Wood On Plastics: Medical Market Regains Health
U.S. production of medical equipment and supplies will grow at an annual rate of 1% to 2% in 2010.
Resin Buying Strategies - October 2010 A Brief Respite from Price Hikes?
Prices of commodity thermoplastics, except for PVC, moved up last month.
The Practical Processor
Your processing questions answered
Don’t Let This Happen to You
No, no, no… I am not talking about the older but striking couple whose picture accompanies this column.
Auxiliary: Energy-Saving Pulverizers for Ambient & Cryogenic Grinding—October 2010
Reduction Engineering, Kent, Ohio, will introduce at K 2010 a line of pulverizers for ambient and cryogenic grinding.
Compounding: New Underwater Pelletizer and Giant Strand Model—October 2010
Reduction Engineering, Kent, Ohio, will introduce a new underwater pelletizer with a thermally insulated die plate at K 2010.
Compounding: Underwater Pelletizer Is Easy to Install & Clean—October 2010
A new generation of Sphero underwater pelletizers from Automatik Plastics Machinery in Germany (U.S. office in Spartanburg, S.C.) reportedly offers better water flow and a convenient new interlock device that enables the cutting chamber to be flipped open with just one hand—an industry first.
Compounding: High-Throughput Pelletizer Line—October 2010
Davis-Standard’s Converting Systems group, Fulton, N.Y., will showcase a new series of Black Clawson underwater, water-ring, and air-ring pelletizers for micro-pellets, macro-pellets, and conventionally sized pellets.
Extrusion: Versatile Gauges for Film and Sheet—October 2010
NDC Infrared Engineering Ltd, Irwindale, Calif., is launching three new thickness measurement gauges at K 2010: the upgraded FG710S NIR sensor; TFG710S-ER (Extended Range) film gauge; and the Opti-Mike Shadow LED sensor.
Extrusion: On-Line Gauging Systems for Tubing & Profiles—October 2010
Zumbach Electronics, Mt.
Extrusion: Speedy Stretch-Film Lines Going Compact—October 2010
The new EcoCompact stretch-film line from SML in Austria (U.S. office in Kennesaw, Ga.) has a footprint of just 460 sq ft, nearly half the space requirement of standard stretch-fi lm lines, but still reportedly offers comparable outputs.
Extrusion: Retrofittable Die-Lip Adjustment for Flat Film, Sheet—October 2010
The maku-DieTool from betacontrol (U.S. office in Towaco, N.J.) is reportedly the first fully or semi-automatic die-lip adjustment system that can be installed onto an existing film or sheet die without the need to make any mechanical alterations to the die.
Extrusion: Flexible, Stackable Blown Film Die—October 2010
Davis-Standard’s Converting Systems Group, Fulton, N.Y., will display at K 2010 the internal mandrel of its new ProCone die technology to illustrate the many possibilities not seen in competitive systems.
Extrusion: Grooved-Feed Single Screws for Polyolefin Pipe—October 2010
A new line of grooved-feed single-screw extruders from Cincinnati Milacron Extrusion Systems, Batavia, Ohio, features increased torque and throughput rates.
Injection Molding: New Press & Robot Controls—October 2010
Keba AG of Austria (U.S. office in Troy, Mich.) will bring several new developments in controls to the K show.
Injection Molding: IML with Two-Sided Labels—October 2010
Beck Automation of Switzerland says it will exhibit for the first time at the K 2010 show in-mold labeling of a clear, thin-wall PS cup in which the labeling is visible from both inside and outside.
Injection Molding: Electric PET Preform & Medical Molding Systems at K 2010 - October 2010
Husky Injection Molding Systems, Bolton, Ont., will launch its first two all-electric machines at K.
Materials: Halogen-Free FR Performance Plus Renewable Sourcing - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two kinds of sustainability characterize the latest circuit breakers, sockets, and switch bodies from Schneider Electric of France—non-halogen flame retardancy and use of a plastic derived from plant-based renewable resources.
Materials: LCP for Extrusion and Thermoforming - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Vectra T. rex liquid-crystal polymer is a new grade from Ticona, Florence, Ky., aimed at sheet extrusion and thermoforming.
Materials: New Copolyester for High-Output Blow Molding - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn., last month launched a new resin and a new trade name for a family of copolyesters aimed at high-clarity, multi-serve beverage, spirit, and dairy packaging.
Materials: Silicone TPV Helps Doctors Keep Tabs on Patients - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Motion Computing in Austin, Texas, developed the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant to bring accurate patient data input and retrieval to the point of care in hospital or other clinical settings.
