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REP Corporation Relocating Headquarters

Company moving HQ to Kodak, Tennessee, near Knoxville; plans to retain Chicago area facility for sales and service of its molding machinery 

REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces plans to relocate their corporate headquarters to Kodak, Tennessee, near Knoxville.  The new facility is currently under construction and will be open in early 2019, according to company President Tim Graham.  From the new location, REP Corporation will conduct sales, service, engineering and machine demonstrations, plus parts warehousing, for customers in North America. REP Corporation is a subsidiary of the REP International, based in Lyon, France.

REP Corporation management shown with Mayor Larry Waters of Sevier County, Tennessee, upon completion of the agreement to relocate the corporate headquarters. Shown left to right: Brian Boyle, Regional Sales Manager Jeff Tanner, Regional Sales Manager Josh Beachum, Technical Director James Wirtz II, Aftersales Director Larry Waters, Mayor Sevier County Timothy Graham, President REP Corporation Derek Williams, National Sales Director Anna Seel, Accounting Director

 

Plans include the employment of approximately 20 people for administration, engineering, sales and field service.  REP Corporation currently maintains an install base of more than 3000 machines and has been selling in the North American market since 1970.

The current facility in Bartlett, Illinois near Chicago, will be maintained as a sales and service office for the company.

Aftersales Director Jim Wirtz explains, “We began our search about two years ago, recognizing the migration of the rubber industry to the South, as it follows the primary automotive OEM.  We were impressed by the efforts of Sevier County in Tennessee, especially Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters plus Allen Newton and his team at the Economic Development Council.  This is a major step for REP, as we’ve occupied essentially the same location in Chicagoland since we began here in 1970.  We look forward to broadening our presence in the country and becoming part of this vibrant new industrial community in Kodak.”

Technical Director at REP, Josh Beachum, adds, “One of the strong factors in our decision was the talent pool of young engineers in this area, combined with the technical training options available to us.  The rubber molding business has a very unique set of chemistries and manufacturing technologies that require ongoing training and mastery.”

Anna Seel, the Accounting Director at REP Corporation, notes, “We will provide very competitive wages and benefit package to our new employees, most of whom will come from the local community. This second location will help us provide support to our customers more effectively.”

National Sales Director Derek Williams further states, “This move represents an opportunity to support our transplanted existing customers who have followed the auto industry to the South, plus the newly emerging markets here.”

Tim Graham, concludes, “We’ve received a very enthusiastic welcome from the local business community here, making this decision to relocate from our longtime Chicago headquarters an easier move.” He added the company plans to relocate immediately upon completion of the new facility, located in the Smith-Thomas Technology Park in Kodak.

 

REP provides the North America rubber industry with a full range of injection and compression presses, plus laser mold cleaning and other ancillary equipment, as well as REP Pack 4.0, its proprietary software suite for the management of all press parameters and machine kinematics, providing manageable data for the digital factory and Industry 4.0, the rapidly advancing standard for rubber factory operations.


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz

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Longtime Rep Corporation President Tim Graham Assuming New Role at Company

Graham to become Director of Special Projects, Jim Wirtz to succeed as President

REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces that Tim Graham, the company’s president since 2005 and a REP employee since 1979, will assume a new role, effective January 1st 2019.  Graham will become the Director of Special Projects and current After Sales Director for North America, Jim Wirtz, a longtime industry veteran, will assume the role of president.  Graham intends to remain with the company for the near term, before taking retirement in 2019.

Tim Graham has been a force in the North American rubber industry for many years.  After attending Hope College and the University of Michigan, where he achieved his degree in engineering.  Tim began his career in technical sales with REP in 1979, when REP Corporation was less than a decade old.  REP Corporation is the North American subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France, a world leader in rubber molding and related machinery.

Working with former presidents Jim Jennett and Ron Dagar, Tim Graham helped to steadily build the REP install base of machines in the North American market, which today totals over 3000.  He comments, “I’ve seen REP develop an amazing line of machines, over the years, starting with the G3.  I was with the company when we made a major breakout on G6 injection presses, the first in the industry with microprocessor closed loop control, a huge jump in technology for the rubber industry.”  Tim also watched the development of the company’s pioneering of valve-gated cold runner molding, which made a huge impact on the material consumption of the machinery on the market.

Tim Graham (left) and new REP Corporation President Jim Wirtz

Graham become VP at REP in 2005 and, shortly afterwards, assumed the role of president, the position he’s held until today.  He notes, “I’ve been at REP through some great periods of growth and also through some intense downtimes, but we’ve had a terrific team of sales and service people here at the company, over the years.  They’re responsible for helping the company achieve the position we hold in the market today, in combination with what I believe to be the most advanced rubber molding technology in the world.”

Along the way, Tim Graham has met some incredible people in the rubber business.  “I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the people in this industry, which I think derives from their technical skills combined with the people skills that drive any successful business.  Even as the industry has transitioned to a very high technical level and gone online for so much of the communications over the years, it’s still very people-centric and the relationships I’ve had with some of the stellar members of the rubber business have been extremely rewarding, on a personal level.”

Tim Graham has taken an active role in the industry, participating for many years in local rubber group functions and as a founding member of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers.  Tim’s legendary talents on the golf course are often the subject of discussion, he jokes, but he’s been proud to join his colleagues over the years in both business and social activities.  He’s also attended every rubber trade show since 1979.

As only the third president of REP Corporation since its inception in 1970, Tim is very proud of the continuity of management and commitment to the industry at REP.  “I’m certainly a very different person from my predecessors, but we all still talk and share stories about the industry and our company’s leading role in it.”

On the business side, Graham cites one project in particular as a shining star moment.  “REP was challenged by a leading pharmaceutical product manufacturer to devise a highly automated work cell arrangement.  We brought a variety of our engineering and machine building skills to the task at REP and fulfilled, even exceeded, our customer’s expectations.  We all worked very hard to meet the challenge and were very pleased with the outcome, as was our customer.  I think that, no matter how long you’re on the job, those moments are still very satisfying.”

He cites the many changes in the industry over the years.  “Service has never been more important.  From the early days of just-in-time in the auto industry until today, where the market has gone global and the high degree of automation means downtime must be minimized, we are now called upon more than ever to provide immediate assistance to our customers, whether it’s application engineering, commissioning and start-up validation, after-sales parts or machine service.  Yes, we sell quality machines, but there’s so much more to the customer relationship today, especially as the older rubber guys leave and a whole new generation assumes the workload.”

Tim Graham gets philosophical, at times.  “If I had to give advice to somebody in any business, it would be, don’t rest on your laurels.  Always reach out for the next challenge and keep innovating the ways you build machines as well as the way you do business.  A lot has changed over my years in the rubber industry, but that attitude has served REP well, since we began.”  He notes that following college, he worked for his dad, also in the rubber industry, who’d given him some of that same advice.

Jim Wirtz, the new president at REP, muses, “We’re very glad Tim is sticking around for a time.  His knowledge and especially his personal relationships with our customers are invaluable assets to REP.  I look forward to working with him in the new role.”

Tim Graham is a Detroit native and grew up in Bloomfield Hills.  Today, he resides in St. Charles, Illinois with wife Mary Anne.


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz

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The rubber injection molding machine making REP technology accessible to all!

 

In the little world of rubber injection molding machines, the name of REP has been recognized for years as a synonym for performance and high technology. REP presses are known for being reliable, durable and adapted to the most sophisticated processes.

However the drawback of such reputation is that some customers think they cannot afford REP technology or don’t need advanced features knowing well they are unnecessary for their simple parts production.The G10 Core line was designed to target these customers’ needs.

Presented for the first time at the end of 2016, much less expensive than the G10 Extended, the G10 Core meets the needs of lean manufacturing, for uncomplicated and standard processes, while delivering the usual REP quality and reliability.

The G10 Core is available with clamping forces from 1 600 to 5 100 kN : V410 Core, V510 Core and V710 Core.

These machines feature all of the REP technology at optimized cost. The G10 Core is a G10, it has the same patented injection unit as the G10 Extended with separate injection and plasticization functions. Unlike other so-called budget machines, it is CE-certified . For customers who need simple solutions without stripping kit, process control customization or other particular features, it is the ideal solution!


For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
tgraham@repcorp.com
Attention: Tim Graham, President.

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REP Unveils New Machines, Technology at ‘K 2016

Responding to advancements in machine design and expanded market opportunities, industry leader in rubber injection presses adds to lineup

microjectREP international is preparing for the K2016 show
The largest plastics and rubber industry companies will be present in October for the “K Show”, held once every three years in Düsseldorf. As the leading manufacturer of rubber injection molding machines, REP international will exhibit their latest products (Hall 14 Booth B57).

