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Ausplas: a plastic fantastic exhibition

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There promises to be a strong emphasis on packaging at this year’s Ausplas international exhibition at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 26 to 29 September 2005, according to organisers.

The show, a long established event in the Australian plastics industry calendar, will feature the latest in plastics packaging technology from around the world.

One of the most interesting exhibits will be the revolutionary Vacufoam system developed by Queensland based Leading Edge Services. This process uses the company’s designed and manufactured Pallet-Master, a special purpose skinning machine, to encapsulate a pre-formed shape moulded EPS core with a polystyrene skin.

It produces a range of lightweight, reusable and recyclable branded colour pallets for goods handling and also protective packaging for computers, whitegoods and other high unit value products.

Among the many exhibits from Consonic will be an Engel Victory injection moulding machine from Austria.

Featuring a tiebarless clamping system, it will be equipped with an Engel take out robot for the moulding of a multi-cavity polypropylene flip top pack.

Comtec IPE’s diverse range of working exhibits will include a Jomar extrusion blow moulding machine from Italy. This double station machine will be producing HDPE bottles at the rate of 1200 per hour from two double cavity moulds.

Equip will be presenting a 9-layer Optiflow blown film die from Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering of the USA.

Designed to keep the polymer residence time as short as possible, this die has a low profile height for easier installation, operation and maintenance.

One of the instruments on the Rheology Solutions stand will be the FSP600 wide web inspection system from Optical Control Systems of Germany. Making its Australian debut, the system continuously scans sheet surfaces to locate and record such defects as gelling, fish-eyes, burns, and black spots.

DKSH will demonstrate the KAG automatic edge trim recycling system from EREMA of Austria.

Suitable for all but low viscosity polymer film and sheet, this energy efficient system causes minimal thermal damage to the material being recycled and produces a granulate with a high, uniform bulk density and easy flow characteristics.

Intending visitors to Ausplas with an interest in plastics packaging can expect to see these and many more presentations of relevance to their business as exhibitors finalise their plans between now and show time.

Ausplas 2005 will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre from September 26 to 29.

Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily, with extended hours to 8pm on Thursday 27.

Running concurrently with the exhibition will be a series of seminars organised by The Society of Plastics Engineers Australia and New Zealand.

One of the seminars is titled Plastics Innovations for Todays Packaging. It will cover the latest developments in PET bottle manufacturing and filling, food packaging design, thermoforming, and coextruded film structures.

For more information about the exhibition and associated seminars, readers should contact the Ausplas organiser, Exhibition Management Pty Ltd .

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