10/10/2013

ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical BVBA

ExxonMobil Chemical’s technology leadership for innovation at K2013

ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYMERs and Hosokawa ALPINE’s 5-layer technology deliver outstanding film performance


BRUSSELS (October 9, 2013) – Visitors to K2013 will see how the combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and 5-layer blown film technology from Hosokawa Alpine can deliver packaging films with outstanding mechanical and optical properties at very high output rates with significant downgauging potential.


Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft (Hall 16, booth D06) will produce a state-of-the-art hygiene compression packaging film made with Exceed™ and Enable™ mPE resins on its 5-layer blown film co-extrusion line. Alpine’s test center in Augsburg, Germany, comprehensively tested the film structure developed by ExxonMobil Chemical and Hosokawa Alpine. The tests demonstrated that thinner hygiene compression packaging films are possible without compromising critical end-use performance properties.


“Working on advanced film formulations with a leading resin manufacturer like ExxonMobil has allowed us to showcase the full potential of our 5-layer film technology,” said Dr. Holger Niemeier, operations director, film extrusion division, Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft. “The potential for very high throughput rates, energy savings and the opportunity to produce packaging film that does more from less resin.”


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYETHYLENE RESINS and SUN Centre’s 3-layer technology deliver excellent lamination films


BRUSSELS (October 9, 2013) – The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and 3-layer coextrusion blown film technology from Sun Centre Machinery Co. Ltd. can deliver lamination packaging film with excellent performance. At K2013, Sun Centre will demonstrate a novel formulation for 3-layer blown lamination film using ExxonMobil Chemical’s leading brands Exceed™ and Enable ™ mPE resins. The 3-layer coextrusion line can be configured to meet customers’ needs, with a maximum width of 1650mm with an extrusion output of 400 kg/hour.


The result is a solution that combines high transparency for outstanding aesthetics with excellent mechanical properties for tough packaging applications. In addition it offers outstanding sealing performance and very high, consistent tear strength for downgauging opportunities. The film can be extruded at high throughput rates for excellent productivity.


“The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene resins and Sun Centre’s machinery technology delivers clear, tough lamination packaging films that can provide opportunities for downgauging,” said Amy Zhao, assistant to the general manager, Shanghai Sun Centre Machinery Co., Ltd.


Additional details on the 3-layer blown film line, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at the Sun Center booth, C60 in Hall 16 at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYMERs and torninova’s
3-layer technology deliver excellent cast stretch films


BRUSSELS (October 14, 2013) – The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and elastomers and 3-layer machine technology from Torninova Corporation can deliver cast stretch films with excellent performance. At K2013, Torninova will demonstrate how this combination of advanced film formulation and its extrusion technology can deliver a 3-layer, 12-micron cast stretch handwrap film with a novel design.


The 12-micron film formulation uses ExxonMobil Chemical’s leading mPE resins Exceed™ and Enable™ as well as Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomer (PBE). The novel film design has higher holding force, lower neck-in and more uniform stretching, which can allow:


easier and safer wrappingless operator fatiguedowngauging opportunities or reduced grams/palletimproved pallet stability


The Compact Stretch 1,000 3-layer with 3 extruders cast stretch machine is designed for in-line production of hand, machine and jumbo roll formats due to its all-in-one winder model Quickgold-3S. This technology allows high production flexibility with changes from a 9-12 micron film to a 17-23 micron film in a very short time without interruption. Scrap rates can also be low.


“With producers of stretch films facing increasing costs of raw materials, labour and energy, profitable production may only be attainable with a system that allows elevated and continuous production, 24 hours a day,” said Riccardo Marsili, chief technical support officer, Torninova Srl. “Our reliable, affordable machines combined with film formulations based on ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene resins and elastomers deliver excellent performance, high speed and low production costs.”


