See-Through Plastics Plus
Little known in the industry is the WEGENER BV 305 which is a PLC controlled bending machine for up to ½” sheet material thickness. In its standard version, the machine is capable of bending PE, PP and PVDF. For these semi-crystalline materials, a V-shaped top heating bar is used to achieve a permanent corner. Equipped with a flat bar, the machine easily handles PVC and CPVC.
The heating element travel limitation, which is offered as an option for the upper and the lower bar, allows the bending of see-through materials without leaving any markings. So even in heavier gauges, a cosmetically pleasing bend is achieved economically with accuracy at full repeatability. The heating times, bending times and the temperatures are PLC controlled as are the heating and bending cycle. Once the parameters are set, the operator can insert or relocate the sheet and let the machine do its job.
For more information, contact Leah Dockter, Wegener Welding LLC. 16W301 S. Frontage Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, 630-789-0990, Fax 630-789-1380, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.wegenerwelding.com.
Recognized as a worldwide leader
in plastics processing technology
and application development,
Ensinger has the ability to combine
the optimum material solution with
the most suitable manufacturing
method, and thus provides industry
with the most innovative and costeffective
engineering solutions available
today. Ensinger designs and
manufactures semi-finished and finished
products tailored exactly to
the customer’s individual requirements.
Your projects can benefit
from Ensinger’s vast knowledge
base and many years of experience
in finding the best solutions for
problems involving engineering
Ensinger offers a
broader array of
materials such a
polypropylene, polyethylene, acetal and nylon to high performance
resins such as TECAPEEK® polyetheretherketone
and TECATRON® polyphenylene sulfide, Ensinger has
the ability to provide shapes and parts for even the most
difficult and challenging applications and environments.
In addition to this wide range of engineering material
choices, Ensinger also provides a staff of extremely knowledgeable
plastics professionals to help their customers
make informed material choices and process decisions.
From their experienced customer service staff to their
industry specific market specialists, Ensinger’s ability to
guide customers toward the right engineering solution is
For more information, contact Bruce Dickenson, Ensinger, 365 Meadowlands Avenue, Washington, PA 15301-8984, 724- 746-6050, 800-243-3221, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ensinger-ind.com.
CNC Edge Polishing
Eliminate the finishing of edges by hand with the latest in
CNC polishing technology. The EURACRYL ABP 310 Edge
Polisher can produce flat edges from a matte finish to high
gloss polish on
and visual plastics,
and also chamfer
EURACRYL ABP 310
machines are CNCcontrolled
for manufacturing components made of plastics,
including acrylic. It’s designed to eliminate manual labor;
the machine brings value as a standalone machine or a
component of a work cell.
The EURACRYL ABP 310 frame is integrated with
patented SorbTech mineral composite material. This
“steel of tomorrow” is capable of withstanding the
increased demand on machine dynamics while providing a
low vibration, stable machine construction – resulting in
higher quality finished parts, longer tool life, and less
The machine features a 10' working field. The openended
table design of the ABP 310 allows for machining of
parts longer than 10' (in 2 cycles). Parts can be stacked up
to the maximum processing height of the machine, further
enhancing the efficiency and throughput of the machine.
For more information, contact James Swanson, Stiles
Machinery, 3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512,
616.698.7500, E-mail: email@example.com,
Trident Plastics Inc. offers
plate from .250” up
to 5.00” thick in a wide range
of formulations. Trizod® OP is
an optically clear polished,
sheet specially engineered
for superior optical
performance. It is also available
in FDA compliant and
Trizod GP-P is a general purpose
and Trizod MG Clear & Black
is a machine grade polycarbonate that is an un-polished,
ultraviolet-stabilized polycarbonate with excellent dimensional
stability and good strength and stiffness over a
wide range of temperatures.
They also offer 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% glass-reinforced
polycarbonate that is effective in designs where
metals, particularly die-cast aluminum and zinc, are commonly
used. The addition of glass fibers to polycarbonate
increases tensile strength, stiffness, compressive
strength, and lower the thermal expansion coefficient.
