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The range of applications and of new customers designed in the door. Formulations are usually of the
expands, for the Gasketing and Potting solutions Thixotropic type. The dictionary definition of thixotropy Over the past twelve months the foam block market has The largest flexible foam
proposed by Cannon: new equipment is made available, spells: "a property of certain gels which liquefy when subjected to been affected greatly by very high raw material costs, producer in Greece will
new specific applications can be approached, new vibratory forces like simple shaking, and then solidify again when left especially for TDI. However over the last three months install this machine in their
clients join the reference lists. standing." Therefore these formulations are pretty much liquid of 2008 both the TDI and Polyol prices dropped largest production site in Larissa.
Are you going to be the next satisfied Cannon customer until they are laid down, then they stay exactly where you put dramatically to around 50% of the original price seen in
in this dedicated field of polymer's technology? them and do not even collapse if they find no lateral support August. This dramatic drop in price has affected many BASF lab machine, Shanghai,
to hold them there. Handling these chemicals requires perfect customers who had been buying raw materials in bulk at China
More than fifteen significant orders in the segment of control of temperatures, output and ratio – and a very good significantly higher prices.
machines handling Gasketing and Potting applications have mixer. Output can be as low as less than a gram per second, All types of formulations for Gasketing are handled by this low-output Cannon Viking have recently 4-components dedicated mixhead. completed the successful
been added to the reference list of Cannon Afros last year! so what is needed is a game of micro-chemistry - or call it In spite of the turmoil created by this situation Cannon Viking installation and
New end uses, new end users, new opportunities of business micro-dispensing if you like. were able to meet favourable business conditions in the commissioning of two
for the Cannon network. moisture, chemical attack, wear, damage, competitor's developing markets and took orders in Africa, the Middle East,
These foaming plants were supplied to manufacturers based curiosity… whatever kind of external attack to a delicate laboratory foam block
part. Be it a piece of electronic or electro-mechanical South America and parts of Asia. production machines for BASF at their Sealing a new deal in China, Morocco, Serbia, Egypt and Italy, some of
hardware, an electric junction, a sensor, a radio-frequency R&D Technical Centre located in The Gasketing technology makes use of low-output, very them repeated orders from satisfied Cannon clients who
device. Siong Bee – Malaysia Shanghai, China. The two machines precise dispensing units whose mixing head is mounted on a bought similar gasketing plants in the near past.
Low-output dosing machines are available at Cannon to This was an important order for the supply of a high consist of a Cannon Viking Blockmatic light robot. This configuration – made the proper adjustments
dispense a few grams – often a few drops – of special non- output Maxfoam Omega 600 plant to replace a 150 kilo shot single block foam – is also suitable for the application of adhesives to various Some of these plants work for more than one application,
locally made Maxfoam machine which was destroyed machine for batch block foam system types of substrates. That is what a number of existing Cannon for customers which need to apply a continuous foamed seal expanded resins that completely surround the delicate
customer realised last year, when their problems of bi- on the above mentioned control panels and in the grooves of component while they leave the way for the connecting wires by fire in 2007 and was concluded in part due to local trials and development and a custom made C-Max continuous foam block
component glue application were solved using an almost plastic light holders for industrial illumination systems. Or for or for a mechanical connection. assistance and support from Cannon Far East. For this project Many of these machines are in operation in a district near production plant. Both machines are
standard dosing equipment made by Cannon Afros. customers that do not want to have two separate working Cannon Viking faced local competition from both Chinese Varese, Italy, where a relevant number of industries have supplied with multiple metering
The projects are developed in cooperation with Robotech – an islands when they also must apply an adhesive on the back of and Taiwanese machinery producers: higher quality, better specialised in micro-electronics and similar delicate types of streams to enable trials using a wide
Italian system integrator specialising in assembling this type of the glass plate which constitutes the see-through window of accuracy and local service and support through Cannon Far manufacturing. Characterised by a simple layout, easy to range of chemical raw materials and
plants. The Polish manufacturer of an external spoiler for these control panel's doors. Since the equipment is designed East were the main reasons for obtaining this order from transport and to connect to automatic dispensing systems – foam types including flexible foams
the Fiat 500 model easily found the required with flexibility in mind, changing applications is feasible – Siong Bee, an old Cannon client with Cannon Afros low The C-Max laboratory foam plant installed in Shanghaiusually mounted on light robots and working on automated and semi rigid foams.
