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December 2014

Close-Up on Technology

Key Themes from the Fakuma Show
Servo-hydraulics, servo sprue pickers, electronic water-flow monitoring/control, and exotic multi-process cells were the headliners in Friedrichshafen.

Taiwan’s ‘Time is Coming’ For All-Electric Machines
Taiwan’s plastics machinery market is a player on the global stage, except for one segment—all-electric machines. The recent Taipei Plas show suggests that’s about to change.

Processor's Edge

Servo Welder Gives Molder More Control
Applications that require near-hermetic seals are now easily achieved by this electronic contract manufacturer.

Know How

High-Pressure Water: A New Concept for Screw Cleaning
Everyone in a molding plant is on the same page for screw cleaning: Avoid pulling it until there is no alternative. Here are ways for dealing with the inevitable, including an altogether new technique.

How to Address Uneven Wall Thickness in Stretch-Blow Molding
Many conditions must be met to get the best wall distribution in a PET bottle. Skilled operators are, as always, indispensable.

The Importance of Gate Geometry
Gate size and shape—unlike gate location—don’t often get the attention they deserve. Many common assumptions about gate geometry deserve to be challenged

The Mystery of Physical Aging: Part 2
Dimensional and property changes depend on the size of the part, molecular weight of the resin, and processing conditions.

Understanding Solids-Bed Breakup in Barrier Screws
Barrier screws all but eliminate problems associated with solids-bed breakup. But if they do occur, tremendous pressures can develop, causing screw wear.

Starting Up

Automa Acquired Out of Liquidation By Fellow Italian Firm
The Italian manufacturer of blow molding machinery has been acquired by a fellow Italian company, which services, rebuilds and sells used blow molding machines.

Bergen International Opens New Plant
New facility houses new extrusion line and lab to support company's line of chemical foaming agents.

Bloomer Expands to Barrier Blown Film
Custom processor of cast embossed film buy barrier blown film leader Optimum.

Braskem Breaks Ground On New UHMWPE Plant
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on schedule for the construction of Braskem first North American UHMWPE plant.

Celanese Acquires Conductive Plastics Compounder
The acquisition of Cool Polymers includes its thermally and electrically conductive compounds, as well as electrically insulative compounds, based on a variety of engineering plastics and elastomers.

DSM to Build New High-Viscosity Nylon 6 Plant
DSM's first North American high-viscosity nylon 6 plant to planned for start-up in mid-2016.

Dynisco Extends Machinery Directive Compliance to 4-20mA Pressure Sensors
Billed as 'ideal choice. for extrusion OEMs and processors that need to comply with the European standard.

Extrusion Foaming With Dry Ice?
Research from IKV shows it's possible.

Illig Expands U.S. Presence
Adds space in Midwest plant for spare parts, training and a showroom.

Italian Compounder Starts Up U.S. Production
The So.F.Ter Group has brought on line its first U.S. plant to produce a broad range of compounds.

Laser Design Now North American Distribution Partner For Industrial CT 3D Scanner
A distribution partnership between France's Rx Solutions and Laser Design brings cost-effective industrial CT 3D scanner to North America.

Mack Molding Still Working To Bridge ‘Skills Gap’
Progressive molder hosts another National Manufacturing Day, develops intern program.

New Extrusion Equipment Supplier Combines U.S. Management with Chinese Production
Starting up in 2011, Uway Extrusion has begun its commercial push this year, with plans to exhibit at NPE2015 next March.

New Name, Brand Structure for Hilex Poly
Film and bagmaker and three sister companies will now be brands under Novolex umbrella.

Omega Plastics Acquires Vinylex
Custom profile processor Omega continues its expansion plans with purchase of 62-year-old profile maker.

Plastics Pioneers Association Adds Four Members
Founded in 1944, PPA is a non-profit organization with a roster about 200 members, all of whom have at least 25 years of experience in plastics.

TPEI Adds Laser Alignment to Service Offerings
Proper alignment of equipment should increase its overall lifespan.

Two New Alliances in Microcellular Foams
Trexel has licensed Milacron to supply turnkey MuCell systems for injection and blow molding, and joined with Lubrizol to develop a new TPU foam technology.

Processor's Business Index

Growth Continues, Slowly
Processing market grows for the 11th month out of 12.


How Characterizing and Modeling Chemical Foaming Agents Can Help Your Process
Knowing ahead of time what will happen when your CFA produces gas can help you design or improve your process to boost quality and cost effectiveness.

How to Dry PET for Container Applications
PET is extremely hygroscopic, highly moisture sensitive, and one of the toughest challenges to dry. Here are the basic principles of doing it right for rigid packaging applications

How to Mold Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics
Here’s the machinery, tooling, and process know how you need to get the most out of these high-performance materials.

