADING SHEET EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY G-SERIES ® QUAD PLUS ™ CO-EX SHEET SYSTEMS MULTI-PATENTED TECHNOLOGY Processing Technologies International, LLC | 2655 White Oak Circle Aurora, IL 60502 | Tel: 630.585.5800 | Fax: 630.585.5855 World Class Sheet Extrusion Systems 5 Zone Temp Station Dual Payoff Lamination Cell Film Access Hatchways Model GCH841830 Horizontal Five Chrome Roll Stand M a y 7 - 1 1 , 2 0 1 8 O r l a n d o , F L U S A B o o t h W 6 7 4 4

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