Article Archive

January 2000


Past Issues

Features

What's New in Micro-Molding

Here’s a novel approach to the rapidly developing field of micro-molding. It’s a variation on two-stage injection—but with an in-line screw and plunger combination that delivers shot weights from 0.1 to 4.5 grams.

Processors' Wish List: What's Your Million-Dollar Dream?

How would you spend a windfall of $10,000, $100,000, or $1 million added to your operating budget? Here’s what owners and managers of plastics plants said they would do with this dream cash.

Wood-Fiber Adds Stiffness and Value To Tight-Tolerance Tubes

Hollow tubing with a high loading of wood fiber is one of the newest products—and one of the trickiest—in the booming business of wood-filled thermoplastic extrusion.

Prospects Brighten for PET Beer Bottles

Three hundred billion beer bottles a year worldwide is a mighty tempting target for the plastics industry. So it’s no surprise that 13 of 24 papers focused on beer packaging at the recent Nova-Pack Europe ’99 Conference, held in Germany by Schotland Business Research, Skillman, N.J.

Looking Back to 2000

As we enter the year 2100, this magazine will be 145 years old next month. I’ve been reviewing century-old issues to rediscover the trends and issues that were “hot” back in the days when metallocenes were the new thing in polymer synthesis and hydraulics still powered molding machines.

Starting Up

Your Business In Brief - January 2000
Yushin Opens Midwest Robot Technical CenterInjection molding robot supplier Yushin America, Inc., Cranston, R.I., has opened a technical center in Indianapolis.

Futures 2010: Where will plastics be in the year 2010?
That’s not so far off, given the speed of change in this industry. Here’s what a handful of plastics experts see in their (acrylic) crystal balls.

Close-Up on Technology

Wood Tubes Close-Up
Hollow tubing with a high loading of wood fiber is one of the newest products—and one of the trickiest—in the booming business of wood-filled thermoplastic extrusion.

Injection Molding Close-Up
The latest development in the D-I-M technology is a vertical press with vertical injector, measuring around 5 x 2.7 x 8.8 ft high (with mold open). It allows plenty of room for automation, so it can be integrated into assembly lines, Ettlinger says.

CW Brabender
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