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Bay Plastics Machinery puts customers fi rst at K show
BAY PLASTICS
MACHINERY CO.
Hall 10,
Booth F10
users to adjust
the knife, which
wipes away the
water from the
strands of pellets
upon pultrusion,
so that the cutter
is consistent
from end to end.
The AXP also features larger-diameter
rolls and bearings to
reduce defl ection across the cutting
width and an optional gearbox
that allows the heavy-duty
customer to " engage both upper
and lower feed rolls. "
James, left, and Jeffrey Forgash showcase two new pelletizers for the plastics, chemical and feedstock
industries.
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
By Andrew Schunk
Rubber News
The growth and evolution of
Bay Plastics Machinery Co. is on
display at K 2022.
The 61-year-old, family-owned
firm from Bay City, Mich., has
come to the sprawling show to
gain a greater foothold in Europe,
as well as showcase two
new pelletizers for the plastics,
chemical and feedstock
industries. The strand pelletizers
- one that can produce up
to 25,000 pounds per hour and
another lab pelletizer for use in
the testing phases, producing as
little as 10 pounds per hour -
can be designed specifically to
customer requirements.
" We design, engineer and manufacture
in-house, " said Jim Forgash,
vice president of sales. " We
are truly a custom manufacturer
of equipment, and this separates
us from the big guys. Our claim
to fame is that we are going to
specialize it. We help develop
options with our machines ...
whether they are for under-thehood
car components, compound
bows or helmets. "
And the interest thus far at
their booth has been " very
good, " Forgash said Oct. 19.
" We have high expectations, "
he said. " Business for the last
three years has been on fi re. ...
We have had record year after record
year after record year. Now
that everyone is getting back out
into the world again, this [expo]
will help our efforts even further. "
Jim's brother, Jeff, vice president
of sales for parts and service
at Bay Plastics, noted that
he is " excited about the opportunities
in Europe and its expanded
market. "
" I think it's the quality of workmanship
that we bring, " he said.
" Being a third-generation owner,
we take extra pride in being a family
business. Quality is of utmost
importance. ... We will always err
on the side of our customer relationships,
almost to a fault. "
BPM has 52 employees across
three sites - all of which are located
in Bay City - that together
comprise about 45,000 square
feet of manufacturing space.
Innovative, customized
products
Pelletizing machines, as their
name would suggest, form pellets
of consistent size, shape and
weight for handling and measuring
purposes. If the product is being
mass-produced, a customer might
look to Bay Plastics' new AXP
heavy-duty pelletizer for heavy-duty
pelletizing applications and medium-duty
production. The pelletizer
on display at the 2022 K show
boasts excellent cutting performance,
a compact size and ease of
use, according to BPM.
The AXP is offered in 12-inch
and 16-inch cutting widths and features
customized, typically larger
motors " to provide more robust
cutting for today's engineered
resins, including heavy glass-fi lled
materials, " according to BPM.
A push-pull bed knife allows
If a customer is seeking a pelletizer
for lab use - or a test
phase for a product - they
might be more interested in the
BT25X system, also on display
at the K show. This bench-top
pelletizer is an advanced version
of the Bench Top 25 Lab Series
of pelletizers and features
industry-standard AC motors
and drives - identical to BPM's
full production models.
The new drive is offered in a
range of voltages, intended to
be accessible to customers all
over the world.
Benefits of this smaller machine
include a " safe torque off "
function; a wider speed range
to allow slower or faster production,
in both single bath and
continuous modes; and control
cabinet to house the drives.
" They might be running a lab
and testing different materials,
running a variety of strands, "
Jim Forgash said.
BPM itself does not charge for
lab trials, maintaining an opendoor
policy as the customer
pays for the materials and BPM
can prove out the different characteristics
and design features
of a material.
BPM offers field service for
maintenance of its machines,
dispatching processing technicians
to make the fixes.
" We let our customers learn
while putting the machines together.
... We show them the
fixes and how to make them, "
Jim Forgash said.
A bit of history
Bay Plastics traces its beginnings
to 1961, when Tony Forgash
Sr. and his son, Tony Forgash
Jr. (the grandfather and
father of Jeff and Jim, respectively),
formed Jetro Inc. in Bay
City. The two Tonys were considered
pioneers in the development
of pelletizer technology,
and later that same year the
company introduced their first
strand pelletizer.
Jeff Forgash said he still can
recall his grandfather driving
around in a pickup truck with
" Jetro Tool and Die " written on
the side, as the duo began in the
tool and die realm before moving
on to pelletizing machines.
One of their early customers
was Dow Chemical Co., and
during that
time - between
about 1961 and 1974 - Jetro pioneered
a process of welding the
cutting edges of stainless steel rotors.
The process found its form
and function in a completely new
pelletizer developed specifi cally
for Dow, and Jetro's reputation
for innovative designs and processes
began to precede it.
Bay Plastics was founded in
1997, and its presence - and two
new innovative pelletizers - is
essentially a culmination of the
pioneering spirit at the company.
" It really is about the legacy
and pride of my father and
grandfather, " Jeff Forgash said.
" They put their heart and soul
into this business, and we have
52 families to support - 52 reasons
to continue it. "
Outside of pelletizers, BPM
offers conveyors, water baths,
air knives/strand dewatering
units and spare parts. Services
include rotor sharpening and
testing, outside of repairs and
technical services.
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