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The #binbagchallenge: For clean beaches and oceans worldwide

The #binbagchallenge: For clean beaches and oceans worldwide

For clean beaches and oceans worldwide: The #binbagchallenge of rateyourdive.com and Ban’s Diving Resort

Plastic waste, especially in the oceans, is a problem for nature worldwide. In order to combat this, everyone can do something. This is the reason why the #binbagchallenge of rateyourdive.com, the world’s unique platform to compare and rate dive-professionals, dive Centres and liveaboards, and the German division of Ban’s Diving Resort, a diving school on Koh Tao, invites you to do the following: Users collect waste wherever they are and share their success stories via social media. By doing so, awareness for this problem will be raised and, bit by bit, action is taken against it at the same time.

Bayreuth, Germany 16/04/2018 Hundreds of thousands of large and small pieces of plastic waste are floating in every square kilometre of ocean worldwide. This growing pile of garbage constitutes a danger for the entire ecosystem of the oceans: Fish, mammals and birds perish painfully due to plastic swallowed by mistake, the quality of the water sinks because of the large quantities of waste and, finally, dangerous micro plastic substances end up in human bodies via the food chain. In short: It is time to take action! The #binbagchallenge emerged because of these issues, calling for the collection of waste around and in bodies of water.

„We use the idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which went around the world a few years ago. With the #binbagchallenge we want to raise awareness for the worldwide pollution, of the oceans in particular and, at the same time, provide part of the solution“, explains Ricardo Wenzel, CEO of rateyourdive.com and co-initiator of the challenge. The principle is simple: Users are encouraged to collect garbage on beaches, in the ocean or simply at a nearby park and to photograph themselves with the filled bin bag (hence the name of the challenge). These photos are compiled with the hashtag #binbagchallenge and posted on one’s own Facebook page. Who has participated then nominates other friends to collect waste as well.

„Thanks to the idea of „virality“, small steps are taken worldwide to fight environmental pollution. The objective above all is to raise awareness for this issue and put pressure on politicians and the economy, forcing them to do something as well“, as Wenzel summarises the intention of the challenge. In doing so, rubbish collection is deliberately not limited to the oceans, because the problem of waste begins already directly on your doorstep. Co-initiator Alex Mitsch of the German team of Ban’s Diving Resorts on Koh Tao (bansdiving.de) exemplifies: „No matter where you are, whether in Thailand or Germany – if you walk around anywhere for an hour and do not find any rubbish that you can pick up, then you will get a free diving course from me!“

Our supporters
Up to now, we have received active support for the diffusion of the initiative from these organisations, among others: DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe, NAUI Green Diver, Green Fins and the Marine Conservation Society UK. Also from diving magazines: DIVER, Scuba H2O Adventures, Unterwasser and Dive.in, as well as from the websites brightvibes.com, deeperblue.com, divebooker.com, divebuddies4life.com and diveoclock.com.

All the accomplishments of the challenge up to now can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/binbagchallenge/

About Rateyourdive.com
Rateyourdive.com is the world’s first portal for comparing, booking and rating diving offers in particular. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 profiles of diving schools, diving professionals and liveaboards have been listed on the platform and almost 2,000 reviews have already been entered.

The objective of rateyourdive.com is to achieve more transparency regarding quality and performance and to simplify finding the perfect diving experiences. To do so, the hotel booking approach was taken as a model, in order to design the search intuitively. Therefore, not only can ratings be submitted, but offers and prices of the desired region can also be compared.
Further details
In case of enquiries, Mr. Ricardo Wenzel, CEO of rateyourdive.com, is at your disposal:

Ricardo Wenzel
CEO rateyourdive.com
Balthasar-Neumann-Str. 14
95444 Bayreuth

ricardo@rateyourdive.com

Rateyourdive.com is the world’s first portal for comparing, booking and rating diving offers in particular. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 profiles of diving schools, diving professionals and liveaboards have been listed on the platform and almost 2,000 reviews have already been entered.

The objective of rateyourdive.com is to achieve more transparency regarding quality and performance and to simplify finding the perfect diving experiences. To do so, the hotel booking approach was taken as a model, in order to design the search intuitively. Therefore, not only can ratings be submitted, but offers and prices of the desired region can also be compared.

