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thermographic ink printed on the
label can show if the temperature
drops below 7° C by changing
color. The demonstration line
doesn't have a clean room environment
in the mold area, as it is
intended for existing ISO Class 7
clean rooms.
Kim Blondeel, business development
manager at Maldegem,
Belgium-based IML label producer
MCC Label, stressed precise
label alignment of the 57 µm thick
labels as much tighter than the
1.0 to 1.5 mm tolerance applied
with packaging applications. She
also pointed to various advantages
of applying PP IML labels to PP
tubes: a single-stage process, alcohol
and scratch resistance and
easy recycling of the PP mono-material
solution.
Johannes Strassner, managing
director and chief sales offi cer at
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland-based
mold maker Kebo AG,
which has been active in IML applications
since 1984, in paper at
the time, added " the PP label stabilizes
the tube wall, so some material
can be saved by designing a
thinner wall for a given required
stiffness. "
Strassner says the line on the
Arburg booth, equipped with an
8-cavity Kebo mold, is " a proof of
concept to get people thinking of
having a new experience - and
to gain from the high fl exibility,
functionality with track-andtrace
coding, logistical and cost
advantages provided by the single-stage
process. " Systems can
also be built to include screw cap
application and bag packaging, all
within one line, Strassner added.
Ralf Ziemer, sales manager
MCC LABEL
Hall B2,
Booth 2218
INTRAVIS
GMBH
Hall A1,
Booth 1509
medical at Beck Automation, said
Beck has also been active in IML
since the mid 1980s, claiming it
was Beck's owner who made IML
ready for series production, as fi rst
shown on a pail molded at a K fair.
Beck claims meanwhile to have become
one of the top three IML automation
specialists in the world.
" We are now standing today
with the medical industry where
we were earlier in packaging, "
Ziemer said. " We want to give the
industry a big impulse, to show
the technical possibilities. It has
great potential in the pharma industry. "
Among
other things, he says,
such tubes are really easy to recycle,
not only as they are in a
PP mono material, but as there is
no need to deal with separating
labels and adhesive, with associated
manual handling costs. " You
have to look at the total costs of
ownership, " he adds.
Ziemer pointed out that, despite
perfect molding, printing
usually causes around 10 percent
or more rejects, " but we have
brought it well below 1 percent "
in the case of the tube molded at
Fakuma. Such analysis tubes have
to withstand centrifugal forces of
4,000 to 21,000 G, as used to separate
proteins for analysis, Ziemer
revealed.
The fi fth partner in the medical
IML demonstration line is Aachen,
Germany-based Intravis GmbH ,
which supplied its IMLWatcher
four-camera based inspection
system to visually detect label defects,
inspect the sealing surface
and the thread diameter.
The IMLWatcher is fully integrated
into the Beck Automation
robotic handling system, with all
Intravis components installed
in Beck's control cabinet. This
ensures a particularly small production
hall footprint for the line.
The company's IntraVisualizer
data analytics software collects
and analyzes quality data, also to
establish production trends.
Wanhua showing nylon 12,
more at its fi rst Fakuma
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd.,
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a fi rst-time exhibitor at Fakuma 2023,
is focused on its new nylon 12 resin
product and on sustainable options.
In late 2022, Wanhua started operations
at a nylon 12 unit in Yantai,
China. The unit has annual production
capacity of about 45 million
pounds. " When we entered the
market last year, customers said
'Welcome aboard,' " performance
polymers overseas business leader
Haihong Ren said at Fakuma 2023.
" There was a need for a new [nylon
12] supplier in the market. "
The new materials are aimed at
automotive tubing systems and similar
applications. Wanhua also showcased
polysulfone and similar resins
at Fakuma, as well as a photovoltaic
ethylene-octene elastomer. PSU is
used in medical and baby products,
as well as in household appliances.
Another new product for Wanhua
at Fakuma is Waneco-brand
PBAT/PLA biodegradable materials.
Those are aimed at single use packaging,
medical supplies and similar
applications.
Wanhua operates fi ve production
sites in China as well as one in Hungary.
The Hungarian site makes isocyanates
and thermoplastic polyurethanes.
The fi rm also operates
three R&D centers: two in China and
Hall FO, Booth 25
one in The Woodlands, Texas.
Wanhua was founded in 1978 as a
state-owned producer of synthetic
leather. The fi rm later added chemical
products and became a private
company in late 1998. So far in 2023,
Wanhua's most productive end markets
have been automotive, medical
and agricultural fi lm. The fi rm
sells polypropylene, polycarbonate,
TPUs and PBAT into these markets.
In sustainable markets, Wanhua
can supply bio-based TPU grades,
which were commercialized last
year, as well as
polypropylene
and polycarbonate grades with
recycled content. Ren said having
both bio-based and recycled content
products allows Wanhua to
address customers' sustainability
needs on a case by case basis. The
fi rm also has set a goal of being carbon
neutral by 2048.
Looking ahead, Ren said that he's
" very optimistic " about 2024, even
as Wanhua faces what he described
as " a lot of challenges, " including
how best to serve a Chinese market
that has an aging population but
also a large number of people enjoying
" a higher quality of life. "
WANHUA CHEMICAL
GROUP CO. LTD.
IML medical demonstration
at Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
ARBURG
GMBH + CO.
KG
Hall A3,
Booth 3101
KEBO AG
Hall B3,
Booth 3313
BECK
AUTOMATION
AG
Hall A1,
Booth 1509
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