Addex’s New Dual-Flow Air Ring Utilizes Next-Generation Intensive Cooling Technology

Intensive Cooling System Delivers Greater Output and Improved Bubble Stability

NEWARK, N.Y., September 28, 2016 –Addex Inc., a leading global supplier of auto-profile and other related cooling systems for blown film lines, has announced the launch of a new air ring that incorporates the company’s new Intensive Cooling technology in a dual-flow configuration. The new dual-flow air ring delivers 10%-15% greater output and better bubble stability versus the competition. The new Intensive Cooling system will be shown in its full four-element stackable configuration at the upcoming K 2016 exhibition (Hall 17/C37), which runs Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“We’ve taken air ring technology to a new level,” said Bob Cree, president of Addex Inc. “By integrating our Intensive Cooling technology directly into the air ring design, we’ve been able to significantly enhance performance and simplify operation.”

Addex has extended the Intensive Cooling technology by using only a single cooling element. This compares to the full-blown patent-pending Intensive Cooling multi-level, stacked cooling technology which utilizes as standard, four stacked Intensive Cooling elements with a surrounding enclosure, all topped by a conventional air ring. The newly adapted patent-pending technology marries a single Intensive Cooling element with Addex’s original dual-flow air ring system which has evolved to become the industry standard. The Intensive Cooling air ring is transformed from a low-velocity to a high-velocity air stream system in the lower lip area, according to Cree.

The dual-flow air ring features two primary locking points instead of one to significantly improve bubble stability. It also includes all of the secondary air collar locking points found with the original air ring design. The unit is simple and operator friendly, allowing a broad range of processes, blow-up ratios, thicknesses, and materials with minimal adjustments.  Addex has also developed a triple-lip design which provides three primary locking points.

The new Intensive Cooling technology applies to all of Addex’s air ring products including automatic profile external gauge control (icEGC), manual gauge control (icMGC), and laminar flow (icLFR) air rings.  Addex’s Intensive Cooling-Compatible IBC hardware design, coupled with the patented Digital Internal Bubble Cooling (icDIBC) control system, delivers the fastest reaction time in the industry to ensure precise bubble control, helping processors to speed product changeovers.

Today, Addex supplies some of the most sophisticated technologies capable of producing films at the highest possible output and stability, with the lowest possible gauge variation. Addex’s focus on research and development has resulted in over 25 U.S. patents (or patents pending), including the Intensive Cooling Technology system, Automatic and Manual Profile Controls that yield high-quality films, and All-Digital IBC Control that significantly reduces scrap.