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Rich Kanarski to Chair SPE Technical Programs, Extrusion Divison
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Rich Kanarski has been elected to serve as a Technical Program Chair for the
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Davis-Standard Excels at Aftermarket Services in the Age of COVID
Doing business in the COVID era has required a great deal of creativity and flexibility. With evolving protocols and safety
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Past News

Davis-Standard to Host Virtual “Basics of Plastics Extrusion” Seminar
Davis-Standard is pleased to offer its popular “Basics of Plastics Extrusion” seminar, in virtual format, April 13 – 15, 2021. This three-day interactive seminar will cover the fundamentals of plastics extrusion, composition and properties of various polymers, and the mechanics of essential downstream processes. Session topics include extruder components, temperature control, control systems, maintenance practices, screw and die design, among others. All participants will see a virtual borescoping demonstration as well as lab demonstrations, and receive a virtual tour of Davis-Standard’s manufacturing and technical facilities. “This seminar has been extremely beneficial to customers who seek to improve the knowledge base of their engineering and operational teams to strengthen overall productivity,” explained John Christiano, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Technology. “Although the seminar will be in virtual format this year, it still contains the same amount of robust instruction and interaction with our engineering and technical teams. We look forward to an outstanding session.” Daily instruction will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The fee is $695 plus tax, per person, with a 10 percent discount given for groups of three or more from the same company. Class size is limited to promote student and teacher interaction. This course fills up fast, so we encourage you to sign up now. To register or for more information, including a list of topics, please visit https://info.davis-standard.com/seminar-registration-april-2021. Contact marketing for additional questions.
XOL Automation to Represent Davis-Standard in Middle East and North Africa
[caption id="attachment_5703" align="alignnone" width="525"] XOL Automation home office[/caption] Davis-Standard’s German subsidiary, ER-WE-PA GmbH, is pleased to announce that XOL Automation will be Davis-Standard’s registered sales representative for extrusion coating, liquid coating, cast film and slitter/rewinders in the Middle East and North Africa. The agreement was made official in February. The area of XOL’s representation includes Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. This will further expand the reach of Davis-Standard’s converting equipment range and services to support customers worldwide. “XOL Automation has an excellent reputation in serving the industrial and manufacturing segment throughout this region,” said Adnan Bdour, Davis-Standard’s Regional Sales Manager. “Whether customers are looking to upgrade machines or purchase new technology, we are pleased to have them represent us. We also appreciate their knowledge of engineering practices and commitment to helping our customers improve productivity and profitability.” "We are very excited to work with Davis Standard.  XOL Automation team is known for its expertise in the flexible packaging industry. We have been using our recognized experience in this area with customers for years." said Gabriel Hage, General Manager of XOL Automation. "Teaming up with Davis-Standard will provide our valued clients with cutting edge solutions and continued support" added Hage. Regional customers looking to inquire on Davis-Standard products can reach out to Gabriel Hage, at ghage@xolautomation.com or via phone +961 3 703444. For more information about XOL Automation, visit www.xolautomation.com.
Preferred Packaging Augments Efficiency with Deacro Slitter Rewinder
[caption id="attachment_5680" align="alignnone" width="525"] Preferred Packaging operator verifies slit accuracy on Deacro Slitter Rewinder[/caption] Preferred Packaging, a U.S.-based leader in complete packaging solutions, is set to further boost production capabilities with the addition of a Deacro T610 turret slitter rewinder. The machine, slated for installation this spring, will join three other Deacro machines that support film processing for making lidding film and numerous other flexible film types; and provide Preferred Packaging with desired throughputs and automated benefits while equipping the company for new developments in packaging markets. Preferred Packaging supplies sealing equipment, stock and custom containers, and lidding films to customers throughout North America. The company is also exploring opportunities in overseas markets. “As film applications continue to advance and gain popularity, it’s important to update efficiencies. For us, that meant moving from standard slitter rewinder technology to greater automation,” explained Rick Ivy, CEO of Preferred Packaging. “Initially, we couldn’t justify buying a new automated turret machine, so we purchased a used one to test the concept. That machine confirmed our approach but was inferior to Deacro’s engineering. We sold it and purchased the Deacro model T610 twin-turret duplex slitter rewinder. We look forward to installation because we know this machine will make an immediate impact on our production goals.” Ivy appreciates that the T610 model allows the operator to setup cores on the outer rewind mandrels during the slitter runtime. When the rewinding is complete, the machine turrets the rewind shafts and automatically continues winding while finished rolls are unloaded onto a receiving tree. After the finished rolls are removed, new cores are positioned during slitter operation. Another advantage noted by Ivy is the differential rewind system, which compensates for web gauge variation. If there is a non-uniform web construction, the operator can easily rewind the film to where the glitch occurred and correct it. Other advantages such as touch-screen operation and automatic knife assembly support repeatability. Operators never have to handle rewind tooling, shafts, setup knives or manually remove rolls, simplifying operator training and improving safety. Preferred