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Davis-Standard to Market Nonwovens and Converting Solutions at Techtextil North America
Davis-Standard, LLC will market the company’s nonwovens and converting solutions technology at booth #2604 during Techtextil North America on May 17- 19,
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Giovanni Spitale Named as Chief Executive Officer of Davis-Standard
James (Jim) Murphy Elevated to Vice Chairman of the Davis-Standard Board of Directors; Brian Marston, William (Bill) Barker and John
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Davis-Standard Ingenuity for High-Growth Markets at Chinaplas
Equipment solutions for Asia’s high-growth markets will be promoted by Davis-Standard, LLC in Hall 2.1, booth #F151 during Chinaplas 2022,
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Davis-Standard’s Global Equipment Platform at Plastimagen Mexico®
Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s full line of extrusion and converting technology during PLASTIMAGEN MÉXICO® in Mexico City, March
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Past News

Taghleef Adds Davis-Standard Liquid Coating Line for OPP Films
[caption id="attachment_6208" align="alignnone" width="799"] Ti Team at the start-up of the new coating line in Terre Haute[/caption] Global industry leader, Taghleef Industries, installed a custom Davis-Standard liquid coating line at its facility in Terre Haute, Indiana, to support new markets in coated OPP films. Taghleef is one of the world’s largest suppliers of specialty and high-performance films for packaging, labels, industrial, and graphic arts applications. The Davis-Standard line, installed in the first quarter of 2021, is enabling Taghleef to bring added value and enhanced performance to OPP films to support customers throughout North America and beyond. “Davis-Standard collaborated with us to build a highly customized liquid coating line, making it possible to achieve unique film attributes and proprietary coating methods for new applications,” said Craig Ligda, Taghleef’s Director of Operations, North America. “We have improved film printability while validating differential coating methods that are essential to our customers.” Critical to the success of the line’s engineering and design was the collaborative efforts that took place at Davis-Standard’s Technical Center in Fulton, New York. Taghleef ran trials on Davis-Standard’s pilot line to prove and test equipment technology prior to purchase. According to Larry Mauer, Taghleef’s Senior Director of Operations for North America, Davis-Standard worked with their team to quickly address issues while guiding them through all project phases, from R&D and design to installation and qualification. “We definitely had obstacles to overcome, but our teams did an excellent job of working through problems quickly and anticipating what was needed. This line not only allows us to support our current coating methods but is equipped to support future needs. The tandem coater is exemplary in terms of precision coating on both sides and enabling us to handle new OPP applications from our Terre Haute facility,” said Mauer. Davis-Standard is an industry leader in liquid coating systems used for tapes and labels, silicone-coating products, and in specialty coating markets. One of the primary advantages for customers such as Taghleef is Davis-Standard’s ability to custom engineer a solution from a product portfolio of more than 50 liquid coating processes. This Davis-Standard advantage is bolstered by R&D capabilities that enable customers to evaluate and validate structures and processes or new markets and applications for film and paper substrates. “We were able to innovate throughout the full scope of the project to address our liquid coating needs today and in the future. This is a new technology for us, and it will be a game-changer in terms of our ability to serve OPP film customers. We are already realizing the benefits of bringing these films to market,” added Ligda. For more information about Taghleef Industries, visit www.ti-films.com. For more information about Davis-Standard’s liquid coating capabilities, contact us today!
