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December 2016

Close-Up on Technology

Modular Drying Hopper Is Expandable And Convertible to a Crystallizer
Unlike typical welded construction, bolt-on sections provide flexibility and easier transport and installation.

Processor's Edge

Automation Cuts Production Time For LED Lighting Units by 89%
Robot-assisted overmolding helps Swiss company compete with low-wage countries.

Know How

Finding Root Causes of a Material Problem
Tools and methods for determining oxidative stability can be useful, but even more useful if constructed to yield the information you really need.

Gating Revisited
An overlooked factor in injection molding has outsize influence on the process and part quality.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Melt Temperature
Infrared technology can provide consistent and accurate readings of melt temperature. Here’s how to use it.

What Output Can I Expect?
Processors ask screw designers this question a lot. But neither output nor melt temperature can be predicted without details on the polymer and head pressure.

Starting Up

Michael Andrews Joins W&H
Will head up processing technology and application development.

Petrakis to Head Sales & Marketing for Thermal Care
Machinery veteran aims to help supplier of heat-transfer equipment 'rise to the next level of excellence.'

Processor's Business Index

October’s Index—50.1
Mid-size plants drive growth among processors.

Features

No Hard Coating Needed
Now There’s an Additive That Improves Scratch/Mar Resistance in Molded & Extruded Parts

Service & Response Drive Growth of Custom Compounder
Lanier Color has experienced an eightfold increase in business since 2000. Its focus on technical support and customer service help explain why.

Take These Steps To Maintain Efficiency Of Your IBC
The overall performance of a blown film line depends on a properly tuned and maintained IBC control system. Follow these preventive-maintenance tips to keep your system running smoothly.

Keeping Up With Technology

COMPOUNDING: Extruder Series Takes Aim At Shear
Elements designed to minimize particle damage for compounding special-effect pigments.

MATERIALS: Gamma-Ray Stable Engineered Resin Compounds
Infinity LTL has launched several PC & nylon 66 unfilled and filled compounds for medical/healthcare applications.

MATERIALS: High-Concentration LGF-PP for Automotive
Trinseo's new Enlite is said to be the first PP compound with an 85% long glass fiber (LGF) content.

MATERIALS: Purging Compound for Blown, Cast Film & Injection Molding
Sun Plastech launches next-generation Asaclean compound

MATERIALS: Three LLDPE Grades for Demanding Film Applications
Dow's new additions to its Dowlex line boasts higher performance and processability.

MATERIALS: Ultra Heat-Resistant ETFE for Wire & Cable
AGC Chemicals' new Fluon ETFE maintains performance at temperatures up to 392 F.

SIZE REDUCTION: Force-Fed Granulator for PET Bottles
Unit operates at throughputs to 7 tons/hr.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL: TCU Covers the 'Basics'
The RQE Series Basic mold temperature controller from Thermal Care, Niles, Ill., has been designed for applications that require simple operation at a great price.

THERMOFORMING: Train on Thick-Sheet Thermoforming
Available anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Resin Prices

Polyolefin Prices Drop; Ditto for PET
PE, PP, PET prices head down, PS and PVC flat for now.

Column

Get Ready for Molding ’17
Now in its 27th year, Plastics Technology’s conference devoted to injection molding is slated for April 4-6 in Charlotte.

Market Watch

Construction Spending Slowing
But market outlook remains strong.

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