Interview with PFFC: Efficiency in Winding and Unwinding
In a recent interview with PFFC, Dan Hould, Davis-Standard’s Product Manager, discusses the most essential part of winding and unwinding.Read On
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 fashion, October 6 – 8, 2020.Read On
Flexible Packaging Interview with Scott Kaufman, “How Automation is Changing the Converting Industry”
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Flexible Packaging Magazine Interview with Duane Smith, “The Latest in Web Guiding and Tension Control”
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SIG Combibloc Invests in Coating Line from ER-WE-PA GmbH
SIG is a leading system and solutions provider for aseptic packaging. The company has several locations worldwide and works in partnership with its customers to bring food and beverage products to customers in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. Michael Schröder, Head of Sales EMEA and Product Management said, “We look forward to working collaboratively with the team at SIG to ensure their new line is equipped for the company’s current application range while allowing for new growth. Their approach of sustainable processing and quality products aligns well with our equipment objectives.” “We are excited to partner with SIG on this extrusion coating line. Our equipment has a reputation for being best-in-class in terms of speed, quick changes and waste reduction. We are able to address their unique film structures, regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability in a manner that will give them a competitive advantage. Our global Davis-Standard network will also be valuable in terms of aftermarket support and service.” The system is slated for installation in 2020. For more information about Davis-Standard’s extrusion coating capabilities, please visit https://davis-standard.com/converting_system/extrusion-coating/. For more information and SIG products, please visit https://www.sig.biz/en.
February 19, 2020
Q1 2020 Davis-Standard Global Review
Hot off the press is our first Global Review Newsletter of 2020! There is so much happening at Davis-Standard and we want to share our latest news and updates with you. Click below to read volume 48.
February 14, 2020
ER-WE-PA GmbH Achieves ISO Certification
In an ongoing effort to strengthen efficiencies and customer satisfaction, Davis-Standard’s subsidiary in Germany, ER-WE-PA GmbH, recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. The certification validates ER-WE-PA’s processes across the board, internally and externally, and serves as a benchmark for the company’s commitment to operational quality and process improvement. “In supporting the goals of our recent realignment, all of our processes are focused on the ongoing fulfillment of customer requirements. ISO is an essential part of this as it demands the implementation of a demonstrated quality management system, promoting a holistic approach to evaluating your operation,” said Michael Krämer, Managing Director of Davis-Standard GmbH. At the core of ISO certification is the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements while also enhancing customer fulfillment through an effective quality management system (www.iso.org). All issues are addressed at the source to support best practices. “ISO certification is also important from the standpoint of our facility being the product line leader for aseptic packaging machinery within the Davis-Standard organization,” added Krämer. “It will ensure every aspect of our business is on par with industry-wide quality standards. Our employees and customers can expect a sustainable approach that holds us accountable to what we promise as part of the Davis-Standard family.” Photo Caption: ISO 9001 2018 Certification with our Germany team
February 5, 2020
Davis-Standard to Showcase TPE Tubing and ABS Filament Line at MD&M West 2020
Davis-Standard, LLC will exhibit a running TPE tubing and ABS filament line at booth 4024 during MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif., February 11 – 13, 2020. The line will demonstrate processing versatility by running TPE tubing on the first two days of the show and ABS filament on day three. The line is capable of processing a variety of flexible tubing materials at speeds up to 300 feet per minute (91 mpm). “This line is an excellent example of a space-saving system that can be used for both medical and industrial tubing. We have numerous larger scale lines like this one in the field, capable of running in excess of 800 feet per minute,” said Kevin Dipollino, Davis-Standard’s Sr. Product Manager of Pipe, Profile and Tubing Systems. “For purposes of the show, we want to demonstrate a smaller footprint and functionality for line speeds up to 300 feet per minute when space is a limiting factor. The line also features a turn sheave to enable processing at a 90-degree angle to accommodate additional space limitations such as those found in cleanroom environments.” Line components include a Davis-Standard 2-inch (50mm) Super Blue® Extruder with our e-TPC-II controls, a Guill spiral crosshead die and tooling, a Conair 12-foot multipass vacuum sizing tank, a servo puller and automatic and transfer coiler, and Zumbach OD/ID wall gauge and control system. The TPE material will be supplied by Teknor Apex. Davis-Standard has worked with Guill, Conair and