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New Extruder Lines

Soft plastics set special requirements to the drilling tool

Due to the addition of new products and sales growth at GEHR USA we are pleased to announce the addition of two new extrusion lines to our Boothwyn, Pennsylvania facility. This significant capital investment will provide us with much needed additional capacity due to the successful growth of our high-performance product offering.  We are extremely excited to be adding this new capacity and want to thank you - our customers for your continued loyalty and support. Stay tuned for additional news regarding investments we will be making in 2019.

CALENDERED SHEETS

Optimised formula: enhanced surface gloss and flatness

Thanks to process optimisation, we again succeeded in significantly enhancing the surface gloss, and flatness of our sheets.
It is commonly known that sheets made of thermoplastics with a thickness of less than 8 mm are normally produced by calendering

FIL-A-GEHR PLA HT

Material with enhanced thermal stability

To satisfy the growing requirements for filament processing in professional 3D printing (FDM), we attach great importance to continuous process optimisation.
A new type of the biopolymer on PLA basis was discovered which fulfils the market’s requirements. The raw material that we use is FIL-A-GEHR PLA HT®. It has an increased thermal stability, which allows its use in temperatures 20 degrees higher than the temperatures used for standard PLA.

UV PROTECTION

UV radiation can cause irreversible damage to materials in very short time

Generally speaking, most polymer materials have a very limited resistance to aggressive radiation including UV radiation. Exposure times of less than one day can already cause irreversible damage in form of chain scissions or cross-linkings. When exposed to UV radiation, the material usually undergoes material changes which often become apparent in a yellow to brown discolouration. Furthermore, the dimensional stability of these components also changes.

2016 Update

 

In September, 2017 GEHR USA made a large step in its Quality Management System by incorporating two new ISO standards, ISO 13485: Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices and ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems, to its existing Quality Management System which was Certified to ISO 9001. During April, 2018, GEHR USA successfully completed its transition from ISO 13485: 2003 to ISO 13485: 2016. One of the key updates during this transition was the use of the risk management approach within its quality management system. This, along with other updates, allow GEHR to establish and maintain effective processes which consistently produce high quality products for its customers.

DRILLING – AN ART IN ITSELF

Soft plastics set special requirements to the drilling tool

Generally speaking, twist drilling plastic material is possible and comparable to drilling metal materials. However, it is recommended to use special drills for plastics, since the thermal conductivity of plastic materials in general is worse than that of metals.

3D PRINTING: ARCHITECTURAL MODEL

Making tangible models quickly and easily using FIL-A-GEHR PLA®

Models are used to visualise project ideas in three dimensions. Thanks to 3D printing methods, 3D models, which have already been developed at the PC, can easily and quickly be transformed into physical models. This helps to make architecture more tangible, to reveal unforeseen difficulties at an early stage or to reinforce the effect of a presentation.

NEW MACHINES

More annealing ovens put into service

In the course of the last couple of months we have received several additional annealing ovens to further improve our product quality and to respond to the increasing demand. The new ovens allow us to significantly reduce the time between production and annealing.

AMUG 2018

GEHR presents filaments at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference and exhibition in St. Louis, MO from April 8 - 12.  During the exhibition portion of this conference we presented our FIL-A-GEHR® product line to more than 2,000 attendees from all around the world.  The conference portion of the show offered great insights into the technical advancements of the industry as well as opportunities to meet with large OEM’s and learn their requirements for entry into their applications.  We were very pleased with the response to our FIL-A-GEHR® products and the direction of this burgeoning market in the US.

 

EXPANSION OF PRODUCTION OF SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCTS

Construction of a new production hall for customised solutions

Part of our planning for the years ahead includes the building of a new production hall. In the future, we will use this additional 2,500 m² big hall for our profile and tube production. This will free up additional space which allows us to continue expanding the sheet and round rod production. Construction work has already begun. We hope to be able to use both halls for capacity expansions as of autumn 2018. At the same time, we will take this opportunity to renew part of our social rooms.

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