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October 2016

Close-Up on Technology

Moldmaker Branches Out With New Services & Technologies
NyproMold offers new development tooling program and the latest in servo drives, enhanced cooling, and CT scanning.

New Pump Helps Resin Producer Gear Up for Higher Productivity
Adding new gear pumps allowed LLDPE producer to boost production by nearly 40% and cut downtime.

Outrunning the Competition with the First Plastic 2-Stroke Engine Valves
All it took was some original ideas, a lot of nerve, and a little high-tech injection molding.

Processor's Edge

Two-Stage Injection Meets Molder’s Need for High Precision
Fixed screw and plunger with no check ring hold tolerances of millionths of an inch.

Know How

Do You Have Screw Wear?
It’s generally caused by metal-to-metal contact, and your first indicator will be poor melt quality.

Solving Issues with Gloss
Your problem may be related to tooling, material, processing, or combinations thereof. Here’s how to find the root cause.

The Importance of Oxidative Stability In Polyolefins, Part 2
The DSC test can do a reasonably good job of capturing the comparative behavior of materials that use similar antioxidant chemistries.

Water Droplets in the Feed Throat
And other reasons you must dry hygroscopic resins.

Starting Up

‘Collaborative’ Robots Demonstrated at K Show
Let a robot hand you a beer.

Albis Plastic and Barnet Launch Recycling Joint Venture
The new Albis Barnet Polymers company will recycle, repelletize, and market post-industrial raw material, and use them to compound Albis' componds.

Athena Announces Organizational Changes
Harold Luttmann has taken over as acting CEO, in addition to his current role of Chief Operations Officer.

Braskem Launches HMS-PP
Company is targeting a variety of foams as well as solid compounded or deep-draw thermoforming applications

Davis-Standard Ships First Large Accumulator-Head Machine from Fulton Plant
Largest machine yet built in this facility.

Great Lakes Opens New Global Flame Retardant R&D Center
New center includes applications development area includes large-scale and molding equipment.

Injection Presses for Giant Pipe Fittings Coming to U.S.
2200-ton press molds parts up to 220 lb.

Metabolix Sells Bioplastics Business
With the sale of its business this month to food and bioengineering Korean giant CJ CheilJedang, Metabolix exits the bioplastics business.

Milacron’s Industry 4.0 Initiative on Display at K 2016
Transforming the mold from a "dumb" component to an active element of the Smart Cell in the Smart Factory.

New Use of Induction Heating in Composite Overmolding at K 2016
Induction heats the organosheet in the mold, as well as the injection mold itself.

Nordson Appoints New Pelletizer Manager
Merritt Christian to be responsible for sales of BKG pelletizer line.

Novel Hot-Runner Technology Borrows From Flat-Die Extrusion
Nozzles with a wide slit fill at lower temperature and pressure.

PTi Breaks Ground on Major Expansion
$10 million investment Illinois HQ to meet growing North American demand for sheet.

Sekisui Plastics Starts Up New Hybrid Foam Molding Facility in Mexico
Sekisui Plastics continues to expand its business both in the U.S. and in Mexico.

Two-Component Parts in 15 Days Or Less
Proto Labs has added a quick-turn overmolding service in response to customer requests for cost-effective prototyping or low-volume production of overmolded parts.

Used Machinery Dealer Expands in Southeast
ZAG Equipment has bigger facility in Gibsonville, N.C.

Processor's Business Index

August’s Index—48.7
Custom processors grow for fourth month out of six.

Features

A Molder’s Plea: Let’s Standardize Controllers
P,R,N,D is a standard for any automatic-transmission vehicle, regardless of who makes it. It isn’t so simple when it comes to injection molding machines. From manufacturer to manufacturer you will see little to no continuity in controller layout, icons, or even terminology.

How to Troubleshoot Your Feeder to Achieve Optimal Performance
Even the tiniest improvements in compounding feeder accuracy can improve profits. Here’s how to keep your feeding system in the pink.

Vaulting to Number One Among Heavy-Gauge Thermoformers
For Wilbert Plastic Services, it’s all about bringing together design and engineering to add value for customers.

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: Multifunctional Additive Packages for Recycled PP
Struktol will debut four new additive packages for recycled PP.

AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT: Dual Conveyor Delivers Material to Multiple Machines
Koch-Technik promises equal performance and more economy than two standalone conveyors.

BLOW MOLDING: Injection-Blow Machine With Rotary Platen at K 2016
Injection machine converted to injection-blow.

BLOW MOLDING: Linear Injection Stretch-Blow Machine Debuts at K 2016
Resembles a horizontal injection press with a stretch-blow station added,

COMPOUNDING: News in Extruders, Pelletizers, Conveying Elbows, FFS Packaging
Coperion to offer a wide range of new products at K 2016.

EXTRUSION: High-Temp Extruder Eases Screw Changes
A number of other new features also available on machine -S will show at K 2016.

EXTRUSION: Narrow-Web Film Gauge
Billed as 'economic solution' to quality control.

EXTRUSION: New Extruders, Filtration System
New lab line, conical twin, and continuous filter to highlight MAS display.

EXTRUSION: System Gives PET An IV Bump
Device is installed directly downstream of the processing unit.

INJECTION MOLDING: Two New Closure Systems Shown at K 2016
72 mineral-water caps in 2.4 sec.

MATERIALS: Caps, Closures Resins
Dow's new Evercap PE family is diverse and boasts enhanced, unmatched product performance and processability.

RECYCLING and SCRAP RECLAIM: New Family of Shredders
Called the Raptor Series, these modularly designed units from Rapid Granulator feature a reported “world-first open-hearted” design.

RECYCLING: New High Output Air Recycling Machine
The Munchy 150 Air is capable of reprocessing scrap plastics into high quality pellets at up to 150 Kg/hr (330 lb/hr).

RECYCLING: New Melt Filtration System for Highly Contaminated Plastics
The new system from Nordson seeks to boost recycling productivity and minimize melt loss.

TESTING & MEASUREMENT: Melt and Pressure Transducers Add Bluetooth Functionality
Wireless data logging of four to six melt pressure temperature sensors simultaneously via a USB Bluetooth dongle.

Resin Prices

Resin Prices Mostly Higher
Third quarter ends with upward movement for most resin prices, even for high-volume engineering grades, except for PET.

Column

Get in the Mood to Extrude
Check out the program for Plastics Technology’s Extrusion 2016 Conference, Dec. 6-8 in Charlotte, N.C.

Market Watch

Moderate Growth Ahead For Electronics Production
Signs suggest this market is poised for faster growth.

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