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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE

January 2017

Close-Up on Technology

‘Machine Wearables’ Predict Health of Vacuum Pumps & Blowers
Conveying systems now come with predictive-maintenance technology at no upcharge.

Processor's Edge

Savvy Vietnamese Firm Launches All-PE Laminated Pouches
Thanh Phu’s ‘Veloflex’ converting technology results in packaging with optics similar to conventional laminated structures but is readily recyclable.

Know How

Hitting the Numbers
Start with an up-front review, discussion and collaboration with the customer.

The Need for Generalists: Part 1
Even companies with seemingly unlimited resources can have problems identifying root causes of problems. Maybe they have too many specialists and not enough generalists.

Understanding Intensification Ratio
A first step in taking the “art” out of molding.

Which Barrier Screw for You?
It depends ... mostly on the melting requirements of the polymer.

Starting Up

ACS Group Opens New Technology Center
Less than a half mile from its primary manufacturing operations, auxiliary equipment supplier ACS Group has opened a new technology center in New Berlin, Wisc.

BASF to Expand North American Capacity of UV Stabilizers
Capital investment to boost production of Tinuvin product lines in step with polyolefin capacity expansions.

Glass-Reinforced ABS/Nylon Debuts in Customized Control Panel Housing
Ineos Styrolution's Terblend N chosen by two premium agricultural utility vehicle manufacturers.

Magic to Open U.S. Sales Office
Italian blow molding machine maker coming to Ann Arbor.

MGS Combines Multishot and Automation Businesses into New, Combined Space
Walking distance from its corporate headquarters in Germantown, Wisc., MGS Mfg. Group has opened a 40,000-ft2 space that combines its automation cell and modular multimaterial molding systems businesses.

Plastics Industry Association Sees Strength in Industry Numbers
The Plastics Industry Association discussed a new report on the size and state of the U.S. plastics industry against the backdrop of new political leadership in Washington.

RJG Opens New Injection Molding Training Facility in NC
RJG, Inc. is working alongside ZAG Equipment Sales to open a new training center for injection molding.

Ryton PPS Used in Polimotor 2 Engine's Water Pump
Solvay's PPS compound helps cool the all-plastic engine.

SABIC Aims to Develop Next-Generation PP
Startup of new pilot plant slated for end of March.

Special Molding Setup for Materials Test Labs
Injection press integrated with twin-screw compounder to produce test samples.

Tiny Stretch-Blow Machine Makes Unusual Bottles
Two-stage machine makes PET bottles with off-center necks and more.

Total & Corbion in Joint Bioplastics Venture
The 50/50 JV will build a world-class PLA polymerization plant.

Trexel Establishing Global Network For MuCell Engineering Support
Taking a more direct role in part, tool, and process design for specific applications.

Processor's Business Index

November Index—48.2
Despite drop, signs are positive for 2017. Future business expectations are way up.

Features

How to Collect & Interpret Process Data in Extrusion: Part 1
The first installment of this three-part series focuses on proper use of a data- acquisition system.

K 2016 Blow Molding: A Host of New Machines Take on Challenging Shapes
From very small to very large, from hotel amenity bottles to automotive jounce bumpers, new and upgraded machines tackle difficult jobs while improving productivity, quality, and energy efficiency.

K 2016 Extrusion: Speed, Versatility Rule the Day at K
Shorter product runs mean frequent product changeovers for processors, and suppliers responded to these trends across all extrusion technologies.

K 2016 Injection Molding: Rapid Pace of Development of New Machines & Controls
Servo drives dominate. Other trends include multitouch screens, adding materials data to process controls, and Industry 4.0 connectivity.

Precision Molding Without a QC Department?
At Prism Plastics, quality is baked into every step of the process. The result: 1 billion parts per year with a defect rate less than 1 ppm.

Keeping Up With Technology

INJECTION MOLDING: New Software & Service To Optimize Injection Molding
Plantwide machine monitoring and more.

RECYCLING: Bühler Introduces Two-Machine Process Solution for PET Recycling
A strategic partnership with US-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) allows the company to offer plastics recyclers a complete solution for plastic bottle and flake sorting.

Resin Prices

Prices Drop for Polyolefins, Others Mixed
Prices of PS, PVC, PC & nylon 66 were flat, despite upward push for PET, ABS, nylon 6.

Column

Smart Manufacturing Needs Smart People
According to one CEO who runs a smart factory himself, the whole concept must begin with people, not machines.

Market Watch

Food & Beverage Spending Growth = More Packaging
Bump in spending offsets drop in institutional packaging.

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