• AMAPLAST: 2021 starts in encouraging manner, overall forecasts remain cautious


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    After the record peak in 2017, substantially continuing into 2018, then followed by a cyclical setback in 2019, last year revenues for Italian plastics and rubber equipment manufacturers recorded a drop of 11.4% to a total value of €3.9 billion.


    According to data from the AMAPLAST Statistical Studies Centre, which were analyzed accounting for ISTAT data, the result was caused by a contraction in the domestic market of -12.5% to €1.96 billion and by a drop in sales on foreign markets of -11.2% to €2.72 billion. A final factor was a 14.3% reduction in imports to €780 million.




    An examination of the geography of exports in 2020 reveals a rise in sales in Europe, which represents 58.3% of the total with good performance particularly in extra-EU markets, while Asia falling to 16.7% from 17.5% in 2019 and North America to 14.6% from 15.2% lost some ground. Many of the top 10 export countries recorded double-digit drops, significant exceptions being +42% to Russia and +14% to Turkey.


    Italian sales to China reached a new record in 2019, exceeding €150 million mark, especially thanks to a peak of extruders and extrusion lines, which topped 25 million euros. The pandemic has affected the surge of exports to the important Asian market, in particular during the first half of 2020.




    However, the slowdown turned not to be that strong, as the Chinese industry recovered quickly from the crisis, its demand of plastics and rubber machinery rose again in the second semester and all along the first quarter of 2021.


    Therefore, the Italian sales of equipment to the Chinese processors reached the value of €145 million, once again thanks to a good trend for extrusion lines of 28 million and a boom for thermoforming machines of more than 25 million.


    Despite the moderate slow-down in 2020, China still represents a main destination market where the country jumped at the fifth position in the classification for the Italian exports of plastics and rubber machinery and yearly total sales have been steadily exceeding €100 million in the last decade. In such context, almost 40 Italian companies coordinated by Amaplast will join CHINAPLAS 2021.


    Back to the Italian total exports, analysis by goods category shows that the industry has recorded significant and widespread slumps in sales of almost all technologies, the only exceptions being plants for mono- and multi-filament and thermoforming machines, used to produce trays, cups, and other food packaging, which have witnessed rising demand as a result of new consumption patterns induced by the pandemic.




    The expectations for a positive inversion of trend in 2020 after the downturn in 2019 were dashed by the COVID-19 emergency, which required the implementation of extraordinary containment measures which blocked operations for a number of weeks.


    In parallel, the progressive spread of the epidemic in various countries generated a high level of uncertainty as regards the international macroeconomic outlook. 


    The main impact on the system was especially strong between the first and second quarter, followed by a recovery that accelerated in the last quarter, mitigating the overall negative result.


    AMAPLAST members fared relatively well with respect to the overall sector. A comparison with 2019 reveals a drop in their revenues of 2.8%, which is relatively minor considering the global context. Regarding employment, on the other hand, they were with an increase of 3.3%. 


    Cautious forecasts for 2021


    Overall, the year 2021 began in an encouraging manner: a rebound in production and exports is foreseen, although it might be overly optimistic to expect a return to pre-crisis levels within the space of a few months. This will be much more likely to occur in 2022.


    Confirmation of the Transition 4.0 Plan, i.e. governmental incentives to replace machinery and equipment, will pump needed fuel into the domestic market, the one hardest hit in the past months. Significant recoveries in progress in certain key markets, such as China and the United States, will boost exports for the sector.


    However, overall forecasts remain cautious because there is still strong uncertainty in many markets, influenced by the prolonged pandemic, the slow pace of vaccination campaigns, and the difficult process of resuming travel, especially internationally.


    Moreover, price increases have accelerated in the recent period for polymers, other raw materials, components, and maritime shippingference]=

  • Atlas showcases state-of-the-art weathering instruments



    Atlas showcases state-of-the-art weathering instruments

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    Atlas, the global leader in materials testing, will demonstrate its suite of advanced weathering test instruments for polymer and plastic materials and products at K 2019.

    Hosted in Düsseldorf, Germany, between 16 and 23 October, the K Show is held every three years and is the leading international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries.

