K Advisor Newsletter Articles

Davis-Standard bolsters medical tubing business with Harrel acquisition

October 27, 2010

Adding a valued customer base and proprietary technology in a sought-after market, Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) has entered into a binding purchase agreement with medical tubing extruder supplier Harrel Inc. (Norwalk, CT). Jim Murphy, president extrusion systems Davis-Standard (Hall 16, Stand A43), told the KSD that the deal is expected to be finalized and Harrel moved out from its Norwalk facility to Davis-Standard’s Pawcatuck headquarters by the end of November, pending shareholder approval from Harrel.

Arburg: Rebound underway, internationally

October 27, 2010

No layoffs, continued investment and a 50% increase in orders compared to last year: the executive team from injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg (Stand 13A13) had plenty of good news to share yesterday in a press conference held in CCD Süd.” From Arburg’s point of view, there is only good news to report,” said Michael Hehl, managing partner and spokesperson for the company’s management team. The company is operating again at full capacity, he added.

Husky: Most technology introductions ever

October 27, 2010

Never in the Husky history have so many new products been introduced as at K 2010, and for the first time at a Husky stand the new products include all-electric injection molding machinery.

K Update: Laser welding expands performance envelope

October 26, 2010

A process known as quasi-simultaneous welding entails guiding a laser beam along the entire path using a high-speed scanner to deliver superior weld characteristics for plastic components. The XPRS Welding Technology from Cencorp (Stand 11E65) that has debuted at the K Show scans around the weld path at a very high speed in order to produce very even heating over the entire joint with precise temperature ramp.

Technology conserves energy, material in flexible circuit production

October 19, 2010

A new technology to apply conductive metal circuits to plastic substrates in a process that is energy- and material-conserving will be on display at K, showcased by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST (Stand 3E91). The technology targets the burgeoning market for flexible circuits, RFID antennas, and biosensors on films, keying on devices where space and weight considerations are top of mind.

Altstadt and Carlstadt: restaurants, altbier, art, and culture

October 19, 2010

In terms of area the Altstadt (Old Town) may be Düsseldorf’s smallest district—yet it is as the "longest bar in the world" that this quarter, situated on banks of the Rhine, has made a name for itself. Those in search of culture in the Altstadt will not be disappointed either.

New extrusion tooling making its mark in 3-layer drip irrigation lines

October 19, 2010

How often does technology originally developed for the medical market find its way to the agricultural and horticultural landscape? Well, it happens, and proof can be found on the stand of Guill Tool & Engineering at the K show, which starts Oct. 27 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Pipe and tubing processors attending the triennial event will want to find time to visit to see the tooling manufacturer's latest developments.

Machinery makers target automotive at K

October 19, 2010

At the show, injection molding machinery and automation supplier Engel (Stand 15B42) will produce a molded polyamide steering column on its stand. Novel here is the fact that the steering column is reinforced with organic sheet. Meanwhile, KraussMaffei (KM; Stand 15C24) has partnered with acrylic (PMMA) supplier Evonik Röhm (Stand 6B28) to develop a one-shot series-production method for components that have scratch and chemical-proof coatings. The resulting technology reportedly can replace as many as 14 steps with only one.

Thin-wall injection packaging: What you need to know

October 12, 2010

Injection molding demonstrations at the K show will cover the gamut of end-use markets, but packaging production lines, especially for thin-walled packaging, are among the biggest drawing cards. May of us stop and stare at these cells, marvel at the speed and the slick automation, and snag parts to inspect as they roll off of conveyors. Here's what you need to know to shop smart.

New name, established expertise

October 12, 2010

New to the industry and making its maiden K show voyage is Galata Chemicals (Stand 6/E24), the new name for the former vinyl additives division of Chemtura.