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EDITORIAL

The ‘K’ catalyst

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he timing seems to be just right! With K 2010 - the biggest show on earth for the plastics & rubber fraternity – returning this month after three years, it is heartening to see brisk economic recovery in the global mega trends, especially that of the emerging markets. Beyond the slowdown, it is more reassuring to observe that the pace of business revival has been quite faster than the rate at which it slumped last year. As the market dynamics evolve, innovative products along with state-of-theart manufacturing processes will harbinger added change. The focus will be on leveraging highly flexible and customised manufacturing processes to substantially raise productivity levels coupled with better product quality and less downtime. However, at the moment, ensuring product availability and maintaining delivery timelines with necessary service support seem to be the main focus of the industry. The question is – how does an organisation make that differentiation and get an edge over the competition? Well, going by the changing user perspective, the answer lies in delivering complete solutions rather than merely supplying some products. Besides, with eco-awareness on the rise, it is imperative for the industry to continuously

trim down the carbon footprint on the part of both producers and end-users. Technology upgradation is another area that calls for immediate attention as well. In a holistic view, it is essential to practise continuous improvement in all aspects of business. While the sudden slump of last year has thrown several unique challenges, it has also brought in many new prospects. As ‘constantly changing customer needs’ is the only ‘constant factor’ in the manufacturing arena, the role of visionary organisations that pursue innovation (in products & processes) and smart talent management may provide that additional winning edge. This Special Edition reflects all these and more! Turn to the exclusive ‘Leaders Speak’ section in ‘K Special’ to discern what some of the captains of the global plastics industry have to say. Believe, you will gain from exploring this eclectic mix of latest news, views and analysis as much as we enjoyed putting it together! At this ‘K’, our coordinates are Hall: EN1 / Booth: 03. Hope to see you there!

Editorial Advisory Board A E Ladhabhoy Plastics Technologist

Dr Sushil K Verma Former Director General, CIPET

Dr Swapan K Dhara Regional Technical Head, Basell Polyolefins India Pvt Ltd

Mohan K Jain MD, Indoplast & past president, AIPMA

P P Kharas Chairman, Ecoplast

Raman M Patel Chairman, Industrial Products Mfg Co

Vijay Merchant President, Polycraft

Manas R Bastia

Editor manas@infomedia18.in

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CONTENTS

Design Innovations

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Product designs and innovations

’K’ 2010 Special Curtain Raiser 48

K 2010: A ‘K’aleidoscope of opportunities

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In the News

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Arvind Mehta, CMD, Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt Ltd and Immediate Past President, Plastindia Foundation Bipin Shah, Vice President, Plastindia Foundation C N Doshi, Chairman, Rajoo Engineers Ltd Frank Peters, Member of the Management Board, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH Gerardo Chiaia, President, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Husky Kurt L Freye, Director of Sales Worldwide, Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion GmbH Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) India R K Shethi, Managing Director, Maharashtra Maha Polyplast Pvt Ltd Satish Padmanabhan, Chief Executive Officer, STEER Engineering Pvt Ltd Subba Bangera, Managing Director, Sidel India Vijay Merchant, President, Polycraft and Member of Governing Council, ICPE

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K 2010 Showcase

Leaders Speak

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Facility Visit

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Neoplast Engineering Pvt Ltd: Pursuing the ‘neo’ way

Sector Watch 102

Injection moulding: Shaping a new world

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Ancillary equipment: Riding the automation wave

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Design automation in mould design: Gaining an engineering edge Manoj Mehta, Country Manager - India and SAARC Operations, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp

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Transmission laser welding of thermoplastics: Securing the joints

Market Trends Know-How

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Performance Metrics Courtesy: BASF SE

Management Mantras 126

ERP in SMEs: Mapping the route to excellence Satish Radhakrishnan, Consultant, Savoir Faire Management Services Pvt Ltd

Advertorial 130

Projecting ‘A promising Pune’

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Book Shelf .................... 136

National News............... 26

Product Update............. 138

Asia News ..................... 32 World News................... 38 Events Calendar........... 132

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Product Inquiry............. 149 Advertisement Inquiry........ 151 Product Index............... 154 Advertisers’ List ............ 162

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NATIONAL NEWS EXPORTS

RECYCLING

India to be a new market for European recyclers

Europe’s plastic recycling industry is too dependent on China and it aims at opening up scrap exports to places like India, the Middle East and Africa, according to their trade groups. “China and Hong Kong together comprise 90 per cent of Europe’s 3.3 million metric tonne of scrap plastics exports in 2009, leading to a dependency that is a serious problem for Europe,” said Surendra Borad, Chairman, plastics committee of the Brusselsbased industry trade group, the Bureau of International Recycling. BIR will open markets in India. It believes that India could easily import up to one million metric tonne of plastic for recycling every year, five times the current levels. According to Borad, the Indian Government considers plastic scrap a waste, rather than a potential resource, so it limits imports. Besides PET, about 30 companies can import plastic waste for recycling. BIR is in touch with the Environment Ministry in India to ensure that there are no new restrictions. ACHIEVEMENT

First anniversary of LANXESS India celebrated in Nagda

On the completion of one year of operations, after the acquisition of the chemical and wind-power businesses of a leading Indian chemicals company, LANXESS in Nagda, Madhya Pradesh, celebrated its first anniversary on September 1, 2010. To commemorate the occasion, Joerg Strassburger, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India and Neelanjan Banerjee, Director, LANXESS India addressed all

Neelanjan Banerjee, Director, LANXESS India

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Indian plastics exports to rise by 10 per cent in 2010-11

India’s plastics exports are likely to grow by 10 per cent in the current fiscal from an estimated $ 3.2 billion in 2009-10 on account of demand revival in the Western markets. The exports were impacted during the last fiscal due to demand slowdown in the US and the EU, which together account for over 30 per cent of the outward plastic shipments. Manoj Agarwal, Chairman, Plastics Export Promotion Council, said, “Exports are showing signs of recovery in the Western markets. We expect that exports would grow by about 10 per cent in 2010-11.” While the exports in the current year are likely to grow over 2008-09, the expansion would be less than what it was in the

employees. For LANXESS, the plant in Nagda is integral to the company’s growth strategy in India. Additionally, the 20hectare site has commendable infrastructure and offers room for capacity expansion in line with the growth in customer demand. During last year, the plant has earned several laurels for LANXESS. One example is the recognition from Indian Chemical Council which bestowed the Water Resource Management Award on the company for the innovative use of biological sewage treatment and subsequent post-treatment by reverse osmosis (RO) technology to recycle domestic sewage water and harness it for industrial use. Strassburger congratulated the team in Nagda for having run operations successfully. Banerjee added, “I am also proud of the team and I am hopeful that we will together reach an even higher level of performance in the times to come.”

pre-economic crisis years. Earlier, exports were growing between 15 and 20 per cent, he added. The Council said that if the government provides marketlinked incentives for the US and the EU to plastics exporters, it would significantly enhance overseas shipments. Plastics exporters get such incentives in several African and Asian countries. When the proposed plants of oil companies like ONGC and GAIL would become functional, the availability of raw material for the plastics sector would increase, which in turn would help the industry.

JOINT VENTURE

Yapp sets up JV fuel tank plant in India China’s Yapp Automotive Parts and its Indian partner, Zoom Developers have set up a joint venture YAPP Automotive Parts and Zoom Developers enter JV blow-moulding plant at a Ford Motor supplier park in Chennai. The $ 12.8 million plant will have a capacity of about 250,000 tanks a year, of between 30 and 100 litre. This is a significant expansion into India’s growing market for Yapp, China’s largest maker of plastic fuel tanks. Yapp, based in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, owns 51 per cent of the venture with Zoom taking 49 per cent. Mumbai-based Zoom is a diverse conglomerate with interests in engineering, infrastructure and IT. According to Zoom’s website, its plastic fuel tank production uses JSW co-extrusion sequential blowmoulding machines. It acquired both mono-layer and multi-layer HDPE fuel tank production equipment from Nissan Motors. Yapp claims 50 per cent of the market for plastic fuel tanks in China and supplies to both domestic companies and the Chinese factories of global automakers like Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Hyundai Motors, etc.

NATIONAL NEWS SUPPORT

SME plastics exporters call for government aid for growth

Indian plastic exporters are seeking government support, as the sector, which largely comprises small and medium enterprises, has been facing many challenges. Manoj Agarwal, Chairman, Plastics Export Promotion Council, said, “The plastics industry is passing through a difficult phase. The Eurozone crisis and volatility of the Rupee are posing problems, while infrastructure and

lengthy documentations at lower levels are longterm challenges.” The Indian plastics industry is fragmented with around 25,000 firms employing over 3.5 million people. Over 85 per cent of the industry comprises SMEs, with the SSI sector dominating at over 75 per cent. The industry has over 2,200 exporters. While the government has provided additional options for forex risk management in terms of over-thecounter hedging tools, the exporters in the SME sector that dominate the plastics industry are not geared for forex hedging. Major trading partners of the Indian plastics sector, like the EU and the US, have shown negative growth in the recent months.

INFRASTRUCTURE

India gets ‘green’ roads through recycled plastic

KK Plastic Waste Management collects thousand of tonnes of waste plastic from garbage bins across India’s IT hub through a network of municipal workers, rag pickers and its own employees. The plastic is then shredded and mixed with asphalt to form a compound called polymerised bitumen. When used in paving, it withstands monsoons, daily wear & tear to reduce pot holes better than traditional methods. Professor C E G Justo, highways and roads expert, said, “The process of mixing plastic waste in road construction enhanced the performance of the road. It (waste plastic) gets into some of the voids of the bituminous mix and makes it more resistant to deterioration under wet weather conditions.” Ahmed Khan, the MD of the firm, said, “Every day 10,000 tonne of waste plastic is generated and it all goes into landfills, where it does not bio-degrade.” The company has contributed towards laying about 1,400 km (870 miles) of roads with its product.

AWARD

Sai Machine Tools bags first prize for quality products in plastics processing machinery Indore-based Sai Machine Tools has been awarded the first prize for quality products in micro & small enterprises in the plastics processing machinery category by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. Ashok Jaiswal, Managing Director, received the National Award from President Pratibha PCPIR

French investments sought in petrochemicals

The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Srikant Kumar Jena, recently addressed a large number of industry associations and consultancy groups at the Investor Meet in Paris to promote the policy resolution for promotion of petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment regions (PCPIR) policy of the Government of India. He emphasised on the 28

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Devisingh Patil, in a ceremony recently held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Sai Machine Tools aims at continuous improvement in developing quality products and has developed attractiveness of Orissa as an investment destination for French companies in the PCPIR at Paradeep, Orissa, which is under the process of approval by Government of India. He mentioned that within the proposed PCPIR of Orissa, there could be SEZs, plastic parks and growth centres, which would provide investment opportunities in the entire value chain of petrochemicals. During the visit, the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) of India

three-layer pipe plant, which is used for hot- and cold-water transportation. The enterprise, established in 1989, has installed more than 1,100 plastics extrusion lines globally till date. It manufactures machines for PVC pipes, wires & cables, plastic coating, blown film, etc. Its investment in plant and machinery increased from ` 56.86 lakh in 2006-07 to ` 89.61 lakh in 2008-09. The company exports to Nigeria, Bahrain, Uganda, Kenya and Republic of Yemen.

Srikant Jena

signed an MoU with the European Higher Institute for Enterprise & Techniques at a formal ceremony in France in the presence of Jena.

NATIONAL NEWS REVIVAL

Indian Oil to revive stalled petrochem, LNG projects

Indian Oil has recently revealed its plans to use the proceeds of its followon public offering to revive shelved petrochemical and liquefied natural gas projects. India’s largest listed petrochem company by sales had to put some projects on hold because its cash flow was restricted after it sold auto and cooking fuels at state-set discounted SUSTAINABILITY

Bioplastic unit commissioned in Ahmedabad

Greendiamz Biotech, manufacturer of environmentally safe plastic products, has set up its first unit to manufacture sheets and bags dedicated to only bioplastic. The product, called Truegreen, will serve as an alternative to plastic for consumer and industrial products. Truegreen film is made from Biolice raw material,

which is a biodegradable polymer. Biolice is certified as ‘Kompostierbar’, which is in accordance with European Standard EN 13432. This guarantees the product’s complete decomposition by soil bacteria within 180 days to produce good quality humus, suitable for use in gardening or agriculture. Greendiamz Biotech has tied up with French firm Limagrain for sourcing Biolice. The Ahmedabad facility is spread across an area of

INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN

Grundfos flags off ‘Incredible Indian Pump Yatra’ in Ahmedabad Grundfos India, a subsidiary of Grundfos, Denmark, has recently flagged off an innovative initiative, ‘Incredible Indian Pump Yatra’, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. A fully equipped business lounge on wheels, the vehicle has a series of interactive displays of a wide range of industrial pumps, and will

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prices. It is now planning a follow-on public offering by January, through which it will sell fresh shares equivalent to 10 per cent of its equity to raise about ` 100 billion ($ 2.15 billion). Brij Mohan Bansal, Chairman, Indian Oil, said that the share sale proceeds will help the company to revive petrochemical projects in Orissa and Gujarat, as well as a 2.5 million tonne LNG terminal and an associated 1,000 MW power plant in Ennore, Tamil Nadu. The petrochemical project in Orissa is likely to cost ` 150 billion, while the one in Tamil Nadu will cost about ` 80 billion. These plans follow the government’s decision to lift state control on gasoline prices and eventually deregulate diesel prices. The federal government owns 78.92 per cent of Indian Oil. It plans to sell 10 per cent of this stake through the follow-on offer to raise funds for infrastructure and social welfare.

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7,200 square yard. The unit has a capacity to produce 4,000-5,000 tonne of bioplastic film, sheets and other products. It has been set up at an investment of ` 40 crore. The company intends to provide biodegradable packaging solutions to the sports brand, Reebok.

introduce breakthrough technologies, as it travels to various cities in the country. The vehicle, with a floor space of 800 sq ft, will enable the visitors to gain hands-on experience on Grundfos products and solutions. The new range of pumps introduced by the global major has design features that not only conserve energy but also save space. Ranganath N K, Managing Director, Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd, said, “Our intensive research in the market

NEW LOGO

Kabra in a new avatar

Kabra, a Kolsite group company has been in the business of manufacturing extrusion machinery and equipment for the past four decades. A strong foundation of ethics and infallible

quality has rewarded it with success and has helped it position itself as a trusted partner for various industries in India and abroad alike. Kabra has recently launched its new logo, communicating to the world that its values are deeply imbibed in the roots of the company. With partnerships like Battenfeld Cincinnati and American Maplan Corporation, Kabra has enriched the Indian industry with German and American technology respectively. Its ‘dedication to technology’ is evident with its constant innovations and technological collaborations. Kabra has had a tradition of customer service since its inception. Business continuity of its customers at all costs has always been a top priority at Kabra. Such is its ‘devotion to service’. These values have helped it to serve the industry with top quality extrusion machines and rise in ranks to the global stage.

revealed that in many engineering industries, there exists a great potential for energy savings, even in the small and medium range pumps. Grundfos has energy-efficient pumps to address this gap.”

ASIA NEWS NEW FACILITY

MTR technology used in a new plant for OCTAL

OCTAL Petrochemicals recently signed a contract with Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build a 550,000 tonne per year plant for the production of PET resin. The contract for delivery of two lines, unique to OCTAL, will use the state-ofthe-art melt-to-resin (MTR) technology DEMAND DROP

Decline in Asian naphtha prices amid surplus stock and dwindling demand The demand for Asian naphtha has dwindled, as Asia’s top spot naphtha buyer, Formosa Petrochemical Corp, did not issue a tender to seek the petrochemical feedstock ahead of a major cracker shutdown. As per ICIS, the spread between H2-October and H2-November contracts flipped to a contango of minus 50 cent/bbl,

EVENT

High performance thermoplastics conference in Singapore Following the successful conferences on high performance thermoplastics held in Singapore in 2006 and India in 2007, Chatsworth Hall has announced the latest conference to be held in Singapore in 2011. Engineering plastics are finding new applications in areas where traditional materials have always

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proprietary to Uhde Inventa-Fischer. The expansion to OCTAL’s existing capacity will be built at OCTAL’s existing PET complex in Salalah, Oman. This new plant will transform OCTAL into the largest packaging-grade PET manufacturer on one site. The first plant produces PET sheets and bottlegrade chips, which also use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s MTR technology. MTR technology has considerable advantages in terms of quality, investment costs, raw material usage and utilities consumption, resulting in a significantly lower carbon footprint of the production. In addition, it offers other benefits in terms of cost savings, enhanced productivity and efficiency, which will provide a competitive edge to the company.

NOVEL TECHNOLOGY

Coal-to-olefins company in China sets up UNIPOL polypropylene plant The use of UNIPOL polypropylene (PP) technology from Dow Basic Plastics Licensing and Catalysts, a business group of Dow Chemical Company (Dow), continues to grow at a rapid pace in China. China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Baotou Coal Chemical Company is the latest company to start up a plant using this technology and is the first in China to manufacture PP made from coal-generated olefins. According to the company, its gassification technology converts coal

and has remained at this level at the start of the week. The spread was valued at plus $ 2.50 per tonne in backwardation earlier this month. Backwardation refers to a market where spot prices are higher than future prices, representing strong demand for prompt cargoes. Contango refers to a market where spot prices are lower than future prices, signifying weak demand for prompt cargoes. H2-October naphtha crack spread against October ICE Brent crude futures weakened to $ 101.20 per tonne from $ 117.08 per tonne in early September. While the arbitrage window to ship European naphtha to Asia remained shut, the old cargoes of 100,000-150,000 tonne of Mediterranean naphtha, due to land in Asia in October, is faced with problems in securing buyers.

into a synthesis gas (or syngas); syngas is used to produce methanol, which is transformed into olefins – a building block for producing polypropylene. UNIPOL PP process technology is an all gas-phase process for producing the broadest range of polypropylene resins. Its simple design is consistent in product quality and energy efficiency, requiring no equipment for handling, separating or recycling solvents. The fluidised-bed reactors and high performance systems give manufacturers the flexibility to produce homopolymers, random co-polymers and impact co-polymers.

maintained prominence due to certain restrictive environments or performance requirements. This could be where high temperatures are encountered or where chemical resistance is of importance or weight is a consideration or even where f u n c t i o n a l stability has to be maintained. Singapore has

been chosen as the venue since the polymer manufacturing and compounding industries, as well as the plastics processing and fabrication industries, are well advanced. This conference, therefore, would be of significant interest and provide a suitable forum of discussion, for global manufacturing companies, resin manufacturers, compounders, designers, process engineers, R&D specialists, plastics fabricators & material suppliers.

ASIA NEWS APPROVALS

Environmental clearance granted to Sinopec-Kuwait refinery in China

China has g r a n t e d environmental clearance and approved technical review of a $ 8.7 billion refinery and petrochemical joint venture between Sinopec and Kuwait. The venture, to be built in southern coastal city Zhanjiang, includes a 3,00,000 bpd refinery

EXPANSION PLANS

Petro Rabigh to focus on fastgrowing markets of China, India R a b i g h Refining and Pe t r o c h e m i c a l Co (Petro Rabigh) plans to focus on the fast-growing markets of China and India as it undergoes expansion of its complex. As per ICIS, the expansion plans are part of a $ 10 billion development plan, as reported in Dimensions International. Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical awarded a feasibility study contract for the Phase II project to Japanese engineering and construction company JGC Corp last year, which is due to be completed in October this year. The Petro Rabigh complex currently houses a 1.3 million tpa ethane cracker, a PETROCHEMICALS

Outage fails to disrupt styrene monomer shipment from Pars Petrochemical to China

and a 1 million tps ethylene complex. The project awaits final state approval. The venture will be equally owned by Sinopec Group. Kuwait could scout for a second or third foreign partner for joint funding upon final approval. This venture will mark the foray of Kuwait into direct marketing and retail access in China. China, the world’s fastest expanding major fuel market, has long been dominated by oil duopoly Sinopec and PetroChina. For China, which now imports over half of its crude requirements, a commitment to receive long-term oil supplies from an exporter such as Kuwait is essential. Kuwait, the world’s seventh-largest crude exporter, aims eventually to export 500,000 bpd of crude to China, or double its target for this year. 300,000 tpa high density PE (HDPE) line, a 600,000 tpa linear low density PE (LLDPE) facility, a 700,000 tpa polypropylene (PP) plant and a 600,000 tpa monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant. Under the Phase II expansion project, Petro Rabigh would produce 2.5 million tpa of ethylene and propylene-based derivatives, including ethylene, polyethylene (PE), propylene, polypropylene (PP), propylene oxide and mono ethylene glycol. Petro Rabigh will de-bottleneck its ethane cracker at its existing refinery facility to produce an additional 300,000 tpa of ethylene. Among the new units planned are a 2,500-3,000 tpa naphtha reformer, which could produce 200-400 tpa of benzene and 800-850 tpa of paraxylene (PX), and a 90-120 tpa low density polyethylene (LDPE) line. The company would also produce more than 18 million tpa of petroleum-based products.

Pars Petrochemicals will ship upto 30,000 tonne of styrene monomer (SM) to China, despite the Assaluyeh plant being shut for over a week. Supply gap will be provided by the sufficient stockpile produced prior to the shutdown of its 600,000 tonne per annum SM plant. Under current plans, 15,000 mt of SM was expected to arrive in China by mid-September, while the second batch of 15,000 mt was expected by end of the month.

MEG DEMAND

South Korea’s auto industry driving MEG demand in Asia Strong growth in sales figures in South Korea’s automobile industry is driving demand for mono ethylene glycol (MEG). In August, South Korea’s number one and the world’s fifth-largest automaker Hyundai Motors reported a 17 per cent jump in

sales, affiliate Kia Motors witnessed a 55 per cent jump in sales. Both these automakers would introduce newer models this year. Even SSangyong Motors, which is in bankruptcy protection and has signed a preliminary acquisition agreement with India’s Mahindra and Mahindra, saw its sales more than triple last month from a year ago. MEG is used in the production of anti-freeze technology fluid used in automobile radiators.

The shutdown of its Assaluyeh SM plant was attributed to a disruption in the supply of feedstock benzene from its Borzouyeh Petrochemical’s 430,000 tpa plant. The shortfall in benzene was a result of plans to shift production to gasoline, to cope with a shortage caused by a cut off in sales of gasoline to Iran due to international pressure. Hence, normal operations at SM plant will restart by early October, once Borzouyeh resumes normal production of benzene.

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ASIA NEWS EVA RESINS

DuPont’s first EVA facility set up in China

DuPont has announced that production for ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) resins has begun at its joint venture, Beijing Hua Mei Polymer Company Ltd in Beijing. The facility is DuPont’s first operation to make EVA in China. “With local production, we have strengthened DuPont’s position in the world’s fastest growing EVA market and can better support our customers as they grow and expand to specialty products for highvalue applications,” said William J Harvey, President, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. DuPont will market the EVA products under the trademark of Elvax. The new facility follows the same global standard operating procedures and quality control processes as the products manufactured in other DuPont locations to ensure products meet the same high quality and performance specifications. The joint venture will supply a broad range of high-quality specialty EVA products and will serve market segments such as packaging, adhesives, wire and cable, footwear, renewable energy and electronics. EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES

Thai olefin major PTT Chemical exploring to invest in China In a bid to exploit rapid demand growth in China, Thailand’s PTT Chemical is seeking an opportunity to invest in new chemical production in the country. The company, South East Asia’s largest olefin maker, views China as its largest export market, and

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INVESTMENT

ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

A Chinese consortium is in a deal with National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) to invest $ 1 billion in petrochemical projects in Iran. It is the first time Chinese companies will participate in the construction or development of petrochemical projects there. Negotiations are also underway with several other countries for the development of Iran’s petrochemical industry. NIPC is also negotiating with Pektim Company (Turkey), and Yurukum Company (Singapore) about the construction of two methanol blocks, and with a company from Oman concerning the construction of urea and ammonia blocks in Hormuz. The company is in talks with Russia’s Sibour for building three petrochemical plants. Around 61 petrochemical projects

Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs has stated that though the planned Kuokuang petrochemical plant has met with opposition on environmental concerns, its construction seems imperative to ensure the competitiveness of Taiwan’s petrochemical

Chinese consortium to invest $ 1 billion in petrochemical projects in Iran

are to be carried out in Iran during the Fifth National Development Plan, raising the country’s petrochemical output to 100 million tonne per annum. The construction programme requires a total of $ 43 billion in investment. Contracts have already been signed for 28 of these projects. wishes to join the ranks of the major global petrochem makers who have a presence in China.

Kuokuang complex will ensure competitiveness of Taiwan’s petrochemical sector

sector. The Minister, however, acknowledged, and accepted that the environmental concerns are legitimate. Hence, the government will need to strengthen its role in strictly monitoring the sector to put the minds of residents living near the complexes at ease, while maintaining an appropriate scale of production. The Kuokuang complex, which has faced strong resistance, is to replace the fifth naphtha complex operated by state-run CPC Corporation that was committed to relocation by the government 20 years ago. The Minister contended that the Kuokuang project is a vital investment for Taiwan’s economy, as it cannot enjoy persistent growth without a sound petrochemical industry. Without the complex, midstream and downstream producers would be likely to leave Taiwan, leaving the local industry out of balance. The CPC Corp chain would be weakened, reducing the competition faced by the Formosa Plastics Group. However, PTT’s investment plans will depend on market demand with a focus on the lifestyle of its biggest markets – ASEAN and China. The new criteria for investment will require the adaptation of human management, as a novel way of thinking is needed to serve the new policy of the company. Its new investment strategy allows various options, from joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions to greenfield investment.

WORLD NEWS COLLABORATION

Powerful co-operation between blow-moulding equipment manufacturers

Kautex Maschinenbau has recently taken over international sales and services for Rikutec equipment. Both companies manufacture blow-moulding machines, but cater to different segments of the blow-moulding industry. They had collaborated on several projects in the

past. “Through our focussed partnering in services and sales, blow-moulding machine buyers will benefit in the future from a single source supply of a wider range of equipment solutions and service capabilities. The intended cooperation is not a joint venture. Both companies will remain separate corporate entities,” explained Andreas Lichtenauer, Managing Director, Kautex Maschinenbau. Elaborating on the same, Bodo Richter, Managing Director, Rikutec, said, “With Rikutec’s multilayer accumulator heads, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH will expand its product portfolio and service business in the area of large industrial packaging applications. And, in return we will participate in Kautex’ global sales and service network.” Both are leaders in extrusion blow-moulding technology worldwide.

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A proprietary, multi-matrix, thermoplastic material when combined with a variety of core materials produces a fibre-reinforced, thermoplastic structural panel. This can be formed, when required, into a wide variety of products. It has been developed by AeroQuest Technologies. The environmental benefits of this material are that it is recyclable and produces no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Its market benefits are that products made of this material are lightweight, highly impact-resistant, durable & impervious to water and most chemicals.

