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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Making IML Even More Cost-Compeঞঞve Changing the Game in Liquid Color Riverdale Global's president Paul Maguire weighs in on liquid color. By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology A long-ঞme pro in liquid color conঞnues to make liquid color and addiঞves an opঞon that an increasing number of processors and brand owners in packaging and consumer goods are finding more and more a•racঞve. Paul Maguire, president of Riverdale Glob- al, is always enthused about the various ele- ments of what he considers his company's game-changing technology, which he be- lieves has brought liquid color and addiঞves to the forefront of coloring processes. Starঞng with the company's liquid color and addiঞve formulaঞon know-how, these elements range from its gravimetric delivery systems from affiliate Maguire Products, in- cluding the Pump-in-a-Drum (PIAD) system, which keeps liquid color sealed off before, during, and a[er its use by the processor; to local supply services/satellites that include proprietary systems for color blending and matching, free delivery and automaঞc pickup of empty containers. Riverdale currently has four satellite facili- ঞes: Warrington, U.K.; Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Ashton, Pennsylvania; and High Point, North Carolina, with more underway. "We will have one in Ohio and one in Mexico very soon, with another in Mexico, one in Texas, and possibly one in Chicago by year's end," says Maguire. Riverdale's new High Point, North Carolina facility not only serves as a satellite but is now a major manufacturing facility with automated milling and dispersion capabiliঞes and similar technical capabiliঞes overall to the company's Perth Amboy, New Jersey operaঞon. Visitors can find out first hand at Booth S22023 what these advantages are and how the company's 'Computerized Color' technol- ogy and service offerings conঞnue to evolve and excel. Riverdale is now offering GlobalTracker, a new color-tracking so[ware, available at no cost, that uses real-ঞme, company-wide data from liquid-color metering devices to auto- mate many of the customer's purchasing, producঞon management, and compliance funcঞons. It also can make remote trouble- shooঞng possible. The company has also developed a new carrier formulaঞon system for its liquid colo- rants and addiঞves that has been shown to work well with recycled content—both indus- trial scrap or post consumer—in eliminaঞng deterioraঞon of physical properঞes. Moreover, the company is showcasing its patent-pending modified metering systems (and those of Maguire Products), which allow them to pick up two machine signals—screw recovery and injecঞon—and acঞvely feed liquid or solid color during both phases, with the metering system running about three ঞmes faster during the injecঞon phase. This is said to ensure that color or addiঞves are being metered at all ঞmes when the resin is entering the screw. Ulঞmately, molders can use less colorant in translucent parts without risk of undercoloring. Absolute Robot Business Manager Tim Lavigne shows the company's IML systems. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology "When we started Absolute Robot Inc. (ARI) in 2013, our goal was to help keep North American molders compeঞঞve by supplying high-quality, cost-effecঞve automaঞon. We wanted to help bring business back to the U.S.—'onshoring,' as it's called. If you can make a product at a compeঞঞve price, wouldn't you rather make it here?" That, in short, was the founding philoso- phy behind ARI, as explained by Tim Lavigne, business manager. At this year's NPE, his firm is showing an example of the servo-driven Cartesian robots made by Well-Lih in China— in this case, a five-axis model BW10- 1500A+C—that ARI has been offering at pric- es 10 to 20 percent below others on the market. But ARI also has chosen this show to kick it up a notch. The highlight of its booth (W4182) is an in-mold labeling (IML) system from Well-Lih that is said to perform in the same league as industry-leading compeঞtors but costs 20 to 30 percent less. "American molders have been asking us about IML for the last five years," says Lavigne. "We've had enough experience now that we decided the ঞme was right to take this step." ARI is offering both side-entry and top-en- try IML systems suitable for overall cycle ঞmes down to 3-sec, which is compeঞঞve with today's benchmarks. "We can handle high-speed IML systems for food packaging," says Lavigne. "We have quoted systems for 1.8-sec mold-open ঞmes. And we can also tackle larger products like 5-gal buckets, kit- ty-li•er pails, or candy bowls. Our sweet spot is IML systems for 100- to 300-ton presses, which generally will use side-en- try automaঞon. For larger ma- chines—400- to 500-tons— molders will need top-entry systems." To prove its point, ARI is op- eraঞng a Zhafir Venus II all-elec- tric injecঞon machine (259 tons) sold by sister company Absolute Haiঞan together with a side-en- try IML system and a four-cavity PP yogurt-cup mold. "It shows we can offer complete turnkey systems," says Lavigne, "with robot, end-of-arm tooling, label magazine, height-adjustable frame, and opঞons like vision and stacking parts either bot- tom-up or bo•om-down." Yizumi-HPM: Size Plus Technical Depth The "N" designaঞon on Yizumi-HPM machines, like this new all-electric series, indicates that the machines have been outfied specifically for the North American market. Yizumi-HPM, a combinaঞon of one of the largest producers of injecঞon machines in China—and therefore, the world—and one of the oldest names in U.S. plasঞcs technology, is showing three new machine series in Booth W3343. These series—full-servo electric and servo-hydraulic toggle and two-platen—span a range from 60 to 3500 tons. Beyond their features and specs, the important fact for U.S. molders, says Bill Duff, general manager of sales and markeঞng, is that each of these machine lines has been adapted specifically for North American mold- ers, with everything from safeঞes and platen mounঞng specs to controls engineered to meet their requirements—as indicated by the "N" in the model designaঞons. Part of what Duff wants to get across is, "We're not another Asian manufacturer sell- ing on price. We're selling technology. Do you need a special process—coining, mulঞ- shot, backmolding carpet, MuCell foam with rapid heat/cool molding? Need to run special materials—CPVC, Torlon polyamide-imide, fluoropolymers? We can saঞsfy any of those, with any required automaঞon." Another key message is the depth of sup- port Yizumi-HPM can offer North American molders. Part of that comes from industrial he[: Its parent company in China builds 4000 injecঞon presses a year, as well as die-casঞng machines. Size is no object—Yizu- mi-HPM recently designed and built a 4500- ton die-casঞng machine for a U.S. customer. Volume is no object—"You need 50 ma- chines? We can do that, and faster than most. We are wholly owned by Yizumi, and have full access to all their engineering and technology." Duff points out the resources available in North America to serve molders here: A brand-new tech center in Ohio, where the firm also has a 25,000-[ 2 heavy manufactur- ing center, equipped with 150-ton overhead cranes for, among other things, rebuilding older HPM machines. "We have spare-parts inventory and tech support in several loca- ঞons," Duff notes, "in the Southwest, South- east, Ohio, and Chicago area." In other words, Duff says, "We may be Asian owned, but we are a full-service suppli- er on this conঞnent." 8 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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