NPE2018 Show Daily - Friday

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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Engel Eyes Expanded Assembly Operaঞons in U.S. To address the twin issues of growing North American demand and long lead ঞmes for new machines, injecঞon molding and automaঞon manufacturer Engel (W3303) said in a press conference at NPE2018 that it will be expanding assem- bly operaঞons at its York, Penn. facility. To do so it's made a number of investments in the site. According to Mark Sankovitch, presi- dent of Engel Machinery Inc., the company has spent $2 million on the administraঞve side of its business in York, plus an addi- ঞonal $1 million on a new technical cen- ter. The next phase will involve ramping up spare parts supply for the U.S. and Cana- da. They are doubling the size of their spare parts operaঞon, adding a second bay so that parts that once came from Austria to North America will now ship from York. Engel Group CEO Stefan Engleder said that company-wide Engel is invesঞng in its global operaঞons to boost capacity and shorten lead ঞmes. Through 2020, Engled- er said Engel will invest Euro 375 million in its faciliঞes, which he believes will boost output by 30%. 86 Visit us at Booth #W5791 SCREEN CHANGERS • MELT PUMPS • MIXERS • PACKAGED SYSTEMS What more can you get from your process? • Precise dimensional control • Better melt integrity • Stabilized output • Increased yield • Higher use of reg rind I ndustry 's most reliable Melt Pu mp From through-hardened gears to high-wear bearings to leak-free, anti-galling seals, PSI melt pumps provide you consistent, trouble-free performance, yea r after year. Join the ranks of processors turning to PSI and put us to the test. Discover how much more you can get from your process! Call today to ask for a no-risk trial! 1-828-468-2600 Don't forget to ask about our Pump Exchange program! FROM THE EXTRUDER TO THE DIE - PERFORMANCE GUARANTEED! • • Lower-Cost CT Scanner for Smaller Molding Shops The use of CT (computed tomography) scan- ning to measure and inspect plasঞc parts has drawn increasing interest among injecঞon molders, yet has been hampered by very high cost ($500K-750K). Now, a lower-cost unit has been introduced by Werth, Inc., Say- brook, Conn., which has been a pioneer in industrial 360º CT scanning since 2005. The new TomoScope XS (Booth S30079), is aimed at small to medium-size molding shops, with a starঞng price of about $200,000, weight of 1,800 lb (a fracঞon of some previous units), and a compact footprint of 51.2 in. wide by 53.9 in. high by 22.9 in. deep. It boasts fea- tures found in much larger units, including an x-ray sensor with resoluঞon of 2940 by 2304 (5 in. diam. by 3.85 in. high). It can perform rapid measurements at high resoluঞon. It is designed for use in first-arঞcle inspec- ঞon and mold validaঞon, where it reportedly can save a substanঞal amount of ঞme. Werth's patented CT OnTheFly technolo- gy can reduce scan ঞme tenfold, explains v.p. of markeঞng & sales Robert Kozlowski. "It can be used for producঞon molding to evalu- ate a part in real ঞme and also has opঞonal tool-correcঞon so[ware," he says, noঞng that this technology is being used primarily for medical devices and automoঞve connec- tors, where good resoluঞon and repeatability are required. Its unique monoblock design combines the source, voltage generator and vacuum pump into a single serviceable unit, which is said to result in both long maintenance inter- vals and a virtually unlimited service life. The unit's air-bearing rotary axis is said to posi- ঞon the workpiece with the highest precision to ensure low measurement uncertainty. The company's WinWerth measurement so[ware for the overall measurement process enables traceability of the measurement results. The company is said to be the first manu- facturer to guarantee reliable and traceable measurement results by calibraঞng all CT machines according to standards, including DAkkS cerঞficaঞon. The new TomoScope XS has a starঞng price of about $200k. Ultra High-Heat ABS/PC Blend Achieves Excepঞonal Automoঞve Part Quality One of the latest addiঞons to the line of ABS compounds and blends from Elix Polymers (Booth S36147) is an ultra high-heat ABS/PC blend that recently underwent a series of tests using Roctool's (Booth S17013) Heat and Cool (H&C) molding technology as part of Elix's strategy of providing tailor-made soluঞons to companies processing its specialist materials—in this case, targeted to automoঞve. The performance of Elix Ultra HH4115HI ABS/PC was quanঞfied in terms of aesthet- ics and processing performance using Roc- tool's H&C inducঞon heaঞng technology to characterize this innovaঞve blend in order to expand its range of applicaঞons, says Elix's automoঞve business development manager Jose Pedro Abad. The material characteriza- ঞon is part of Roctool's ongoing effort to further develop its High Definiঞon Plasঞcs material database which is designed to help OEMs achieve excepঞonal part quality and increased performance, according to Roc- tool's CEO Mathieu Boulanger. Roctool characterized the surface replica- ঞon following three types of surface struc- tures: chemical grain, EDM grain and laser grain as well as improvements in gloss and color. Besides surface replicaঞon, flow length studies have also been carried out. "Indeed, Roctool's technology allows a reducঞon of the color lightness and we obtain a 'piano black' part with a perfect surface finish," says Abad. Moreover, replicaঞon of the textured surface was improved by over 50% and there were significant improvements for each type of surface structure, especially with low roughness. Also, based on the flow, strong improvement using Roctool technology vs. convenঞonal technology was demonstrated in terms of pressure drop reducঞon which is up to 60 percent and flow length up to 100 percent. This study showed that using Roc- tool technology, one can reduce the thick- ness of a an injected part from 1.5 mm (0.059 in.) to 1 mm (0.039 in.). Elix Polymers' Booth S36147.

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