    Some of the most widely used man-made materials, polymers and plastics span an exceptionally diverse range of material chemistries and properties. As such, the products in which they are used range from relatively short lifespans, such as packaging materials, to long-lived service applications such as automobiles and building materials.

    Adding complexity, plastic products are formulated with various colorants and functional or performance enhancing additives. Because of these, polymer degradation chemistry and product weathering results can be highly specific to the service environment, base resin chemistry, compound formulation and processing.

    In short, accelerated laboratory durability testing of plastics and polymers is exceptionally challenging and requires high-performance testing instruments to reliably predict service lifetimes or pass exacting specifications.

    Atlas’ lightfastness and weathering instruments lead the plastics and polymer industries in testing performance, with many test methods having been specifically designed around the capabilities of Atlas instruments.

  • battenfeld-cincinnati is fit for the future



    battenfeld-cincinnati is fit for the future

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    At K 2019, battenfeld-cincinnati will be showcasing several models with innovative features from its wide range of extruders (Hall 16, Booth B19).

    Its one-of-a-kind standard extruder is suitable for manufacturing small technical profiles, and has carved out an established position in the market over the past 18 years as a cash-and-carry product, with some 1,200 sold to date.

    The latest innovation to be presented at K will be the alpha plus, a compact plug-and-play extruder with technical attributes.

    The proven BCtouch UX solution is the foundation of the new control system platform. A high-performance temperature-monitoring module is integrated in the compact control system, which is handy for temperature-sensitive raw materials.

    In, the battenfeld-cincinnati booth will also be demonstrating the solEX New Generation 75-40D, a high-performance single-screw extruder that offers three key advantages: outstanding melt homogeneity, low melt temperatures, and low energy consumption.

    This extruder delivers an exceptionally long service life with low wear and little maintenance required.

    The optimised NG processing unit is designed to be retrofitted onto an older solEX model with ease. The NG focus technology is delivering such strong results that battenfeld-cincinnati has made it available for the uniEX range of single-screw extruders, effective immediately.

    Retrofitting is also possible in this case.

    The STARextruder 120, in which battenfeld-cincinnati has developed a machine concept dedicated specifically to processing PET, will also be present at K. Basic structure consists of a single-screw extruder whose with a central planetary roller section where the melted material is rolled out into very thin layers, producing an enormous melt surface that is a breeze to degassing and devolatilise.

    The STARextruder can be used to process both non-predried new materials and any kind of recycled materials, as confirmed by its US FDA approval.

    There is still a huge amount of untapped potential in the possibilities that this system can offer, especially in the context of the circular economy. As numerous trials have demonstrated, it is also capable of delivering outstanding processing and decontamination results for other materials besides PET.

  • BUSS to introduce new models at K 2019




    BUSS to introduce new models at K 2019

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    USS is to unveil its new COMPEO 88 and COMPEO 110 kneaders for plastics and elastomers at K 2019, adding two higher throughput models to the COMPEO range of compounding systems.

    They join the smaller COMPEO 55 which was launched to the market around a year ago.

    All three models are available with process lengths from 13 L/D to 25 L/D, with the model size indicating the screw diameter.

    BUSS will present the COMPEO 110 in Hall 16, Stand A59, as well as a downstream side feeder alongside their new conical twin screw discharge unit.

    In this configuration the system is suitable for, among other things, for compounding filled and reinforced thermoplastics, including natural fibre-reinforced and bio-based plastics as well as HFFR cable compounds.

  • Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019




    Davis-Standard and Maillefer bring new technology to K 2019

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    Davis-Standard and Maillefer will showcase a range of new extrusion and converting technology at  K 2019 from Hall 16, booth A43,16-23 October.

    Highlighting the ways Davis-Standard, Maillefer, Brampton Engineering and Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) deliver technology, value and market expertise to customers, Davis-Standard’s support of a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use will be at the fore.

    Davis-Standard President and CEO Jim Murphy said: “The K show is always a tremendous opportunity to connect with our global customer base. Our exhibit will highlight an excellent cross-section of technology at our booth. We will also share progress on our product lines and continual efforts to improve customer service responsiveness. K 2019 will also mark the second anniversary of our acquisition of Maillefer. This partnership has significantly broadened Davis-Standard’s reach and capabilities throughout Europe and the MEA regions.”