Davis-Standard’s Packaging Innovations at Pack Expo
[caption id="attachment_6203" align="alignnone" width="700"] Full Davis-Standard flexible packaging line built for profitability.[/caption] Davis-Standard will promote a range of equipment solutions for packaging applications at booth SU7473 during Pack Expo, September 27-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nev. Davis-Standard will highlight extrusion and converting platforms in cast film, blown film, extrusion coating, liquid coating, slitting, sheet, thermoforming, winding and unwinding. This includes the multi-layer film and winding technologies of Brampton Engineering, thermoforming expertise of Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL), and slitter rewinders of Deacro; all Davis-Standard companies. “We look forward to reconnecting with customers to discuss new innovations in packaging technology and how our equipment portfolio can address current and future goals,” said Danis Roy, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Sales, Films and Flexible Packaging. “As manufacturers move toward evolving packaging formats, sizes and shapes, factors such as line speed, better equipment designs for new structures, and minimized waste are even more important. As the leading OEM for extrusion and converting markets, we collaborate with customers to address their specific packaging objectives while helping them increase production rates, lower total costs, and address sustainability and circular economy objectives.” Davis-Standard equips packaging customers with total solutions, extruder through downstream equipment. This includes a range of process control options and feedscrews, and a robust aftermarket and 24/7 service program. Performance machinery for both flexible and rigid packaging is available under one umbrella along with R&D capabilities for lab trials to qualify equipment and processes. Whether it is developing a proprietary coating method, attaining specific film properties, improving web handling or winding speed, or maintaining a consistent thickness for foam and sheet products, Davis-Standard offers the technical knowledge and industry leadership to support packaging quality, sustainability, and profitability. Specific to each process area, Davis-Standard offers custom and standard engineering options. Examples of high-demand application areas Davis-Standard supports include: Cast film: High barrier, hygiene, protective, stretch, fluoropolymer, and TPU films Extrusion Coating: Flexible packaging, aseptic packaging, fabric coating, board coating, paint protection, and specialty films Liquid Coating: Battery separators, window/paint protection film, specialty and silicone release liners Unwind/Winding and Slitting: Large range of inline and offline options for diverse applications Sheet/Thermoforming: Foam, flexible, rigid, and thermoformed sheet for heavy-gauge, high-density PE, low-density PE, PMMA, PS, ABS, PET, high barrier, and high-temperature applications Blown Film: Industrial films and bags, barrier films, can liners, laminating films, stretch films, agricultural and membrane films, food packaging For more information about Davis-Standard’s packaging capabilities prior to the show, visit www.davis-standard.com/market_solutions/packaging/. To schedule an appointment for the show, contact us today.
Davis-Standard Readies for International Elastomer Conference
Davis-Standard will showcase elastomer solutions and support services at Booth #1533 during the International Elastomer Conference, October 4 – 7, in Pittsburg, Penn. Davis-Standard’s new Model 4000AG fully automated crosshead for elastomer hose applications will be exhibited along with the company’s DSREV extruder, and Uth roll-ex® gear pump/strainer system with a 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. The Model 4000AG is based on Davis-Standard’s successful fleet of manual Model 2000, 3000, and auto 3000A crossheads. This latest design provides closed-loop, stepper-driven automatic control of tube concentricity and wall thickness in a hands-free, low-maintenance package. Hose producers can improve product dimensional qualities while safely increasing material savings during start-up and product size changeovers. More consistent hose, minimized scrap, and ease of operation all equate to considerable cost savings and safer manufacturing practices. The Model 4000AG is also beneficial from the perspective of operational safety and user-friendliness. For concentricity adjustment, operators use a joystick instead of wrenches. Wall thickness modifications are stepper-driven, eliminating the need for hand tools and intrusive thickness measuring devices. The crosshead also features an HMI touchscreen interface to streamline functionality and operation. Many existing Model 2000 and 3000 heads can be retrofitted to take advantage of the Model 4000AG automated design features. 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. 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 advantages include improved filtration, reduced material retention time, and a small footprint for easy integration into existing lines. For more information prior to the show or to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our sales team members, contact us today.
Interview with Plastics in Packaging and Zach Ament, “Remote control”
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Interview with Plastics in Packaging and Thermoforming Systems LLC, “On top form”
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Davis-Standard’s Pawcatuck Plant Celebrates 365 Days Injury-Free
[caption id="attachment_6136" align="alignnone" width="525"] Davis-Standard’s Connecticut Safety Committee[/caption] Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that its largest manufacturing facility in Pawcatuck, Conn., recently celebrated 365 days without a lost-time injury accident. This tremendous milestone follows the first priority in our SURPASS operational system, which is Safety. All of the credit in reaching this milestone goes to the hard work of our fully empowered safety committee and the employees in Pawcatuck. Davis-Standard’s COO, Dan Guthrie said, “empowering all employees to work safely, participate in training sessions, conduct area inspections, sharing global toolbox talk lessons learned, and a continuous desire to put safety first are the major contributors leading to this milestone.” Mike Newhall, Vice President of Manufacturing, said, “maintaining an injury-free workplace at all of our locations is a top priority. The safety manager in Pawcatuck, Ryan Steele, has invested a lot of time and energy into several initiatives that are making a significant difference.” Ryan said, “this milestone is validation of the Safety Committee’s dedication and the commitment by all of our employees to achieve daily standards of excellence. We will continue to be diligent with the goal of celebrating this milestone at every Davis-Standard manufacturing facility worldwide.” Check out Davis-Standard's bi-weekly safety tips on LinkedIn.