Materials: Nylon Spare Wheel Recess Reinforces Car Frame - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: With dimensions of around 39.4 x 33.5 x 12.6 in., the Audi A8 spare wheel recess is an unusually large injection molded part.
Materials: Clarified PP Copolymers for Housewares - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two new polypropylene random copolymers are said to give housewares and other products a dramatically brighter and cleaner look, thanks to Millad NX8000 clarifier from Milliken Chemical, Spartanburg, S.C.
Materials: Toughest PEEK Yet - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: That’s what Evonik Degussa, High Performance Polymers (U.S. office in Parsippany, N.J.) is saying about its new Vestakeep 5000G PEEK, which boasts impact strength 20% higher than any other PEEK grade.
Materials: Precolored Medical-Grade TPEs - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: LTL Color Compounders, Morrisville, Pa., has added styrenic block-copolymer TPUs and TPU elastomers to to its ColorRx line of custom-colored medical-grade resins.
Materials: Now You Can Coextrude Peelable Adhesive Films - October 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Lanxess (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) recently determined that peelable adhesive films can be produced with its Levamelt ethylene vinyl acetate rubber (EVM) by coextrusion with polyolefins instead of the more capital-intensive process of coating Levamelt onto a PE or PP carrier film.
Materials: New TPU Specialties - October 2010
Merquinsa of Barcelona, Spain (U.S. office in Seabrook, N.H.) will introduce at least five new TPU product types at this month’s K 2010 show.Pearlthane Silk is a silicone-based TPU family with FDA and EU compliance, featuring low coefficient of friction and silky feel.Pearlthane HFFR is a line of halogen-free flame-retardant TPUs for automotive and electronics.Pearlthane 91 is a range of aliphatic, non-staining, non-yellowing grades with low gloss and scratch resistance.
Tooling: New Mold Components at K - October 2010
Three new products from DME Co., Madison Heights, Mich., include Thin Wall Sleeves 0.03 in. thick, which cut costs by eliminating custom ejector sleeves or the need to machine steps into standard sleeves.
Compressed Air Isn’t Free!
Compressed air is a convenient and often essential utility, but it is very expensive to produce, and most of the energy used to compress air is turned into heat and then lost to the system and environment.
Industry & Technology News
P&G to Use PE from Sugarcane In Beauty Aids Packaging The Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati plans to use renewable HDPE derived from sugarcane in packaging for its Pantene Pro-V, Covergirl, and Max Factor brands.
Injection Molding: Why & How to Do Gate-Seal Experiments
Part of optimizing any molding process is determining the second-stage injection, or pack and hold, parameters.
Extrusion: Run Your Chevy Volt with Extruder Energy Savings—Part I
The electricity saved on a large extrusion line could power a number of Chevrolet Volts.
Tooling: Setting Up Shop—Part II of III
Many repair shops in molding facilities are too small, poorly lit, and inefficiently designed.
K 2010 Preview, Auxiliaries: Equipment of All Types Debuts This Month at K 2010
From materials drying, feeding, and blending to process heating/cooling, scrap reclaiming, testing, welding, and decorating—the K 2010 show this month in Dusseldorf, Germany, will have news in all categories of auxiliary equipment.
K 2010 Preview, Additives A Mix of New Ingredients at K Show
Want your plastic to mold faster, tougher, clearer?
Materials: Automotive PP Compound Combines Glass & Wheat Fibers
A. Schulman Inc. in Akron, Ohio, commercialized the first wheat-fiber/PP compound last year to replace 20% talc-filled PP in an automotive part
Extrusion: Multi-Pass Tubing Tank Offers Higher Quality, Resin Savings
A new cooling and sizing tank for extruded tubing reportedly allows processors to reduce wall-thickness tolerances and cut material use dramatically while increasing productivity and reducing floorspace requirements.
Tips and Techniques: Mold Filling Analysis Now You Can Adapt Injection Mold Filling Simulation for MuCell
While mold-filling simulation is a very common tool for predicting the fill patterns of an injection mold, in our judgment there is not yet a commercially available, satisfactory filling simulation for microcellular foam molding.
Tips and Techniques: The Art Science Behind Getting the Color Right
Color is so much more than meets the eye.
On-Site: This Currier Delivers
“We love to tell our story.” That’s one way Mike Cartner, CFO of Currier Plastics, defines what separates this family-owned custom processor from its competitors.
Tips and Techniques: How to Get Best Results With Insert Fasteners
The weakest sections of many plastic part designs are the joints and assembly points.
PMC Proves It’s Not Too Late To Pioneer in Medical Molding
Molding medical devices is a high-end business that has proven more resistant to economic swings and to foreign competition than some other plastics markets.