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Boston Matthews extrusion equipment supports fight against Covid-19

Boston Matthews has been designing and manufacturing extrusion machinery for over  65 years at their Worcester Head Office and production site.

Amongst many sectors, it provides extrusion lines and individual machines to the Medical Device & Life Sciences Industries and have shipped multiple complete lines  and individual machines to UK and abroad over the years.

Recently, Boston Matthews has received a specific order for multiple machines from an existing customer, a World renowned manufacturer of medical devices. These machines will be directly used to produce several products specifically for the treatment of Covid-19 and therefore it is essential that given the current situation we are able to supply the equipment.

"We have responded to the enquiry promptly and are confident and extremely proud to be the chosen manufacturer of this equipment and to be actively playing a part in trying to resolve and assist during this pandemic.” says Richard Brookes, Boston Matthews

Boston Matthews have also been able to supply spare parts to customers who have urgent contracts directly with the NHS. "We were very pleased to be able to respond immediately to their request and ship the needed parts that same day.” continues Richard Brookes.

About Boston Matthews:

Boston Matthews is a global company that supports in excess of 35,000 machines in over 70 countries. Head Offices and manufacturing facilities are based in, England which are further supported by facilities in Coral Springs, Florida, USA and Shanghai, China.

Boston Matthews has designed and manufactured extrusion machinery to the medical industry for more than 40 years including specialised turn-key applications as:

 

  •          PS (Styrene) Pipette Tubes

  •          Single & Multi Lumen Tubing

  •          Burette Tubing

  •          Bubble ‘Bump’ Tubing

  •          FEP/PFA Canula

  •          Fluorocarbons

  •          PVC Clear & Frosted Tubing for Catheters etc

  •          Blood Bags

  •          Radio Opaque Tubing

  •          Polyurethane & Nylon Tubing

  •          Peristaltic Tubing

  •          Fluorocarbons

 Article written by BPF (British Plastics Federation), April 9th 2020

Link : https://www.bpf.co.uk/article/boston-matthews-extrusion-equipment-supports-fight-against-covid-1621.aspx


Troubleshooting - Issues with Cut Length ?

Inaccurate or inconsistent cut lengths ?

The answer could be with your Puller. 

If you are experiencing in-line cut length issues with either a Rotary Cutter or Profile Saw then there are a few areas to look into in order to resolve the issue.

The issue may not be the Cutter or Saw itself but could stem from the Caterpillar Take-Off.

Check the Take-Off is running consistently. If not this will cause inaccuracy in cut length.

Check the encoder.

Is the product slipping in the Take-Off - do the belts need replacing or changing for more product specific belts ?

Are the Caterpillar Belts too close to each other ?

Check the drive shaft on the Take-Off

Happy 2020 !

Wishing you all a Happy New Year for 2020 !

 Together let's make it a good one !

Extrusion lines for Rods and Plate a big hit at K 2019

K 2019 proved a successful show for extrusion machinery manufacturer Boston Matthews.

As well as a wide range of extrusion machinery on display, the company also highlighted its specific technology for Rod and Plate Extrusion.


Boston Matthews stand showcased a complete Rod Extrusion Line, which featured technology developed specifically for the extrusion of Rods, in particular PEEK and other high-temperature processing materials.


Differing from conventional tube and profile extrusion, the processing of these materials into void-free rods and plate requires very specific screw design, with die head flow configuration, precision pressure regulation technology, controlled temperature cooling regulation, and specific downstream equipment.


These systems have been developed and integrated by Boston Matthews to provide manufacturers of Engineering Polymers and Semi-Finished Products with a complete turn-key solution including producing a range of sizes, plate widths and thicknesses, rod diameters, multiple rods, and sawing to set lengths.


Simon Brookes, President of Boston Matthews, said: "The extrusion of void free rod and plate is an extremely specialised and complex process. This is further enhanced when processing very high temperature materials and blends especially very expensive materials such as PEEK."


"The ability to produce void free Rods and Plate ensure our customers are not only producing the highest quality Rod and Plate but are not producing expensive scrap.


BRITISH PLASTICS & RUBBER MAGAZINE
November 2019

Extrusion Lines for the Automotive Industry

New Automotive Extrusion Lines:

A combination of over 50 years extrusion line manufacturing experience together with the incorporation of the latest technology has produced an extrusion line to meet with high demands for quality and performance associated with manufacturing components for the automotive industry. The line is capable of producing fuel lines in accordance with the known automotive industry standards including tube structures, tolerances and polymers (PA, PVDF, PBT, ETFE, EVOH, etc.)

