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Davis-Standard Announces Global Brand Refresh (Germany)
                  Davis-Standard, a leading provider of polymer processing equipment and customer support
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Intralox Doubles Production with Davis-Standard Dual-Strand Profile Line
  Continual growth in product demand and a full manufacturing floor required Intralox to get creative with their processing options.
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Davis-Standard’s Robert Ackley Inducted into Plastics Hall of Fame
  Robert Ackley made history with a storied 46-year career at Davis-Standard. Most recently, he added another achievement to his
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Davis-Standard Acquires Brampton Engineering
  Davis-Standard, LLC announced today that it has acquired Brampton Engineering of Brampton, Ontario. Brampton Engineering, LLC is the leading provider
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Past News

New Ironing Roll Winder Modernizes High-Speed Winding of Large Diameter Master Rolls
  Davis-Standard is pleased to introduce a new ironing roll winder that supports markets for larger diameter master rolls up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) in diameter on cast film lines up to 6 meters (20 feet) wide. This technology can be used for many film types, but Davis-Standard has found it to be most beneficial for CPP and barrier films where post wrap shrinkage occurs as a result of the types of polymers used in the film structures, or where blocking can occur due to a soft sealant layer with a high coefficient of friction (COF). The winder incorporates programmable tension control, pre-spreading onto the winding roll, and servo-controlled web entry of the film to influence leveling or lay-flat of the film prior to the lay-on roll. Roll hardness is improved with a more precise loading force of the lay-on roll against the winding roll, controlling the in-wound air at higher production speeds than previously possible. When optimized these features can reduce defects such as tin-canning, caused by blocking and entrapped air, and resulting in annular raised bands on the roll face. Other defects such as buckling, telescoping, and starring can also be reduced with the control features and dynamics of the new winding system. “The ironing roll winder offers a solution to a common problem while also improving product quality and profitability,” said Danis Roy, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Sales, Cast Film and Coating Systems. “Current markets dictate processing of these films at slower production speeds and to limited diameters in order to produce defect-free wound rolls. We have experienced excellent results with this new winder in the field.” Larger diameter master rolls significantly improve subsequent processing efficiency. A relatively small increase in diameter can significantly increase the film length on a roll. This reduces downtime in slitter re-winding as well as batch process like vacuum metallization. The downside of winding larger roll diameters is the increased risk of in-wound defects. The variable geometry of the ironing roll enables processors to pre-wrap the film onto the winding roll prior to the lay-on roll, allowing entrapped air to reduce the COF between each wrap. This promotes film flatness prior to engaging roll hardness with the lay-on roll. This results in improved control, preventing in-wound imperfections. The winder is available with a tapeless static knife or patented stationary knife automatic transfer systems, and shafted or shaftless operation to further support efficiency. Although the winder is primarily designed for large master roll winding, in-line slitting is also possible in some shafted applications. For more information about Davis-Standard’s new ironing roll winder, contact Danis Roy at droy@davis-standard.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s winding capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/windingunwinding.
Erin Tiedemann Joins Davis-Standard as Process Engineer
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Erin Tiedemann has joined the company as a process engineer. Tiedemann will be part of the process team at Davis-Standard’s headquarters in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. She will be responsible for supporting sales initiatives, equipment sizing, lab trials, and providing field-troubleshooting service to customers. Tiedemann comes to Davis-Standard as a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she earned a degree in chemical engineering. “Erin brings a strong course of study and practical experience to her position,” said Alex McGregor, Davis-Standard Manager of Process Engineering. “She also grew up in the Pawcatuck area and has an excellent understanding of Davis-Standard’s culture and commitment to customer service. She will be an asset to our process team.” Tiedemann can be reached at etiedemann@davis-standard.com.
