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Peripherals for effective processing  #12 (94), 2010

MANN+HUMMEL ProTec GmbH presented at K-2010 its innovative energy-saving solutions for material drying, dosing and handling. That was told to Plastiks Magazine by Director Alfred Kimpel

– Mr. Kimpel how would you estimate the show results and what trends in plastics processing you would state?
– K 2010 was a very good show and well prepared from Messe Duesseldorf. Because of the market recovery in 2010, inquiries were very accurate. It was a “golden opportunity” to improve the business. Concentration of high potentials – customers as well as providers – pushed the expert talks with promising chances of success. We were satisfied with the show and took a lot of work home, which will occupy ourself increasingly within the next weeks and months.
Energy saving technologies – that was clearly visible – become more and more importance as well as higher accuracy in dosing of raw or recycled material or in mixing of different types of plastics and recycling. This are only some of the trends – there are many, many more. Plastics industry is very innovative and the full potential is not tapped so far.
– What results did you see before K-2010?
– Before K-show we took advantage of the economic crisis and prioritized the development of different products or product upgrades. With single workplace solutions and solutions for complete factories we planned to offer great operating comfort and flexibility for stable, efficient and economic process management in extrusion, injection moulding, calendering or blow moulding.
The new generation of stationary material drying systems was presented with the example of a SOMOS® D 200 dry air dryer (air flow 200 m?/h) and a module hopper system with drying hoppers from 50 to 300 l in Dusseldorf.
The new SOMOS® TP 8 compressed air dryer extends the series of small load dryers specially designed for multi-component injection moulding in the processing of engineering plastics. With an insulated drying hopper of eight litres capacity and a freely selectable drying temperature from 60 to 180 °C it is suitable for throughputs of up to approx. 2 kg/h.
The reworked SOMOS® FG series of suction conveying equipment differs from existing models particularly in its range of features: the devices are newly fitted with control units which can communicate with each other. There are also cost advantages with this further feature, as up to 16 conveyor units can now be flexibly linked together to a composite without the requirement of a central control.
Another innovation is a fully weighing dosing system for small amounts which can be used in the SOMOS® GRAMIX S9 or GRAMIX E gravimetric dosing and mixing systems for the production of multi-component mixtures for extrusion processes. Designed for throughputs of approx. 2 kg/h down to 200 g/h, a dosing precision of ± 1 % is achieved.
Besides the presentation of our products at our own booth we also had components or platforms working at other show booths, e. g. together with Windmoller&Holscher. Company Reifenhauser presented our products in line with their “open house” during K show in Troisdorf.
– What are your plans on promotion of your products at Russian market?
– We operate in Russia ourself and with representatives and have many customers there. Next time we present our products locally is Interplastica 2011, where you can find our booth in the forum hall, booth number FE36. We will improve our sales activities at Russian market and we know, that our products are inquired by lots of Russian companies.

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