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JUL 2018

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Negri Bossi Puts a New Spin on Microcellular Foam Molding More details are available on the FMC Foam Microcellular Molding Process from Negri Bossi of Italy (U.S. office in New Castle, Del.). FMC was introduced in Europe at the FIP 2017 show in France last year and in North America at NPE2018 in May. FMC is an alternative to the MuCell microcellular foam process from Trexel, Wilming- ton, Mass. (, which Negri Bossi also offers. Whereas MuCell involves injecting nitrogen gas into the melt through a port in the injec- tion barrel, FMC injects the gas into a channel in the center of the screw. Gas is introduced at the back end of the screw, behind the feed section, and enters the melt through a series of "needles" in the metering section of the screw during the plasticating stroke. Although a special screw is still required, no modification of the injec- tion barrel is necessary. Negri Bossi also claims that FMC allows use of the full shot capacity of the machine and imposes no limit on the plasticating stroke. As was demonstrated at NPE, Negri Bossi has applied FMC to foaming both thermoplastics and liquid silicone rubber (LSR). In the latter case, foam- ing offers potential savings of costly raw material and the possibility of achieving new levels of softness. 302-328-8020 • Wittmann Battenfeld Celebrates 10 th Anniversary with Launch of New Machines Last month, Wittmann Battenfeld celebrated the 10 th anniversary of Wittmann's acquisition of the Battenfeld injection machine business at the company's headquarters in Kottingbrunn, Austria. A highlight of the event was the announcement of a new machine line and expansions of several other press series. • A prototype of the new servohydraulic VPower verti- cal press line was displayed in a 160-metric-ton version. Other models of 120, 200, 250, and 300 m.t. are planned. Key features include a "substan- tially reduced" footprint; low, ergonomic working height; servo-electric rotary table; easy conversion of the injection unit from vertical to horizon- tal, and open design for easy integration of automation systems. The first machines are due to go on sale this fall, in time for the Fakuma 2018 show in Germany. • The company is supplementing its EcoPower Xpress 400 with a new 500-m.t. model. These are both high-speed, all-electric machines tailored for packaging and thin wall molding. It's available now. • A larger, 400-m.t. model of the SmartPower servohydraulic line will be available this year. Current sizes are 25 to 350 m.t. • The company is building larger models of its MacroPower hydraulic two- platen presses, including MacroPower XL 1100 and 1600 units and the largest in the series, MacroPower 2000, the first of which was completed in January. The first MacroPower 2000 two-component version was shown at the anni- versary celebration. 860-496-9603 • 8 JULY 2018 Plastics Technology Sytrama Plans U.S. Robot Assembly At New Michigan Plant At last month's Plast 2018 show in Milan, Italy, representatives of Sytrama told Plastics Technology that the maker of injection molding robots would move its U.S. headquarters from New Castle, Del. (sharing space with sister company Negri Bossi), to Canton, Mich., largely to be closer to automotive customers. What's more, Sytrama plans to begin U.S. assembly of robots at the new 32,300-ft 2 facility, which it plans to occupy by the end of this year or early 2019. 302-328-8020 • Davis-Standard Buys Brampton Engineering Davis-Standard LLC, Pawcatuck, Conn., has acquired Brampton Engineering, Bramp- ton, Ont., a global supplier of complete blown film systems that include "pancake"- style coextrusion dies, air rings, winders, control systems, and a variety of other products. The purchase marks Davis-Standard's second move in recent years to expand its presence in blown film. In 2015, the company purchased Gloucester Engi- neering from investment firm Blue Wolf Capital. More recently, D-S bought Maillefer International Oy of Finland and Switzerland. Maillefer is a global leader in wire, cable, pipe and tube production technologies. 860-599-1010 • T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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