Contact
rateyourdive UG
Ricardo Wenzel
Balthasar-Neumann-Str. 14
95444 Bayreuth
Phone: 017657886640
E-Mail: ricardo@rateyourdive.com
Url: http://www.rateyourdive.com

Science Research Technology

Walther Trowal: The rotary drum coating technology conquers the market

Homogeneous and energy saving coating of mass-produced small plastic and rubber components

Walther Trowal: The rotary drum coating technology conquers the market

Walther Trowal introduces the new Rotamat R80 at the DKT exhibition.

More and more customers are choosing the rotary drum technology for coating their mass-produced small plastic and rubber components. Within just a few years the sales of the Walther Trowal Rotamat coating systems have increased several fold. At the DKT/IRC 2015 the company is introducing its redesigned Rotamat R80, which compared to its predecessor model offers not only a higher operational flexibility but also a higher capacity for coating of plastic components.

For several months now Walther Trowal has noticed a distinct trend towards the use of rotary drum coaters for the coating and painting of small mass-produced components. Many small-part manufacturers are switching from the drum coating at room temperature to the hot air drum coating technology. Other manufacturers are no longer subcontracting their coating work to external service companies but do it in-house with Rotamat systems. And some have replaced their single-piece paint systems with rotary hot air drum coaters.

With the drum coating method the small parts no longer have to be individually placed on special racks but can be loaded into the Rotamat drum in relatively large batch sizes. This technology is ideally suited for treating small parts made from different plastic materials like elastomers, ABS, PC or PS. Water based as well as solvent based paints can be processed.

Building on the success of the predecessor models Walther Trowal completely revamped the Rotamat range, and with the R80 is introducing a machine that can be even better adapted to the individual requirements of the users. The modular filtering system allows not only cleaning the exhaust air up to filter class F6, but it also allows spraying more solvent based paint, offering a higher part throughput without jeopardizing compliance with the prevailing clean air standards.

Frank Siegel, the sales manager for coating technology at Walther Trowal, explains, why the sales of Trowal coating systems are continuously increasing: „Since the Rotamat was introduced, we have sold nearly 300 units. The increased machine bookings we have seen during the past few months are mainly due to the fact that many small-part manufacturers are bringing their coating work back in-house to reduce their costs and, at the same time, improve their quality.“

Many new technical features!

The new Rotamat R80 from Walther Trowal has a drum diameter of 800 mm and can handle about 50 kg of parts with a batch volume of 50 liters. This batch size meets the requirements of many customers who must coat delicate, complex shaped parts or are processing relatively heavy parts like metal components. The new R80 is also available with a drum that offers a diameter of 700 mm and a usable part volume of 30 liters.

The airflow and the paint application system were optimized to a point where only a very small amount of overspray is created.

The inside of the coating drum is equipped with an explosion protected LED light allowing precise observation of the coating process, be it the paint layer buildup or color changes.

The new heating control system helps reduce cycle times and energy consumption. A PID controller adjusts the inlet air temperature in relation to the work piece temperature. At the same time it takes into consideration the actual air volume. The new controller reacts extremely quickly. This quick reaction and the better insulation of the drum allowed reducing the electrical energy requirements to 9 kW.

Air filtration

With the new exhaust air filter unit Walther Trowal managed to greatly enhance the possibility for using different paints. This is an important feature for those customers who must coat a large variety of parts with different types of paint. The R80 offers four independently usable stages for filtering the exhaust air so that the particle sizes caught by the filter system can vary within a relatively large range up to filter class F6.

The new filter unit also contributes to a higher part throughput: The user can now use more solvent, thus, speed up the coating process and still meet the standards for the maximum solvent concentration at the work place.

Another important feature of the new filtration system is the secondary air system that allows the connection to a thermal post combustion installation, which may be already available at the customers. The secondary air system limits the air volume pulled by the thermal post combustion installation so that the coating process is not affected.