    Alongside sustainability and circular economy, Davis-Standard’s K 2019 highlights will include DS Activ-Check, a smart technology system that enables real-time predictive maintenance; Bluebox, Maillefer’s Industry 4.0 data strategy developed for high-speed acquisition and storage; Elastomer developments including silicone technology and elastomer capabilities for automotive applications; Profile capabilities for pipe, tubing, wire and cable; and a new extrusion die for coating applications, amongst other areas of interest.

    Davis-Standard offers multiple services to support product line performance, including a full range of spare parts, feasibility studies, resin changes and product developments.

  • Dieffenbacher at K 2019


    Dieffenbacher at K 2019


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    Companies that depend on the economical production of high-quality composite parts will find valuable advice and customised automated production plants at the Dieffenbacher booth at K 2019.

    For applications such as SMC Class A exterior components and semi-structural components made from LFT, Dieffenbacher’s Fiberpress series delivers the right press and high-performance, sophisticated automation with material supply and component handling.

    Thermoplastic continuous fibre-reinforced parts can be produced efficiently with the Tailored Blank Line, consisting of Fiberforge and Fibercon technology.

    Dieffenbacher offers efficient and complete production systems from a single source for the automotive and transportation, building and construction, aerospace, and sports and leisure industries. Dieffenbacher list of prestigious customers includes Audi, BMW, Autoneum, Fritzmeier, Hanwha and Polytec, amongst others.

    Dieffenbacher will also present recycling solutions at K 2019 under the heading ‘Waste 2 Product’, wherein concepts ranging from shredding and cleaning to new end products made from recycled materials will be presented.

    Individual turnkey production plants for applications help customers seize circular economy opportunities, reduce disposal costs and produce products in a sustainable way.

    Dieffenbacher supports its customers from the initial product idea, through engineering and plant conception, manufacturing and installation of the press or production plant, to its commissioning and beyond. The Dieffenbacher Lifecycle Service provides planning security over the service life of the plant.

    Individual modernisation solutions ensure that existing production lines can still be operated efficiently even after many years.

  • Elmet at K: New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing


    Elmet at K: New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing

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    Elmet is presenting itself at K2019 as an international one-stop shop supplier for the entire field of injection moulding two-component liquid silicone rubbers (LSR).

    One focus of Elmet’s exhibition will be its enhanced TOP 5000 P pneumatically driven dosing system, which has a smaller footprint than its predecessor. Elmet will also provide an initial glimpse of the status of development of a servo-electrically driven dosing pump and premiere its new remote maintenance system for the TOP 5000 series.

    Elmet is preparing for the commercial introduction of a TOP dosing system with a fully electric dosing pump driven by a torque- and current-controlled servomotor. Here the focus is on minimising dosing fluctuations and maximising efficiency and simplicity of operation.

    Despite occupying still less space in the production zone, the upcoming designs of the TOP-5000 dosing systems do not entail any compromises in terms of efficiency.

    Sales Manager Mark Ostermann said: "Our electrically driven dosing system will be the result of very extensive development work, the first step of which focused on designing the pump group. Initial testing of the newly developed components of the pump group has demonstrated the uniform quality of delivery which is achievable using this new principle … Once the system is ready for mass production, we will be able to offer a suitable solution for all market segments and applications up to and including LSR 3D printing. Elmet will thus be in a position to meet any possible future customer wishes."

    In terms of Industry 4.0 capability, all TOP 5000 series dosing systems have a VNC and an OPC-UA interface for data exchange with the injection moulding machine. The newly created remote access interface means that Elmet will be able to offer a Premium Connectivity Package with email functionality and remote support. The software can automatically send email messages to predefined groups of recipients in the event of a breakdown or maintenance and drum change messages.

    A VNC link means that Elmet and operators can remotely access the relevant dosing system from anywhere in the world without requiring access to the customer's own IT network.

  • ENGEL to show e-mac 280 at K 2019


    ENGEL to show e-mac 280 at K 2019

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    ENGEL is to takes its e-mac 280 to the packaging floor at K 2019, allowing for an even more granular performance gradation for the packaging industry in all-electric use cases.

