Testing technology firm Qualitest International Inc. has a new fully automated rotary flexometer for use in test applications for the tire and rubber industry.
The flexometer is an all-digital system with four sample silos bearing 20 samples each, netting a total of up to 80 samples, the company said. The system has position and load control capability for each axis and tests samples horizontally.
A handling arm picks up the samples from the silos and places them into the test area and afterwards moves the samples to a rest bin. The temperature of the specimen also can be measured during and after the test using a temperature needle, Qualitest said.
For more information, visit the firm's Web site at www.Worldoftest.com or phone 1-877-884-8378.
Rubber chemicals specialist Rhein Chemie Corp. has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to students studying rubber at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.
The company gave the scholarships to seniors Jennifer Irwin and Margi Pawlowski and sophomore Jon Nienaber. The firm also has set up a scholarship endowment program with Ferris State to be funded over a 10-year period, which will become the basis for future Rhein Chemie scholarships.
Lanxess Corp. has selected Nowshir Bilimoria, a 27-year veteran of the rubber industry, to head its EPDM business. He most recently served as chief of the regional product management team for the company's Technical Rubber Products business in Pittsburgh.
Bilimoria came into the industry in 1978 with Bayer Corp., where he held a number of different positions in India. He moved to the firm's headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, in 1996 when he became sales manager, Asia/Pacific for Bayer's Technical Rubber business.
He moved on to the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters before heading up the regional product team. In his new role, Bilimoria will lead Lanxess' global EPDM product management team. He will be based in Pittsburgh.
Machinery manufacturer LWB Steinl GmbH has unveiled injection machines with the firm's new EF-E technology, which reduces cure time by as much as 50 percent, depending on the application and material.
The technology increases the temperature of the rubber in the mold cavity, which allows the material to cure faster without changing the mold or compound, said Manfred Arning, the company's sales director. That translates to higher production and possibly fewer machines and molds, leading to lower costs, he said.
Trials from customers have resulted in cure time reductions of 30 to 50 percent using their compounds, Arning said. The EF-E technology can be utilized in a range of press sizes from 175-ton to 700-ton, and LWB Steinl is working on utilizing it for small-volume components.
Rohm and Haas Co.'s Adhesives and Sealants unit has come out with a coating procedure in the U.S. for high-volume electrostatic spray application of adhesives that it said is formulated for all-metal anti-vibration parts such as engine mounts, hydromounts and bushings.
It's marketed under the company's Mequm brand and brings an improvement in adhesive transfer, said John Channon, global business manager for transportation. ``Compared to traditional spray guns that deliver 25-30 percent transfer rates, electrostatic spray systems dramatically boost adhesive transfer rates to 80 to 90 percent,'' allowing manufacturers to use less of the adhesive, he said.