Walther Trowal at the DKT/IRC 2015
(June 29 – July 2, 2015 in Stuttgart):
Hall 12, Booth 260

Facts about Walther Trowal

For more than 80 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Firmenkontakt
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Frank Siegel
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225
f.siegel@walther-trowal.de
http://www.walther-trowal.de

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Regina Reinhardt
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52072 Aachen/Germany
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http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: New module for optical inline inspection assures flocking quality

Pixargus: New module for optical inline inspection assures flocking quality

ProfilControl Surface systems inspect the surfaces of profiles made of plastics or rubber.

Surface inspection system specialized in typical flocking defects

At „K 2013“, Pixargus will be presenting its new Flock Detection module, which inspects sealing profiles during the flocking process. The system ensures that, in the case of irregularities in the flocking, corrective action can be immediately taken. This guarantees that only prime material is shipped to the customers.

The new module belongs to the family of Pixargus ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which inspect the surface condition of profiles in an inline process. It detects and classifies in real time typical flocking defects, such as missing or clumping flocking material, or longitudinal grooves. The PCS systems are typically installed at the end of the flocking line.

Pixargus developed the module for the optical inline inspection of door and window seals as used in the automotive industry. These sealing profiles have to comply with extremely exacting quality demands.

The flocking material must be applied highly uniformly in order for the profiles to reliably fulfill their sealing function. As in the vehicles the seals are partly visible, imperfect appearance of the surface may be reason for rejects.

The direct feedback of ProfilControl data into the process makes it possible to correct the flocking process without delay, ensuring that the poor flocking result does not continue along the profile.

As soon as a system detects a defect, it triggers a graphic display of the defect and a signal, which may be used to mark out-of-spec sections of the profiles or control automatic cutting or sorting equipment. Thus ProfilControl relieves the human inspector from the monotonous task of visual checks and painstaking sorting of the profiles into good or bad.

Within the measuring range, the profile surface is uniformly illuminated by an LED light ring and scanned by six high-resolution line-scan cameras arranged at angles of 60° around the profile. With these six line-scan cameras of more than 2,500 pixels each, the system detects surface defects down to 50 m.

The Flock Detection module takes advantage of all features of the ProfilControl systems, including the Automatic Head Positioning (AHP) function. Whenever the product changes, the AHP system automatically readjusts the cameras into optimal positions for the new profile. This ensures that the system always captures the complete surface, even if the profile contours are complex.

By introducing AHP, Pixargus has made operation of the system even more user-friendly, while eliminating possible sources of error. The operator is relieved from his task of having to readjust the cameras whenever the profile shape changes. At the same time, AHP guarantees reproducibility of the system settings.

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. The underlying image processing technology is also the basis for the recent foundation of the company GoalControl GmbH and for the soccer goal-line technology of the same name, which proved successful during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, Pixargus GmbH is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: Automatic defect density evaluation takes yield management out of the grey area

Pixargus: Automatic defect density evaluation takes yield management out of the grey area

ProfilControl Surface systems inspect the surfaces of profiles made of plastics or rubber.

Inline inspection of profiles made of plastics or rubber: New surface inspection module has a handle on complex user requirements specifications

At „K 2013“, Pixargus will be presenting its new „Defect Density Management“ solution for the surface inspection of profiles made of plastics or rubber. With this system, it is possible to combine the evaluation of surface defect types and count over a defined length of the product. Profile manufactures will be able to fulfill even highly complex requirements specifications set up by their customers, while minimizing the out-of-spec rate.

The new Defect Density Management (DDM) module makes it a lot easier for profile manufacturers to produce exactly to customer specifications. They will from now on also ship products which in the past would have been graded as „out-of-spec“ because of a subjective evaluation based on vague criteria.

The module belongs to the family of Pixargus ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which inspect the surface condition of profiles in an inline procedure.

Optical inline inspection systems have reached a high standard in detecting and classifying surface defects on profiles. However, the contextual evaluation of defects, which includes logical operations between defect criteria, has so far remained in the grey area.

In numerous specifications, especially those set up by automotive producers, the „ship or block“ decision depends on OR-operations. A customer may reject a profile, for example, if over a specified length of the product there is one severe defect or one medium defect plus several small defects.