Compost label on a product guarantees that the item is biodegradable in an industrial composting plant. In order to qualify for this label, manufacturers must demonstrate that all components of a product or package, including inks, pigments and additives, meet EN 13432. “With environmentally-conscious consumers becoming more aware of the OK Compost certification, its demand is growing for packaging and consumer goods that earn this label. Using our exclusively certified colourants and advanced cascade process (ACP) high-density polyethylene plant in Münchsmünster, Germany. The startup follows two years of construction, preparatory tests and test-runs on the plant’s components. The plant enhances LyondellBasell’s flexibility to supply advanced HDPE grades to customers in Europe and the Middle East. Hostalen ACP technology surpasses standard bimodal HDPE performance by producing resins with an advanced toughness/ stiffness, balance, superior impact

resistance, higher stress & crack resistance, good organoleptics and processing advantages. Typical customer applications include thinwall packaging, caps & closures, large blow moulding and textiles for packaging. “Multimodal HDPE grades offer significant cost savings through processability improvements, downgauging and energy savings,” explained Tassilo Bader, Vice President, Polyethylene and Polyolefins Solutions – Europe, Asia & International, LyondellBasell Industries.

PolyOne achieves key certification for eco-friendly colourants and additives

BUSINESS EXPANSION

New thermoplastic material produces recyclable fibrereinforced material

additives helps customers to accelerate OK Compost approval of their products. Also, PolyOne can formulate applicationspecific solutions that are certified in advance,” said Marcel Dartée, Global Marketing Director - Biopolymers, PolyOne. Deliberating on the future goals, John Van Hulle, President, Global Color, Additives and Inks, said, “This achievement underscores PolyOne’s long-term commitment to sustainability, and represents the culmination of several years of developmental work. We will continue to expand the range of OK Compost certified solutions to support our customers in meeting the preferences of eco-conscious consumers.”

CLEAN LABEL

PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, announced the grant of OK Compost certification by AIB Vinçotte to its OnColor BIO & OnCap BIO masterbatches. This is the first time that this grant has been awarded to a full range of colourants and additives. AIB Vinçotte, an independent inspection organisation, grants OK Compost certification after verifying that a product meets EN 13432, a standard for compostability recognised in Europe, Asia and North America. The OK

CAPACITY ADDITION

WORLD NEWS SALE

ACCOLADE

Treofan Group, the biaxiallyo r i e n t e d polypropylene film producer, is considering the sale of Treofan Benelux, which owns a production site in Liége, Belgium. Interaction with a number of potential investors are at an advanced stage and negotiations could be concluded within the next few months. The Raunheim-based Treofan recently announced, “Our strategy is to focus on a smaller range of specialty BOPP films, especially in the areas of tobacco, electronics and in-mould labels,” said Carlo Ranucci, CEO, Treofan. Treofan intends to maintain close ties with the Belgian operation after the completion of the envisaged transaction. A tolling agreement would enable the Liége site to produce up to 20,000 metric tonne of BOPP annually for Treofan. Treofan would also cede some distribution rights of Treofan’s products to the new Belgian entity.

BASF has won an ÖkoGlobe environmental award for its contribution to the i-flow concept car, which was designed using the company’s coatings, lightweight plastic solutions and solar cell technology. The carbon emissions from the Hyundai i-Flow diesel-hybrid concept car are 85 g/km, well below the levels of comparable conventional cars, says BASF, which claims its contributions to the design, account for half of the emission reduction. “The i-flow is an impressive proof of the chemical industry’s crucial contribution to the environmentfriendly car of the future. BASF helps carmakers achieve their sustainability goals,” said Dr Wolfgang Hapke, Head, Performance Polymers Division, BASF. BASF unveiled the i-flow technology at a VDI

Treofan plans to sell Belgium operation

ACQUISITION

Sibur buys films and tapes company Novatek-Polymer

Russian petrochemicals group Sibur Holding has acquired the polymers business of the country’s second ranked natural gas producer, Novatek group. Sibur sees NovatekP o l y m e r , manufacturer of plastics pipeinsulation, tape and packaging films, as a ready downstream outlet for its increasing polyolefins production. For Novatek, which operates in the gas-rich, autonomous, northern Siberian territory of Yamalo-Nenets, the deal will allow to focus on its gas extraction and processing. Novatek-Polymer, based in Novokuibyshevsk in Russia’s

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Samara region, manufactures polyethylene and polypropylene films and insulation tapes. It is the largest producer of corrosionresistant materials used to insulate underground pipelines in Russian and the CIS states. It makes heat-shrinkable tape and sleeves to protect welded pipe joints, polymer tape and wrap. In 2005, the company extended its range with the launch of a biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film production line to manufacture packaging for the food, tobacco, perfume, pharmaceuticals and textile industries. Recently, the company has seen decreasing demand for cold applied tapes in favour of heat-shrinkable insulation tape, for which the consumption is growing.

German Engineers Association conference in March, when it stated that the roof glazing of the car will probably be composed of polycarbonate when it hits the market in 2011. The company also provided solar cell technology for the transparent roof, and infrared-transparent & infrared-reflecting pigments for cool plastic interior surfaces. The company’s plastic materials are used for the car interior. Ultramid Balance polyamide is used for seat frames, Steron reverse-coated breathable polyurethane for cladding of the partially transparent seats and Elastoskin polyurethane coatings for the dashboard & interior trim.

NEW MATERIAL

Recyclable alternative for composite car parts Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) in Pfinztal have developed a new method for producing thermoplastic fibre-reinforced composite materials, designed for large-scale vehicle construction. According to FICT, after these materials have reached end-of-life, they can be shredded, melted down and reused to produce new high-quality parts. Researchers also claim that the materials can perform significantly better in crashes compared to the current materials in use. Moreover, thermoplastic components reinforced with textile structures absorb the forces generated in a collision through viscoelastic deformation of the matrix material without splintering. Automakers have traditionally constructed such parts from composites using a thermoset matrix. However, according to FICT, this process is potentially hazardous, as thermoset composites tend to delaminate into sharpedged splinters in a collision. It is also difficult to implement efficiently under mass production.

WORLD NEWS EXPANSION

Purac expands the potential of lactides

Dutch lactides specialist Purac, which supplies lactides that other companies use to manufacture the biopolymer polylactic acid (PLA), is broadening the potential of materials made from its products. The company is planning this move with an investment in the US and co-operation with Arkema of France. In the US, it plans to build a 15 million manufacturing facility for biomedical polymers, to support the growing resorbable polymers business of

Purac Biomaterials. The construction of its US plant will begin in 2011 and is expected to complete before the year end. The collaboration with Arkema is in functional lactide-based block co-polymers, which Purac says will enhance the thermomechanical and physical properties of many bio-based polymers, such as PLA, resulting in a wider range of potential applications. These copolymers are produced by combining Arkema’s organic catalysis ring-opening polymerisation technology with Purac’s L- and D-Lactide monomers. Arkema’s anionic and controlled radical polymerisation technologies are used to make the company’s nanostrength materials.

LICENSING

Green Polymer looking to license recycling technology

Green Polymer Technologies has started marketing its proprietary technology, which uses a chemical process to combine different types of plastics, to processors or end-users who produce large amounts of their own mixed-plastic scrap. During 2003-07, Green Polymer’s technology was used by New Frontier Industries — a recycling firm that combined mixed plastic to make lumber extrusions. New Frontier operated a 22,000-sq ft plant in Milton, NH, but eventually shut it down because of fund constraints. Donald Sullivan, Founder and President, Green Polymer, said, “Repelletising and reusing mixed plastic scrap through Green Polymer’s technology is an economically-viable approach. One needs to have more capital in a standard plastic recycling operation, because hand sorting is not financially-viable.” Sullivan estimated that a recycling plant or system using Green Polymer’s technology could be built and installed for about $ 4 million. By using the firm’s technology, mixed plastic scrap can be repelletised and used in products ranging from sound barriers — as New Frontier’s material was used — to mouldings, trim and decking extrusions.

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DESIGN INNOVATIONS

Plastic materials are strong yet lightweight, versatile and flexible, allowing technological innovation and design freedom. Besides, design is increasingly viewed as an important strategic resource. This column focusses on the role of technologies adopted by leading design-driven companies in the development of radical as well as breakthrough innovations in products.

Rotomoulded plastic school desk

QProducts has launched the QDesk, which uses rotomoulding to produce a school desk that is as sturdy as the non-plastic one. Since it is made from 100 per cent polyethylene, the QDesk is easier to manufacture because of the uniform material and it will not corrode like metal or warp like wood. The ergonomics of this design is ensured through its smooth surfaces and rounded features, considering the hours, a child spends at a school desk. The final geometry is produced using a mould with only 4 pieces that minimise part demoulding time. QDesk’s unique stiffness is achieved by an optimisation process that involves an iterative procedure of mechanical simulations and successive geometry modifications using concurrent engineering. With zero maintenance expenditure and occasional washing, the QDesk is also relatively inexpensive.

Vaccine-delivery through microneedle

Researchers from Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology have studied the benefits of a dissolving microneedle made from poly-vinyl pyrrolidone, a polymer material that has been shown to be safe for use in the body. Just 650 micron in length and assembled into an array of 100 needles, the dissolving microneedles penetrate the outer layers of skin. This vaccine-delivery patch allows people without medical training to administer vaccines, while providing increased immunisation against diseases like influenza. After being introduced into the skin, the microneedles dissolve in bodily fluids, leaving the water-soluble backing, which can be discarded easily. This microneedle patch is made by mixing freezedried vaccine with vinyl-pyrrolidone monomers. It is then placed into moulds and polymerised at room temperature using ultraviolet light. This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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DESIGN INNOVATIONS

Aerodynamic oars for lower friction

The Dreher Aero Scull is a revolutionary oar with regard to its design, manufacturing processes and even the type of carbon used. The resulting oar attempts to eliminate boat-speed decrease due to air resistance of the oar shaft and blade as they both move in the same direction at maximum velocity. The major innovation here is an aerodynamic shaft and hydrodynamic blade system that is more efficient by optimising the oar shaft and blade shape as they move through water and air. A side benefit of the aerodynamic shape is a thinner but much wider shaft where the blade attaches to the shaft, resulting in much more resistance to twist than a circular shaft. The Aero blade/shaft system is closest to the adjustable area blade when the blade is buried deeper at mid-stroke. The manufacturing method reduces drag on the shaft and allows for a moulded-in seat for the sleeves.

Delphi’s plastic case radio design for vehicle weight reduction

Delphi Corporation’s ultra light radio design available on Chevrolet and GMC pick-ups and SUVs boasts of an insert-moulded electro magnetic compatibility (EMC) shielding. The ultra light radio’s plastic Faraday cage offers robust, integrated mechanical assembly features and weight saving without any structural modification to the vehicle. This enclosure is made from a plastic conducting material to block out external static electrical fields. This efficient assembly process reduces cycle time and eliminates 29 screws per radio — a weight saving of 22 per cent or 1.2 pound. The plastic case protects the contents from the thermal extremes and intense vibration of the vehicle.

Prepaid energy meter for efficient electricity distribution

Keeping in mind the poor people of Colombia, South America, who are not able to pay for a constant energy supply at home, ICIPC has developed the prepaid energy meter. This device is capable of reading a code number that is entered by the consumer and connects the energy for a stipulated time period determined by the prepayment. It is manufactured from recycled PET soda and water bottles, thereby promoting environmental sustainability and public health. In order to enhance consumer acceptability, it appears nature-friendly through its leafshape design into which the keyboard and the display are inserted. The organic, streamlined and compact design allows different colours, textures and finishes for increased appeal. This meter allows people to buy a minimum prepaid energy of $ 1 equivalent to approximately 24 kWh of energy supply or 2 hours of light.

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‘K‘ SPECIAL

Curtain Raiser ........................................................................................................................ 48 In the News .......................................................................................................................... 54 Leaders Speak ...................................................................................................................... 61 Arvind Mehta, CMD, Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt Ltd and Immediate Past President, Plastindia Foundation Bipin Shah, Vice President, Plastindia Foundation C N Doshi, Chairman, Rajoo Engineers Ltd Frank Peters, Member of the Management Board, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH Gerardo Chiaia, President, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Husky Kurt L Freye, Director of Sales Worldwide, Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion GmbH Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) India R K Shethi, Managing Director, Maharashtra Maha Polyplast Pvt Ltd Satish Padmanabhan, Chief Executive Officer, STEER Engineering Pvt Ltd Subba Bangera, Managing Director, Sidel India Vijay Merchant, President, Polycraft and Member of Governing Council, ICPE K Showcase .......................................................................................................................... 86

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CURTAIN RAISER

A ‘K’aleidoscope of opportunities As the plastics industry worldwide leaps ahead putting behind the setbacks of economic downturn, K 2010 returns to leverage upon this opportunity. With an increased emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainable development, the world’s largest plastics and rubber trade fair will showcase the latest trends and innovations in this industry. Besides the leading European players, promising Asian markets like China, Japan, India and Taiwan are likely to steal the show.

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he environmental concerns are on the agenda of all responsible industries. Moreover, all the industrial segments are being proactive to make the most out of the emerging opportunities globally, especially following the aftermath of economic downturn. The plastics industry is also not far behind. The upcoming K 2010, the world’s leading plastics and rubber trade fair, is all set to highlight the prowess of this industry. Held every three years since 1952, the K show will take place from October 27 to November 3, 2010, at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany. Following the success of K 2007, the latest edition of the trade fair seems to open up new avenues of business for all players in the plastics industry, with almost 3,000 exhibitors from 56 countries representing all sectors of the industry, which will display and launch their range of equipment, technologies and achievements. Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO, Messe Düsseldorf, says, “K 2010 will play its part in demonstrating the undiminished innovative power of the plastics

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industry and expand international business relationships still further.”

Prospects for the plastics industry PlasticsEurope, an independent association of plastics producers, estimates that 260 million tonne of plastics were produced worldwide prior to 2008. However, a 6 per cent drop in production was witnessed by the end of 2008, which collapsed further to 15 per cent in 2009. The decrease in international market volume of plastic products resulted in reduced capacities and shutdown of production lines. However, bringing cheer in 2010 is a study by the British market research firm, Applied Market Information (AMI), which estimates modest growth of 1 to 2 per cent as processors are building up their capacity utilisation again to keep abreast with the demand for polymers, since some raw materials have become scarce. For 2011 and 2012, AMI forecasts growth rates of 2 to 3 per cent. The cornerstone of this revival is the breakthrough in plastics material technology that has found increased applications in reducing

CURTAIN RAISER energy consumption and carbon emissions. Denkstatt, an Austrian sustainable development consultancy, revealed that the use and recycling of plastics conserved 5 to 9 times more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its production. “These savings alone contribute 38 per cent towards achieving the original Kyoto targets of EU-15, or 15 per cent towards achieving the EU-27 targets for 2020, thereby saving 780 million tonne of carbon dioxide. Without plastics, the Kyoto targets simply would not be achievable,” observes Ulrich Reifenhauser, Chairman, Exhibitors Council, K 2010.

Growing markets Germany and Italy have traditionally been dominating the plastics industry, together accounting for about 40 per cent of plastics consumption in Europe. As established West European and US markets for plastics have become saturated in recent years, there is tremendous scope for expansion in Asia and the Middle East. This is evident from their per capita plastics consumption of only about 20 kg, which could increase almost 90 per cent to 36 kg by 2015. Therefore, these Asian companies have created large, cost-efficient plants located in close market proximity to serve the growing demand. China has replaced Germany in 2009 as the world’s leading plastics producer with a total marketshare of 23.5 per cent. It is, therefore, not surprising that developing markets like India, China and Turkey will occupy a combined exhibition space of 14,100 square metre at K 2010. Besides, leading players from Germany, Italy, Austria, France & the US, Taiwan also remains a consistent exhibitor with 5,300 square metre of display area this year. Building upon this trend, the main product categories at K 2010 are: Raw materials and auxiliaries Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics Machinery and equipment for the plastics & rubber industries Services for these industries

With a separate product category called Recycling Lines, K 2010 focusses on efficient polymer energy management. According to the figures of PlasticsEurope, the average plastics recycling rate in Europe is 21.3 per cent, while the average energy recycling rate is 30 per cent. Countries like Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Norway have recycling turnovers of more than 80 per cent. As this healthy practice is being adopted on a wider scale, the amount of plastics disposed off in landfills remains constant. Machinery like PET recyclers and extruders will find exhibition space at K from companies such as Starlinger, Erema.

Lead exhibitors Raw materials seem to be the dominating sector among Indian companies exhibiting at K this year. Reliance Industries will focus on PE and PET, while SCJ Plastics will showcase its range of additives and pigments. Plastiblends India will display masterbatches and other biodegradable materials. Technovinyl will exhibit styrenics, PVC and TPE-based materials. In contrast, European processors will showcase machinery and equipment, enlightening visitors with the latest developments such as laser transmission welding. Reinhard Proske, President, GKV, avers, “Technical knowhow and the ability to innovate are the two essential factors for the success of the German plastics processing industry. The government should invest in education and training to sustain that, along with more support for R&D and less red tape.” Injection and blow moulding capacities will remain the focus areas, with specialised innovative methods like co-injection, in-mould decoration, insert moulding, foam injection moulding, gas & water-assisted injection moulding, combined processes, thin-wall technology, micro & nanotechnology taking the centrestage. End-user segments are incorporating polymers into their specialised applications on an unprecedented scale. For instance, North America annually consumes about 5,00,000 tonne

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CURTAIN RAISER K 2010: In a nutshell K 2010 October 27 When November 3, 2010 Where Düsseldorf, Germany Organisers Messe Düsseldorf Net exhibition 1,68,167 square space metre Exhibitors 3,114 Visitors expected 2,42,000 Countries to be 59 represented Official website www.k-online.de k-online@messeContact source duesseldorf.de What

of plastic materials in automotives using reasonable approximations of more than 50 kg a piece for about 10 million vehicles sold to their regional auto industry in a year. Also, US Freedonia Group estimates that global demand for flexible packaging will rise by an average of about 3.5 per cent per annum in the coming years from 16 million tonne in 2008 to ultimately almost 19.5 million tonne in 2013. The fastest growth in packaging industry is expected in the developing regions of Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa as well as in the Middle East. Therefore, industries like automotive, packaging, electrical engineering, electronics, communication, construction and medical technology will benefit greatly from the K extravaganza. To complement the exhibition, a special seminar titled ‘Visions in Polymers’ will be conducted by the German plastics industry to emphasise on various future-oriented elements. In daily panel discussions, experienced users will address questions pertaining to the issues like energy-efficiency and resource conservation. Speakers will provide insights on development trends that can be discerned and the innovations in the pipeline.

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edge to leaders in the state-of-theart technology through interaction. Guided by a Scientific Council of renowned academicians and scientists, a few guiding themes of IC will be: Functionalised plastics, components and surfaces Fibre composite hybrids and their processing Processed polymers for lightweight engineering, for instance, foams Integrated manufacturing processes Energy efficiency Material efficiency “Nanotechnology is regarded globally as an ‘enabler’ for innovative products and processes. Nano-scale particles like SiO 2 , TiO 2 , ZnO 2 , layered silicates (montmorillonite) and carbon nanotubes will improve the mechanical properties of existing polymers. Predominantly, the aim here is to achieve high stiffness and strength combined with high toughness & heat resistance,” says Prof Heinrich Hartwig Höcker, Scientific Council, K 2010. Fibre composites are another family of polymers that are gaining momentum in application. “Because of their outstanding potential for lightweight construction in combination with top-class mechanical performance, composites like carbon, glass and aramid fibres are in demand. To meet this demand, processes like liquid composite moulding process (LCM), resin transfer moulding (RTM), single-line injection (SLI), vacuum infusion process (VIP) and the seeman composite resin infusion moulding process (SCRIMP) have been developed for sectors like aerospace, aviation, automotives, energy generation, sports and bioengineering,” adds Prof Volker Altstädt, Scientific Council K 2010. Wood plastic composites (WPC), used for outdoor ground coverings and vehicle interiors, are now a phenomenon accepted by the global market. The German Nova Institute estimates worldwide manufacture of

WPC to be 1.5 million tonne and anticipates this figure to triple by about 5 million tonne per year by 2015. Renewable raw materials find increased attention at K this year, following the efforts towards sustainable development. Researschers at Freedonia predict that the consumption of bioplastics will quadruple to 9,00,000 tonne, with a value of about $ 2.6 billion by 2013. “Apart from conserving fossil resources and the CO 2 -neutral utilisation of biopolymers, renewable raw materials offer a major opportunity for the development of innovative products & processes, and they also increase the reliability of feedstock supplies. There are thus good reasons for the plastics industry to look at the enormous potential that renewable raw materials offer today.

On a promising note Greater promise for the international plastics sector seems to be coming from developing countries in Asia. The China Plastics Processing Industry Association (CPPIA) reported a production value of 677.6 billion yuan in November 2009. This corresponds to almost 68 billion Euro and represents a growth of 9.5 per cent relative to the previous year. European exporters of plastics processing machinery consider China as an integral part of the advancement in the coming years. Relocation of whole production sectors like mobile phones and home entertainment electronics from Europe and North America to China will be deliberated at K 2010. The upcoming edition of K will serve as an ideal platform to track the emerging trends in sophisticated injection-moulding machines, compounding, extrusion and blow moulding. As EUROMAP concludes “Düsseldorf’s K show is the year’s highlight. We expect the economic situation to improve further, by the time the event takes place – and that this meeting of the plastics and rubber world will favour the upswing.”

IN THE NEWS

Automatik Plastics Machinery to unravel new pelletising solutions

Hall 09/A04

As a provider of pelletising technologies for all pallet shapes, Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH is all set to present its latest advances in production systems for cylindrical and spherical pellets at K 2010. The event will also mark the first major public appearance by Automatik following its recent merger with Maag Pump Systems AG. The company is planning a unique display organised around five ‘theme parks’, of which four will be dedicated to the growing markets for biopolymers, CC-PET, micro pelletising and fibre-reinforced thermoplastics. The fifth theme park will feature the company’s comprehensive programme of aftersales service. Theme parks for biopolymers and fibre-reinforced thermoplastics will feature EBG belt conveyor pelletising system using PRIMO Plus 200 dry cut strand pelletiser. The system offers a broad range of options, from air & water cooling to a combination of both, providing great flexibility to optimise the system for specialised applications. The pelletiser will also feature a completely changeable cutting head. In a few minutes, the cutting head can be replaced, enabling downtime to be kept to an absolute minimum.

BEKUM to display its expertise in Hall 14/C03 blow moulding technology BEKUM, known worldwide for its innovation in blow moulding technology, will present the next generation blow moulding machines in the BM Series at the K Show. The BM-

Economical torque rheometer for mixers and extruders from Hall 10/A22 Brabender The Brabender® Plastograph® EC plus, the economical table-top version of the universal torque rheometer Plasti-Corder® LabStation for applicational investigations or processing tasks in laboratories and simulation will be showcased at the upcoming K event. With its digital 3.8kW motor, a torque

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Koch-Technik to showcase EXAKO

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Koch-Technik, Werner Koch Maschinentechnik GmbH is planning to display its machines for mixing, dosing, conveying and drying plastics materials. Among the exhibits is a unique product EXAKO, a gravimetric direct dosing device for use in injection-moulding machines, which will be presented to the international audience for the first time. This system guarantees total accuracy in dosing the smallest quantities, irrespective of external influences. It combines the highly accurate chamber volumebased method of dosing with a gravimetric system. Tiny quantities (1g-55g) can be added to a main component. The EXAKO is fitted with scales that register the actual weight and compare the value with the calculated set weight using the control system newly developed by KOCH. The enclosed chamber volume means that it is possible to add quantities that are accurate up to +/- 3 grains in 1,000. This unit is based on a SIEMENS PLC S7 control component. It enables to store recipes & all other values, and documentation for the dosing procedure.

07 Series features a completely new clamping system design and modular construction. The highlight is that BM-07 machines are available in two versions: with traditional hydraulic clamping system and, in a new, fully electric EBLOW version with persuasive advantages. The EBLOW system guarantees low maintenance actuation, energy savings of upto 50 per cent, and reduced dry cycle times for production that is up to 15 per cent faster. The new design of the BM-07 Series clamping

system offers decisive advantages. Its uniform distribution guarantees trouble-free, pinch-off for the best possible moulding of the articles at full clamp force available for all mould thicknesses. The new clamping system is prepared for additional installation of bottom calibration, and therefore, permits top and bottom calibration. Mould widths in the range of 350-700 mm are offered and clamp force of 10-24 tonne is provided. BEKUM is also presenting the EBLOW 307 DL model with a clamp force of 10 metric tonne at the K Show.

measuring range of 200 Nm and a speed range from 0.2 to 150 min-1, the Plastograph® EC plus is an efficient measuring drive for practice-oriented measurements with the Brabender® series of 30 and 50 measuring mixers,

extruders type 19, and the conical twin screw extruder, for raw material & recipe development, material testing, quality control parallel to production, optimisation of the production process, laboratory-scale production of samples for further investigations. The state-of-the-art CAN bus technology is the basis for the modular configuration, self-validation & realtime transmission of events and actual values of the Plastograph® EC plus.

IN THE NEWS

Maag Pump Systems develops latest Hall 9/B05 recycling screen changer Considering all requirements of direct recycling processes, such as the fabrication of food-wrapping films from PET bottle flakes in one-process step exclusively, Maag Pump Systems has introduced the latest generation of screen changers. This innovation will be displayed at K 2010. The company’s newly developed product line of CSC/BF-PE Screen Changers is able to meet these demands of customers, thanks to the automatic cleaning of the screens that can be adjusted to any kind of process.

Husky’s novel injection moulding systems

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Husky will present its solutions for the beverage packaging, closures, medical & food packaging markets that offer suitable technologies for

High-precision Hall 9/A38 & environmentfriendly melt pressure transducers from Gneuss Kunststofftechnik The melt pressure transducers from Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH that are mercury-free will be exhibited at K 2010. With the change to the non-toxic medium NTXTM Gneuss, from Bad Oeynhausen, Germany sets new standards with regard to safety and environment-friendly products

Melt Pressure Transducer and Melt Temperature Sensor

Upon the introduction of production line specific set points into the control system, the backflush filter changes to the operating mode and starts the fully automatic cleaning of the screens, which is controlled by pressure or time and depends on the level of dirt accumulation. The quantity of material needed for backflushing of the screens is collected in a permanently flushed accumulating space. It then cleans the dirty screen cloth outside the production process by backflushing. In this way, variations in pressure and volume can be prevented to an extent and the effects on the final product are minimised.

meeting specific applications and business needs of customers. The UltraSync plate actuation, PRONTO configurable systems, and integrated Altanium temperature controllers will be on display. Other products include Encore, a new program designed to help customers maximise the useful life of existing Husky equipment and ProAct, a flexible maintenance program targeted at improving asset availability and performance. while providing highly accurate measurements. The Gneuss melt pressure transducers are characterised by their high measurement accuracy and nontoxic medium. They operate equally well when compared with conventional sensors. In most cases, they are more accurate than conventional sensors, with better temperature behaviour. The NTXTM melt pressure sensors can be used without any restrictions on high temperature applications and have an extremely low temperature drift. The mercury-free sensors have the same advantages as all the Gneuss measurement technology products, such as special surface treatment for better abrasion resistance and protection against products with high adhesion properties.

