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Davis-Standard Readies for Rubber Expo 2019
Davis-Standard will be among more than 200 companies at the upcoming Rubber Expo, October 7-10, in Cleveland, Ohio. Davis-Standard, Booth
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Davis-Standard Introduces DS-Blend Feedscrew Design
Davis-Standard is pleased to introduce the latest option in its award-winning feedscrew line, the DS-Blend. This patent-pending design improves the
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Davis-Standard’s Global and Regional Expertise at MedTec China
Davis-Standard will market the company’s extensive line of medical tubing solutions at booth R201 during MedTec China, September 25-27, in Shanghai. This includes complete systems manufactured in the United States, as well as extruders designed in the US and fabricated locally at Davis-Standard’s subsidiary Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Plastic Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd. Davis-Standard supplies complete systems for a variety of tubing applications such as single lumen, multi-lumen, coextruded and Alternate Polymer® products. This technology supports applications for catheter tubing, endotracheal and tracheotomy tubing, radio opaque tubing, bump & taper tuber, pipette tubing and more. All tubing systems are produced and supported by Davis-Standard’s headquarters in Pawcatuck, Conn.     For extruders and extruder upgrades on existing lines, Davis-Standard has expanded its manufactured capabilities in Suzhou. All extruders sold in China are engineered and assembled to the same specifications and with the same components as U.S.-based machines while providing localized support and timely delivery. Extruders can be purchased individually or retrofitted to existing lines to improve outputs, stabilize pressure and melt, and optimize mixing of all thermoplastic resins. Davis-Standard’s engineers work directly with customers to determine the best strategy for achieving high line speeds and product tolerance based on application. This regional approach also permits Chinese customers to take advantage of RMB transactions for U.S. designed equipment without import fees, long transit times, and International shipment costs. For more information about Davis-Standard’s medical tubing capabilities prior to the show, visit www.davis-standard.com/medical-tubing. Photo Caption: HPE Medical Series 38mm and 25mm extruders for multi-layer tubing applications.  
Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket Services Deliver Convenience and Improved Performance at K2019
                    During K2019, Davis-Standard will promote its full menu of global aftermarket and technical services, aimed at providing convenience and improved performance for customers. This includes options for increasing productivity, reducing waste and strengthening product quality. Equipment upgrades, replacement parts, global field services, custom engineering, research and technical services, and a 24/7 customer service hotline (844-MYDAVIS) have enabled Davis-Standard to support customer needs in a cost-effective and timely manner. At K2019, Davis-Standard will show examples of readily stocked spare parts and support for heritage brands around the world. This includes technology upgrades to improve existing line performance with new feedscrew designs, controls and consulting services. Feedscrew Services – Davis-Standard’s replacement or rebuilt feedscrews range from 3/4-inch (20mm) to 12 inches (305mm) in diameter. For feedscrew rebuilds, the screw is engineered back to its original performance characteristics and surface treatments. At K2019, Davis-Standard will be introducing a new spiral feedscrew design for groove feed applications. Spare Parts – A large selection of mechanical and spare parts inventories enable Davis-Standard to ship in-stock parts within one business day. This includes feedscrews, barrels, thermocouples, heaters, motors and more. This is part of Davis-Standard’s 24/7 commitment to customer service where customers can access a service technician to handle emergency parts inquiries and service needs. Extruder Rebuilds – Davis-Standard is able to transform aging equipment with improved efficiency and output with a fast turnaround. Extruder retrofit services include replacement of the extruder barrel, feedsection, screw and breaker plate, new controls, L/D conversions and more. Safety Audits and Safety Upgrades – Davis standard offers line safety audits and upgrades to bring equipment in line with current standards. This service includes an on-site inspection of your existing extrusion lines and a detailed report. After review, a quotation is provided for parts and/or safety equipment requiring attention. Davis-Standard can provide installation and testing for all safety upgrades. Process Control Upgrades – An upgraded EPIC III® system will be shown along with the next generation DS-eTPC II. Davis-Standard will continue in the short term to support the Extrol Control System on Gloucester Equipment with Spare Parts (subject to component level availability), testing of customers stock boards and a repair/replacement service. Davis-Standard through its Italyc’s and Epic platforms are also delighted to offer complete Extrol replacements for longer-term system security. Davis-Standard provides complete control systems and upgrades for non-extrusion lines such as liquid coating applications and non-woven applications. Rebuilds and upgrades of process controls, bag machines, winders, gearcases, dies and heads, and other extrusion equipment is a viable option for processors who want the latest technology at a fraction of the cost of replacement. For more information on Davis-Standard’s aftermarket services prior to K2019, visit https://davis-standard.com/service-support/parts-and-upgrades/. Photo caption: Before and After aftermarket upgrade of a 1998 Davis-Standard 4-1/2” 20:1 Elastomer Extruder
