Davis-Standard to Showcase New Design MEDD Extruder at Plastec West

The sleek new MEDD design reflects medical industry expectations with all components completely encased and stainless steel surfaces throughout.

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 Dipolllino, Dr. Jason Baird, Tyler McKenna and Joe Guigli.

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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.

Davis-Standard to Market Fabric Coating Innovation at Techtextil North America

Davis-Standard, LLC will promote the company’s extensive fabric coating portfolio at booth #1615 during Techtextil North America on August 23 – 25, 2021 in Raleigh, N.C. Davis-Standard offers a range of performance technology for high-volume fabric coating applications as well as high-value engineered textile composite applications. This includes extruders, controls, feedscrews, unwinds and winders, laminators, extrusion coaters and web handling equipment.

For high volume applications, processors can extrude LDPE, PP, HPDE and LLDPE blends in a variety of structures, with speeds up to 1500 feet per minute (450 mpm), thickness range of 15 to 400 microns and typical web widths up to 160 inches (4000 mm). Applications include lumber wrap, underlayment, house wrap, membranes, and industrial packaging. Davis-Standard will highlight its high-output CHP extruder for flexibility as well as an in-line coater with priming on one or both sides to promote adhesion for manufacturing multiple products on the same line. The CHP accommodates existing carriage or platform structures, and can easily fit into tight spaces for retrofits, coextrusion upgrades, and as a replacement extruder to increase output and line speed

For high-value engineered textile composite applications, Davis-Standard’s in-line coating and laminating machinery supports consistent and reliable adhesion. Applications include chemical-resistant garments, footwear, and protective outerwear as well as multiple products for the food, marine and aviation industries. Davis-Standard’s equipment can support speeds up to 330 feet per minute (100 mpm), thickness range of 15 to 2500 microns and typical widths up to 126 inches (3200 mm). Coaters are capable of coating one or both sides of the web for product adaptability. Applying the primer in-line has been advantageous in helping converters avoid a secondary process while also providing in-house quality control and intellectual property protection.

“We look forward to participating in Techtextil North America in August,” said Sumeet Kumar, Director of Strategic Marketing for Davis-Standard Converting Systems. “This show represents every vertical aspect of the technical textile industry, so it presents a great opportunity for us to network and gain exposure among decision-makers. Fabric coating is a growing market segment for us and we are well-equipped to support converters with the type of cost-saving efficiency they need to be competitive.”

For more information about Davis-Standard’s fabric coating capabilities prior to the show, visit here.

Davis-Standard to Promote Range of Technology at Converter’s Expo

Davis-Standard will promote a broad portfolio of technology solutions August 9-10, 2021, at Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, Wisc., in booth 75. Davis-Standard will highlight standard and tailored liquid coating lines for window and paint protection, specialty products, PSA and silicone release liners, as well as unwind and winding options for diverse applications. The complementary slitter rewinders portfolio of Deacro Industries, acquired by Davis-Standard in 2019, will be showcased in adjacent booth 74.

Davis-Standard’s liquid coating lines are designed for lowest uniform coat weights with technology for quick change and reduced waste. The cartridge coater enables quick web change-over, a fast-sleeve change system without breaking the web, and increased productivity. Unwinds are built with a reliable high-speed splice for reduced waste, stub roll capability and to minimize tail length. Winders feature stationary knife transfer for high-speed transfers and reduced fold-over waste. Control systems reduce “dial-in” time and include process monitoring and troubleshooting to assist with performance. Davis-Standard is also able to retrofit existing lines to improve performance.

Davis-Standard collaborates with customers to offer standard and custom liquid coating options to serve global film and flexible packaging, construction, automotive and medical converting markets. The company also offers comprehensive product development in their state-of-the-art technology solutions centers as well as 24/7 after-sales support and service.

For more information about liquid coating equipment options prior to the show, visit here. For Deacro Industries, visit here.

Eagle Manufacturing Adds Fourteenth Davis-Standard Blow Molder

Gary Byers on the left and Rocco Salatino on the right with the SE16540D Blow Molding System

Longtime Davis-Standard customer, Eagle Manufacturing, recently commissioned its fourteenth Davis-Standard blow molding machine to support industrial safety markets. The 40-pound dual accumulator head machine, installed in May, is primarily being used for molding large storage drums made of chemical-resistant high-density polyethylene. Eagle Manufacturing is one of the leading sources of industrial storage, handling and security products in the world. This includes fire prevention safety equipment for hazardous materials, environmental protection spill containment devices, and specialized storage products. Disposal cans, safety cabinets, column protectors, outdoor ashtrays, parking stops, spill containment pallets and rack guards are all part of Eagle Manufacturing’s extensive product portfolio.

“We have been a Davis-Standard customer for over 30 years,” said Dave Harvey, Eagle Manufacturing’s Vice President of Operations. “Our highly skilled craftsmen and operators have grown to trust Davis-Standard for reliability and great equipment performance. This latest blow molder has already been excellent with even faster cycle times than our existing machines. One of the best improvements from previous models is the cooling design with forced air blowers on the barrel. We’re able to attain consistent process temperature control without dealing with the maintenance of a closed-loop system.”

