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New Innovations from NDC Technologies

News 18.10.2016

NDC Technologies will debut several new and innovative measurement systems for accurate, reliable gauging across a wide range of film and sheet applications at K 2016. Visitors to NDC’s stand will get a first-hand view of how these latest solutions will enable plastics manufacturers to produce higher quality products, increase productivity and realize significant production savings.

Film and Sheet Extrusion Applications

NDC will be showcasing its latest FilmPro infrared gauge for the sheet, film and coating industries. This gauge uses advanced optical techniques to measure a wide range of film and sheet properties with high precision. NDC’s continuing NIR developments have resulted in the release of new non-contacting, non-nuclear infrared measurement techniques using a single gauge for multiple applications.

NDC’s modular FilmPro gauge can measure the thickness of clear, voided, pigmented, cavitated, porous, translucent colored and even black tinted films. The measurement capability of the FilmPro also extends to single- or multi-layer products including thin, biaxially-orientated films, cast films and CPE stretch films. It can also simultaneously measure the individual thicknesses of up to 6 different layers in co-extruded films.


Until recently, accurate thickness measurement of voided films and battery separator films had proven difficult due to product density variation. X-ray, nuclear and basic/traditional infrared gauges all measure mass per unit area (gsm) and then relate this to film thickness assuming constant density. NDC has now developed a new measurement model combining discrete NIR filters and powerful gauging algorithms, and for the first time can offer with FilmPro the ability to independently measure direct film thickness measurement, the mass per unit area (gsm) and an independently computed density measurement of these products.

Its unique design also provides the capability for measuring the oil content in PE battery films, including the wet cast film after the biax stretch part of the process.

NDC’s new intelligent iView Operator Workstations provide real-time visibility for both the process and product quality through numerous interactive displays using a touch screen interface. These intuitive displays are easy for the operators to navigate through in order to quickly find the information they need to effectively run the line.


NDC’s iView Operator Workstations (OWS) are available in two models. The iView Mini supports NDC’s 8000TDi platform with a complete library of quality, control and diagnostic displays to help optimize the process and achieve greater line performance. The new iView Pro supports NDC’s Pro.Net platform and expands the conventional web gauging envelope with advanced multi-dimensional displays that give a greater insight into quality and production. This includes process diagnostics, extensive quality analysis and reporting displays plus advanced measurement and control capability for complex lines where extensive web gauging measurements are required. The FilmPro gauge will be demonstrated at K2016 running on NDC's Pro.Net TDi Web Gauging System platform including NDC’s new iView ProTM Operator Work Station (OWS).

NDC Technologies recently announced its 8000-SLIM web gauging system and SlimTrak® scanner for narrow web applications. This new system from NDC offers an economic solution to product quality management with uncompromised performance and capability. The SlimTrak scanner has been designed with a small cross-section footprint for compact installations and supports NDC’s IG710 and SR710 infrared sensors or a Gamma Backscatter sensor. The system is built on NDC’s renowned TDi platform and delivers fast, real-time measurement and tight control of key product parameters such as thickness, coat weight, basis weight and moisture. The result is a well-designed system based on proven technologies and represents an ideal solution for narrow web process lines.


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