Promoting total solutions at Chinaplas 2021

21.01.2021 Davis-Standard, LLC (Pawcatuck, Connecticut) will market total solutions encompassing product capabilities and support services during Chinaplas 2021, 13-16 April, in Shenzhen, China.

The dsX flex-pack 300S from Davis-Standard.
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The dsX flex-pack 300S from Davis-Standard.

After so many COVID-19 show cancellations, the team looks forward to reconnecting with customers and the greater plastics community. Global aftermarket services and equipment technology for sheet, foam, blown film, thermoforming, pipe, profile and tubing, cast film, extrusion coating and liquid coating will be promoted.

High-output systems

Specific to Asia, Davis-Standard’s high-output systems for medical tubing, cast film, blown film and extrusion coating have been essential to medical and packaging applications. The company’s installed base continues to grow as do vertical opportunities in aftermarket upgrades and optimisation of lines to improve performance. This includes opportunities for more efficient processing, reduced waste and long term sustainability to support profitability and better products.

Davis-Standard (Suzhou) Machinery, Co., Ltd. is central to the company’s customer focus and expansion in Asia. Developments in the areas of machine building and assembly, inventory and aftermarket services, field service engineering, and installation at customer sites have been essential to supporting customers. Suzhou is also the site of R&D capabilities for testing rigid and flexible packaging products. In 2019, Davis-Standard added a 3,251m2 facility near the existing Suzhou shop to house control panel assembly and provide warehousing.

Highlights at the show

Davis-Standard will highlight its dsX flex-pack 300S during the show. This single station extrusion and lamination line is a collaboration between Davis-Standard’s design teams in the US, Germany and China, and is built at the Suzhou facility to meet the requirements of the Asian flexible packaging market. It is advantageous for converters as it accommodates the pricing, machine footprint, output, and key technical attributes demanded by Asian customers. The 300S can support web widths from 650 to 1350mm, and is engineered for processing rates up to 300m/min for paper, film and aluminium foils with direct gravure primer coating and coextrusion lamination stations. Hallmarks of the line include consistent end-product quality, greater uptime and productivity, reduced waste and application versatility.

Smart factory solutions will also be presented as plants worldwide move toward greater efficiency. Building on its knowledge of machinery and processes, Davis-Standard has incorporated interconnectivity and functionality via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to analyse real-time KPI’s and enable alarms or action prompts via a machine control system. This system, the DS Activ-Check, monitors key parameters of a converting line (extruders, laminators, casting section, coaters, unwind, winders) to provide early notifications of potential failures and valuable data for process improvement using configurable dashboards.

Recent acquisitions

Booth visitors can expect to find information on every Davis-Standard product line, including equipment technology from recent acquisitions. Maillefer has delivered wire and cable and pipe and tubing equipment on a global level, complementing the FPVC medical tubing and coextrusion applications supported by the Suzhou location. This includes pipe and tube systems for automotive, heating and plumbing, irrigation, medical, micro-duct, off-shore and custom lines.

Adding Brampton Engineering has further supported regional infrastructure for blown film applications. Thermoforming Systems LLC (TSL) has enabled Davis-Standard to offer solutions in sheet extrusion, tooling, automation, and granulating to support thermoforming applications, such as cold drink cups/lids, fast food take-out containers, clamshells and noodle bowls, fruit punnets and coffee pods. Most recently, the addition of Deacro Industries has increased equipment options with high-performance slitting, rewinding and roll handling equipment for the converting process of paper, film and foil materials.