June 2001

Processor's Edge

Plastics Training Enters Virtual Reality
Plastics processors are discovering two employee training programs initiated this year that offer instruction in a “virtual” space, where the student can interact with the instructor and course materials via a satellite dish or the internet.

Starting Up

Your Business in Brief - June 2001
Eastman, Spartech Partner in SheetSpartech Corp., St.


Foamed PET Sheet Tackles New Markets

Perpetually in its infancy, PET foam sheet has been a hard sell for packaging producers over nearly a decade. It found successful niches in thermoformed ovenable bakery trays, meat trays, and reheatable dinner trays for home delivery to disabled persons.

Hot & Heavy

Plastics have succeeded for decades by doing things metals can’t match. Now they are doing what metals can do but plastics aren’t supposed to.

How to Get 50% Higher Output Of Large PVC Profiles

With the right combination of die and cooling technologies, there’s no reason why extruders of large, complex PVC profiles cannot get up to 50% faster throughput than they are now used to.

Now They Want Plastics To Be Heavy?

Plastics weigh in with added design freedom and environmental friendliness—especially when the alternative is lead.

Plastics That Conduct Heat

Helping electronics, lighting, and car engines keep cool are some new roles for hermoplastics that are formulated to replace metal or ceramic.

CW Brabender
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