The flow channel geometry, which is entirely free from dead spots and the free setting of backflush pressure, quantity and time facilitates the processing of all marketable recycling plastics and thermally-sensitive polymers. The product line of CSC/BF-PE Screen Changers will be available in all sizes and can be incorporated into any existing extrusion lines even later.

French Pavilion to host Matériautech

Halls 1, 3, 5 and 8A

The French Pa v i l i o n , organised by UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international b u s i n e s s development, will host 70 companies representing the entire plastics manufacturing industry, from raw materials to equipment and finished products. It is being organised in partnership with industry associations recognised for their skills and expertise. The French Pavilion will host the Matériautech, a tool for creating ideas that invites users on a ‘sensory voyage’ through the world of plastics. It will feature everything needed for selecting the right material with full control over users’ impressions on the product: colours, effects, transparency, feel, smell, sound, etc. The Matériautech will enable productive exchanges between creators looking for information on plastics and industries promoting their products. With its annual business volume of about 30 billion, France occupies second place among the major players in the plastics sector in Europe. October 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Maillefer to display tube & pipe extrusion lines

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Maillefer will exhibit a series of innovations for its tube & pipe extrusion lines. The Swiss company is eager to share the results of its new developments and improvements in products with its partners and customers at what appears to be a promising show – K 2010.

Bruckmann Steuerungstechnik to showcase the ‘ONE’

Owing to the good response received during the last K-show in 2007, Bruckmann Steuerungstechnik GmbH will introduce its complete range of automation systems to the visitors at this year’s K. The complete product line of the ONE system family will be exhibited, especially operating and automation systems, ONEoperate used for controlling and operating a complete extrusion line with pelletiser, film or sheet systems including conveyance and dosage of raw materials. Furthermore, the visualisation and control system ONEview upto the

Brückner Servtec presents service concepts in film production The heating and plumbing pipe section will feature the new Maillefer forming & welding components used in manufacturing PEX-AL-PEX composite pipe. Several characteristics are worth citing, like easier forming tool set-ups, elimination of wear and dust from TIG grounding, improved weld surveillance, etc. Maillefer has undertaken the re-designing of all the components on the PCL line. The result is improved performance, efficiency, ease of operation and processing quality. Maillefer will put the equipment on display, and in addition, present its portfolio, which includes extrusion lines for blown fibre tubes and microducts, medical IV tubes, automotive fuel line tubes with six or more functional layers, and gas & water pipes. Highly engineered tube & pipe extrusion, for example, large multi-layer flexible pipes for the sub-sea oil & gas industry, is the company’s specialty.

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storage and analysis of process data via the PC-based software ONEdatagate can be seen. Last year, a new version of the latter was released and is now introduced to the large audience. Special strength of this program is its configurability. The different systems will be installed at three points. Here, the visitor has the possibility to directly see the system family in co-operation and also test it.

Hall 3/C73

Brückner Servtec presents a new generation of remote service tools within its product line TRAVIS (Tools for Remote Audio and Video in Service): ‘Mentor’ and ‘Callisto’. These are suitable for rough industrial environment and enable efficient after-sales services, thereby decreasing reaction times. Callisto features a headset with HUD (Head Up Display), microphone, camera & loudspeakers and

Herbold Hall 9/B42 Meckesheim to unveil granulators of the HB Series The machine and plant manufacturer HERBOLD MECKESHEIM GmbH will present new developments for sizereducing and recycling plastic waste at the K 2010 trade show. These advancements include Herbold Wet Shredder Type HGM, Granulators of the HB Series, Optimised Plastcompactor and New Fine-Grinding Series. Among them, HERBOLD’s range of granulators has been enlarged by the new ones in the HB series and will be presented for the first time at the K 2010. With this granulator, it is now possible to reduce size of whole bales

Hands remain free for working with the TRAVIS Callisto

is worn in a vest on the body. The user’s hands remain free for working due to this wearable computing concept. However, he can still access the line’s visualisation, circuit diagrams, drawings, etc. of film, bulk injection moulding and blow moulding p a r t s and bales of foamed plastics, etc in one single step to the required granule size for further treatment. The grinding chamber is directly linked to a feed hopper. With the help of a PLC-controlled RAM, the material is forwarded to the rotor. So for many materials, a two-step size reduction will no longer be necessary. Herbold specialises in the pulverising of granulated plastics and plastic waste; and numerous other applications in waste recovery.

IN THE NEWS

STEER to display cutting-edge extruders

Hall 12/ D33-1

STEER continues to lead technology advancements with generation next co-rotating twin-screw extruders, which will be on display at the K show. The recently launched STEER OMEGA H class range of extruders is the talk of the industry for its enhanced mixing & melting capabilities, and for winning industry awards for innovations in plastics processing machinery. STEER OMEGA has grown in stature due to its control over the amount of work done and residence time, thereby becoming ‘the best value option’ for the compounding industry. STEER OMEGA H class extruders are loaded with characteristics that revolutionise efficiency in handling difficultto-process materials and other applications, which need lower residence time and tightening of residence time distribution. OMEGA extruders have a proven 25 per cent increase in volume and the OMEGA H class carries higher torque compared to established extruders. The use of STEER patented intake screw elements, SFV & RFV, has contributed towards overcoming feed limitation in processing low bulk dense material, and these elements are a standard in the OMEGA H class extruder. The tighter screw-to-screw clearance and the patented STEER Special Elements offer superior mixing and melting due to enhanced smearing, stretching & stirring effects.

WITTMANN presents ‘A box full of innovations’

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An advanced model of the Maguire® MGF gravimetric feeder provides more than double the throughput of the original system, but has the same compact size and offers the same substantial price advantage over competing gravimetric units. The company will showcase this product at K 2010. Used for feeding colourants and additives into plastics processing

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Hall 16/C18

BREYER has been a leading player in designing and manufacturing single screw extruders for processing thermoplastics. Among these, vented single screw extruders display outstanding performance. The company will be exhibiting a high performing 75 mm extruder with significantly increased output capacity at K show. Depending on material properties, throughputs of up to 550 kg/h (980 - 1.200 pph) at moderate speed ranges of approximately 200-250 rpm can be realised using this machine, along with superior degassing performance. The extruder screw is driven by a powerful, water cooled and silently operating direct coupled AC motor. The extruder, considered to be a design study, showing a fully covered execution not only fulfills latest safety requirements, but also accommodates the most sophisticated state-of-the-art industrial design. All BREYER extrusion lines processing high quality PC and PMMA sheet or even films for optical application follow the vented process.

The new gravimetric blender GRAVIMAX 14V presents itself at the K with a completely new material mixing bowl, which opposes the creation of static charges in the masterbatch. Usually

the masterbatch or different material combinations have tendencies to accumulate static charges. However, these static charges cause problems for a homogeneous mixture and directly influence the blending result. The new mixing bowl with integrated ‘charge breakers’ produces a uniform mixture of the single components, which were precisely dosed in the previous step by the WITTMANN specific RTLS (= Real Time Live Scale) method.

machines, the new MGF system is driven by a motor that is smaller than the one in the earlier feeder, but delivers material at rates of up to 36 kg (80 lb) per hour, compared to the previous top throughput of 13.6 kg (30 lb). Yet, the feeder is nearly 40 per cent less expensive than competing gravimetric models. The accuracy of the MGF feeder stems from the use of load cells to monitor the loss in weight of colourant in a hopper (mounted on the load cell) as the material is fed into the processing machine by an auger. Software in the

feeder-control scans data on colour consumption every half second and automatically adjusts dispensing when a predetermined amount of accumulated error is detected. Thus, the system provides real-time control and absolutely smooth metering consistency.

Hall 10/A04

The participation of WITTMANN at K 2010 comes under the banner ‘A box full of innovations’. It will showcase more than 70 products. These include robots and automation systems, in-mould labelling systems, mould temperature controllers, granulators, material drying, conveying & blending.

Maguire’s lowcost gravimetric feeder doubles throughput

BREYER to showcase high performance vented extruders

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LEADERS SPEAK

“The next decade will present golden opportunities for the Indian plastics industry� Arvind Mehta Chairman and Managing Director, Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt Ltd, and Immediate Past President, Plastindia Foundation

The polymer industry in India is growing at a phenomenal rate of 20-24 per cent since the last oneand-a-half year. The Indian plastics processing industry has undergone a sea change, after remaining a small segment over the past 50 years. PLASTINDIA 2009, the secondlargest plastics exhibition in the world, has broken the myth and proved to the world at large that the plastics industry of India, although small, can match the world standards, along with China & other countries. India can be an alternative global sourcing hub for processed plastics. This has reassured our self-confidence for growth.

Expanding frontiers Today, the entire industry is bustling with expansion activities. It is racing ahead with rapid strides. Of the polymer produced, nearly 6.6 million tonne are sold out. All machinery manufacturers are dealing with adequate orders; the average waiting period is 3-4 months. The per capita growth has leaped from 6 kg to 8 kg now. This is a record since the inception of plastics industry in India. Our interest lies in how entrepreneurs in this domain can encash this opportunity and gain profits. To achieve this objective, one should have tie-ups with good financial institutions or banks. The

tie-up will help to do small things, but with scope for expansion. The technically educated and trained professional team should have an open mind to accept and try new ideas with a proactive tendency. The team members should be ready to change with time to satisfy the needs of end-customers. Of course, the goal for making profit cannot be undermined.

The right steps Right from administration to marketing, appropriate strategies should be adopted. Looking at the acute shortage of trained manpower, one has to concentrate on automation, so that productivity is not only maintained, but also increased. In locations where trained manpower is available, one can have less automation and save capital cost. There are tremendous export opportunities for finished products and machinery-makers as well, with the Indian plastics industry being trusted as a quality producer. Further, good marketing tie-ups will help to grow fast. With a growth rate of 20 per cent today and per capita consumption of 8 kg against world average of 27 kg, the next decade will present golden opportunities for the Indian plastics industry with excellent growth likely in all sectors.

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LEADERS SPEAK

“The Indian contingent, instead of looking at products only, should explore new technologies� Bipin Shah Vice President, Plastindia Foundation

After the meltdown in 2009, the developed countries in Europe reduced the machine manufacturing capacity to counter the repercussions caused by the financial crisis. Though China too was affected, since the last 9 months, it has made a tremendous comeback registering a steady growth rate of around 9-10 per cent. As far as delivery of the machines is concerned, the Western European countries are providing machines after around 6-9 months, depending upon the technology. Run-of-the-mill machines like regular stretch blow or injection blow or injection-moulding machines are available on request. As far as technology is concerned, emphasis is on productivity, energy-efficiency and mega volume production through automation. However, a different trend is witnessed in terms of new product lines where multiple processors are involved: today everything is on line. In the case of new technologies, the focus is on nanotechnology, hybrid materials, renewable fibre materials etc. Thus, plastics processing segment is faced with new challenges, particularly in distributing new materials to make good homogenous composites and stable under-shearing forces, in compounding.

Recent trends Everyone is talking in terms of mega volumes depending upon the cultural need of the geographic area, but there

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is an upscale of around two to three times in all sectors. People have now realised that though there are huge issues pertaining to plastic recycling, there is no other alternative materials available; and they give preference to polymers over glass, metal or other competitive materials.

Key demand drivers As a result of significant growth in sectors like pharma, agriculture, automation, telecommunication & transport, there is a need for new technology & materials. In the emerging economies such as China, India and South-East Asia, the retail revolution that has just set in (last three years) will drive the commodity material demand for another 5-10 years. Overall, there is an increase in the food and produce. Food processing sector is giving an extension of life with use of polymer; agriculture production is now reaching directly into the hands of retailers in unit consumption portions.

On K 2010 The Indian contingent, instead of looking at products only, should explore new technologies, be it compounding, tailor-made blends, new methods of processing, etc. This does not necessarily mean that we need not look at mega volumes produced. Besides, adoption of automation for energy-efficiency, recycling will remain a challenge in the Indian market.

LEADERS SPEAK

We must come out of our shell ‘Small is beautiful’ and take the stride forward by embracing automation, sustainability and efficient production.

Your vision and action plan

The India advantage

The advancements in technology have enabled less use of materials for the same functionality. Besides, we need to look at biodegradability internally; fibre composite and use of starch & cellulose to create polylactide; and other co-polymers that can be obtained from sugar or starch. At present, these products may be costlier for the Indian market. Reinforcing fibres include flax, hemp and jute, which can also be explored to make wood plastic composites. One new area of polymer products is marine plants, which are noted for the non-use of oil or agricultural land. The products like lingrin can effectively reduce carbon sink; use of microorganism for bioplastics can also help to supplement the demand of polymer. Nano car and nano-particles are much talked about! The nanocomposites for new technology in blending will improve strength and stiffness through the use of nanoscale silica in polymer. Besides, the deployment of nano-composites for glow properties will assure efficient heat transfer. There will be a great challenge in injection moulding to avoid phase separators and agglomeration in processing. Efforts are on to develop technologies that take into account resource efficiency and sustainability. There will be compounds for electrical and thermal conductivity. New polymers will have self-heating ability, self-cleaning capability, antistatic behaviour, etc and research is on to make anti-bacterial ironic conduction and biocompatibility. These new applications will bring futuristic growth to the processing industry. Plastic and rubber will be used for lightweight construction. They will encompass electrical, automation, aerospace and electrical engineering products. New polymers for medical technology options, innovations and communication technology need to be adopted for the Indian environment.

India ranks third in the world market. What is desired in India is to learn to manufacture volume outputs with the help of automation, taking into account energy-efficiency. It is pivotal to first produce materials with international standards on a permanent basis to compete in the world market. Apart from commodity plastics, we must concentrate on using engineering materials, its processing methodology; and explore other methods instead of just following standard processing techniques, and concentrate on different visibility. In addition, we must enter the area of white goods in an exponential way. We have proved to the world that we are good in packaging activity and commodity plastics conversion. We must come out of our shell ‘Small is beautiful’ and take the stride forward by embracing automation, sustainability and efficient production. The advantage of cheap labour is lost against efficiency, and we will have to learn to play within 15-20 per cent. The country should focus on the cluster marketing approach for each product, and improve efficiency of conversion on a yearly basis. Also, we should commit ourselves to reduction in conversion cost, say by 2-3 per cent by adjusting volume demand and efficiency of production. Creation of expertise for a given commodity for a given mass volume production is the need of the hour. Indian environment has many advantages. The growth along with economic power is unabated. We can only become the manufacturing hub, if we meet international quality standards and efficiency for production. The challenge is immense, however the scope is infinite for exponential growth and financial support is available. All we need is zeal, integrity and commitment to serve products with international standards. Let’s go ‘green’ in the next decade.

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LEADERS SPEAK

“We expect K 2010 to open new market avenues for us” C N Doshi Chairman, Rajoo Engineers Ltd

In the last couple of years, the trend has been towards higher capacity levels with increased levels of automation. Processors are keen to take advantage of high-capacity machines, which offer several benefits including better energy-efficiency, low labour costs and improved quality consistency.

brand. While Rajoo will be present in the ‘extrusion’ area, Wonderpack’s focus will be on the ‘thermoforming’ section. The merged entity will provide end-to-end solutions to the industry worldwide – sheet extrusion systems and thermoforming solutions – not only for the disposable container industry, but also for automotive and white goods industry. We expect to achieve an even higher level of global recognition during our journey in becoming one of the most trusted and outstanding solution providers for plastics extrusion machinery worldwide. We are in the process of joining hands with selected overseas partners to diversify our product portfolio – both for organic and inorganic growth.

Major growth drivers

The India advantage

The plastics processing industry is driven by developments in different sectors such as agriculture, organised retail, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages, among others.

Currently, there is a narrow technology gap between India and the world in terms of plastics processing industry. Low costs are surely one of the factors to encourage outsourcing of manufactured components. But India also provides a pool of Englishspeaking engineers and technologists not only for outsourcing manufacturing activities, but also for ‘research and development’. The knowledge of polymer processing & behaviour is strong and many innovations have also taken place in the plastics & packaging industry. Yet another great advantage is that India offers a ready market for these products.

In the plastics processing industry, the supply is more than the demand on a global scale, and thus, the competition has increased. The differentiators include technology levels, energy-efficiency and wastage levels. The emerging trends in technology reflect increased automation adoption and the ability to use recycled material more efficiently. We see this trend coming to India too.

Automation benefits

Views on K 2010 ‘K’ offers a prestigious platform to reach out to the whole world. It is the best showcase of technology for machinery manufacturers like us who have a major export component in the top line. We expect the forthcoming K 2010 to open new market avenues for us (Hall no 15 D – 58). Furthermore, for the first time, Wonderpack (recently merged with us) and Rajoo will share a common platform and

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“This year’s K will help to pursue the upturn of the sector” Frank Peters Member of the Management Board, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

The market is witnessing rapid change in the needs of customers, who are looking for multi-functional solutions and innovative, as well as individual process solutions. First and foremost, processors are now aware of the need to improve production and create higher efficiency. The so-called one-shot-processes help to increase production efficiency enormously. A combination of injection moulding, extrusion and reaction processing with adapted automation also enables to improve logistics.

Injection moulding scenario The biggest challenge is to meet the growing expectations of customers who are strongly focussed on energy-saving technology, and we believe that our BluePower project came just in time. Today, we also offer a complete range of production solutions, for instance, injection moulding compounder (IMC) technology, multi-components, and automation.

End-user sectors driving demand Besides electronics, the automotive and packaging industries are the main technology boosters for plastic applications. Automotive and all kinds of packaging products will grow in India catering to the domestic market as well as for exports to Europe and the US.

Opportunities at K 2010 This year’s K will help to pursue the upturn of the sector. KraussMaffei will demonstrate several high-quality

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products in reference to our K-show motto ‘Technology³ - Changing the Rules’. We expect an ongoing trend towards energy-saving and efficientprocessing solutions to meet the demand for improved production. Awareness on energy-efficiency will also lead to new fields of applications where plastic parts can be deployed to conserve energy. Light-weight structures in cars, for example, can save fuel but will need adapted processing solutions. We plan to make our customers aware of the benefits of state-of-the-art machines and our Technology³-Know-how, which is unique in the market.

Your vision Our main focus will be on technologies – the Technology³ platform of KraussMaffei. All three major processing technologies like reaction technology, extrusion (profiles, pipes, compounding) and injection moulding are also available in India, either independently or combined in one machine. A wide range of modern machine modules and processing knowhow enables us to stay ahead in the Indian market, where KraussMaffei is present not only in terms of sales but also efficient after-sales services.

Prospects in India First of all, India has the language advantage, with English being the most widely used language. Besides, India has a strong focus on European technologies. In the automotive sector, for example, one can find manufacturing plants of all major European players.

LEADERS SPEAK

“Our plan for India is similar to how we started in Shanghai� Gerardo Chiaia President - Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Husky

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LEADERS SPEAK

Expectations from K 2010 Husky is looking forward to K 2010 as the show will give us the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities as a leading global partner for complete injection-moulding solutions. We will showcase a wide range of technologies, services and support that help customers to be more competitive, sustainable & profitable.

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Advantage India India has a well-educated workforce that is a valuable resource. Our plan for India is similar to how we started in Shanghai. There, we learned that establishing a local team is critical to establishing a company’s culture and values, but also create an environment where team members can intimately understand the unique needs of a particular market and work to meet these needs in the most effective and responsive way possible. In addition, India has a distinct advantage with regard to geographic location. Being located in between the Far East and Middle East naturally makes it a central business hub of the region.

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LEADERS SPEAK

“We see India as a key market for our continuous growth” Kurt L Freye Director of Sales Worldwide, Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion GmbH

The global market for blown film machinery has seen resurgence in growth since the end of the 4th quarter of 2009. An enormous increase in blown film sales are being witnessed, as a result of pent-up demand since the first quarter of 2008 due to caution in the face of the financial market uncertainty, and the volatility in the resin market during the same period. Key growth areas depend on which region of the world is being considered, as each area has unique trends.

Growth prospects Generally speaking, barrier film packaging is witnessing growth in markets where the middle-class is growing; HDSS bag growth is seen in areas where new crackers are coming online; milk film packaging is moving into barrier films from 3 layers, and lamination films are continuing to grow. Increasing demands for truly flat film, not just with better gauge accuracy, are rising with increase in the speed of gravure and flexo presses. Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion is uniquely positioned to meet all these market demands and more, with our new generation of blown film equipment - EVOLUTION, which we will present to the market at K 2010.

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goods. This mainly concerns lidding sheets for laminating to BOPP, BOPET and BOPA, thermoforming sheets, bag-in-box packages and bags of all types. It should be noted that a 7-layer film is the established standard in the market today. The migration to 9-layer technology is driven by improved film characteristics, down-gauging and cost savings. At K 2010, we are presenting the new EVOLUTION 9-layer blown film extrusion line. The EVOLUTION 9-layer system uses the most advanced technologies available in the packaging industry today. The system’s centrepiece is its extruder/film blowing die combination. The new extruder excels through its great flexibility in the processing of polyolefins and raw barrier materials such as ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), PA and polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG), and it has an extremely wide throughput range at low melt temperatures. The EVOLUTION 9-layer blown film line is designed to handle a wide range of film recipes, resin structures and layer thickness ratios commonly used in the industry today.

Strategies for India Our efforts in the Indian market have been intensified and we are making significant investments in the Indian market because we see it as a key market for continuous growth at Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion.

LEADERS SPEAK

“K 2010 would offer the ideal platform to find optimal solution for Indian customers” Rajesh Nath Managing Director, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) India

For many years now, the factors like ever-increasing population and ongoing substitution processes in favour of plastics segment have combined to foster the steady expansion of the sector. Plastics play a major role in the 21st century lifestyle. The growth rate of plastics industry is around 6-8 per cent per annum. More than 35 per cent of the capacity is in AsiaPacific region and around 28 per cent of the capacity is in North America. Western Europe contributes to around 21 per cent of the entire capacity. These regions form the major polymer production regions of the world. Today, as demand and production are set to grow, plastics processing machinery manufacturers need to accelerate innovation in energyefficient technology as well as ensure greater visibility and accountability into its production process.

Plastics industry: An overview During the last few years, the plastics and petrochemicals sector had been facing a rough period due to steep rise in oil prices that adversely affected the global economy. However, Asia remains the world’s largest plastics consumer for several years, accounting for about 30 per cent of the global consumption. Next to Asia is North America with 26 per cent share, then comes Western Europe with 23 per cent share in the global market. The key growth segment remains

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‘packaging’, which accounted for over 35 per cent of the global consumption. Among the individual plastics materials, polyolefin accounted for 53 per cent of the total consumption, (PE with 33.5 per cent, PP with 19.5 per cent) followed by PVC – 16.5 per cent, PS – 8.5 per cent, PET & PU – 5.5 per cent, styrene co-polymers (ABS, SAN, etc) – 3.5 per cent, and other engineering & high performance & specialty plastics, blends, alloys, thermosetting plastics – 13 per cent.

Growth drivers The Indian plastics industry is all set to grow between 10-12 per cent yearon-year in this decade. The present per capita consumption of 4-5 kg is likely to grow beyond 7 kg in 2010. Moreover, according to an industry estimate, the consumption level, which is expected to reach 8 million tonne in 2010, could even touch 10 million tonne, provided some of the constraints and challenges facing the industry are resolved. Further, the consumption could reach a high of 12 million tonne by 2012. That is reason enough for those in the plastics industry to cheer. It has been estimated that PET, PP and PE (LLDPE, LOPE and HDPE) would be the three dominant plastics materials in the world for the converters as well as end-users. Besides, the government’s current emphasis on infrastructure development

LEADERS SPEAK will lead to a further increase in the demand for plastics, not to forget the fact that consumer electronics and automobiles have surfaced as the major consumer of components made out of plastics. Healthcare is yet another sector that uses plastic in a big way for packaging. Similarly, moulded furniture, made out of plastics, is becoming increasingly popular, thereby contributing in a big way to the demand and use of plastics. Given the various applications of plastics, the industry is, therefore, no longer restricted to simple processing.

K 2010 platform

Indian plastics industry is expanding at a phenomenal pace. Major international companies from various sectors such as automobiles, food processing, healthcare, etc have set up large manufacturing base in India.

The total number of exhibitors this year is 3,100 and targeted visitors are about 2,50,000. The number of German exhibitors at K 2010 totals 1,058. The contingents from China, India and Taiwan will be strongly represented this year. For the first time, exhibitors from Armenia, Chile, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam will participate in the K trade fair. The show will focus on engineering plastics, innovative & application-oriented plastic compounds and environmentfriendly production lines. At K 2010, the main theme of VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association is to include piracy protection, market surveillance, energyefficiency and education. Further, with increase in export of German plastics processing machinery to India by 39 per cent in the first quarter of 2010, the German manufacturers are upbeat about the future development in the Indian plastics industry. Hence K 2010 would offer the ideal platform for technical discussion to find optimal solution for the Indian customers.

Future plans Over the years, India has made significant progress in the industrial world with healthy economic growth. On purchase power parity basis, it is one of the top five global economies and is

expected to be the third-largest by the turn of this decade. Plastics industry, one of the fastest growing in India has a vital role to play in its development. Indian plastics industry is expanding at a phenomenal pace. Major international companies from various sectors such as automobiles, electronics, telecommunications, food processing, packaging, healthcare, etc have set up large manufacturing base in India. Therefore, demand for plastics is rapidly increasing and soon India will emerge as one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The next two decades are expected to offer unprecedented opportunities for the plastics industry in the country. This would necessitate industry initiatives to foster investments, grow the market, upgrade quality standards, enhance global participation, and encourage the Indian industry to adopt & adapt to world-class technology and manufacturing practices.

Favourable factors for business in India India is projected to see the largest growth in its share of foreign investments across all sectors and is likely to become the world leader for investment in manufacturing. Domestic demand is high and growing steadily, thanks to an expanding economy. There is substantial local demand for many products. In India, engineering skills, especially in the IT sector are exceptionally high. Further, fullyowned subsidiaries are allowed here, so that international players can have complete control over operations. Added to this is the well-established IPR regulation, which is becoming increasingly important. India has good English-speaking, young population, educated manpower generated from the high standard engineering and management colleges. Hence, the country offers a conducive opportunity for overseas players to set up manufacturing facilities.

