TCT Asia, held from 21 to 23 February 2019 in Shanghai, China, is Asia’s largest exhibition for additive manufacturing (AM). At stand D60 in hall W5, Arburg will use the opportunity to showcase additive production of functional plastic components made from qualified original materials. Two 200-3X freeformers will process medical TPE-S and flame-proof PC for applications in the medical technology and electronics industries. Several dozen components will also serve as examples to demonstrate the capabilities of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF).
“The market for additive manufacturing is growing rapidly and offers an interesting production technology solution to complement injection moulding,” says Lukas Pawelczyk, responsible for global freeformer sales at Arburg. “With our decades of know-how in plastics processing and our two freeformers in sizes 200-3X and 300-3X, we offer attractive solutions for both experts and newcomers to additive production using the APF process.”
Original materials for medical and electronic components
The APF process is ideally suited to the industrial additive manufacturing of functional components. This includes individual plastic parts for consumer goods, spare parts made of original materials and implants for medical technology. FDA-approved TPE-S (Medalist MD 12130H) with Shore A hardness 32 can only be processed on the freeformer. The machine at TCT Asia 2019 will use the material to produce soft medical components with the aid of a support material. The second 200-3X freeformer will process aerospace-approved PC with flame-proof properties (Lexan 940) for applications in the electronics industry.
A wide range for industrial additive manufacturing
With the 200-3X freeformer, featuring two discharge units, Arburg already covers a wide spectrum for industrial additive manufacturing. The new 300-3X freeformer is even able to process three components and therefore produce complex functional components in resilient hard/soft combinations with support structures. This is unique to date within the industry. The pair of freeformers will demonstrate the production of the desired plastic parts in reproducible high part quality. They can also be connected to an MES, such as the Arburg ALS host computer system, and be automated with robotic systems. This enables integration into IT-networked production lines. If necessary, the relevant process and quality parameters can be traced back to the specific part.
With the 300-3X freeformer, the designation 300 stands for the available part carrier surface area in square centimetres. It is almost 50 percent larger than that of the 200-3X freeformer. “3X” refers to the three axes of the part carrier movable in the x, y and z directions. The build chamber now offers space for larger small-volume batches and 50 percent wider parts with dimensions of up to 234 x 134 x 230 millimetres.
Numerous components and interactive stations
Trade visitors to TCT Asia 2019 can also gain an impression of the capabilities of the freeformer exhibits based on numerous functional parts. Exhibited parts will include gripper fingers in hard/soft combinations, cable clips made from PP, transparent test discs made from PMMA and bellows made from elastic TPE.
Two interactive stations will be available where trade visitors can test the functionality and durability of selected functional parts for themselves. These will include a very thin and elastic “spider membrane” made of medical TPE-S, screw caps made of PP and skull implants made of resorbable PLLA.
Benchmark parts for potential customers
In the Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) at the German headquarters in Lossburg, a number of freeformers produce benchmark parts for prospective customers. Further machines are used for the same purpose at the company’s subsidiaries across the world, including in Asia. Before any customer purchase, preliminary trials are conducted to determine whether the technology is actually suitable for the desired part, material and application.
COLLIN presents P 2.0 series Compounder with numerous advantages
25% more performance! – Materials with bad flow properties can be processed – Intelligent, function-related control – Height-adjustable & space-saving design
With the optimization of its compounder series to the next level 2.0, COLLIN Lab & Pilot Solutions is fully living up its leading role in extrusion technology once again. „We have intensively used the last months for the development of innovations, have built different lines for medical applications and have also redesigned our compounder series comprehensively “, says DI Dr. Friedrich Kastner, CEO / Managing Partner Collin Lab & Pilot Solutions GmbH.
Higher performance – 25% more
With 25% more performance and thus more capacity, the new COLLIN 2.0 series compounder convinces completely with 1,200 rpm and a torque of 13 Nm/cm3. This also allows the processing of highly viscous or highly filled materials.
The compounder series is available with a processing length of 36 D up to 60 D. Moreover, multiple side feeders with gravimetric or volumetric dosage can be combined.
Slim, functional design & height adjustment
The innovation can flexibly be integrated into every multi-layer extrusion line. By the mechanical height adjustment resp. the optional motor-driven height adjustment, the compounder can be installed in every layer of a blown film extrusion line.