    Tube collars made from HDPE with a total shot weight of 81.6 grams are being produced on an all-electric e-mac 740/280 injection moulding machine, using a 48-cavitiy mould by Sibo.

    The cycle time is eight seconds, and therefore precisely in the range in which the e-mac has its maximum efficiency benefits.

    Friedrich Mairhofer, Product Manager for Electrical Machines at ENGEL, said: “The e-mac combines very high energy efficiency and precision with a particularly compact design and comparatively low investments costs.”

    “With its performance features, the e-mac is the most cost-effective solution for many packaging applications with a cycle time of more than six seconds.”

    In the high-speed, all-electric high-performance range, with cycle times of less than six seconds, ENGEL’s e-motion series and e-cap machines, which are tailored to caps and closures applications, meet a wide range of market requirements with the highest precision and cost-effectiveness.

    Together, the two series cover a clamping force range from 300 to 6,5000 kN and achieve cycle times of less than two seconds.

    Both the e-motion and e-cap machines are equipped with encapsulated toggle levers and a clean linear platen guide, which makes them ideal for strictly regulated production areas and cleanrooms in the foods and medical technology industries.

  • FEDDEM brings versatile compounding systems to K 2019



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  • Gillard exhibiting new extrusion servo rotary cutter at K


    Gillard exhibiting new extrusion servo rotary cutter at K

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    Gillard will be exhibiting a new extrusion servo rotary cutter on their stand in Hall 16, Booth C77, at K 2019, Düsseldorf, Germany.

    The new Servo-Torq Plus extrusion cutter is designed for plastics, rubbers and many non- polymer materials. The unit combines the latest Lenze brushless AC servo motors with a fully digital multi-axis control system to activate the rotating knife blade.

    According to Gillard, very high cut rates are possible with precise cut length accuracy. The company adds that the new Siemens widescreen touch panels allow easy operator control of the machine.

    The new Servo-Torq cutters are available with maximum diameter cutting capacities of up to 150mm. All types of plastic and rubber extruded material can be cut with the machine.

    Integral twin-belt Accra-FeedTM caterpillar infeeder/puller machines are provided to match every cutter model. These feature direct drive AC motors and planetary gearboxes to provide improved speed control at high extrusion speeds.

    A high level of connectivity is standard as well as Industry 4.0 cloud support. Remote service is available via the internet using the onboard VPN router. ProfiNet communications allows networking with the rest of the extrusion line.

  • GN to launch new thermoformer at K 2019


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     GN Thermoforming Equipment a leading manufacturer of servo-driven, roll-fed thermoforming machines will launch its new GN580 Thermoformer at K 2019.

    The new form/cut/stack thermoformer is ideal for food, medical, and industrial packaging markets.

    The GN580 Thermoformer is a smaller version of the GN800 launched at K 2016. The launch of the new GN models, part of GN’s strategic growth plans, has proven to be very successful, according to Jerome Romkey, President of GN Thermoforming Equipment. “Our customers have fully embraced the new products and the GN800 is regarded as a highly productive and reliable machine within the industry,” said Romkey. “We continue to provide an industry-leading level of service and support, giving customers added confidence when launching new machines like the GN580.”   

    At K 2019, the GN580 will run PCR PET with a common-edge tool, producing meat trays with minimal scrap. Over the years, GN has perfected the common-edge-cut tooling technology for their line of thermoformers. Common-edge tooling offers the ability to form a series of square or rectangular trays in a row or multiple rows while eliminating the web between the products.

    The high-production GN580 thermoformer with integrated steel rule cutting press and stacking station is used for the cost-effective manufacturing of packaging products made from all thermoformable materials. The most distinctive features of the GN580 are the high degree of automation as well as the ease of tool change. 

    The GN580 has a forming area of 580mm x 465mm and a cycle time of 45 cycles/min at full stroke. The machine forms 120mm deep parts above and below the sheet line. It also features an operator-friendly HMI with integrated diagnostics and remote connection, an energy recovery system incorporated in all drives, and maintenance-free precision roller bearings in the toggles.