Davis-Standard’s Elastomer Solutions at RubberTech China
Davis-Standard, LLC will market elastomer extrusion solutions encompassing product capabilities and support services at booth #1A113 during RubberTech China, October 20-22, in Shanghai. The exhibit will highlight innovative solutions including the new model 4000AG (automatic) crosshead as well as the company’s expanded manufacturing space at Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Machinery Co., Ltd. “We look forward to reconnecting with our customer base in Asia and beyond,” said Joe Wnuk, Vice President of Davis-Standard Elastomer and Profile Systems. “Now more than ever, it’s important to look at best practices in terms of equipment performance, employee safety, innovative products, and supply chain efficiencies. We are eager to work collaboratively with customers to develop and support solutions specific to the Asian marketplace.” Davis-Standard engineers elastomer equipment for the production of tires, automotive hoses, adhesives and sealants, recreational equipment, construction, and medical applications. Elastomer-specific technology is designed for efficiency and performance, including the DSREV extruder and the company’s latest crosshead design, the Model 4000AG crosshead for rubber hose applications. This crosshead helps reduce scrap and accelerate start-up times for smaller lots. The results in material savings, quick product changes, simplified maintenance, and improved quality are significant. In addition, a hydraulic pump system is not needed, and the compact design does not require hoses.   According to Wnuk, “One of the best features of this automatic design is the precision adjustment, which contributes to material savings due to tighter tolerances within specifications. This is especially valuable with frequent product and dimension changes, which are becoming more common.” 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 can 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 smaller footprint to integrate into existing lines. This is all supported by Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Machinery, Co., Ltd., which is central to the company’s regional presence in Asia. Developments in machine building and assembly, inventory and aftermarket services, field service engineering, and installation at customer sites have been essential to supporting customers. Davis-Standard’s Suzhou facility also achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, validating processes across the board, internally and externally. This serves as a benchmark for the company’s commitment to operational quality and process improvement. Contact us to schedule an appointment at the show! Or view more information about our elastomer extrusion systems, here.
Jay Baxter Joins Davis-Standard’s Converting Systems Team
[caption id="attachment_6117" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jay Baxter[/caption] Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Jay Baxter has been appointed to Commercial Product Director – Liquid Coating. Baxter will be responsible for growing Davis-Standard’s global business in liquid coating and will support strategic initiatives. Baxter comes to Davis-Standard from Neenah, Inc. (formerly Neenah Paper) where he was marketing director, managing a team responsible for technical papers including sandpaper, masking tape, medical packaging and sensitive labels. He also spent 18 years with Kimberly-Clark in a variety of roles including sales, marketing, purchasing, operations, and process engineering at the staff level and within non-woven fabric mills. “We are pleased to have Jay’s range of experience and knowledge as we expand our reach in liquid coating applications,” said Danis Roy, Davis-Standard Vice President of Sales, Films and Flexible Packaging. “One of his first projects as a new process engineer was to purchase and install Davis-Standard feedscrews. He understands the paper and nonwovens market and Davis-Standard equipment capabilities, which will serve our customers well as they pursue quality, efficiency, and profitability.” Baxter has a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in business administration. He has been a member of the National Air Filtration Association, Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), European Adhesive Tape Association (AFERA), Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA), and is a founding member of the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council. Click here for more information about Davis-Standard’s liquid coating capabilities.
Joe Guigli Promoted to Vice President, Aftermarket Sales
[caption id="attachment_6110" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joe Guigli[/caption] Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Joe Guigli has been promoted to Vice President, Aftermarket Sales – North America. Joe will lead a dedicated team to advance customer service goals, field sales coverage, and improve market penetration throughout the United States and Canada. Guigli brings more than 13 years of Davis-Standard experience to his position having held various leadership roles including regional sales manager, inside aftermarket sales, and product manager. He will build and manage an expanded aftermarket field sales team that will better serve Davis-Standard’s broad customer base with dedicated personnel for each territory. In addition, Davis-Standard is seeking candidates for coverage in three new regions, which include the West, upper Midwest, and Northeast/Canada. “Joe’s aftermarket expertise and leadership of a dedicated team better positions us to provide resources and support to customers,” said Zachary Ament, Executive Vice President of Davis-Standard. “North America continues to be a strong and growing market for us. Providing customers with aftermarket products that improve operational efficiency, application development, and other profitability-driven goals is essential. Those interested in joining the North American team, please visit our careers page. For more information about Davis-Standard’s aftermarket services, click here.