Davis-Standard to Host Medical Tubing Symposium in California
  For the first time ever, Davis-Standard will host a medical tubing symposium on the West Coast. Scheduled for November 15 at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, the symposium will highlight a range of medical tubing subjects that promote product quality, process efficiency and profitability. Topics include advancements in medical tubing measurement and quality control; optimization of profile dies for multi-lumen extrusion; die design technology; benefits of direct drive motors; the science of cutting medical tubing with minimal particulates; and aftermarket upgrades and opportunites. Industry experts from Davis-Standard, Zumbach, Guill Tool, Conair, Baumuller and Allen Bradley will be among the speakers. “We’ve held similar symposiums at our facility in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and they have been well received,” said Kevin Dipollino, Davis-Standard’s Product Manager of Pipe, Profile & Tubing Systems. “We have a large customer base and several vendor partners in California and northern Mexico, so we anticipate a good turnout. It will be a great opportunity to share timely information while offering valuable process education to advance medical tubing processes for customers.” The fee to attend is $175 and includes tuition, presentation binders, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Space is limited. Those interested should contact Christine Maxam at (315) 593-0359 or at cmaxam@davis-standard.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s medical tubing capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/pipe-profile-and-tubing.
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Spearheads Medical Device R&D with Davis-Standard System
  In response to South Korea’s emerging medical device manufacturing marketplace, the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) recently installed a Davis-Standard medical tubing system at its Biomedical Technology Center (BMT). The new system is groundbreaking in terms of South Korea’s medical tubing R&D capabilities, future innovation and economic development. According to Dr. Woojin Kim, Senior Researcher, Technology Convergence R&BD Group at KITECH, the Davis-Standard system is significant in terms of both government and private industry initiatives. “The government of South Korea is interested in developing the disposable medical device field and several domestic companies are looking at the possibility of medical tubing extrusion,” said Kim. “This system showcases multiple medical tubing possibilities, offers opportunities for R&D, and creates an atmosphere to enlarge the industrial ecosystem of the consumable medical device field in Korea.” KITECH is a government-funded institute committed to growing Korea’s manufacturing industry through development, application and commercialization of technologies, as well as support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Kim and his team are currently using the new Davis-Standard system to develop catheters used in cardiovascular, endoscopic and epidural applications. They are also collaborating with several Korean companies on proprietary R&D projects. KITECH has been impressed with the feedscrew efficiency, die design and overall operation of the Davis-Standard system, which allows for resin versatility and processing of medical tubing with up to four lumens. Kim explained, “When we started researching equipment for purchase, there were few extruders capable of extruding multi-lumen tubes in South Korea. We heard about Davis-Standard’s reputation through medical exhibitions such as MD&M West and through online research. From the beginning, Davis-Standard put forth a great deal of effort to make sure both the purchase contract and equipment technology met our needs. We were especially impressed with Davis-Standard’s systematic first acceptance test (FAT) and site acceptance test (SAT) process. This made the entire process much easier.” Davis-Standard collaborated with KITECH at the company’s headquarters in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, during the FAT process to address various resin properties and develop favorable process conditions for desired tube specifications. Kim said the added support was essential due to the learning curve involved with addressing new medical extrusion processes. When the system was installed, the SAT process reinforced what was learned earlier, enabling KITECH to successfully develop prototypes and begin R&D initiatives. Davis-Standard supplied all line components including direct-drive MEDD extruders with tooling and downstream equipment. “Working with KITECH to grow medical device manufacturing opportunities in Korea has been exciting,” said Sekaran Murugaiah, Davis-Standard Vice President of Business Development, Asia. “We equipped the system to take on additional extruders and equipment, which will allow KITECH to run other products in the future. We look forward to building on the relationship and being a trusted supplier in this endeavor.” For more information about KITECH, visit www.eng.kitech.re.kr. For more information about Davis-Standard’s medical tubing capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/pipe-profile-and-tubing.