As with prior installations, Davis-Standard collaborated with Eagle Manufacturing’s team to engineer machine specifications according to their processes and product range. Custom feedscrew designs, part consistency, responsive parison control, cycle-to-cycle precision and efficient wall distribution have been instrumental in helping the company deliver high-quality products with excellent value to their customers. In addition to supplying Eagle Manufacturing with new equipment over the years, Davis-Standard has retrofitted used non-Davis-Standard machines to improve performance. Quality control upgrades, spiral core tube retrofits, head reconditioning and replacement screws have added internal efficiencies, which are essential to Eagle Manufacturing’s one-stop operation, which takes products from concept to design, to testing and market-ready.

“Our business is built around three principles; integrity, innovation and customer service,” added Harvey. “Our product design, methods and processes, and getting products to market in a timely manner have been foundational to our growth and success. We are grateful to have a partner like Davis-Standard that supplies the machinery technology we need to provide market leadership and superior products.”

For more information about Eagle Manufacturing, visit www.eagle-mfg.com.

For more information about Davis-Standard’s blow molding capabilities, click here.

Davis-Standard Honors Seven Retirees Representing 250 Years of Combined Service

Essential to Davis-Standard’s success has been the quality and longevity of the local talent employed there. Ever since Davis-Standard started building extruders at the Pawcatuck location in 1948, employees from the greater Westerly-Pawcatuck area have been fundamental to the company becoming a global leader in extrusion technology. Davis-Standard was honored to celebrate seven retirees this year, representing more than 250 years of combined service, at a luncheon held last month. Following is a listing of each employee, their hometown, number of years at Davis-Standard, and a quote by their immediate supervisor.

 

 

 

Bob Shafer, Stonington, 50 years – “Bob has been a dedicated employee who came in every day ready to get the job done. He was our go-to guy for all panels and controls systems.” – John Paride, assembly supervisor

Ernie Rathbun, Westerly, 47 years – “Very diligent employee and a great guy who worked extra hours whenever asked. Ernie was critical to our machining team with a wealth of knowledge, most notably in barrel machining.” – Kevin O’Leary, machining supervisor

Ralph Caddick, Westerly, 45 years – “He was always willing to work with other employees in assisting us with training and quality assurance. ‘Chuck’ took pride in making sure our feedscrews were the quality customers expected.” – Neil Violette, supervisor

Dwight Kuhl, Westerly, 32 years – “Dewy has been a reliable employee we could always count on, giving his best effort every day. He could change jobs with ease, doing every aspect of machine assembly. He could do wire, pipe, hydraulics, assembly; whatever was needed.” – Dan Hartley, assembly supervisor

Bob Thomson, Groton, 32 years – “Bob has been someone we can depend on with all aspects of quality inspection. He has always worn black Harley Davidson t-shirts to work, and is known as ‘Harley Bob’ to all of us.” – Brenna Johnson, quality inspection supervisor

Steve Allen, Charlestown, 31 years – “Steve is a hard worker who is willing to help anyone. His knowledge in building and rebuilding a variety of Davis-Standard brand extruders made him extremely valuable to our aftermarket team.” – Larry Bowen, assembly supervisor

Jeff Tattersall, Pawcatuck, 16 years – “Jeff always has a smile on his face and was ready and willing to help train others within our assembly area. He went above and beyond and got along with everyone.” – John Paride, supervisor

“It is always a bittersweet day when we celebrate the retirement of such outstanding employees and people,” said Jim Murphy, Davis-Standard President and CEO. “We are happy for them, but at the same time, will miss seeing them every day and the positive attributes they brought to our team. On behalf of Davis-Standard, I thank them for their valuable contributions to our company and wish them well in retirement. They have certainly earned it!”

Jim Chura Joins Davis-Standard’s Aftermarket Team

Davis-Standard is pleased to announce that James “Jim” Chura has been hired as an aftermarket sales engineer to support Davis-Standard’s converting customers in the Southeast U.S. and Mexico. Chura brings 14 years of industry knowledge to his new role having held various sales and management positions, most recently as a regional sales account manager for ABB of Raleigh, N.C. This includes broad experience supporting customers in the paper, converting and packaging markets. He will be responsible for driving aftermarket sales, addressing technical aspects of customer inquiries and quotations, and providing after-sale assistance to customers.

“Jim understands the converting industry and the needs of our customers in the Southeast U.S.,” said Andrew Alaya, Davis-Standard Vice President of Aftermarket Sales. “He has an excellent understanding of customer needs and available converting technologies and upgrades. This aligns well with our goal of using aftermarket services to help our customers get the most from their equipment investment while improving profitability and product quality.”

Chura is a member of TAPPI (the Technical Association for the Pulp, Paper and Converting Industry), and is TAPPISAFE certified. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia.