Amut Comi (Hall 3/E40) will show a new series of thermoforming machines. The ACF series is modular and can be supplied in different configurations, such as forming and cutting in the same station, forming and cutting in two stations; forming, punching and cutting in three stations.
Battenfeld-Cincinnati (Hall 16/E19) will launch the new generation of its Solex series of single screw extruders for polyolefin pipe production.
Ireland-based Ceramicx (Hall 11/A01) will exhibit and demonstrate a range of infrared heating products and engineering technologies. Key users in plastics of Ceramicx technology include thermoforming and blowmoulding processors and machinery builders, together with those involved in drying, curing, materials welding and bonding, conveying and furnace ovens. Its Ceramic and Quartz emitters range in surface temperature from 150°C (302°F) to 730°C (1346°F) and the Ceramicx Tungsten bulbs are capable of reaching in excess of 2400°C (4352°F).
Hot runner systems and nozzle producer Gunther (Hall 1/D42) will promote the OktaFlowType OMT multi-tip hot-runner nozzle designed for the direct side gating of products in compact, multi-cavity moulds. The OktaFlow nozzle type allows a cost-effective mould construction with undivided inserts. The OktaFlow can be used as a single nozzle if it has a heated adapter.
The hot runner division of Hasco (Hall 1/A23) will add to its systems, control units and variable but standardised hot runner manifold blocks, with a full range of nozzles extended by the new Vario-Shot nozzle series. A highlight will be the new Hasco portal with an integrated mould-building assistant and updated CAD library.
German equipment manufacturer Illig (Hall 3/A52) will focus on the performance of in-mould labeling in thermoforming (IML-T), hygienic production and enhanced productivity through technical optimisation, as well as the systematic expansion of automation. It will demonstrate the IML-T thermoforming line IC-RDM 70K together with the compact IML unit RDML 70b for flexible decoration of nearly any cup geometry.
Also making its debut will be a flexible product handling system. Adapted for the Illig IC-RDK 54, this combination accelerates production for enhanced productivity. Another new exhibit will be Illy's flexible stacking and packaging system. The product handling system PHF can be easily connected to an lllig thermoformer in minimal time and is ideal for applications on RDK-series machines.. At the show the product handling system will be shown on a RDK 54 thermoformer. Equipped with a 12-cavity cup mould with a shallow forming segment base, so-called delicatessen cups will be formed out of a transparent APET film with an ant blocking additive.
Thailand manufacturer Labtech Engineering (Hall 7/71C37) will feature narrow footprint extruders for co-extrusion film blowing lines. This year it will display an extruder that can house co-rotating or counter-rotating screws. On the stand will be a model of its ultra micro 18/8mm extruder made with a Plexiglas barrel and windows to show the inner workings of the equipment and also the methods of controlling it remotely. Newton Abbot-based Millmerran Research and Manufacturing is the UK agent for Labtech.
Kautex Maschinenbau (Hall 14/A16/18) will exhibit its KBB jerrycan machines. Its new KBB200 and KBB400 models were developed for making stackable jerrycans. The machine being demonstrated at the show is equipped with a three-layer head foe cost effect ReCo process. Kautex is also rolling a second-generation virtual machine, with a modular concept.
Thermoforming machinery maker Kiefel (Hall 3/E90) will present the Speedformer KMD 78 Power producing domed disposable cup lids with a precisely positioned hole for insertion of a drinking straw. This demonstration includes a Hapa two-colour digital printing station and a bag-packer device. The tooling has been developed by Bosch Sprang. Kiefel will also exhibit its Thermorunner KTR 6.1 Speed, which is designed to produce the disposable cups for use with the lids.
Oxfordshire-based Meech International (Hall 11/B60) will highlight the role it anti-static products plays in a number of applications within the sector, including in-mould labelling (IML), winding and extrusion. Ralph Simon, area sales manager at Meech Elektrostatik: says: “Since the last show we have expanded further our technology offering, which will successfully tackle the static control issues often encountered in a variety of plastic applications.”
The mould technology maker (Hall 1/D45) will show a variety of new products mainly from the area of slide technology, locks, hydraulics and sprues. It is encouraging a hands-on approach from visitors and has a demonstration for surface finishing equipment. Meusberger will also present its multifunctional H100 clamping system which enables precise clamping of the plates with repeatable accuracy in the u-range while its H 4042 assembly table facilitates repair and assembly work on moulds.