Davis-Standard and Maillefer to Highlight New Technology at K2019
Davis-Standard, LLC and Maillefer will showcase new technology at K2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Hall 16, booth #A43, October 16-23. A range of extrusion and converting technology will be shown, highlighting the ways Davis-Standard, Maillefer, Brampton Engineering and Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) deliver technology, value and market expertise to customers. Davis-Standard’s support of a circular economy in terms of sustainable processing practices, waste reduction and alternative polymer use will be at the forefront. “The K show is always a tremendous opportunity to connect with our global customer base,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard President and CEO. “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. This partnership has significantly broadened Davis-Standard’s reach and capabilities throughout Europe and the MEA regions.” Following are highlights of the display:
  • DS Activ-Check – This “smart” technology system enables processors to take advantage of real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notifications of potential machine failures. Machine operators are alerted to issues before they happen, reducing unplanned downtime while also collecting valuable data. Users receive notifications via e-mail or text, and continuous monitoring of production machine status is available on smart devices and remote PCs. Key parameters monitored include extruder reducer, lubrication system, motor characteristics, the drive power unit, barrel heating and cooling. The benefits of Activ-Check will be demonstrated on a profile line using Microsoft® Windows 10 on an EPIC III® control system.
             
  • Bluebox Maillefer’s Industry 4.0 data strategy is developed for high-speed acquisition and storage from all levels. Maillefer will show a lively implementation of a smart factory, where data from our 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 both medical and automotive applications will be shown. This includes 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 start-up times. 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 well-represented at K. This includes solutions and manufacturing configurations for automotive fuel and vapor tubes, micro-drip irrigation laterals, heating and plumbing pipe, blown fiber micro-duct, medical tubes, offshore flexible pipe, custom pipe and tubing, and wire and cable.
                 
  • New Extrusion Die for extrusion coating applications – The new Series 510A extrusion die will show the advantages of a short lip design and edge bead reduction (EBR) functionality. 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 ideal opportunity to upgrade their existing blown film control systems to ITALYCS® Additionally, the Vector® air ring will demonstrate how new air control technology can improve the uncorrected film gauge (also called starting 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 feedscrews 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.
For more information about Davis-Standard prior to the show, visit www.davis-standard.com Photo Caption: Model 3000A crosshead die; Bearing monitor screen from D-S Activ Check; MXC 80-24D, MXC 45-24D and MXC 200-24D extruders from the family of Maillefer components; VLCH 305/400, TL 28 and ECH 8/24 extrusion heads from the family of Maillefer components (very large crosshead, longitudinal mono-layer head and multi-layer crosshead) Vector® air ring and operator  
Europoligrafico (Fibrapak) Invests in ER-WE-PA™ Control System
Europoligrafico (Fibrapak) of Perugia, Italy, recently improved efficiencies and line performance with a new control system from ER-WE-PA™ GmbH, a subsidiary of Davis-Standard, LLC. The new system was installed on an existing ER-WE-PA™ extrusion coating line used for aseptic liquid packaging applications. The control package features Siemens drives and a central S7 PLC with WinCC® visualization screens for managing all aspects of line control including speeds, extruder temperature, automatic die profile control, unwind and winder functions. “One of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve operation on an existing line is with controls,” said Paul Knorsch, aftermarket business development leader at ER-WE-PA™ GmbH. “The supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) of this system simplifies operator functionality while allowing for greater monitoring and regulation of various parameters. We know Europoligrafico (Fibrapak) is already seeing a marked difference in line functionality.”     