The greater the amount of glass fiber added to the polycarbonate,
the greater the effect on each property will
be. For example, compared to standard un-filled grades,
Lexan® 3414R 40% glass-reinforced polycarbonate has
as much as five times the tensile modulus, more than
double the flexural and tensile strength, and up to 65%
more compressive strength.
Since, 1977, Trident Plastics Inc. has been supplying
industry with quality materials, competitor prices, and an
unsurpassed level of service. Their customer base is
nationwide with a primary focus on machinists and fabricators.
They are a full service distributer offering plastic
shapes, resins and a wide range of services including compression-
molding, thermoforming, vacuum forming, thermoplastic
welding, surface planning & grinding and laser
and water jet cutting.
For more information, contact Dead Cadic, Trident
Plastics Inc., 1029 Pulinski Rd., Ivyland, PA 18974, 215-672-5225, Fax: 215-672-5582, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.tridentplastics.com.
Profiles & Tubing
Petro Extrusion Tech., Inc.
(PET) offers both custom
and stock clear extruded
tubing and profiles, in a
variety of thermoplastic
With over 50 years
experience in the extrusion
Extrusion Tech offers
clear tubing in acrylic,
polycarbonate, and other
clear materials, in a
range of sizes from 1/8”
up to 8” OD.
PET offers a line of stock PC tubing, in various wall
thicknesses and sizes, including several heavy wall
PET also offers stock items such as their polycarbonate
angles and channels, all in clear, available from stock in
various stock lengths.
PET has a stock line of acrylic profile shapes for the
P.O.P. industry, including Z-Bar shapes and U-Channel
profiles, all in clear, and available from stock.
For more information, contact Julie Hanan, Petro
Extrusion Technologies, Inc., P.O. Box 99, Garwood, NJ
07027, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.petroextrusions.com.
Cutting & Milling Tools
Hufschmied offers a range of tooling specifically
designed for milling plastics. With plastic
materials it is crucial to keep the milling temperature
as low as possible. This can be
achieved with tools from their Universal-Line
and Sharp-Line. Depending on your requirements
and your machinery, the solution to your
processing problem offers you a choice of one,
two or three-flute cutters.
Hufschmied tools are designed to minimize
burr formation and provide a quality edge finish
at high feed rates minimizing secondary
For the processing of PMMA, cast or extruded, the Frasen Per Plex product
range of single-fluted milling cutters produce a mirror-like surface finish without
the need for additional polishing tools or any other polishing action. When
working acrylics, milling cutters and drills need to produce sharply defined cutting
edges. For this approach, Hufschmied supplies the FPE tool system with
a single-step roughing and finishing cycle producing these very sharply defined
edges. For polycarbonate and PET their Sharp-Line will provide a smooth finish
with long tool life.
When it comes to cutting thermoset the avoidance of burr formation is critical
to a high quality edge finish. Their Universal-Line and Proto-Line are well
suited for this category of materials.
For more information, contact Erin Roche, Hufschmied USA, 42 Ozick Drive,
Unit 6, Durham, CT 06422, 239-220-6602, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.hufschmied.net.
10’ Free-Standing Heater
FTM of Placerville, CA has just
released their new 10’ Free-Standing
Heater for thermal plastic bending
(Model FS-120). With a heated
length of 10’ and width of ó” it is
ideal for sheet thicknesses from
3mm up to 12mm and can bend
sheets up to 10 feet in length. With
a total length of 131” the steel
gauge of the tray has been increased to insure stability and help limit expansion.
FTM’s new FS-120 has a proprietary design with a powder coated steel
tray, PTFE working surface, an ultra hi-temperature insulation, and an operating
temperature of 650ºF. The heater creates consistent professional bends
while working with all types of thermoplastic materials such as Stylelite®,
acrylic, PVC, CPVC, polypropylene, polycarbonate, and more. With a heated
length of 10’ it’s perfect for bending Stylelite® products, shower wall surrounds,
synthetic granite, and other large sheets of thermoplastic materials.
FTM’s trays are made in the USA and are available in lengths from 2’ to 10’.