G10 Core and G10 Extended Infinitely Smart!
New developments are announced in the G10 range with two new product lines of rubber injection molding machines, G10 Core and G10 Extended, highly adapted to specific customer needs in the rubber market.

The G10 Core machines are presses with all core functionalities, tailored to uncomplicated processes, available on the mid-range category (160 to 500t). A V410 Core will be running at K2016.
This machine is REP expertise at an optimized cost: equipped with a REP patented injection unit, a sturdy and ergonomic closing unit and a powerful process-control, bearing CE-certification, G10 Core presses are intended for customers who want economical, practical solutions to their rubber molding challenges.

The G10 Extended machines are presses with a clamping force from 160 to 1,000 tons, best suited to heavy-duty processes. This range extends even further the performance of the previous generations: energy efficiency, enhanced productivity, improved ergonomics and maintainability, plus smart technologies! A G10 Extended, in the bi-compound version, will be shown at the REP booth with a molding demonstration of dampers that perfectly illustrates material flow control and automatic demolding capabilities on the press.

Industry 4.0
To meet evolving Industry 4.0 challenges, REP will release a new app and software package called REP Pack 4.0 including Rep Net 4.0 and Rep Net App, the 4th generation of the RepNet supervision software and its mobile app. Comprising 11 modules, REP Pack 4.0 allows for real-time monitoring and plant floor modeling, centralized management of mold settings, productivity calculations, Statistical Process Control and many other functions that will be demo’d at the booth.  

Rubber Micromachine
REP will show a micromolding machine, the rubber version of the Microject M06R. This “Plug & Produce” micromachine is designed for molding and overmolding small parts. It can be easily integrated to automated assembly lines and suits all prototyping or lab testing. Perfectly adapted to very small precision parts, or small series, a version for plastic molding (M06P) or LSR molding (M06S) is also available. It will be presented in action at the booth with a molding demonstration of valves with metal inserts.

Laser Mold Cleaning Machine
The company continues broadening its product range: always focusing on useful solutions for their customers.  REP has developed, together with a laser-specialized partner, a laser technology matched to the cleaning of industrial parts and injection and compression molds for the rubber and polymer processing markets. The machine called “REP MLC 500 by Laselec” is now on available through the global REP distribution network. It will be presented in Düsseldorf.

This environmentally-friendly ecological solution guarantees a safe, optimal, quick and reproducible cleaning with low operating costs.

TYC Compression Press
REP will also show a compression press for molding rubber or composites by Tung Yu, their long-time Asian partner. Offering vacuum compression molding, hot-cold presses, sandwich molding, presses to mold friction parts, presses in clean rooms, SMC, BMC, etc., Tung Yu has broad and diverse experience in the market, which REP can now offer for molding composite, rubber and thermoset materials.

A total of five machines will be shown at the REP booth where an international team will engage visitors from all over the world.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation, 8N740 Tameling Court, Bartlett, IL 60103-8146. Phone: 847-697-7210. Fax: 847-697-6829. Web: www.repinjection.com.  Email: tgraham@repcorp.com. Attention: Tim Graham, President.

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Rep Names New National Sales Director

Responding to growth in sales and expanded market opportunities, industry leader in rubber injection presses adds to staff 

Derek Williams National Sales Director REP Corporation

Derek Williams
National Sales Director
REP Corporation

Bartlett, IL – REP Corporation announces the appointment of Derek Williams to the new position of National Sales Director, effective immediately.   This move represents a return of Mr. Williams to the REP team, where he previously served as a Regional Sales Manager.

Commenting on the appointment, REP Corporation President Tim Graham observed,

“We welcome Derek back to REP. He brings us over 20 years in the rubber industry and his market knowledge is backed by very strong technical machine and material processing know-how. His new role at REP will bring us additional strength in project management and best practices. Current and future customers will benefit from Derek’s hands-on experience plus his knowledge of our company’s leading edge press technologies.”

For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation, 8N740 Tameling Court, Bartlett, IL 60103-8146. Phone: 847-697-7210. Fax: 847-697-6829. Web: www.repinjection.com.  Email: tgraham@repcorp.com. Attention: Tim Graham, President.

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Automatic stripping of core-molded EPDM pipe seals

Automatic stripping of core-molded EPDM pipe seals

REP offers a simple and economical solution to a problem that is familiar to manufacturers of pipe seals.

The stripping process…often the stumbling block of the moulding process
When performed manually, the stripping process is often very difficult and productivity is considerably impacted; when being performed automatically, the challenge is to do it quickly without any heat loss and without production stoppages, due to overlapping seals. The solutions generally implemented in the industry today, such as molding with two sets of rotating core bars, require a very large press opening stroke to perform the core bar rotation outside the press and/or front and rear stripping units that lead to considerable space requirements and very high capital costs.

A simple and efficient solution
REP has recently worked on several projects and today offers its customers a competitive and profitable turnkey solution for reduced size on the automatic stripping of EPDM pipe seals of any size. You can watch the stripping process on http://www.youtube.com/REPinternational.

The solution can be matched to any seal size.   It is based on conveyor belts equipped with rotating belts, allowing for the individual stripping of the seals. The spacing between the bottom and top belts can be easily adjusted, thanks to a mechanical stopper system, thus making it possible to switch over from one seal type to another. The rotation speeds of the top and bottom belts can also be adjusted independently.

The belts are designed in compliance with a multi-layer technology, in order to ensure the reliability of the stripping process and the speed, while observing the quality of the stripped parts. In addition, the core bar in/out speeds on the kit (low/high speed, depending on the stroke limit) can be controlled. The kit is fully retractable for easy access to the cores on the rear side of the machine, allowing maintenance operations or more rapid production changes.

Project example for a pipe seal of a nominal diameter of 50 and 100mm

The equipment
The machine proposed is an injection molding machine REP V69Y50 with a clamping force of 400 tons, including a kit specially designed for automatic stripping, a vacuum system, hydraulic top and bottom ejectors and ancillary heating comprising heating elements inside the cores to hold the core temperature during the stripping process.

The tooling consists of a 112-cavity mould (2 cores) and a 2-nozzle cold runner block for the part of a nominal diameter of 110mm. For the part of a nominal diameter of 50mm, we use a 208-cavity mould (4 cores) and a 4-nozzle cold runner block.

The cycle
After the mould opens, the ejectors move out to lift the frame-supported cores. The cores move to the rear of the press (electrical movement) and simultaneously the rotation of the two belts allows for sequential stripping of the pipe seals.

The runners are automatically stripped and separated from the parts during the core bar translation. Metal guides are used to separate the runners as the core bars index on the kit.

The runners are recovered in a receptacle inside the cage, whereas the parts are recovered at the discharge end of the cage extension in a receptacle or using an automatic conveyor.

When the cores move inside press, a laser detection unit is activated to guarantee no seal adheres to the cores. If this is the case, an alarm signals for operator action at the end of the in-stroke of the cores.

The result
On this project, the customer’s profitability requirements have been met. The stripping time reached for both types of seals was approximately 40 seconds.

The entire system is competitively priced, with an excellent investment/payback ratio. This is a simple, rugged solution that is both reliable and easy to control during production.

For more information, please contact…

 

REP CORPORATION
8N470 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Tim Graham, President
tgraham@repcorp.com

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Jeff Tanner Named Midwest Sales Director For REP

Jeff Tanner

Jeff Tanner, Midwest Sales Director, REP Corporation

Bartlett, IL (Chicago) – Effective immediately, Jeff Tanner has been appointed the new Midwest Sales Director for REP Corporation, the world leader in rubber and TPE injection molding presses. This announcement was made by Tim Graham, President of REP Corporation, at the company’s headquarters in Bartlett, IL, near Chicago.

Tanner comes to REP with 29 years of experience in the rubber industry, having previously worked at a major OEM supplier to the automotive NVH sector. He has a thorough technical background in rubber injection molding, tooling and adhesion processes, as well as new product development.

Jeff will be based in Cadillac, Michigan and cover the Midwest region for REP. He can be reached at 847-514-8160 or jtanner@repcorp.com.

His interest includes fishing, hunting and camping.

REP is the largest builder of rubber and TPE injection presses in the world, with global affiliates and multi-national manufacturing locations.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Graham, President
REP Corporation
8N470 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103
Phone:  847-697-7210
Web:  www.repinjection.com

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Rep Names Jim Wirtz New Service Manager

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Jim Wirtz Service Manager

Bartlett, IL (Chicago) – REP Corporation, longtime leader in injection and other molding presses for rubber and TPE, announces the appointment of Jim Wirtz as Service Manager for the company, effective immediately.   The announcement was made at company headquarters by REP Corporation President Tim Graham.

Wirtz brings nearly a lifetime of experience in the rubber molding industry to REP, as his family owns and operates Wirtz Manufacturing, likewise a longtime leader in injection molding, based in Michigan, where Jim learned the business from all aspects of mold design and contract production.  When the family business redirected itself into battery manufacturing in the mid-1990’s, Jim’s passion for the rubber molding industry continued, as he helped design and construct various manufacturing facilities across the United States, in the rubber industry.    “My entire working life has been centered around the rubber injection and extrusion business.  It is an honor to be part of REP Corporation and the REP International global network, staying in the industry where my grandfather, father and I have all spent our careers.  It’s where I belong,” Jim notes.

Jim will be responsible for the service department and field technician network of REP, a leading supplier of injection, compression, transfer molding, plus tiremaking and devulcanization machinery.

For more information, please contact:
REP CORPORATION
8N750 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60104
Phone:  847-697-7210
Web:  www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham, President

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Rep Enjoys Successful Customer Open House, Introduces New Injection Press, Celebrates 10-year Partnership With Tung Yu

Corbas, France – On the occasion of the preview of its new V510 machine and the anniversary of its partnership with the Taiwanese company Tung Yu, Rep International hosted an Open House on June 17, 2014 at its headquarters in Corbas, near Lyon, France, resulting in a large number of customers coming together for the celebration.  

REP, the world leader in molding machinery for rubber and TPEs, has successfully demonstrated its ability to adapt to different markets and serve all the needs of their customers, bringing many of them together at the world headquarters here to present the company’s latest achievements and investments. Synthesizing the strategic choices made by REP in recent years, REP President Bruno Tabar observed, “Each market has its own needs, sometimes even opposing. Our goal is to adapt our offering to each segment by providing innovative solutions, neglecting none of the individual market needs.”  This includes further developing the range of high-tech molding machines ( REP Series G10) and modernizing production in Corbas to cope with a substantial increase of activity in the company’s core business, launching new product lines such as the micro-molding machine and the devulcanization equipment and developing industrial partnerships to access emerging markets, thanks to a complementary line of machines from our global partner, Tung Yu, the leading Taiwan builder of rubber molding and tiremaking machinery.

Visitors could see firsthand that the REP Group continues modernizing its production process at a steady pace by making major investments. The overall investment in the modernization of the plant in Corbas and in the product developments initiated represents almost EUR 4 million ($5.5 million).  REP has invested in high-speed machining equipment: 2 flexible machining centers, compatible with each other in terms of tooling and programming to complement the existing capabilities. As a result, gains in responsiveness, productivity and operating costs are expected. It is worth repeating that REP G9 and G10 presses, which make up the overwhelming bulk of sales, are entirely “made in France” as was shown on the product documentation of each molding machine exhibited at the Open House.

Visitors were shown the entire range of REP molding machines in the G9/G10 high-tech range, as REP continues to actively renew their product range with the development of the V510/300T injection press, which is the second G10 model (the first one, the V710 /500T, was unveiled at K2013 in Düsseldorf). New technologies are embedded on the G10 machines with a goal to improve performance and yield, production data communication (predictive maintenance, 3G link and auto-tuning for optimization of settings) and human-machine ergonomics. This further includes the low working height, especially for the V710, the improved visibility of the molding area and a double screen on the operator interface. Energy efficiency has also been emphasized and was the subject of a technical presentation during the event.  REP has improved each of the energy consumption sources on the machine: mold heating, injection unit heating and hydraulic power, while noting that cycle time is a major key directly linked to the energy required to produce one part.

 

Concerning the V510, which replaces the V59, it is important to note the increase of the clamping tonnage from 255 to 300T. The distance between columns is increased, as well, so that an operator can not only mount V59 molds, but may also fit larger square molds of 630x630mm into the press. A large number of specific custom-application machines developed for customers were also shown: dual-compound machines, stripping kits saving time by allowing hidden time demolding and rotary CMS machines with stations for operations including insert loading, molding, stripping etc.

In addition to launching the V510, the event gave REP the opportunity to explain to its customers its partnership approach with Tung Yu and to celebrate their 10-year collaboration. This partnership is built on two main principles: On one hand, REP ensures sales and after-sales service for Tung Yu compression presses, while on the other hand, shares manufacturing (partly in France, partly in Taiwan) of the RT9 basic molding machines. Shortly after the year 2000, as the industrial relocation to emerging countries accelerated sharply, REP chose the pursuit of this partnership. For a medium-sized capital-goods-producing firm in such a fluctuating business field, this was the best way to rapidly and safely set up a new offering, best-suited to local market conditions. This was achieved through the cooperation of a few close customers for Tung Yu, who as a leading manufacturer of compression presses with a strong presence in the Asian market was highly complementary to REP. As pointed out by Tung Yu’s President Chen Pin Yang in his speech on the evening of June 17th, “It was a real challenge for both our companies. Looking back through the history of us working together, it was nice but not always smooth sailing. A lot of dialogue and negotiations occurred between us and also internally in both our own companies, a natural situation. However, though our hard work, diligence and mutual understanding, we continue to move forward and achieve results beyond our expectations.”