solution for attaching the hollow aesthetic part with and easy! assembly lines – these machines meter the components using pressure moulding machineries. This plant is now operating in The C-Max continuous foam block
the underlying structural support, both injection variable output pumps and mix them with light, disposable their foaming factory in Malaysia. plant also includes the capability to
moulded plastics of different polymeric nature. A bi- Expanded Silicone foams… a new approach! static mixers. produce foam blocks under various production technologies Vitafoam - S. A. - Varimax Omega 600 Plant
component adhesive was precisely metered with a Cannon When working for the electrical sector one will be Unifoam Group – Kano, Nigeria including Maxfoam trough production as well as Conventional- The largest continuous foam block production
b2G low-pressure, low-output dosing unit and a standard bi- immediately confronted with the request of dosing Variable output opens a world of choices Kano, located in northern Nigeria, is presently a Liquid Laydown technologies to replicate foam block plant on the African continent consists of
component mixing head. The optimal mixing efficiency and equipment for expanded silicones. These sealing foams are The variable-output pumps – which are a standard feature rapidly growing area for simple foam mattresses for production equipment being used by foam makers throughout twenty two separate metering streams
the precise path designed by the robot for the adhesive allowed used mainly for their good stability at the highest of these gasketing and potting machines – eliminate the supply in northern Nigeria and in neighbouring the Asia Pacific Region. enabling the capability of the production of
for an optimisation of the applied quantity. temperatures, so that they keep good sealing properties also problem of working at any fixed ratio, allowing for a wide markets such as Chad, Niger and Mali. Unifoam Both the Blockmatic and C-Max plant include Cannon Viking standard, fire retardant, high resilience and visco
flexibility in output and component's ratio. And to those Group is an existing client of Cannon Viking and this machine OMEGA computer control and monitoring system for full elastic foam for use in mattresses, sofa and automotive
asking “What is the importance of this detail?” it's worth represents the sixth continuous foam plant supplied to this production, trial and formulation data. application for supply to end clients in South Africa as
reminding the deriving free selection of the chemical's Group. The MF400 is the most popular foam plant in the Cannon Viking are the world leaders in Laboratory foam block well as export throughout the African continent.
supplier… it is quite common to find machines that can Cannon Viking Maxfoam range, with more than 270 of these production equipment having supplied more than forty tailor This state of the art plant includes mass flowmeters on
work with one – and one only – type of formulation! units in daily operation all over the developing world for made machines to the majority of Polyurethane chemical raw every metering stream fully integrated with OMEGA
This sounds not acceptable to Cannon, a Polyurethane manufacture of mattresses and sofas. material manufacturers. computer control and monitoring system.
equipment Company that since the beginning of their activity The machine replaces the customers' old Cannon
– more than forty years ago – preached the absolute need
for a market where the supply of machines had to be CLC – Venezuela Viking conventional foam plant and this order was
independent from that of the chemicals. Providing to a client One of the largest mattress producers in South concluded against severe competition from the most
a good service, deriving from the cooperation between America, who is currently producing about 30,000 qualified suppliers. Local assistance and support
machine and chemical experts is something, while selling foam mattresses per month has recently finalised an provided on this project through Cannon Agent Mike
“locked” packages of equipment working only with one order with Cannon Viking for a Maxfoam Omega Wainer and his team at Reac Chemicals, Johannesburg
formulation is something else – a totally different approach 800 plant which will be their second Viking machine. greatly helped in achieving this very significant
to the customer needs! The plant is for the production of standard foams, high reference.
resilience foams and in the future visco-elastic foams and will Also for Gasketing and Potting applications you buy the
be the first new continuous foam plant to enter the “coffee machine” from us, then you buy the “coffee” Quartzforms – Italy - Rigid Slabstock Plant
Venezuelan market in more than 10 years. This project was which suits best your current needs! This system, on the In the summer of 2008 Cannon Viking
concluded with vital support from the local Cannon agent, long term, works much better, for you. installed and commissioned a large
A well-equipped area with dosing machinery for Gasketing and Potting is Pre-production of industrial series of products is a current practice at Afros, to Chemotex who are also supplying spring quilting and mattress Let's talk about it!
available in Cannon Afros R&D laboratory in Italy to those clients requiring to run help customers deliver their finished products while their production equipment is continuous plant for the production of rigid (www.afros.it) enclosing machines to this customer.
