Article Archive

October 2000


Past Issues

Starting Up

Imagineers: Brainstorming About Plastics in Cars
Five years down the road, your automobile might feature snap-on body panels with molded-in color that hang on a frame of glass-reinforced polyurethane.

Resin Makers Battle Weak Prices
Despite widespread weakness in thermoplastic prices, resin producers are attempting new hikes in PE and engineering resins, including ABS.

Features

Test Your Knowledge

Try your hand at these brain-teasers, which were distilled from the fascinating 230-page SPI Plastics Industry Economic Report 2000, recently published by the Society of the Plastics Industry, Washington, D.C. Answers to the following 10 questions appear at the bottom of the page.

What's New in Printing & Decorating

New systems to process mixed plastic waste and to upgrade it with fiberglass or wood flour were prominent at last June’s show in Chicago. Single-shaft rotary grinders made a strong showing as newer alternatives to conventional granulators and shredders.

First Metallocene VLDPE Brings Unusual Toughness & Sealability

The first metallocene-catalyzed very low-density polyethylene (VLDPE) is a hexene-copolymer film resin of 0.912 g/cc and 1.0 MI, introduced by ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Houston.

How to Feed & Dry Wood Flour

Although the bulk of materials-handling equipment introductions were covered in our June pre-show issue, there were still a number of new developments waiting to be discovered at NPE 2000 in Chicago.

Recycling & Scrap Reclaim

New systems to process mixed plastic waste and to upgrade it with fiberglass or wood flour were prominent at last June’s show in Chicago. Single-shaft rotary grinders made a strong showing as newer alternatives to conventional granulators and shredders.

Where Robots Are Headed

If the big show in Chicago was any indicator, linear servo drives and jointed-arm designs may be the next trends in robots for injection molding.

From NPE 2000: Where Robots Are Headed
If the big show in Chicago was any indicator, linear servo drives and jointed-arm designs may be the next trends in robots for injection molding.Injection molders visiting NPE 2000 last June may have glimpsed the future of injection molding automation.

From NPE 2000: Recycling & Scrap Reclaim
Recycled Resin Prices Flatten OutNew systems to process mixed plastic waste and to upgrade it with fiberglass or wood flour were prominent at last June’s show in Chicago.

CW Brabender
HammerTek
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