NPE2018 Show Daily - Thursday

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NPE2018 PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Booth S10029 Solve your problems FASTER THAN EVER At the most affordable price Plug-Assist Materials for Thermoforming CMT Materials, Inc. | Booth W9121 A handful of thermoforming machine builders here at the show are using Hytac syntacঞc-foam plug-assist materials furnished by CMT Materials. The company says studies on the economic impact of plug-material selecঞon show that Hytac plug assists help processors manage wall-thickness variaঞon, reduce starঞng gauge, and improve cycle ঞmes. "We conঞnue to enjoy strong growth for copolymer and thermoplasঞc plug materials as the global plasঞcs packaging market conঞnues to evolve and grow," says Conor Carlin, CMT's sales and markeঞng manager. Carlin notes that CMT's growth can be traced in part to material shi[s away from PS to PP to new mulঞlayer films. "These more complex polymers require more so- phisঞcated plug assists beyond our basic epoxy-structured materials," he notes. The main driving trends are growing popularity of ready-to-eat meals, changing consumer habits, and growing disposable income in emerging Asian economies, Carlin adds. North American processors also show conঞnued growth in areas such as large bakery items, tamper-evident clamshells, and medical device packages. "The pace of product and package de- sign is speeding up, with custom formers moving from prototype to producঞon someঞmes in less than four weeks," Carlin says. | (508) 226-3901 Flexible, Rugged Systems for Pipe, Profile Krauss-Maffei Corp. (KraussMaffei Group) Booth W403 Krauss-Maffei Berstorff's booth is highlighted by its flexible, high-performance KMD 73 K/P conical twin-screw extruder and its QuickSwitch calibraঞon basket. The KMD 73 K/P is said to offer very high output, robust machine quality and high pressure stability. These are properঞes that processors in window profile producঞon— parঞcularly for mass-produced goods—regard as crucial. The sophisঞcated process concept makes the series extremely process-reliable and simultaneously very flexible for using various formulaঞons. The opঞonally available bimetallic barrel liner is paired with a tungsten carbide welded screw— a requirement of the North American market—to permit the machine to be used for pipe extrusion as well. Space-saving and customer-specific designed coextrusion models can also be installed in the smallest of spaces for efficient producঞon. The machine builder's QuickSwitch calibraঞon basket allows pipe processors to change the effecঞve diameter range from 11.023 to 19.685 in. (280 to 500 mm). The sys- tem is parঞcularly important when changing from larger to smaller dimensions because it minimizes waste during the transiঞon. All process parameters can be set and stored in the higher-level, intelligent all-in-one control system and called up again at any ঞme. Further downstream, the KM-VT 250/1/6 vacuum tank integrates vacuum control and the frequency-controlled pumps. These, in turn, are fully linked to the C6 line control system for opঞmum start-up, energy savings and uniform product quality. | (859) 283-0200 DID YOU KNOW? Aendees from 128 countries are here, which means about 2/3 of the countries in the world will be represented. 46

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