They are ideal for straight line bends or folds and capable of heating material
for tight or wide radiuses. Their 4’ model offers a variety of heated widths
ranging from ." up to 2", so whether you’re working with 1mm thin or 1"
thick material they have your heating needs covered.
All FTM heaters can be plugged directly into the wall with a standard 120v
wall plug, or you can use their AEC15 controller to regulate
heating temperatures if desired.
For more information, contact David Geer, FTM, Inc.,
327 Industrial Drive, Unit 1, Placerville, CA 95667, 530-626-1986, Fax: 530-642-2602, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.123ftm.com.
Three plastic polishes
Inc., the St. Paulbased
win the war
dulling of plastics
that all too often cause the best products to grow old
before their time.
NOVUS Plastic Polishes, which have been used and recommended
by manufacturers for over 40 years, have an
enviable record of rejuvenating the plastic surfaces in
many industrial settings, as well as, in the home.
NOVUS Polish No. 1 is a cleaner, shiner, and protector
for all plastics. In one easy application, this highly concentrated
formula polishes quickly to an even finish. It
leaves a glaze that resists finger marking and dust
buildup. It is antistatic and antifogging.
NOVUS Polish No. 2 removes fine scratches and haziness
from most plastics. It is not just a surface cover-up,
but a polishing compound that restores and protects damaged
NOVUS Polish No. 3 was formulated to remove heavy
scratches. After using No. 3 follow up with No. 2 to
remove any fine scratches.
Manufacturers of everything from aircraft to appliances
use NOVUS Plastic Polishes to cut down on scrap in fabrication.
These fabricators have discovered regular use of
NOVUS Plastic Polishes keep replacement costs down
while maintaining the aesthetic beauty of their products.
NOVUS Plastic Polishes are available in 2-oz. bottles
(48/case), 8-oz. bottles (24/case), and 64-oz bottles
For more information, contact Dean Trocke, NOVUS
Inc., St. Paul, MN 55114, 800-548-6872. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.novuspolish.com.
Make Your Booth Shine
Spring is around the corner and that means trade show and
exhibition season will soon be upon us. Now is the time to
start exploring fresh ideas on how acrylic can be used to
help capture consumer attention at upcoming shows.
There is little
denying that booth
design matters. A
that is clean and
inviting can make
the difference in
how many attendees
take the time
to stop at your customer’s
booth and engage with your sales team.
Plaskolite’s thermoplastic sheet products are widely
used in exhibit and tradeshow booths because they are
lightweight, impact-resistant, and easy to fabricate. The
material can provide eye-catching colors and textures to
wall structures, light fixtures, graphics, furniture, and more.
Economical and long-lasting, acrylic and polycarbonate is
available in clear, colored, patterned, and mirrored.
For more information, contact Jane Nash, Plaskolite,
400 W. Nationwide Blvd., Suite 400, Columbus, OH
43215, 800-848-9124/662-893-5409, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.plaskolite.com.
High Performance FEP Film
CS Hyde Company
has been a worldwide
manufacture and custom
converter of high
films, fabrics and silicone.
CS Hyde has
been a custom-converter
providing die-cut, die less cut, lamination and sheeting of
materials, such as Teflon® fluoropolymer, Kapton®,
UHMW, PTFE coated fiberglass, PVDF, Mylar® and 3M®
products for many types of industries.
CS Hyde supplies Teflon FEP and PFA which are transparent
thermoplastic films. FEP is known for its chemical
compatibility, electrical reliability, wide temperature
range, abrasion and impact. PFA is available for more
demanding applications that have higher working temperature
of 500°F and its ability to maintain mechanical
strength at high temperatures. For less demanding applications
they also supply polycarbonate and PET film which
also have high clarity. CS Hyde offers lamination capabilities
that apply a clear adhesive to the back of the film,
which can help eliminate fastening issues. 3M® adhesives
have high temperature properties and strong shear
strength that allow the film to be held firmly in place.
For more information, contact Sales, CS Hyde Company,
1351 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046, 800-461-
4161/847-395-0325, Fax: 847-395-0334, E-mail: sales
@cshyde.com, Web: www.cshyde.com.