trials with their chemicals. still under construction. foam blocks. Cannon Viking have supplied a
foam distribution system for continuous pouring, a 30 Lock those doors… in large, hot lamps like those used in sport fields, large Fast production is achieved using Cannon or purchased robots Blockmatic single block machinery
and mould-handling systems, supplied as a turn-key package with the dosing metre conveyor unit with conveyorised sidewalls and A Thai manufacturer of automotive components – parking lots of airports and malls, railway lots etc. The latest batch of Cannon Viking Blockmatic single
and mixing equipment. an integrated block cut off machine to enable this supplier of GM and other major car makers – Applying a silicone foam is not very different from applying a block machines have recently been delivered, the first
customer to produce continuous rigid foam blocks up recently started a production of car door panels PU in-situ formulation: the only important point is to keep to Akmeltem located close to Istanbul in Turkey and
to 1.5 metres wide with varied foam density between that needed the application of a continuous profile the two well far away one another! Silicone has a dramatic the second to a major foam maker in Greece located
3of bi-component high-viscosity Polyurethane. The effect on the PU foam's cell structure, and a minimum 80 and 400 kg/m . The end product is used
near to Thessaloniki. Both of these companies are existing Precision additive chemical metering units with full closed loop contol right solution was found with a Cannon gasketing plant contamination of silicone in a PU dosing line or mixhead via the OMEGA control system and mass flowmeters extensively for insulation, panels and buildings, boat
Viking customers and have ordered the Blockmatic for the complete with 6-axes ABB robot, shuttling table for the fast- brings a lot of troubles. and ship building and as a support for Quartzforms
production of visco-elastic blocks and speciality foam blocks. cycling foaming operation, plasma treatment equipment for FOAM PLANT ADDITIONS granite and marble tops used in furniture and kitchen
There is an increasing interest in Blockmatic machinery from the surface preparation of the substrates, one EcoCleaner to Cannon developed machines and heads good for both types A number of projects have been concluded this year with new applications.
customers already using large continuous foam plants and the recover the cleaning fluids, etc. For the customer the most of investors: those who work randomly with and existing clients for the addition of further metering lines
single block machines are to be specifically used for small appreciated part of this deal was, probably, the service given silicone and Polyurethanes can buy a machine on existing Cannon Viking and competitors machinery. Vitafoam South Africa's state of the art Varimax under final test at Cannon Viking
orders, in particular for visco-elastic and speciality foams by the central R&D laboratories of Cannon Afros in Italy: equipped with a four-component mixing head, One large area of interest has been to add filler to foam to before shipment to Johannesburg.
where demand is normally limited to less than ten foam blocks complete consultancy on the selection of the raw materials where two lines are dedicated to the PUR and two reduce overall foam costs: Cannon Viking have developed an
per customer. – in spite of the fact that Cannon have no direct interest in to the silicone chemicals. A short flush of the head at the efficient and reliable system for metering and mixing Polyol
commercialising the chemical formulations “digested” by end of a pouring cycle cleans the head from any residual of and fillers such as calcium carbonate. A Blockmatic Single Block Machine in production in Costa Rica, South America -
their machinery – and a consistent number of doors the un-wanted chemicals and allows for an immediate use to date more then two hundred of these machines are in daily operation worldwide Another area of plant addition is the supply of additional
made for them in the lab to show the new potential with the other, incompatible, formulation. producing PU foam blocks metering streams to enable visco-elastic production.
capability to their important client. Last, but not least, the The manufacturers working permanently with a silicone One recent project has been with Yecflex located in
presence of a local qualified Cannon service centre in foam, instead, can use a new, simpler machine designed to Yecla, Spain, where Cannon Viking have supplied
Thailand – something that no other equipment handle these formulations: an Italian factory near Varese and recently installed and commissioned additional
manufacturer can speak of! makes use of this new machine since the autumn of 2008, metering units for integration on the clients existing
expanding their foam with Hydrogen. Mixing occurs in a Maxfoam plant.
Control panels, all under control! static mixer, disposable after a quite long sequence of
Six of the latest orders supplied for Gasketing applications in injections. Cannon Viking have the widest territorial coverage in the PUR
2008 were destined to the application of a continuous seal of slabstock business. Thanks to the network of Cannon
Polyurethane foam on the inner part of doors for electric Potting? Locations and Agents, they provide capillary and prompt
control panels. Applied to guarantee a high degree of Are you thinking of a Potting application? Cannon have got technological assistance and service to the World foam
protection to the delicate equipment held in these closed the solution. But what is Potting, first of all? It's the industry.
cabins, the continuous profile of Polyurethane is applied technology used to encapsulate a component into a Call Cannon Viking for your block foam needs!
over a flat surface, without any containing “side” or “wall” polymeric mass, to protect it from shocks, intrusion, (www.cannonviking.com)
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