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March 2015

Close-Up on Technology

A Challenger Tackles Coinjection For Barrier PET Preforms
Barrier PET containers for beverages, sauces, and other sensitive products become more cost-effective through more efficient use of expensive barrier resins.

Why Five-Axis Cartesian Robots Are a Hit with Molders
Five-axis linear robots are proving to be a cost-effective alternative to six-axis articulated robots in many applications.

Processor's Edge

Short-Run Specialist Chases Higher Productivity While Staying Lean
How do you automate jobs that run only a few hours? That’s only one of the questions challenging a fast-growing, short-run molder.

Know How

EXTRUSION: Are Grooved-Feed Extruders Right for You?
In specific circumstances, this design can increase output and reduce melt temperature. But grooved feed throats are not for every application.

INJECTION MOLDING: The Trouble with Mismatched Nozzle Tips & Sprue Bushings
It happens more than most molders realize and can cause a host of molding problems. Here’s what to look for and how to fix it.

MATERIALS: Analysis Gone Wrong: Part 2
But even misinterpreted tests can yield an approximation of the real composition of the material.

TOOLING: What You Can Do About Mold Buildup
t depends on the materials and additives you use, and the kinds of mold detail, but adequate venting, not overheating the material, and mold coatings are your best defenses.

Starting Up

Big Presses Get New Lease on Life With Control Retrofits
Updated controls save some very large machines from obsolescence.

Clariant Opens Rotomolding Lab
A full-scale rotomolding machine will help with application-specific color matching.

Entek Running World’s Largest Line for Lead-Acid Battery Separators
Machine-building sister company furnished the twin-screw extruder and most other line components.

Erema To Further Expand Here
Doubling size of its trial center and adding a new recycling system, all part of Erema North American expansion.

Haidlmair Adds Canadian Subsidiary
Large Austrian moldmaker gains a manufacturing location in North America.

Mold Cleaner Works Fast
Said to have unmatched effectiveness in removing rust, oxidation, weld discoloration, resin outgassing stains, and other mold buildup without scrubbing.

New Source of Polyketone in U.S.
Promising engineering resin is back after 14 years.

NPE2015 Will Be Largest Ever NPE
NPE2015 has officially surpassed the previous NPE record for exhibit space with time and room to grow.

PC Sheet Enhances Aesthetics And Protection For Living Roof
Bayer MaterialScience's PC sheet has been used in an upgraded clamshell roof at the California Academy of Science's building.

Plasma Ski Patent: A Game Changer For Skiing
Innovative process modifies the functional properties of the surface of UHMWPE ski bases.

Rapid Granulator Sold to Swedish Company
New owner Lifco is a diversified public firm with subsidiaries involved in recycling. Transaction includes no other IPEG company.

S+S Becomes Sesotec
Change of name and new logo reflect Sesotec's continuing development.

Styron Is Now "Trinseo"
New name for Styron, "Trinseo", reflects diverse product range.

Teknor, Arkema Team Up On Broad Range Of Sustainable Housewrap Film Compounds
Teknor and Arkema alliance aimed at housewrap film compounds with renewable content and range of permeabilities.

Walmart Executive Tasked With Insourcing to Speak at NPE2015
Walmart’s VP of U.S. manufacturing will present at NPE2015 breakfast event.

Processor's Business Index

Surging Growth
Processors have been expanding at a fast and furious pace since October.


AUXILIARIES AT NPE: More Control, Flexibility, And Energy Efficiency
These are key trends in the many kinds of auxiliary equipment displayed at this month’s show. You’ll also see equipment designed to be virtually ‘foolproof.’

BLOW MOLDING AT NPE: Spotlight on Energy Savings, Lightweighting & Greater Flexibility
New machines are mostly all-electric, hybrid, or servo-hydraulic.

As in speed, power, quality, flexibility, layers, and efficiency. Those are the trends across all extrusion processes.

For Better Warpage Simulation, Consider the Whole Molding Process
Which way will it warp, and how much? To get an accurate prediction, you have to look at the whole mold and the whole process, over several cycles.

INJECTION MOLDING AT NPE: Molding Exhibits Show Off Cell Integration with Multiple Processes & Operations
If you’re interested in lightweight composites, IML, LSR, multi-shot, inmold assembly, barrier coinjection, micromolding, variotherm molding, foams, energy-saving presses, robots, hot runners, and tooling—they’re all here in force.

Make Water Treatment Part of Your Process-Cooling Program
Dirty, rusty, smelly water can wreak havoc with even the most meticulous process-cooling program. Here’s how to make sure your water is up to the task.

MATERIALS AND ADDITIVES AT NPE: Spotlight on Performance, Economy, and Sustainability
Lots of news in engineering thermoplastic compounds, TPEs, and purging agents, plus a wide range of colorants and additives.

Recreational-Products Firm ‘FLOEs’ into Forming
FLOE International got started making products for boaters. It still does. But now it also thermoforms extremely large parts, both for captive products and to support other thermoformers who need big-part capabilities.

RECYCLING AND SCRAP RECLAIM AT NPE: Higher Output with Less Waste And Lower Maintenance
Whether for commercial recycling or in-house scrap reclaim, new systems boast reduced maintenance, higher throughput, and less waste of resin for purging.

THERMOFORMING AT NPE: Machines Get Faster, More Flexible & Precise
They’re more energy-efficient, as well.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: Arburg Brings Freeformer to Orlando
A 3D printer built for molders gets North American debut.

EOS has added a black mass-colored nylon 11 to its portfolio for use with its laser sintering machines.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: Stratasys Expands FDM & PolyJet Material Options
Colored ASA grades for FDM and several new digital materials for PolyJet are new from Stratasys.

ADDITIVES: HBCD-Free Flame Retardant for FR-XPS Panels
Lehvoss has developed a polymer-based flame retardant that is well suited for XPS panels.

ADDITIVES: Novel Ionomeric Additives Boost Polyolefin Properties
Total Cray Valley has come up with a totally new class of additives for improving properties of polyolefins.

ADDITIVES: Process Additives With High Mineral, FR Levels
Struktol will feature newly developed processing aid masterbatches with high levels of minerals and FR packages.

AUXILIARIES: Process Cooling, Drying and Material Handling Highlighted
Operator-proof material handling, modular/scalable central chillers, adiabatic cooling towers, and compact desiccant-wheel dryers displayed.

AUXILIARIES: Use Lasers To Measure ID, Pitch of Odd-Shaped Parts
Unit is intended for coiled tubing or other corrugated or convoluted parts.

BLOW MOLDING: Blow Molding Controls at NPE2015
Extrusion control and total machine controls.

COMPONENTS: New-Generation, Low- Shear Mixer
Quality mixing without introducing excessive shear.

COMPONENTS: Compact Servo Motors
Three overall lengths cover a torque range from 0.22 to 0.55 Nm

COMPOUNDING: 'Mix-and-Match' Line Is Easy to Install
Modular system has a low enough profile to slide right into a warehouse-type building.

COMPOUNDING: Rotational Valve Solves Clogged-Pellet Problem
Gala will be introducing a Rotational Valve at NPE2015.

COMPRESSION MOLDING: Improved Efficiency & Output In Molding Beverage Caps
Continuous extrusion and compression molding at 2000/min.

CONTROL/MONITORING: Modular, Compact Heat Controllers
Distributed I/O systems prevent current spikes.

DRIVES: Liquid-Cooled Drives for Long Life and Reliability
Liquid-cooled drive design reduces the size of the drive footprint, saving installation space.

DRYING: Dryer Slashes Energy Demand
Auto adjustment to load can save up to 75%.

EXTRUSION: Bagmaker Can Run In- or Offline
Features 'industry-leading' coreless winding technology.

