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K 2010 Preview, Injection Molding New All-Electrics & Hybrids Balance Performance & Economy
The world’s largest plastics show, coming up next month in Dusseldorf, Germany, provides ample evidence of the growing sway of electric drive technology in injection molding.

K 2010 Preview, Extrusion More…Layers, Output & Quality
In most segments of extrusion technology, the word at K 2010 is more.

K 2010 Preview, Compounding ‘Slower’ Compounders Suggest Trend Toward Energy-Efficient Designs
channel depth in larger machines, which exposes the material to less mechanical stress at comparable residence times.

K 2010 Preview, Blow Molding New Machines Promise More Output with Less ‘Juice’
Higher throughputs and greater energy efficiency will be two big themes in blow molding at next month’s K 2010 show.

K 2010 Preview, Thermoforming Productivity Enhancements Reign
At K 2010, thermoformers will be greeted by numerous advances in inline machines for packaging.

K 2010 Preview, Materials Higher Performance, Better Processing, And Now Sustainability Share Spotlight at K
The K 2010 show will present new plastics materials for a wide range of industries, which makes it hard to generalize, but a few markets stand out prominently: packaging, medical, automotive, and electronic equipment.

Features

Boosting Extrusion Productivity-Part II of III: Optimize Product Changeover & Purging
Extrusion processors typically run a number of different products and resins.

On-Site: An ‘Empire’ Built on Scientific Molding
A U.S. custom injection molder that’s hiring?

Strategies

20 Years Of Growth, But Color Still Comes First
If they were having delivery, quality and consistency issues with the color compound they had purchased, most processors would probably try sourcing material from another compounder.

Keeping Up With Technology

Materials: Styron Heads for Philly—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Newly formed Styron LLC (formerly part of Dow Chemical) has selected the Philadelphia area for its global headquarters.

Materials: Tougher Reinforced Fluoropolymers at K 2010—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Colorant Chromatics div. of ColorMatrix Group (U.S. office is Chromatics, Inc., Bethel, Conn.) will showcase new reinforced fluoropolymer compounds engineered for improved impact strength, while retaining the usual heat, chemical, flame, and electrical resistance.(800) 242-2296 • colorant-chromatics.comChromatics Inc Indus Pk 19 Francis J Clarke Circle Bethel, CT 06801 Phone (203) 743-6868 Fax (203) 797-1102

Materials: New Automotive Nylons & PBT Blends at K 2010—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: More late news on the Dusseldorf show: Three new product families from Lanxess (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) will debut at K 2010 next month.

Materials: New TPU Specialties at K 2010—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Advance news of the world’s biggest plastics show, in Dusseldorf, Germany, continues to roll in.

Materials: Sterile Microscope Knob Covers of Radel PPSU—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A high-tech thermoplastic makes knob covers for surgical microscopes withstand multiple autoclave sterilization cycles.

Materials: Enhanced Nylon 46 Quiets Sporty Engine—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is the first Fiat car with a plastic charge-air-duct resonator to dampen noise in the turbo diesel engine system.

Materials: Three Different Acetals Keep the Coffee Coming—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Three injection molding grades of Hostaform acetal copolymer are essential to the EQ.7 automated coffee centre from Siemens Electrogeraete GmbH in Germany.

Materials: Highly Reinforced Specialty Nylon Douses Fires—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The first volume application of a new 50% glass-reinforced grade of nylon 6/6T copolymer is in replacing brass for the main valve of European fire extinguishers.

Materials: IR-Blocking PC Sheet Makes a Cool Sunroof—September 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport combines the looks of an open-top roadster with the dynamics and safety of a closed vehicle.

Know How

Injection Molding: Time Now for a Safety Review
For months many of us have been consumed with the Gulf oil pipeline blowout.

Blow Molding: Increase Your Machine Uptime…And Profit
In the early days of industrial blow molding, the processor had quite a few obstacles to overcome.

Tooling: Setting Up a Mold Shop: Part I
I had a toolmaker once tell me he used to slam his hand in his car door before work every morning just to get him in the right frame of mind to work in his shop.

Starting Up

Industry & Technology News
 Metalized PET Bottles Offer a New LookFor over a year, a small number of processors have been offering a new look in PET bottles—with a shiny, vacuum metalized coating that lets color show through.

Column

Wood on Plastics: Making Cars Makes Money Again
The U.S. motor vehicle and parts industry reached a major milestone earlier this year.

Resin Buying Strategies - September 2010: Prices May Stabilize… Briefly
Prices of commodity resins, except for polypropylene, fell a bit more last month.

The Practical Processor
Your Processing Questions Answered

The Place to Be
I am referring to the K 2010 Show, which will be held October 27-Nov. 3 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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