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Davis-Standard Launches Global Sustainability Initiative
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce the formation of a global sustainability initiative that prioritizes resource conservation and supports circular economy
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Raje Dwaraka Joins Davis-Standard as Chief Financial Officer
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Raje Dwaraka has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In her new role, Dwaraka
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Popular Aseptic Packaging Installs Davis-Standard dsX™ 400 Line
Popular Aseptic Packaging, one of Pakistan’s leading packaging innovators, recently increased capacity with Davis-Standard’s German subsidiary ER-WE-PA GmbH’s installation of
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Sustainable Machinery Performance and Smart Factory Solutions Brought To You By Davis-Standard at K2022
Davis-Standard will exhibit machinery and process solutions that highlight a commitment to value, innovation, and sustainability during the upcoming K2022
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Past News

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 McGrath Elected as Members of the Davis-Standard Board of Directors
PAWCATUCK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Giovanni Spitale has been named Chief Executive Officer of Davis-Standard, a portfolio company of Gamut Capital Management. Mr. Spitale replaces Jim Murphy who has been elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. In addition, Davis-Standard has elected several individuals as members of its Board of Directors, including Brian Marston, Bill Barker and John McGrath, each of whom have significant experience within Davis-Standard’s markets. “I am extremely excited to join the Davis-Standard organization,” said Mr. Spitale. “Having spent considerable time in the polymer processing and broader capital equipment industries, I have long admired Davis-Standard’s leading position in the market, its unmatched engineering capability and the Company’s reputation as a strong partner to its customers through both original equipment and aftermarket support. I look forward to working with the Davis-Standard organization to continue to grow the business globally and support our world-class base of customers with differentiated product offerings and services.” “I want to thank the entire Davis-Standard organization for the many years of strong performance that we have collectively executed upon under my tenure as CEO,” said Mr. Murphy. “I am thrilled to continue to serve the Company as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and look forward to collaborating with Giovanni alongside the broader Board of Directors in this next and very exciting phase of Davis-Standard’s long history.” Mr. Spitale previously was Vice president of Commercial Parts within Boeing Global Services. In this role, Spitale had full responsibility for the profit and loss management, and strategic direction of Boeing’s $4 billion portfolio of commercial aircraft and engine parts businesses. Prior to his tenure at Boeing, Mr. Spitale was President of Customer Service and Support at Milacron. Alongside Mr. Spitale and Mr. Murphy, the Davis-Standard Board of Directors includes Dan Guthrie, Chief Operating Officer of Davis-Standard, representatives from controlling shareholder Gamut Capital Management, as well as Brian Marston, Bill Barker and John McGrath. Mr. Marston is currently President & CEO of Uniloy and was previously President of the Blow Molding and Extrusion businesses of Milacron. Mr. Barker was previously the President and CEO of Mold-Masters. Mr. McGrath was previously the CEO of Pactiv Evergreen. About Gamut Capital Management Gamut Capital Management is a New York-based private investment firm managing $1.5 billion in assets focused on the middle market. Founded in 2015, Gamut’s senior deal professionals have executed investments in over 50 companies in North America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.gamutcapital.com.