Human inspectors would be unable to cope with such logical operations while doing visual inline inspections of the product. They would be able to base their decisions but on subjective impressions. The Defect Density Management solution, however, weights every single surface defect and sums up the obtained values over a certain length of the product. The inspection system sends out a signal as soon as the value exceeds a defined threshold. The signal can be used to mark out-of-spec sections of the profiles or control downstream cutting and sorting equipment. This relieves the human inspector from the monotonous task of visual checks and painstaking sorting of the profiles into good or bad.

The direct feedback of ProfilControl 6 data into the process makes it possible to correct the production process without delay, ensuring that defects do not continue along the profile.

Pixargus at „K 2013“ in Düsseldorf (October 16 -23, 2013): hall 11 / stand E14

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. The underlying image processing technology is also the basis for the recent foundation of the company GoalControl GmbH and for the soccer goal-line technology of the same name, which proved successful during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, Pixargus GmbH is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: Drillhole Inspection makes automatic installation of door seals safe and reliable

Pixargus: Drillhole Inspection makes automatic installation of door seals safe and reliable

ProfilControl Surface systems inspect the surfaces of profiles.

100-percent inline inspection instead of random checks and manual measurements

At „K 2013“, Pixargus will introduce the new „Drillhole Inspection“ module for its ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which now in addition to inspecting the surfaces of rubber or caoutchouc profiles can also check the presence and position of drillholes in door seals for vehicles.

In the manufacture of sealing profiles for vehicle doors, the Drillhole Inspection module checks as early as during the production process whether all venting and drill holes have been made and whether they are all in the right position. The system triggers an alarm as soon as it detects that a drill hole is missing, that it does not have the correct diameter or shape, or that the spacing between the holes is not as it should be.

Especially for automated assembling processes, this type of inspection is paramount as it ensures that the door seals can be installed quickly and reliably. In the past, checking the drillhole positions was a very complicated procedure prone to errors because the high production speeds make it impossible to take a manual measurement of each spacing. Consequently, manual checks were only made on a random basis. Now, the new module makes it possible for the first time to check the entire profile in an inline process.

With the Drillhole Inspection module, Pixargus is complementing its line of inspection systems for sealing profiles used in automotive construction. It belongs to the family of Pixargus ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which inspect the surface condition of profiles in an inline procedure.

As soon as the module detects any out-of-spec condition, it displays the defect and the defect class, and sends out a signal. The signal can be used to mark out-of-spec sections of the profiles or control downstream cutting and sorting equipment. This relieves the human inspector from the monotonous task of visual checks and painstaking sorting of the profiles into good and bad.

The direct feedback of ProfilControl 6 data into the process makes it possible to correct the production process without delay, ensuring that defects do not continue along the profile.

Pixargus at „K 2013“ in Düsseldorf (October 16 -23, 2013):
hall 11 / stand E14

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. The underlying image processing technology is also the basis for the recent foundation of the company GoalControl GmbH and for the soccer goal-line technology of the same name, which proved successful during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, Pixargus GmbH is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Environment Energy

Plastic carrier bags: enzymes make them the sustainable alternative to biodegradable plastics

Plastic carrier bags: enzymes make them the sustainable alternative to biodegradable plastics

Additive ensures that PE packaging decomposes – advantages over plastic bags based on corn starch

London. – An ecologically correct shopping bag from the cornfield – sounds good, doesn’t it? However, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Bags and foil can nowadays be produced from renewable raw materials such as corn starch and are then biodegradable, but on closer consideration such shopping bags offer no ecological benefits compared to conventional plastic bags made of polyethylene (PE). At least these are the findings of the Heidelberg Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) in a study carried out on behalf of the Federal Department of the Environment. Among other reasons this is because up to 70 % of fossil raw materials are added to provide the required technical properties such as tear strength and durability.

On the one hand packaging from biodegradable plastic takes a long time to decompose, which makes it unsuitable for industrial composting plants, and on the other it can’t be fed into the recycling process for conventional plastics either. The reason is that the biodegradable plastic bags would ‚contaminate‘ the other PE waste, which is mainly produced from oil, and thus have a negative effect on the recycling process. As a result these bags are separated out in advance and neither recycled nor composted but are thermally utilised in waste incineration plants. Accordingly this material, which is in principle reusable, is in practice not available for recycling at all. In addition the cultivation of crops for plastic bags is controversial, because the areas of land involved are lost to agricultural food production.

