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PKG Equipment in Rochester Business Journal
PKG Equipment Inc. is increasing its capabilities, physical size and workforce. The Chili firm has invested more than $1 million in more space and equipment to keep pace with growth. The facility added roughly 15,000 square feet to their building and are now at 50,000 square feet. Increased capabilities, a more diversified customer base, and the loss of competitiors during a sluggish economy have helped the company grow."Chili firm PKG Equipment invests $1 million to grow" - Article
PKG Equipment Inc. and Roberts Chemical Co., Inc. Form New Partnership
PKG Equipment Inc., a process equipment manufacturer specializing in surface finishing equipment, has formed a strategic alliance with Roberts Chemical Co., Inc. of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a full service chemical distributor for the Northeastern U.S. PKG Equipment will be representing Roberts Chemical Co., and Roberts Chemical Co. will be a distributor for PKG Equipment covering the east coast from Maine to Virginia. The strengths and specialties of each company will be combined providing their customers with a total surface finishing package complete with high quality chemicals and equipment. This partnership enhances both companies' positions in the surface finishing industry by meeting a full range of customer needs.
PKG Equipment Enhances Plastic Fabricating Capabilities
PKG Equipment installed a third thermoplastic sheet butt welding machine in its plastic fabrication department with several advanced technological features. The butt welder has sheet thickness capacities that range from 1/8" to 2-3/8" with a working width of 158". It can also be used to butt weld 90° corners on material over 1/2" thick.
The operating controls consist of PLC controls allowing for parameter selection by manually setting pressures, welding times and temperature, but there is also a touch screen feature where the operator can input sheet length, sheet thickness and select a standard material from the menu. The machine then automatically calculates and sets all the necessary adjustments with respect to times, temperatures and pressures. The preprogrammed parameters are based on current DVS (German Welding Society) guidelines and include polypropylene, polyethylene, extruded PVC, pressed PVC and PVDF, therefore performing quality controlled welds according to DVS 2208-1. In addition, the PLC interface allows the operator to produce documentation on welding parameters for individual welds.
Another feature is the extension of the memory with parameter sets for customer specific data. Product specific parameter sets, including geometrical data, can be stored and easily retrieved, allowing for considerable minimization of set-up times when changing materials or product types. This is an additional feature to prevent potential operator input errors.
PKG Equipment Installs New Miller Submerged Arc Welding System
PKG Equipment recently installed a new Miller submerged arc welding system to expand its capabilities in the fabrication of process equipment. This sumerged arc welder uses a continuously fed consumable solid or tubular (flux cored) electrode. The molten weld and the arc zone are protected from atmospheric contamination by being "submerged" under a blanket of granular fusible flux. When molten, the flux becomes conductive and provides a current path between the electrode and the work. This thick layer of flux completely covers the molten metal thus preventing splatter and sparks as well as suppressing the intense ultraviolet radiation and fumes that are a part of the welding process. The sub-arc welder is mounted to an Aronson manipulator that has a 10' longitudinal travel and a 12' vertical travel. Advantages of sub-arc welding are reduced weld time, high deposition rate, superior weld penetration and repeatable x-ray quality welds.
PKG Equipment Inc. Receives Exclusive Authorization to use HY-PRO® for Plastic Fabrications
PKG Equipment Inc. has just received exclusive authorization to use HY-PRO® flame retardant clad polypropylene to manufacture process equipment. PKG Equipment has been fabricating process equipment from various thermoplastics for over 30 years, but this new capability allows PKG to offer plastic fabrications that require some flame retardant provisions without the expense associated with solid flame retardant sheet.
HY-PRO® was developed by Allegheny Plastics, but Siemens Corp. currently owns the trademark and rights to HY-PRO®. It is co-extruded polypropylene sheet with an impact resistant copolymer polypropylene core and two outer protective layers of .090" thick flame retardant copolymer polypropylene. HY-PRO® offers the superior weld ability, toughness and strength of the copolymer polypropylene core with flame retardant skins on the outside faces. Butt welds are made by machine hot blade fusion welds or by using full penetration welds with natural copolymer polypropylene welding rod. The only non flame retardant areas in fabricated parts are the exposed edges and weld seams which are a very small percentage of the total surface area.
While this material has flame retardant outer protective layers, it is not represented as having the equivalent burning characteristics as solid flame retardant sheet. It is an economical alternative with superior physical properties. The flame retardant skins protect the copolymer core from ignition from weld splatter, burning droplets, electrical arching, etc. Typical applications for HY-PRO® polypropylene include, but are not limited to fume exhaust hoods, ductwork, tank covers and scrubber bodies.
Throughout the year PKG Equipment participates in trade shows serving our clients' industries, offering a convenient opportunity to learn more about our solutions and meet a few of our team members.
May 6 - 9, David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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