Additional details of the Compact Stretch 1000 machine, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at Torninova’s booth, A19 in Hall 17 at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s SANTOPRENE TPV and OSSBERGER’S PRESSBLOWER PROCESS DELIVER HIGH PERFORMANCE STEERING BOOTS


BRUSSELS (October 15, 2013) – The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical”s Santoprene™ thermoplastic elastomers (TPVs) with Ossberger’s patented PRESSBLOWER injection blow molding process can deliver high-performance steering boots with cost reduction opportunities. Visitors to the Ossberger GmbH & Co. booth (C28 in Hall 14) at K2013 will be able to view the high-quality part which has tight tolerances for the effective sealing performance of rack and pinion boots.


Steering boots must withstand chemical and physical attack and extremes of temperature while maintaining excellent sealing performance. Santoprene TPVs are used because, compared to EPDM rubber or chloroprene rubber, they can reduce weight and improve part performance. Santoprene TPVs offer long-term durability, flexibility and effective protection against heat, oil, road salt, debris, the weather and other harsh environmental elements.


While rack and pinion steering boots represent only a small percentage of the total cost of the steering system to manufacture, a reduction in costs is possible through stable one-component blow molding.


“By working with ExxonMobil Chemical, we were able to ensure that our PRESSBLOWER process and Santoprene TPV would deliver steering boots that meet the needs of the automotive industry in demanding underhood environments,” said Klaus Haub, sales manager at Ossberger GmbH & Co.


Santoprene TPVs can also contribute to a reduction in overall waste in the manufacturing process, as any scrap produced during processing can be recycled.


Read more at: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/santoprene-underhood


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s SANTOPRENE TPV and Robotic extrusion from reis DELIVER award winning bulb seals


BRUSSELS (October 15, 2013) – ExxonMobil Chemical and Reis Extrusion GmBH have developed a robotic extrusion process for Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) that reduces the cost and improves the performance and processability of the bulb seal on cowls for Ford Motor Company’s C-Max hybrid electric vehicle. Visitors to the Reis booth (A17 in Hall 10) at K2013 will be able to view the bulb seal which was produced by Windsor Mold Group (WMG) of Windsor, Ontario.


In the extrusion system, an extrusion die is mounted to a flexible heated hose and guided by a Reis robot. This quickly and efficiently applies a Santoprene 121-50E500 TPV bulb seal directly to the cowl, eliminating time consuming and costly manual installation. A custom nozzle design achieves the profile geometry WMG requires. The process optimizes cooling and cycle times and extrusion pressures.


The process creates a functional seal that can be handled immediately, with no post curing, as required by thermoset rubber. The operation provides outstanding sealing to the cowl with excellent dimensional stability.


“The creation of a chemical adhesive bond between the TPV seal and the cowl provides excellent sealing performance,” said Jack Bekou, New Business Development / R&D Manager, WMG.


“We decreased costs by eliminating manual assembly,” said Bekou. “Any TPV scrap produced during processing can be reused, saving money as well as reducing waste.”


The application won the process/assembly/enabling technologies category of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2012 Automotive Innovation Awards.


The bulb seal on cowls - the air inlet panel located between the windshield and hood - is typically made of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber because its open cell structure allows it to handle the long-term load from the repeated opening and closing of the hood. A rubber bulb seal, however, requires secondary manual assembly, which adds to the manufacturing cost. Typically, the rubber bulb seal is connected to the cowl with mechanical attachments, which can move and affect seal performance.


Working with ExxonMobil Chemical and Reis, WMG selected Santoprene 121-50E500 TPV for the seals because it provides a balance of viscosity and compression set resistance which delivers specific mechanical strength properties.


Through Finite Element Analysis (FEA), WMG determined the compression load deflection (CLD) of the TPV bulb seal – a critical aspect for performance. This enabled highly effective material use and design for sealing performance. Reis provided suitable geometry proposals and extrusion dies. WMG tested various seal geometries, shapes and material thicknesses for the application. The height of the bulb seal is particularly important to maintain a consistent seal with the hood.