Zumbach for many years to supply complete systems solutions to customers. The TPE tubing that will run at the show will measure 0.145” OD by 0.0108”ID and the ABS filament rod will be 1.75mm OD. Every line component is engineered for tight tolerances, consistent quality and output efficiency. The DS-eTPC II control has become a popular option for medical tubing processors, adding flexibility to support more applications at an attractive price point. It has a larger 15-inch (380mm) viewing screen with multi-touch capabilities to enable zoom-in and out, as well as extruder control for up to three extruders with real-time and historical data trending. The DS-eTPC also has integration capabilities for vendor downstream equipment to enable communication and line control from one location. Other benefits include an increase of heat-only zones from four to eight, with an option up to 20; two auxiliary drives; a remote set-point; and speed trim via discrete inputs from gauging equipment. Davis-Standard representatives at the show will include Kevin Dipollino, Dr. Jason Baird, Tyler McKenna and Glenn Beasley. For more information about the show, visit: https://mdmwest.mddionline.com/. To add Davis-Standard to your show planner, visit: https://ahm20.mapyourshow.com/8_0/exhibitor/exhibitor-details.cfm?exhid=S1000. For more information about Davis-Standard’s pipe, profile and tubing capabilities visit: https://davis-standard.com/extrusion_system/pipe-profile-and-tubing/. Photo Caption: Super Blue® Extruder with our e-TPC-II. Advantages of this design include double reduction gearboxes with helical carburized gears, an integral high capacity thrust bearing, cast iron feed section, bimetallic barrel and heated clamp arrangement, DSBM-T™ barrier mixing feedscrew and integrated control cabinet.
January 30, 2020
James Johnson Joins Davis-Standard as Regional Sales Manager
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that James Johnson has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager, Sheet and Foam, for the Southeast region of the U.S. He will support customer sales and service in the states of TN, NC, MS, AL, GA, SC, MO, OK, AR, TX, LA. This includes collaboration with customers to asses equipment needs and requirements, support of product engineering, equipment upgrades, cost-assessment and production strategies. He comes to Davis-Standard from Polymer Systems, Inc. where he was a sales engineer. Prior to that, he was with Shurtape Technologies. “James brings industry sales, manufacturing and adhesives experience to his position, which will be beneficial to our sheet and foam business,” said Steve DeAngelis, Davis-Standard Vice President, Sheet and Foam Systems. “His communication and technical abilities, knowledge of the Southeast, and ability to address complex issues and deliver results will serve customers well.” Johnson is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a yellow belt in Lean Six Sigma. He will be based in Hickory, North Carolina. If you need to reach James, please call our offices at 860-599-1010.
January 15, 2020
Rich Kanarski to Lead Davis-Standard’s Technical Product Team
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Rich Kanarski has been appointed Manager – Technical Product Management. Effective January 1, he will lead efforts to drive the evolution of technologies associated with key product lines in support of Davis-Standard’s strategic plan. The new role involves a combination of tactical and strategic activities centered on advancing product performance. Kanarski and his team will collaborate with suppliers and customers to evaluate market trends and capabilities and develop technology accordingly. Kanarski has been with Davis-Standard the last seven years, most recently as a Process Engineer with converting systems. He has worked closely with product management, application engineering, sales and field service teams to help specify and optimize extrusion processes. During this time, he has developed relationships with colleagues worldwide and has supported customers in all project phases. This includes on-site sales meetings, process support, start-ups and commissioning, acceptance and ongoing troubleshooting. Prior to Davis-Standard, he was at Coperion where he led extrusion technology scale-up and development for research programs serving polyolefin, bio-plastics, food and pharmaceutical businesses. “Rich is a talented and experienced leader with established relationships and practical technical expertise,” said Rich Pastor, Vice President of Operations at Davis-Standard facility in Fulton, N.Y. “His move into this strategic role will be beneficial to customers and our teams as we address future market trends and customer requirements worldwide.” In addition to his professional role, Kanarski has expanded his industry presence and networking by participating in technical conferences and tradeshows. He is currently on the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Board of Directors, Extrusion Division. As part of SPE board leadership, he supports efforts in member services including recruitment and outreach activities, serves on the technical paper review committee, the finance committee and young professionals committee. If you would like to contact Rich, please call our main office at 860.599.1010. For more information about Davis-Standard, visit www.davis-standard.com.