Now, ten years later, the partnership has sold more than 1,000 machines, including over 400 RT9 injection molding machines.   The overall result has been very positive and justifies the continuation of this type of global partnership.

The evening was highlighted with live music in a festive and convivial atmosphere. Undoubtedly, this interesting and productive Open House will benefit both companies.

For more information on this event, please contact:

Tim Graham

REP CORPORATION
8N470 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103
Phone:  847-697-721
Web: repinjection.com
E-mail: tgraham@repcorp.com

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Devulcanization: REP Group Acquires Watson Brown HSM GmbH

Corbas – REP international, leader in the rubber injection molding machine with the head office being located in Lyon-Corbas, France, has just concluded the acquisition of the patented HSM devulcanization technology on an exclusive right basis, as well as the devulcanization center Watson-Brown HSM-Berlin. This center is equipped with an operational devulcanization line and a test laboratory operated by a team of 6 persons.

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Bruno Tabar, CEO of the REP group announces that “REP International will carry on with the development of the HSM technology, its implementation in the center of Berlin and promote a sales offer of devulcanization machines and a devulcanization service on the international market with compounders and processors“.

A resolutely promising eco-process 

Watson Brown HSM Berlin becomes so far the 7th subsidiary of the REP group, the 6 others being involved in the sales and after-sales of REP presses throughout the world. This take-over confirms REP’s readiness to extend their offer, as accentuated through their new corporate baseline “Rubber in motion”.  Aiming to work beyond the injection of rubber and devoted to the tradition of innovation at customers’ service, REP has developed a technical and commercial partnership with Watson Brown HSM the purpose of which is to devulcanize rubber production scraps and reintroduce them into the production chain.

After a series of validation tests conducted in REP’s customer plants it was established that the process is technically performing and economically efficient. That’s when REP decided after many years of collaboration to integrate Watson Brown HSM in their group.

But what is the HSM devulcanization process? 

This patented process applies to any kind of uncontaminated rubber production waste. Once the compound is devulcanized, it is reintegrated into the basic compound. This results in significant savings on both compound and waste disposal costs.

Watson Brown has developed a patent for devulcanizing cured rubber. Controlling the strain applied to the compound by the HSM machine causes the rubber to be devulcanized by preserving properties which are very close to the initial compound.

This is a 100% thermo-mechanical process without adding any further substances or chemical agents and is performed at low temperature, in order to prevent the characteristics of the devulcanized rubber from being altered.

From the devulcanization service to the series machine

REP relies on their industrialization capacities, their experience and geographical international presence to develop the commercialization of HSM machines.  The HSM structure and its components being very close to those of a press, REP has the capacities to industrialize and manufacture these machines.

With the acquisition of the intellectual property and the plant of Watson Brown in Berlin, REP is developing a devulcanization machine offer intended for compounders and rubber processors in addition to the existing devulcanization service.

HSM

What do the activities of Berlin’s center consist in?

Berlin’s devulcanization center is equipped with a laboratory to run tests on samples intended for customers who are willing to test the process based on their own compound, so as to validate the properties before running industrial HSM tests. The existing capacities grant the center the ability to service all customers who want to devulcanize and reintegrate their scraps back into production, in order to substitute them for one part of the basic compound, resulting in a drop in operating cost.

For companies interested in implementing the tests, a few kilograms of scraps will be sufficient to conduct the lab tests resulting in data on the elongation, tensile strength and rheology of the samples. After the test, the customer receives back the processed compound for assessment. It is then possible to conduct production tests to test the final parts on an industrial scale.

logo_k2013_14_B57_e_low_resTaking the green path towards responsible production; making upgraded scraps become raw material!

Rendezvous at the K2013, Hall 14, Booth B57, October 16-23!

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone:  847-697-7210
Fax:  847-697-6829
Web:  www.repinjection.com
Email:  tgraham@repcorp.com
Attention:  Tim Graham, President

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