    The GN580 offers additional options suited to specific customers’ requirements and it can be further customised for certain applications. The thermoformer provides additional flexibility by accepting tools from many of the competitors’ machines. 

    GN’s family of thermoformers continues to offer advanced technology while being flexible and user-friendly.

    Among the top priorities of GN’s customer-focused approach are improving productivity and ensuring that customers produce the most finished parts per pound of sheet. 

  • Gneuss introduces next-gen equipment at K 2019



    Gneuss introduces next-gen equipment at K 2019

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    Gneuss  Filtration Technology will exhibit several different models of their patented Rotary Filtration Systems at the K trade fair this year (Hall 9, Booth A38).

    These continuous filtration systems are characterised by a filter disk on which the screen cavities are located in a ring pattern. Screens can be changed on the part of the filter disk that is not active in the melt channel, while the production process continues to run without any interruptions or disturbances.

    The new SFneos was developed to combine the characteristics of several older models into one simple and cost-efficient solution.

    The SFneos filtration system is suitable for applications that benefit from a continuous, pressure and process constant screen changer, but that don’t require back-flushing. The SFneos 90 the company will display has an active screen area of 260cm2.

    Gneuss will also exhibit two KF screen changers, a KF 75 with an active screen area of 44cm2, and a KF 110 with an active screen area of 95cm2, which will be installed in a blown film line at Brazilian machinery manufacturer Carnevalli’s booth (Hall 16, Booth C70).

    Gneuss Extrusion Technology will show a complete Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) including a second generation Multi Rotation System MRS110 extruder, a fully automatic melt filtration system RSFgenius 90 and a new style online viscometer VIS, for the processing of 600kg/h of undried and uncrystallised polyester (PET).

    The Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) has been available for more than a decade now and has proven itself for the reprocessing of highly contaminated materials without pre-drying, especially bulky PET waste such as post-consumer bottle flakes and industrial waste from fibre and film manufacture, as well as polystyrene, nylon and other hydrophil polymers.

  • Good Vibrations - Coperion K-Tron brings new feeding tech to K




    Good Vibrations - Coperion K-Tron brings new feeding tech to K

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    Coperion K-Tron has announced a completely new K3 line of vibratory feeders for dry bulk solids which will be exhibited at K 2019. 

    The new feeder design features a unique, patent-pending drive system combined with an advanced control package, and the ability to achieve accuracies averaging 35 per cent better over traditional vibratory technologies. This new generation of Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight vibratory feeders offers gentle handeling, higher accuracy and faster product changeover, resulting in less product waste, less downtime and better end product quality, as well as improved sustainability.

    Significant advantages

    These advantages are possible due to groundbreaking new technology. The key to achieving high accuracy is the ability to deliver a continuous, even product discharge with minimal pulsations, which the K3 vibratory drive does with a completely new shock absorber design. Conventional vibratory feeders use rubber or spring shock absorbers, which allow movement of the drive in all directions, resulting in rotational motion. In contrast, the K3 line uses a unique flexible pendulum technology which provides shock absorption only parallel to the desired direction of motion, eliminating rotational movement. This parallel motion ensures an even material flow of the product along the entire length of the tray.

    The advanced control system and feeder electronics include internal sensors which measure acceleration, displacement, load, current and temperature at rates of up to 25,000 times per second. The fast-acting controller then adjusts the vibratory drive signal to maintain clean sinusoidal displacement for optimal mass flow. The combination of this unique drive with the Coperion K-Tron SmartConnex control system also results in extremely low energy consumption as compared to other feeding technologies.

  • Haitian International to present next-generation technology at K 2019


    Haitian International to present next-generation technology at K 2019

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    Haitian International is to present its third generation technology at K 2019, with innovative new developments in hardware and software.

    The third generation technology delivers even more efficiency, productivity, and new solutions.

    The versatility of the electric product range has been greatly expanded, and the performance of the servo-hydraulic two-platen machines has been significantly increased.

    Optimised drives and an open integration strategy for robotics and automation increase the scope for investment and flexibility in production.

    Ongoing improvements and the consistent improvement of standard components such as motors result in higher performance but also higher overall resource savings.

    Haitian will have live exhibits at K 2019, which will produce standard applications with recyclates or 100 per cent recyclable materials.

