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August 2016

Close-Up on Technology

Engel Previews K 2016 Introductions
Advances in mold cooling, machine condition monitoring, and in-mold decorating will be key exhibits in Dusseldorf.

Rockin’ Reunion For Alumni of World’s First, Biggest Thermoformer
In one room, several centuries of experience at the granddaddy of all thermoformers.

Wittmann’s 40th Anniversary Gala Unveils a Host of New Products
New machinery, robots, and auxiliaries demonstrate continued momentum of technical development—and preview some K 2016 exhibits.

Processor's Edge

Reshoring ‘Spark’ Helped Feed Thousands Post-Katrina
One emergency order leads to reshoring of other parts by a family-owned processor.

Know How

EXTRUSION: Orientation: The Good and the Bad
Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, molecular orientation can have a positive or negative impact on your part. Here’s how to control it.

INJECTION MOLDING: Purging: A to Z
Use these steps as a guide to minimize the time and money it takes to switch materials and color on your presses.

MATERIALS: Understanding Strain-Rate Sensitivity In Polymers
Material behavior is fundamentally determined by the equivalence of time and temperature. But that principle tends to be lost on processors and designers. Here’s some guidance.

TOOLING: Let’s Get Serious About Mold Cooling: Part 2
Some creative thinking with conventional technology, like small cooling lines and bubblers, can generate big improvements in cooling and cycle times.

Starting Up

12 Tips for K—Getting to the Show, Negotiating the Fair and Navigating Germany
The plastics industry’s largest event definitely requires some planning—here are 12 tips from the show organizer, Messe Düsseldorf, to ensure a successful show.

Advanced Blending Solutions Hires New Director of Business Development
Mark Jordan joins the team after 33 years with Techmer PM.

BASF Launches New Global Pigments Brand
The new Colors & Effects brand aligns BASF's global pigments expertise across five industries.

Bioplastic Adds ‘Charm’ to NYC Clean-Up Effort
Green Dot bio-materials used to make charm bracelets for Comcast employees for Global Citizen festival.

Bunting Magnetics Co. Appoints New Western Territory Sales Manager
Wendy Doll brings Bunting Magnetics 15 years of experience in manufacturing sales and support and familiarity with Western U.S.

Connecticut Joins Film Recycling Initiative
A major focus of the new partnership will be to increase voluntary participation in the recycling of plastic bags, wraps and other film packaging at supermarkets, grocery stores and other retail locations.

Custom Downstream Systems Appoints New Territory Sales Manager
Clémence Desrochers will serve as Territory Sales Manager for the West Coast.

Davis-Standard Expanding in Connecticut
Extrusion systems supplier adding 15,000 ft2 for manufacturing in Pawcatuck.

Düsseldorf, Surrounding Area Boost Lodging Options for K
Within Düsseldorf and its neighboring cities nearly 2000 hotel beds have been added in recent years with special train deals for transport to and from the show.

Erema to Launch Recycling 4.0 at K 2016
The recycling machine manufacturer will also recycle plastic waste on site at the K show.

First U.S. Lightweight ETFE Film Roof In New Viking Stadium
3M Dyneon's fluoroplastic ETFE high-performance film to start in the first U.S. stadium roof of its kind.

Long-Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyolefin Sheet for Automotive and More
Germany's Renolit is now in North America and thriving in automotive, building & construction, and furniture.

New Firm to Represent Bole Presses in U.S., Canada
Bole North America to supply injection machines from 60-6800 tons. New series of hybrid two-platen presses coming soon.

New Owners for Battenfeld-Cincinnati
European investment group Nimbus buys extrusion machine builder.

Nordson Names New Director of Engineering and Operations
Thomas Ebeling will be in charge of the engineering and production teams for ED extrusion and polymer coating dies and Premier fluid coating dies.

PlastiComp Opens Dedicated Long Fiber Thermoplastic R&D Lab
To continue advancement of such composites, PlastiComp's R&D functions now in new lab.

Recycling On the Rise in Europe, With Plenty of Room to Grow
Roughly half the 47.8 million tons of plastics consumed by Europe are recycled, showing both how far the sector has come and how far it could still go to reclaim materials.

SABIC Now in Polyolefin Elastomer and Plastomer Market
Through its 50-50 JV with Korea's SK Global Chemical, SABIC is offering POE/POP products for polymer modifications and film applications.

Starlinger Unveils New RecoSTAR Dynamic 215
The first recoSTAR dynamic 215 recycling line will be supplied to a customer in Spain, where it will be used for reprocessing post-consumer EPS packaging waste.

Tech Center Boasts Five Engel Machines and MuCell Technology
A new Detroit-area tech center gives automotive OEMs and their tier suppliers a production-scale lab to test the very latest molding technologies.

