Modern plastics have become a part of our everyday lives. One can even go as far to say plastics consumption is a benchmark for measuring how developed a country is. According to Plastics – the Facts 2014/2015, a report published by PlasticsEurope, “...plastics materials have been key enablers for innovation and have contributed to the development and progress of society.”
Plastic parts, manufactured using the injection molding process, can be realized in essentially every industry in many different ways. In an extremely competitive market where there are over 16,000 injection molding and plastics manufacturing facilities in the U.S. alone; part quality, appearance and especially consumer safety are at the top of the list to even be considered a viable candidate to produce these everyday items used throughout the world.
MEAF Machines B.V., a manufacturing company based in Yerseke, Netherlands, produces sheet extrusion machines and deep drawing machines for roll material (inline thermoformer). The company›s strengths include supplying turnkey production lines.
When one of MEAF›s customers was interested in purchasing a new production system for optimizing its production process of packaging sheets for foodstuffs containers, it immediately referred MEAF to Leister. The customer already had a good experience with an existing equipment line equipped with Leister LE 10000 air heaters and Leister SILENCE blowers.
The planned new production system was intended to significantly increase production capacity but also to reduce production costs.
Consequently, the representatives from MEAF suggested equipping the new machine with an antiblock applicator.
STANMECH was able to meet the needs of a manufacturer who wanted a specialized solution within a tight timeframe during a challenging time of year: Christmas.
The company contacted STANMECH on Dec. 15th. On Jan. 21st, STANMECH shipped the equipment to a completely satisfied customer.
When a Burlington manufacturer was ready to increase the capacity of their production line, they called on STANMECH Technologies. The company has been a long-time customer of Leister products, for which STANMECH is the master distributor in Canada. They have successfully used various Leister hot air guns in the past, which have been individually mounted into their process line.
A need to increase their volume of production meant they needed a larger heater with a temperature control that could match temperature to the production rate of their process. This heater needed to become part of the production line,
providing consistent results whatever the size of the product they were forming. Different temperatures are needed to dry the glue on the various products, but consistent results are needed for the faster production rate.
STANMECH was able to meet the needs of a manufacturer by providing a custom build system as a solution to their problem.
A cosmetics manufacturer in southern Ontario was able to meet safety regulations for a new production line, by using a heat delivery system specially engineered by STANMECH.
STANMECH was asked to deliver heat using our Leister tools to conform to safety regulations arising from the use of a new product formula containing chemicals emitting gases that could cause a fire or explosion. In order to comply with regulations, this new delivery system had to be situated at least 24 inches from the filling operation, eliminating any possibility of an accident. The question asked of us was whether our well proven Leister systems in daily use at the cosmetics company could be delivered under these restraints.
Never shrinking from a challenge, our response was that yes, it could be done.
A Tier 2 supplier to the automotive industry improved their production line with a STANMECH deflashing system.
A company providing parts to a firm that serves an auto assembly plant had a short area of flash that had to be taken off their product. The flash had been manually removed by propane torch, but the company wanted to replicate the deflashing system their sister facility had set up in Europe.
They wanted the product to be deflashed as it left the moulding machine, still being held by the robot arm. The deflash control had to be interfaced into their existing line process.
The new filling plant of the established Swiss drinks producer «Elmer Citro» achieves a capacity of up to 20000 bottles per hour. Prior to labelling the bottles, which have been filled and sealed, need to be dried. A drying system developed especially for this purpose blows the water away in uniform coalescent drops. Leister Process Technologies, the supplier of the drying system, is the worldwide leader in industrial hot air technology.
Automation ensures consistent quality and saves personnel costs. For example, one plastics technician could be saved for each injection moulding machine thanks to automated hot air deburring of thermoplastic parts. The hot air components from Leister Process Technologies automatically regulate process parameters, such as temperatures and application time of the hot air jet – precisely and comprehensibly. This shows a positive effect in the profitability calculation.
From a spill dating back to the 1970s, Togiak Fisheries was faced with 70,000 tons of diesel- and gasoline-contaminated soil on the shores of Togiak Bay, Alaska.
The remote fish-processing facility wanted to sell, but the plant was stuck with the price tag of $12 million to clean up the contaminated site. The cost was overwhelming, yet so were the challenges that go into cleaning a 5-acre site this remote. Without any roadways, all supplies and equipment would have to be shipped in by barge or plane.
Brady Environmental was able to complete the project for $4 million, dramatically lower than the $12 million market rate, due to its patented system using Leister hot-air tools.