Davis-Standard Partners with Scantech Americas for X-Ray Technology

(Pawcatuck, Conn.)--Collaborating with innovative vendors to supply specific components for complete systems is a priority for Davis-Standard, LLC. One such vendor, Scantech Americas, enabled Davis-Standard to integrate an X-ray transmission scanner for measuring sheet thickness on a proprietary PET system installed this past year. Scantech's gauging system is highly accurate in measuring plastics' thickness, enabling the customer to make a better, flatter, and more reproducible sheet in less time. The scanner on the PET line referenced is used in conjunction with Davis-Standard's EPIC control system, enabling the operator to make adjustments as needed. The result is a superior product with significant savings in terms of start-up time, reduced waste and material costs.

"Davis-Standard has done their share of due diligence in comparing our system to other vendors supplying Gamma and Beta gauges," said Rick Roth, Business Development Manager for Scantech Americas. "They have tested our X-ray technology for almost a year on as many applications as possible, and the results have been better than expected. It is a pleasure working with a customer who is knowledgeable in so many applications and willing to spend considerable time testing new vendor technology."

In addition to Davis-Standard sheet applications, Scantech has been working with Davis-Standard's Converting Systems Group on cast film, laminated film, stretch film and non-woven applications. Scantech utilizes X-ray transmission to measure sheet or film thickness instead of Gamma Backscatter or Beta Ray technology. The online X-ray transmission is non-nuclear and provides accurate measurement for flat material production processes. Scantech's measurement systems provide gauging for thickness, weight, material composition, edge reading, web width, surface roughness, defect detection, moisture and more.

"As processing technology evolves, we are always looking to partner with companies that integrate forward-thinking solutions that improve customer products while saving them money," said Al Chrisbacher, Vice President of Davis-Standard Sheet Systems. "Scantech's technology assimilates well with our systems. We were very pleased with the results on the PET line and look forward to future projects."

Scantech, headquartered in France, has been manufacturing X-ray systems for 18 years. With success in Europe and Asia, the company most recently started manufacturing systems for North and South American customers. Scantech was the first company to introduce low energy X-ray sensors for film applications, specifically bi-oriented films. The company manufactures a complete range of scanners as well as ergonomic software solutions. The company's automatic profile regulation is one of the fastest and most reliable in the business.

For more information about Scantech, visit www.scantech.fr. For more information about Davis-Standard's sheet systems, contact Al Chrisbacher at achrisbacher@davis-standard.com.

Luann Kupka
Marketing & Sales Administration Manager
Extrusion Systems

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