Davis-Standard Completes Maillefer Acquisition
  Davis-Standard, LLC announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Maillefer International Oy of Vantaa, Finland and Ecublens, Switzerland. Maillefer (www.maillefer.net) is the global leader in wire, cable, pipe and tube production technologies. “We are proud to welcome the entire Maillefer team to the Davis-Standard family, together we become the market leading global extrusion systems and services provider to a world-class customer base,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard President and CEO. “It is an exceptional opportunity to team up with an organization that shares our values and commitment to providing superior customer solutions.” “This is a historic day for all Maillefer customers and employees as we join Davis-Standard, an organization built on technology and service” stated Lars Fagerholm, preceding CEO of Maillefer and newly appointed as Davis-Standard’s Executive Vice-President, Maillefer. “Maillefer is proud to join an organization with as strong a brand and industry reputation as its own. Together, the dedication to our products, service and customer support will continue as it has in the past.” Murphy closed with, “This transaction is a major milestone for the growth of Davis-Standard and all our stakeholders. Together with our majority owners, ONCAP, we are enthusiastic to include Maillefer in our vision for the future.” For more information on the acquisition, contact Debbie Crowley at (860) 599-6237.
Bernal Industrial to Represent Davis-Standard in Mexico
  Davis-Standard, LLC is pleased to announce that Bernal Industrial Inc. will represent Davis-Standard’s pipe, profile and tubing and elastomer product lines in Mexico. Bernal will also work with Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket Group to provide customer support and service. Bernal is recognized for aligning with industry leaders in the plastics and rubber processing markets to supply innovative and cost-competitive technology to all major industries including automotive, aerospace, medical and appliance. The firm’s primary office is in El Paso, Texas, with Mexico-based offices in Baja California, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico City and Queretaro. “Daniel Bernal and his team are among the very best agents in Mexico and we are pleased to have them as our partner,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President of Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “There is much opportunity in the automotive and medical markets in Mexico, and we know their team will be instrumental in helping us capitalize on new and existing customer relationships.” For more information about Davis-Standard’s pipe, profile and tubing or elastomer systems, visit www.Davis-Standard.com/pipe-profile-and-tubing or www.davis-standard.com/elastomer. For more information about Bernal Industrial, visit bernalindustrialinc.com.
Davis-Standard at PLASTIMAGEN MÉXICO® 2017, Booth #40
  Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s full line of extrusion and converting technology during PLASTIMAGEN MÉXICO® in Mexico City, November 7-10. Davis-Standard’s team will be available at booth #40 to discuss aftermarket capabilities and new developments in extruder, control 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, rebuild and retrofit services, as well as AC drive, controls and safety upgrades. 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. dsX™ Technology – This popular line of extrusion coating, cast film and blown film equipment offers processors advantages in price, performance and delivery. Each system is engineered for greater up-time, increased productivity and reduced waste, and backed by Davis-Standard’s 24/7 global support network. MEDD Extruder – This compact extruder is optimized for clean room 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. Model 2000 Crosshead – The hydraulic actuation of the flow diverter/core tube on this crosshead enables quick tooling changes and simplified cleaning for elastomer applications. 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. All interior flow surfaces are coated with engineered formulations for better resistance and material flow. For more information about Davis-Standard, visit www.davis-standard.com.