Davis-Standard’s New MEDD Design Defines Sleek Operability
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce the launch of its upgraded MEDD extruder design for medical tubing applications. The sleek new design builds upon the first MEDD model to simplify extruder cleaning, maintenance, and operator accessibility. The MEDD is Davis-Standard’s signature extruder for tight-tolerance medical tubing applications, including microbore, multi-lumen, and catheter tubing. Operational advantages include a compact footprint, interchangeable barrel assembly, linear machine movement, a replaceable feed section liner, Windows® PLC control system, and the capacity to process a broad range of thermoplastic materials and high-temperature resins. “The new MEDD design is essentially a more sophisticated version of our first model,” explained Kevin Dipollino, Senior Product Manager for Davis-Standard’s Pipe, Profile and Tubing business. “The electrical enclosure/machine base and cigar hood are now stainless steel to provide smoother surfaces for easier cleaning. In addition, we improved cable management throughout with specified cable lengths, cable storage, defined cable routing, and an improved configuration. We also added access flip-down doors for easy access to simplify material draining and accessibility when changing the barrel.”   The ability to quickly change barrels for faster material change over or different diameter barrels is a significant benefit of the MEDD. This extruder design has a horizontal slide to easily move the motor and barrel section to mate to the customer downstream and a cantilevered feature at the front of the extruder for loading and unloading the barrel onto a cart during changeovers. Additionally, the new model also has a bidirectional hood vent to improve air circulation. The MEDD is available in three product ranges,  ¾  – 1 inch, 1 – 1.25 inches, and 1.25 – 1.5 inches. In addition, Davis-Standard’s state-of-the-art Technical Center in Connecticut, which is equipped with our MEDD extruders, is also available for all your R&D needs. We have options for making parts for proof-of-concept, experimenting with new resins, conducting materials development, and testing equipment prior to making large capital investments. Davis-Standard’s engineering team can also customize your feedscrew design based on your process specifications. For more information about the MEDD extruder, Davis-Standard’s capabilities, or to book a lab trial for medical tubing, click here to contact us.
Davis-Standard to Showcase New Design MEDD Extruder at Plastec West
[caption id="attachment_6002" align="alignnone" width="525"] The sleek new MEDD design reflects medical industry expectations with all components completely encased and stainless steel surfaces throughout.[/caption] Davis-Standard, LLC will exhibit its upgraded MEDD (Medical Extruder Direct Drive) extruder design while running a swab stick line at booth 4024 during Plastec West in Anaheim, Calif., August 10 – 12, 2021. The new MEDD design reflects medical industry expectations with components encased and stainless steel surfaces throughout for ease of cleaning. The running line will feature a 1-inch (25mm) MEDD along with DS-eVUE controls, a Conair vacuum tank, puller/cutter and blowoff conveyor, as well as a Guill Tool die and Zumbach gauging system. The sleek new MEDD design merges high-performance with cleanroom convenience. Stainless steel electrical enclosures, hoods and guards make for easy cleaning and a compact footprint. Cable management is improved with an enclosed plug plate area at the front of the machine including an access door, as well as a cable divider above the front door for wire bundling and separation. Specific to the extruder, there are provisions for cable routing, a bi-directional hood vent, and access doors to enclose the feed section cooling and material drain port. The access doors on both sides of the barrel allow the operator easy access for quick removal and changeover of the barrel assembly. Processors can take advantage of various MEDD models with interchangeable barrel assemblies in the following sizes: ¾ – 1 inch, 1 – 1.25 inch and 1.25 – 1.5 inch sizes, each with a 24:1 or 30:1 L/D. “We are excited to introduce the new MEDD extruder design at the Plastec West Show. Not only is this a very versatile machine, but it is even better suited for cleanroom environments than its predecessor”, said Kevin Dipollino, Davis-Standard’s Senior Product Manager of Pipe, Profile and Tubing Systems. “For purposes of the show, we are demonstrating the capabilities of our MEDD extruder as well as our system capabilities, by running swab sticks. During the height of COVID, the ability of our customers to supply swab sticks for testing was key to supporting pandemic efforts.” The DS-eVUE control has been a cost-effective option for medical processors. It is built for mid-size systems, involving up to three extruders, that require data collection or communication to third-party line controls. The control’s PLC is customizable and available with graphic overviews, custom reports and real-time or historical trending capabilities. The DS-eVUE operator interface utilizes an industrial panel  Windows®-based PC, a full-function SCADA (System Control and Data Acquisition), and a 19-inch widescreen monitor. Davis-Standard will be well represented at the Plastec West show this year, including Joe Wnuk, Kevin Dipoillino, Dr. Jason Baird, Tyler McKenna and Joe Guigli. For more information about the show, click here. To add Davis-Standard to your show planner, click here. For more information about Davis-Standard’s pipe, profile and tubing capabilities or if you have questions about the new MEDD design extruder, contact us here.