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UP AND RUNNING AT EDI’S TECHNOLOGY CENTER IS A NEW, MULTI-PROCESS LABORATORY LINE FULLY EQUIPPED FOR FILM, COATING, AND LAMINATION

Multi-Process Laboratory Line at EDI

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI, U.S.A., January 26, 2011: The latest addition to an extensive process laboratory at the world headquarters of Extrusion Dies Industries, LLC (EDI) provides new opportunities for customers looking to do product development or trial runs without tying up their own commercial-scale production lines, EDI announced today.

The expansion at EDI’s Technology Center consists of a 1.6 meter (63 in.) extrusion line that can be used for cast film, coating, or lamination and is fully equipped for laboratory-scale single- or multi-layer production and web converting. The Center also includes a slot die or fluid coating line, a sheet line with six extruders, and other product / process development capabilities. Besides making these facilities available to customers, EDI uses these facilities for its own product and process development research.

“The new multi-process line can be used for work on product structures ranging from the very simple to the incredibly complex,” says Dennis S. Paradise, vice president of sales and marketing. “Indeed, no other process laboratory worldwide is as diversified and capable as the one at our Technology Center.”

The new line has five extruders and can produce single- or multilayer cast film up to 1,600 mm (63-in.) wide at thicknesses from 8 to 125 microns (0.3 to 5 mils). Speeds for 8-micron LLDPE / LDPE film average 229 m (750 feet) per minute. Multi-layer film can range from standard coextrusions to innovative structures, produced with EDI’s layer multiplier tooling, that can range from a few dozen to over a thousand microlayers.

The line also includes two unwind stations for converting film made on the process line itself as well as rollstock purchased from other sources.

“With outside trial-run facilities increasingly scarce, processors and converters are forced to use their own full-scale production lines at the cost of lost output and high levels of material waste,” says Paradise. “At our Technology Center, these companies can carry out their market development work in the strictest confidence, affirmed in a nondisclosure agreement that we sign with every company that utilizes our lab.”

PHOTO CAPTION: This new multi-process line at EDI’s Technology Center has five extruders and can produce single- or multilayer film up to 1.6 meters (63 in.) wide at thicknesses from 8 to 125 microns (0.3 to 5 mils). The line can also be used for extrusion coating or lamination. Two unwind stations permit converting of film. Besides using this and other processing lines at the Center for its own research, EDI rents them to companies looking to do trial runs without tying up their own equipment.

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EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES, LLC is a leading international supplier of flat dies for sheet, film, extrusion coating, fluid coating, and pelletizing. The company designs and manufactures dies, feedblocks, deckling systems, vacuum boxes, and related equipment. Its subsidiaries include EDI GmbH in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, and EDI China in Shanghai. In the U.S.A., Germany, and China, EDI operates facilities dedicated to reworking its own dies and those built by other suppliers, and it has licensed a fourth rework facility in Japan. Headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A., EDI is focused on supplying the global market. Visit www.extrusiondies.com and www.reworkdies.com. E-mail: sales@extrusiondies.com.