Processor's Business Index

June’s Index: 46.8
But plants with 100-249 employees expand for fourth straight month.

Features

Chasing the Perfect Pellet
Petoskey Plastics began recycling in 1978 and continues to expand its green footprint by offering pellets specifically for thin-gauge blown film.

Health, Environmental Concerns Give Non-Phthalate Plasticizers a Push
New and improved formulations are displacing leading plasticizer DEHP; DINP’s future is also now shakier.

Know Your Options in Valve-Gated Hot Runners
Valve-gated hot-runner systems have been used for almost 50 years as a way to efficiently mold large parts.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Color Concentrates for Development of Medical Devices
Foster's new line of color concentrates aimed at early development of medical devices.

ADDITIVES: Counterfeit Detection Color Concentrates
Teknor Color's new DeTek concentrates offer counterfeit detection with no effect on color or other properties.

ADDITIVES: Impact-Enhanced Colorants for Polyolefin Sheet
Teknor Color's new toughened colorants for PP and HDPE sheet products allow for downgauging and possible metal replacement.

ADDITIVES: Snakelike Effects Masterbatch for Flexible Film
Ampacet's latest special effect additives technology creates multidimensional color and texture.

BLENDING: Next-Generation Controls for Gravimetric Blenders
New Maguire 4088 controller has option of a removable touchscreen interface with embedded loading software. Compatible with previous Maguire control systems.

BLOW MOLDING: Injection-Blow Molding 96 Cavities!
All-electric injection machine is modified to boost output cabability of injection-blow process.

BLOW MOLDING: Multi-Layer Thickness Gauge For Barrier Bottles
Fast, nondestructive measuring of individual layers in multilayer bottles.

COMPOUNDING: Software Helps Configure Twin-Screw Extruders
Users can chose from library of about 2000 screw and barrel housing elements.

COMPOUNDING: Vacuum Stuffer/Side Feeder Combination Unit
Designed specifically for Entek's QC3 line of corotating twins.

EXTRUSION: Gamut of Technologies to Debut at K 2016 in Film, Sheet
Reifenhauser to debuts new die, flattening/orientation systems, feedblock and more at K 2016.

EXTRUSION: Versatile IR Gauge For Film, Sheet
New unit from NDC is suited for all types of film/sheet extrusion. To debut at K2016.

INJECTION MOLDING: New Robot & Servo Picker at K 2016
A four-axis SCARA type and a versatile picker join Engel's line.

INJECTION MOLDING: On-Line Training For ‘5S’
Five-series course helps molders get better organized.

INJECTION MOLDING: Workcell Router for the 'Smart Factory'
Wittmann offers a single "gateway to the workcell" for Industry 4.0.

INSPECTION: Fast, Accurate, Easy Part Measurement
Software upgrade available for free.

MATERIALS: Acetal Grades for Food and Water Applications
Polyplastics has expanded its engineering resin offerings in the Americas and Europe.

MATERIALS: Antistatic PC/ASA Blends for Interior Automotive
Polykemi is selling its permanent antistatic PC/ASA blends in North America.

MATERIALS: Hybrid Purging Compound for PP Color Changes
Dyna-Purge claims introduction of first "hybrid" purging compound--combining key features of mechanical and chemical products.

MATERIALS: Lubricated TPV Challenges Rubber in Seals & Gaskets
Teknor Apex's new Sarlink TPV boasts superior processability and greater long-term sealing force.

MATERIALS: Novel "Cool Black" PC for High-Gloss Auto Exteriors
Covestro's new Makrolon AX with high-performance coatings targeted to roof trim and pillar applications.

TESTING: Dynamic Mechanical Tester for a Range of Materials or Components
TA Instruments' new ElectroForce edition said to offer unparalleled dynamic performance and versatility.

THERMOFORMING: Next-Generation Formers For Packaging
New machine line can form a gamut of materials.

WELDING: Clear-on-Clear Welding for Medical Devices and More
Branson's new laser welder boasts clear, clean, precise hermetic seal welds.

WELDING: Direct Diode Laser Welder for Small Parts
Amada Miyachi's new DDL welder boasts low power consumption and high efficiency.

WELDING: Laser Welder for Large-Format Parts
Branson's GLX-3 aimed at large-format plastic parts with more complex geometries for broad range of applications.

Resin Prices

PP, PE Prices Drop While Others Rise
Polyolefin prices ‘calm’ for now, while PET, PS, PVC show a bit more volatility.

Column

Pondering the Future of Recycling
The business will persevere, but it might look a bit different than it does now.

Market Watch

Medical Equipment Poised for More Growth
Growth could hit 9-10% by year’s end.

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