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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, April 25–28, in Shanghai. This includes technology in blown film, cast film, compounding/recycling, extrusion coating, foam, liquid coating, pipe, profile and tubing, sheet, elastomer, winding and unwinding. Davis-Standard will exhibit an HPE-075H 24:1 extruder, which is an example of the company’s high-performance extruder range for coextrusion and multi-layer applications. Davis-Standard’s installed base in Asia continues to grow as do vertical opportunities in aftermarket upgrades and options that improve efficiency, performance, and long-term sustainability. Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Machinery has been central to all efforts in the region with machine building and assembly, inventory and aftermarket support, field service and installations. Exhibit Highlights Specific to pipe, profile and tubing, Davis-Standard will promote its MEDD and SHO extruders and Maillefer their product line supporting several applications. The compact MEDD (Medical Extruder Direct Drive) is built 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. It is ideal for medical tubing and industrial tubing applications that require a cleanroom environment. The SHO (Super High Output) extruder is the latest addition to Davis-Standard’s groove feed technology. The SHO delivers outputs 20 percent higher than existing groove feed models. It is engineered with an improved feed section and high-performance, energy-efficient DSB® barrier screw. This is especially beneficial for high-viscosity HDPE applications such as pipe extrusion, where lower melt temperatures, reduced power consumption and improved energy efficiency are essential. Maillefer’s pipe and tube extrusion systems support markets encompassing medical, blown fiber micro duct, heating and plumbing, automotive, micro-drip irrigation, on- and off-shore flexibles, and other specialty and technical goods. These systems are engineered to provide value that makes a difference. Blown film microduct destined for FTTx data networks, multi-layer PEX-AI-PEX composite pipe for heating and plumbing, and multi-functional tubing for automotive applications are examples of the production capacity available from the Maillefer portfolio. In extrusion and liquid coating, Davis-Standard has demonstrated expertise in designing machinery for the circular economy. This includes mono-material structures, use of biodegradable resins, increasing recycled content, adding functionality with twin-screw technology, edge trim recycling systems, and energy-saving design features. For extrusion coating, Davis-Standard collaborates with customers to address precision gauge control, splice speed, simplified changeovers, better adhesion properties, high-speed transfer, and operator safety. In liquid coating, the focus is on helping customers attain the right viscosity, emulsion, pH, and adhesive characteristics for their products. Applications include tapes and labels, silicone-coating products, paint protection films (PPF), and specialty coating markets. Davis-Standard technology specific to the Asian marketplace is the dsX flex-pack™ 300S. This single station extrusion and lamination line is a collaboration between Davis-Standard’s design teams in the U.S., Germany and China. The 300S can support web widths from 650 to 1,350mm and is engineered for processing rates up to 300 meters per minute for paper, film, and aluminum foils with direct gravure primer coating and coextrusion lamination stations. Another example is Davis-Standard’s new stretch film line with DS S3 winder. The line offers a compact machine arrangement, ease of servicing, excellent profile control, consistent roll quality, and an intuitive control package. It is engineered for producing thin films from 31 to 51-gauge (7.8µ to 13µ) at high speeds. The DS S3 winder enables maximum slit widths for hand wrap, machine wrap and jumbo rolls, supporting multiple market segments on one winder. In sheet, Davis-Standard is excelling in high-output packaging, industrial thick sheet, appliances and medical markets. A new addition to Davis-Standard’s sheet line-up is the XP Express®- AGT (Active Gravity Touch) roll stand for the full range of sheet. The roll stand is available in three options depending on requirements. Each has a fully automated multi-roll gap nip, individual roll speed and temperature control, enhanced heat transfer, and an adaptable pull-roll design. This is augmented by a four-point Y-axis and traverse X-axis control to further support operator functionality. In addition, uniform cooling on both sides, double polishing capabilities, reduced web stress, and consistent web orientation and thickness control promote high-quality, flat sheet with desired clarity. Davis-Standard recently introduced the DS Activ-Check™, an Industry 4.0 platform for continuous monitoring, preventative maintenance, and mobile alerts. DS Activ-Check uses analytical tools based on long-term cloud data storage, along with process and equipment technology algorithms, to help management and production teams identify and improve product quality and line productivity. 