Biologically degradable: almost fully decomposed after only a few months

English scientists searching for a solution to this problem have developed a highly environmentally-friendly additive which is marketed under the trade name ‚Enzymoplast‘. This granulate consists of natural proteins and special enzymes which are added during the manufacturing process of PE bags and have the effect of actually improving the technical properties of these bags, in other words their tear strength and durability. In addition bags which are produced using this enzyme can be recycled at any time together with conventional polyethylene.

And if – as still happens much too often in global terms – the bag is simply carelessly thrown away and then comes into contact with microorganisms in the soil and with water it decomposes, depending on the prevailing environmental conditions, within several months, leaving behind only water and CO2 – two of nature’s fundamental building blocks.

In the process the additive is so effective that the bags which contain it biodegrade significantly according to EN 14855. In addition it also meets the requirements of EN 13432 certification, which specifies that the material must decompose to a level of 90% within 180 days under industrial composting conditions. In the case of this additive the hundred per cent stage is in fact reached only a little later. For purposes of comparison: a conventional polyethylene bag takes up to 500 years to decompose fully.

More information is available online at www.enzymoplast.com.

compostable technology
Enzymoplast is a trademark of Advanced Enzyme Science Limited, a polymer technology company based in the UK. It has developed the only non bioplastic material which has achieved compostable status, certified to EN 13432 standard.

Products benefitting from using this technology are end-user high volume items, which have a limited life cycle, such as all types packaging, carrier bags, golf tees, tree wraps and so on.

Enzymoplast products are biodegradable and compostable making them eco-friendly.

Kontakt:
Advanced Enzyme Science Ltd
Narinder Bharj
7 Hillgate Place
SW12 9 Balham / London
+44 (0) 203 151 2335
info@enzymoplast.com
http://www.enzymoplast.com

Science Research Technology

Pixargus at „Medtec 2013“: Optical inspection of cut pieces of hypo and precision tubes

Pixargus at "Medtec 2013":  Optical inspection of cut pieces of hypo and precision tubes

Precision tubing in the gap between the LED light ring (right) and the camera unit (left).

„Free Fall Inspection“ system checks cut pieces of tubes on the fly

At Medtec 2013, Pixargus is for the first time presenting its new ProfilControl 6-FFI system for optical inspection of cut pieces of hypo and precision tubes for medical applications, which have to comply with extremely exacting surface and edge quality demands.

The system is used for 100 percent inspection of hypo and precision tubes used in medical instruments and apparatuses as well as for cannulas made of metal and plastics. The system detects and classifies surface defects, such as inclusions, grooves, scratches or dents, over the complete product length. Furthermore, by means of a newly developed algorithm it checks whether the edges have been properly cut and/or feature no burrs. This ensures that only products completely checked and free of flaws are shipped.

With the development of the new system, Pixargus has bridged the gap between optical inspection of endless and cut products. So far the systems of the ProfilControl 6 series had only been used to inspect continuously manufactured products such as sections or cables. As the new systems can also inspect individual cut pieces, it can be used not only in the manufacturing process but also by the purchasers of the products for checking incoming material.

In order to make sure that the tubes are checked around their complete circumference from several angles all at the same time, the feeding system is provided with a gap. While the tubes are flying through this gap, their surface can be captured by the cameras from all perspectives.

Inside the measuring head, the surface of the tubes is uniformly illuminated by an LED light ring and scanned by six high-resolution line-scan cameras arranged at angles of 60 degrees around the tube. With these six line-scan cameras of more than 2,500 pixels each, the system detects surface defects down to 30 micrometer.

As soon as the system has detected a defect on the surface or at one of the cut edges, the system displays the defect graphically and sends a signal to the device that will sort out the defective material. The PC 6-FFI system operates so fast that defective tubing can be removed just a few centimeters after the measuring head. This makes the system extremely space-saving.

PC 6-FFI features an automatic lighting control system, which automatically adjusts to mat or shiny surfaces.

Pixargus supplied the first such system to a Japanese customer who has been using it in three-shift operation since its commissioning. It had been designed for inspecting mirror-finished tubes of diameters between 5 and 20 mm and lengths between 40 and 100 mm.

