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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY On the fly Color Changes. PDQ. There are a lot of features that distinguish a Plastrac blender, but none greater than the ability to change colors as often and as quickly as customer orders demand it. The secret is our level-sensing vane switch (standard on every single blend- er). Harried processors can hurry up color changes by swapping top castings without any need for cable removal. Easy does it blending. Now. And down the road. Plastrac designs and builds blenders to uncompli- cate life for our customers. They are simple to set up. Simple to operate. Simple to adapt in the field. Simple to expand in the future. Let's say you buy a two-component (color + additive) system now, but a few years later, you need to make it a multi-component system. Plastrac blenders are all entirely modular, so you won't be locked into the original configuration if your needs change or grow. What's more, all our parts, mechanical and electronic, are always well stocked, because we don't think your present or future operations should include downtime. Plastrac puts you in total (touchscreen) control. The perfect blend. Every time. 610-356-3000 • Plastrac.com Visit us in WEST HALL 2 BOOTH #W129 Our new touchscreen controller, optional on all our blenders, puts complete, intuitive process manage- ment at your fingertips. Set-up parameters are viewable during operation and stored auto- matically. There is a non-volatile shot counter. A thumb drive enables easy software updates and transfer of the recipe files. A full keyboard enables easy entry of all recipe and component names. All events and alarms are captured with both a real time and a day stamp. In other words, everything you always wanted to know about blending in a single panel. NPE2018 New Technology Focus Decoraঞng, Prinঞng and Finishing Four new luxurious wood-grain films are among the latest addiঞon to TWN Industries' exisঞng wood hydro dripping films for the water transfer prinঞng process. By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology A versaঞle, high-performance and compact corona treatment system is spotlighted here by 3DT Systems (Booth W4283). Using the newest science in surface treatment and electronic technology, PolyDyne Pro reportedly improves the surface tension on numerous materials resistant to prinঞng, adhesive, bonding and coaঞng processes. The unit is engineered with mulঞple feedback devices for precise performance monitor- ing. Its generator and transformer are said to adapt well to many applicaঞons, such as 3D plasঞc parts, cup treaঞng lines, plasঞc sheets and foam. Key features include: a universal input that allows opera- ঞon between 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz; a sophisঞcated re- mote interface that can enable the generator and set and monitor output power level; and, color touchscreen whereby the user can monitor all system pa- rameters, view the data log, the alarm history and receive troubleshooঞng help. Lectro Engineering (Booth W1831) is showcasing the smallest Lectro-Treat true open-air plasma surface treaঞng system in its 58-year history. The unit is designed for new applicaঞons and exisঞng product lines where space is at a premium. The new LT 2100VD surface treater is only 38 inches wide and 48 inches long, now even smaller than a standard flame treater footprint. It can reportedly solve ad- hesion problems in a variety of applicaঞons including label- ing, foaming, prinঞng, painঞng and silk screening. Ma•hews Marking Systems (Booth W8263) is featuring seven marking systems: three laser inscribing units, one drop- on-demand (DOD) unit, and three thermal ink jet units. All seven systems are being controlled by the company's MPREIA so[ware at the same ঞme, something that reportedly no oth- er compeঞtor currently can do. Apex Machine Co. (Booth W1553) and its sister companies Desco Machine and Capex Corp. are featuring several of their popular and updated dry-offset printers including: the C-400 cylindrical part printer that can print on just about any cylin- drical component in up to five colors, and is capable of run- ning mulঞple size parts ranging from 2.5 to 12 inches at speeds over 200 parts/min.; the C-9 verঞcal syringe printer, a low-cost soluঞon for high-quality, two-color, 360-degree dec- oraঞon at 150 parts/min.; the DRCP-4 rotary closure printer, designed to maintain print concentricity at speeds over 4,000 parts/min. with up to four colors; the C-4000, a popular side- wall printer for prinঞng the sidewalls of parts like caps, clo- sures and wine corks; the S-11-C strap printer said to provide the same quality print as larger, costlier strap prinঞng systems at considerable savings. It handles up to six lanes, prints in up to three colors at speeds over 300 [./min. TWN Industries Inc. (Booth W8087), the pioneer of the unique water transfer prinঞng process – an innovaঞve surface coaঞng process that is compaঞble with a wide variety of sub- strates including mulঞple types of plasঞcs, is featuring the latest in its line of films. This process is said to provide compa- nies a compeঞঞve edge by giving them the ability to apply high definiঞon designs that wrap seamlessly around the con- tours of their products. TWN also now offers a full two-day cerঞficaঞon program that is included at no charge with any equipment purchase—includes guidance through the process with hands-on, small group instrucঞon. For manufacturers who wish to uঞlize this technology but do not wish to bring it in-house, TWN has a network of high-volume water transfer prinঞng faciliঞes it can recom- mend. The latest film product lines are Wonrate Vayel, devel- oped in collaboraঞon with Wonrate Gear, which is a disঞnct camouflage pa•ern inspired by the natural frequency of the heartbeat; and four new luxurious wood-grain films, devel- oped in collaboraঞon with Yuan Heng Tai water transfer print- ing company and designed for automoঞve and aerospace in- teriors and furniture. NPE2018 New Technology Focus Dazzlingly High-Speed Packaging Producঞon By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology An area of market focus among the injecঞon molding exhibits is dazzlingly high-speed packaging producঞon—of caps, in par- ঞcular, using beefed-up all-electric or hybrid machines. For example, Engel (Booth W3303) is molding 26-mm HDPE beverage caps with tamper-proof bands in a 96-cavity mold in 2 sec on its all-electric, 460-ton e-cap system. Wi•mann Ba•enfeld (Booth W3742) is running a 96-cavity mold for sঞll-water caps with an expected cycle ঞme of 2.56 sec on its new 440-ton all-electric EcoPower Xpress. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Booth W3045) is running 72 high-precision water caps on its El-Exis SP 300 hybrid in a 2-sec cycle. And Jon Wai of Taiwan (Booth S24125) is running its "Cap Soluঞon" on a 220-ton machine, producing 48 caps in 3.06 sec. Apart from caps, Arburg (Booth W1325) is molding two PP tubs weighing just over 0.05 oz apiece in 2.9 sec, and four PP tubs with IML in 1.9 sec. Look for high- speed cap molding in cycles as short as 2 sec. (photo: Engel). 32

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