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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 8 –11, 2022. Davis-Standard’s team will be available at booth #2256 to discuss a range of technologies, including the new DS Activ-Check, new CHP and SHO (Super High Output) extruder designs, the MEDD (Medical Extruder Direct Drive) extruder, film and sheet equipment, Maillefer pipe and tube solutions, and aftermarket capabilities. Davis-Standard supports a broad range of applications for customers in Mexico, Central America, South America and U.S., including agriculture, automotive, building and construction, consumer products, packaging, and medical markets. Following are technology highlights: DS Activ-Check – Davis-Standard’s Industry 4.0 platform for continuous monitoring, preventative maintenance and mobile alerts. DS Activ-Check uses analytical tools based on long-term cloud data storage, along with process and equipment technology algorithms, to help management and production teams identify and improve product quality and line productivity. SHO Extruder – As the latest addition to Davis-Standard’s groove feed product line, the SHO extruder delivers outputs 20 percent higher than existing groove feed models. Designed with a compact footprint, it is engineered with an improved feed section and high-performance, energy-efficient DSB® barrier screw. This is especially beneficial for high-viscosity HDPE applications such as pipe extrusion, where lower melt temperatures, reduced power consumption and improved energy efficiency are essential. CHP Extruder – Davis-Standard’s new extruder offers a space-saving coextrusion retrofit for extrusion coating applications within the U.S. and Mexico. With a smaller footprint and lighter weight to accommodate existing carriage or platform structures, the CHP addresses profitability factors such as raw material loss, improved outputs, and application flexibility. MEDD ExtruderThis compact extruder is built 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. Blown Film - Davis-Standard and Brampton Engineering supply 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, DSB® feedscrew designs, Streamlined Coextrusion Die (SCD®), and Optiflow and Vertex dies, each designed to process specific films. Cast Film – Davis-Standard supplies a broad range of solutions for cast films. The company’s modular stretch film line for high-grade film operations, CPP film, and high barrier films production include a compact machine arrangement, ease of operation and servicing, excellent profile control, consistent roll quality, and an intuitive control package. Davis-Standard has winders to accommodate the specific needs for application designed to simplify packing and future automation. Sheet Extrusion – Davis-Standard supplies complete systems and components to the packaging and industrial sectors. One recent development is the DS-Helibar® extruder. 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 regrind levels. Davis-Standard also offers thermoforming equipment for food packaging applications through TSL (Thermoforming Systems LLC). Davis-Standard also recently introduced the XP Express®- AGT (Active Gravity Touch) roll stand for the full range of sheet and cast applications. The roll stand is available in three options depending on requirements. Each has a fully automated multi-roll gap nip, individual roll speed and temperature control, enhanced heat transfer, and an adaptable pull-roll design. This is augmented by a four-point Y-axis and traverse X-axis control to further support operator functionality. In addition, uniform cooling on both sides, double polishing capabilities, reduced web stress, and consistent web orientation and thickness control promote high-quality, flat sheet with desired clarity. Maillefer pipe and tube systems – Maillefer’s pipe and tube extrusion systems support markets encompassing medical, blown fiber micro duct, heating and plumbing, automotive, micro-drip irrigation, on- and off-shore flexibles, and other specialty and technical goods. These systems are engineered to provide value for multi-layer pipe constructions, including those used in blown fiber microduct applications such as FTTx data networks, heating and plumbing pipe, and multi-layer automotive tubing. This includes the use of recycled materials in eco-friendly pipe and tube products. 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. 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Kyle Haley Appointed Aftermarket Sales Manager – Upper Midwest
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Kyle Haley has been hired as Aftermarket Sales Manager – Upper Midwest. Haley’s territory includes the states of Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Haley will focus on supporting existing installations and new opportunities within this territory, including marketing aftermarket products and services for all Davis-Standard brands. “Kyle’s industry knowledge and commitment to performance-driven aftermarket service is an asset to our North American team,” said Joe Guigli, Davis-Standard Vice President of Aftermarket Sales. “He understands the U.S. and Canadian markets, and his team-oriented approach will serve customers well.” Haley comes to Davis-Standard from Greiner Extrusion where he was an outside sales representative for extrusion tooling (profile) and downstream equipment. He has a bachelor of science in business from the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the American Marketing Association. Have questions for Kyle or marketing? Email us 
Davis-Standard to Promote Converting Expertise at ICE Europe
Davis-Standard will promote a range of converting technology at ICE Europe, March 15 – 17, in Munich, Germany, Hall A5, booth 1310. Davis-Standard’s team from the U.S. and ER-WE-PA, Davis-Standard’s subsidiary in Germany, will promote extrusion coating, liquid coating, slitter rewinder machinery, specialty cast film, and aftermarket capabilities. This includes Davis-Standard’s new cloud-based IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform, DS Activ-Check, enabling converters to take advantage of digital transformation for preventative maintenance and improve operations. We have demonstrated expertise in designing machinery for circular economy. This includes mono-material structures, use of bio-degradable resins, increasing recycled content, added functionality with twin screw technology, edge trim recycling systems, and energy-saving design features. Extrusion Coating – Davis-Standard offers the industry’s most versatile equipment platform for extrusion coating and laminating applications. From laboratory-size systems for R&D to five-meter-wide systems for industrial materials, Davis-Standard collaborates with customers