New Development Extruder Installed at Davis-Standard’s Pawcatuck Lab
  To further advance mechanical, controls and process development initiatives, a next-generation Thermatic® Series 4.5-inch (114mm) extruder is available for trials at Davis-Standard’s Extrusion Technology Development Center in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The extruder, installed in July, is being used for internal R&D and product development for customers. The extruder’s modern platform represents a collaborative effort among Davis-Standard’s mechanical, electrical, process and controls engineering departments to create optimal processing for Davis-Standard’s full portfolio of extruder applications from blown film to wire and cable. It features enhancements across the board and provides multiple possibilities with L/D ratios of 24, 30 and 34:1. According to John Christiano, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Technology, this extruder epitomizes processing functionality and the future of extrusion efficiency. “This new extruder platform is a reflection of experience and collaboration. Because of its relevance across all extrusion applications, it will serve as an excellent platform to support our customer’s extrusion needs now and for many years to come,” said Christiano. Features of the new Thermatic include 400 HP water-cooled motor technology, a screw speed range up to 375 rpm, advanced and conventional vent diverter geometry, an improved barrel cooling system and next-generation gearbox technology. The extruder is equipped with an EPIC III® control system that features a streamlined console, high-data transmission rate and improved graphics. It is also engineered with smart extruder technology for preventative maintenance monitoring of vibration, oil composition, motor parameters, heater status, screw wear algorithm and energy consumption. Other advantages include a high wear-resistant barrel and feedscrew, an integrated melt pump with controls, static mixer and an optimized mezzanine design. The extruder can be fit with the complete line of Davis-Standard DSB® feedscrews including the DSB I, DSB II, DSB III and DSB III-Plus designs as well as the TS DSBM, TS Metering and TS DS-Blend, in addition to a variety of metering screws and other specialized designs. For more information about the extruder or to schedule a trial, contact Bill Lee at blee@davis-standard.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s R&D capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/technology-center-developments.
Davis-Standard at International Elastomer Conference, Booth #1127
  Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s full range of elastomer extrusion technology and aftermarket services during the International Elastomer Conference, Booth #1127, October 9-12, in Cleveland, Ohio. Davis-Standard will have information on extrusion equipment, feedscrews and controls, including the company’s popular DSREV rubber extruder, Model 2000 crosshead and Uth rollex® 70 gear pump/strainer system with two-roll feeder (TRF). An aftermarket representative will be available to discuss feedscrew services, spare parts, extruder rebuilds, process control upgrades and other options for improved processing. In addition, Davis-Standard will discuss the technical cell at its facility in Pawcatuck to support R&D for hose, automotive seals and architectural applications as well as processes requiring in-line straining and pressure stabilization. “This show is an excellent opportunity for us to gain insight from customers on equipment performance, new opportunities and how we can further support elastomer processes,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President of Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “This includes increased output rates, lower extrudate temperatures, and options for fine mesh straining and vacuum venting.” The DSREV extruder is Davis-Standard’s flagship design. It is a preconfigured machine with feedscrew and head zone direct-injection temperature control units, a compact base, and simplified cooling and wiring systems. Other advantages include touch-screen controls, process data acquisition, and easily accessible machine components. The Model 2000 hydraulic 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. All interior flow surfaces are coated with engineered formulations for better resistance and material flow. When this technology is coupled with the Uth gear pump, processors can isolate high pressure and achieve pressure stabilization. The gear pump is equipped with a Uth two-roll feeder (TRF) to be used as a stand-alone device for fine mesh straining, or for cold feeding. Other gear pump advantages include improved filtration, reduced material retention time and a small footprint for easy integration into existing lines. For more information, contact Joe Wnuk via e-mail at jwnuk@davis-standard.com or visit www.davis-standard.com/elastomer.
Danis Roy Joins Davis-Standard as Vice President – Sales, Cast Film and Coating Systems
  Davis-Standard is pleased to announce the appointment of Danis Roy as Vice President – Sales, Cast Film and Coating Systems. In his leadership role, Roy will spearhead initiatives for key account management and performance strategies supporting the cast film and coating teams in the America’s as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He comes to Davis-Standard with 30 years of domestic and international marketing, management and sales experience, most recently serving as General Manager of Terphane, Inc. in Bloomfield, N.Y. He has also worked for Toray Plastics in the U.S. and Europe and Rhone Poulenc Films. Roy is currently president of the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), and active in other associations. “The addition of Danis will strengthen our sales management team on a global scale while allowing us to provide greater focus on our cast film and coating product teams,” explained Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard President and CEO. “His work will be key in executing our sales plan and developing business strategies for continued growth and performance-driven customer service.” Roy will be based at Davis-Standard’s facility in Fulton, N.Y. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. He can be reached at droy@davis-standard.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s cast film and coating product lines, visit www.davis-standard.com/cast-film or www.davis-standard.com/extrusion-coating or www.davis-standard.com/liquid-coating.
