(Bridgewater, N.J.) - Due to demand for custom coextruded heavy-duty film applications, Integra Plastics of Madison, South Dakota, recently purchased two high-output, three-layer blown film systems from Davis-Standard, LLC. The systems will occupy a new facility, slated for completion the beginning of 2012, and will support Integra's film and sheet processes for industrial and agricultural membrane applications. This is the company's second Davis-Standard purchase since 2005.
"Davis-Standard did an excellent job on the last project with timing, equipment specifications, service, and after-sale support such as expedited spare parts delivery," said Michael Green, president of Integra. "We also appreciate their process expertise and technical support. Davis-Standard has unique winder solutions for our diverse product range and can help us achieve greater capacities with new air ring technology. We look forward to quickly moving this new facility to production."
The systems will be equipped with several features that support Integra's approach to serving customers. One system will produce film up to 100-inches (2,500mm) wide and 8-mils thick through the use of Davis-Standard's new Vertex co-extrusion die and Triple Lip air ring technology. The Vertex die is engineered for tight gauge distribution and control while the Triple Lip increases cooling capacity over traditional dual lip designs. This system will also include SLC-1000 (Sliding Lay-on Carriage) surface winders for winding larger rolls. The SLC controls the winding force via pneumatics instead of hydraulics, and has better shaft performance for rolls wound on cores up to 6 inches (150mm).
The second system will produce gusseted tube films with a 24-foot (7-meter) circumference in a thickness of 10 mils and other widths to 40 mils. This machine will wind rolls of 48 inches (1,200mm) in diameter on a Model 1580 winder. Both lines feature finished roll unloading, roll carts and shaft extractors to minimize operator involvement. Davis-Standard's user-friendly Integrator(TM) supervisory control will monitor both systems. The Integrator is becoming popular among the extrusion web industry because it allows for full control of layer ratios and IBC (internal bubble cooling). All machine settings are done through a graphic touchscreen system, and multiple levels of security and system backup help minimize downtime and keep lines operational.
"We convert a broad range of polyethylene and polypropylene products, so having the right machinery is essential," added Green. "Davis-Standard has done a great job specifying equipment that gives us the production range and results we need to support existing and new customer demands."
For more information about Integra Plastics, visit www.integraplastics.com. For more information about Davis-Standard's blown film capabilities, contact Rick Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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