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February 2017

Close-Up on Technology

Connectivity & Collaboration in Robotics & Automation at K 2016
Besides a handful of new robots and pickers, the big themes were modular ‘plug-and-play’ automation, Industry 4.0 connectivity, easier programming, and safer collaboration with human workers.

K 2016 Proves Additive Manufacturing Has Staying Power
K 2016 made clear that additive manufacturing is establishing a prominent position at the triennial show among long-running mainstays like injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding and thermoforming.

Processor's Edge

Energy Consumption Made Visible
Molder adds system that allows it to track energy usage in nearly real time and is now using less power, despite increased production.

Know How

Analyze Moisture Before Processing
If you want a stable process and parts that function properly, you must monitor the water content of the resin before molding.

Don’t Build In Melt-Temperature Variations
It’s not unusual for polymer to exit the extruder with a uniform melt temperature, only to be fouled up by downstream flow pipes and the like. Here’s how to avoid this.

Hitting the Numbers, Part 2
The shrinkage factor is one of the most critical numbers to hit.

The Need for Generalists, Part 2
Problem-solving requires a team that combines people having academic credentials with others who have hands-on experience.

Starting Up

All-Electric, Tabletop Injection Machine Designed for Simplicity, Low Price
All-electric, 7.5-ton press costs less than a typical mold for a small machine.

Arkema to Further Modernize North American Acrylic Acid Production
Latest production technologies to be used in the upgrading of the Clear Lake, Texas facility.

B&P, Littleford Finalize Union
Combination reportedly offers industry's most comprehensive line of mixing solutions.

Baerlocher to Expand Metal Soap Capacity by 50%
The scheduled major expansion is driven by accelerating demand for stabilizers and other additives from the North American PE and PVC industries.

Copolyamide Promotes Bonding of Metal to Plastic In Hybrid Overmolding Process
Adhesive coating enables one-step in-mold forming and overmolding of sheet metal.

Fully Automatic Mold Change in Under 2 Min
Used in production with large presses.

Godwin Named President, CEO of Battenfeld-Cincinnati
New executive has been with extrusion machine builder since 1999.

Hexpol TPE Starts Up North American Production
The company's latest global expansion capabilities installed at its RheTech Colors facility in Ohio.

New Event Serves Burgeoning Injection Molding Industry in Mexico
Plastics Technology México will launch a new two-day conference and exhibit this September in Querétaro focused on injection molding.

New Kind of Lenticular Sheet Arrives
Can be printed on flexographic printers, a reported first.

News in LSR Molding at K 2016
Two-color molding with one injection barrel and pumping system.

Oil Additive Helps Hydraulic Presses Save Energy
Hydraulic oil additive maintains more uniform viscosity over a range of oil temperatures.

PAEK Trumps Epoxy in Next-Generation Oil & Gas Electrical Connectors
Consistent properties and processing won over connector specialist Rampart Products.

PPA Adds Four to Membership Roster
PPA is a non-profit organization with a roster of more than 160 members, all of whom have at least 20 years of experience in plastics.

Processor's Business Index

December’s Index—49.4
The overall processing market is growing, though custom processors had a slower fourth quarter.


Augmented Auxiliaries At K 2016
Incremental improvements to existing technologies combined with altogether new advances at the giant show.

Extrusion Powerhouse Does It All
Tekni-Plex has evolved into a technically diverse global supplier of a wide range of extrusions for a host of markets, many of which are regulated.

Hot Runners & 3D-Printed Molds Headlined at K Show
Automotive was a key focus for hot-runner developments. 3D-printed plastic prototype tools were another highlight.

New Resins & Additives Galore at K 2016
A wide range of interesting developments in materials technologies were sprinkled in with some intriguing announcements of new ventures at K 2016.

Processing and Workplace Safety Tips for Fluoropolymer Medical Tubing
Here's what you need to know and running these emerging materials for medical tubing.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Flame-Retardant Clay Synergists Reduce Smoke Production
Tolsa Group to present an extended and enhanced range of its clay-based FR synergists for a broad range of applications.

ADDITIVES: High-Performance Plasticizer Alternative for Flexible PVC
PolyOne's Synplast relies on plentiful linear 9 alcohol to match the performance of the industry workhorse.

ADDITIVES: High-Performance Stabilizers for Polyolefins in Outdoor Use
Solvay's Cyasorb Cynergy B Series stabilizers aimed at outdoor building & constructions applications.