US machinery maker Munchy (Hall 16/B22) will introduce a high output air recycling machine, the 150 Air which can reprocess scrap plastics into quality pellets at up to 149.7kg an hour. Using Munchy's Dual-Diameter Screw Technology means the scrap material is not subjected to any unnecessary thermal degradation, allowing higher outputs. The direct feeding into the screw also ensures a higher quality of pellet. The machine is designed so that all routine maintenance can be done by the operator.
Moretto (Hall 11/H57) will debut a Moisture Meter – an in-line resin moisture analyser installed on a running injection moulding machine producing a standard medical device. It requires no calibration. The user simply selects the polymer from a database and a Moisture Meter will continuously control the process with sampling every 10 seconds. It will display XD 10, a high performance mini-dryer which has a turbocharger capable of generating the required airflow with a consumption of 60 watts. Its features include: dew-point equaliser, variable adaptive airflow, double turbine (process and regeneration), and a colour touch view control.
The additive printing machinery maker (Hall 4/C35) will present its new J750 3D printer with full colour and multi-material capabilities which is used for producing injection moulds in ABS that can withstand the high pressures and temperatures of a Dr Boy moulding machine. A number of prototype samples will be tested using a diverse range of products, showing the potential of ABS mould cavities for low-volume injection moulding. The company will demonstrate the Fortus 450mc 3D printer running live. Examples of applications include composite tooling, the production of assembly tools such as jigs and fixtures, as well as the manufacture of final production parts.
The injection moulding maker will demonstrate its move into Industry 4.0 by collecting data from machines, sending it to a server via the internet, and then displaying the machines' operation on its Status app. Dr Boy says the move was made possible by the Procan Alpha control on its machines. Two robots will be shown working with a Boy 35 E VV to manufacture transparent glasses, which are then on request individually labelled with a name and filled before handed to the visitor. Meanwhile, a Boy XS will be producing parts of a rotary engine with a shot weight of only 0.08g using an 8mm screw.
DSM (Hall 6/B11) will launch the ForTi MX family of polyphthalamides (PPAs) based on nylon 4T, touted as the one of the most cost-effective alternatives to die-cast metals. Like the other ForTi materials, the MX grades are partially aromatic, semi-crystalline polymers that surpass other PPAs in mechanical strength and toughness across a broad range of temperatures. Available with 30-50% glass fibre MX grades have application potential in structurally loaded parts such as housings, covers, and brackets in automotive powertrain, air and fuel systems, and chassis and suspension, as well as industrial pumps, valves, actuators, home appliances, and fasteners.
Masterbatch producer Gabriel-Chemie (Hall 5/A45) will present its updated corporate design and show in co-operation with industrial partners live 3D-printing and laser-printing. In addition to the 3D-printer there will be a Nd:YAG-laser demonstrating permanent laser marking. The advantages of laser-marking equipment compared to conventional marking methods are high flexibility low-unit cost even with stringent requirements and the permanent, waterproof nature of the marking. Gabriel-Chemie will show the 17th edition of its Colour Vision Collection with 36 innovative ideas, illustrated in plastics. It will also present its broad portfolio of functional additives ranging from anti-block to cell-regulators
Milliken (Hall 6/A27) will show applications featuring the benefits of its Millad NX 8000 and Hyperform HPN nucleators. It will demonstrate the ability of Millad NX 8000 to make ultra clear PP allowing for material replacement in a wide range of processes, highlighting additional advantages of lower processing temperatures and therefore faster and more sustainable processing in injection moulding. Milliken will also present examples of how its Hyperform HPN nucleators reinforce faster, trouble-free production and improved end-product performance.
The UK-based firm (Hall 5/A29) offers a wide range of services including management consultancy for mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, due diligence, technical and sales representation. PREA also offer consultancy in polymer technology, tool manufacture, and subcontract of work, reshoring and outsourcing. The company also conducts recruitment for companies and individuals. During the show PREA will offer the following services free of charge: CV/resume review for candidates; consultation to employers wanting to discuss employing personnel, as well as consultation to companies looking to sell, buy or restructure their companies.