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LEADERS SPEAK

“From the product development perspective, India is a large and lucrative market” R K Shethi Managing Director, Maharashtra Maha Polyplast Pvt Ltd

Currently, the demand for plastics

opened the doors for growth of this

processing machinery is increasing

industry. Development of latest software

worldwide,

the

for CAD/CAM and 3D modelling has

applications of plastic parts in various

opened a new era for novel product

sectors,

applications.

with

a

especially

rise

in

automobiles,

infrastructure, material handling and

The

development

of

latest

communication. India is emerging as

technologies

a global hub for plastics machinery

machinery, especially the device to

moulds and products.

monitor internal temperature of the

in

rotomoulding

mould, the process control by PLC and

New trends in rotomoulding

the programmable cooling systems, has

There has been a significant growth in

opened the market for various industrial

the rotomoulding industry worldwide

and custom-moulding products. These

over the last two to three years. In

products are impossible to manufacture

India, the industry is growing at a rate

by any other process.

of almost 15-20 per cent per annum. The advancements in rotomoulding

Major usages

technology, moulds and new materials

The major application of rotomoulding

have resulted in a significant rise in its

process is in the area of water tanks,

applications. Earlier, the rotomoulding

which covers almost 70 per cent of

process was considered to be slow,

market in India and remaining 30

but the development of advanced

per cent is dominated by industrial

machinery

and

container, material handling products,

multi-arms has led to high productivity,

textile parts, automobile parts and

consistent

various custom-moulding products.

with

PLC

quality

control and

low-cost

products. Moreover, now rotomoulding with

growing as construction and building

injection & blow moulding processes.

industry is witnessing a boom, since the

CNC-machined

last three to four years.

can

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The water tanks segment is also

be

considered

on

moulds

par

with

complicated design & shape and

The other major end-user sectors

‘unique design freedom’ have also

that are growing include infrastructure,

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LEADERS SPEAK material

handling

equipment,

like, stress-free products, one-piece

unleashed a new era for various

underground manhole, septic tanks,

seamless construction, no limitation

rotomoulded

traffic system, solid-waste management,

for product size and capacity, part

future of rotomoulding looks bright,

automotive parts & fuel tanks, chemical

design freedom, flexibility of double

and by 2012 the growth of this industry

& textile containers, toys & playground

wall

would touch 20-25 per cent.

equipment, etc. It is expected that by

inserts, mould-in graphics, etc. This

2015 other new products will cover

will definitely help in giving a boost

Shaping India

almost 60 per cent of rotomoulding

to this industry.

As far as rotomoulding is concerned,

construction,

moulded

metal

Leveraging K 2010

Hence,

the

India is the fastest growing country in

products and the remaining 40 per cent will constitute water tanks.

products.

Roadmap to future growth

the world. Also, it is a mature industry.

By 2012, India is poised to become the

The quality and technology of machines

third-largest plastics consuming country

are on par with international standards.

the

in the world. The rotomoulding industry

The quality of the moulds can also

rotomoulding industry would display

is thriving in India and the quest for

be compared with those in advanced

its products with vigour. However, the

new

is

countries like the US, Australia and UK.

most important thing is that visitors

obvious. From the product development

From the product design perspective,

and users should understand this

perspective, India is a large and

Indian

technology,

lucrative market.

manufacturers

At

K

2010,

I

expect

product

that

development

and various new applications better.

applications

The

and

developments

products

are

and quite

mould advanced

place

and equipped with the latest software,

They should appreciate the inherent

in industries such as infrastructure,

which help in the development of

properties of rotomoulding technology,

construction

world-class products.

and

taking

technocraft

automotive

have

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LEADERS SPEAK

“The technology trend is towards energy-efficiency and automation” Satish Padmanabhan Chief Executive Officer, STEER Engineering Pvt Ltd

The last six months have seen perceptible changes in the demand for polyolefin from China, the US, India and Turkey. The requirement for plastics processing machinery follows the polyolefin consumption curve. The plastics processing machinery manufacturers are yet to ramp up capacities to meet this demand surge. Producers in the Middle East & Asia region who enjoy a competitive cost advantage, especially for polyethylene, are seen moving towards manufacturing value-added products. The technology trend is towards energy-efficiency and automation.

Upcoming trends in extrusion Speed and cost are the emerging trends in the extrusion market. High speed, huge returns, and a low investment enable manufacturers to enhance their output and financial gains. The speed of the extrusion process results in overcoming the difficulties that one encounters on account of speed constraints. Higher speed without advancement in the mixing and melting technology will result in a sudden increase of materials temperature, thermal decomposition and unstable operations. It also calls for improvement in the material of construction of the screw & barrel to overcome the need for highwear resistance and improved life. A significant trend over the last two to three years is the availability of efficient and high performance plastics extrusion machinery that provides high 80

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output, low-energy consumption and manufacturing costs.

Opportunities galore at K 2010 It will offer a huge opportunity to STEER to enhance its visibility and showcase its superior technology and customer services. As several global compounders are sourcing from Asia, it will prove to be a promising platform for STEER and many Indian manufacturers to win their confidence and ensure continued cooperation.

Fulfilling the vision STEER’s founder Dr Babu Padmanabhan’s goal is to contribute meaningfully to the Vision 2020 of our Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. STEER aims at contributing substantially to the country’s per capita consumption of plastics from the current 5-6 kg per person to 12 kg in the near future. The company is well-equipped to handle this requirement of the Indian market. STEER will serve the Indian customers with its generation-next extruders that offer high-speed as well as good returns, at a low investment, while allowing to process the most difficult materials. India as a country offers cost advantages and is also one of the most favourable destinations for manufacturing. Our own experience with a large global marketshare for EPZ products is an evidence of this fact.

LEADERS SPEAK

“The K fair is an ideal platform to train our middle management team on upcoming changes around� Subba Bangera Managing Director, Sidel India

Since the year 1983, I have been

households compared to 22 million

a regular visitor to K fair, a real

today. This statistical information is

window to the world of plastics and

evidence enough as to why K fair is

its applications. We get insights about

important to all of us.

all the innovations across the world. The K fair is also an ideal platform to

Recent trends

train our middle management team on

Speaking

upcoming changes around.

industry,

specifically and

PET,

of in

blowing particular,

spectacular growth has been witnessed

The growth story of India

in the last five years in the country.

Today, drastic urbanisation is being

We are not anywhere near to what

seen in India, and this is driving

China is today, but that is a good

numerous

plastics

sign because we will have to catch

water

up with China in the next 10 years.

distribution, housings, automobiles,

Mineral water market is growing at

packaging material for cosmetics,

30 per cent; the juice and nectar

household items, consumer appliances,

sector is growing at 40 per cent.

food & beverages, healthcare needs

While CSD growth is not as robust

etc. The MGI report on India estimates

as others, the conversion of glass

five times GDP growth by 2030,

to PET is drastic, and every year, we

growth of 590 million living in cities,

see at least 15 per cent conversion

which is nearly twice the population of

happening. The need for 2.3 litre of

the US, and an addition of 270 million

beverage by a healthy human being

working age population.

is catered today by a meagre three

in

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applications

infrastructure

of

projects,

Around 70 per cent of our net

per cent in the packaged form. By the

new employment will be generated in

next 5 years, this figure is expected to

cities, which means 91 million urban

rise to 10 per cent. For every addition

LEADERS SPEAK of one per cent, beverage in packaged form will require 27 billion bottles of 350 ml. This means a market for 300 preform making machines and equivalent number of PET blowing machines for high-speed line in the next five years. The conversion of glass to PET will be seen more visibly in pharma, country liquor, beer and branded liquor.

The K 2010 advantage Today, everyone is looking at equipment that can deliver higher

output

with

lower

energy

consumption,

lesser

floor space, but with more efficiency. The weight of the bottles has been reduced by around 20 per cent for most of the applications.

The balance between CAPEX and

OPEX is the key buying factor. Due to drastic changes in product lifecycle, all buyers desire a payback of maximum three years. The PET industry has changed a lot in last 10 years. From output per cavity of 1,200 in 1996, we are today witnessing 2,200 per cavity with lower energy consumption. Moreover, all this has become possible without any increase in equipment cost. In some cases, it is lower too. The industry is no more a converter industry. In fact, the end-users are opting for direct buying. Indian visitors will look at value for money for the equipment sourced. The hawk-eye approach of the Indian industry is well-recognised by the equipment manufacturers. My analysis has revealed that the local food & beverage brands will demand medium-speed machine to suit the SME pattern and also for the franchise approach across the country. I foresee some drastic changes in the way equipment is built today. The possibility of having custom-made equipment to suit particular application is not far off. Several combi machines will be seen around for all the applications, thus reducing the floor space and manpower to run the operations. Changes will be seen in power cost reduction with new heating technologies. This K fair will be an interesting platform for Indian buyers.

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LEADERS SPEAK

“The scale of operation will become vital for Indian processors in this decade� Vijay Merchant President, Polycraft, and Member of Governing Council, ICPE

taking

collected in most cities. Besides, there

place in the plastics industry in India

are seven or eight medium size PET

and China, almost all reputed Indian

recycling units. It is likely that a few

machinery manufacturers appear to

more PET bottle-to-bottle recycling

have good bookings on hand. The

projects may come up in the next two

large size processors in India continue

to three years. There are around two or

to buy some machines with high-

three plastic waste-to-fuel oil projects

tech controls and high-throughput

already operating in South India,

processing,

overseas

and based on their success, several

suppliers in Europe and in some

others may come up in the North.

cases, China. This is despite the fact

In addition, this trend is expected to

that a few Indian companies are now

continue with more medium size fuel-

offering machines with good quality

from-waste plants likely to emerge in

standards. Some Indian companies

the coming years.

With

with to

considerable

mostly

international the

American

growth

from

tie-ups

cater

and

European

Demand drivers

markets,

especially

for

injection-

Among the major end-use sectors

moulding

machines

as

they

driving the demand for plastics in

are

competitively priced.

India are packaging, infrastructure, housing and automotive. The woven

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Latest trends in recycling

sack & tape sectors and the extruded

On the recycling front, small &

film are reportedly set to expand

medium size machines for mechanical

faster

recycling are being installed in nearly

profiles

all states. This is because with more

are likely to show growth during the

use, more commodity plastic waste is

next five years. With organised retail

than &

others.

Plastic

rotomoulded

pipes,

products

LEADERS SPEAK growing at 30 per cent annually, and

the look out for plastics machinery to

The Indian edge

disposable incomes rising, packaged

feed demand of the huge infrastructure

The

goods will drive film markets’ rapid

sector,

announced

still enjoy is the possibility of starting

growth. Housing will drive the growth

by the Planning Commission clearly

off in small & medium scale when

of PVC products in doors, flooring,

establish huge spending on roads,

there is still some protection; and learn

windows as also electrical segments.

electrification, telecom etc.

about market demands, and then

as

investments

If one were to learn from the

Prospects at K 2010 Indian

manufacturers

will

get

an

with

advantage

some

Indian

processors

confidence

quickly

rapid growth China has made in

gear up for mass production to

plastics

serve both the domestic & export

processing,

the

scale

of

opportunity to closely observe what

operation will become vital for Indian

markets

machine

suppliers from advanced

processors in this decade. Only those

The

countries like Germany, Italy, Austria,

processing polymer in thousands of

realised

Japan, and even China have to

tonne per month will survive both in

during the last three years. Today,

offer

&

the domestic & export markets, with

the two- and four-wheeler producers

competitiveness together with reliable

almost all countries lowering tariffs,

are chasing component suppliers with

quality of finished plastic products.

making it imperative to produce high-

huge orders, as India is becoming a

K 2010 will cater to the needs of

quality goods in large volumes at the

hub for export of small cars across

several Indian businessmen who are on

lowest cost.

the world.

to

improve

productivity

in

auto

the sector

huge

gains

near

future.

vendors in

this

have way

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SHOWCASE

Single screw and barrel

8B, Hall 0 9 G24-1

Zhoushan Huayu Machinery Manufacturing Plant offers single screw and barrel for extruders. The screw is available in diameter ranging from φ20 to φ500 mm with a maximum screw length of 10,000 mm. The barrel’s inner bore diameter is φ500 mm. The conical twin screw and barrel are available in size ranging from φ35/75 to φ92/188 and the parallel twin screw and barrel is available in size ranging from φ35/35 mm to φ250/250 mm. Zhoushan Huayu Machinery Manufacturing Plant Zhejiang - China Tel: +86-580-880 3886 / 5118; Fax: +86-580-880 3885 Email: huayu@ky-machine.com

In mould labelling machine

2, Hall 1 1 A51-5

Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co offers in mould labelling machine for coating, direct printing, shrinkage foil printing and for sticking labels. Its features include product and label join in one artistic appearance, flexibility in artwork change, long lasting & difficult to peel-off, anti-counterfeit, environment-friendly, etc. This machine is equipped with high precision servo controlled robot arm, label supplying system, stable cooling/drying system, etc. Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co Ltd Tainan Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-6 2532 111, Fax: +886-6 2533 311 Email: clf@clf.com.tw

Bag making machine

2, Hall 1 2 A51-5

Cosmo Machinery Co offers high speed six tracks T-shirt bag & bottom sealing bag making machine. The whole process from film roll to finished bag takes place in one process flow and is controlled by the computer. It automatically stops when the bag gets jammed or the film is broken. It is equipped with cold and hot pin. Automatic film feeding, coordination free from tension adjustment are the main features of this machine. It is equipped with servo motor for easy adjustment for bag length and production speed. Cosmo Machinery Co Ltd Taipei Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-2 2680 6116; Fax: +886-2 2680 6118 Email: cosmo886@ms64.hinet.net 86

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Foam extrusion lines

, Hall 3 C91

Sunwell Global offers foam extrusion lines for food and protective packaging applications. The company’s tandem extrusion lines can process EPS, EPE, and EPP at an output of 150 kg/h to 1,000 kg/h. Raw materials are automatically loaded and blended before being fed into the primary extruder to produce a homogeneous melt. Hydrocarbon or CO2 gases are precisely metered using triple head ATEX compliant, diaphragm pumps with mass flow measurement to ensure a consistent foam density and quality. The secondary extruder cools the melt using a high mixing, low shear screw with a two stage seal design to ensure no leakage through the rear. Barrel water cooling is controlled through motorised valves to minimise temperature variation particularly important when producing absorbent foam. Sunwell Global Ltd Changhua Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-4 853 4810, Fax: +886-4-853 4847 Email: sales@sunwellweb.com.tw

Rubber injection moulding machine

4, Hall 1 B57

Tung Yu Hydraulic Machinery Co offers close loop rubber injection moulding machine. It is equipped with injection unit with close loop to control the injection speed and pressure more accurately. The hydraulic unit is located at the right side of press to decrease the occupied space. The main frame and lateral ejector is controlled by linear transducer, set-up on HMI. Its special design for the casting of main cylinder lowers the press height. Tung Yu Hydraulic Machinery Co Ltd Nantou County - Taiwan Tel: +886-49 225 3588, Fax: +886-49-225-2998 Email: tungyu@tungyu.com

Capillary rheometer

0, Hall 1 G66

Gotech Testing Machines offers 'CR-6000' capillary rheometer. It is a high shear rate capillary rheometer to determine the flow behaviour and viscosity of high polymer, polymer, thermoplastics and elastomers. The rheometer is designed to help & provide researchers with important scientific data with detailed analysis. Gotech Testing Machines Inc Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-235 9006: Ext 204, Fax: +886-4-2359 0062 Email: gt218@gotech.biz

SHOWCASE

Slitting machine

, Hall 3 C51

Converting HCI Equipment Co offers ‘FSL-T’ slitting machine, its maintains which parental quality, such as easy-to-use durability, and stability in operation. The machine is provided with 1,000 mm diameter of shaft-less unwind stand. It is equipped with automatic tension control system with 3-vector motors. The slitting machine is equipped with touch-based control computer system. HCI Converting Equipment Co Ltd Taichung – Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2359 0632 Fax: +886-4-2359 0710 Email: info@hci-tw.com.tw

PE stretch blown film machine

6, Hall 1 B77

Chyi Yang Industrial Co offers PE stretch blown film machine for producing PE stretch film & PE cling film. It comes with a liquid PIB injection system to inject the liquid adhesive into the screw to get the sticky film and fully automatic cut and changing reels winder. The co-speed controller controls the speed of take-up unit and winder, so that the film does not over stretch. This machine can produce 10 rolls of film having width 300 mm or 6 rolls of film having width 500 mm at one time, and the output can be 100-150 kg/hr for 1-layer 75 mm extruder. The rewinder machines are used in rewinding the jumbo roll to small rolls. The rewinder machine offered by the company include: fully automatic rewinder machine for film width 300 mm, and fully automatic rewinder machine for film width at 500 mm. The company also offers semi-automatic rewinder machine. Chyi Yang Industrial Co Ltd Taoyuan County – Taiwan Tel: +886-3-328 8686 Fax: +886-3-328 3737 Email: cymw@cymw.com.tw Ocotber 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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SHOWCASE

Controller

0, Hall 1 B32

Arico Technology Co offers ‘Galaxy AR1200 & AR1800 series’ controller. The DCS control (HMI and remote I/O module) is used for easy access of external device and/or controller. The company offers various HMI in sizes - 5.6” (AR1200), 8”, 10.4” and 12.1” SVGA in TFT colour or LCD panel. It is equipped with dual-high speed 32 bits CPU (260MHz). High speed Ethernet communication is provided between HMI and remote I/O module. The window system screen editor (Van Gogh) provides smart instincts objectoriented program editing style. PLC ladder editor is provided for process program. It is provided with reserving RS485 and Ari-Link (CANbus) for external devices or interface. Arico Technology Co Ltd Taipei County – Taiwan Tel: +886-2-2910 1266 Fax: +886-2-2915 9434 Email: info@arico.com.tw

Gearless extruders

5, Hall 1 B05

Drying and conveying systems

, Hall 9 D23

ACS Auxiliaries India offers ‘Nomad™ series’ portable drying and conveying systems mounted on a single, easy-to-position, portable cart, manufactured by AEC Inc, USA. The Nomad™ PD integrates WD Series dryer, while the Nomad™ II utilises the AD desiccant dryer. The Nomad™ II is available in four basic configurations with a process airflow from 25-100 m3/hr, and is compatible with 25-255 ltr drying hoppers. The Nomad™ PD offers dryer process airflow from 150-380 m3/hr, and is compatible with 170-650 ltr drying hoppers. The AP1 control is standard on the Nomad™ II, with a touchscreen interface that provides information about the desiccant bed regeneration, process temperature, dewpoint and material loading system. The Nomad™ PD offers an off-the-shelf PLC with independent operation of drying and conveying control circuits, and a 1/16 DIN temperature controller provides an LED readout of process air, actual and set point temperatures. Both controllers offer alarm indication for high process air, high temperature regeneration air, and high dewpoint. ACS Auxiliaries India Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-4014 7575; Mob: 09371 154045 Email: acsindia@corpemail.com

Guangdong Liansu Machinery Manufacturing Co offers gearless extruders for pipe extrusion. This extruder combines the torque motors with low energy screw technology. The torque drive has efficiency of 95 per cent. The water cooled motor and frequency control reclaims the 5 per cent energy loss due to the temperature increase of the cooling water. Water-cooling of the frequency controller eliminates the need for an air-conditioner controlled cabinet. Since there is no gear, there is a power saving of approximately 5 per cent. The benefits of extruder includes: power saving up to 20 per cent, more than 29 dbA noise reduction, no maintenances cost, less thermal emission of barrel, less thermal stress to material, etc.

Huarong Plastic Machinery Co offers HR-F servo hydraulic injection moulding machine. Its features include high speed, power saving, responding performance at 40 ms, etc. It is available with the servo-hydraulic system, digital controller and servo motor driving system. The machine is equipped with patented modularised temperature controller for injection unit and controller system for servo-hydraulic.

Guangdong Liansu Machinery Manufacturing Co Ltd Longjiang Town - China Tel: +86-757-2388 8340; Fax: +86-757-2388 8558 Email: liansu-extrusion@liansu.com

Huarong Plastic Machinery Co Ltd Tainan - Taiwan Tel: +886-6-593-9888; Fax: +886-6-593-7698 Email: roy@huarong.com.tw

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Injection moulding machine

2, Hall 1 7 A51-3

SHOWCASE

Moulds

B, Hall 8 C24-2

TJ Mould International Co offers plastic cap mould, plastic bottle mould, plastic injection cap/closure moulds and plastic blow bottle moulds for plastic packaging solutions. These moulds cater to cosmetic packaging, packaging, pharmaceutical chemical packaging, food packaging and for packing many more products. The features of the products include multi-cavity cap mould with cold runner or hot runner multi-cavity bottle mould with auto-deflashing unit, etc. TJ Mould International Co Ltd Jiangsu Province – China Tel: +86-512-5843 5853 Fax: +86-512-5844 6607 Email: tianjiang@vip.sina.com

Two-platen injection moulding machine

3, Hall 1 A89

Jon Wai Machinery Works Co offers two-platen injection moulding machine, available from 850 tonne to 3,500 tonne. The machine takes less space, and is provided with four sets of hydraulic cylinders, which are on the moveable platen instead of fixed platen. This design not only ensures precise and accurate clamping force but also gives large space for operator to work on the fixed platen. The mould-open position is more accurate. The tie bars and hydraulic cylinder pistons are isolated. There is no need to dismantle hydraulic cylinders and there is no risk of damaging seals while changing tie bars. Changing tie bars are much easier. The key feature of this machine is that the enlarged mould height and longer clamp stroke makes various deep round barrel-type products. Jon Wai Machinery Works Co Ltd Taipei -Taiwan Tel: +886-2 2595 4867 Fax: +886-2 2593 2358 Email: jonwai.mc@msa.hinet.net Ocotber 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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SHOWCASE

Footwear moulding machine

04, Hall 4 A54-

Tien Kang Co offers footwear moulding machine. The TK980S series footwear moulding machine is used for manufacturing all kinds of PVC shoes, sandals, slippers, sole with air-blow and many other footwear products. This machine takes less floor place and saves on energy. The company offers various types of footwear machines for different applications of material cover in PVC, EVA (ethylene-vinylene acetate copolymer), TPR, TR, TPU, rubber, solid silicone polymers, etc. Besides footwear machine, the company also manufactures rubber injection machines for industrial application like seals, O-rings, auto parts, medical parts, etc. Tien Kang Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2493 8669 Fax: +886-4-2493 8801 Email: tienkang@seed.net.tw

Straw making machine

2, Hall 1 8 A51-3

Jumbo Steel Machinery Co offers ‘JS-285S/ 3V’ high speed PP straw making machine. The gears are precision ground and hardened to ensure smooth and quiet operation. The high precision bearings provide an extremely smooth and long lasting running performance. The screw used in this machine is manufactured from aluminium chromolybdenum alloy steel (SACMI), is stress relieved, precision grounded and nitride treated for a long service life. The barrel is manufactured from aluminium chromolybdenum alloy steel. The water tank is constructed of stainless steel. The stainless steel (SUS410) undergoes nitride hardening treatment for a long service life. Jumbo Steel Machinery Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2359 0788/ 1788 Fax: +886-4-2359 0567 Email: sales@jumbosteel.com.tw 94

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Rotogravure printing machine

4/ Hall 0 3 A54-

Hsing Wei Machine Industry Co offers rotogravure printing machine. The main products include high speed rotogravure printing presses, shaftless gravure printing press and related equipment for flexible packaging material. All machines are manufactured with high precision according to Japanese standards. Hsing Wei Machine Industry Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2358 0087, Fax: +886-4-2359 9965 Email: hwmi@ms14.hinet.net

Plastic additive

.1, Hall 7 A C51-9

Ta Haw Enterprise Co offers plastic additives such as black masterbatches, colour masterbatch and various functional additives. The products offered by the company include anti-foams, flexibilisers, whitening masterbatches, nucleating clarifying agents, calcium carbonates, perfume masterbatches and smell neutraliser and many more additives. These additives are used in injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion, tablet pumping, etc. Ta Haw Enterprise Co Ltd Taichung County - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2680 5221, Fax: +886-4-2680 4440 Email: tahaw2001@yahoo.com.tw

Raschel knitting machine

2, Hall 1 3 A51-3

Wei Meng Industrial Co offers high speed raschel knitting machines. This knitting machine is used for making net for agricultural use such as shade net, hail net, green house net, anti-bird & insects nets, wind protection net, building safety nets, scaffold net, mosquito net, industrial cloth, packaging nets (for potato onion, fruit), etc. Wei Meng Industrial Co Ltd Taoyuan - Taiwan Tel: +886-3 4901 066; Fax: +886-3 4901 999 Email: weimeng@ms14.hinet.net

SHOWCASE

Intermesh tilt mixer

2, Hall 1 4 A51-6

Well Shyang Machinery Co offers intermesh tilt mixer with rotor technology. The rotors are engineered to maximise processing conditions for heat-sensitive compounds while achieving superior dispersions. The kneaders are designed with optimised water circulation for efficient heat extraction, thus enabling precise temperature control from batch to batch. The two piece rotors and mixing chamber features serpentine and labyrinth passage, which virtually eliminates localised heat build-up. It is provided with MXI rotor technology for one pass mixing. Its features are quick cleaning, good dispersion, maximum cooling, single pass mixing and short mixing. Well Shyang Machinery Co Ltd Tainan County – Taiwan Tel: +886-6-254 7223 Fax: +886-6-254 7233 Email: well.shyang@msa.hinet.net

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Flexographic printing machine

2, Hall 1 3 A51-0

Jih Ching Machine Co offers ‘BD series’ - doctor blade type 8-colour flexographic printing machine. The dual wall-type central impression drum is chrome plated with accurate grind, equipped with water or air cooling circulation system. The doctor blade chamber system with ceramic anilox roller is suitable for printing fine quality and the automatic ink circulation and quick washing system is for optional equipment to short ink exchange and cleaning cycle. The PLC memory module type (300 sets) servomotor is equipped with auto position control system for impression adjustment. It is equipped with single chip advanced printing video inspection system with full colour LCD monitor for register setting. The line speed is controlled by harmony synchronous driving system with high accurate auto tension control system. The electronic-type auto edge position control is located on unwind unit. Jih Ching Machine Co Ltd Tainan Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-6-501 1351 / 1357 Fax: +886-6-599 8283 Email: swtcandy@ms31.hinet.net

3-layer jerry can

Blow moulding machine

Suma Plastic Machinery Co offers Model: 25iB, 40iB, 65iB, 85iB, 125iB, 150iB injection blow machine. moulding The three stages (three stations) of this machine are - stage 1: injection and forming a parison; stage 2: blowing to shape and stage 3: stripping finished bottle. The materials that can be used with this machine are PP, PE, PC, PS, PET/PETG and the bottles manufactured have volumes from 3 ml to 1,000 ml. The strong rigid mechanical structure ensures stable quality production and reduces noise. Since it does not require trimming or deflashing, there is significant reduction in material losses. Its features include 2.8 dry cycle time, colour operator interface, absence of residual, precise neck and flat mouth, uniform forming with invisible seam, etc. Suma Plastic Machinery Co Ltd Taichung City - Taiwan Tel: +886-4 22155 7333 Fax: +886-4 2215 4419 Email: service@suma.com.tw

Slitting & rewinding machine 2, Hall 1 2 A51-4

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Chen Way Machinery Co offers 3-layer jerry can and 3-layer die head. The machine that is used to produce this can have a capacity of producing 10-25 ltr jerry can. This machine is equipped with special invertor controller for main hydraulic motor. This helps in 20-25 per cent power saving. The 3-layer die head is of continuous type and is available in 3-layer, 2-layer and single layer. The machine is equipped with PID + SCR temperature system (with high/low alarm), motor PID feedback control function, 300 points parison control, PLC ladder program editor and prescription memory recorder.