EXTRUSION: Control Systems for Extrusion
Compact system built for small extruders.

EXTRUSION: Get Components ‘Super’ Clean
No cleaning agents are required and combustion reportedly does not occur in the vacuum during the cleaning process

EXTRUSION: Integrated Roller Design
New design approach reportedly results in more reliable heat-transfer rollers for film and sheet processors.

EXTRUSION: Scrap-Reducing Air Rings
Unit said to reduce start-up scrap and starting 2-sigma gauge variation by 80%.

EXTRUSION: Stack Can Handle Very Thin PET Sheet
Specialized equipment no longer needed for this application.

EXTRUSION: Throughput-Boosting Coolant
Also said to minimize corrosion and clogging.

EXTRUSION: Winder Rebuild/Loaner Program Launched
Get a loaner turret winder while your old one is getting rebuilt.

HEATING/COOLING: Heater Controllers Are Modular, Compact
They promise to help plant operators cut their energy consumption by facilitating energy-efficient heating element actuation and avoiding current spikes in the network.

HEATING/COOLING: New Controls for TCUs, Central Chillers
It replaces the HE control used on Sentra units since 1996 and can be retrofitted without wiring changes.

HEATING/COOLING: TCUs, Central and Portable Chillers
More than 20 on display, including 11 for the first time.

INJECTION MOLDING Nitrogen Generator for Gas-Assist Molding
It's a nitrogen generator, compressor, and process control in one package.

INJECTION MOLDING: Competitively Priced Robots From China
Extensive line of servo and hybrid linear robots and pickers.

INJECTION MOLDING: Controls, Monitors for Injection Molding At NPE2015
Monitor one machine or many.

INJECTION MOLDING: Multi-Shot In-Mold Assembly Featured at NPE Molding Demo
Three-shot molding produces a hollow auto engine part.

INJECTION MOLDING: New Robots & Teach Pendant
Servo robots for low overhead and modest cost.

INJECTION MOLDING: New Valve-Gate Controls And Actuators at NPE
More choices for total control of valve-pin movement.

INJECTION MOLDING: Software for Moldability Analysis
Software to handle data provided by new 'real-world' testing.

INJECTION MOLDING: The New HPM Launches Electric & Two-Platen Machines
A venerable brand is renewed under Chinese ownership.

INJECTION MOLDING: Updated Mold Simulation Software
Conformal cooling, improved hot-runner simulation, MuCell foam, and more.

MACHINE CONTROL: Fully Featured, Dedicated Programmable Logic Controller
Programmable logic controller offers the advantages of a totally integrated injection machine control.

MACHINE CONTROL: Controller Upgrades for Injection, Thermoforming and Blow Molding Machines
Programmable logic controllers feature built-in diagnostics.

MACHINE CONTROL: Online Support Program Provides Remote Access
Industrial VPN gives processors, service techs remote access to controls.

MACHINE CONTROL: Oversized 15-inch Touch-Screen Display
Display can be ordered pre-configured with several software packages.

MACHINE CONTROL: Slide-In Replacements for Melt Pressure, Strain Gauge Indicators and Controllers
Direct-replacement melt-pressure controllers and indicators.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Brushless Loader Line Expanded for NPE
Newest model offers 12-lb capacity.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Compact Deduster targets Injection Molding
Redesigned deduster developed specifically for injection molding and more.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Gentle Conveying for Fragile Materials
Pressure monitoring for dense-phase conveying.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Product Handling Tech for Molded Plastics
Multiple axes and high-speed servos allows a continuous flow of product and eliminate the need for accumulation or intermittent start/stop operations.

MATERIALS HANDLING: Updated Metal Detector Line
Metal Detector boasts a completely redesigned, user-friendly interface.

MATERIALS: FR PC Versions Expand Continuous-Fiber-Reinforced TP Composites
At NPE2015, Lanxess' sub. Bond Laminates will highlight new FR versions with PC matrix now part of its Tepex line of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for electronic applications.