Packaging has been doing business with Deacro, A Davis-Standard Company, for over 20 years. Ivy appreciates Deacro’s professionalism, quick response and quality engineering. According to Ivy, Preferred Packaging “knows lidding films better than anyone” in terms of film characteristics and re-sealability. Product examples include laser for extended shelf-life for produce, hot-pin perforated lidding and overwrap films that allow controlled evacuation of heat and moisture, as well as perforated films used for bakery items and other foods to keep the food crisp during re-heating. Preferred Packaging also excels at multi-layer laminate films that combine the strength of a polyester upper layer with a specific sealant type and thickness designed for custom seal system requirements. These films have a glossy top layer and clarity to enhance the appearance of print copy while protecting the package from abrasion during shipping and handling. Preferred Packaging’s stock and custom containers come in microwaveable and oven-ready designs in a full range of sizes. As for sealing equipment, the company supplies in-line sealing machinery, counter-top sealers and rotary sealers uniquely engineered for their containers and films. Preferred Packaging can support solutions across every operational range, which has enabled them to serve a broad base of customers. “Our films and sealant properties are highly customizable based on packaging type,” said Ivy. “Having machine suppliers like Deacro who understand our processes and deliver the technology needed to execute those processes is very much appreciated. They do everything you would expect from a good company.” For more information about Preferred Packaging, visit www.prefpkg.com. For more information about Deacro’s turret slitter rewinders, click here.
Andrew Alaya Promoted to Davis-Standard Vice President – Aftermarket Sales
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Andrew Alaya has been promoted to Vice President – Aftermarket Sales. Alaya brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role having held various customer-centric positions at Circonix Technologies, a division of Davis-Standard. His more than 20 years of experience in providing upgrade solutions for PLC, drive and mechanical systems has enabled customers worldwide to optimize their equipment investments. This includes expertise in machine fabrication, alignment services, engineering design, rebuilds and retrofits, maintenance training, installation, commissioning and startup. “Andrew will provide strategic leadership as we continue to develop and promote Davis-Standard’s multi-faceted portfolio of aftermarket products and services,” said Zachary Ament, Davis-Standard’s Executive Vice President of Aftermarket Sales. “He has an excellent understanding of customer needs and available technologies. This aligns well with our goal of providing customers with the solutions that improve their processes while supporting their profitability and product quality.” If you wish to contact Andrew Alaya, please email Davis-Standard and your message will be forwarded.
Teel Plastics Deploys Operational Excellence to Fight COVID-19 | Newly Installed Davis-Standard Lines Address Swab Stick Demand
As COVID-19 continues to spread far and wide, Teel Plastics has risen to the pandemic challenge in an unprecedented way. The custom profile and tubing manufacturer based in Baraboo, Wisc., has quickly become one of the nation’s largest and most reliable suppliers of swab sticks for COVID testing. Since March 2020, the company has produced over 500 million swab sticks for U.S.-based customers. Thanks to a recent contract from the U.S. Department of Defense, Teel will boost production in 2021 by adding 66 million extruded and 50 million injected molded swab sticks each month. The company recently installed two Davis-Standard extrusion lines to support the increased capacity. In addition, Teel has been selected to manufacture profiles for a proprietary respirator device used to treat patients in critical care for COVID. These profiles will also be produced on Davis-Standard lines, including a new custom line. “Before the pandemic began, we were the only U.S. company to make diagnostic swabs needed for coronavirus testing,” said Christian Herrild, director of growth strategies for Teel Plastics. “This required us to react quickly to support the surge in test kits. Our development style, product repeatability, and ability to navigate highly regulated markets have been key to our response. Our dedicated employees have done what is necessary to meet very tight timelines, including taking on additional shifts. Our large manufacturing and engineering teams, chemists and analytical lab are definitely a differentiator for us.”   Herrild continued, “We’ve also been able to rely on our relationship with Davis-Standard. We needed to boost production capacity and Davis-Standard responded to our extrusion needs in record time. They provided us with a demo line almost immediately and two additional lines within 10 weeks from order to delivery. Knowing we can go to them as a reliable resource, whether that be asking a question or troubleshooting, has been especially important during this time. It is also convenient to have one point of contact for pre-and post-engineering service and support.” Teel is a longtime Davis-Standard customer with more than 30 Davis-Standard extrusion lines, some dating back to the 1980s. The newly installed profile lines, extruders through downstream, are application-specific with controls, feedscrews, and machinery customized for Teel’s swab stick process. Davis-Standard has supplied Teel with extruders and associated machinery in various models over the years for manufacturing tight-tolerance tubing and profiles in different sizes. These machines process a range of materials including high temperature, water sensitive and custom blended resins for products in the medical, cosmetics, industrial piping, film core and water treatment industries. Davis-Standard has also addressed cleanroom requirements since Teel is a class 100,000 cleanroom capable business. “Davis-Standard’s prompt response whenever we need something has helped us be successful. We also know that our Davis-Standard’s equipment will last,” said Herrild. “Our oldest machines are going strong with an occasional oil change and part replacement. You can’t beat that!”