Long New Industrial Co offers h i g h s p e e d slitting & rewinding machine. The features of the machine include high quality printings through high accuracy registration, minimising of material wastage, high operation rate for small lot job, etc. This machine is equipped with Sumitomo sectional drive system, long stroke web chucking, constant unwind tail length web splicer, and ink pan tailing device. It is also provided with inverter controlled turret arm, ink pan tailing device, panel computer – automatic splicing, furnish roller and V-shaped/perforated nozzles of combination type air dryer.

Chen Way Machinery Co Ltd Tainan Hsien - Taiwán Tel: +886-6-243 4077 Fax: +886-6-243 4071 Email: chenwaym@ms35.hinet.net

Long New Industrial Co Ltd Taichung – Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2359 2826 Fax: +886-4-2350 1855 Email: longnew1@ms18.hinet.net

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Injection moulding machines

3, Hall 1 B38

Victor Taichung Machinery Works Co offers second generation ‘Vα series’ fully electric injection moulding machines. This machine has been designed with wider platen to meet bigger and wider mould for producing thinner and wider parts. The center press platen concept has been applied on both the movable and fixed sides in order to evenly distribute mould clamping force. By using the 3D (FEM) analysis to develop the injection platen with light weight and high rigidity plus minimum inflections. The special screw and nut design on tie bar reduces stress and this increases the life of tie bar. These machines are equipped with PC-based closed loop servo controller with 10.4” LCD display for friendly and easy, functional operation. Victor Taichung Machinery Works Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2359 2101 Fax: +886-4-2358 4541 Email: martin@mail.or.com.tw

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Co-rotating twin screw extruder

2, Hall 1 3 A51-5

C o n t i n e n t Machinery Industries Co offers co-rotating twin screw extruder. There are two different types of barrels - close and open type. The open type barrels provides feeding, vacuum venting, and side feeder function. The feeding and side feeder function can be filled with resin, powder, filler, carbon, liquid chemical or other additives. The vacuum venting open barrel can easily take off the moisture or dirt from the resin during the extrusion. Sometimes, additives are corrosive material. Therefore, barrels are of bimetallic steel to increase wear resistance and anti-corrosiveness. The screw elements are intermesh, and examines by control processing for accuracy in order to produce high quality of pellets. Screw element adopts high alloy steel & special treatment; thermal spraying & ti-oating to achieve corrosion resistant. Different function of screw elements can be arranged for various character of resin, compounding or masterbatch.

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Chum Power Machinery Corp offers PET stretch blow moulding machine. The company’s machines are used for manufacturing large variety of environment-friendly PET material containers. The PET materials produced by this machine have capacities ranging from 60 cc to 5 gallon in size. The hot-filling CPSB is resistant to heat up to 92°C, can produce 8,000 bph, have bottle mouth crystalliser, and 2000 W rapid mould changing wide mouth jar. The company also provides PET fully electric moulding machine having output ranging from 12,000 bph for cold-fill bottle and 6,000 bph for hot-fill bottle. Chum Power Machinery Corp Taichung Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2338 8289 Fax: +886-4-2338 0219 Email: servers@chumpower.com 98

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5, Hall 1 C61

Jenn Chong Plastics Machinery Works Co offers plastic extrusion machinery. The product offered by the company include blown film extrusion system for single and multi-layer film, strapping band extruding line, monofilament extruding lines, flat yarn making machine, fibrillated yarn making machine, tying tape/twine making machine, extruded net making machine, and relative plastic extruding machinery. The PET bristle monofilament extruding line is used for manufacturing brush and broom and the PP and PET strapping band extruding line is used for making 1 to 12 line of strap with capacity ranging from 75 to 400 kg/hr. The polypropylene (PP) strapping tape is the most commonly used strap for packing carton box, and for packaging applications etc. The strapping band extruder is available from 75 to 90 mm, L/D: 26. The tapes’ layflat width is from 9 to 19 mm and the machine has a line speed of 160 m/min. Jenn Chong Plastics Machinery Works Co Ltd Chia-Yi Hsien – Taiwan Tel: +886-5-237 6175 Fax: +886-5-237 6176 Email: sales@jennchong.com.tw

Continent Machinery Industries Co Ltd Tainan Hsien - Taiwan Tel: +886-6-698 6666, Fax: +886- 6-698 6238 Email: cmic@ms24.hinet.net

PET stretch blow moulding machine

Plastic extrusion machinery

Plastic waste recycling system

2, Hall 1 5 A51-5

Ye I Machinery Factory Co offers plastic waste recycling system. This recycling system consists of shredder, extruder and pelletiser. It is suitable for PP, PE, PS, ABS, PC, PET, PMMA, EPS, EPP, EPE, etc. It is provided with twin hydraulic cylinder-type screen changer, which allows changing screen without the machine getting shut-down. It has a production capacities of maximum 1,000 kg/hr output. The features of the machine include low noise, compactness, less space, etc. Ye I Machinery Factory Co Ltd Tainan County – Taiwan Tel: +886-6-2536 066-9, Fax: +886-6-254 3717 Email: service@yei.com.tw

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Pursuing the ‘neo’ way From a humble beginning as a family-owned enterprise 40 years ago, Neoplast has emerged as a renowned brand in the Indian as well as global plastics processing machinery space, with a plethora of equipment ranging from extruders to pelletisers. As a leader today in the production of high-intensity mixers with 70 per cent Indian marketshare, it is all set to attain global leadership in the plastics equipment industry. Annabel Dsouza provides further insights…

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eoplast Engineering has been a frontrunner in the plastics processing industry in India and is today a brand to reckon with. In 1964, its journey began with a small hand injection moulding machine, and at present, Neoplast offers a complete product spectrum that can be categorised into four segments – high-intensity mixers, extruders, lab equipment and pelletisers. However, its core product is the highintensity mixer that was indigenously

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developed in 1970. Tushar Parikh, Director, Neoplast Engineering, says, “We have been traditionally catering to the PVC industry. But we have also added other products to serve the non-PVC processing field. Moreover, our recently developed range of lab equipment has enabled us to foray into the large-size polymer manufacturing industries. Our huge material handling equipment find applications in various major corporate companies.” Neoplast also undertakes turnkey projects in high-output PVC compounding plants and offers automation solutions, which involve less human intervention. These systems serve as import substitute with low maintenance costs. The key protocol employed here is, meeting the customers’ process requirements

FACILITY VISIT by first understanding them and then developing perfect systems to match them.

Manufacturing capacities Its manufacturing facility situated at Vatva, Ahmedabad, is set up as per ISO 9000:2001 standards, with a 32,000 square feet built-up area, state-of-the-art R&D lab, and access to automation and software technology for faster output with outstanding accuracy. Neoplast has made a significant capital investment in terms of a new plant – a cutting-edge manufacturing unit – at Changodar. The 48,000 square feet establishment has come up at an investment of Rs 4 crore. This is another step towards enhanced customer satisfaction, which will enable the company to double its business by expanding the product portfolio and entering new market segments. A dedicated workforce of 30 engineers and 140 skilled labourers adds to the credibility of the company’s impressive repertoire of products. Neoplast’s visionary management team conducts frequent training programmes for productivity enhancement to meet pre-defined goals. Besides, the focus on safety is part of its business ethics.

Driving innovation In terms of progress, Neoplast has indeed come a long way from installing its first PVC blown film plant in 1968 to developing its first fully automated large-size PVC compounding plant for a Kuwait-based customer in 1994. It has earned considerable reputation in the Indian packaging industry with its metallised PVC film in 1975. The company also has the distinction of developing the conical twin screw for the first time in India with overseas technical collaboration. What is more, in the field of PVC compounding plants, Neoplast is viewed among the leaders in India, since the last 30 years.

Since the PVC industry runs on a thin profit margin, increasing the production capacity is one of the successful ways for achieving excellence. Due to this critical need of the PVC industry, Neoplast is constantly innovating in the direction of highoutput equipment and every year a new product is added to its portfolio. Its high-tech lab equipment is in high demand worldwide. Besides these, the company’s key strengths include extruders with various downstreams for pipe or compounding, and mixers with raw material weighing, feeding & conveying. Neoplast has devised multi-stage quality check-up procedures as per ISO system that covers the entire production exercise beginning from selection of quality raw materials up to the entire trial & dispatch of the equipment.

Market reach Neoplast’s marketing strategy is implemented by its sales team in different parts of India. It also has various agents to expand its reach across the industry. For overseas sales, there is a separate team in-charge. “The growth of the company has been maintained at almost 25-30 per cent since the last five years. The Indian plastics industry is growing at a rate of almost 16-18 per cent, and hence, with a progressive economy and huge growth prospects, we are surely hoping to reach new heights in the coming years,” affirms Parikh. Neoplast strives to deliver at least one of its products to the market on a daily basis. This approach has enabled it to have over 3,000 installations around the globe over the years.

The success saga continues… Remarkable achievements by the R&D team, high efficiency of the production engineers and dedicated after-sales services have been instrumental in the company’s success story. However, Neoplast’s

“The growth of the company has been maintained at almost 25-30 per cent since the last five years. The Indian plastics industry is growing at a rate of almost 16-18 per cent, and hence, with a progressive economy and huge growth prospects, we hope to reach new heights in the coming years.” Tushar Parikh

Director, Neoplast Engineering

most important asset in this journey has been its customers’ continued trust and support. Its confidence in getting the perfect solution to meet the manufacturing needs through cutting-edge technology has made it a dominant player in the plastics machinery sector. Its commitment to continuous excellence is evident from its quality and service improvement tools along with the necessary and strong resources dedicated to its engineering and manufacturing divisions. With these efficient techniques on product optimisation, Neoplast is not far from realising its goal of becoming a leading supplier of plastics processing machinery on the world stage. October 2010 | Modern Plastics & Polymers

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Injection moulding

Shaping a new world The role of designing for creating quality products cannot be ignored. Same is the case with injection-moulded components, where the design aspect holds huge implications for their effective use. Geetha Jayaraman provides insights on injection-moulding process and the criticality of designing in an injectionmoulded product.

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he advances in materials and process technology in the past decade have resulted in an increasing use of plastics in various engineering applications. One of the examples in this area is the injection-moulded engineering thermoplastics. The advantages of injection-moulded engineering thermoplastics include wide freedom of geometry, low density, minimal waste during manufacturing, corrosion resistance and low cost.

Providing more insights on it, Khagen Mehta, MD, Deesha Impex, says, “It is a process where two or three components can be assembled and modelled into a single component. Injection moulding is a rather new manufacturing process compared to most processes for metals in India. However, it has witnessed rapid growth globally as well as in India in the last few decades.� As mentioned before, injectionmoulding process has many benefits

SECTOR WATCH compared to other manufacturing processes and can make complex shapes, requiring no additional processing or finishing, at lower production costs and in safer working environments. Rajiv Bajaj, Head – Manufacturing, India & SAARC, Autodesk, avers, “As the moulding industry matures in India, single injection-moulded parts can replace multiple ones made with other processes, thereby saving time and money. However, the marketshare of the plastics component in India is low at 3-5 per cent compared to the global share of 30-35 per cent. India still has to go a long way in this regard, though at present we find more application of plastic in the automotive, white goods and commodity segments. Many areas such as building & construction, agriculture and machine component still remain to be explored for further gains.” Despite the potential for expanding the use of plastics in applications and adopting the injection-moulding process on a larger scale, the design methodology for injection moulding is not yet well-understood as compared to designs using metal components. Bajaj adds, “One of the most significant design issues causing problems for designers is pertaining to proper tolerances for the part and applying the correct shrinkage factors to the mould to account for the shrinkage and warpage in the component that occurs during the injection-moulding process.”

Design relevance In an increasingly competitive mouldmaking market, customers demand shorter lead-times and reduced pricing, or award their business contracts to cheaper, overseas suppliers. Keeping this in mind, the mould designers should always design according to the customers’ requirements. Manoj Mehta, Country Manager - India & SAARC Operations, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, observes, “Mould developers do not have the option of cutting corners in the design process to reduce prices and shorten lead-times. Therefore, one must ensure that the moulded parts should

meet the customers’ geometrical and mechanical specifications. Often, if the mould does not work right the first time, one has to incur the cost for making any necessary changes.” Customers use software technologies to create digital models and workflows that help them design, simulate and visualise their products. This enables them to experience their ideas before they turn into a reality, and thereby improve the performance of their product in the real world. Adding to this, Olaf Zoellner, Head-Injection Moulding Team, Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, says, “In principle, there is nothing critical about designing plastic components using injection-moulding technique. It offers a lot of possibilities, and is therefore, widely used all over the world.”

Injection moulding is used where two or three components can be assembled into a single component. It is a relatively new manufacturing process that is witnessing rapid growth globally as well as in India.

End-users’ perspective

Khagen Mehta

In today’s world, users have access to all sorts of information resources like media, Internet, etc. They are well-aware of various products and their features & functions. Zoellner states, “From the end-users’ point of view, major requirements comprise the integration of functions, lightweight parts, easy handling or rigid parts (depending on the applications), individualisation of parts (colouring), etc.” For instance, let us consider a simple component of a car steering column cover. It is an assembly of two components that have to be assembled without any gap. Also these components internally have many ribs and the end-user does not want any sink marks on the aesthetic surface. “Poor quality on the steering column cover will reflect poorly on all other components assembled in the entire dash board, even if the quality of all the other components is excellent. This has led to a change in the perception on the build quality of the entire

MD, Deesha Impex

car. So there has been continuous pressure on the product designer and processor to manufacture the component, which matches to the fit form and function perfectly and within tolerance,” avers Bajaj. Today, the end-users operate in a highly dynamic and competitive b u s i n e s s environment. “They are constantly

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A major design issue is pertaining to proper tolerances for the part and applying the correct shrinkage factors to the mould. This accounts for warpage in the component that occurs during the injection moulding. Rajiv Bajaj

Head – Manufacturing, India & SAARC, Autodesk

under pressure to produce new and innovative state-of-the-art designs in a short time under stringent budgetary restrictions. So in order to overcome such challenges and also stay ahead in their respective markets, our customers in mould making need comprehensive & efficient digital design and allied software programs to allow them meet their business challenges,” points out Manoj Mehta.

Trends in injection-moulding designing One of the latest trends in designing injection-moulding components is the inclusion of validation upfront in the design cycle. Sometimes, mould makers have to guarantee the ability of their products to withstand rigorous duty cycles. Manoj Mehta says, “Manufacturers can use analysis software to determine the stress, strain, deformed shape, and displacement of components during operation to avoid field failures. With this tool, one can quickly identify the weaknesses in the initial design. The fast, inexpensive 104

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generation of new software prototypes enables to solve problems that would otherwise go undetected until testing or, worse yet, in the customer’s plant.” By evaluating the exact duty cycle of the components, one may be able to reduce the cost and weight of the mould by using a smaller and lighter base.

Factors to be considered There are many factors to consider when designing for manufacture through injection moulding. The manufacturers need to ensure that their products have the proper design to meet the aesthetics and function of the part and for enabling accurate and consistent production. The part must also be designed in a way that it can be manufactured using the injection-moulding process. Sometimes, small changes in the design can save thousands of dollars in production costs, and make higher quality parts. Part designs differ for different processing methods. An injection-moulded part is different from a sheet metal or die-cast part that the injection-moulded part may be replacing. Bajaj says, “The selection of a design criterion is an important activity in the component design. When dealing with plastic components, this must be more sensible, since these materials have a mechanical behaviour different from the metallic materials. Plastic materials are sensitive to the hydrostatic stress components, thus the ‘Von Mises’ criterion (a theory related to stress) cannot be used in the plastic component design, as it is widely used in metallic ones.” In plastic component design, it is essential to explicitly discuss the main design criteria, which can be used in plastic component design, and explicit recommendations of safety factors appropriate to the plastic component domain. In general, meeting the requirements of customers is one of the key factors to be considered. Khagen Mehta says, “Having reliable material data available to enable simulation of the Courtesy: rhinocoatings parts‘ behaviour under required loads,

meeting surface qualities while fulfilling the mechanical requirements; taking into account the mouldability of the material for design specifications are pivotal. What mould makers need to do is to zero-in on a digital design software program.” One of the other issues revolves around reducing the time required to create proposals and design moulds, as well as evaluating them as they are developed, which will enable one to avoid problems that might otherwise go undetected until the development of a prototype mould. “By providing a wide range of integrated capabilities, the design software helps one automate many aspects of the design process. Plus, a powerful array of integrated analysis tools enables to validate mould designs using software prototypes, thereby ensuring that one gets the design right before releasing it for production. Additional integrated solutions allow to simplify the transition to manufacturing, as well as communicate efficiently and effectively with customers,” says Manoj Mehta. The different software offer the

Most requests for proposals consist of 3D solid model or 2D drawings that define the geometry of the injection-moulded part. Digital design software can open more different types of CAD files than other design systems. Manoj Mehta

Country Manager - India & SAARC Operations, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation

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To increase stiffness of plastic components, one should add ribs instead of increasing wall thickness. The ratio of rib against wall thickness should be 1:2 or less for amorphous materials. Olaf Zoellner

Head-Injection Moulding Team, Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen required tools to design moulds quickly, accurately and cost-effectively – and to succeed in an increasingly competitive tooling environment.

Opportunities abound This segment has immense opportunities. With each activity, the mould makers gain new insights and are able to innovate and produce new designs that keep them ahead of the market. In every challenge,

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there lies an opportunity. To innovate and stay competitive, it is imperative that mould makers undertake continuous R&D process. The designer should take into account the loads to be dealt by the product during its lifetime. Plastic materials show unpredictable behaviour – semi-crystalline materials are more unpredictable than amorphous materials. “When designing the tool, it is important to take care of the position of weldlines and the admissible machine pressures. For low-wall thicknesses, it is necessary to keep cyclic times short – too low-wall thicknesses could result in unfilled areas or bad holding pressure distribution (shrinkage/warpage),” points out Khagen Mehta. Choosing material with the right mechanical behaviour at different temperatures and chemical resistance is also vital. Zoellner notes, “Design for a plastic component should always keep wall thickness as low as possible, but flow length needs to be taken care of. To increase stiffness, one should add ribs instead of increasing wall thickness. One should use radii on transitions. The ratio of rib vs wall thickness should be 1:2 or less for amorphous materials. Besides, it is necessary to avoid designing flat-surfaces – induced by shrinkage and warpage, as it is difficult to injection-mould such flat surfaces. It is better to have rounded surfaces.” Increasingly, more products use plastic materials to reduce weight and cost, as well as for miniaturisation. This trend is aimed at making products lighter, less expensive and more efficient. In a lot of applications, using plastic materials is more cost-effective and they perform better in many cases in terms of insulation and impact resistance. The automotive industry is a good example of the increasing use of plastic parts in cars. “As the OEMs increasingly shift their resources to valueadded processes, they are looking at outsourcing partners Courtesy: Arburg to perform mundane,

non-core activities that include designing of similar components, mass production, etc. Contract manufacturers have, more than ever, become an important link in this strategy, as they broaden their services, embed themselves into customers’ operations and free up OEMs’ capital for use in higher ROI projects,” avers Bajaj. He adds, “Even as they offer manufacturing at costs lower than what many customers can achieve themselves, operational savings are just one benefit OEMs expect when outsourcing. The others include vendor consolidation and an accompanying shortening of the supply chain, access to technology, quicker turnaround on delivery and other productivity gains.”

Challenges The CAD/CAM service providers offer a unique set of powerful, mould-specific design automation and verification tools to help overcome mould-making challenges – so one can develop moulds quickly, accurately and cost-effectively. Manoj Mehta says, “The mould-makers’ challenge begins when they receive the requests for proposals (RFPs) from their customer. Most RFPs consist of either a 3D solid model or a series of 2D drawings that defines the geometry of the injectionmoulded part. The first step in responding to an RFP is to assess the customer’s part geometry.” He also points out, “State-ofthe-art digital design software can open more different types of CAD files than any other design system.”

Way forward The injection-moulding ecosystem is robust and is witnessing a healthy growth trajectory. Players in this domain need to constantly innovate to keep up with the requirements of the end-customers. Injection-moulding is an innovative area by itself that will help optimise the part and mould designs, reduce the number of physical prototypes and leave more time for new product development. A focus on the designing aspect would help in predicting and correcting injectionmoulded part defects and simulate the most advanced moulding processes with a thorough analysis of complex geometry with great accuracy.

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Ancillary equipment

Riding the automation wave

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With the plastics industry witnessing a significant growth momentum, companies are now focussing on improving their productivity & product quality, besides reducing manufacturing costs. As a way to optimise production, companies are now increasingly looking at the option of integrating automation in ancillary equipment. Shivani Mody takes a look at the technological developments and future opportunities in the domain of ancillary equipment.

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he plastics industry has been at the forefront in exploring ways to reduce energy consumption, excess use of labour and raw materials, and thereby, cut down costs. To cater to this demand, the ancillary or auxiliary equipment manufacturers have been focussing on the aspects of automation, energy and material usage monitoring among other technological advancements in the area of such equipment that have been pivotal in supporting the growth of the plastics industry. Majority of the ancillary equipment constitute the latest safety features and microprocessor controls that are easy to handle. The system of in-built alarms for equipment also ensures efficiency and reliability for end-users. In addition, the use of computers and IT has brought in more automation and control in the plant floor.

Moreover, the purpose of automation has shifted from just increasing productivity and reducing costs to broader issues such as increasing safety, quality, flexibility in manufacturing processes and less downtime (material change, colour change and mould change) etc. Further, the use of advanced technology such as wireless network and good communication systems to solve complicated problems in consultation with the experts over video conference would save considerable amount of the downtime.

Need for automation and its benefits Automation in plastics ancillary equipment helps in optimising the production in plastics processing industry. In addition, such equipment that include central conveying system, gravimetric dosing and blending,

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The major benefit of automation is prevention of manmade errors, as these can lead to huge losses in terms of materials, unnecessary expenses, and tarnishing of the brand image. Arun Pundir

Director, Aerodry Plastics Automation

mould temperature controller, chiller, mould dehumidifiers, conveyors and robots can virtually simulate any process parameters without being affected by environmental conditions. A combination of technological advancements and automation can help companies to enhance productivity and even address the issues of manpower. Arun Pundir, Director, Aerodry Plastics Automation Pvt Ltd, observes, “With the use of IT, many companies have reported savings in the extrusion process control systems. Using a JAVA application, one can get information about the process. This enables the management in getting access to data through IT rather than relying on the plant manager’s information. With information about material consumption in the process, companies can program systems accordingly and optimise the overall systems. This even enables resource optimisation and produces more with less.”

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On the significance of automation and ancillary equipment for plastics industry, Pundir avers, “Automation has tremendous scope from the point of polymer raw material input up to the delivery of finished goods. The plastics processing sector broadly comprises extrusion, injection moulding, blow moulding and recycling.” As a part of the overall operations, automation and advanced technology helps in reducing errors and improves the quality of products. Pundir informs, “The major benefit of automation is prevention of man-made errors, as these can lead to huge losses in terms of materials, unnecessary expenses, rejection of finished good, and tarnishing of the brand image. Plastics processing, being a conversion process from raw material to end-product, a wrong input shall lead to inappropriate output, with a limited scope of expensive correction in terms of forced recycling.” Obtaining the best results out of the machine depends on the selection of appropriate ancillary units. Such new units consume less electrical power. More importantly, they result in reducing process power consumption. Two apt examples of this are the increasing use of hot runners in moulds, and use of

vacuum technology in material drying.

Technological advancements in ancillary equipment industry In the extrusion sector, the most important areas for automation include raw material handling, storage, blending, conveying of raw materials up to the extruder. On the extruders, the raw material feed is controlled with the throughput of the end-product manufactured. For example, in a multilayer plant, various recipes handled in respective extruders require consistency in blend control of the raw material feed in order to get the barrier properties required for packaging. Pundir adds, “With the help of automated conveying, blending, gravimetric loss-in-weight extrusion process control system, one can ensure production quality with consistency.” Elaborating on the efficiency part of ancillary equipment with respect to different processes, Bhimsen Mudhol, Sales Manager-Peripherals, Unimark, informs, “In the case of drying resins, vacuum or membrane dryers can be used, which help in reducing the energy consumption significantly, besides saving time. For changing moulds, most processors intend to achieve singledigit mould change time (SDMC).

Courtesy: Rajoo Engineers Ltd

MARKET TRENDS

In blown film and sheet extrusion segment, trends in automation revolve around material conveying, multicomponent gravimetric blending, gravimetric dosing for GSM control, temperature control, etc. Sunil Jain

President, Rajoo Engineers

They could consider several types of quick mould change (QMC) systems and quick release couplings including multicoupling. For QMC, there are many solutions on hand with mechanical, magnetic or hydraulic systems.” These solutions lead to increased utilisation of moulds & machines, and also keep the production floor tidy and clean. This is not all when it comes to development of efficient equipment in the plastics industry. There have been technological advancements in filtration of plastic material, wherein companies use screen changers to filter the plastic material and remove impurities, thereby preventing damage to the die & barrel, and increasing the life of the machine. This ensures consistent, good quality of the final product. Also since the leakage problem and the idle time is eliminated, maximum utilisation of plant becomes possible, which eventually translates into reduced costs. At present, the type of screen changers with the continuous self-cleaning function is installed with woven sack

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plants, which are ideal for non-stop production. While citing its advantage, Hardit Parikh, Director – Marketing, Rajhans Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd, says, “Currently, the plastics industry uses screen changers for filtration of plastic material during processing with extrusion machinery. Besides, some companies use the melt pump systems with the screen changers, as it functions as a controlling unit for the flow of materials in the die.” Additionally, companies have reaped immense benefits from the material blending and GSM control, thickness control and process control. Sunil Jain, President, Rajoo Engineers Ltd, informs, “In blown film and sheet extrusion segment, trends in automation revolve around material conveying, multi-component gravimetric blending, gravimetric dosing for GSM control, temperature control, history logging, recipe and process parameter recall, thickness control and integrated supervisory process control. While in thermoforming segment, trends in automation include temperature control, multiple-axis servo control and automatic stacking.”

for high-speed production of packaging articles can improve energy-efficiency by a factor of two. Optimised injectionmoulding cycles can result in improved efficiency, if all causes of non-optimum cycle time are eliminated. Pundir says, “In injection-moulding, blow-moulding segments, the scope for automation lies in raw material conveying, drying, dosing & blending in pre-processing of raw materials, prior to moulding machine. In the post-processing scenario, one requires to maintain the right temperature as well as control relative humidity of the mould. By using equipment like the chiller, mould temperature controller, mould dehumidifier, it is possible to simulate the conditions required for efficient and quality moulding. The moulded parts call for better handling post-production, which is possible through conveyors or robots.” Elaborating on injection-moulding equipment, Mudhol says, “Considering a few applications in injectionmoulding systems, to start with,

Robotics The use of robotics has helped in improving productivity and quality for manufacturers. Further, there is increased use of robots in parts removal, insert placement, and process assembly. The objective is to reduce human fatigue and increase consistency in process. A good example of this is in mould labelling (IML). A human being is in no position to match the speed and accuracy of placing labels in hot moving moulds to get complex and innovative new designs for commercial packaged products. One of the areas witnessing increased robotic adoption is injection moulding. Many studies reveal that faster processes can result in greater energyefficiency. For example, in-line processes

Currently, the plastic industry uses screen changers for filtration of plastic material during extrusion processing. Moreover, some companies use melt pump systems with screen changers. Hardit Parikh

Director – Marketing, Rajhans Plastic Machinery

MARKET TRENDS

Major challenges for Indian processors are in the area of material drying, which is estimated at 4-6 hours and even 8-10 hours for special blend. Bhimsen Mudhol

Sales Manager-Peripherals, Unimark

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the material handling system can be improved to transport material with simple energy-efficient loaders and automation devices. For finished parts inspection, one could install in-line vision systems and good & bad part sorting systems for parts segregation.”

