Extrusion International 2-2021

27 Extrusion International 2/2021 „ Nordson Corporation has expanded its high-capacity melt pump portfolio, enhancing process efficiency and end-prod- uct quality while reducing the total cost of ownership in com- parison with its previous large pumps. The new BKG ® BlueFlow™ melt pumps are available in five sizes, with capacities ranging from 1,164 to 4,900 cc per revo- lution. They represent a harmonization and optimization of previous pump designs developed separately by the melt pump business of Kreyenborg GmbH and by Xaloy Corpo- ration, which were acquired by Nordson in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Prior to harmonizing these new large-capacity melt pumps, Nordson had carried out a similar alignment of smaller melt pumps with capacities from 33 to 716 cc per rev- olution. These pump sizes have been successfully installed in a vast number of extrusion, compounding. and polymeriza- tion applications world-wide. The new harmonized design reduces the total cost of owner- ship in these ways: • Improved end-product quality. By maintaining constant pressure and adapting to process variations, the new-design pumps increase product consistency, making it possible to run thinner layers, for example, while staying within target tolerances. • Greater output. Nordson has improved productivity by rheologically optimizing the core components and the poly- mer flow through the pump. • Reduced downtime. Other features of the new pumps are designed to speed up installation, simplify maintenance, and streamline the selection of spare parts. • Energy savings. An increase of 10% in the heat-exchange area has saved energy by reducing heating requirements for these fluid-heated pumps. All of the new sizes are equipped with a new multilayer heating arrangement as standard. This enhances the processing of temperature- and shear-sensitive polymers and facilitates applications that must comply with the EU’s ATEX safety directives. The BKG BlueFlow range includes melt pumps for film, sheet, pipe, profile, fiber, compounding, recycling, polymerization, and hot melt applications. New Design for Large Melt Nordson Corporation www.nordson.com Nordson Polymer Processing Systems www.nordsonpolymerprocessing.com BKG ® BlueFlow™ Melt Pump „ The RKW Group is continuing on its successful course. Building on a good business result in the past year, the film manufacturer is setting the stage for further growth. To this end, KnudMüller joined the Executive Board as the newChief Financial Officer (CFO) on April 1, 2021, under the chairman- ship of Harald Biederbick. The finance expert comes from the U.S. Danaher Group, where he has held a number of management positions in both Germany and the United States since 2007. Prior to that, the business graduate worked for the Siemens Group worldwide for more than ten years. “The positive business development in the past year is an in- centive for us to continue on our chosen course,” says Dr. Ru- dolf Wehrli, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. With the ex- pansion of the Executive Board, the company is now creating the conditions for further growth, adds CEO Harald Bieder- bick. “Our goal is to also be able to successfully implement larger M&A projects or post-merger integrations. We are setting ourselves up for this in good time with an expanded Executive Board.” Profitable, sustainable growth and continuous improvement are also the focus for Knud Müller: “In a difficult environ- ment marked by the Corona pandemic, RKW took a signifi- cant step forward last year. As one of the world’s leading film manufacturers, we are now turning our attention to new, promising markets – for example in Asia or North America. I am particularly looking forward to this challenge.” Board Strengthened RKW-Group www.rkw-group.com KnudMüller is the new CFO of the RKWGroup