    The exhibits are the patented world premiere of the new electric Zhafir injection unit, the Zhafir Venus III Series, which provides a clean and electrical solution for the medical market, the Zhafir Zeres F Series, a dynamic solutions for packaging, the Haitian Jupiter III Series, which is a compact solution for large automotive parts, and the Haitian Mars III Series, an economical solution for consumer goods.

  • Jomar launching TechnoDrive 65 PET at K


    Jomar launching TechnoDrive 65 PET at K

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    Jomar Corp., a leading global manufacturer of injection blow moulding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and household products industries, will launch the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine at the 2019 K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    Specifically designed to run PET resins but can easily switch back to PP and PE, the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine evolved from Jomar’s TechnoDrive 65, a high-speed production machine unveiled in 2018. It has a dry cycle time of just 1.7 seconds, making it one of the fastest injection blow moulding machines in the industry.

    Jomar’s engineers have expanded the TechnoDrive 65’s capabilities by adding a more robust plastifier motor, high-pressure valves and built-in nozzle heaters to aid PET processing.

    Jomar President Carlos Castro said: “The TechnoDrive 65 PET further demonstrates the versatility of the Jomar machines. Jomar machines can handle engineering resins and a wide range of PET grades such as PETE or PETG. We’re giving our customers the opportunity to bid for a variety of projects from cosmetic jars in PET to packers in HDPE, with the same machine.”

    The TechnoDrive 65 PET can mould a variety of shapes and sizes in PET. One limitation, however, is rooted in the nature of injection blow moulding. Unlike injection stretch blow machines, an IBM machine does not mechanically extend its core rods, which provides biaxial orientation and allows for extremely thin walls such as those found in water or soda bottles.

    The average wall thickness for a TechnoDrive 65 PET bottle in PET is 1mm, so it is more inclined to mould jars, vials and bottles for the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries.

    All PET projects for the TechnoDrive 65 PET would be accepted as a turnkey project where Jomar is building both the machine and mould. This allows Jomar to tailor the equipment to provide the largest processing window and ensure the project’s overall success.

  • K 2019: Sepro and partners to demonstrate automation solutions

  • Kiefel simplifies thermoforming with next-gen Speedformer


    Kiefel simplifies thermoforming with next-gen Speedformer

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    Kiefel GmbH has created the Speedformer KMD 78.2 Speed to showcase at K2019 in Düsseldorf (Hall 3, Booth E90), where visitors are invited to experience the machine live.

    The new generation of Kiefel steel rule machines offers the usual quality with even greater productivity and energy efficiency.

    Erwin Wabnig, Director Packaging Division at Kiefel, said: "The new generation of machines is fast and reliable. Operators, even without specific training, can operate them intuitively. Ergonomics and data transparency are a matter of course. And of course, in addition to common materials and products, our new system can also process novel film materials and produce even complex products whilst consuming a minimal amount of energy."

    The Kiefel designers focused on higher productivity, process control and availability, as well as trend-setting intuitive user guidance with considerable added value in operation and maintenance.

    The new KMD generation not only saves energy, but film. A newly developed film feed table guides the film to the film transport system. The proven station drives stabilise and work symmetrically, and the optimised forming air vacuum system enables customers to produce superior moulded parts.

    The ergonomic tool change systems, one among many improvements, can significantly shorten set-up times too.

    Intelligent User Guidance

    ‘Simple and intuitive’ is the motto of human interaction with the KMD 78.2 Speed. Pictograms and graphics, some animated, support the adjustment of machine parameters and aid fault diagnosis and rectification if necessary.

    The new KMD generation only needs a few parameters to be input, the rest are automatically determined by onboard algorithms. The display shows the entire forming process and other important functions are just a click away.

    Wabnig added: "In order to optimally adapt the new KMD generation for our customers, we have increased our requirements. On this basis, we have developed a state-of-the-art system in co-operation with universities, and internal and external experts, that simplifies our customers' daily manufacturing."

  • KraussMaffei exhibits closed material and manufacturing circuit at K 2019


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    KraussMaffei will continue its technological pioneering in the preparation and reuse of recycled plastics at this year's k trade fair .

