K Channel Articles

K 2013: Bio-based masterbatch greens up compounds

August 13, 2013

A new masterbatch line has specifically been developed with environmental sustainability in mind. Colloids (Hall 8A, stand D01) is extending its already comprehensive range of masterbatch products with, Sustain, as the new line is aptly called. The biobased (typically corn starch or cane sugar) product is available in either universal or polymer-specific (polyamide, polyethylene and polyesters including PLA) masterbatches. The Sustain range is fully recyclable and, unlike many biodegradable polymers, will not impact on the quality if mixed with fossil derived polymers of the same type, according to Colloids.

K 2013: Can EREMA once again open a “new dimension” in recycling technology

August 13, 2013

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, EREMA, (Hall 9, Stand C05) the Austrian-based leading global manufacturer of plastic recycling systems, is presenting a new core technology this year at K 2013. Hailed as a "new dimension" in plastic recycling system engineering, the company is keeping additional details about its new development and about numerous further technical innovations firmly under wraps until the show opens in October.

K 2013: CreaSolve process finally makes effective recycling of metal-plastic composites feasible

August 13, 2013

Although cherished for such properties as strength, durability, low weight and low maintenance, composites are notoriously difficult to recycle. At K 2013, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV (Hall 07 / B05) will present a new variant of its solvent-based CreaSolv process that allows metal-plastic composites to be safely and efficiently separated and recycled, extracting maximum value from end-of-life components. Fraunhofer IVV is also presenting two other variants of the process that target expanded polystyrene (EPS), and polylactide (PLA).

Cypet launches all-electric models for its single-stage PET processing technology

August 13, 2013

With its new all-electric single-stage machines, Cypet Technologies said that PET processors now have the possibility to produce any size of PET bottles up to 20 liters and any size of PET jar up to 145 mm neck diameter. The company calls this a “world’s first” and says that there is no other all-electric single-state PET processing machine in the world that can produce jars with that diameter or bottles bigger than 1 liter.

K 2013: TIM’s little brother: two-platen mold replaces cube for disposable syringe production

August 6, 2013

Total Integrated Manufacturing, TIM for short, now has a “little brother” featuring a modular two-platen mold in place of a cube mold. At K 2013, TIM innovator Zahoransky will showcase a new, patented system featuring two mold halves with central rotary cube, allowing two different parts to be made on a single mold. At K, Zahoransky (Hall 02, booth A02) will use the technology to manufacture disposable syringes.

Illig launches new intelligent control system for thermoforming

August 6, 2013

Thermoforming machinery manufacturer Illig will present automatic roll-fed machines equipped with its new Intelligent Control (IC) technology at K 2013.

The company said that the IC concept optimizes the thermoforming line with servo motor drives employed in all sections of the machine, with fast and low operating effort required.

Patent-pending polishing stack technology utilizes automation, all-electric capabilities

August 5, 2013

Düsseldorf, Germany - Reifenhäuser wants the industry to forget what it currently knows about polishing stacks.

“With Mirex MT we have completely changed the current state-of-the-art technology and chosen a different approach,” said Helmut Meyer, responsible developing engineer. “Our courage paid off. In the past, it was hardly conceivable what the new polishing stacks are able to accomplish with regard to precision, automation, and reduction of production cost.”

K 2013: StackTeck Expands in-mold closing (IMC) capabilities

August 2, 2013

StackTeck Ltd., (Hall 01/Stand D09 K 2013) a designer and manufacturers of high-productivity mold solutions for the injection molding industry, announced a new range of mold capabilities for In-Mold Closing (IMC) of injection molded parts.

Agr International to demonstrate new features for quality management of plastic packaging at K 2013

August 1, 2013

At K 2013, Agr International will exhibit a wide range of products designed for the measurement and quality management of plastic containers and packaging.Two of its products will include The Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system and the OptiCheck system.

Forum aims to strength dialogue between science and industry at K 2013

August 1, 2013

A new feature at K 2013 will showcase the cooperation between academic institutions and commercial enterprises. The “Science Campus” forum will showcase how collaboration is a crucial basis for securing and enhancing nearly every industry segment’s innovative performance and competitive capability.