K Advisor Newsletter Articles

Bioplastics alive and kicking

October 31, 2010

Now that biopolymers are finally starting to come into their own, growth in this segment is really taking off, even showing year-on-year double-digit rates, said Noam Stahl, CTO at Kafrit, one of the four companies making up the Israeli-based Kafrit Group (Stand 7C20). For a company with the slogan “Giving Life to Plastics,” this can only be good news.

Bradford University finalizes Wittmann Battenfeld purchase

October 31, 2010

A team from the UK's Bradford University visited the Wittmann Battenfeld stand in Hall 16 on Friday in order to finalize the purchase of a new Battenfeld MicroPower molding machine.

So far, so grand: K show’s First Lady is plenty pleased

October 31, 2010

Talk to Petra Cullmann, director of the K show, about how successful the show has progressed so far, and she resolutely refuses to count her chickens before they’ve hatched. But clearly the first few days of the show have given her plenty to smile about, with the visitor numbers so far running almost neck-and-neck with those from 2007, which was a record year for the plastics industry.

Slush-molded SBC debuts

October 31, 2010

One of the hot displays at K 2010 is an automotive instrument panel slush-molded from a newly developed soft-skin compound based on a styrenic block copolymer (SBC).

New plug-assist boosts thermoforming options

October 31, 2010

Options for thermoforming are expanding with a new line of plug-assist products that deliver low heat-transfer properties, improved machinability, and toughness.

Rollepaal launches two-axis orientation for PVC pipe

October 31, 2010

Two years of development work culminated with plastic-pipe equipment manufacturer Rollepaal (Stand 14C19) introducing a two-axis orientation process for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, using air pressure and inline stretching via two independent pullers to stretch pipe in both the axial and circumferential direction.

New airbag cover features bio-TPE

October 31, 2010

A German manufacturer is introducing an airbag cover made from a renewably sourced thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) in one of several materials innovations introduced at K 2010.

0.32-second take-out: Is this K’s fastest robot?

October 31, 2010

“Why is a massive, several-hundred-pound robot needed to take out a molded part that weighs just a few hundred grams?” Yushin Precision Equipment (Stand 12E51) asked itself this question and decided to employ the process of design optimization—often used to maximize lightweighting in aircraft components—to rid its latest robot of as much mass as possible. Net result? A 13% lighter robot that boasts an 11% faster take-out and a 14% faster full cycle.

Reifenhäuser, BBM pen deal for new cooperation

October 30, 2010

Two major German processing equipment makers took the opportunity of the K to sign a cooperation supply deal. Extruder manufacturer Reifenhäuser (Stand 17A21) will provide an undisclosed number of extruders for Langenhagen, Germany-based BBM Maschinenbau (Stand 14B37), a maker of blowmolding lines.

Moretto’s “Eureka” moment

October 30, 2010

Going as far back as 1997, Moretto had considered the internal geometry of the drying hopper and its effect on material drying, undertaking various studies to determine the impact, including tests with a transparent hopper.