NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY The Pellbow® – to optimize your conveying system Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Learn more: Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Reduced dust + No streamers = Less maintenance and production costs Learn more: Visit us at booth # W2153 NPE 2018: May 07 – 11, 2018 NPE2018 New Technology Focus: 3D-Prinঞng of Boat Hulls, Other Novel Parts By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology Lehvoss' new product line of 3D prinঞng materials are tailored for different processes, boast improved layer bonding and enhanced printability and include modified PAEK materials free of warpage and opঞmized z-strength. Techmer PM (Booth S27015) is focusing on its recent material development innovaঞons in areas such as 3D prinঞng, advanced composites and sustainability. Highlights include the company's collaboraঞve effort with Oak Ridge Naঞonal Laboratory (ORNL) and BASF to design two new, 3D-printable, engineering thermo- plasঞc compounds: Electrafil PPS 3DP and Electrafil PPSU 3DP. Specifically developed for high-temperature autoclave tooling applicaঞons used in composite part producঞon, the highly-engi- neered, carbon fiber-reinforced compounds come in pellet form for use in new, pellet-fed 3D printers. Their versaঞlity was proven by successful tesঞng on two large-format addiঞve manufacturing systems—Cincinnaঞ Inc.'s BAAM and Therm- wood Corp.'s LSAM. Two new 3D-printed tooling projects are also highlighted: Thermwood chose Techmer's Electrafil ABS LT1 3DP to 3D-print a huge tool to make a marine boat hull on its LSAM system. Using a Techmer ABS compound reinforced with car- bon fiber ORNL 3D-printed a trim-and-drill tool that set a new Guinness Book World Record for largest solid item ever manufactured on a 3D printer. Lehvoss (Booth S31147) is highlighঞng new Luvocom 3F, designed for extrusion-based 3D prinঞng processes including fused-filament fabricaঞon (FFF/FDM). The product line is dedicated to easy 3D prinঞng with excellent mechanical prop- erঞes. Polymers are tailored to 3D prinঞng for different pro- cesses and are said to offer improved layer bonding and en- hanced printability. Examples include modified PAEK materi- als free of warpage with opঞmized z strength. The injecঞon molding quality of printed parts is reportedly 100% consis- tent. SABIC (Booth S15023) is featuring some of its latest mate- rials for 3D prinঞng including Lexan EXL AMHI240F PC fila- ment for FFF/FDM, one of several new filaments with disঞnc- ঞve performance characterisঞcs that SABIC plans to launch in 2018. Two new healthcare thermoplasঞc filaments are also being unveiled. BASF (S15023) is highlighঞng its partnership in 3D prinঞng for plasঞcs applicaঞons with the creator of specialty filaments Essenঞum Materials, College Staঞon, Texas. The company is aiming to develop a broad range of materials, with a focus on its substanঞal polyamide nylon porolio and to address a vari- ety of addiঞve manufacturing processes. Trend Watch: What to Look for in Blow Molding By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology This year, expect a trend toward all-electric machines in the world of blow molding. All-electric shule machines are already popular in Europe and Asia, and are gradually gaining popularity in the U.S. Not only do these machines save energy, but they also boast fast- er cycles, greater output in a smaller footprint, quicker setup and return of boles a[er a shutdown, and greater precision and repeatability. Injecঞon blow-molders and servo-hydraulic models are also gaining popularity in the U.S. and have energy savings and producঞvity benefits. There are also several all-electric and servo-hydraulic op- ঞons available for PET stretch-blow machines, with an empha- sis on versaঞlity. These machines can produce increasingly complex shapes in boles, from deep pinch grips or ঞny necks to off-center necks and gates or flat shoulders. Besides all-electric machines, there are also new develop- ments in machines that make dual-blow heat seমngs possible on one-stage and two-stage PET systems. And in quali- ty-boosঞng technologies, be on the lookout for new control and monitoring systems for PET containers that enable pro- cessors to opঞmize crystallinity for maximum strength with- out sacrificing clarity. 36

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