Knorsch noted that Fibrapak (www.fibrapak.com) is a new venture established between Europoligrafico and GS Pak of China. This allows Europoligrafico (Fibrapak) to become a full-system supplier with capabilities to provide printed, coated and laminated board in addition to filling machines and product handling. GS Pak also has an aseptic coating line from ER-WE-PA™ in their China plant. For more information about Davis-Standard’s extrusion coating systems, visit www.davis-standard.com/converting_system/extrusion-coating/. For more information about Fibrapak, visit www.fibrapack.com.  Photo Caption: Europoligrafico’s extrusion coating line with updated controls
John Zachow Re-Elected to WCISA® Board
John Zachow, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Wire and Cable, was recently re-elected to another three-year term as a board member for the Wire and Cable Industry Supplier’s Association® (WCISA). Zachow will serve alongside other industry professionals in supporting WCISA companies, exhibits, outings and scholarships. “WCISA is an essential organization in promoting and serving the wire and cable industry,” said Zachow. “I am honored to be able to serve another three years with such a talented and experienced group of peers. One of the great things that the association, including me, places great value in is the development of future industry members through education. We are very active in providing scholarships for college students of families of member companies and interns of member companies. Summer is our active time to solicit applicants for the many scholarships we provide for the fall. Over the years I have seen several awards granted both to interns and family members of Davis-Standard.” WCISA is a nonprofit corporate membership organization of North American suppliers of machinery, materials and accessories used for making all types of wire and cable. The organization’s mission is to promote member products and services through representation, networking/social opportunities and services at wire and cable trade events and conferences.   For more information about Davis-Standard’s wire and cable capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/wireandcable/. For more information on the WCISA scholarships, please visit http://www.wcisaonline.org/pdfs/WCISA%20Scholarship%20Program.pdf.
Southwire to Amplify High-Voltage Cable Production with Maillefer Round Premium Package
Southwire Company LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-voltage underground cable systems, aims to boost cable production and quality with the Maillefer Round Premium Package. Slated for installation later this year as an upgrade to an existing line, Southwire will be the first in North America to employ this capability. The company will be able to produce rounder cables as large as 6 inches (152mm) in diameter that weigh as much as 25 pounds per foot at production speeds faster than previous technology has allowed. Southwire will also be able to reduce material usage, which is significant due to the many plastic layers extruded over the conductor for safety and durability. “We have a strong, long-standing association with Maillefer, a Davis-Standard company. Davis-Standard has augmented this relationship by providing local support for parts, service and purchasing, further improving the process,” said Chris McGill, Plant Manager at Southwire. “This upgrade to our vertical CV line not only supports better production, but it also benefits cable installers because rounder cables are easier to connect for longer lengths in the field.” Southwire’s high-voltage power cable is engineered to run underground for power transmission and distribution from generation points to substations over long distances. Due to the trend away from bare conductors and overhead transmission lines, demand for this type of cable has increased dramatically. With Southwire’s international customer base, the upgrade will enable them to more effectively address current and future market growth. In addition to equipment, Maillefer will provide installation support, commissioning and training. “We are excited to have a North American customer install and use this technology,” said John Zachow, Vice President of Davis-Standard Wire and Cable Systems. “This is going to differentiate their product while improving all aspects of production for this type of cable.” For more information about Southwire, visit www.southwire.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s wire and cable capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/wireandcable/. For more information about Maillefer, visit www.maillefer.net. Photo Caption: Round Value Package Premium – technology designed for VCV lines to improve cable core roundness and simultaneously increase the curing capacity of the line Southwire Company, LLC is a leader in technology and innovation and an emerging influence in the industrial electrical space, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, utility products, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit southwiresustainability.com.
