Advanced technology brings clarity to extruded transparent film products
NDC Technologies, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, debuts its new HazePro gauge at the upcoming K Show (Hall 10 / Booth H42). This amazing advancement enables plastic manufacturers to accurately and reliably measure the haze of plastic films online and report in real time on this critical process information.
HazePro – Defining a New Standard in Haze Measurement
Haze is a critical quality parameter for plastic films, various plastic sheet products and other transparent materials. A film or sheet with a poor visible appearance can be problematic for manufacturers trying to maintain a specific quality standard. NDCs new HazePro gauge solves this problem by measuring the haze of both narrow and wide films online with the highest accuracy and reliability. With HazePro, manufacturers can precisely adjust the film and sheet extrusion process to tightly maintain haze quality. Process adjustments can be automated for real-time control of haze. Film applications include optical, packaging, flexible packaging, agricultural, solar panel, coatings on glass (such as solar panels), anti-glare on computer screens and other uses. NDCs haze measurement complies with ASTM standard D1003 for transparent materials.
HazePro will be demonstrated on NDCs Mini-Trak O-Frame scanner and iView Pro.net process controller.
Showcasing Unique Augmented Reality Experience
“Well be displaying a virtual demonstration of a complete measurement and control system for plastic film extrusion applications,” says Jay Luis, Marketing Communications Manager for NDC Technologies. “It will look as though the entire measurement system and moving film product are actually on the booth floor.” Using tablets as the window into this virtual environment, users will get a close-up look at NDCs versatile FilmPro infrared gauge for precisely measuring the basis weight and thickness of clear, voided, pigmented, cavitated, porous, translucent colored and even black tinted films. The measurement capability of FilmPro extends to single- or multi-layer products including biaxially-orientated films, cast films and stretch films. It can simultaneously measure the individual thicknesses of up to 6 different layers in co-extruded films.
The virtual system incorporates a scanning FilmPro sensor mounted on NDCs MiniTrak O-Frame. FilmPro moves back-and-forth across the web, making film thickness measurements on a virtual plastic film. Show attendees will be able to see critical process data on the companys virtual, advanced Pro.Net TDi process controller.
In addition to the HazePro and virtual exhibitions, NDC will be presenting its complete line of measurement and control solutions for biax film and sheet, blown film, cast film and sheet extrusion applications.