On Site: 140 Years…And Growing Stronger
Now in its fifth generation of family ownership, this sheet extruder isn’t all about output. Its focus is on creating solutions in highly customized markets that aren’t immediately associated with sheet.

Overcome Typical Challenges in LSR Molding
Here’s a quick overview of basic mold and machine factors behind common LSR molding headaches and how to avoid them.

Why Processors Are Rediscovering Liquid Colorants
In extrusion, injection, and blow molding, liquid color is enjoying something of a renaissance. Cost is one reason, but advances in pigments, carriers, delivery systems, and innovative service programs have played a role too.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Anti-Counterfeiting Tag Technology Compatible With Broad Range Of Plastics
Plastics Color launches proprietary anti-counterfeiting taggant masterbatch technology for packaging and consumer goods.

ADDITIVES: New Orange Pigment Expands Designer's Color Spectrum
Clariant's PV Fast Orange HGR helps achieve product differentiation for consumer goods and packaging.

ADDITIVES: News in Liquid Color
Liquid color is gaining interest as evidenced by suppliers' investments in new products and services.

ADDITIVES: 'Temperature' Color Concentrates Launched by Newcomer
CTI, a leading thermochromic inks manufacturer for packaging has entered the thermoplastics arena with new thermochromic color concentrates.

AUXILIARIES: Reduce Batch Feeding Error Rate by 50%
Process is called 'bumping.'

AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT: Sanitary Bulk-Bag Filler Detects Metal
Integral metal detector/separator detects metal in the free-fall stream of material entering the filler, and then ejects it through a chute.

COMPOUNDING: New Machine Line Offers Higher Torque
Series is aimed compounding, masterbatch production, devolatilization, rubber/elastomer and dewatering.

DECORATING: Powerful Laser Markers for Direct Part Marking
FOBA's new CO2 laser markers offer improved productivity and more.

EXTRUSION : HDPE Dimpled Sheet Line is 13-Ft. Wide
Flexible line runs at up to 3800 and can run 100% post-consumer bottle scrap.

FEEDING: New Software Improves Batch Feeding Accuracy
'Bumping' is said to reduce batch-feeding errors by up to 50%.

INJECTION MOLDING: Hot Runners & Coinjection at Fakuma
Retrofittable coinjection systems and new hot-runner nozzles and controls are just some of the news from Mold-Masters.

INJECTION MOLDING: Larger All-Electric Tiebarless Press
A 50-ton e-motion TL press from Engel debuted at Fakuma.

INJECTION MOLDING: New Robots at Fakuma Show
Half a dozen suppliers introduced new servo and pneumatic models.

MATERIALS: Black Nylon 12 Compound Meets Strict Railway Car Standards
Evonik's new black-colored nylon 12 meets stringent requirements for fire protection for cable and conduits of railway cars and more.

MATERIALS: Carbon Fiber-Reinforced PBT for Automotive Electronics and More
BASF has added the first carbon fiber-reinforced PBT to its Ultradur line with low electrostatic charge and good conductivity.

MATERIALS: High-Performance Halogen-Free Polyolefin Jacketing Compounds
Teknor's new halogen-free jacketing compounds boast exceptionally high flame retardance.

MATERIALS: Next-Generation High-Temperature Nylons 46, 6/66
New Diablo high temperature resistant nylons from DSM unveiled.

MATERIALS: PP Grades for Thermoforming, Film and Thin-Wall Molded Packaging
Braskem has launched the Inspire 6000 series and Prisma specialty grades of PP.

MATERIALS: 'Self-Texturing' PVC Compounds For Exterior Automotive
Teknor's new PVC compounds for exterior automotive moldings and trims yield attractive surfaces.

MATERIALS: Specialty PC for Lighting & PC/PET for Medical Devices
At the recent Fakuma International trade show, Styron debuted two new Emerge Advance Resin grades.

MATERIALS: Three PC Products For Railcar Interiors
SABIC now offers three new PC resin and sheet produces for railcar interiors.

WELDING: New Ultrasonic Sealing Options for Flexible Packaging
Rinco has been awarded U.S. patents for new ultrasonic sealing technology for flexible packaging.

Resin Prices

Commodity Resin Prices Heading Down
Falling global feedstock costs and demand destruction concerns are forcing prices downward.


Get Ready for The Extrusion 2015 Conference
Plastics Technology will hold the first-ever conference next November devoted to all areas of extrusion processing.

Market Watch

Is Residential Construction Softening or Bottoming Out?
Signs are mixed. But we expect housing permits to grow faster next year and take plastics parts production along for the ride.

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