Davis-Standard’s Elastomer Expertise at RubberTech China
Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s elastomer extrusion technology, crosshead and facility expansion at Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Plastic Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd., during RubberTech China, Hall N1 booth #1A113, September 18-20 in Shanghai. “RubberTech draws a wide base of potential customers from all parts of Asia,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President of Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “It’s a valuable opportunity to interact with processors in multiple markets, and share the ways we are increasing output rates and lowering extrudate temperatures for nearly every elastomer compound formulation.”       Davis-Standard supports global elastomer markets for tires, automotive hoses, adhesives and sealants, recreational equipment, construction and medical applications. Elastomer-specific processing equipment is engineered for efficiency and performance, including a DSREV extruder and our latest crosshead design: The Model 3000 crosshead. The Model 3000 crosshead reduces scrap and enables faster start-up times. The hydraulic actuation of the flow diverter/core tube enables quick tooling changes and simplified cleaning. A tapered mandrel and highly engineered flow paths ensure consistent flow through all line speed ranges, and a thrust bearing on pin adjustment allows wall thickness modifications without stopping the line for a wide range of processes. All interior flow surfaces are coated with engineered formulations for better resistance, material flow and ease for cleaning operations. The 3000 has been updated to include port for both full or tip vacuum for improved process flexibility. In most cases, the head can be fitted to allow for use of existing customer tooling. The flow channel has been further enhanced to handle even the most demanding higher durometer materials. The updated design will allow for additional features to be announced soon! The DSREV extruder has a patented pneumatic roll feed system for a uniform and consistent feed rate, electric heating and water-cooling for quicker response times, and feedscrews that maximize output and minimize scorch. Using a gear pump, processors are able to isolate high pressure and achieve pressure stabilization. Davis-Standard’s gear pump is equipped with a two-roll feeder (TRF) for cold feeding or to be used as a stand-alone device for fine mesh straining. Other advantages include improved filtration, reduced material retention time and a small footprint to easily integrate into existing lines. To further support customers in the region, Davis-Standard recently expanded its manufacturing space and capabilities in Suzhou. The additional 35,000 square-foot (3,251 square-meter) facility near the existing shop houses control panel assembly and provides much-needed warehousing. For more information about Davis-Standard’s elastomer systems, visit https://davis-standard.com/extrusion_system/elastomer/. Photo caption: Davis-Standard model 3000 crosshead
Craig Richardson Joins Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket Team
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Craig Richardson has been appointed aftermarket sales manager for Thermoforming Systems, LLC (TSL). TSL, a  Davis-Standard subsidiary, is the market leader in thermoforming equipment technology for high-volume packaging. Richardson will support TSL product line upgrades, tooling and parts, and provide responsive service to customers worldwide. “Craig brings over 30 years of global industry experience to his position,” said James Naughton, Executive Vice President of TSL. “He has extensive knowledge of thermoforming machinery, tooling and granulation, as well as the thermoforming process, tooling layout and production. We know he will deliver the timely service and expertise customers expect from Davis-Standard’s aftermarket team.” Prior to Davis-Standard, Richardson was with Irwin Research & Development as the sales and marketing director. He will be based in Yakima, Washington. If you would like to contact Craig, please reach out to marketing@davis-standard.com.
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ENGICCS to Represent Davis-Standard in West Africa
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Engineering Customer Centric Solutions (ENGICCS) Ltd. is the company’s new sales representative in West Africa. ENGICCS is a global player in the design, development and distribution of innovative solutions for packaging film, polymer electronics and converting systems. As Davis-Standard’s representative, they will be responsible for facilitating direct contact with plastics converters and stakeholders in West Africa to identify converting needs and market plastic packaging solutions throughout the region. According to Dr. Anye Chifen, Managing Director of ENGICCS, “We look forward to increasing awareness of the Davis-Standard brand through strategic marketing avenues, while also providing more facetime with customers. A key part of our role in this region is to cultivate long-term partnerships and offer value-added solutions. This is an important step in gaining a greater understanding of customer needs and providing outstanding solutions to the industry.”   Davis-Standard recently participated in the Nigeria Plastprintpack + Agro Food Exhibition in late March. The exhibition proved to be a timely opportunity to discuss Davis-Standard’s solutions in flexible packaging and to learn more about Nigerian-based manufacturing companies. According to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria, the country’s plastic and packaging sector has experienced substantial growth in recent decades from around 50 companies in the 1960’s to more than 3,000 manufacturers today. Based on feedback from the show, Davis-Standard looks forward to supporting Nigeria’s rapidly growing converting and extrusion markets, specifically in the area of packaging films. For more information about ENGICCS, visit www.engiccs.com. For more information about Davis-Standard, visit www.davis-standard.com.