“The bulb seal has to withstand repeated opening and closing conditions to simulate a dynamic seal over time,” said Bekou. “Our analysis showed that Santoprene™ TPV would provide an effective seal.”


A model part underwent long-term load testing. The tests simulated the nominal position of the seal with the hood closed. The samples were heated and frozen to replicate engine temperature and environmental conditions. The results were compared to a baseline study of rubber to assess the comparative effectiveness of TPV.


Read more at: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/santoprene-underhood


See more at: https://www.exxonmobilchemical.com/Chem-English/Files/Resources/Content/santoprene-tpv-robotic-extrusion-optimized.aspx


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYETHYLENE RESINS and Lung Meng’s 3-layer technology FOR excellent collation shrink films


BRUSSELS (October 10, 2013) – The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and 3-layer coextrusion blown film technology from Lung Meng Machinery Co. Ltd., can deliver collation shrink film with excellent performance.


At K2013, Lung Meng will demonstrate a novel formulation for 3-layer blown collation shrink film using ExxonMobil Chemical’s Exceed™ and Enable ™ mPE resins. The 3-layer coextrusion line can be configured to meet customers’ needs, with a film width of up to 1750mm and an extrusion output of 450 kg/hour.


“The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene resins and Lung Meng’s machinery enables customers to move cost effectively from monolayer to 3-layer collation shrink solutions,” said Richard Chen, general manager of Lung Meng Machinery Co., Ltd. “The result is tough collation shrink packaging films that can provide opportunities for downgauging.” The film also offers high transparency for outstanding aesthetics and it can be extruded at high throughput rates for excellent productivity.


Additional details on the 3-layer blown film line, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at the Lung Meng booth, A73 in Hall 16 at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s VISTAMAXX PBE and starlinger’s MACHINERY technology deliver high-quality raffia packaging bags


BRUSSELS (October 11, 2013) – ExxonMobil Chemical’s Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomer (PBE) coupled with advanced technology from Starlinger & Co. GmbH to produce high-quality polypropylene (PP) raffia packaging solutions will be on display at K2013.


Visitors to Starlinger’s Open House taking place during K2013 can see how the elongation property of Vistamaxx PBE allows PP raffia tapes to be extruded at higher stretch ratios, yielding higher tenacity and less tape breakage during extrusion and weaving.


“The combination of exclusive formulations and advanced technology can deliver high lamination bonding strength and adhesion to woven PP, even when the coating is downgauged,” said Markus Grabenweger, product manager, Starlinger & Co. GmbH.


Starlinger developed the new ad*starKON SX+ to create a highly efficient, fast and reliable conversion line for the patented AD*STAR sacks made of coated polypropylene tape fabric. Its increased production efficiency through quick roll and format change, limited downtime and low waste rate may translate into increased profits.


Additional details on the machinery and the formulation will be available at the Starlinger booth B47 in Hall 16 at K and at the Open House which takes place from 14-16 and 21-25 October.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYMERs and CMD’s converting technology deliver PREMIUM refuse bags


BRUSSELS (October 7, 2013) – Films made from ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and specialty elastomers coupled with advanced converting technology from CMD Corporation can produce refuse bags that meet a wide range of customer expectations. Visitors to K2013 can see CMD Corporation of Appleton, Wisconsin, operate two bag converting lines for refuse bags that use less material and deliver excellent end-product performance.


Line A will run Exceed™ and Enable™ mPE resin-based film on a CMD 1270GDS Global Drawtape Bagmaking System and 0330HSW Global High Speed Bag Winder. The line delivers high-speed conversion of premium-quality drawtape refuse bags on overlapped rolls for one-at-a-time dispensing.


“Working with ExxonMobil Chemical, we developed this solution for premium quality bags that use less material to meet customer requirements concerning product performance, sustainability and cost,” said Lisa Kain, corporate market manager, research and communications, CMD Corporation.


Line B will run PE resin-based film with Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomer on a CMD 864 Global Bag Machine and Winder. The line displays high-speed bag converting and winding of bottom-sealed bags in one economical, easy-to-operate system.