Future opportunities Plastics industry is growing phenomenally worldwide. While most people consider India as a lowcost country with cheap labour, the perception is changing rapidly. There is plenty of opportunity for automation in the industry, as customers are looking for innovative solutions that reduce manufacturing costs and increase quality & productivity. However, there is still a wide technology gap in automation between what is available internationally and what is available in India. Further, robotics for material handling and process checking automation will play a significant role in the country. The level of automation in India currently is low, due to high investment levels in such automation. It is a chicken and egg situation, since volumes are low, prices are high or since prices are high, potential is low. In the global market, plant capacities are high, thus justifying investments in automation. But even in India, the situation is fast changing and the benefits of automation are being understood by processors, observes Jain. According to Mudhol, some of the medium and large-scale industries still deploy the available technologies, and there is a scope for incorporating hightech ancillary equipment. The end-users are demanding reduction in part costs every year and this only increases the scope for automation through sensible use of peripheral equipment. However, on the other hand, there is price rise in raw material, increase in power and labour cost.

The need for automation, using advanced technology and robotics, is huge in the country, with increasing labour costs and manpower issues. Considering the overall advantages of an automated system, even the return on investment is better. Moreover, ancillary equipment and automation solution suppliers in India need to wake up to this opportunity and develop state-of-the-art technologies, either on their own or through collaboration with reputed suppliers from Europe. Indigenous availability of such technology and equipment will reduce investment levels and give a boost to its utilisation and demand. Talking about the challenges, Mudhol says, “One of the major challenges for the Indian processors is mainly in the area of material drying, which is estimated at 4-6 hours and even 810 hours for special blend. The use of vacuum drying system can dry the resin in less than an hour. Another problem is with respect to mould changing – the smaller mould requires about less than 30 to 60 minutes whereas bigger moulds require about 4-6 hours; and the use of quick mould system will complete the mould change in less than 10 minutes.” On the rising demand for auxiliary equipment, Pundir concludes, “In India, the use of automation in plastics industry has a long way to go compared to developed nations in Europe, Japan, the US where the extensive use of automation has created better brand value along with consumer confidence. By implementing automation, one can produce high quality product with consistency. The use of robotic arms in the plastics industry is limited, though there lies huge potential in this domain. There is tremendous scope when it comes to automation in plastics industry, especially in terms of ancillary equipment, and it can make a huge difference for companies in this sector.”

KNOW-HOW

Design automation in mould design

Gaining an engineering edge The shrinking profit margins are compelling companies across industries to look at ways to bring down engineering cost and time. One of the strategies includes adoption of design automation, which provides enormous benefits to engineer-to-order manufacturers including mould makers. As the word indicates, design automation enables mould makers, just as in the case of other manufacturers, to reduce design costs and meet customer expectations effectively, besides boosting their profits. Manoj Mehta

What exactly is design automation?

The definition of design automation may vary from industry to industry and organisation to organisation. Mould makers are looking out for ways to save time and reduce costs in the engineering process. As a result, various vendors refer to different features or utilities as ‘design automation’. Unfortunately, most of these are not useful mechanisms for automation because they cannot handle the entire job. For companies that offer engineerto-order products, design automation is specifically defined as a system that captures, and more or less, automatically applies an engineering activity to product variants to generate finished designs in minimum time.

What is the key benefit of automation to mould makers?

By implementing design automation, engineer-to-order manufacturers, including mould makers can complete days of custom engineering in just minutes. Design automation also expedites and simplifies the creation of 3D models, drawings, quote documents, manufacturing data – virtually any requirement of the custom sales process. In mould making, like in most industries today, profit margins are getting narrow and these will continue to become even thinner. Even where margins are relatively healthy, competition and global outsourcing make cost reduction mandatory. Traditionally, the high cost

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of engineering has contributed significantly to the shrinking profit margins. As a result, numerous attempts have been made to cut the process time and the cost of engineering activities. Most of these approaches have been point solutions, which can be highly important in their own right, but are not applicable across the board. Design automation, on the other hand, stands out as an effective means of cutting costs for a well-defined, well-proven range of engineering activities. This is especially so in cases where business needs demand rapid, accurate quoting; consistent engineering; and, most importantly, minimum time to finished product delivery.

What are the factors driving design automation?

The majority of firms, mould makers being no exception, share a common goal of reducing design costs. Traditionally, they have had two options: to design less and standardise the product range; or to design faster. The first option would work fine, if one wants to limit customers’ choices. However, over the past few years, the pressure to customise products has risen tremendously. In a recent Cincom study, 73 per cent of the total respondents viewed product customisation as critical for products over $ 1,00,000, while another 25 per cent considered it crucial even for products under $ 1,000. This trend is expected to grow. The Cincom study revealed that 63 per cent of engineers have seen requests for customised products increase over the last five years, and 26 per cent anticipate that the growth rate will be between 25 and 50 per cent in the next two years.

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KNOW-HOW If mould makers aspire to meet customer expectations and grow profit margins, the second option is ideal. However, it needs to be taken into account that along with growth comes problems, especially if the custom design process is not managed efficiently.

What challenges would mould makers face, if they fail to automate their design to manufacture process?

Companies that do not automate their design process face different problems. For instance, on account of time constraints, some firms always end up using out-of-date drawings to keep the work going. From receipt of the order, they usually have six weeks to get the job out of the door. Unfortunately, they don’t even get the drawings until after five weeks. This situation can lead to possibilities of errors. Some companies are not able to quote quickly and end up rejecting small enquiries – around 30 per cent of possible orders. At times, further 30 per cent of possible contracts are lost as a result of missing quote submission dates.

Exploded view of mould of interior car door handle bezels (left and right handle)

Courtesy: elinedesign Mould, World Kitchen, LLC Courtesy: Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation

A survey of CAD users comprised key questions about the users’ design processes. All survey respondents were aware of design automation in various industry segments that document paybacks from design automation. These include almost all engineer-to-order products and many custom or customisable products – basically, any enterprise whose product

must be touched by engineering for a significant percentage of orders. The primary single determinant of whether design automation will benefit a company or a designer is the extent to which new products are based on previous designs. Nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated that a significant portion of their products – from 20 to 100 per cent – are so derived.

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What are some of the areas where mould makers can benefit through automation?

Some of the key areas where design automation can contribute significantly include: Automated creation of 3D parts, assemblies and drawings based on variations of existing products Automatic generation of manufacturing documents Automatic retrieval and incorporation of existing product data and calculations Automatic generation of sales proposals, quotes and documents Automated product specification by non-technical associates, such as sales Automated, web-based product specification, such as remote sales or customers

Is design automation effective and efficient in the mould-making ecosystem?

Design automation systems have been in use since the early 1980s, helping companies to save time and money. Recently, a machine builder completed all the engineering work that once took 80 hours in less than one hour by implementing design automation. Within 24 hours, an elevator manufacturer can now create quotes and drawings, including engineering and documentation, which once took weeks with manual methods. A lifting beam company can respond to customer enquiries with general arrangement drawings and a quotation in less than an hour – deliverables that previously took 16 hours. Even small products benefit – component brackets that took 45 minutes to configure manually at one company are now done in less than one minute. So, design automation is efficient. Design automation today, is present in most state-of-the-art 3D software programmes.

Do configurators perform design automation?

Many configurators state that they do perform design automation tasks, and countless demos confirm this. However, most are just an afterthought rather than the core competency of the system. Invariably, design automation is served via programming-based customisation.

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Configurators typically mix and match rather than engineer. That is, they can add and remove items on bills of materials (BOMs), but cannot understand the types of calculations required for engineering or the workflow of engineering. As a result, most configurators simply cannot handle engineer-to-order designs. Design engineers in the mould-making ecosystem require a system that will drive the CAD package in a coherent and controlled manner. Moreover, every point of automation must be done consistently, with nothing forgotten, nothing fudged – and everything completed.

How is design automation put into practice in the mouldmaking ecosystem?

Design automation should be viewed as a new way of working, not as a single project with a beginning and an end that is only done once. With design automation, mould makers can literally treat every part of an assembly as a variable design that can be automatically modified by inputs. Doing so, however, would be a mistake. A mould maker’s first step is to determine which variable parts require engineering while they are being varied, and which will generally be a subset of a given assembly. Based on the observation, the best candidate can be selected from among these to tackle the first design, which is typically a redesign that literally takes more time than it is worth. Since numerous variables exist, it would be naïve to imagine that one could put all the details about all the parts into the rules-based system in one go. Various questions arise as to where to start; what route to follow, etc. Once these questions are answered, one will get the answer to the initially under constrained task. The key, of course, is to build automated activities one step at a time.

What are the key criteria for evaluation?

Mould makers choose 3D CAD software for its features like powerful modelling and revolutionary interface. When mould makers are searching for the ideal design automation model, they want the same dynamic combination. Unfortunately, it is not included in all design automation packages. In fact, design automation business models range from those that

dictate buying software and consulting. After all, since mould makers bring in product knowledge and expertise, they should retain complete control over that intellectual property. Solutions that require consulting date back to the first days of design automation. In the early 1980s, engineering design was much different than it is today. Affordable CAD software that ran on small computers was 2D and not graphical in its interface. Serious 3D design required mini computers and high-end CAD, and generally mandated specialised consulting for installation and start-up. A CAD system that cost $ 40,000 per seat in 1985 for basic 3D capability could easily demand $ 1,00,000 in consulting – and $ 1,40,000 in 1985 is the equivalent of over $ 2,75,000 today. This is an investment only large companies can make. At that time, the early design automation products presented two major obstacles –their price, around $ 1 million ($ 1.9 million today), and their inability to interoperate with the CAD systems of the day. The geometry and spatial relationships of every part, no matter how complete in a given company’s CAD system, had to be completely rebuilt in the design automation system. Furthermore, the process required the mastery of an arcane coding language. No wonder consultants were needed. In the same way that 3D CAD has become mainstream, modern design automation also offers a mainstream choice. Unfortunately, a number of design automation systems still follow the old mould, possibly because the original model still appeals to system designers. Apart from the business model, mould makers should consider the following criteria when selecting a design automation system: Ease of use Maintainability Scalability System integration Manoj Mehta is the Country Manager - India and SAARC Operations, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation. He can be contacted on email: mmehta@solidworks.com

PERFORMANCE METRICS

Transmission laser welding of thermoplastics

Securing the joints

Laser welding of thermoplastics is a new jointing technique with a host of advantages. It is not only an extremely useful welding method but also a cost-effective alternative to traditional techniques involving screws or adhesives. Because only the region of the joint is heated and there is no mechanical stress, the process is suitable even for sensitive components – in electronics or medical technology, for example. This article describes the principle of transmission laser welding and some variants of the process, besides the requirements placed upon materials.

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aser welding, a technique that employs laser beam for joining thermoplastics, is now gaining prominence in largescale industrial applications. The laser generates an intense beam of radiation, which is focussed onto the material to be joined, providing good control over the region heated and the amount of heat applied. The process technology for laser welding of thermoplastics has many advantages when compared with traditional welding methods, such as heated tool welding, vibration welding or ultrasonic welding. The benefits include:

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No mechanical stress on the joint components Small amounts of heat applied to a limited area Parts with different stiffness are weldable Contactless (no melt tack, no markings on components) Virtually no erosion process Repair of welds possible Materials of different viscosities can be welded These advantages have to be weighed against the fact that welding by traditional methods is less sensitive to

PERFORMANCE METRICS polymer materials, processing history, pigmentation and additives. The widely used variant of the process to date is transmission or overlap welding.

Principle of transmission welding The jointing process in laser welding is based on converting radiant energy into heat via its absorption within the material, giving local melting in the jointing region. The basic requirement for the transmission process is, therefore, a suitable combination of materials. The short wavelength infrared (IR) radiation is intended to pass virtually unhindered through the upper transmitting joint component and become completely absorbed at a depth of from 0.1 to 0.5 mm within the lower joint component, getting converted into heat. This joint component is heated and melted in the absorption region by the energy supplied. Melting increases the volume and bridges the joint gap. Contact enables heat transfer between the two joint components. The laserpermeable joint component also gets melted by conducted heat.

Optical properties of polymer materials Intensity of absorption is determined by the material and also by its additives, as well as by the wavelength emitted by the laser source. The radiation optics of the materials can be controlled as required within certain limits by modifying the materials appropriately. Absorption spectra provide information on the conversion of incident energy as a function of wavelength. Reflectance and transmittance are given as a function of wavelength in reflection and transmission spectra.

Radiation sources: Lasers The degree of transmission required means that the main radiation sources for transmission welding of plastics are those emitting in the short wavelength infrared:

Table 1:Suitability of various thermoplastics for laser welding Optical Properties

Welding Performance

Polystyrene (PS)

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Polyamide (PA)

+

++

Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)

0

+

Styrene-Acrylonitrile (SAN)

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++

Polyethersulfone (PES)

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++

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)

+

++

Combination PC and ABS

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Combination PMMA and ABS

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+ + = very good, + = good, 0 = satisfactory

Solid-state lasers (位= 1064 nm) and High-power diode lasers (位= 8001000 nm). Medium and long wavelength IR radiation is completely absorbed close to the surface of all polymers, whatever their content of fillers or additives. This means that CO2 lasers (位= 10600 nm) are restricted to film welding. The latest generation of high-power diode lasers feature compactness, cost-effectiveness and high efficiency, but these lasers have limited focussing capability and, are therefore, not suitable for every variant of the process.

Variables and significant process parameters Low-absorption thermoplastics have good suitability for laser welding, if they are combined with an absorbing and chemically compatible material. The laser power and laser-permeable material for transmission welding

needs to be selected to make the transmitted energy density of the laser beam sufficient to melt the absorbing material. The depth to which the laser beam penetrates the plastic depends on a wide variety of variables such as: Wavelength of the laser beam Chemical composition Morphology The nature and amount of additives (fibres, colourants, plasticisers and fillers). Morphology: Amorphous thermoplastics absorb only a small proportion of the incident laser beam, and theoretical penetration depths of 100 mm and more can thus be achieved. The optical properties of semi-crystalline thermoplastics are quite different: the secondary crystalline structures present (eg spherolites) scatter the laser beam. Fillers and reinforcing materials: Engineering plastics generally have fillers and reinforcing materials that can scatter or even absorb incident

Table 2:Comparison of process variants Contour Welding Flexibility Welding time Complexity of weld profile Tolerance compensation Plant cost Laser type usable

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QuasiSimultaneous Welding

Mask Welding

Very high

Low

High

Low

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Short

Moderate

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Moderate

High

Moderate

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Possible

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None

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Very high

High

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Transmitting joint component

1. Absorption of laser beam, energy conversion

Absorbing joint component ���

2. Melting of absorbing joint component, volume increase

Melt 3. Contact of melt with transmitting joint component

4. Contact heating, melting of transmitting joint component

Figure 1: Schematic description of procedures during transmission welding

Wavelength Energy density Principle of process Processing speed

Polymer material

IR radiation. Although glass fibres are permeable to IR radiation, scattering of radiation at the many interfaces between the fibres and the matrix increases the optical path, and thereby, reduces transmission. In coloured plastics, the content of pigment or dye plays an important part – the lower the penetration depth, the greater the risk of damage to the material. At lower pigment contents, relatively deep melting of the absorbing joint part is likely to be possible without thermal damage to a material. The resultant increase in volume expansion lengthens the period of melt contact, thus increasing weld strength. Absorption and transmission behaviour can be adapted by incorporating fillers and/or pigments – even to the extreme of surface absorption within a layer just a

few micrometre thick. Controlled incorporation of specific additives can produce coloured plastics, which to the eye appear identical but actually have the different absorption behaviour needed for transmission welding. Process parameters: Since the diffusion process required for welding needs a certain period for the high temperatures to act, problems will occur, if the feed rate is too high or the laser power is too low. On the other hand, damage of the material can result, if the feed rate is too low or the laser power is too high.

Suitable materials There is a wide variety of amorphous thermoplastics with ideal transmission properties (in the wavelength region usually used include PS, ABS, SAN, PMMA, PSU/PES. In contrast, semi-

Special absorption Molecular structure Degree of crystallisation/ crystallite size Fillers (glass fibres, carbon black) Colourants Additives (eg flame retardants) Moisture content Thermal conductivity/capacity Enthalpy of fusion/melting point Enthalpy of vaporisation/ vaporisation point Quality of surface

Design Component thickness Clamping system Processing Gap width

Figure 2: Factors affecting depth of penetration of laser beam and the joint quality

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crystalline thermoplastics, such as PA, PBT, POM, can absorb and reflect a considerable proportion of the laser energy, even without additives. Besides welding of thermoplastics of the same type, it is also possible to join different types, such as polyamid-6 and polyamid-6,6. Combinations with commercially-available thermoplastic elastomers are also possible.

Variants of the process Now-a-days, several process variants are available based on the transmission principle, and the requirements of each case determine which variant is most useful. The processes are described below together with their typical features.

Contour welding Contour welding is a sequential welding process in which either the laser beam is guided along a freely programmable weld profile or the component is moved relative to a fixed laser. For this process variant, there are fibre-coupled laser systems with a rounded beam crosssection. Depending on the type of laser and the optics, the width of the weld can be changed from a few tenths of one millimetre to several millimetres. The process can weld components with complex, three-dimensional joint contours. It also allows rapid changeover between components of different shapes. Since the melting of the weld takes place sequentially, no melt flow-out is possible, and therefore, only a small joint gap is permissible. As the weld length increases, the resultant process times are several seconds.

Simultaneous welding In simultaneous welding, radiation from individual high-power diodes is emitted in the shape of a line arranged along the contours of the seam to be welded. The entire profile is melted and welded simultaneously. The number of diodes required depends on the dimensions of the component and on the welding power needed.

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Reflectance (%) Transmittance (%)

80

Nd: YAG laser

Diode laser

CO2 laser

60

100 80

Ultramid® a (polyamid 6.6) uncoloured,

Transmission

(standard temperature and humidity conditions)

60

40

40

20

20

0

0

1000

10000 Wavelength (nm)

Figure 3: Reflection and transmission spectra for an Ultramid® A sheet of 2 mm thickness

The process requires no relative movement between component and laser beam, and there is no need for any system to guide the beam. On the other hand, a new arrangement of laser diodes or a new welding tool is needed for each change of weld profile or design, and the shape of the weld is currently still restricted to profiles composed of straight lines. Melt flow-out can be produced by applying pressure to the weld profile during the welding process. This can compensate for warpage, component tolerances or sink marks in the region of the weld. Simultaneous welding features short process times of less than two seconds, and is particularly suitable for mass production.

Quasi-simultaneous welding or scan welding Quasi-simultaneous welding is a combination of contour welding and simultaneous welding. Galvanometric mirrors (scanners) are used to guide the laser beam along the weld profile at a high speed of 10 m/s or more. The high speed of transit gives progressive heating and melting of the region to be welded. Unlike with simultaneous welding, there is high flexibility for changes in weld profile. Application is currently restricted to components with dimensions of not more than 200 mm x 200 mm and virtually planar weld profiles. As in

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Absorption Reflection

0

10

20

30 40 50 Glass fibre content (% by weight)

Figure 4: Effect of glass fibre content on transmission, reflection and absorption in polyamid-6,6

simultaneous welding, pressure can be applied during the welding process to make the melt compensate for moulding tolerances. Process times are longer than with simultaneous welding, but shorter than for contour welding. The use of long deflection paths and scanner mirrors demands a laser source with high quality of beam.

Mask welding Mask welding is the latest process. A linear laser beam is made to traverse the parts to be joined, and a mask is used to screen specific areas from the beam, so that it impacts the jointing surface only at the areas to be welded. The process can produce precisely positioned welds. Very fine structuring of the mask can be used to achieve extremely high resolution, and welds just 10 µm in width can be produced. Straight and curved lines of various widths can be produced in a single operation, and sheets can also be welded. This variant of the process is used mainly for sensors, chips, electronic components or micro-system technology. However, changes in the shape of the weld require production of a new mask.

Safety and the environment When correct procedures are used to weld polymeric materials, the amounts of gaseous emissions produced are generally small. Nevertheless,

installation of adequately sized extraction and filtration systems is recommended, since alongside the main constituents of the exhaust gases – the non-hazardous CO2 and H2O – small concentrations of toxic constituents can be present. The handling of lasers must always comply with appropriate regulations – such as those relating to employee safety requirements – since even scattered radiation from a laser can damage eyes and skin.

Conclusion Transmission laser welding is now widely used for joining thermoplastics and is capable of welding thicker parts, which is not possible with some other welding techniques. In addition, since the heat affected zone is confined to the joint region, no marking of the outer surfaces occurs. Hence, this process is gaining preference in various applications across industries. Note: The information submitted in this publication is based on BASF’s current knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect processing and application, these data do not relieve processors of the responsibility of carrying out their own tests and experiments; neither do they imply any legally binding assurance of certain properties or of suitability for a specific purpose. It is the responsibility of those to whom BASF supplies their products to ensure that all proprietary rights and existing laws & legislations are observed. Courtesy: BASF SE

MANAGEMENT MANTRAS

ERP in SMEs

Mapping the route to excellence Ensuring timeliness, customer satisfaction and improving the overall processes of a company has become critical for long-term growth as well as gaining a competitive edge in the market. These require mapping of manufacturing operations in a company, especially SMEs. ERP plays a crucial role in achieving this, as it facilitates external communication of a company with both vendors & customers, and resolves other pertinent issues. This article delves into how mapping of manufacturing operations maximises the benefits of ERP, enabling SMEs to be more competent. Satish Radhakrishnan

T

he conventional success factors for the SMEs, such as position in the marketplace, achievements as innovators, quality supplier, productivity, profitability, etc are no longer the only criteria to stay ahead in the race. These factors only help one to gain the initial footing and advantage. Yet, it is vital to respond to the market in a timely manner. This includes timely delivery of products and services, immediate attention to customer problem/resolution and continuous improvement in all processes.

Need for mapping

Individuals working in a company gradually become attuned to the culture

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of the company. With time, they begin to understand the cues released by the ‘company process’ and adapt to working to the best of their ability. However, internal cues are subtle when they are not verbalised. Thus, a company that seeks growth and long-term stability must ensure that its ‘process’ is not misunderstood. SMEs, in comparison, have relatively informal structures and culture. Further, mapping of ‘company operation’ is the essential verbalisation of the tools, working methods and practices of the company for ensuring continuous improvement. It defines the company processes, exposes the prevalent culture and helps modify the culture to the ‘to be’ state. Material flow, information flow and human intervention are key ingredients of a manufacturing business process. ERP is, first, a tool to record the ‘actual’ of individual process in comparison to the planned (standard) input and output. ERP also serves as a tool to record the external communication of the company with both the vendors and the customers alike. For all these recordings, human intervention in terms of correct recording by individual process owners becomes a necessity. Yet, as ERP links several individual processes that the material follows in its conversion path from the raw material stage to finished good stage, it also acts as the process definer for the company by providing crucial information flow to act as integrator. The value chain of each SME is a system of interdependent activities. Linkages are formed when the way in which one activity is performed affects the cost or effectiveness of other activities. Linkages often create a trade-off in

MANAGEMENT MANTRAS performing various activities that need to be optimised. Moreover, linkages require co-ordinating various activities. The design of processes determines the nature of the work of a team member and how these individuals are grouped & organised, which, in turn, results in operational competence or failure. The same holds true for the success or failure of ERP as well. When ERP software fails, it is usually because the company did not dedicate enough time or funds to training and managing culture-change issues. Team members in companies that have decided to invest in ERP must recognise that this investment is to meet the need for a better decision-making process, enhanced coordination and greater responsiveness, both internally & externally, with vendors & customers. Successful ERP facilitates gaining a competitive advantage in the market.

Mapping journey

Mapping of ‘company operations’ prior to ERP implementation and selection is a process of making oneself ERP compliant. It involves mapping of product, process, alliance and competence.

Product mapping

Product mapping involves assessing complexity & variety of end-products and individual product volume. Mapping end-product complexity refers to recording the number of internal components (component count), the amount of difference from previous products and difficulty in assembling & manufacturing. With mapping of a variety of end-products, not only the entire range of manufactured products should be considered, but also the end-products to be sold without being processed (goods for resale). ERP makes it necessary to specify all possible product variants in the system. Individual product volume helps assess the cost of the lot size determined, and the impact of such a changeover. Product mapping helps define product family, whereby commonality in inputs, customisation requirements and set-up can favour mass customisation programme for quick changeover at minimum/optimised costs. Company initiatives to reduce complexity are closely linked to design reuse and increased standardisation. Such mapping may

determine that there exist multiple design variations, yet offer little customer value. A record of these processes prior to input in the ERP goes a long way in reducing variability of inputs and clogging of database with rarely used inputs. Also, making product families helps customers decide better when the range of end products is huge. A good product configuration directly elicits easy and prompt customer requirement.

Process mapping

Process mapping is for documenting and validating methods and equipment used to manufacture the product prior to the ERP implementation. Numerous studies have proved that companies having greater consistency in methods prior to implementation appeared to achieve more successful implementations regardless of the level of documentation. Process mapping addresses a composite of the three variables, namely, mechanisation level, systemisation level and interconnection level.

Mechanisation level

Mechanisation level means determining the level of machine usage and automation prevalent in the company. The level of mechanisation is classified as manual, machine, fixed programme and programmable control. Mechanisation refers to a stage in the development Mechanisation level Manual Machine Fixed programme

Programmable control

Systemisation level Data Event reporting Tracking Monitoring Guide Control

of tools and machinery where the tool passes from being an appendage of the worker, enhancing one or another of its own power, to a point where the machine controls the labour process & the entire process is dominated by capacities of machine. This helps quantify maximum capacities and production capabilities of the system as a whole. The performance & economy of the system depends on the level of mechanisation. A system with high manual content in operation is subject to high variability in terms of input and output.

Systemisation level

The level of systemisation is sequenced in the form of data collection, event reporting, tracking, monitoring, guide and control. This is an assessment of the existing information flow abilities as to which level of feedback system is static, active, dynamic or passive in the manufacturing environment.

Level of interconnection

The level of interconnection describes the integration level between the various process operations and is a composite of several subordinate factors like discontinuities, technological interdependence and operational flexibility. These levels address the plant layout, technological differences and scheduling practices.

