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June 2016

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‘All-Purpose’ Screw for Injection Molding Handles a Wide Range of Polymers
A mixing section with replaceable dams is said to remedy the limitations of so-called “general-purpose” injection screws.

‘New Normal’ Marks 30th Chinaplas Show
Show breaks attendance records as Chinese economy slows.

Beefier All-Electric Machines With Enhanced Control Features
Presses designed to dismiss the perception that all-electrics can’t handle larger, heavier molds.

Stackable Bubble-Cooling Rings Offer Huge Output Gains
Next-generation bubble-cooling system is said to boost throughputs by as much as 60% in blown film.

Processor's Edge

Biobased Additive Boosts PVC Extruder’s Flooring Line
Sterling Brands’ use of amorphous PHA additive enhances performance of new PVC flooring products.

Know How

EXTRUSION: How Slow Can You Go?
Larger screws designed for high outputs will generate a variety of problems if run too slowly. Here’s why.

INJECTION MOLDING: Processing Nylon…and Other Problems
As moisture content in this and other hygroscopic resins varies, so will your viscosity and process. Here’s how to deal with these issues

MATERIALS: Thermoplastic Urethanes: Why Annealing Makes a Big Difference
Under the right conditions, annealing can drive TPU performance to a greater level than can be achieved at room temperature.

TOOLING: The Tool’s Impact On the Molding Process
Flash, venting, cooling, gating, or sticking problems? Better to fix the tool than distort your process.

Starting Up

Advancing Composites in the Black Hills of SD
The CNAM Center at the South Dakota School of Mines seeks to act as a nucleus for composites manufacturing.

Clariant Now Offers Custom-Colored Engineering Resins In Smaller Quantities
Company aims to fill the gap as resin companies rationalize product lines.

Cloeren Invests in Austrian Die Maker EMO
Cloeren buys an unspecified percentage of European extrusion die builder. Companies will operate separately.

Cobot Supplier Universal Robots Doubles U.S. Staffing, Adds three Offices
The North American business of the Danish collaborative robot—cobot—manufacturer to open offices in Michigan, Texas and California.

Compression Molder R3 Composites Launches Non-Wovens Business for Composites
The new subsidiary will target a broad range of thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications.

Davis-Standard Now Builds All Its Own Accumulator Heads
Advancing from assembly to complete production of all components.

DuPont To Inaugurate New Chinese Compounding Facility In June
Called Apollo and located in the Guangming New District of Shenzhen, the facility will be DuPont’s largest compounding operation in the world.

Film Processor Pregis Invests $17 million in Expansion
Firm announces name change to Pregis Films in light of 2015 acquisition

First Hybrid-Molded Rear Bumper Beam on Honda FCV
Lanxess' thermoplastic composites and nylon 6 allow for one-shot molding of lightweight bumper beam.

KraussMaffei Details Future Potential Strategy Under New Owners
Just over four months after it was acquired by state-owned chemical giant, ChemChina from private equity firm Onex for Euro 925 million, KraussMaffei talked about how its new owners will and won’t change its business.

Macro Engineering, Raven Industries Partner on New 7-layer Cast Extrusion Line
The line includes the addition of two individual extrusion dies to process low and high viscosity resin types.

Macro Expands Die Refurbishing Capabilities
Process reportedly yields dies 'good as new.'

New Polysulfone Player in North America
Chinese producer of polysulfone teams up with North American plastics distributor to help alleviate supply crunch.

Novatec Hires Drying Project Coordinator
Lawrence Korpanty will serve as drying project coordinator to further support and develop firm's growing dryer customer base and portfolio of drying products.

Novolex to Acquire Heritage Bag Co.
Heritage Bag Co. is Novolex’s fifth acquisition since Wind Point Partners acquired Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly) in 2012.

Plastics Pioneers Association Adds Four to Membership Roster
Group membership swells to 200+.

ResMart is Newest Distributor for Solvay's PEEK & PPSU
Solvay's broad range of KetaSpire PEEK and PPSU grades now available from ResMart.

Schneider Packaging Equipment Opens Training Lab for Customers
The lab in upstate New York to feature hands-on training without slowing or stopping production lines.

Sefortek Expands Business With Customized Ultrasonic Welders
Building ultrasonic welding machines for automotive and packaging is a new focus.

Techmer PM Consolidates and Expands in Midwest
Batavia, Ill. operations to become Techmer PM's "Midwest Center of Excellence".