January 14, 2020
Davis-Standard’s Model 3000A Crosshead Embodies Smart Technology for Hose Applications
In an effort to continually improve system productivity through smarter technology, Davis-Standard has introduced the Model 3000A (automatic) crosshead for rubber hose applications. As overhead costs for labor, energy and materials put pressure on the margins, it is essential to have faster, more versatile equipment to merge economics with sustainability. The Model 3000A crosshead is an example of this technology, enabling hose manufacturers to reduce scrap and attain faster start-up times for smaller lots. Material savings, quick product changes, simplified maintenance, reduced scrap and improved quality equate to competitive efficiency. “Every component on the Model 3000A is engineered to improve processing while providing cost savings,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President, Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “There are production advantages when the crosshead is used as part of a fully integrated and automated elastomer line, or when used separately as a second step in the manufacturing process. In many cases, the return on investment can be realized in less than a year.” The Model 3000A incorporates an automatic, servo-driven concentricity adjustment system. This new, proprietary system allows for adjustment of the core tube/tip assembly with a simple, accurate joystick control. This enables the operator to easily minimize eccentricity, maximize concentricity, and reduce downtime during product changeovers. In addition, the servo drives enable monitoring and adjustments throughout the run to account for lot-to-lot variations, day/night variations, and corrections for gum space adjustments. A hydraulic pump system is not necessary and the compact design does not require hoses. Additional features such as a tapered mandrel and highly engineered flow paths ensure consistent flow through all speed ranges. The thrust bearing supported core tube/pin assembly enables wall thickness modification under pressure without interruption. Die adjusting screws are located in removable inserts to protect the body from thread damage. A larger surface area in the water jacket improves heat transfer efficiency. Models are available to accommodate 2-inch (50mm), 3-inch (76mm), 4.5-inch (102mm) and 5.5-inch (140mm) diameter braids. Wnuk added, “One of the best features of this automatic design is the precision adjustment. This contributes to material savings due to tighter tolerances within specifications. This is especially valuable with frequent product and dimension changes, which are becoming more and more common in the industry. We look forward to seeing the benefits of the crosshead for customers worldwide.” Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket group is available to review your existing elastomer line to determine how the new Model 3000A crosshead can improve your efficiency and bottom line. Wendell Whipple, Vice President, Global Aftermarket Sales, said “In addition to new lines the Model 3000A crosshead can be integrated into an existing line. In most cases, existing Model 2000 crossheads may be upgraded with this new automatic technology”. Contact us today to inquire on this upgrade. For more information about Davis-Standard’s elastomer capabilities for hose production, visit https://davis-standard.com/extrusion_system/elastomer/. For more information about Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket services, visit https://davis-standard.com/service-support/parts-and-upgrades/
December 19, 2019
Davis-Standard Acquires Deacro Industries
Davis-Standard, LLC announced today that it has acquired Deacro Industries, Ltd (“Deacro”) of Mississauga, Ontario. Deacro (www.deacro.com) designs, manufactures and assembles high-performance slitting, rewinding and roll handling equipment for the converting process of paper, film and foil materials. “Deacro is a market leader in high-performance slitting and rewinding equipment technology for flexible packaging applications and we are excited to welcome their dedicated team to Davis-Standard,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard President and CEO. Murphy added “We are enthusiastic about this opportunity with Deacro; our organizations share a common focus on providing our customers solutions, service and technology.” Clarence Beishuizen, President of Deacro Industries Ltd., remarked on transaction. “We are very pleased to join Davis-Standard, an organization that shares our business values and long-standing reputation as a global leader in the industry,” he said. “With Davis-Standard we have a partner that is committed to our customers, employees and advancing technology. Deacro will continue to operate and serve its customers as before and we are enthusiastic about our opportunities with Davis-Standard.” Murphy concluded with, “This is an exciting day for both organizations as we begin our future together.” Photo caption: Pictured is Deacro’s Model T800 duplex twin-turret slitter, which provides unloading of finished rolls and core set-up while simultaneously running web.