to address precision gauge control, splice speed, simplified changeovers, better adhesion properties, high-speed transfer, and operator safety. All equipment, including extruders, controls, coaters and laminators, winders and unwinders, is engineered for reliability, minimal waste, consistent performance, and profitability. This includes dsX flex-pack™ extrusion coating product line and dsX 400 aseptic packaging line. The dsX flex-pack™ excels in extruder performance, web handling, lamination bonding, unwind splice efficiency and winding for mid-range packaging applications. The dsX 400 is a triplex extrusion coating and laminating line for paper, aluminum foils and/or films used in aseptic packaging. Liquid Coating – With more than 50 standard and custom liquid coating products, Davis-Standard is experienced in helping customers attain the proper viscosity, emulsion, pH, and adhesive characteristics for their products. Applications include tapes and labels, silicone-coating products, paint protection films (PPF), and specialty coating markets. Davis-Standard can address low to high-speed applications, narrow and wide applications, simple lines with a dedicated coater, as well as complex coating lines with multiple cartridge coaters. In the growing area of PPF, Davis-Standard offers a complete system, including the extrusion and solution coating components. Slitter Rewinder Machinery – Deacro Industries, a Davis-Standard company, supplies slitter and rewinder technology for applications in food packaging, medical packaging, industrial products, pressure-sensitive labels, and others. This includes salvage rewinders, slitter rewinders, turret slitters, and core cutters. Unique to Deacro are roll lock differential air shafts, closed-loop rewind tension control, and auto core placement to improve processing efficiency. Deacro also excels in automation to reduce set-up times by minimizing roll loading times between finished sets, simplify maintenance and streamline roll packaging. Existing manual slitter rewinders can be upgraded with automated technology to improve performance. Cast Film – Davis-Standard supplies a broad range of solutions for cast films. The company’s modular stretch film line for high-grade film operations, CPP film, and high barrier films production include a compact machine arrangement, ease of operation and servicing, excellent profile control, consistent roll quality, and an intuitive control package. In addition, Davis-Standard has winders to accommodate the specific needs for application designed to simplify packing and future automation. DS Activ-Check – Davis-Standard’s Industry 4.0 platform for continuous monitoring, preventative maintenance and mobile alerts. DS Activ-Check™ uses analytical tools based on long-term cloud data storage, along with process and equipment technology algorithms, to help management and production teams identify and improve product quality and line productivity. AftermarketAll equipment is supported by regional aftermarket services. This includes an extensive spare parts inventory, timely 24/7 customer service, global technical capabilities, rebuild and retrofit services. For inquiries prior to the show or to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Davis-Standard Introduces Multi-use XP Express® – AGT Roll Stand
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce the introduction of the XP Express® - AGT (Active Gravity Touch) roll stand for both sheet and cast extrusion. As the latest addition to Davis-Standard’s XP Express® roll stand portfolio, the AGT model features greater automation and process control for the full range of sheet (nominal 8 to 60 mil) applications. Processors benefit from technical and bottom-line advantages of the roll stand’s inverted-down, multi-roll design. This unique arrangement facilitates improved die nip management and handling, efficient web cooling and conditioning capabilities, precision roll drive control, and high-performance web path options. In addition, the XP Express® AGT addresses low melt strength resin delivery from die slot to nip, and expands the processing of thin gauge sheet. “The XP Express® - AGT is our most versatile and operator-friendly roll stand model yet,” explained Steve DeAngelis, Davis-Standard’s Vice President of Sheet and Foam. “It builds upon the sustained success of our existing product line to offer more automation and roll control along with smarter ergonomics and a space-saving footprint. This design is also engineered for both sheet and cast extrusion to give processors flexibility to support more applications, especially in rigid and flexible packaging.” The XP Express® - AGT is currently available in widths from 36 to 80 inches (900 to 2,000mm) and with process rates up to 5,500 pounds per hour. Processors can choose among three AGT roll stand options depending on specific requirements. Each option offers a fully automated multi-roll gap nip, individual roll speed and temperature control, enhanced heat transfer, and an adaptable pull-roll design. This is augmented by a four-point Y-axis and traverse X-axis control to further support operator functionality. In addition, uniform cooling on both sides, double polishing capabilities, reduced web stress, and consistent web orientation and thickness control promote high-quality flat sheets with desired clarity. Processors can integrate this rollstand into an existing line or collaborate with Davis-Standard to engineer a solution that addresses current and future operational goals. Have questions or want to learn more? Contact us. Disclaimer: This Roll Stand XP Express® – Active Gravity Touch (AGT) is not offered and sold to customers in and from the Federal Republic of Germany at any time in the past and in the future. -  Das Walzengerüst XP Express® – Active Gravity Touch (AGT) wird zu keinem Zeitpunkt, weder in der Vergangenheit noch in der Zukunft, einem Kunden in und aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland angeboten.