Description Manual operation performed by human operator with minimum tools for assistance; eg, component assembly using simple fixture and hand tool. Operator employs mechanical assistance in performing operation; eg, milling machine, presses, etc. Operator may employ pneumatic logic, mechanisation sequence or numerical control to execute sequence of operation. No provision is made for exceptions to the operation. A machine may execute the sequence of operation and compensate for exceptions that may occur. Machine can be programmed to perform different task also. Description To record past occurrences - documents produced at a later date To capture events as they occur - documents are produced when & where required A continuous profile of event information for a series of operations or movements Dynamically comparing actual events to those planned. Alert messages are produced Providing actions, alternatives and capturing the course of action Executing a control system action when a predefined event or condition occurs

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Level of interconnection Discontinuities

Technological interdependence

Operational flexibility

Description Refers to the level of work-in-process (WIP) inventories. With decreasing WIP arises a greater need for integration between process stages Despite the presence of WIP inventory, it is possible that different stages in the production process be technologically interdependent. With increasing interdependence, there is inherently a greater level of integration between processes Primarily associated with a mix of lead times through factory and frequency of change in production schedule. As the required level of flexibility increases, there is a greater need for integration between process stages

Mapping all the three levels helps determine the complexity of the process structure. Typically, the low complexity of the process structure is characterised by numerous discontinuities and high WIP, few production standards, individual operator control of material flow pacing & high level of component redundancy as well as a huge variety of components. Process mapping can help a company focus on the real issues prior to ERP implementation and bring in early improvements.

Mapping of alliance

With alliance, the focus is on capturing the material, system and service that is provided through internal operation, those that will be ordered from vendors, and the kind of relationship is to be established with various vendor groups. When the dependency is high on vendor input quality than on own processes (typically seen in SMEs where assembly

is the major activity), then mapping of internal process is mostly redundant. Instead, scheduling and integration of plans with vendor becomes the primary need with use of ERP. Lead time and distance from the assembly hub decide the level of interconnection that ERP needs to address. In other words, the process mapping needs to address linkages with the vendor in terms of mechanisation level, systemisation level and level of interconnection. Again, good and consistent partnering with the vendor on the part of SME management becomes a must.

Mapping of competence

Finally, competence mapping seeks to capture the organisational structure, roles, reporting relationship and policies. The core competency of the SME is a collection of skills & technology that represents the total learning across individual skill set and

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individual organisational units of the SME. Long & Vickers-Koch (1995) noted that competencies relate to the skills, knowledge and technological know-how that give a special advantage at specific points of the value chain, which, in combination with the strategic processes that link the chain together, form core capabilities. The strength of SMEs is based on its product scope, process technology and alliance. Moreover, it is an amalgamation of cost, quality, time, dependability and flexibility. Competence mapping is thus a measure of the ability to make relatively standard product more efficiently, more reliably and with high precision, and also about having a measure of management systems and policies that determine the way the company is managed.

On a final note

With a thorough mapping that must essentially encompass the entire SME organisation, it becomes easier for the SME to manage the change that is a bygone eventuality of ERP implementation. Occasionally, the mapping competence may also reveal that the SME is not yet ready for ERP implementation. On receiving this cue, the SME can first diligently work on to becoming more ERP compliant, so as to ensure the full benefit of successful ERP implementation.

References

1. ‘Information Technology implementing strategies for manufacturing organisations: A strategic alignment approach’ - Chin-Fu Ho 2. ‘Linking manufacturing complexity to choices in CIM Technology’ - Orne D & Kotha S 3. ‘How Information gives you Competitive Advantage’ - Micheal E Porter & Victor E Millar Satish Radhakrishnan is a Consultant with Savoir Faire Management Services Pvt Ltd. Savoir Faire develops cost information systems to support pricing, outsourcing and control decisions using the cost excellence (CE©) model. Applying cost management methodologies and lean thinking to align process to customer value, Savoir Faire helps firms across sectors to improve their bottom line. Email: sfgroup@vsnl.com

Projecting ‘a promising Pune is emerging as a preferred manufacturing hub owing to massive investments and lucrative projects that the region has attracted during the past one year. These projects have had a major impact on the local industry and have also played a pivotal role in changing the dynamics of the region. Assisting the trade & industry and keeping the growth spiral alive in Pune are trade shows like Engineering Expo that help the entire industry to converge effectively under one roof. Shibani Gharat

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hat does General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Bajaj Auto, Volkswagen, Tata Motors, Apollo Tyres, Alpha Laval, Force Motors, Piaggio Vehicles, Bharat Forge, Mahindra & Mahindra, Kirloskar Oil Engines, ThyssenKrupp, TCS, Wipro, Patni, Honeywell, Whirlpool, Matsushita, LG have in common? Besides being colossal in their respective industry verticals, they all have a manufacturing facility in Pune. Pune, once known as the ‘Oxford of the East,’ is growing strength by strength to become the ‘Detroit of the East.’ From educational institutions to foreign institutional, as well as direct investments, the city has a new face and identity today. Presently, almost every foreign company wants to be a part of Pune’s flourishing manufacturing belt.

Pune as an investment hub The city has been a favourite destination for several MNCs since time immemorial. It has a vast pool of engineering and management talent. Its propinquity to Mumbai, favourable climate and a cosmopolitan culture have contributed to the growth of this city. Moreover, the opportunities that Pune offers in infrastructure and its allied sectors are tremendous. Besides, the distribution of SME clusters in

Pune follows a logical pattern of proximity to industries. During the last few years, this region has seen a plethora of gigantic investments. In the last year alone, three massive new plants owned by General Motors, Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra were inaugurated here. The new projects include Fiat-Tata joint venture at Ranjangaon with a proposed investment of ` 4,000 crore, GM’s ` 1,400 crore investment with a further ` 900 crore expansion, Volkswagen’s project of ` 3,800 crore, Mercedes’ ` 250 crore investment and Mahindra & Mahindra planning a huge investment of ` 5,00,00 crore by 2012. Also, Bajaj Auto has proposed ` 300 crore investment in two- & three-wheelers and a further ` 1,000 crore investment in a car plant. In January, automotive component manufacturer ZF India inaugurated a manufacturing facility in Pune. In April 2010, China-based SANY Group, a leading global major in construction machinery industry, inaugurated its first manufacturing facility at Chakan, near Pune. These companies usually zero in on Pune component manufacturers for localisation of their products to suit the Indian conditions. From engines to raw materials, hydraulic parts, auto components, material handling and storage equipment, everything is local. This has helped the industry at Pune massively with generation of significant employment opportunities for the local populace. They set up their manufacturing

Vibrant competition has helped in increasing competitiveness, spur innovation and boost efficiency. Mangesh Agarwal GM, CFFI India

units in various industry clusters like automobile, auto components, engineering and machining, electronics, plastic and rubber components, etc, located in satellite towns of Ranjangaon, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Talegaon.

SMEs gaining momentum Pune SME clusters are the ones that have benefited the maximum from these investments. Apart from economic gains, these big manufacturers have helped the industry by bringing in latest technologies, and efficient management system to the region. “There is a dramatic impact on technology upgradation in the region over the past few years. Companies like Volkswagen apply the latest manufacturing technology in their units. They demand products that are compatible with their technology. This has resulted in an increasing demand among the local companies to match the quality and technology standards

Pune | 19-22 Nov, 2010 Engineering Expo, organised by Infomedia 18, is one of the engineering industry’s biggest events in the country. The 2009-10 edition of Engineering Expo saw business transactions worth over ` 150 crore. Launched in Ahmedabad in the year 2002, the event today boasts of a fabulous visitor turnout. The Expo is a preferred destination for SMEs and manufacturing & engineering companies to transact, network, tie up, and exchange ideas for the growth of the industry. The Engineering Expo 2010-11 is scheduled to take place in four cities, starting off at Pune in November 2010 and proceeding to Ahmedabad, Indore and Chennai in subsequent months. of these big organisations. “They have started accepting automation in a big way,” says Milan Supanekar, Director, Welding Technologies India. SMEs have some inherent advantages as compared to large enterprises in terms of greater flexibility in operations for responding efficiently to changing customer needs. Vibrant competition among the local companies to attract the attention of big companies is now being seen in this region. “This competition has helped in increasing competitiveness, spur innovation and boost efficiency,” says Mangesh Agarwal, GM CFFI India, Durr Ecoclean. He believes that there is a notable change in the quality of the products, especially after the big manufacturers have turned their attention to Pune.

Surviving in a competitive setup The SMEs in Pune operate in a dynamic business environment where growth has become a necessary objective for the survival and viability of the enterprises. The challenge for any company in a competitive setup is to remain competitive and consistently deliver value to customers. “It is also necessary for a manufacturer to deliver proper post-sales services and back-up support,” opines Supanekar.

One of the strategies these companies can implement to remain competitive and deliver customer value despite their smallscale of operations is by way of promoting their products and services. Jagdish Gajjar, Manager – Operations, J K Automation, explains, “Spreading awareness about your products and services will surely help your organisation in getting that extra edge over your competitors. Word of mouth publicity is not enough.” There are several channels for promoting one’s organisation and products. Creating product presentations and catalogues, advertising in B2B publications are some of the tried and tested methods to spread product awareness. “We offer in-house seminars with references and case studies; we also get our prospective clients to come and visit our plants,” says Agarwal. But there is a common point of agreement that the most efficient way of spreading awareness about products and services is by participating in exhibitions. Exhibitions and trade shows have been used as an effective marketing medium to find new customers, improve business relationships with existing customers, introduce new products and services, and deliver many other meaningful and tangible business outcomes.

An ideal platform to showcase business Engineering Expo is a complete manufacturing & engineering trade fair to display one’s products and services. It is one of the most preferred platforms to grow business, as selected by 1000+ companies that participated in the previous editions of the Expo. More than 55,000 industrial buyers benefit from Engineering Expo, every year. Over the years, it has become one of the most lucrative platform for business growth. “Engineering Expo has helped us in spreading awareness about the products that we offer,” points out Anand Rajadhayaksha, ManagerAdvertising, Nilkamal. “Every year, we introduce new designs and sizes of material handling crates & bins to suit diverse applications in various industries like automobiles,

There is a dramatic impact on technology upgradation in the region over the past few years. Companies like Volkswagen apply the latest manufacturing technology in their units. They demand products that are compatible with their technology. This has resulted in an increasing demand among the local companies to match the quality and technology standards of these big organisations. Milan Supanekar

Director, Welding Technologies India pharmaceuticals, engineering, electricals & electronics, hospitality & catering, logistics, textiles, supermarkets, retail, food & beverages, agriculture & seafood, etc. Expo brings all the industry verticals together under one roof, making it easy for us to market our products effectively to various organisations,” he added. Seconding Rajadhayaksha’s point, Supanekar states, “Participating in the Expo has helped to create awareness about our five-year old company. Moreover, we were able to acquire bulk purchase orders in the past,” says Supanekar, whose company supplies almost 90 per cent of their materials to JCB. With the flourishing industrial environment, the opportunities for businesses are budding in Pune. Efforts in the right direction will help the domestic industry in Pune to amalgamate with the global market and be a driving force for the industrial growth of Maharashtra, and hence, India. Initiatives like Engineering Expo will prove to be principal platform for this thriving industry to attain unlimited heights.

EVENTS CALENDAR

National MUMBAI Concurrent Shows

Pune

Maharashtra Nov 19-22, 2010 Auto Cluster Exhibition Ctr, Chinchwad

Ahmedabad Gujarat Dec 10-13, 2010 Gujarat University Exhibition Hall

Indore

Madhya Pradesh Jan 7-10, 2011 Maharaja Shivajirao School Grd, Chimanbaug

Chennai

Tamil Nadu Mar 11-13, 2011 Chennai Trade Centre

India’s premier industrial trade fair on products and technologies related to Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment. For details contact: Infomedia 18 Ltd, Ruby House, 1st Floor, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022-3003 4649/51 Fax: 022-3003 4499 Email: engexpo@infomedia18.in

International PackTech India 2010 An exhibition and conference for the packaging & processing industry to be held along with drink technology India; November 18-20, 2010; at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: Himanshu Gupta Messe Düsseldorf India Pvt Ltd 1, Commercial Complex 2nd Floor Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 110 076 Tel: 011-2697 1745 / 1056 Fax: 011-2697 1746 Email: guptah@md-india.com

International Conference on Electroactive Polymers: Materials and Devices This conference is specifically designed to give insights into the rapidly growing market of electroactive polymers with respect to the applications in various engineering sectors; November 21-26, 2010; at Surajkund, New Delhi

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For details contact: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal Tel: 03222-255 221 Fax: 03222-255 303 Email: rishu_chandras@yahoo.com Website: www.icep2010.org

Plast Show

The unique feature of this expo is the presence of the entire spectrum of plastic & rubber products manufacturers from tyres to tubes, hoses, industrial components, extruded profiles, moulded goods, latex articles etc.; Dec 0306, 2010; Akota Stadium, Vadodara, Gujarat For details contact: Sunline Infotech Rajkot, Gujarat Tel: 022-2850 3932 Email: sunlineinfotech@gmail.com Website: www.plastexpoindia.com

Plastivision India 2011

This event is being designed to help exhibitors and visitors discover the potential markets. It will be the 8th in the series of national exhibitions and seminars organised by AIPMA; January 20-24, 2011;

Maharashtra Feb, 17-19, 2011 Bombay Exhibition Centre

One of the largest advanced design and manufacturing events in India featuring Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumactics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation & Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment.

For details Infomedia 18 Ltd, Ruby House, 1st Floor, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022 3003 4650 Fax: 022 3003 4499 Email: hitech@infomedia18.in

at Bombay Exhibition Centre - NSE Exhibition Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra For details contact: Sanjivini Kothare All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, Mumbai Maharashtra Tel: 022-2821 7324/7325 Fax: 022-2821 6390 Email: marketing@plastivision.org, info@plastivision.org, office@aipma.net Website: www.aipma.net

PU TECH 2011

The event will focus on diverse opportunities in the polyurethane industry, which is one of the rapidly growing industries in India and has registered doubledigit growth during the past five years; March 09-11, 2011; at India Expo Centre & Mart Ltd, Greater Noida For details contact: Indian Polyurethane Association Chennai, Tamil Nadu Tel: 044-2499 5923 Fax: 044-2499 5923 Email: admin@pu-india.org Website: www.pu-india.org

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EVENTS CALENDAR

International JEC Composites Show Asia 2010

This show aims to build on the enormous growth potential of the composite industry across the region by introducing innovative, market-ready solutions enabled by composite materials; October 12-14, 2010; at Suntec - International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore For details contact: JEC Composites Paris, France Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 00 Fax: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 15 Email: exhibitors@jeccomposites.com Website: www.jeccomposites.com

SPF - Speciality Plastic Fillms 2010

Annual World Congress dedicated to plastic films, specialty sheets, laminates, co-extrusions, coatings, global markets, applications, research and developments; October 24-26, 2010; at Hilton Düsseldorf, Germany For details contact: Maack Business Services Moosacherstrasse 14 CH-8804 Au/Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 1 781 30 40 Fax: +41 1 781 15 69 Email: mbspolymer@bluewin.ch Website: www.mbspolymer.com/spf

TPE - Thermoplastics Elastomers 2010

This International Conference concentrates on new opportunities for thermoplastic elastomers and will be especially of use to those involved in any way with the thermoplastics industry; October 26-27, 2010; at the Cologne Marriott Hotel, Cologne, Germany For details contact: Maack Business Services Moosacherstrasse 14 CH-8804 Au/Zurich, Switzerland Tel: +41 1 781 30 40 Fax: +41 1 781 15 69 Email: mbspolymer@bluewin.ch Website: www.mbspolymer.com/spf

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K 2010

A premier exhibition that will provide the latest and the best in plastic materials for all manufacturing and processing industries alike. The unique feature of the expo is the presence of the entire spectrum of plastic & rubber products manufacturers; October 27-November 03, 2010; at Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany For details contact: Messe Dusseldorf GmbH Messeplatz, Germany Tel: +49-211-4560900/4560175 Fax: +49-211-4560668/4560740 Email: k-online@messe-duesseldorf.de Website: www.k-online.de

PLAST EURASIA 2010

This exhibition offers companies the opportunity to recognise, compare and select appropriate technology, machinery and materials for new investments. Latest technologies and innovations of plastics machinery, chemicals and raw materials, machinery auxiliary industry, heat and control equipment, moulds, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment will be displayed, December 2-5, 2010; at Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Centre, Instanbul, Turkey For details contact: Tüyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc E5 Karayolu Gurpinar Kavsaoy Büyükçekmece Istanbul Turkey Tel: +90 (212) 867 11 00 Fax: +90 (212) 886 93 99 Email: yogitak@eigroup.in Website: www.plasteurasia.com

Arabplast

This event will offer a unique opportunity to the Middle East plastics & rubber industries. It is designed to help exhibitors and visitors to discover the potential markets around Middle East, Asia,

Africa & CIS countries; January 8-11, 2011; at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre For details contact: Jeen Joshua Al Fajer Information & Services Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971-50-8535820 Fax: +971-4-3403608 Email: alfajer@emirates.net.ae Website: www.arabplast.info

European Coatings Show 2011

The European Coatings Show plus adhesives, sealants and construction chemicals is one of the leading exhibitions for the international coatings and paints industry held every two years. The aim of this exhibition is to bring together all the professionals under one roof; March 2931, 2011; at Exhibition Centre, Nürnberg, Germany For details contact: NürnbergMesse GmbH Messezentrum, Nürnberg Germany Tel: +49 (0) 9 11. 86 06-0 Fax: +49 (0) 9 11. 86 06-82 28 Email: ariana.brandl@nuernbergmesse.de Website: www.european-coatingsshow.com

INTERPLAS 2011

An international event aimed at serving the European polymer industry, which will feature the latest machinery & equipment for processing and converting polymers; September 27-29, 2011; Birmingham, United Kingdom For details contact: Reed Exhibitions Companies Surrey, The United Kingdom Tel: +44 20 8271 2134 Email: rxinfo@reedexpo.co.uk Website: www.reedexpo.com The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective organiser. In any case, it does not represent the views of Business Insights •Technologies•Opportunities

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Mould temperature controllers Yann Bang Electrical Machinery Co offers patented 'heat-insulated mould temperature controller (HIMTC)', which can effectively block the heat generated from the heating units of the HIMTC and protect the circuit inside HIMTC. The modern design of the HIMTC can improve user’s safety, extend the HIMTC’s lifetime and save energy. Automatic controls of mould temperature give perfect mouldings with every shot. It keeps mould at correct temperature even when the machine is stopped, thus eliminating start-up delays. This accurate mould temperature solves the problem of plastic flow patterns, reduces flow and welds lines, is glossy in appearance, records grooves effect, silver streaking, stresswhitening, warping, etc. The steady controlled temperature makes plastic moulding accurate in size and consistent with quality. Yann Bang Electrical Machinery Co Ltd Taichung - Taiwan Tel: +886-4-2271 6999 Fax: +886-4-2271 1988 Email: yb@yannbang.com

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FRP square cooling towers H a r r i s o n C o o l i n g Towers offers FRP square cooling tower in capacities ranging from 5 TR to 1,000 TR in a single cell. Multiple cells are installed in an array for higher capacities. The external body of the cooling tower is made from fibreglass and isopthalic resin. High efficiency, self-cleaning fills increase the heat transfer area in the cooling tower. Air current is generated by aero-dynamically designed axial flow fan which is coupled directly to a low RPM motor. The incoming water is distributed equally over the fill area by non-closing splash nozzles installed on schedule 40 pipe network. Care is taken in designing the cooling tower to eliminate dead air pocket. Since the centre of equilibrium of the cooling tower is on the lower half of the cooling tower, it is stable by itself, thus eliminating the costly structural foundation. These cooling towers are used in air conditioning and refrigerator plant, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, plastic moulding machines, cement industries, food processors, diesel gensets, compressors, deep drawing presses etc. Harrison Cooling Towers Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2888 5256/ 6440 5777 Email: harrison@vsnl.com

Injection moulding machines Reifenhauser (India) Marketing offers injection moulding machines (IMM). The 'ELION 2800 IMM' is equipped with a 6-imp mould produces flower pots at a cycle of under 2 seconds. A handling unit removes the moulded products at top speed, while raw material feeding is ensured by equipment of the Motan company. The 'ELION 2200 IMM' comes with a 64-imp mould to mould closures of HDPE. The shot weight is 64 grams and the production cycle is around 2 seconds. Reifenhauser (India) Marketing Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2686 2711 Fax: 022-2686 2722 Email: info@reifenhauserindia.com 140

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Automatic die Jingcheng Times (Beijing) Plastic Machinery Co offers automatic die. The lip adjustment takes place either through push & pull, or push only fine adjustment on flexible lip. The central distance between fine adjusting bolts is 25.4 mm or 28 mm. The width of the standard die is 2,000 mm, 2,500 mm, 3,000 mm or tailor-made according to customer’s requirement. The heating in different zones is through stainless steel rod. The surface of flow channel is hard chrome plated, with thickness of 0.02-0.03 mm and hardness 60-65 (Rockwell). Jingcheng Times (Beijing) Plastic Machinery Co Ltd Beijing - China Tel: +86-10-5900 3588 Fax: +86 10 5900 3599 Email: jingcheng_times@vip.163.com

AC motors NBE Motors offers AC motors. These AC motors are suitable for variety of industrial applications. These are available with features, which include frame size from 56 to 280 in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 pole designs and in ranges from 0.125 HP to 120 HP. The AC motors are housed in cast iron body with cooling ribs rotor and in core of insulated lamination with a high pressure die-cast aluminium cage. The whole rotor assembly is dynamically balanced to ensure quiet and vibration free operation. The surface of rotor is protected by anti-corrosion coating. The shaft is made from high carbon steel. The terminal box is located at right hand side of the driveend side, sealed against ingress of moisture. The earthing terminal is fitted at the box-side. High air flow external bidirectional polypropylene fans ensure low temperature rise. Fan cowls are in suitable gauge pressed steel construction, securely bolted to end shield of motor-body. NBE Motors Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2274 0467 Fax: 079-2274 1196 Email: info@newbharat.com 144

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Screen changer Rajhans Plastics Machinery offers platen type screen changer for the processing of thermoplastic extruder. This screen changer filters the plastic material and removes impurities, thereby preventing damage to the die & barrel. It is available with accessories, which include die side and barrel side adapters, fabricated wheel-mounted trolley for mounting, spare screen packs and heaters, strain/dori die, special die for die face cutter. It is used in re-process granules plant, lamination plant, masterbatch plant, special design for PVC plant, gulla/ lumba plant, pipe plant, sheet plant, filler plant, blow moulding plant, etc. Rajhans Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2583 0003, 2589 5852 Fax: 079-2589 1838 Email: exports@rajhansindia.com

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Coder Process Instrumentation and Controls offers 'Sparsh' coder. It is used to print various statutory information like batch no, date of manufacturing, expiry date, prices and any other information on various packing like tins, container, cartons, lids, stickers, laminated flexible pouches & films, metal containers, etc. It is a small compact intermittent motion reciprocating contact coder with an ink cartridge enclosed in a sealed container to give a constant amount of PIC fast drying coding ink. It is specially used for high speed coding application viz self-sticker labelling and multi- tracking line, FFS, blister pack and strip pack machine. Its compact design makes it easy to install where space is limited. It can be mounted in any angle vertical, horizontal or side mounting. Due to separate ink cartridge, it avoids film contamination and keeps the area of printing clean. It is a versatile controller, which consist of inbuilt cyclic timer and five different input modules to achieve or optimise printing speeds up to 180-200 impressions per minute with easy operation. It also runs through external inputs. Process Instrumentation & Controls Vadodara - Gujarat Tel: 0265-235 7228, 232 0756 Fax: 0265-235 5429 Email: batchprinting@yahoo.com

Robothand (EOAT) Neejtech India offers robothand (EOAT) manufactured by Gimatic SpA. This product is available with grippers, vacuum cups, sprue cutters, air hands, air nippers, quick changers, tilt units, modular clamping systems, etc. The advantages of this product are that each point of the part is attainable, and the company develops special elements to solve customers' problems. Other advantages include specifically developed profiles, high flexibility, etc. The company offers more than 200 patented products. This dynamic and flexible robothand is manufactured as per design for customised applications. This robothand is used in robots as end arm for applications in industries like automotive, packaging, medical, etc. Neejtech India Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2656 1312, Mob: 09825040231 Email: sales@neejtech.com 146

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Image sensor Banner Engineering offers compact, self-contained image sensor with touchscreen controls to solve inspection applications on the factory floor. This iVu Series TG image sensor operates without a PC and features a touch-screen with an intuitive interface for easy configuration of inspection parameters. It is designed for use in industries including pharmaceutical, automotive, food & beverage, packaging, metal stamping, plastics and electronics for label inspection, part presence and orientation, date/lot code verification, vial cap inspection, injection moulding and packaging verification, drilled hole inspection, feeder bowl inspection, electronic marking verification. This sensor is equipped with match sensor that compares a part to a reference, an area sensor that detects presence or absence of a feature, and an area sensor that adjusts for motion. It is provided with LCD screen, which displays all necessary information. An adjustable focus lens makes image acquisition fast and easy. Its robust housing is rated to IP67 for operation in harsh industrial environments. Banner Engineering India Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-6640 5624 Fax: 020-6640 5623, Mob: 9322339208 Email: salesindia@bannerengineering.com

Cartridge heaters Pratik Heat Products offers cartridge heaters. The heating conductor grade NiCr 80:20 is uniformly wound over the supporting core that is located centrally in a SS-304 tube and the inner space is packed with particularly chosen high purity magnesium oxide. The unit is compressed, thereby converting the core, powder and conductor into a homogenous mass. The base of the heater is welded with a disc washer to avoid contamination. These products are used in marking & sealing machinery, medical & laboratory apparatus, hot runner bushings, packaging industry and shoe making industry. These cartridge heaters are CE certified. Pratik Heat Products Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2920 0183 Fax: 022-2925 4309 Mob: 09004388444 Email: sales@phpheat.com

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Haas Automation India offers ‘EC-550’ rugged line of horizontal machining centre. It features a 30" x 34" x 32" work envelope, 50-taper spindle, dual pallet changer with 550 mm pallets, 50-pocket side-mount tool changer and a built-in 1-degree pallet indexer. The machine's standard 6000-rpm spindle uses a unique inline direct-drive system that couples the motor directly to the spindle to provide fine surface finishes, extreme thermal stability and quiet operation. Driven by a 45 hp vector drive system, this spindle yields 170 ft-lb of torque at 1,400 rpm, and a peak power rating of 60 hp at 7,000 rpm. Each of the pallets handles a 2,205 lb load, and the servo-driven pallet-changer swaps pallets quickly. A separate, protected load station allows the operator to safely load and unload parts or change fixtures on one pallet, while parts are being machined on the other - keeping spindle run-time at a maximum. It is equipped with a large-volume coolant tank and a high-capacity belt conveyor for efficient chip removal. Also standard are 710-ipm rapids, a 15" colour LCD monitor with USB port, 1 MB of programme memory, a flood & washdown coolant system and a programmable coolant nozzle.

