Italtech teaming up with Milliken & Ducor to mold transparent PP buckets at K 2016
At the K 2016 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Italian machinery maker Italtech will use one of its latest KL series presses to demonstrate the speed and clarity that Milliken & Co.’s Millad® NX™ 8000 additive brings to injection molded polypropylene containers.
Using DuClear QT 80 A resin — a polypropylene random copolymer from Netherlands-based Ducor Petrochemicals BV — Italtech plans to mold clear buckets on its K fair booth. Italtech Wintal Machines Srl will occupy Stand G79 in Hall 10 at the fair.
Ducor says its DuClear QT 80 A resin, made with a phthalate-free catalyst, is clarified with the Millad NX 8000 additive and also contains an anti-electrostatic agent. The resulting material features superb transparency, a good balance of stiffness and impact strength, good organoleptics, low blooming and good flow. In addition to offering glass-like clarity, the Milliken clarifier helps the resin to process faster, and at lower temperatures. This allows molders to shorten their cycle times and lower their energy usage. Ducor says this resin grade is especially suitable for injection molding high-transparency, thin-walled packaging, food containers, boxes and housewares.
Italtech will be producing the buckets at the fair on one of its “green” KL series machines. This latest model features a patented Italtech mechanical system, which addresses challenges related to having the hydraulic system incorporated into the moving platen. The clamping unit features cantilever tie-bars and short tie bars with locking jaws on the fixed platen. Eliminating components that are subject to wear, such as tie-rod bushings and sliding pads, allows for cleaner machine operating conditions. Italtech notes that the robust platens and precise parallelism between the fixed and moving platen ensures accurate mold action.
Specialty chemicals supplier Milliken (Hall 6, Booth A27), meanwhile, at the K show will highlight its theme of “Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together”. Its pioneering Millad NX 8000 additive clarifying agent has removed the transparency obstacle for PP, while also enabling faster processing by injection molders.
For more information, visit Milliken and Italtech Wintal Machines at the K fair, or learn more online at www.millikenchemical.com/k2016, www.ducorchem.com, and www.italtech.it
Milliken: Hall 6, stand A27
Italtech: Hall 10, stand G79
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