Davis-Standard to Promote Medical Tubing Expertise at Medtec China
  Davis-Standard, LLC anticipates an eventful Medtec China, booth P206, in Shanghai, September 20-22, 2017. Davis-Standard will market the company’s extensive line of medical tubing equipment, including extruders, controls, feedscrews, downstream equipment and complete systems. In addition to equipment, the company’s in-house laboratory at its subsidiary in Suzhou, Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Plastic Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd., supports process development for medical tubing applications with a high-speed FPVC extrusion system and multipurpose microbore tubing line. “The medical tubing sector has been especially strong for us, which is why Medtec is such an important show,” said Sekaran Murugaiah, Davis-Standard Vice President of Business Development, Asia. “Customers appreciate our regional presence and the availability of our best-in-class medical tubing lab to test new resins and processes. These R&D capabilities have been key in ensuring customers in the region are equipped to address market demands. We’ve also excelled at providing faster response times, greater spare parts availability and timely service for customers throughout Asia.” 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. Turn-key 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. Davis-Standard supplies versatile extruder options depending on process and application, including the direct-drive MEDD extruder, small-footprint HPE-A and HPE-H extruders, and the high-performance Super Blue® extruder. All extruders are engineered for a fast delivery and competitive pricing. For added precision, Davis-Standard offers a high-tech melt pump to minimize heat exposure and for exacting temperature control and pressure. The FPVC laboratory line in Suzhou is capable of speeds from 5 to 100 mpm for processing 2mm to 8mm OD tubing with accuracy of +/- 50u. Line components include an extruder, water-cooling, precision internal air supply, OD gauge and combination puller-cutter. The multipurpose microbore tubing line is designed for single or dual layer tubing, and single lumen tubing with or without a stripe. It is equipped with two extruders, an OD/ID wall thickness measuring and controlling system, close loop control via vacuum sizing tank and puller, and a high-level central control system. Both lines are available for customer trials and R&D applications. For more information about Davis-Standard’s medical tubing capabilities, visit www.davis-standard.com/pipe-profile-and-tubing.
Davis-Standard to Exhibit Hydraulic Crosshead At RubberTech China
  Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s full range of elastomer extrusion technology during RubberTech China, Hall N2, #2A757, September 20-22, 2017 in Shanghai. An example of this technology will be on display with Davis-Standard’s popular Model 2000 hydraulic crosshead. Davis-Standard supports global rubber markets for tires, automotive hoses, adhesives and sealants, recreational equipment, construction and medical applications. With Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Plastic Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd., Davis-Standard has established a growing regional presence, offering timely technical support, greater spare parts availability and more cost-effective service for customers throughout Asia. “RubberTech is an excellent venue to market our vast elastomer product line because companies from several different countries are represented there, attracting a wide base of potential customers from all parts of Asia,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President of Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “We continue to broaden our reach in Asia due to our subsidiary in Suzhou and the capability to supply all equipment components including extruders, feedscrews, crosshead technology and other machinery devices. We seek to help customers increase output rates and lower extrudate temperatures for processing the full range of elastomer compound formulations.” This Model 2000 crosshead reduces scrap and enables faster start-up times to improve processing efficiencies. 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. All interior flow surfaces are coated with engineered formulations for better resistance and material flow. Other Davis-Standard equipment specifically engineered for elastomer applications includes the DSREV rubber extruder and gear pump technology. The DSREV features a patented pneumatic roll feed system for a uniform and consistent feed rate, electric heating and water-cooling for quicker response times, and feedscrew designs 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. For more information about Davis-Standard’s elastomer systems, visit www.davis-standard.com/elastomer.