December 2005

Close-Up on Technology

Bigger, Faster Machines at Thermoforming Conference
The industry’s first quick-release mold-clamping system for cut-sheet machines made its debut this fall at the SPE’s 15th annual Thermoforming Conference in Milwaukee.

New Technologies for Automotive TP Composites and Acoustic Laminates
Rieter Automotive Systems, a global producer of automotive trim components and a leader in acoustic systems, unveiled several new technologies last June at its 17th biennial acoustics conference for customers at its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Top 50 Update
It is no easy task to unearth the early history of some of the most important inventions in plastics equipment, materials, and additives technology.


Five Things to Know About ‘In-Mold Everything’
Why not do it in the mold?

Headlines for the Next 50 Years
Ever wonder what it would be like to get tomorrow’s newspaper today? After reviewing the most important technical developments of the past 50 years in our October issue, we asked industry experts to help us imagine the biggest headlines in plastics from now to 2055. What we got was a mixture of predictions of what will happen and a wish list of what should happen.

Stress: Diagnose It Before It Ruins Your Parts
Residual stress is an inherent result of plastics manufacturing processes and occurs when molten polymer is cooled and shaped.

CW Brabender
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