Alpha Marathon's Patented "2X" Nano-Layer Production Die
After introducing its patented Nano-Layer Die Technology at NPE 2012, Alpha Marathon will be displaying a production ready “2X” Nano-Layer Die at NPE 2105 March 23rd - 27th. The 2X die is a larger scale production version of the innovative 1X die that garnered a lot of attention at NPE 2012. It is available in configurations of up to 18” diameter and from 29 to 200 layers, with an output in excess of 1000 lbs/hour. With Blow Up Ratios as high as 5x achievable, a 2X die is capable of lay-flats of up to 12 feet.
Alpha’s Nano-Layer Die Technology represents the next great leap forward in annular extrusion die technology for end-users and packaging producers seeking innovative new solutions to create higher performing and lower cost films and packaging. It builds on the now well understood and proven principle that increasing the layer structure of plastic films creates great opportunities for improving their mechanical and barrier properties while also reducing input resin and other production costs. The evolution from mono-layer to 3-layer co-extrusion films – and then on to five, seven, nine, and eleven layer co-extrusion films – is proof of this.
Alpha Marathon takes this evolution a great step forward with its patented Alpha Nano-Layer Die Technology. Our Nano-Layer Die Technology is based on an innovative new approach to die design and construction that creates film structures from 23 up to 200 discrete layers – creating never before seen film properties.
The secret is the ability to create and inter-weave layers that are less than a micron thick. These "Nano-Layers" have unique physical and mechanical characteristics that allow them to combine with other resins in new and important ways. Alpha's Nano-Layer Die Technology creates films that exceed the performance envelopes of current multi-layer films, including:
Alpha Nano-Layer also creates great opportunities to down-gauge current film applications to significantly reduce cost without sacrificing performance. When combined with Alpha's GlacierTM Water Quench technology, substantial production cost reductions can be generated, including:
Prime applications for Alpha's Nano-Layer and Glacier technologies include:
Alpha Marathon recently shipped its first Alpha Nano-Layer Die destined for the Asian market. The "Nano-Layer 1X" die was purchased by a large petro-chemical producer and was recently the subject of extensive pre-delivery customer testing at Alpha’s Nano-Layer Technology facility where it exceeded all customer expectations. The initial configuration of the die will produce a 29 layer structure composed of 5 resins.