Article Archive

November 2010


Past Issues

Keeping Up With Technology

Blow Molding: Change PET Bottle Molds in Under a Minute—November 2010
The Bottle Switch is a patented quick-change system from Sidel (U.S. office in Norcross, Ga.) that reduces PET mold-change times to less than a minute.

Extrusion: Unusual TPE/Polyimide Medical Tubing Debuts—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Through a special manufacturing process, TPE tubing with one or more lumens is being extruded inside thermoset polyimide medical tubing.

Extrusion: Extruder Offers Energy Savings, Improved Durability—November 2010
Patented Helibar single-screw extruders from Extrudex Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH in Mühlacker, Germany, are designed for energy efficiency, economy, reliability, and durability.

Composites: Organic Hybrid Composites Highlighted at K Show—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: One of the materials trends hailed at this month’s K 2010 show in Dusseldorf was the replacement of plastic-metal “hybrid” composites with all-plastic “organic hybrids” in structural parts for automotive and other markets.

Injection Molding: Injection Press for PLA—November 2010
The Japanese parent of Nissei America, Inc., Anaheim, Calif., has come out with injection machines tailored for molding polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer.

Injection Molding: Smaller, Faster Two-Platens—November 2010
Two competitively priced models have been added to the smaller end of the duo pico two-platen line from Engel North America, York, Pa.

Materials: Clear, FR Polycarbonate for Thinner LED Lighting—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new flame-retardant polycarbonate for LED lenses and covers allows these parts to be molded thinner than ever.

Thermoforming: Copolyester Is New Contender in Face Shields—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Tritan copolyester is new competition for polycarbonate in tough, clear face masks, shields, and visors for medical, military, industrial, sports, and motorcycle uses.

Materials: Expanded Range of PC/ASA Blends—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: SABIC Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., has broadened its range of Geloy PC/ASA blends to address new markets.

Materials: New Polyethylenes for Wire & Cable—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: LyondelBasell (U.S. office in Wilmington, Del.) is introducing three new LDPE and HDPE grades that reportedly outperform industry standards used in cables.

Materials: Three Big Materials Acquisitions—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: In the past month, three deals were announced to transfer ownership of materials businesses.

Materials: Solvay & MGC to Develop Bio-Based High-Temp. Nylon—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Solvay Advanced Polymers, LLC, Alpharetta, Ga., is collaborating with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co.

Composites: Organic Hybrid Composites Highlighted at K Show—November 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: One of the materials trends hailed at this month’s K 2010 show in Dusseldorf was the replacement of plastic-metal “hybrid” composites with all-plastic “organic hybrids” in structural parts for automotive and other markets.

Materials: Clarified PP Copolymers for Housewares—November 2010
Two new polypropylene random copolymers are said to give housewares a dramatically brighter and cleaner look, thanks to Millad NX8000 clarifi er from Milliken Chemical, Spartanburg, S.C.

Close-Up on Technology

Materials: Algae to Replace Starch In Bio-Hybrid Compounds
In the continuing search for renewable raw materials to replace petroleum feedstocks in plastics, the newest candidate is … seaweed.

Column

Wood On Plastics: Electronics: the Place to Be in 2010
After a few years of garnering only moderate profits, the U.S. electronics industry caught fire in 2010.

Resin Buying Strategies - November 2010 Resin Prices Mostly Flat or Soft
Prices of commodity resins other than PVC moved up in September—and, in the case of polypropylene, rose a bit more in October.

The Practical Processor - November 2010
Your Processing Questions Answered

Processor Strategies - Royal Group Profile Maker Gives Environment The ‘Royal’ Treatment
When you’re already a leader in your industry, you might be tempted to simply stay the course and not worry about issues such as sustainability and carbon footprint.

Troubleshooting: Sheet Dies Action Plan for Keeping Your Sheet Dies in Line
Sheet processors know that the key to productivity is maximum extruder uptime.

It May Take a Village…
…To raise a child.

Know How

Injection Molding: Processors: Teach Part Designers The Golden Rule
Make sure the designers you work with understand that there are limits to what processing can do.

Extrusion: Reducing Energy, Part II: ‘Adiabatic’ Extrusion
The term adiabatic extrusion was very popular in the ’60s and ’70s, but has seemingly disappeared from the processing terminology of today.

Tooling: More Is Better…Layers, That Is
I can’t count the number of times I have been asked why I recommend a blown film line with 5+ layers to make 2- or 3-layer products.

Features

On-Site: A Molder’s Makeover
Technology Upgrades Revive Recto’s Business

Tips and Techniques: Boosting Extrusion Productivity - Part III of III: Trim Your Material & Energy Costs
Material cost is the largest cost factor in most extruded commodity products, so processors should be motivated to reduce these expenses.

Troubleshooter

Energy Miser: Plug Costly Compressed-Air Leaks
Last month we introduced the idea that compressed-air usage is one of the first places any manufacturer should look to reduce energy cost.

Starting Up

Industry & Technology News - November 2010
Techmer Expands Capacity, Launches New Lab Services Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn., is expanding its capacity, adding to its processing lab, and launching a new analytical services business.

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