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July 2015

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Sandretto’s 3D Printer Highlights MilanPlast Show
A second injection press supplier throws its hat into the 3D ring. Meantime, several Italian suppliers’ growth plans target North America.

Processor's Edge

Air-Ring Upgrades Get Film Processor Quickly Up to Spec
PolyExpert’s trials lead to installation of three new air rings and one digital IBC control to speed changeovers and reduce scrap.

Know How

EXTRUSION: Another Technique for Controlling Melt Temperature
Flight widths are almost always designed at 10% of the screw diameter. But they can be optimized to reduce melt temperature and perhaps boost output.

INJECTION MOLDING: How to Specify an Injection Molding Machine
In part two of a three-part series, the focus is on the injection unit.

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data
Engineers who are used to working with metals are surprised that plastics cannot operate as close to their yield points as can metals. The yield point is not enough to tell you how the material reacts to stress.

RECYCLING: Compatibilizers Create New Recycle Feedstream Value
Generally confined to prime material applications, these additives are helping recyclers improve yields of mixed-material bales.

TOOLING: How to Vent Mold Details
Principles to follow in venting bosses, ribs, pins, cores, slides, and lifters.

Starting Up

Airwolf 3D Introduces New 3D Printer Line, The AXIOM
The 3D printer reportedly offers customers high-resolution, speed and ease-of-use.

Alpha Comm Enterprises Moves Some Of Its China Production To The U.S.
The company has opened a molding facility in Georgia.

Avian Granulator to Start U.S. Production With New Chicago Area Plant
Avian (USA) Machinery LLC, the U.S. branch of China-based size reduction equipment supplier Avian Group, has moved into a new building in the Chicago area.

Bayer MaterialScience Business To Be Named Covestro
The new name for Bayer's MaterialScience business that will be spun off is Covestro, effective Sept. 1.

Bergamid Nylon Compounds Now UL Certified
PolyOne's specialty Begamid nylon compounds have UL certification for outdoor use.

Chinaplas 2015: Engel Announces Record Results, New Automation Center in Shanghai
Austrian injection molding machine and automation supplier Engel announced at Chinaplas 2015 that it eclipsed the euro 1 billion mark for annual sales for the first time ever, hitting 1.068 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for its fiscal year ending in March.

Chinaplas Opens With Record Number of Exhibitors and Space
Even as the overall Chinese economy cools, its annual plastics show continues to grow unabated with 2015’s edition boasting 3282 exhibitors and 240,000 m2 of exhibit space in Guangzhou.

Conair Expands Chinese Manufacturing With New Facility
New building covers 4500-m2 (48,000-m2) and will allow Conair to combine manufacturing and offices into one facility down the street from its former site.

Domo Chemicals Building New Nylon Compounding Operation in China
Construction is underway of a new compounding plant in Jiaxing, which will have 20,000 m.t./yr capacity by 2019.

DSM & Ascend In Global Strategic Nylon 66 Supply Alliance
Full portfolio of nylon 66 compounds now globally available through supply alliance.

Falcon Plastics Purchases Three All-Electric Toshiba Machines
South Dakota molder placed order after booth visit during NPE2015.

Huber Broadens Halogen-Free FR Portfolio
Through its new acquisition of the Safire phosphorus and nitrogen flame-retardant technology, Huber further diversifies its already broad portfolio of halogen-free flame retardants.

KraussMaffei to Expand Local Production of Extrusion Lines in China
Starting in the second half of 2015, KraussMaffei will begin production of its ZE 52 Basic twin screw compounding lines at its recently expanded Haiyan facility.

Milacron’s Mold-Masters Business Marks 10 Years In China With Plans to Double Capacity
By the end of 2016, the Milacron subsidiary will have doubled capacity for hot runners and components in Jiangsu, with total headcount approaching 1000.

New 3D Printer Looks To Compete With Injection Molding
The new machines are expected to enter the market starting in 2017.

Solvay Steps Up Fluoropolymer Investments in China
As Asia becomes its largest market globally, Solvay is ramping up its investments in the region, including fluoropolymer production.

Sun Plastech Acquires Novachem
Two major players in purging compounds consolidate.

Wittmann Battenfeld to Make Injection Molding Machines in China
The Austrian headquartered supplier of injection molding machines, robotics and auxiliaries is planning a 2017 expansion that will add the manufacture of presses in China.

Processor's Business Index

Second Contraction in Three Months
Slowdown among small-to-mid-size processors drags index down.


Auxiliaries AT NPE: New Controls Link Auxiliaries
Industry 4.0—the internet of things—is bringing a new level of connectivity to auxiliary equipment. Here’s a rundown of developments there, along with other news in auxiliaries from the show.

From Extruder to Pelletizer: What Happens in Between Influences Quality
There’s a lot more to strand pelletizing than dunking material in water and hoping for the best. Here’s some advice on taking out some of the guesswork.

Materials at NPE: New Solutions to Enhance Processing, Performance, Sustainability & Cost
There was no shortage of new thermoplastics and additives covering the full range of end-use applications.

On-Site: A Big Molder’s Technical Engineering Plus a Small Company’s Customer Service
That’s the formula for rapid growth at a new/old firm serving medical, military, and aviation markets.

Tooling at NPE: Valve Gates & Multi-Tips Top the News In Hot Runners
There’s no letup in development of sophisticated hot-runner nozzles and controls. Here’s news in these and other tooling products at the show.

Troubleshooting Material Burning In Hot-Runner Systems
Burns in hot runners can be misleading and hard to diagnose correctly. Follow these tips to track down the root cause of your problem.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: 'Brilliant' Pigments For Rotomolding
Rotomolded products can now be made to have an attractive pearl luster effect.

ADDITIVES: Effect Pigments In Blue And Copper Color Shades
BASF now offers portfolio of effect blue and copper shade pigments

MATERIALS: High-Performance Shielding Compounds
Lehvoss' new shielding compounds offer higher performance and at smaller wall thicknesses.

MATERIALS: Permanent ESD Thermoplastic Sheet
PermaStat compounds from RTP Co. now in sheet form.

MATERIALS: Wear-Resistant PESU For Auto Powertrain Components
Solvay's advanced PESU is targeted to replace metal in components such as oil pumps and exhaust gas recirculation systems.

TESTING: High-Resolution Moisture Analyzer
Tovatech's high-resolution moisture analyzers is said to be ideal for QC of plastic pellets.

TESTING: Tester Improves Accuracy Of Package Headspace Oxygen Readings
Mocon's first-of-a-kind instrument is aimed at helping brand owners optimize material attributes and improve economics, while meeting shelf life objectives.

TESTING: Upgraded Tear Tester For Plastic Films
A more robust and easier to use Elmendorf Tear tester has been launched by Testing Machines, Inc. (TMI), New Castle, Del., for use with plastic films and other materials.

Resin Prices

Resin Prices Relatively Flat for Now
Prices are up for some commodity and engineering resins, but the trajectory for the third quarter is generally flat.


Recycling’s Here to Stay, And We’re Ready to Report on It
Plastics Technology will increase coverage of this developing industry.

Market Watch

Packaging Demand Has Probably Peaked
Consumers are spending less on food and beverage consumption.

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