MATERIALS: Long Fiber Nylon Composites Offer Enhanced Surface Appearance
PlastiComp's new LFT nylon 6 and 66 composites boast enhanced aesthetics and easier molding.

MATERIALS: Medical-Grade Rigid PVC Performs Like PC
Teknor has developed a rigid PVC that can replace PC in clear medical components.

MATERIALS: Patented Bimodal HDPE For Potable Water Piping
Dow's new HDPE boasts the best of traditional PE for hot and cold water pipe but with better hydrostatic strength, and more.

MATERIALS: Propylene-Ethylene Elastomer Boosts Sealing Performance Of PP Films
ExxonMobil's latest Vistamaxx specialty elastomer is for enhance sealing of cPP and BOPP films.

MATERIALS: PVC Compounds For Exterior Auto Trim Yield Class A Finish
At NPE2015, Teknor Apex will launch its new custom color-matched PVC compounds that meet Class A finish specs for auto OEMs in dozens of colors.

MATERIALS: TPEs For Sensory-Neutral Applications
At NPE2015, Polymax is featuring its new line of sensory-neutral TPEs for a broad range of applications.

PROCESS CONTROL: Control Uses Customized Messages Instead of Numeric Codes
PID temperature controllers ‘talk’ to operators.

PROCESS COOLING: Cooling System Upgrades Control
Next-generation controller, adiabatic cooling, and water- and air-cooled TCUs on display.

RECYCLING: Highly-Automated Recycling Line For Plastics Scrap
Starlinger to highlight energy-efficient, highly-automated recoStar dynamic recycling system at NPE2015.

RECYCLING: Proven Closed-Loop Washing Line Brought To North America
Vecoplan will debut to the North American market its HydroDyn plastics washing line at NPE2015.

RECYCLING: Shredder/Extruder Technology To Debut At NPE2015
Erema's new sister company Pure Loop will demonstrate the new Integrated Shredder Extruder Combination (ISEC) at the big show.

RECYCLING: Upgraded Force-Feed System For PE Film
Gamma Meccanica NA to highlight newly-modified force-feed system for PE film recycling at NPE2015.

ROTOMOLDING: Energy-Efficient, Small-Foot Print Rotomolder
Offers a faster operating machine and a better controls package.

TESTING & MEASUREMENT: Geometry Measurement and Structural Inspection Combined
Combining metrology and tomography allows geometry measurement and interior structure inspection.

TESTING: "Cool Mirror" Outdoor Weather Testing Technology
Atlas will promote its newest outdoor accelerated weather testing device at NPE2015 said to deliver over 5-yr exposure in hot climates but with cooler sample temperatures.

TESTING: 'Next-Generation' Spherical Spectrophotomers To Debut
X-Rite Pantone to unveil two new-generation spherical spectrophotometers at NPE2015.

TESTING: Powerful Vision Inspection And Injection-BlowMolding Turnkey Package
At NPE2015, Milacron's booth will feature a Uniloy/Agr Intl. turnkey package for injection-blowmolding and inspection.

TOOLING: New Mold Components at NPE
Magnets hold metal inserts; component allows two cooling channels to cross each other in the same plane.

TOOLING: New Offerings for Plastic & Paint Stripping from Metal Parts
Wider range of fluidized-bed cleaners.

TOOLING: Quick- Change Mold Clamps
Adjustable clamps provide high pressure with low torque.

TOOLING: Rust Preventive for Molds
Wax/oil-impregnated wrap blocks moisture.

TOOLING: Unscrewing Devices for Molds
Each device (single or twin) comes with its own hydraulic motor.

Resin Prices

Commodity Resin Prices Drop More
Global feedstock and resin prices appear to be bottoming out, though PP tags might inch up.


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Market Watch

Automotive Production to Rebound in 2015
After sluggish growth in 2014, the signs point to a better year for auto suppliers this year.

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