Thermal Care Moves into Larger Building
Facility is 40% larger than its previous floor space and has room for future expansion.

Train Employees, Test Products at Texas Film Lab
Three-layer line available for rent at D.R. Joseph facility.

Trexel Establishes Detroit-Area Tech Center
Cooperating with Engel to provide Mucell-ready machines for trials.

Valtris Specialty Chemicals Acquires Akcros
Acquisition of Akcros broadens Valtris' plastic additives offerings and expands its global footprint.

Wintec Adds All-Electric Line, Expands Sales Outside of China
All-electric 100- and 180-ton injection molding machines join two-platen presses in portfolio, while sales extend to ASEAN, Iran, Turkey and beyond.

Processor's Business Index

April’s Index: 48.2
Larger plants doing much better. Capital spending plans jump.


Custom Molder Expands in ‘Leaps of Faith’
Who would embark on an $8.8 million plant expansion without new orders in hand? Someone who knows his customers very well.

Get Better at Swapping Out Your Twin-Screw Elements
Here’s what you need to know to safely and efficiently remove, clean, restage, and reinstall your twin-screw extruder screw set.

New Materials Shine Bright In Growing LED Market
Rapid expansion of LED technology has spurred development of new formulations for a wide range of lighting components. Here are examples of activity in this fast-moving field.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Highly-Loaded Color Concentrates
Plastics Color's UltraBatch colorants positioned to compete with liquid color.

ADDITIVES: Liquid Nucleating and Clarifying Agents for Polyolefins
Riverdale Global's new family of liquid additives for PP and HDPE help reduce molding costs.

ADDITIVES: Novel Heat-Resistant Black Pigment
PicOnyx's unusual black pigment is said to outperform carbon black.

BLOW MOLDING: R&B Launches Its First Injection-Blow Machines
Designed to minimize wear and maintenance.

EXTRUSION: New Temperature Controller, HMI Boost Film Productivity
Nine-layer line already in use by leading multi-national film processor.

HEATING/COOLING: Temperature Controllers Have Smaller Footprint
Redesigned Full Range TCUs are more compact.

INJECTION MOLDING: Brass Replacement Heaters for Hot-Runner Nozzles
Direct replacements for all OEM nozzle heaters.

INJECTION MOLDING: Larger MuCell Gas Dosing System Arrives
Designed for shots of 5.5 to 27.5 lb.

MATERIAL HANDLING: Dust-Tight Mobile Drum Dumper
Unit comes ready to plug-in and run.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Flex-Screw Conveyor, Hopper for Demanding Applications
Units built to withstand rugged, rigorous environments.

MATERIALS: Biobased BOPET Film for Solar Control Windows
Toray Plastics launches energy-saving solar protection film made with sustainable feedstock.

MATERIALS: DSM’s Biobased Polymer Portfolio Expands with Nylon 4T Grades
Aimed at thinner and more sustainable electronic devices, the new grades boast an improved processing window.

MATERIALS: Novel PE Resins for Super Tough Film Applications
ExxonMobl's new Exceed XP boasts unprecedented performance and processability.

MATERIALS: PC Copolymers for Aircraft Interiors
SABIC's new grades of PC copolymers enabe injection-moldable lightweight aircraft interior parts.

MATERIALS: PC for Next-Generation Camera Lenses
Teijin's new PC boasts better refractive index and heat resistance.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Controllers Have Smaller Footprint
Available in chilling capacities to 40 tons.

TESTING: HDT & Vicat Testers Have Increased Efficiency
Instron's new HV Series is designed to reduce workload and boost efficiency.

TESTING: Spectrophotometer Measures Print Color on Films
X-Rite's newest handheld instrument is designed for package printers and converters of flexible films.

TESTING: Thermal Analysis Tester Elevates Performance and Efficiency
TA Instruments' new DSC systems have enhanced sensing technologies for thermal analysis of polymers and biomaterials.

WELDING: Vibration Welder with Larger-Part Capacity in Smaller Footprint
Branson’s newest welder promises long-term production versatility.

Resin Prices

Most Prices Up, PP Down
Prices of four of the five large-volume commodity resins are on an upward trajectory


What Does It Take To Take on the World?
Participate in Plastics Technology’s second annual World Class Processors benchmarking survey and see how you stack up.

Market Watch

Construction Market Still Going Strong
Growth in spending bodes well for processors serving the housing market.

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