Neejtech India offers high quality mould systems for medical & healthcare, packaging, automotive & electrical industry. The mould system offered by the company includes IML & IMD moulds, medical moulds, clean room moulds, multicavity moulds, multi-component moulds, stack moulds, etc. These moulds are used for producing highly sensitive packaging and measuring components, caps for use in the dental and insulin fields, dialysis components, adapplicator, alu cap, snap cap, PE bottle pack cap, PE twin port cap, razors, toothbrush, mobile phones, electrical parts, cups & containers for IML, etc. Neejtech India Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2656 1312, Mob: 09825040231 Email: sales@neejtech.com The information published in this section is as per the details furnished by the respective manufacturer/distributor. In any case, it does not represent the views of

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o Electronica Finance Limited ..........................

o N.A. Corporation ........................................

o Endeavour Engineering ................................

o Neejtech India (Braunform) ..........................

o Engineering Expo.........................................

o Neejtech India (Hekuma) .............................

o Ferromatik Milacron India Ltd.......................

o Neejtech India (Niigata)...............................

o Freeze Tech Equipments Pvt Ltd.....................

o Neoplast Engg Pvt Ltd..................................

o Ganesh Corporation ...................................

o Ocean Extrusions ........................................

o Omron Automation Pvt. Ltd.......................... Second Fold Here

o Sanity International ...................................... o Saumya Technocrates .................................. o Shree Ganesh Converting Machinery ............ o Shree Radhekrishna Extrusions Pvt Ltd ........... o Shri Ram Polytech ........................................ o Shyam Plastic Machinery .............................. o Siddhi Vinayak Industries.............................. o Smart Logistics ............................................ o Sreelakshmi Traders ..................................... o Star Technocrates Pvt Ltd.............................. o Steer Engineering Pvt Ltd.............................. o Tech Plaastic Industries................................. o Toshiba Machine (India) Pvt. Ltd. .................. o Unimark (Arburg Gmbh) ..............................

o Goodie International ...................................

o Panchal Machinery ......................................

o Haas Automation India Pvt Ltd......................

o Paras Engineers...........................................

o Unimark (Maguire Inc) .................................

o Heattrans Equipments Pvt.Ltd........................

o Plast Fine Polymers ......................................

o Unimark (Staubli Faverges Sca) ....................

o Hitech Manufacturing Show..........................

o Plexium International ...................................

o Werner Finley Pvt Ltd....................................

o Ingeco Gears Pvt. Ltd. .................................

o Power Build Limited .....................................

o Wittmann Battenfld India Pvt. Ltd. .................

o Instron India Pvt. Ltd. ...................................

o Prasad Gwk Cooltech Pvt Ltd........................

o Xaloy Asia (Thailand)Ltd. ..............................

o Jing Cheng Mold Machinery Co. Ltd.............

o Premium Transmission Ltd.............................

o Xtreme Machines.........................................

o Jon Wai Machinery Works Co. Ltd ................

o Procon Technologies Pvt Ltd..........................

o Zambello Riduttori S. R.I. .............................

o Kabra Extrusion Technik Ltd ..........................

o Rajhans Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd..................

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AC motors ............................................ 144 Accumeter ........................................... 57 Additive masterbatches ......................... 22 Air bubble film plant .......................... 145 Air bubble sheet plant .................... 34, 37 Air chiller............................................. 21 Air chiller for IBC ................................. 52 Air conditioner parts............Front gate fold Air cooled die face pelletiser .............. 119 Air nozzles ........................................... 67 Aluminium core vents ........................... 85 Aluminium extrusion ............................. 95 Automatic die .................................... 144 Automatic material handling systems ... 119 Automotive ........................................ 125 Auxiliary equipment .............................. 83 Aviation cog wheels ............................. 67 Bag conversion system .......................... 138 Bag making machine ........................... 86 Barrel screws ..................................... 145 Barrels................................................. 69 Bearing bushes .................................... 67 Bed knives ........................................... 27 Bio-degradable masterbatches .............. 22 Black masterbatches............................. 22 Blenders ................ 123, Front inside cover Blending unit ......................Front gate fold Blow moulding machine ............... 96, 135 Blow moulding technology.................. 145 Blowing agents for polymers ............... 129 Blown film plant................................... 99 Bobbin winder ..................................... 14 Bottom sealing and cutting machine...... 99 Brass ................................................... 85 Brass core vents ................................... 85 Brass inserts......................................... 85 Brass parts........................................... 85 Brass screws ........................................ 85 Brass turned components...................... 85 Brine chillers ........................................ 93 Capillary rheometer ................................ 86 Carbon fibre re-inforced products ......... 67 Cartridge heaters ............................... 146 Cassette-type screen changer.............................. Back gate fold Cast film line ................................. 34, 37 Center seal pouch making machine ...... 99

Product

Pg No

Ceramic infrared heaters ...................... 97 Chemical pump vane & fluid dispensing part .................................... 67 Chillers................................................ 91 Clean room applications ........................ 8 Cleaning ovens.................................... 69 Cluster facia .......................Front gate fold CNC ..............................Back inside cover CNC vertical machining centers............ 46 Co-extrusion die .................................. 34 Coder .............................................. 146 Co-extrusions blown film plant.............. 34 Colour masterbatches .................... 15, 22 Combined auto loader ....................... 133 Compact chiller ................................... 21 Complex multi-part assembly .................. 9 Compressed air loader......................... 57 Compressor valve plates....................... 67 Conical twin screw extruders ............... 119 Connectors. ........................Front gate fold Continuous screen changers ................. 69 Control panels ..................................... 93 Controller ............................................ 92 Converters ........................................... 93 Cooling tower...................................... 52 Cordage machinery.............................. 14 Core cutter machine ............................ 33 Co-rotating twin screw extruder............. 98 Counters & power supplies ..................... 5 D punch machine ................................... 33 Dan line extrusion plant........................ 14 Data logging software .......................... 93 Dehumidified air dryer.. 21, Front gate fold Dehumidified dryers ....... Front inside cover Differential pressure transducer ........... 137 Differential pressure transducer with display........................................ 137 Digital panel meter .............................. 10 Digital temperature controller................ 45 Disposables sheets/articles like trays & dishes .......................................bc Doctoring rewinder machine ................. 33 Door trims ..........................Front gate fold Double plunger-type screen changer.............................. Back gate fold Double shaft gear box................ 115, 143 Drives.................................................. 45

Product

Drum-type slitter rewinder machine ....... 33 Dryers ..................... Front inside cover, 57 Drying and conveying systems............... 92 Dual channel with modbus ................... 45 Dynamic controller ............................... 45 Electric injection moulding machine gearboxes ................................................. 7 Electric solutions .................................. 81 Electrical parts ................................... 125 Electro magnets ................................... 43 Electro permanent magnets .................. 43 Encoders ............................................... 5 Equipment for plastic processing ........... 11 Ethyl vinyl acetate ............................. 105 Exhibition - Autoplas’10 ..................... 117 Exhibition - Engineering Expo...... 107, 141 Exhibition - HiTech manufacturing show. 87 Exhibition - Plastivision India 2011...... 153 Extruder machine ........................... 18, 70 Extrusion coating lamination plant... 34, 37 Extrusion dies............................. 145, 168 Extrusion machines....................... 25, 135 Feeders................................................... 83 Ferrous casting & non-ferrous casting.... 95 Finance ............................................. 165 Flame retardant for polymers .............. 129 Flame retardant masterbatches ............. 22 Flexographic printing machine .............. 96 Fluid ................................................. 161 Foam extrusion lines............................. 86 Footwear moulding machine................. 94 Forged components.............................. 95 FRP square cooling towers.................. 140 Fully automatic strapping plant ............. 37 Gear box ............. 113, 115, 143, 157, 161 Gear motor ............................... 157, 161 Gear pump ................................... 69, 71 Gear seals........................................... 67 Gearbox............................................ 138 Geared & flexible couplings................ 161 Geared motor............................ 113, 157 Gearless extruders................................ 92 Gears................................115, 143, 161 Granulator ......21, 133, Front inside cover Granule colour mixer ......................... 133 Grinder ....................................... 21, 133 Grinding machines............................. 139

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PRODUCT INDEX Product

Pg No

HDPE pipe plant ..................................... 34 Head lamps & tail lamps.....Front gate fold Heart valve frames ...................16, 65, 79 Heat transfer rolls ................................ 69 Heater cooler mixer............................ 119 Helical inline geared motors/reducers ................................. 157 Helical speed reducer................. 115, 143 High cavitations ..................................... 8 High density polypropylene (HDPE)...... 105 High performance plastic...................... 67 High performance screws ..................... 69 High speed heater cooler mixers and spares ........................................ 145 High speed mixer........................... 18, 70 Hot air dryers................. Front inside cover HM/HDPE/LDPE/LLDPE ........................ 37 Hopper dryer ............................... 21, 133 Hopper loader ..................................... 21 Hopper magnets .................................. 43 Hopper magnets dutch weave screens.....163 Horizontal machining center.............................Back inside cover Horizontal machining center ............... 148 Hot air dryer.......................Front gate fold Humidity and temperature transmitter (duct mount)...................... 137 Humidity and temperature transmitter (pipe mount-modbus).................................. 137 Humidity and temperature transmitter with display (wall mount) ........................... 137 Hydraulic press .................................. 119 Hydrostatic pressure tosting unit .......... 155 Image sensor ........................................ 146 IML technique ........................................ 8 In mould labelling machine .................. 86 Industrial control & sensing devices ......... 5 Industrial cooling systems ..................... 93 Injection moulding - general................. 41 Injection moulding - multi-component ... 41 Injection moulding - vertical ................. 41 Injection moulding machine................. 13, 17, 29, 111, 135, 167, Front gate fold Injection moulding machines...92, 97, 140 Injection moulds................................... 41 Inline shaft mounted helical geared motors / reducers ................... 157 Inspection cum slitter rewinding machine ...33 Intermesh tilt mixer ............................... 95 Invertor/variable frequency drives ............ 5 Jambo bag dumping station ................. 119 Knobs & switches ................. Front gate fold

Product

Pg No

Lab extruder ......................................... 119 Lab micrometer.................................. 155 Lab mixer .................................. 119, 145 Lamination/coating machine ................. 33 Lathes.............................Back inside cover Layer jerry can ..................................... 96 Level controllers ..................................... 5 Lever type ........................... Back gate fold Liner low density polypropylene (LDPE).......................... 105 Loader........................... Front inside cover Low density polypropylene (LDPE) ........ 105 Low speed granulator ......................... 133 Machine modification.............................. 53 Machined components ......................... 95 Magnetic base ..................................... 43 Magnetic chuck ................................... 43 Magnetic lifter...................................... 43 Magnetic platters ................................. 43 Magnetic separator .............................. 43 Manual & hydraulic screen changers..... 69 Marine air conditioner.......................... 52 Masterbatch mixer.............................. 119 Masterbatches...................................... 22 Masterbatches - wires & cables ........... 125 Material dryers................................... 123 Measuring & monitoring relay ............... 5 Medical & surgical devices ................... 67 Medical food ..................................... 125 Medical moulds ..................................... 8 Medium speed granulator................... 133 Melt flow index tester ......................... 155 Melt pump system ............... Back gate fold Metal separater.................................... 19 Milky polymers ..................................... 97 Milling centers ................Back inside cover Mixing heads ....................................... 53 Mono layer blown film plant ................. 34 Monofilament extrusion machinery ........ 14 Motion controls...................................... 5 Mould clamping magnets ..................... 43 Mould systems ................................... 148 Mould temperature controller........ 21, 138 Moulding............................................... 8 Moulding automation ............................. 9 Moulds....................................18, 70, 93 MS screws ........................................... 85 MTC.............................. Front inside cover Muffle furnace ................................... 155 Multi layer blown film plant ............ 34, 37 Multi-component moulds ........................ 8 Multi-station......................................... 41

Product

Pg No

Nano mould coating............................... 95 Natural polymers ................................. 97 Normal continuous-type screen changer ................... Back gate fold Oil coolers .............................................. 91 Oil/coolant coolers .............................. 93 Opacity tester .................................... 155 Original spare parts ............................. 53 Panel air-conditioners ............................. 93 Panel coolers ....................................... 91 Paperless recorder................................ 10 Parallel & right angle axes gearboxes ...... 7 Parallel shaft helical gearbox .............. 115 PE ....................................................... 20 PE stretch blown film machine .............. 91 Pelletiser - dry cut strand type ............... 27 Pelletisers............................................. 69 Permanent magnets .............................. 43 PET blow moulding machine................. 31 PET box strapping plant........................ 37 PET dehumidified dryers . Front inside cover PET masterbatches ............................... 22 PET recycling plant ............................... 34 PET stretch blow moulding machine ...... 98 Photo electric sensors ............................. 5 PID controller....................................... 93 Pipe making machine ........................... 41 Pipe shredder....................................... 57 Piston rings .......................................... 67 Pivot system ......................................... 33 Planetary gear boxes .................. 115, 143 Plastic additive .................................... 94 Plastic auxiliary .................................. 133 Plastic brightener.................................. 97 Plastic converting & beverages machine .............................. 97 Plastic conveyor belt............................. 70 Plastic extrusion machinery ................... 98 Plastic granulator ............................... 133 Plastic mould products ......................... 67 Plastic processing machinery ancillaries and spare .......................... 145 Plastic products .................................... 67 Plastic textile and machinery ................. 39 Plastic tinopol ...................................... 97 Plastic waste recycling system................ 98 Plastic whitener .................................... 97 Plasticisers for polymers ...................... 129 Plastics .............................................. 129 Plastics extruders .................................. 14 Plastics extruding machinery.................. 14 Plastics modification ........................... 129

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Platen-type screen changer.............................. Back gate fold PLC ..................................................... 45 Plunger-type manual screen changer.............................. Back gate fold PLY yarn twisters................................... 14 Polyaryletherketone............................... 67 Polyetheretherketone............................. 67 Polymer auxiliaries.............................. 129 Polymer conveyer belt........................... 21 Polymers ............................................ 129 Polypropylene (PP) .............................. 105 Polystyrene (PS) .................................. 105 Polyvinyl chloride(PVC)........................ 105 PP ....................................................... 20 PP glass filled compounds .................... 22 PP mineral filled compounds................. 22 PP TQ plant......................................... 37 PP/HDPE rafffia tape lines .................... 37 PP/HDPE semi automatic strapping plant..................................... 37 PP/HDPE/PET box strapping plant ......... 34 PP/HDPE/PET monofilament plant ......... 34 PP/PP TQ film plant ............................. 34 PPRP powder ....................................... 97 Precision moulding ..............Front gate fold Precision temperature controls............... 93 Pressure transducer ............................ 137 Process controllers.......................... 10, 93 Product assemblies. .............................. 95 Profile controller................................... 45 Programmable logic controllers............... 5 Programmable terminals ......................... 5 Proximity sensors .................................... 5 Pulveriser ....................................... 18, 70 PVC braided hose plant ....................... 31 PVC suction hose plant ........................ 31 Quick connectors .................................... 73 Quick mould change systems ............... 73 Raffia tape lines...................................... 34 Raschel knitting machine ...................... 94 Repairing of pumps .............................. 53 RFID...................................................... 5 Right angled helical bevel geared motors/reducers...................... 157 Right angled helical worm geared motors/reducers ................................. 157 Robot system ................................. 17, 21 Robothand (EOAT) ............................. 146 Robots........................... Front inside cover Rock-n-roll machine ....................... 18, 70 Roll wrapping machine ......................... 33 Rope making machinery ....................... 14

Rotary automatic hot colour marking machines.............................. 147 Rotary cutters ....................................... 27 Rotogravure printing machine ......... 94, 33 Round table carrousels ......................... 70 RTD..................................................... 93 Rubber & plastic processing machineries......................... 51 Rubber injection moulding machine ...... 86 Safety light curtains .................................. 5 Screen belt ........................................ 163 Screen changer.................................. 145 Screen packs ..................................... 163 Screws............................................... 145 Secon & dull polymers.......................... 97 Segmented barrels ............................ 145 Self adhesive tapes............................... 95 Self cleaning continuous-type screen changer ................... Back gate fold Separate vacuum conveyor ................. 133 Separating magnetic & non-magnetic metals ................................................. 19 Shaft mounted speed reducers .... 115, 143 Shaft-type slitter rewinder machine ........ 33 Sheet metal parts ................................. 85 Shortwave infrared lamps ..................... 97 Shut-off nozzels .................................... 69 Side sealing and cutting machine.......... 99 Single bag feeding systems ................. 119 Single mill pulveriser ...................... 18, 70 Single screw and barrel ................ 86, 145 Single screw and barrel with grooved sleeves .......................... 145 Single screw extruder gearboxes..............................7, 115, 143 Single screw extruders ........................ 119 SL Leadership Summit........................... 60 Slitting & rewinding machine................. 96 Slitting machine ................................... 91 Solid state relays .................................. 93 Spares ................................................. 27 Special refrigeration equipment............. 93 Spiral cum helical gearbox ................. 161 Sprockets................................... 115, 143 Stack moulds ......................................... 8 Strand pelletiser ................................. 119 Straw making machine ......................... 94 Styrene acytonitrile ............................ 105 Switching relays...................................... 5 Synthetic string plant ........................... 34 Technical moulds ...................................... 8 Temperature controller. 5, 10, 45, 93, 137 Temperature sensors ............................. 93

Tensile tester ...................................... 155 Thermocouple...................................... 93 Thermoplastic alloys ............................... 6 Thermoplastic compounds .............. 6, 138 Three arm bi-axial rotomoulding machine ................... 18, 70 Three side seal pouch making units ...... 99 Thyristorised power controllers .............. 93 Timers ................................................... 5 TPE/TPU compounds............................ 22 TPU masterbatches............................... 15 Turned components .............................. 95 Twin mill pulveriser ......................... 18, 70 Twin roll mill .............................. 119, 155 Twin screw extruder gearboxes ................ 7 Twin-screw co-rotating extruders ................16, 65, 79 Twin-screw elements .................16, 65, 79 Twin-screw extruders .................16, 65, 79 Two-platen injection moulding machine . 93 Ultra deep temperature freezer............... 52 Ultrasonic flowmeter............................. 10 Underwater pelletiser.......................... 119 Universal controller .............................. 45 Universal input temperature scanner...... 93 Universal masterbatches ....................... 22 Universal testing equipment .................. 12 Unwinder system .................................. 33 Used plastic machines .......................... 97 UV & PU masterbatches ....................... 22 UV lamps ............................................ 97 Vacuum loader ............ 133, Front gate fold Vacuum receiver .................................. 57 Valve seats........................................... 67 Ventilators............................................ 95 Vertical batch mixer............................ 133 Vertical colour mixer........................... 133 Vertical machining center...................... 59, Back inside cover Vibro screens ................................. 18, 70 Virgin polymers .................................... 97 Vision sensors ........................................ 5 Water chillers.......................................... 93 Water/brine/hydraulic oil/chilling plant .. 52 Web aligner unit .................................. 33 WFR.............................. Front inside cover White masterbatches ............................ 22 Wire EDM ........................................... 46 Wire mesh filters ................................ 163 Worm gear ........................................ 161 Worm reducer gear box ............. 115, 143 Worm reducers .......................... 115, 143 Yarn machinery....................................... 14

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Aawadkrupa Industries

14

Advertiser’s Name & Contact Details Disha Technologies

Pg No 111

Advertiser’s Name & Contact Details Glaves Corporation

T: +91-278-2443959

T: +91-11-45635747

T: +91-141-2460324

E: info@akiropes.ocm

E: dishatech@gmail.com

E: sales@glaves.biz

W: www.akiropes.com

W: www.dishatech.co.in

W: www.glaves.biz

ACS Auxiliaries India Pvt Ltd

57

DMT International

105

27

Goodie International

T: +91-20-40147575

T: +91-22-25896148

T: +91-11-41613643

E: acsindia@corpemail.com

E: dmtindenting@gmail.com

E: witte@goodiesons.com

W: www.aecinternet.com

W: www.dmtinternational.net

Adinath Controls Pvt Ltd

93

East Coast Magnets (P) Ltd.

Haas Automation India Pvt Ltd

T: +91-40-23098262

T: +91-20-32935433

E: info@adinathcontrols.com

E: info@sardamagnets.com

E: sales@haasindia.com

W: www.adinathcontrols.com

W: www.sardamagnets.com 147

Elecon Engineering Co. Ltd

Heattrans Equipments Pvt.Ltd.

T: +91-2692-236469

E: hvt@aeromec.in

T: +91-79-25840105

E: infogear@elecon.com

W: www.aeromec.in

E: info@heattrans.com

W: www.elecon.com 85

Electronica Finance Limited

T: +91-288-2562348

T: +91-20-25459716

E: malvirajesh@gmail.com

E: info@electronicafinance.com

W: www.aksharbrass.com

W: www.electronicafinance.com

All India Plastics Mfrs Association

153

Endeavour Engineering

T: +91-22-28271678

T: +91-79-65123263

E: marketing@plastivision.org

E: info@endeavourengineering.com

W: www.plastivision.org

W: www.endeavourengineering.com

Alok International

97

Engineering Expo

T: +91-11-25920408

T: +91-9920401226

E: alok@alokinternational.in

E: engexpo@infomedia18.in

W: www.alokinternational.com

W: www.engg-expo.com

Alok Masterbatches Ltd

15

T: +91-11-41612244 W: www.alokmasterbatches.com 22

T: +91-40-2436 1499 / 2436 0887 E: info@blendcolours.com W: www.blendcolours.com Chilton Refrigeration

52

Hitech Manufacturing Show E: hitech@infomedia18.in

67

Ingeco Gears Pvt. Ltd.

115

T: +91-2717-251551 E: info@ingecogears.com W: www.ingecogears.com

107, 141

Instron India Pvt. Ltd.

12

T: +91-44-28293888/5024 E: instronindia@instron.com W: www.instron.com

21

Jing Cheng Mold Machinery Co. Ltd

168

T: +86-576-8402-5800 E: jc@JC-times.com

W: www.milacronindia.com

W: www.JC-times.com 91

Jon Wai Machinery Works Co. Ltd

T: +91-44-42152387

T: +886-2-2595-4867

E: info@freezetechequip.com

E: jonwai.mc@msa.hinet.net

W: www.freezetechequip.com

W: www.jonwai.com.tw

Ganesh Corporation

87

T: +91-09820373804

E: salesfmi@milacron.com

Freeze Tech Equipments Pvt Ltd

95

W: www.heattrans.com 165

T: +91-79-25890081

E: sales@alokindustries.com

Blend Colours Pvt Ltd

Ferromatik Milacron India Ltd

BIC

W: www.HaasCNC.com 161

T: +91-250-2454915

Akshar Brass Industries

53

W: www.goodiesons.com 43

T: +91-2764-286573

Aeromec Mktg Co

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163

Kabra Extrusion Technik Ltd

T: +91-484-2544571

T: +91-79-22163775

T: +91-22-26734822

E: chilton@sify.com

E: info@ganeshwiremesh.com

E: nishant@kolsitegroup.com

W: www.chiltonindia.com

W: www.ganeshwiremesh.com

W: www.kolsite.com

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Advertiser’s Name & Contact Details Makino India Private Limited

Pg No 59

Advertiser’s Name & Contact Details Omron Automation Pvt. Ltd.

T: +91-2764-286784

T: +91-80-28419500

T: +91-80-40726400

E: info@katlax.com

E: slim@makino.co.in

E: srirams@ap.omron.com

W: www.katlax.com

W: www.makino.com

W: www.omron-ap.com

Konark Plastomech Pvt Ltd

37

Matsui Technologies India Ltd.

11

143

T: +91-120-4243862

T: +91-79-25620953

E: sales@konarkplastomech.com

E: sales@matsuiindia.com

E: info@panchalmachinery.in

W: www.matsuiindia.com

W: www.panchalmachinery.in

Ktron Process Group

83

T: +41-62-885-7171 E: ifischer@ktron.com W: www.ktron.com L & T Plastics Machinery Ltd

FGF

T: +91-44-26812000 E: handigolg@larsentoubro.com W: www.larsentoubro.com Lan Marketing Pvt Ltd

71

T: +91-22-27893645 E: jai@lanengg.com W: www.maag.com Lanxess India Pvt.Ltd.

129

Mifa Systems

45

Paras Engineers T: +91-79-25894285

E: info@mifasystems.com

E: paraseng@hotmail.com

W: www.mifasystems.com

W: www.auxiliaryequipments.com

Mold - Masters Technologies Pvt Ltd

81

Plast Fine Polymers

97

T: +91-422-4502171

T: +91-79-65242332

E: mmiplinfo@moldmasters.com

E: plastfine@indiatimes.com

W: www.moldmasters.com

W: www.plastfine.com

N.A. Corporation

18

Plexium International

117

T: +91-79-25840374

T: +91-20-26650219

E: info@naroto.com

E: info@plexiumindia.com

W: www.naroto.com

W: www.plexiumindia.com 8

Power Build Limited

Neejtech India (Braunform)

E: rekha.kumar@lanxess.com

T: +91-79-26561312

T: +91-2692-231070

W: www.lanxess.in

E: info@neejtech.com

E: infopbl@elecon.com

W: www.neejtech.com

W: www.pbl.co.in

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T: +91-79-26870825

T: +91-22-21729200

Lohia Starlinger Ltd.

Prasad Gwk Cooltech Pvt Ltd

Neejtech India (Hekuma)

E: prom.lsl@lohiagroup.com

T: +91-79-26561312

T: +91-79-25830112

W: www.lohiagroup.com

E: info@neejtech.com

E: plastics@prasadgroup.com

W: www.neejtech.com

W: www.prasadgroup.com

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T: +91-11-30641770

Loxim Industries Limited

5

Panchal Machinery

T: +91-79-22891670 W: www.konarkplastomech.com

70

Premium Transmission Ltd

113

T: +91-2717-308000

Neejtech India (Niigata)

E: polymers@loxim.com

T: +91-9909974224

T: +91-20-27488886

W: www.loxim.com

E: contact@niigataindia.com

W: www.premiumtransmission.com

Machine Point

97

Neoplast Engg Pvt Ltd

13

119

Procon Technologies Pvt Ltd

T: +91-79-65492585

T: +91-79-25830602

T: +91-79-27492566

E: rshahane@machinepoint.com

E: info@neoplastindia.com

E: info@procon.co.in

W: www.machinepoint.com

W: www.neoplastindia.com

W: www.procon.co.in

Magplastic Asia Pvt Ltd

145

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34

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Rajhans Plastic Machinery Pvt Ltd

T: +91-20-66544999

T: +91-79-22902200

T: +91-79-25830003

E: mail@magplasticasia.com

E: oceanextrusions@gmail.com

E: exports@rajhansindia.com

W: www.magplasticasia.com

W: www.oceanextrusions.com

W: www.rajhansindia.com

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95

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73

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31

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17

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95

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