NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

NPE is truly ‘Breaking the Mold’ as a multifaceted experience, with activities, discoveries and opportunities to satisfy the needs of anyone who works in the plastics industry or has a need to know about plastics

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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Bioplastics, continued from page 1 Plan Your Night on the Town By Eli Plaskett Modern Machine Shop Whether entertaining customers or treating the team, here at NPE you have access to a variety of options when mealtimes come around. A five-minute walk to Pointe Orlando or a trip to Restaurant Row gives you access to seafood, Italian, burgers and more. Orlando has options for all palates and all wal- lets, so take the time to explore what works for your party. Make your reservations NOW and you won't be scrambling! POINTE ORLANDO (hot spot for restaurants and shopping just across from the OCCC, a 5-10-minute walk) B. B. King's Blues Club A staple of Pointe Orlando, B. B. King's Blues Club has four full-service bars and a menu of Southern comfort food. But the real draw is the nightly live music. Copper Canyon Grill Specializing in rotisserie chicken and barbe- que ribs, the Cop - per Canyon Grill boasts a classic American menu from a 100 percent scratch kitchen. Choose from a vari- ety of burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood, with a se- lection of cocktails and a gluten-free menu available. Marlow's Tavern Marlow's Tavern offers a modern take on a classic American menu with a selection of gourmet burgers and sandwich- es. Marlow's also offers a kid's menu to keep the little ones satisfied. pointe-orlando The Oceanaire The Oceanaire Seafood Room offers fresh, local seafood and a selection of steaks. With an upscale feel and a great reputation, this is where you take your biggest customers. A private dining room is available. RESTAURANT ROW (about a five-minute drive from the OCCC— hosts more than two dozen upscale and casual restaurants) Dragonfly – Robata Grill & Sushi For something more adventurous, visit the Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi for a mix of authentic Japanese cuisine served in a shared tapas style. The menu ranges from grilled skewers of seafood, vegetables and meat to a selection of sushi served à la carte. Fresco Cucina Italiana Just off Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row, Fresco Cucina Italiana is an affordable family-style Italian restaurant. Loved by locals and kid-friendly, it offers a variety of pastas and wood-oven pizza. Saffron The Saffron boasts of its modern atmosphere and richly-spiced food. The restaurant's menu includes a variety of options for chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian meals, and the price won't break your budget. You can make reservations online. UP FOR A DRIVE? Capa A 20-minute drive down I-4, nestled on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Orlando, Capa is a Spanish-inspired rooftop fine dining experience. The menu ranges from a variety of tapas offerings to seafood, grilled meats and vegetarian meals. capa/ Nordson, continued from page 8 96 Krieger adds that a lot of the innovation is coming from multi-laminated films that could go into industrial compost, and new formulations for packaging products that will allow them to be biodegradable in other contexts, external to indus- trial composting facilities, like home compostable or marine biodegradable. According to Adam Gendell, associate director of the Sus- tainable Packaging Coaliton (SPC), plant-based feedstocks are important to monitor. "Technologies aimed at producing high-performance plastics from plant-based feedstocks are steadily climbing," he says. This trend is evident in the exhibition floor of NPE2018, where there are over 70 companies whose activities and pre- sentations are related with bioplastics. "That could easily make NPE2018 one of the largest bioplastics offering within a show. This is a great opportunity for people to come and learn about a broad spectrum of topics, especially sustainability," says Krieger. Visitors can find a wide range of advanced polyolefins and new bioplastics for flexible and rigid packaging, as well as in- novative applications. Just as a quick look, new colorants for bioplastics by East- man Chemical Co. (Booth S230D) are being displayed, along with the presentation of Treva, an engineering bioplastic launched last year. Total Corbion PLA (Booth S35085) features for the Ameri- cas its Luminy PLA portfolio of Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) resins, Beck Automation is showing IML decoration for a bioplastic (PLA) for the first time, decorating a single-serve coffee capsule. that includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a range of markets, from packaging to durable consumer goods and electronics. According to the com- pany, the range of applications be- ing developed in high-heat PLA is steadily increasing as sustainability gains ever greater importance throughout the value chain. Total Corbion PLA is also draw- ing attention to its 75 kTpa (165 million lbs per year) production plant starting up in the second half of 2018. Regarding applications, a pre- miere presentation involving bio- plastics is in charge of Beck Auto- mation (Booth S35146), that is showing for the first time in the Americas how IML decoration is available for PLA packaging. The demonstration on site is an IML system for single-serve coffee cap- sules. Both the capsules and the labels are of PLA biopolymer. Nordson innovations in fact help processors to use less ener- gy or raw material while making more product." Nordson is currently building new and expanded capabili- ties for the PPS group on three continents: • Münster, Germany. Nordson is building a global hub for BKG pelletizers and melt delivery components. Due for com- pletion in the summer of this year, the expansion will also in- clude a dedicated aftermarket center for both BKG systems and EDI dies. The new facility is being built at the site of the longstanding home of BKG pelletizers in Münster and will more than triple the amount of office, R&D, and manufactur- ing space at that location. Besides expanding capabilities for engineering, manufacturing, and sales of pelletizers, screen changers, melt pumps and polymer valves, the project will include an enhanced technical center for R&D and customer trials. The aftermarket center will provide European custom- ers with rework and repair services and be designed to mini- mize order lead times and reduce downtime for customers. • Pirmasens, Germany. Nordson is producing Xaloy screws and barrels in Europe for the first time, following ex- tensive investment to modernize the infrastructure and install new equipment in a plant acquired from twin screw and barrel manufacturer WAFO in 2015. Screws and barrels made in the facility meet the exact same standards as those produced by Nordson in the USA and Thailand. Prior to the Pirmasens start- up, the Xaloy brand was already well established in Europe through Nordson's sales and support operation at Neckarsulm, Germany. • Austintown, Ohio. Nordson has just opened a regional hub in the Americas for Xaloy screws and barrels in a new 60,000+ ft2 facility that includes substantial investment in new machining centers, furnaces, and other equipment, as well as production capabilities relocated from three other sites in the U.S. The relocation process will be complete in coming months. This large state of the art operation has advanced capabilities for precision manufacturing and rapid customer support, along with an information platform integrated with Nordson PPS systems worldwide. • Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. As a result of a major invest- ment, Nordson is starting up advanced systems for the manu- facture of EDI flat dies. The new capabilities enhance quality assurance and decrease lead times. Nordson has also expand- ed capacity for remanufacturing as part of a reorganization of operations at its three sites in Chippewa Falls. • Shanghai, China. Following a move of its EDI extrusion and coating dies operation to a new, larger facility, Nordson has begun assembly of BKG screen changers and gear pumps. It has also begun planning for the finishing of Xaloy barrels from semi-finished products produced at the Nordson facility in Chonbury, Thailand. Also new is an underwater pelletizing lab line for demonstrations, customer trials and product de- velopment for the BKG pelletizer brand. In addition, the facili- ty has upgraded quality and inspection capabilities to meet all critical parameters for processing performance. • Saitama, Japan. Nordson has added capacity for building EDI dies and for remanufacturing dies. A new superfinishing unit is particularly valuable for local specialty markets such as that for optical-grade film. Nordson has also added produc- tion, sales and technical support personnel at Saitama and the sales office in Tokyo. "We have crafted a unique presence across all aspects of the polymer industry and a global capability unmatched by any other component supplier," says Keane. "Our aim is to enable customers to take full advantage of our technical depth, breadth of product offerings and localized service."

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