    Packaging products fulfil their purposes quickly, so KraussMaffei has asked why can they not be used as raw materials for new high-tech articles in the automotive industry? At K 2019, the company will be demonstrating how a bucket can become a premium panel of an A-pillar with an overmoulded fabric surface. A ZE 28 BluePower twin-screw extruder makes this possible by upcycling the material.

    KraussMaffei exhibits closed material and manufacturing circuit at K 2019

    Under the keyword of the circular economy, KraussMaffei is linking its extrusion, injection moulding machinery and digital and service solutions business units at the trade fair.

    KraussMaffei as an enabler

    Edelweiss Compounding is intended to make on-site compounding more attractive to recycling companies and plastics manufacturers. Matthias Sieverding, President of the Extrusion Technology Segment at KraussMaffei, said: "We view ourselves as enablers of the circular economy for our customers so that they can be successful as part of this economy. KraussMaffei is aware of its responsibility and, as one of the world market leaders, wants to occupy a leading role in the areas of recycling, upcycling and recompounding of plastics."

    Both in extrusion and injection moulding, the third participating KraussMaffei business unit at the K trade show, Digital Service & Solutions, will be showcasing products such as APC Plus (Adaptive Process Control) and DataXplorer.

    APC Plus monitors the injection moulding process and adapts it to balance interference factors such as fluctuations between batches and in climate. In injection moulding, this is done via the internal material database and the online analysis of the melt viscosity, as well as by adjusting the holding pressure changeover point and level, even within the same cycle. In extrusion, the melt temperature, pressure and screw speed are recorded. 

    The DataXplorer makes a detailed view of the depth of the process possible because it is capable of storing up to 500 signals every five milliseconds. 

    All data resulting from this is routed to the new data system, which is being introduced at K 2019.

    Digital services help ensure the quality of production and products, prevent rejects, and thus also contribute to resource-conserving production. 

     KraussMaffei is enhancing its joint effort with partners and customers to develop new business units regarding the reuse of plastics.



  • Macro showcasing latest technology for sustainable packaging at K 2019



    Macro showcasing latest technology for sustainable packaging at K 2019

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    Canadian film and sheet extrusion systems manufacturer Macro Engineering & Technology Inc is focusing its K 2019 efforts on sustainability and introducing its latest developed technologies in extrusion systems.

    Macro’s newly advanced technology for sustainable packaging features the new MacroPack FP die; faster transition times and less waste; lower film thickness; more uniform layer thickness, enabling reduced usage of expensive resins and total gauge; new designs for screws and barrels to allow for a higher recycling content; and the control system with ‘ReadyRun’ technology, enabling the operator to bring back frequently used recipes with the push of a button.

    As well as significantly reducing changeover times, Macro’s latest technology advancements also offer retrofitting on air rings, blown film dies and custom winding machinery.

    Furthermore, the Quadex biax systems enable ‘double bubble’ with and without PVdC with improved technology to broaden the process window.

  • motan colortronic to introduce new SPECTROPLUS dosing system at K 2019



    motan colortronic to introduce new SPECTROPLUS dosing system at K 2019

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    At K 2019, motan colortronic will introduce its new SPECTROPLUS dosing and mixing unit that can be adapted to the most diverse dosing requirements.

    Specially developed for the extrusion and compounding sector, the SPECTROPLUS ensures perfect and constant dosing for continuous processes.

    As one of the most flexible motan systems, the synchronous dosing and mixing unit can be supplied in either gravimetric of or volumetric versions, or a combination, and for both starve-fed and flood-fed extrusion systems.

    Up to eight dosing modules are mounted on a frame and can easily be removed and installed without tools.

    The exchangeable dosing modules as well as the easy-to-clean dosing hopper enable a quick material change and therefore shorter production downtimes.

    The installation is not only simple, but also saves space due to its compact design.

    Using simple individual adapters, the SPECTROPLUS can be mounted directly on the machine feeder of the extruder or on a customer-specific mezzanine.

    To complete the unit, a completely new control system has been developed.

    The SPECTROnet system can control not only motan’s own dosing modules, but also third-party ones, and has increased the scope of application through advanced software and new high-quality hardware.


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