Riverdale Global (Hall 10/A26) will introduce its +Foam new series of liquid blowing agents for use with a wide range of plastics. Riverdale says these agents provide improved dispersion and more controlled foaming action than pellet masterbatch levels while being used at lower addition levels. Among the plastics with which they can be used are polyolefin, polystyrene, ABS, POO and other polymers. Charles Irish, Riverdale Global's vice president of product development, says: “Because +Foam liquid blowing agents avoid the history required for manufacturing pellet masterbatches and are more gently mixed into the base resin, pre-decomposition of the CBA is less of a concern. For users of +Foam products based on endothermic CBA, there is the added benefit of shorter cycle times, since the CBA adds less heat to the process.”
Belgium-based materials maker Solvay (Hall 6/C61) will introduce two Technyl products dedicated to the automotive industry. The first is a new series of heat performance polyamide for thermal management applications and the second a PA6.6 range with a specified and controlled halogen content tailored to fit sensitive electrical and electronic applications. Solvay will also focus on sustainability with the launch of its Technyl 4earth premium recycled
Kraiburg TPE Hall 6/C58) will highlight new applications for its TPE range, including the introduction of flame retardant compounds of the FR/AD1 series. The TPEs of the Thermolast K portfolio were developed for applications in the construction industry where they are used to ensure flexible cable installation in flush-mounting boxes. The material demonstrates good adhesion with ABS and PC in two-component injection moulding. Other product highlights from Kraiburg TPE will include materials for drinking water applications, as well as under-the-hood automotive applications.
Dow (Hall 8a/K48 1/4) will exhibit material innovations from its packaging and specialty plastics, elastomers and electrical and telecommunication businesses. It will have an interactive collaboration zone and application/samples on show.
Spain-based Elix Polymers will highlight its new ABS innovations and markets. It will focus on grades with extra-low volatiles, high-heat ABS for automotive applications (currently being launched onto the European market), new generation of metal-platable grades of ABS and blends of ABS with biopolymers and natural fibres in advanced development.
Ter Plastics (Hall 8A/F3) will show TPEs for the automotive market, including Arnitel for DSM and Sarlink from Teknor Apex., highlighting their application in air ducts under the bonnet or car interior floor mats. From its own products, Ter will exhibit LFT types which it says are suitable for structural components because of a high fiberglass content of 30% to 60% based on high performance polymers and a granulate length of 6-12mm. It will show Terez HT 200 H G30 FR40, a flame-protected, UL 94 V-) rated, partially aromatic polyamide.
3M Advanced Materials
3M Advanced Materials (Hall 5/B10) will exhibit its fluoropolymers and glass bubbles which it says will aid in applications in energy saving and lightweighting. It adds that its fluoropolymers can be used to extend the shell life of fuel cells which provide energy backup in an emergency. They are also used in batteries to extend life. The glass bubbles can be used for plastic lightweight applications, such as automotive in which 30% weight saving can be achieved depending on the component and the plastic used.
BYK Additives & Instruments
BYK Additives & Instruments (Hall 5/E17) will show some of its products for the automotive industry. These include additives from its SCONA range which the company says improve the use of carbon fibre in composites, such as polypropylene or polyamide, allows optimum technical solutions to be found in high-end car bodies. The advantages of these are lighter structures for lightweighting and improved mechanical properties, resulting in reduced emissions.
Israel-based Tosaf (Hall 8a/D01) will present special additives designed to improve the freshness of packed food, prolong the shelf life of sensitive products and minimise food waste. These include humidity absorbers that transform any standard multilayered PE packaging into active packaging with powerful humidity absorption capabilities.
Ube (Hall 6/E08) will present a new development product the Ube nylon 5033FD8 that enables modification of the retort barrier packaging, to significantly diminish the impact of a so-called "retort shock". The product also optimises the external appearance of the packaging. Retort is a commonly used method of autoclave sterilisation at high temperatures and pressures. This technology is frequently used in the food industry to increase the shelf life without cooling.
Wells Plastics (Hall 5/A26) will exhibit its oxo-biodegradeable Reverte additive for flexible films and laminates for which it won the Sentinel Science in Business Award. Wells says currently all flexible films are non-biodegradable and non-recyclable, and therefore careless disposal of this packaging creates litter, which can last for many years in the open environment. Wells decided to develop Reverte oxo-biodegradable technology for this material and application and following a three year development programme, a new grade of Reverte has been successfully formulated and tested to internationally recognised standards at independent laboratories, demonstrating the oxo-biodegradation of PET film.