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Fakuma Preview 54 Global Plastics rePort 2015 Plasticstoday.com plastics industry as a practical and economical method of preparing surfaces for adhe- sion prior to painting, bond- ing, laminating, labeling and coating, says the company. Flame-treatment technol- ogy activates substrates such as polypropylene, improving surface adhesion characteris- tics and enabling many spe- cial coatings to be applied and remain permanently bonded to the surface. Aerogen will bring machinery to the show for the first time, allowing visitors to see first-hand the British designed and manufactured equipment. The FT Auto FRC flame treatment combustion genera- tor device will be on display, along with a variety of flame treating burner tools. The FT Auto FRC is typically used by the automotive industry. Applications include treat- ment of car bumpers prior to painting, premium car instru- ment panels prior to lamina- tion and car interior compo- nents prior to flocking. Teknor Apex introduces compounds for consumer, construction and automotive applications Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, RI) reports that it will bring to Fakuma 2015 the largest and most diversified range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) it has ever offered to the European market. In doing so, the company wants to underscore its com- mitment to providing rapid and responsive support to its European customers. The company will exhibit in hall B5, booth 5315. Teknor Apex will intro- duce styrenic block copolymer (SBC) TPEs that provide cost- performance options comple- menting those of thermo- plastic vulcanizates (TPVs). "By offering both TPVs and SBCs, Teknor Apex takes a polymer-neutral approach to serving customers, making it easier for them to find precise- ly the right compound for an application," said Jan Duyfjes, TPE Director of Sales and Marketing for Teknor Apex in Europe. Among the compound series to be introduced at Fakuma are Monprene prod- ucts for consumer, construc- tion and other applications. These are offered in standard grades to ensure fast and easy availability of samples and small lots, and are invento- ried at Teknor Apex facilities around the world. The mate- rials include Monprene CP for consumer products and Monprene IN for window gaskets. Custom formulations and pre-colored compounds are also available. Fakuma 2015 will also provide a stage for Teknor Apex to announce new devel- opments involving its Sarlink compounds for transportation applications. Historically, the Sarlink range has consisted of TPVs, but Teknor Apex has developed a Sarlink SBC series for many of the automotive applications served by TPVs. A number of these new elas- tomers have received OEM approvals, or are undergoing trials, for applications includ- ing window encapsulation, sealing systems, cable duct and heating/venting/air-condition- ing components. Engel illustrates process optimization via five applications Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) will demonstrate how intel- ligent components and net- working can elevate machines and production cells to a new level of process optimization through five innovative appli- cations for the automotive, technical molding, teletronics, packaging and medical indus- tries. The company is exhibit- ing in hall A5, booth 5204. Under the banner of Inject 4.0, Engel has designed its booth as a smart factory with three core elements: • smart machines that boost process capability and quality with self-adapting, decentralized systems; • smart production to ensure high levels of productivity thanks to horizontal and vertical data integration; • smart services that improve The Beck-Flex system from Beck Automation will have its world premiere at Engel's booth.

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