In addition to producing the necessary accuracy and performance to meet the quality levels required the new line from Boston Matthews provides manufacturers with such features that allow them to remain competitive in today’s global market. These include complete production flexibility; fast set-up and change-over; energy efficient operation; quick and easy maintenance; and product traceability.

Accuracy, Energy-Efficient & Low Maintenance;

Advanced Screw Design, AC Vector and Direct-Drive technology ensure precision accuracy and maximum energy efficiency at all times as well as providing a clean extrusion operation with maintenance reduced to an absolute minimum.

Precision accurate and easy to adjust Vacuum Calibration and Cooling Systems ensure the tube is produced to the exact tolerance specification required and with a high quality surface finish. AC Flux Vector Caterpillar Haul-Off and Servo-Cutting ensure precision accurate, clean, swarfless cut lengths are continuously produced. If the fuel lines are required to be coiled then a choice of Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic Winding Systems are available to meet the exact requirements of the production operation.

Understanding the pressures faced by today’s manufacturers Boston Matthews have designed the line so that any routine maintenance required can be quickly and easily undertaken by the operator without the need for dedicated maintenance personnel. This not only reduces (and in some cases) eliminates the need for dedicated maintenance personnel it ensures the line is only out of production for a minimum amount of time. Sales Director Simon Brookes states "The design philosophy behind all Boston Matthews Extrusion Lines is to satisfy the production demands faced by our customers today and at the centre of that is the ability to be completely flexible and maintain performance at all times.”

New Die Head Technology Provides Greater Production Flexibility:

Boston Matthews Helix Die Head Technology has many essential advantages over ‘alternative’ die head design including the ability to produce mono and multi-layer fuel lines on the same line without any disruption and therefore allowing the manufacturer to benefit from complete production flexibility.  Material change over or die head cleaning is very fast and non-complex and can be undertaken completely in-house and therefore remains under the complete control of the fuel line manufacturer.  

Tube Quality Management & Traceability:

Automatic Laser Diameter Control Measuring System further ensures tube specification is always adhered to as well as providing assistance during line start-up.

Complete PLC control through the SMART system is also available with the Automotive Fuel Line.  The SMART colour touch-screen control system allows for simple line operation and quick start-up as well as providing essential tools for the tube manufacturer’s management Password protection ensures line settings and production security is always controlled and maintained. Production data, including all process variables is fully accessible and transferable through a variety of means including Ethernet and modem. This allows for production data to be used for product quality analysis, traceability and efficiency reports. Simon Brookes states "The Smart control system provides the manufacturer with the means to control the extrusion operation as well as the ability to access a large amount of data if required.”

All-Electric Servo Saw Cuts Operational Costs

The All-Electric Servo Driven Saw is able to achieve higher levels of accuracy by being the first to link servos motors to a precision ball screw on both axis allowing the entire cutting process to be controlled. This differs from other manufacturers who only seek to control the saws carriage travel, neglecting control of other movements during the cutting process. The resultant control achieved through the use of servos rather than pneumatics brings about numerous benefits to the user. The new All Electric Servo-Driven Saw will totally eliminate the need for secondary off-line cutting, making substantial savings for all extruders of rigid profiles. The new saws repeatedly cut to considerably closer tolerance levels than can be reached by the best pneumatic saws available. The  All Electric Servo-Driven Saw is controlled by a digital interface bringing numerous benefits to the user. Set-up is a fast, non-operator reliant, simple process of entering precise numbers via a ‘touch screen’ as opposed to pneumatic saws long, arduous task of manually turning valves to ‘rough’ settings.PLC intelligence enables the saw to perform a ‘programmed’ or ‘feasibility’ test after every new parameter is entered into a recipe. This acts as protection against potential damaged caused by the machine attempting to meet a users ‘inappropriate’ number inputs. Storage of recipes and product referencing enables the All Electric Servo-Driven Saw to have complete automatic set-up and provides the user with total production flexibility with the guarantee of easily retrievable, repeatable performance at all times. Additional benefits of the Saw include such production enhancing features as length cut-display, batch size display and password protection. Boston Matthews believe repeatable close tolerance cutting and superior cut-quality will represent significant material savings through a substantial reduction in off-spec or marked profiles, whilst eliminating lengthy complex set-procedures, signifying the new way forward for profile cutting.  

 The new saws are available in a number of sizes, with options to suit the requirements of all rigid profiles.

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