K Advisor Newsletter Articles

Netstal’s traditional strengths support its progress

November 1, 2010

When Bernhard Merki, president/CEO of the Swiss-headquartered injection molding systems supplier Netstal (Stand 15D24) speaks of how his company came through the economic crisis of 2008-2009, there is no talk of novel management techniques or anything that resembles a change in the company strategy. On the contrary, Netstal weathered the crisis relatively well by putting more emphasis on what it has always done best.

Under Andritz, former DMT completes pre-acquisition sales, new deals

November 1, 2010

The former DMT has finalized sales initiated prior to its purchase and secured new orders under its new owner, Andritz AG (Stand 3C17; Graz, Austria). Andritz officials said in a K show press conference that the company will deliver two complete 8.3m biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) lines, and an additional BOPP or biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) system to Videolar of Brazil, with startups planned in November 2011, March 2012, and September 2012. In addition to that, Super Film Packaging Films of Turkey has purchased a 6.7m BOPET line to startup in 2012, with an option for an additional line in place.

Linear motor for fast injection excites the experts

November 1, 2010

Together with Siemens, injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg (Stand 13A13) is presenting one extremely swift press on Siemens’ stand (Stand 10A40). The cell is built around an electric Allrounder 370 A (clamping force of 500 kN), with an injection unit making use of a linear motor for the injection axis and a rotary motor for the dosing axis. Together, these help the unit achieve a maximum injection speed of 2000 mm/sec, with an acceleration rate of 8g, equal to about 12 times that of a standard electric machine.

Brampton looks to maintain market lead in water quench, expands in India

November 1, 2010

Even as competitors enter into the market, R. L. “Bud” Smith, president and CEO Brampton Engineering Inc. (Stand 17A22; Brampton, ON), said his company remains the segment leader in downward-blown water-quenching extrusion technology. Speaking with the KSD from his company’s stand, Smith said Brampton has eight-, nine-, and 10-layer AquaFrost systems in the field, with a total of 11 running globally and deals in the works for more.

Growing pains make way for growing gains

November 1, 2010

It’s the planet, stupid! That’s what this year’s K Show is all about. The color green has never been so hot. More than just the color of money, green has become the color of plastic, and finally, of real growth.

Kautex brings ‘turnkey’ to blowmolded packaging

November 1, 2010

Processors increasingly demand complete turnkey solutions, and in the injection molding and extrusion fields they’ve grown used to getting just that. But in blowmolding, there still are very few outfits able to give processors a complete system for extrusion blowmolded consumer packaging. Kautex (Stand 14A16) is here at the K with a line running to help processors see firsthand how the manufacturer can meet its customers’ turnkey wishes.

Kistler, Stasa join to predict part dimensions during molding

November 1, 2010

Combining process monitoring of injection molding with being able to predict the quality of the molded part prior to opening the mold is something that Kistler Instrumente says its customers have been requesting for some time. The requests were heard most often from molders of high-quality, extremely sensitive, hard-to-assemble moldings—medical device components, for example.

Eco TPU enters running, industrial applications

November 1, 2010

Running shoe manufacturer Brooks Sports Inc. will start using a bio-derived thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Merquinsa (Stand 6A31) in the shanks of its Ghost 4 shoes starting July 2011. The polyol in Pearlthane ECO TPU is derived from a dry-land-farmed bean oil and it contains 38% less non-renewable petroleum content. The shoe won a Merquinsa Green Award at the recent K Show.

Open-Hearted granulators find favor with automakers

November 1, 2010

In-plant recycling of bumpers requires a flexible granulator given the various colors employed. In this respect, the 600 Series of Open-Hearted granulators from Rapid (Stand 9E19) is proving up to the task given its ease of cleaning and maintenance. Bengt Rimark, global marketing director at Rapid, says VW is among those who are using the company’s granulators for bumper recycling.

Clearing up that haze in extrusion blowmolding

November 1, 2010

Here at K 2010, Milliken has come out with a version of the Millad NX8000 additive specifically aimed at extrusion blowmolding. Called Millad NX8500E, it reduces internal haze and improves PP surface quality.