“We developed this solution to meet customer needs for utility bottom-sealed bags. It is well suited for growth markets for bags that can be converted on a low-cost, high-speed bag machine and winder that is easy to own and operate,” said Kain.


For both lines, ExxonMobil Chemical and CMD identified the film formulation and procured processors to extrude the film. CMD tested the films to ensure machineability and product quality.


“Our testing has proven the outstanding machineability of the films made with ExxonMobil Chemical’s resins,” said Kain. “The result is a more stable, efficient process, less scrap and machine downtime, and greater throughput. This can result in lower unit costs.”


The CMD 1270GDS Global Drawtape Bagmaking System and 0330HSW Global High Speed Bag Winder is an industry standard for drawtape converting. It can deliver high-speed converting of downgauged material while maintaining the premium quality. CMD overlapped-bag winding technology can provide process efficiencies and sustainable benefits for shipping/packing compared with-folded products.


The CMD 864 Global Bag Machine and Winder is a compact, all-in-one system. It features patented CMD rotary bag sealing technology for high-speed, quality bag converting. It is an affordable, easy to own and operate system.


Additional details on both machines, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at the CMD booth, G05 in Hall 3 at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYETHYLENE RESINS and JINMING’s technology OPEN DOOR TO 5-layer films


BRUSSELS (October 10, 2013) – The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins and coextrusion blown-film technology from Guangdong Jinming Machinery Co. Ltd. offers reliable, cost-effective 5-layer polyolefin dedicated (POD) collation shrink packaging films. At K2013, Jinming will demonstrate a novel formulation for a 5-layer blown collation shrink multipack display film using ExxonMobil Chemical’s Exceed™ and Enable ™ mPE resins.


The film formulation includes Enable mPE resin-based sub-skin sandwich layers and Exceed mPE resin-based outer layers. The film provides excellent shrink force and stiffness. A thinner sealing layer combines excellent sealability with easy cutability, and film downgauging is possible. The film also provides good optical properties and print surface for effective retail marketing.


“The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene polyethylene resins and Jinming’s machinery technology can allow the entry of advanced 5-layer POD technology,” said a spokesperson from Guangdong Jinming Machinery Co. Ltd. “We believe Jinming is the first OEM in Asia Pacific to offer a reliable, affordable step-in solution for 5-layer technology.”


The 35 micron collation shrink film is well suited for printed and displayed multi-pack bundling applications such as bottles and beverages, canned goods, hand soaps, detergents and health & beauty aids.


Additional details on the 5-layer blown film line, as well as the film formulation and resins being used, will be available at the Jinming booth, F25 in Hall 8b at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013


 


ExxonMobil Chemical’s metallocene POLYMERs and HUDSON & SHARP’s converting technology deliver high-quality bags


BRUSSELS (October 11, 2013) – Films made from ExxonMobil Chemical’s leading metallocene polyethylene (mPE) resins coupled with advanced film converting technology from Hudson & Sharp Machine Company bvba can produce high-quality bags. Visitors to K2013 can see Hudson & Sharp film converting lines deliver output of up to 450 bags per minute.


A 40 micron 3-layer coextruded Exceed and Enable mPE resin-based film will be used to produce hygiene compression packaging bags. The film is extruded and printed by Elif Plastik Ambalaj San. ve Tic. A.Ş. of Turkey. The “single layer” strap handle on the hygiene bags will be made using a 60 micron 3-layer coextruded film based on the same resins.


“The combination of ExxonMobil Chemical’s innovative film structures with Hudson & Sharp’s high speed machines delivers opportunities for outstanding performance,” said Johan Mertens, spokesperson for K 2013 at Hudson & Sharp Machine Company bvba. “Our machines are capable of running these thin films with excellent sealing properties at high cycle speeds.”


Additional details on the machinery, film formulations and resins will be available at the Hudson & Sharp booth, B17 in Hall 3 at K.


For more information: www.exxonmobilchemical.com/k2013