Ken Vargas Appointed Regional Sales Manager – Aftermarket
Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that Ken Vargas has joined the Aftermarket team as Regional Sales Manager – Aftermarket, representing the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico. Vargas will focus on supporting existing installations and new opportunities within this territory, including developing and marketing aftermarket products and services for all Davis-Standard brands. Vargas comes to Davis-Standard from Coperion Corporation, where he served as a project engineer for material handling modernization. In this role, he helped modernize existing material handling and conveying systems to increase throughputs and production capacity for chemical, oil and gas, food, and mineral manufacturing applications. Vargas holds a Six Sigma Yellow Belt from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston. “Ken brings a proven engineering background and technical expertise to our North American team,” said Joe Guigli, Davis-Standard Vice President of Aftermarket Sales. “His communication skills, understanding of mechanical processes, and knowledge of ongoing systems improvement will be an asset to customers and our aftermarket initiatives.” For more information about our aftermarket services, please visit our parts and upgrades webpage here.
Davis-Standard to Highlight dsX™ and High Barrier Cast Film Technology at Interplastica
Davis-Standard will begin its 2022 tradeshow season in Moscow, Russia, at Interplastica, January 25 - 28. In Hall 2.2 at booth D07 in the Swiss Pavillion, representatives from Maillefer and from ER-WE-PA, Davis-Standard’s subsidiary in Germany, will be available to discuss technology for blown film, cast film, extrusion coating, foam, profile, tube, and sheet applications. A specific focus will be Davis-Standard’s  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. 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 speed up to 450 meters per minute, and processing speeds up to 400 meters per minute. In addition, the line is equipped with automatic unwind and rewind splicers for speed and processing efficiency. This is a single-source system with Davis-Standard supply of extruders, feedscrews, and extrusion dies to support customer requirements For lower-speed flexible packaging applications, Davis-Standard offers the dsX flex-pack 300S. 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. To support diverse barrier structures, Davis-Standard offers high barrier cast film capabilities for seven, nine, eleven, or more layers. Extruders are mounted on a platform above the casting unit and are engineered to support a range of resins, including PA, PE, mPE, PP, PET, EVOH, and tie structures. Processors can attain finished web widths from 2000mm to 3600mm, and line speeds up to 150 meters per minute, web thickness from 75 to 300 microns, and a max roll diameter of 1200mm. Maillefer’s pipe and tube extrusion systems support markets encompassing medical, blown fiber micro duct, heating and plumbing, automotive, micro-drip irrigation, on- and off-shore flexibles, and other specialty and technical goods. These systems are engineered to provide value for multi-layer pipe constructions, with each layer providing functional features and advantages. This includes the use of recycled materials in eco-friendly pipe and tube products. For questions or inquiries, please contact us.