December 16, 2019
Davis-Standard to Highlight dsX™ and Blown Film Technology at Interplastica 2020
Davis-Standard will begin its 2020 tradeshow season in Moscow, Russia, at Interplastica, January 28 – 31. Located in booth #22C32, representatives from Davis-Standard’s subsidiaries in Germany and the United Kingdom will be available to discuss technology for blown film, cast film, extrusion coating, foam, profile and sheet applications. The company will specifically focus on its dsX™ product line for packaging applications, which provides processing versatility, timely delivery and competitive pricing. Examples of this technology include the dsX™ 400 aseptic packaging line and dsX flex-pack™ 300S flexible packaging line. Davis-Standard will also promote its high output blown film capabilities. The dsX 400 aseptic packaging line is a pre-engineered triplex extrusion coating and laminating line for paper, aluminum foils and/or films used in aseptic packaging applications. It is designed for a working width range of 700 to 1,350mm, a mechanical design speeds up to 450 meters per minute, and processing speeds up to 400 meters per minute. This line is also equipped with automatic unwind and rewind splicers for speed and efficiency. This is a single-source system with Davis-Standard supplying extruders, feedscrews and extrusion dies to support customer requirements. The dsX flex-pack 300S flexible packaging line is built for cost-sensitive flexible packaging applications. Proven components and a pre-configured, adaptable machine configuration make this system ideal for converters, printing companies, multi-national companies and start-ups. It can support web widths from 650 to 1,350mm and process line speeds up to 300 meters per minute for paper, film and aluminum foils with direct gravure primer coating and coextrusion coating lamination stations. Hallmarks of this line include consistent end-product quality, greater uptime and productivity, reduced waste and application versatility. Davis-Standard supplies complete blown film systems to support monolayer processes as well as complex multi-layer applications with film structures up to 11 layers. Component upgrades are available to improve existing blown film production for lay-flat widths from one to 10 meters. Blown film systems feature the latest extrusion and screw technology, die and air ring developments, and options for film handling and winding to support optimal and cost-effective processing based on application. For more information prior to Interplastica visit www.davis-standard.com. PHOTO CAPTION: dsX flex-pack 300S
November 27, 2019
Davis-Standard’s Global Equipment Platform at Plast Eurasia
Davis-Standard will promote its global equipment platform at Plast Eurasia in Istanbul, December 4 - 7, 2019, alongside the company’s representative in Turkey, ÖZHANMAK DIŞ TİCARET VE PAZARLAMA LTD ŞTİ in Hall 2, Stand 220. Davis-Standard and ÖZHANMAK representatives will be available to discuss technology and provide information using various displays representing machine lines for cast film, extrusion coating, blown film, tubing and sheet applications. The team will also promote aftermarket services, extruder and control options, and feedscrew technology. Examples include: Aftermarket Capabilities – Davis-Standard’s ability to service equipment for nearly every extrusion and converting application, including non-Davis-Standard brands, is one of the company’s greatest advantages. This includes an extensive spare parts inventory, timely 24/7-customer service, global technical capabilities, and rebuild and retrofit services. Cast Film – Davis-Standard offers a stretch film line that redefines modular efficiency for high-grade film operations. This technology is the new standard for stretch film line configurations. Advantages include a compact machine arrangement, ease of operation and servicing, excellent profile control, consistent roll quality and an intuitive control package. The system is engineered for producing thin films from 7.8μ to 13μ (31-to 51-gauge) at high speeds. Davis-Standard’s side-by-side DS S3 overlapping winder is essential to this capability. The DS S3 winder enables maximum slit widths for hand-wrap, machine-wrap and jumbo rolls. All rolls are discharged on the downstream end of the winder and are conveyed to a common side of the line to simplify roll packing and future automation. There is an auxiliary lay-on roll to eliminate top-wind waste during transfer, optimizing roll quality and eliminating outer wrap transfer waste. There is a 30-second cycle time regardless of the number of slit widths, ideal for hand-wrap products. Specific to CPP