Davis-Standard, LLC, Hall 8.1, Booth D19, will promote the company’s recent expansion and equipment innovation during CHINAPLAS 2018 in Shanghai. Among Davis-Standard’s latest developments are the recent acquisition of Maillefer, the company’s strengths in Suzhou, expanded dsX flex-pack™ technology for extrusion coating, and new stretch film capabilities. Davis-Standard will also exhibit a MEDD extruder (Medical Extruder Direct Drive). Asia’s medical and packaging segments continue to be strong for Davis-Standard, and this will be reflected at the show.
Davis-Standard’s acquisition of Maillefer in 2017 expanded the company’s wire and cable, pipe and tube equipment offering, and added facilities in Finland and Switzerland to better serve customers, including those in China. Wire and cable capabilities include automotive, building wire, coaxial cable, LAN, fiber optic MV, HV and EHV among others. For pipe and tube applications, this includes automotive, heating and plumbing, irrigation, medical, micro-duct, off-shore and custom lines. The Maillefer addition complements Davis-Standard’s presence in China with Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Plastics Packaging Machinery, Co., Ltd. The Suzhou facility is Davis-Standard’s manufacturing base in China, offering equipment for FPVC medical tubing and co-extrusion applications as well as assembly of electrical control panels, extruders and gearcases.
In addition to manufacturing, Suzhou is home to an R&D laboratory to support Asia’s growing medical market. The lab is equipped with technology such as the MEDD extruder (being shown) to test a range of rigid and flexible products as well as FPVC tubing for IV & fluid delivery. Applications include microbore tubing, multi-lumen and catheter tubing, endotracheal and tracheotomy tubing, radio opaque tubing, bubble tubing, taper tubing, pipette tubing and multi-layer tubing, among others. The MEDD is specifically engineered for these tight tolerance applications due to its compact design, energy efficiency and materials versatility. Advantages of this extruder model include linear movement, a replacement feedsection liner, interchangeable barrel assemblies and Windows®-based control system.
In terms of dsX™ technology, Davis-Standard will highlight its latest dsX flex-pack model, the 300S. This single station extrusion and laminationg line is designed specifically for the Asian flexible packaging market. It is a collaboration between Davis-Standard’s teams in the U.S. Germany and China, addressing the pricing, machine footprint, speeds and output, and shorter runs demanded by converters. Davis-Standard is also engineering a tandem configuration of this machine called the dsX flex-pack™ 300T. Davis-Standard plans to have its first dsX flex-pack 300S available for demonstration in Suzhou by the end of the third quarter this year.
For stretch film applications, Davis-Standard offers a new stretch film line equipped with a DS S3 winder. Quality control, versatility and efficiency are hallmarks of this technology. 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 side-by-side DS S3 overlapping winder is essential to this capability, enabling maximum slit widths for hand-wrap, machine-wrap and jumbo rolls. This winder also makes it possible for converters to support multiple market segments on one winder. All features are advantageous for high-grade film operations.
Davis-Standard’s representatives look forward to discussing this and additional developments in Asia with customers during the show. For more information visit www.davis-standard.com, or www.davis-standard.com.cn.