ADDITIVES: Light Blocker for Monolayer Dairy PET Packaging
Holland Colours to unveil third-generation Holcomer UV ligh stabilizer.

ADDITIVES: Novel Silicone Combats Processing Issues in Highly-Filled PE Wire & Cable Compounds
Dow Corning's new silicone technology reduced screw torque by as much as 30%.

BLOW MOLDING: New Software Optimizes PET Bottle Crystallinity
Sensors determine the lowest possible blowing temperature without inducing pearlescence.

COMPOUNDING: Redesigned Line For Cable Compounds
Machine is for processing highly filled or crosslinkable halogen-free flame retardant cable compounds.

COMPOUNDING: Redesigned Line For Cable Compounds
System is capable of handling throughputs of up to 3306 lb/hr.

CONTROLS: Cost-Effective Entry To Industry 4.0
System collects and organizes production data.

CONTROLS: Extrusion Line Control Has Industry 4.0 Features
Fulfills requirements for future connectivity with servers and mobile apps.

EXTRUSION: Line Control Has Industry 4.0 Features
Fulfills future requirements for connectivity with servers and mobile appliances

INJECTION MOLDING: High-Level Training For Molders
Course features 20+ hr of machine time.

INJECTION MOLDING: Medium-Pressure Machine For Large Solid or Foam Parts
Large-shot, 800-ton press straddles the gap between standard injection and structural-foam machines.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Stainless Steel High-Lift Box Container/Dumper
A new stainless steel Tip-Tite High-Lift Box/Container Dumper from Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa., discharges dust-free into vessels 6 to 10 ft (1830 to 3050 mm) above the plant floor.

MATERIALS: Nano-Reinforced Nylon Alloys for Structural Medical Components
Foster's Nanomed MAX compounds designed for medical device components that require high strength.

MATERIALS: Radici & Rochling Develop Heat-Resistant Blow-Molding-Grade Nylon
The new nylon compound can withstand continuous exposure to hot air at up to 446 F.

MIXING/BLENDING: Ribbon Blenders For Precision Applications
Used for rapid blending of dry powders, granules, pellets and other solid forms

RECYCLING: High-Performance Rotary Shredder
The V-ECO rotary shredder series from Vecoplan LLC, High Point, N.C. efficiently processes a broad spectrum of recyclables including all types of plastics, films, fiber, paper, cardboard, and textiles.

RECYCLING: Industry 4.0 For Contamination Detection
Sesotec GmbH showcased its Rapid Pro-Sense metal separator at K 2016.

RECYCLING: Machine Builders Collaborate On PCR PET Sheet
NGR-Next Generation Recycling Maschinen GmbH and Kuhne Group will team up on the production of systems for producing virgin-quality PET sheet from PET waste.

RECYCLING: Single-Shaft Shredder Series
Weima Maschinenbau GmbH in Germany presented its all-new WKS single-shaft shredder series with 1400, 1800, and 2200-mm working width.

RECYCLING: Suppliers Team on Integrated Recycling, Compounding
Erema will supply its Intarema recycling technology for KraussMaffei’s “re-compounding” technology.

RECYCLING: Technology Eliminates PCR Smell
Starlinger & Co. introduced at K 2016 technology that significantly reduces the smell during and after recycling and allows recyclers to “upcycle” their end product.

RECYCLING: Wet Shredder For Packaging Films, Bottles
Lindner Group introduced the Micromat WS wet shredder at K2016.

SIZE REDUCTION: Force-Feed Option For Densifiers
Resulting agglomerate has a higher bulk density than the source material with improved flow characteristics

SIZE REDUCTION: Force-Feed Option For Densifiers
Used to agglomerate low bulk density material.

TESTING: Video Extensometer for High-Volume Material Testing
Imetrum's UVX system can seamlessly be integrated with all leading manufacturers' test machines to maximize throughput.

TRAINING: High-Level Training For Molders
'Rigorous' 20+ hr of machine and simulator time.

WELDING: All-Electric, Next-Generation Spin Welder
Dukane’s new Servo Weld Plus comes with Melt-Match technology.

Resin Prices

Prices Bottom Out for Polyolefins; PET, PS, PVC Move Up
Flat or falling prices have turned upward for all five commodity resins.


Injection Molding Done Right
Looking to improve your molding operation? Who isn’t? We’ve got you covered: Attend the Molding 2017 Conference in April.

Market Watch

Where Is the Medical Market Headed?
Data suggest industry is concerned about future healthcare legislation.

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