Caronno Pertusella, (Varese), Italy, November 18, 2021
Cannon Afros, a company of Cannon Group and market leader in high-performance polyurethane (PU) dosing and mixing equipment, has introduced B-CAST, an innovative new dosing unit addressing the needs of PU casting elastomers.
B-CAST integrates Cannon’s proprietary technologies including – but not limited to – thin-film degassing, and eco-cleaner for solvent recycle, and can easily be configured to customers’ specific manufacturing requirements for cold and hot cast elastomers ranging from 30°C to 130°C.
“As socio-economic development and changes in lifestyle are driving the demand for PU elastomers in traditional market segments, such as footwear, sports, automotive and the paper industry, we see significant opportunities for further growth especially with demanding technical applications in other sectors, including oil & gas, marine, industrial and wind power. B-CAST enables clean, efficient and precisely controlled casting of a wide range of compact elastomer systems, leveraging our extensive expertise in polyurethane processing equipment and custom-tailored solutions.”
Francesco Abbà, Sales & Marketing Director for Cannon Afros
Like all Cannon dosing equipment for elastomers, B-CAST has been designed to degas and cast materials at the same time, eliminating the need for a separate degassing unit. The proprietary thin-film degassing technology eliminates potential air entrapments during dosing and mixing and is of strategic advantage in the continuous production of high-quality finished parts. It results in a bubble-free polymer matrix and leads to smooth surfaces with increased abrasion resistance.
Dedicated closed-loop controlled flow transducers provide reliable and repeatable dosing precision. In addition, a special eco-cleaner device for the mixing head and an easy cleaning process make Cannon’s B-CAST a most environmentally friendly dosing unit for processors seeking to improve their chemical waste management.
B-CAST offers a maximum of configuration options. Several mixers with different design are available to fit a wide range of elastomer systems. The unit can be equipped with tanks of different sizes in stainless or carbon steel to serve multiple material components. It supports up to four colors/catalysts and various output rates for any application.
Moreover, the advanced temperature control of B-CAST provides fast and efficient heating at energy savings of up to 40 percent. Automatic calibration of the mixing ratio saves further time and helps in minimizing material waste, keeping constant quality production and error-free operation of the dosing unit. A user-friendly 3-click Human Machine Interface (HMI) touch panel puts all process parameters to the fingertips of the operator with a maximum of three keystrokes. Smart self-calibration of parameters also facilitates the switch of formulations. All maintenance functions are readily “on the run” available and accessible to maximize uptime of the dosing unit.
Within the field of casting elastomers, Cannon’s B-CAST is targeted at major markets from oil & gas, wind power, mining and marine to automotive, paper production, sports, and healthcare. More typical end products include rollers, or wheels, and screening panels, while there are also significant new application possibilities emerging, such as medical prostheses and similar more demanding technical components in other markets.
Cannon is exhibiting at Booth F14 at UTECH 2021 in Maastricht, the Netherlands (November 16-18).
About Cannon Afros
Cannon Afros, a company of the Cannon Group founded in the early 1960s, is the world’s leading supplier of dosing systems, mixing equipment and processing technologies for polyurethanes and multi-components resins. Today Cannon Afros offers an extensive range of processing technologies for molding, pouring, injection, spraying, and manufacturing abilities dedicated to a comprehensive range of resins such as polyurethanes, silicones, elastomers, epoxy resins, phenolic foams, and bi-component adhesives. Cannon Afros design, manufactures and sells a vast range of equipment from single mixing heads and stand-alone units to complex turnkey and customizable production plants to serve the following main industrial applications: automotive interiors and exteriors, appliances and refrigerator insulation, rigid insulation for the cold chain industry and refrigerated transportation, building and construction insulation, sanitary ware, piping insulation for oil heating and district heating, technical components and medical equipment, flexible padding and seats for furniture and automotive industries, sealing and gluing for lighting and electrical enclosures, and encapsulation and potting for electrical and electronic components.
About Cannon Group
Founded in 1962, Cannon Group comprises 29 companies, with a global presence in more than 40 countries and is recognized as a market leader in technologies, processing and molds for polyurethanes and urethane elastomers for the plastics and composites industries. The Group designs and manufactures high- and low-pressure dosing machines and mixing equipment, for continuous slab and discontinuous molded polyurethane foams. Dedication to continuous innovation now positions Cannon Group as a driving force offering the design, manufacture, servicing, and maintenance of equipment also in other key technology areas including: Energy – industrial boilers for standard and special applications, comprising steam boilers, hot water heaters, heat recovery boilers, and thermal oil heaters, with in-house engineering and fabrication services; Water & Wastewater Treatment – deareators, condensate treatment and recovery, effluent treatment plants, sanitary water treatment and sewage treatment, injection water treatment, demineralization, produced water; and Automation, where Cannon Group offers process digitization and condition monitoring, connect-IT and emissions monitoring. Cannon Group is committed to reducing the ecological footprint of all the Group’s technologies and industrial processes offered to the market through energy efficiency, resource consumption reduction and emissions reduction. Cannon Group delivered net sales of €250 million in 2020. To learn more, visit www.cannon.com
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New Cannon B-CAST low-pressure dosing unit with integrated degassing extends the benefits of low-density PU elastomers to a growing range of markets.
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