Another advantage is that the screw can easily be pulled backwards out of the machine for e. g. cleaning with minimum space requirements – without having to change the position of the compounder.
Intelligent, future-oriented control
With the new COLLIN control CMI 17, we offer a new, intelligent feature as option: At the distribution gear, exchangeable cylinder elements with coded plugs can be arranged in nearly any order, since the control recognizes the respective function via the coding“, explains DI Dr. Kastner.
On request, the following certifications are available: UL, CSA.
COLLIN manufactures lines for the production of protective film – and produces films for the medical sector such as hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, opticians & Co.
In no time, COLLIN Lab & Pilot Solutions assembled a line including an extruder, a slot die and a calender with winder for the production of protective shield film in the technical center.
Protective shield film for hospitals & doctors
„We already produce PET film for various medical sectors such as hospitals, doctors, pharmacies but also for opticians for example. We have already received many enquiries and are very happy to offer our support here“, explains DI Dr. Friedrich Kastner, CEO / Managing Partner Collin Lab & Pilot Solutions GmbH. Due to the excellent cooperation with Next Generation Recycling GmbH, material for the production of the films could be provided in no time. Among other things, also PET bottle flakes, recycled with the LSP procedure (Liquid State Polycondensation) by NGR Next Generation Recycling GmbH are used.
„Due to our core competences, we were in a position to assemble a production line very quickly and with the support by our partners like Indorama, Piovan as well as Tapeteam, we could start production. Because, on the one hand, we have years of experience in engineering for the plastic processing industry and on the other hand, we also supply our lines to the medical and pharmaceutical sector.“
Versatile lines –
Also for extrusion coating of non-woven fabrics for hygiene & medical products
At the moment, with this line, COLLIN calenders PET films with a thickness from 250 to 450 μm for visors, whereas also thinner and thicker films can be produced. The machine can be used both, in calender and also in cast mode – that creates versatility! With the machine, the casting of different films, extrusion coating of packaging films or also the equipment of non-woven fabrics with functional layers for hygiene and medical products is possible for the customers.
Processible materials range from polyolefins (packaging, battery membrane), polystyrene (thermoformed films), PMMA (plexiglass), PPSU (sterilizable films), polycarbonate (optical films), PET (food packaging) to TPE (elastic films) or TPU (fabric coating).
Furthermore, the calender can modularly be extended for example with camera inspection, surface treatment or web edge control.
OCS presents new XP7 at K-Show
Witten, 27th August 2019: OCS will be presenting its entire product portfolio at the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, October 16 – 23, 2019. As a solution provider for the polymer and petrochemical industries, OCS celebrates the Trade Fair premiere of the new X-Ray Pellet Scanner XP7, which impresses with its X-Ray technology and new design.
The participants of the K-Show can inform themselves about the entire product range, starting with QM measuring systems, system integration up to turnkey laboratories at the OCS booth. The new X-Ray Pellet Scanner XP7 combines the high-quality mechanical engineering with state-of-the-art X-Ray technology in an appealing design. It was specially designed for the special requirements of polymer plants and the processing industry.
THE NEW X-RAY PELLET SCANNER XP7.
The polymer industry strives for 100% pure raw material. Metal contaminants in pellets and films are a serious problem – especially in the manufacture of high-voltage cables or for medical applications. The XP7 opens up new ways to detect metal defects, resulting in improved polymer and product quality. The innovative X-Ray technology in the XP7’s measurement system continuously records pellet stream images. Due to the different absorption of the X-rays in the metal and in the polymer, the embedded metal particles can be captured with a resolution of 50 μm. Contaminated granulates are sorted out by a multilane air nozzle rejection system. The new XP7 has a high-speed throughput of up to 600 kg/h, depending on pellet properties. In terms of safety, the XP7 meets all safety requirements according to DIN 54113 and can be used as a full protective device.
ON-LINE LABORATORY SOLUTIONS
Trend-setting technologies can also be seen in other ways at the OCS booth. With VR glasses, visitors can experience tailor-made laboratory solutions virtually on site. Directly inserted in production plants, customer-specific measuring systems take quality control and assurance to a new level and to optimise the production process.
For any further information please visit www.ocsgmbh.com or at our stand at the K-Show in Hall 10, Stand E21.
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