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  • Q&A: Doing what comes naturally

    Issue: February 2017

    Werner Wittmann, founder and president of Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte GmbH, Vienna, is a machinery aficionado who loves to think about ways to produce equipment more efficiently. He is a tinkerer, a thinker and a man continuing a journey that started in 1976. At age 76, Wittmann certainly has no plans... [more]

  • Specialized tooling enhances presses for medical, packaging

    Issue: February 2017

    At the K show, three makers of injection molding machines unveiled innovative ways to integrate their machines with specialized tooling for medical and consumer packaging applications. One process from Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG combines injection molding and blow molding in the same machine to produce... [more]

  • European firms announce advances in LSR equipment

    Issue: February 2017

    Two European suppliers of equipment to produce parts made from liquid silicone rubber (LSR) rolled out developments during the K show that focus on convenience and flexibility. NEW SOURCE FOR TURNKEY LSR LINES Nexus Automation GmbH, Eberstalzell, Austria, now offers turnkey manufacturing cells for processing... [more]

  • Sidebar: LSR applications at K show

    Issue: February 2017

    Several suppliers of injection molding machinery demonstrated liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding in their K show booths. Here are a few of the applications. Arburg GmbH + Co. KG Arburg GmbH + Co. KG, Lossburg, Germany, enlisted its Allrounder 570 A electric injection press in a two-component configuration... [more]

  • Latest Uniloy machines standardize portfolio

    Issue: February 2017

    Uniloy, Milacron’s blow molding brand based in Tecumseh, Mich., introduced the first model of its new M-Series, the third generation of its all-electric shuttle blow molding machines, at the K show. The entire series will be rolled out over the next 18 months, said David Skala, president of Uniloy... [more]

  • Companies elevate blown film technology

    Issue: February 2017

    Blown film extrusion technology reached new heights during the K show. Key themes were better-performing films, technologies that allow for shorter production runs and improved cooling. The extrusion section of the 13-layer, triple-bubble extrusion line from Kuhne. Several companies that couldn’t... [more]

  • Additive manufacturing capabilities, material options grow

    Issue: February 2017

    Additive manufacturing machines that can handle bigger runs and engineering-grade materials dominated the K show and formnext, an additive manufacturing show held last November in Frankfurt, Germany. BASF has installed a Farsoon printer as part of a joint development program. At formnext, Farsoon Technologies,... [more]

  • 'Smart glasses' are potential hands-free maintenance tool

    Issue: February 2017

    Can “smart glasses” worn by maintenance personnel provide a hands-free mode of gathering information for troubleshooting plastics processing machinery? That futuristic scenario is a distinct possibility, as Sacmi Imola S.C., Imola, Italy, demonstrated at the K show. {$m[1]}.StripParagraphs(trim($m[2])).{$m[3]}... [more]

  • Firms take on tough scrap, smells

    Issue: February 2017

    At the K show, Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH, Feldkirchen, Austria, and Kuhne GmbH, Sankt Augustin, Germany, introduced the P:Sheet system, which shreds PET waste, converts it into polymer melt and then extrudes it into sheet. NGR’s Michael Heinzlreiter with P:React at the K show The... [more]

  • Novatec commercializes failure-predicting system

    Issue: February 2017

    Novatec inc. was scheduled at the end of January to begin shipping pumps equipped with failure-predicting sensors from sister company Prophecy Sensorlytics LLC. This marks the first commercial application for the Prophecy system after more than 2.5 years of development and testing. “Unscheduled... [more]

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