Peak Nano Installs Davis-Standard Line for Innovative Capacitor Films
[caption id="attachment_6577" align="alignnone" width="525"] Peak Nano, film on turret winder[/caption] Peak Nano Films, a U.S.-based nanotechnology leader, recently commissioned a Davis-Standard cast film line for processing a breakthrough dielectric film for capacitor applications. With this new equipment, Peak Nano Films has moved into production to serve automotive, military, electrical grid, and industrial markets. This new nanolayered film represents the first major materials improvement for solid-state film capacitors in decades. Davis-Standard collaborated with Peak Nano’s team to validate the process and tailor cast film machinery based on the company’s unique product requirements. “We have grown with Davis-Standard throughout this endeavor,” said Mike Hus, Peak Nano Film’s senior vice president of engineering. “Davis-Standard’s technical expertise enabled us to collaborate on new processes and define machinery features prior to purchase. We value Davis-Standard’s experience and systems-oriented approach in helping make this film a reality.” Peak Nano Films’ modern dielectric film structure overcomes current technology challenges to provide longer capacitor life, higher temperature resistance, greater breakdown strength, and a smaller footprint for capacitor designs. This includes two to four times the energy storage and temperatures up to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit). As a result, capacitor producers benefit from additional design freedom and the potential for reducing systems costs for end-users. According to Chris Oseredczuk, senior production engineer at Peak Nano Films, the Davis-Standard line is performing well. “We are highly satisfied with the line’s performance and Davis-Standard’s ongoing support. Their sales, technical, parts, and field service teams have provided a timely response during all phases, including initial engagement and acceptance.” Davis-Standard’s web handling expertise and scrap reduction strategies have been pivotal in helping Peak Nano Films deliver this film and other innovative products. In addition, a custom feedscrew design built specifically to adapt to the process requirements for this dielectric film has also been advantageous. For more information about Peak Nano Films, visit www.peaknano.com. For additional information about our cast film products, visit our webpage. If you'd like to speak with a sales representative regarding our cast film solutions, please contact us.
Rebounding with Renewed Purpose and Thoughtful Innovation
If there is one theme that captures 2021 for our industry, it is making a strong comeback after an unexpected year in 2020. Across the board, we have seen our industry rebound in equipment sales, application development, improved machinery technology, advances in environmental sustainability, and more. We learned much from the challenges presented by the pandemic, moving forward with renewed purpose in how we do business and creating opportunities for performance-driven innovation. It has been inspiring working alongside you, our customers, as we have forged ahead during a year of significant progress. Thank you for your trust in our ability to provide timely service and equipment technology that supports your processing goals and profitability. As we enter 2022, we have a positive outlook bolstered by industry-wide gains made over the past year. We anticipate food and protective packaging and agricultural films to remain strong, along with the medical, pipe, telecom, and building/construction markets. We’ll also see an uptick in industrial markets linked to infrastructure and alternative fuel transportation, as well as power markets that support off-shore wind and solar. This is an exciting time to be in our industry! We also recognize that global supply chain delays are affecting all of us and not just our industry. We are doing our best to manage this relative to our needs to support our commitments to you. Our goal is to mitigate delays the best we can by working diligently with our suppliers and being proactive in our approach. Regarding adjustments post-pandemic, we’ll continue to hire employees to address growth and use virtual tools to support you with troubleshooting and other needs when we cannot address them in person. We also look forward to more in-person tradeshows, events, and conferences. Some shows we’re planning to attend in the first and second quarters of 2022 include Interplastica, Plastindia, Plastimagen, ICE Europe, PT Expo 2022, MD&M West, Chinaplas, and Wire Dusseldorf. We have exciting news on the technology front, with some of you already taking advantage. Our equipment strategy evolves around industry trends and customer demands. For example, we have seen an increased need for automation to better utilize existing personnel, facilitate operational readiness, and increase production outputs. We’ve also seen more demand for processing bio-materials and mono-material structures to address environmental concerns while also reducing the overall amounts of processed material. We continue to address these trends with highly efficient equipment and feedscrew designs, including equipment with a more compact footprint and the use of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) to provide continuous process monitoring and better performance analytics. We’ve also done our best to keep you informed of trends and best practices through a series of informative virtual seminars and webinars. We hope you’ve been able to take advantage of some of these as they covered a range of relevant topics. Examples of new technologies introduced in 2021 that address the above are our DS Activ-Check, XP Express® AGT next generation roll stand, and SHO and CHP extruder series for high outputs. The DS Activ-Check is a custom-designed, cloud-based platform that leverages systems and strategies offered by the IIoT. This tool harnesses digital transformation to simplify complex process