A new family of V-mixing sections for improved distributive mixing achieves intense chaotic mixing through "wavy" roots in flight lands and channels.
Thanks to recent technical advances, relatively inexpensive capacitance thickness gauges reportedly are now stable enough for reliable closed-loop control, not just monitoring thickness variations. Another big step forward for capacitance gauges is the arrival of non-contact heads that can be mounted on the bubble instead of farther downstream on the layflat, thereby allowing quicker response to thickness variations.
Lightweight, strong, and low-cost, natural fibers are poised to replace glass and mineral fillers in numerous interior parts.
Thermoformed Products Inc. (TPI) in Muskegon, Mich., has always been a large-parts specialist.
Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has come a long way over the past two decades. From its roots in a few specialty applications where premium physical properties counted more than the premium price, this thermoset carved out a small but solid niche in the medical and automotive fields. Now, among a proliferation of new applications, that niche has begun to burst at the seams.
New coextruded resin combinations are making polypropylene a contender for large thermoformed parts in outdoor uses from pleasure boats to automotive exterior trim.
Your colleagues in the long white lab coats are becoming Most Valuable Players on your manufacturing team.
When you are buying a molding machine, the author advises, you should balance the initial price against the payback in productivity.