Davis-Standard to Promote Total Solutions at Chinaplas 2021
Davis-Standard, LLC will market total solutions encompassing product capabilities and support services at booth #R11, Hall 10 during Chinaplas 2021, April 13-16, in Shenzhen, China. After so many COVID-19 show cancellations, the team looks forward to reconnecting with customers and the greater plastics community. Global aftermarket services and equipment technology for sheet, foam, blown film, thermoforming, pipe, profile and tubing, cast film, extrusion coating and liquid coating will be promoted. Specific to Asia, Davis-Standard’s high-output systems for medical tubing, cast film, blown film and extrusion coating have been essential to medical and packaging applications. The company’s installed base continues to grow as do vertical opportunities in aftermarket upgrades and optimization of lines to improve performance. This includes opportunities for more efficient processing, reduced waste and long-term sustainability to support profitability and better products. Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Machinery, Co., Ltd. is central to the company’s customer focus and expansion in Asia. Developments in the areas of machine building and assembly, inventory and aftermarket services, field service engineering, and installation at customer sites have been essential to supporting customers. Suzhou is also the site of R&D capabilities for testing rigid and flexible packaging products. In 2019, Davis-Standard added a 35,000 square-foot (3,251 square-meter) facility near the existing Suzhou shop to house control panel assembly and provide warehousing. Davis-Standard will highlight its dsX flex-pack™ 300S during the show. This single station extrusion and lamination line is a collaboration between Davis-Standard’s design teams in the U.S., Germany and China, and is built at the Suzhou facility to meet the requirements of the Asian flexible packaging market. It is advantageous for converters as it accommodates the pricing, machine footprint, output, and key technical attributes demanded by Asian customers. The 300S can support web widths from 650 to 1,350mm, and is engineered for processing rates up to 300 meters per minute for paper, film and aluminum foils with direct gravure primer coating and coextrusion lamination stations. Hallmarks of the line include consistent end-product quality, greater uptime and productivity, reduced waste and application versatility. Smart factory solutions will also be presented as plants worldwide move toward greater efficiency. Building on our knowledge of machinery and processes, Davis-Standard has incorporated interconnectivity and functionality via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to analyze real-time KPI’s and enable alarms or action prompts via a machine control system. This system, the DS Activ-CheckTM, monitors key parameters of a converting line (extruders, laminators, casting section, coaters, unwind, winders) to provide early notifications of potential failures and valuable data for process improvement using configurable dashboards. Booth visitors can expect to find information on every Davis-Standard product line, including equipment technology from recent acquisitions. Maillefer has delivered wire and cable and pipe and tubing equipment on a global level, complementing the FPVC medical tubing and coextrusion applications supported by the Suzhou location. This includes pipe and tube systems for automotive, heating and plumbing, irrigation, medical, micro-duct, off-shore and custom lines. Adding Brampton Engineering has further supported regional infrastructure for blown film applications. Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) has enabled Davis-Standard to offer solutions in sheet extrusion, tooling, automation, and granulating to support thermoforming applications, such as cold drink cups/lids, fast food take-out containers, clamshells and noodle bowls, fruit punnets and coffee pods. Most recently, the addition of Deacro Industries has increased equipment options with high-performance slitting, rewinding and roll handling equipment for the converting process of paper, film and foil materials. For more information about Chinaplas, visit https://davis-standard.com/event/chinaplas/.
Interview with Plastics Technology, “PPEs Are Here to Stay: Is Your Sheet Line Ready
Plastics Technology's interview with Steve DeAngelis, VP of Sheet and Foam Systems with Davis-Standard This article can also be viewed in the magazine here.