films, Davis-Standard offers the horizontal ironing roll winder. This winder has an adjustable ironing roll which allows the converter to control the amount of air introduced into the winding roll, substantially reducing “tin canning,” a common issue when running CPP. Extrusion Coating – Davis-Standard offers a comprehensive equipment offering from a single-source supplier to address basic applications all the way up to high-speed, complex requirements. Systems are engineered for everything from high-quality flexible packaging, thermal lamination and stand-up pouches, to lidding, tube, and aseptic films. Specifications can be customized based on market requirements and investment plans. An example of this is Davis-Standard’s dsX flex-pack™ system. This machine provides converters and package printers with a high-value, competitively-priced package. An adaptable machine configuration gives processors the flexibility to compete in a variety of emerging application markets including salted snack and noodle bags, toothpaste tubes, personal care products, condiment packs and stand-up pouches. Production benefits include product consistency, excellent bonding strength, greater uptime and productivity, and reduced waste and production costs. The economic benefit of these 1,500 fpm (450 mpm) machines is enabling many regional converters to distinguish themselves from the competition Blown Film - Davis-Standard supplies extrusion systems for applications in high-barrier food packaging, agricultural films, geomembrane, stretch film, printing and laminating films, flexible packaging, collation shrink films and stretch hooders. For films that require enhanced clarity and flexibility, Davis-Standard offers the Aquafrost® water-quench system. Other options include industry-leading Vector® air rings, spacing between these 3 sentences looks off here DSB® feedscrew designs, and Streamlined Coextrusion Die (SCD®), Optiflow and Vertex dies, each designed to process specific films. Davis-Standard also supplies downstream and terminal equipment as well as MDO’s, oscillating haul-offs, and winders to optimize web handling and output goals. These solutions can accommodate standard applications as well as complex substrates and structures requiring precise tension control to ensure quality while minimizing waste. Automation options are available to reduce cycle time and augment benefits from increased outputs. Super Blue® Extruder – This high-efficiency extruder offers advantages in price, performance and fast delivery. The Super Blue is equipped with preferred features including a low noise, high-torque double reduction gearbox; cast aluminum finned heaters bolted to the barrel; an AC drive and motor; and a high capacity air-cooling system. It has been an effective option for pipe and profile, sheet, fiber and specialty system processes, among others. MEDD Extruder – A compact extruder, the MEDD is optimized for cleanroom environments with a replaceable feed section liner and direct drive technology for greater efficiency and materials flexibility. Davis-Standard offers a high-tech melt pump system to maximize stability when processing sensitive materials. Davis-Standard supports applications for Alternate Polymer®, microbore tubing, multi-lumen and catheter tubing, endotracheal and tracheotomy tubing, radio-opaque tubing, bubble tube, taper tube, pipette tubing and multi-layer tubing, among others. Medical tubing systems support extruder outputs up to 700 pounds per hour (315kg/hr) and line speeds up to 800 feet per minute (240 mpm) for a range of materials including PLA, PLLA, PEEK, FPVC, polyurethane, nylon, PEBAX and FEP. Sheet Extrusion – Davis-Standard supplies complete systems and components to support the packaging and industrial sectors. One recent development is the DS-Helibar® extruder. This extruder is the next generation in Davis-Standard’s groove feed extruder offering. With the Helibar design, helical grooves inside the barrel run along the entire barrel bore. This technology has been shown to increase extruder output rates while improving energy efficiency and reducing barrel and screw wear. Other advantages include lower start-up costs, shorter residence time and the ability to process higher levels of regrind. These are especially beneficial for high-profile applications where speed, melt quality and efficiency are paramount. As a complement to its sheet extrusion technology, Davis-Standard offers thermoforming equipment to the food packaging industry via Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL), a recent addition to the Davis-Standard brand. For more information prior to Plast Eurasia visit www.davis-standard.com.
November 22, 2019
Plastics News Asia Interview with Sekaran Murugaiah, Vice President Business Development – Asia Pacific at K 2019
For Davis-Standard LLC (www.davis-standard.com), K 2019 provided an opportunity to show off its broad portfolio of extrusion and converting solutions for the plastics industry with the combined expertise from Brampton Engineering, Inc., Maillefer SA and Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) presented for the first time in a major exhibition. The range of extrusion and converting technologies promoted are geared to support the plastics industry’s move towards a circular economy, where sustainable processing technologies and techniques are designed to reduce plastic waste and promote recycling through the utilization of recycled materials.
According to Sekaran Murugaiah, Vice President Business Development - Asia Pacific at Davis-Standard: “There is much enthusiasm now for technologies in the areas of Industry 4.0 and circular economy and Davis-Standard have products that can meet these market trends. In fact, despite the global economy facing many challenges that affect the plastics industry, I am slightly surprised by the positive response and optimism. The first few days of the show have been good, especially for Asia Pacific.”
As Mr. Murugaiah explained, Davis-Standard has been responding to current industry trends. For instance, in the Internet of Things (IoT), Davis-Standard has products and services that can perform predictive real-time monitoring of variables that affect the quality and performance of the components of the machine to reduce downtime. To meet the sustainability challenge, according to Mr. Murugaiah: “Davis-Standard offers equipment that enables our customers to achieve less material usage, faster cycle time and operate more efficiently. The sustainability goal is not an end by itself as we see that this is more of a journey for all those involved in the plastics industry.”
Davis-Standard promoted 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.
November 1, 2019
Vishakha Polyfab to Become India’s First with AquaFrost® Technology
Multilayer film leader Vishakha Polyfab will become the first processor in India to add Brampton Engineering’s AquaFrost® water-quenched blown film technology. Vishakha Polyfab has been a longtime Brampton customer, installing India’s first seven and nine-layer barrier blown film line. With the addition of the water-quenching system, the company will be able to improve film clarity and thermoformability, balance orientation, and increase processing versatility with fewer resins. “We have worked with Vishakha Polyfab for almost 20 years in supplying equipment solutions to address their needs,” said David Kerfoot of Brampton Engineering, A Davis-Standard Company. “Our close and productive collaboration has enabled us to grow together and advance multi-layer film technology in the region. We look forward to their continued success in leading the film packaging market in India and beyond.” India’s packaging sector has grown exponentially and is one of the most sought after barrier film manufacturing markets in the world. For more information about the AquaFrost system, visit www.be-ca.com. For more information about Davis-Standard, visit www.davis-standard.com. Photo Caption: In commemoration of India's first AquaFrost® system, Davis-Standard’s President and CEO, Jim Murphy, Brampton Engineering’s Executive Vice President, Gary Hughes, and Vice President, David Kerfoot, present an award to Vishakha Polyfab, CEO, Jigish Doshi, along with Akshat Doshi and Ankit Doshi on October 18, 2019 at K2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
October 24, 2019