Pixargus at Medtec 2013: stand 1N44

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide, renowned manufacturers, e.g. B. Braun, Medtronic, Biotronik and Hansemed, use Pixargus systems for surface control and profile measuring tasks.

The company, based in Aachen/Germany, is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

English Press Releases

50 Years of Global Competence

50 Years of Global Competence

Hans-Günter Bayer, CEO of the FRIMO Group, opened up the 4th FRIMO Forum in Lotte with a look back over five decades of FRIMO.

4th FRIMO Forum in Lotte

50 years of FRIMO stand for five decades of dynamism and passion for plastics technologies. Pioneering spirit, courage and strength of purpose have characterized the dynamic development of the FRIMO Group for a half a century now, allowing us to become one of the world“s leading technology providers for manufacturing solutions.
It was with this in mind that the 4th FRIMO Forum was held at the Group“s corporate headquarters in Lotte, Germany, on September 19 and 20, 2012, with about 450 participants from 140 companies and 20 countries. Along with interesting plenary and technology presentations and an enjoyable and informative entertainment program, the visitors found an extremely effective platform to learn about what“s moving the industry, to exchange ideas with participants and speakers, to make new contacts and to maintain existing ones.

Hans-Günter Bayer, CEO of the FRIMO Group, opened up the event with a look back over five decades of FRIMO.
Following presentations by Mubea Carbotech, BMW, Audi and Premium Aerotec, the first afternoon focused on „Lightweight Construction & New Technologies“ and „High Quality Surfaces & Efficient Processes.“ A series of eight presentations by speakers from external partners such as Benecke-Kaliko, BMW, JSP, RWTH Aachen, Schuler and Wiesmayer – together with specialists from FRIMO – provided first-hand information on their expertise and projects.

On the second morning, the audience listened enthusiastically to automotive expert Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer“s presentation on „Global FUTURE Mobility – an Industry on the Move.“ Faurecia, Johnson Controls and Huntsman appeared here with global topics from the Tier 1 and raw material supplier perspective. Ernst Schwanhold, former State Minister of Economic Affairs, concluded the series of presentations with a look at sustainability in the global environment.
Another highlight of the second day was the practically oriented technology show, with numerous live demonstrations and an accompanying exhibition. FRIMO covered all areas of technology here, from PU processing to flexible trimming and punching, along with pressing and forming, thermoforming, laminating and edgefolding, right through to joining, with new developments and advancements. The exhibition showcased the products and services of AT Automation Technology, Akzo Nobel, BASF, Bayer, Benecke-Kaliko, Eschmann, Galvanoform, Harx Tooling, Huntsman, Isowood, JSP, Ridea, Schuler, Senoplast, Sika Tivoli and Wiesmayer, and others.

At the end of the two days, the participants, exhibitors and speakers – and last but not least, FRIMO – were clearly satisfied with the 4th FRIMO Forum. Hans-Günter Bayer, CEO of the FRIMO Group, summed it up this way: „We received a lot of positive feedback, participants expressed their appreciation for the excellent presentations and the quality of the technology show, and the event was described as an industry highlight and an outstanding communication platform. That was our objective, and we achieved it. We“re proud of that. As a global technology partner, we“ll apply the same level of commitment to new projects with our customers!“

About FRIMO (www.frimo.com)
The FRIMO Group includes global production and sales locations with more than 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia and America, and numerous representatives around the world.
Companies of the FRIMO Group have been repeatedly awarded for outstanding achievements. FRIMO already received 20 times the SPE awards, also known as the „Plastic-Oscars“. Three of these were awarded in 2012, both for achievements as tool manufacturers and as equipment manufacturers in the category of „body interior“.
FRIMO“s portfolio for the plastics processing industries covers an extremely wide range of technologies PU processing along with flexible trimming, punching, pressing and forming, as well as thermoforming, laminating, edgefolding, joining and gluing. FRIMO offers its customers tailor-made tools, machinery and systems as separate or turnkey solutions from a single source.

Kontakt:
FRIMO Group GmbH
Martina Schierholt
Hansaring 1
49504 Lotte
+49 (0)5404 886-157
schierholt.m@frimo.com
http://www.frimo.com