Davis-Standard LLC, Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and Maillefer, a Finland-based company that Davis-Standard acquired, will showcase new technology at K 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Oct. 16 to Oct. 23. The company says a range of extrusion and converting technology will be shown, highlighting the ways Davis-Standard and Maillefer deliver technology, value and market expertise to customers. Davis-Standard says it supports a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use.
“The K show is always a tremendous opportunity to connect with our global customer base,” says Jim Murphy, president and CEO of Davis-Standard. “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,” Murphy continues. “This partnership has significantly broadened Davis-Standard’s reach and capabilities throughout Europe and the MEA regions."
The technology the companies will display includes:
- DS Activ-Check – This system enables processors to take advantage of real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notifications of potential machine failures, the company says. Machine operators are alerted to issues before they happen, reducing unplanned downtime while also collecting valuable data. Users receive notifications via email or text, and continuous monitoring of production machine status is available on smart devices and remote PCs. Davis-Standard says key parameters monitored include extruder reducer, lubrication system, motor characteristics, the drive power unit, barrel heating and cooling. The company says the benefits of Activ-Check will be demonstrated on a profile line using Microsoft Windows 10 on an EPIC III control system.
- Bluebox – Maillefer will show an implementation of a smart factory, where data from different exhibits, including the stand itself, are correlated into informative dashboards. The real-time exhibit provides visitors with insight on how Industry 4.0 applies to their particular manufacturing environments.
- Elastomer Developments – Equipment for medical and automotive applications will be shown, including silicone technology for producing medical grade silicone tubes, wound drains and catheters, as well as elastomer capabilities for manufacturing hydraulic and automotive hoses and automotive seals. The Model 3000A crosshead is an example of this technology, reducing scrap and allowing faster startup times, the company says. The crosshead offers preferred features, such as a tapered mandrel and highly engineered flow paths, to ensure consistent flow through all speed ranges as well as a thrust bearing on pin adjustment to adjust wall thickness without interruption.
- Profile Capabilities – Pipe and tubing applications will be presented at K, including solutions and manufacturing configurations for automotive fuel and vapor tubes, microdrip irrigation laterals, heating and plumbing pipe, blown fiber microduct, medical tubes, offshore flexible pipe, custom pipe and tubing and wire and cable.
- New Extrusion Die – The Series 510A extrusion die will show the advantages of a short lip design and edge bead reduction (EBR) functionality, the company says. The die features an exchangeable lip optimized for specific resin types, a motorized internal and external deckling system for safe operation, an internal die channel for optimal melt flow and deckling adjustment and an internal rod for edge bead reduction and leakage-free operation.
- Blown Film – The partnership of Gloucester Engineering and Brampton Engineering, under the Davis-Standard banner, offers customers with GEC Extrol control systems the opportunity to upgrade their existing blown film control systems to ITALYCS 5. Additionally, Davis-Standard says the Vector air ring will demonstrate how new air control technology can improve the uncorrected film gauge by as much as 60 to 80 percent. The Vector air ring provides stable air velocity resulting in consistent cooling to minimize variations in gauge across the width of the film.
- Aftermarket Advantages – Davis-Standard offers multiple services to support product line performance. This includes die reconditioning, new feed screws to improve outputs and material homogeneity and control system upgrades to enhance digitalization and product changeover. Davis-Standard also offers a full range of spare parts as well as feasibility studies to determine the potential of existing lines in terms of production increases, resin changes and product development.