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Less than a month after being acquired, the plastics sheet leader has made its fourth deal of 2018, this time acquiring the extruded lighting sheet and profile lens business of ALP Lighting Components Inc. for an undisclosed price. The purchase includes the acrylic sheet, PET and polycarbonate lighting sheet product lines of Niles, Ill.-based ALP, as well as extruded profile lenses. Officials with Plaskolite in Columbus, Ohio, said that the deal further expands the firm’s portfolio of thermoplastic solutions for any application. “ALP has been a respected leader in lighting for more than 60 years, and we are excited to add their capabilities and quality products to further expand our offering,” Plaskolite President and CEO Mitchell Grindley said in a Dec. 4 news release. ALP CEO Steve Brown added in a news release that his firm’s relationship with Plaskolite and the Dunn family, who founded Plaskolite in 1950, extends back to the formation of ALP. “This transaction meets our ‘win-win-win’ business standard, in that it benefits ALP, Plaskolite and our customers,” he said. ALP will retain its LexaLite line of injection molded lighting optics. Near-term plans incl...

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Friedricshafen, Germany — Leaders of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH said its high-speed IntElect all-electric injection presses are getting even faster, with the introduction of the IntElect S at Fakuma. IntElect S machines boast injection speeds of up to 500 millimeters per second. The standard IntElect line goes up to 200 millimeters per second, CEO Gerd Liebig said during Sumitomo Demag’s Oct. 17 news conference. IntElect S presses are available in clamping forces from 50-180 metric tons. The company, which plans to add larger sizes, is aiming the IntElect S at applications that have cycle times between 3 and 10 seconds. At Fakuma, a 130-tonne IntElect molded medical pipettes on a 32-cavity mold. The press has Waldorf Technik’s compact automation system, the VarioTip, that includes 100 percent camera inspection. A Max Petek laminar flow hood keeps the molding area clean. Another IntElect S press, an 180-tonne machine, ishowed off the company’s new SDR Speed robot series, at the Sepro Robotique exhibit (Hall A1, Booth 1203). “Our in-house drive technology has advanced to a level that delivers not only fast cycle times and unparalleled proc...