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International Converting Exhibitions April 2013

The ICE USA exhibition was held last week in Orlando Fl, featured vendor exhibits and technical sessions sponsored by AIMCAL.  The exhibits presented machinery, technical information and services that are important to the converting process.
The exhibitors in the following categories are of specific interest to the Coating process:
Base Materials                                 Flexographic / Rotogravure Printing
Extrusion Coating                             Coating and Laminating
Drying / Curing / Moisturizing            (Pre-)Treatment
Inspection, Test and Measurement    Toll Coating
Machine Upgrades & Retrofits
 
My observations after viewing coating exhibits and listening to technical presentations are :
         • Slot die is continuing to be more widely used. The coating hardware is available from several vendors with excellent quality and reasonable costs. Computer software programs are being used to customize design for improved quality and productivity.
         • The On-line defect surface inspection technology instruments are improving in ability to detect and classify a much wider range of defects at production line speeds. They are becoming more cost effective.
         • Replacing a standard coating station with Cartridge coaters, permits a very rapid change of coating methods, 10-15 minutes, Replacing coaters in standard coating stations may not be possible or can take 1-2 hours This gives the ability to use the best coating methods and to increase the range of products that cam be manufactured.
         • The machining uniformity of the rolls used is improving which results in better uniformity and performance. There are several types of rubber materials that can be used in rubber roll; thereby improving quality and performance.
 
         • Automation of surface treatment control systems is increasing and leads to improved uniformity and reproducibility of surface treatment systems.
         • Toll coaters have several coating methods available, so that they can coat a range of coating product parameters.
         • Automation technology is available for of all phases of the converting process.

by Edward Cohen: observations on International Converting Exhibition USA April 2013

The ICE USA exhibition, held last week in Orlando FL, featured vendor exhibits and technical sessions sponsored by AIMCAL. The exhibits presented machinery, technical information and services that are important to the converting process.
The exhibitors in the following categories are of specific interest to the coating process:
Base Materials                                   Flexographic / Rotogravure Printing
Extrusion Coating                              Coating and Laminating
Drying / Curing / Moisturizing            (Pre-)Treatment
Inspection, Test and Measurement   Toll Coating
Machine Upgrades & Retrofits

My observations after viewing coating exhibits
and listening to technical presentations are :
         • Slot die is continuing to be more widely used. The coating hardware is available from several vendors with excellent quality and reasonable costs. Computer software programs are being used to customize design for improved quality and productivity.
         • The on-line defect surface inspection technology instruments are improving in ability to detect and classify a much wider range of defects at production line speeds. They are becoming more cost effective.
         • Replacing a standard coating station with cartridge coaters, permits a very rapid change of coating methods,10-15 mins. Replacing coaters in standard coating stations may not be possible or can take 1-2 hrs. This gives the ability to use the best coating methods and to increase the range of products that cam be manufactured.
         • The machining uniformity of the rolls used is improving which results in better uniformity and performance. There are several types of rubber materials that can be used in rubber roll; thereby improving quality and performance.
         • Automation of surface-treatment control systems is increasing and leads to improved uniformity and reproducibility of surface treatment systems.
         • Toll coaters have several coating methods available, so that they can coat a range of coating product parameters.
         • Automation technology is available for of all phases of the converting process.

Tube 2014: Plastic tubing

Tube 2014: Plastic tubing

Plastic tubing: market share in wastewater sector increases

Consisting of approximately 60 companies with an annual turnover of roughly EUR 3.7 billion and about 13,500 employees, the plastic tubing industry doesn’t represent a huge slice of the German economy. By way of comparison, the German plastics industry as a whole, including producers, processors and equipment manufacturers, realises annual turnover of over EUR 70 billion. However the plastic tubing industry plays an important role in the construction and maintenance of gas and drinking water supply systems, sewers and sewage pipes, as well as sanitary and heating systems. Other significant application areas for plastic tubing systems can be found in chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental engineering, as well as in the provision of geothermal energy and the production of biogas.

Thanks to the diversity of its fields of application, the plastic tubing industry was able to return to a growth path fairly quickly after the financial market crisis of 2008/2009. According to the Kunststoffrohrverband e.V. (German Plastic Tubing Association) in Bonn (www.krv.de and www.wipo.krv.de), industry production increased by almost 10% in 2011 over the prior year. With that a respectable 4% average annual growth rate was achieved over the last decade.

One factor leading to success here is the fact that plastic piping systems wrest ever larger shares of the wastewater market from other piping materials. By now, according to KRV calculations,

plastic pipes have been able to increase their relative market share in this sector to 20 per cent compared to concrete pipes.

Current economic challenges
Of course the plastic tubing industry, like any industry, isn’t immune to the negative effects of the European sovereign debt crisis on the real economy. Nevertheless, writes KRV Managing Director Dr. Elmar Löckenhoff in the association’s annual report, “long-term we’re on an upward trajectory.” He also notes that the industry does of course face a number of economic challenges –including strong competition in the markets for standard applications – due to excess capacities, ever shorter and more pronounced raw material price fluctuations and increasing corporate consolidation in the marketplace. more

Reifenhäuser Kiefel participates on GPCA PlastCon 2013

“Creating Value across the GCC Plastics Industry “

GPCA PlastCon 2013 from 07th to 09th  April 2013 is the leading conference for Plastic Converters to be held in the Middle East. Focusing on the Gulf polymer industry and the main challenges and developments in plastic conversion today, this conference will bring together all major players with an interest in this key industry sector.
For more details please go to: www.gpcaplastics.com

Sascha Skora, Senior Sales Manager, was invited to give a presentation at this leading conference. He stated “ It is an honor for Reifenhäuser Kiefel to be invited to such an important regional  conference, but it also confirms that our brand EVOLTUION is being recognized as the leading Blown Film Technology.”The latest developments of the modular EVOLUTION program such as ULTRA COOL, ULTRA FLAT will be presented. The fast  growing flexible packaging market in Middle East requires technologies which are a synonym for Qualtiy, Reliabilty and Sustainability.

We look forward to see you in Dubai.