data to increase operator effectiveness, leading to reduced downtime, better product quality, and reinforced operator safety. The configurable platform engine uses analytical tools based on long-term cloud data storage along with process and equipment technology algorithms to help management and production teams identify and improve product quality and line efficiency. We anticipate the implementation of this technology to grow in 2022 as the industry fully takes advantage of the benefits of Industry 4.0. The XP Express®- AGT (Active Gravity Touch) roll stand can be used for both sheet and cast extrusion for the full range of sheet and cast applications. The roll stand is available in three options depending on requirements. Each has a fully automated multi-roll gap nip, individual roll speed and temperature control, enhanced heat transfer, and an adaptable pull-roll design. This is augmented by a four-point Y-axis and traverse X-axis control to support operator functionality further. In addition, uniform cooling on both sides, double polishing capabilities, reduced web stress, and consistent web orientation and thickness control promote high-quality, flat sheet with desired clarity. In terms of extruders, we launched our new SHO and CHP series. Both extruders offer a more compact footprint with higher outputs to address profitability factors. With all components enclosed, these sleek designs extrude at rates up to 100 percent higher than traditional machines and provide faster purges between resins/colors. As a result, customers can benefit from reduced raw material loss, improved transition times, greater flexibility for upgrades, and better production outputs. The SHO is engineered for large-scale applications. The CHP offers coextrusion benefits for extrusion coating applications due to its compact footprint, lighter weight, and higher output. And these are just a few examples. We are in a strong position to continue investing in machine tool upgrades that support manufacturing of key process components, as well as ongoing R&D investments, strong aftermarket services, and employee development. This is bolstered by the recent news that Davis-Standard was acquired by New York-based private equity firm Gamut Capital Management, L.P. We are excited to partner with Gamut during this next phase of our long history of providing highly engineered solutions to you, our industry-leading customers. Gamut resources will enable us to accelerate growth within various markets while ensuring you have the value-added resources and machinery technology needed to support your production and bottom-line objectives. In closing, we are grateful for you, our customers, and the positive impact you make each day as you bring essential and influential products to market. Thank you for being on this journey with us. We wish you good health and all the best in the coming year!
Davis-Standard’s Compact CHP Extruder Delivers Big Performance
  Davis-Standard is pleased to introduce a new compact extruder engineered for extrusion coating applications – the CHP. The machine’s sleek design offers a smaller footprint and lighter weight to allow for easier addition to an existing carriage or platform structure. This provides processors with a space-saving replacement or coextrusion addition for increasing outputs and line speed. “This design addresses profitability factors such as reduced raw material loss, improved outputs, and greater application development,” said Danis Roy, Davis-Standard Vice President – Sales Films & Flexible Packaging. “The CHP is built for exceptional performance with improved transition times and significantly higher processing rates than conventional extruders. We’re excited about the results we’ll see in the field.” The CHP is available in sizes ranging from 2 inches (52mm) to 100mm. Processors benefit from efficient mixing that delivers low pressure and melt temperature variability and output rates up to 80 to100 percent higher than current extruder options. In addition, a reduced residence time of 3:1 with a faster purge between resins and colors supports quick changeovers minimizing raw material loss for bottom-line impact. Davis-Standard has a CHP extruder at its laboratory facility in Pawcatuck, Conn., for customers to run trials and validate processing opportunities prior to purchase. For more information about the CHP or Davis-Standard’s extrusion coating capabilities, contact us today!  
Davis-Standard’s SHO (Super High Output) Offers Next Level Groove Feed Performance
  Davis-Standard is pleased to introduce the latest in the company’s groove feed innovation with the launch of its SHO extruder. Equipped to save space while offering outputs up to 20 percent higher than existing groove feed models, the SHO is engineered with an optimized feed section and high-performance, energy-efficient DSB® barrier screw. This is especially beneficial for high-viscosity HDPE applications such as pipe extrusion, where lower melt temperatures, reduced power consumption and improved energy efficiency are paramount. “Improving energy efficiency equates to tangible savings for your operation while reducing your carbon footprint,” said John Christiano, VP Technology. Groove feed extrusion technology contributes to improving your bottom line while providing uncompromising melt quality. “The SHO builds upon our existing groove feed technology with a more streamlined, compact footprint and even greater performance in terms of output and energy savings.”   The SHO features Davis-Standard’s next-generation gearcase to optimize valuable production space along with a streamlined hopper, low-profile power panel, rugged base, and all components fully enclosed. Advantages include improvements in output, output consistency, melt quality, reduced purging/changeover time, and energy efficiency. It is available in sizes ranging from 2 to 6 inches (50 to 150mm) with an L/D of 42:1. For more information about the SHO or Davis-Standard’s groove feed extrusion capabilities, contact us today.