March 2001

Processor's Edge

The Fine Art Of Separation
If you need ground plastic waste separated from metal particles, or plastic flakes separated by color or density, Butler-MacDonald Inc. is up to the job.

Starting Up

Your Business in Brief - March 2001
Dow/Union Carbide Merger CompletedLast month, Union Carbide Corp. of Danbury, Conn., became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich.


Die Drawing Makes ‘Plastic Steel’From Wood-Filled PP

A developer of new plastics technologies is applying low-temperature die drawing to take advantage of a new raw material: expanded, oriented, wood-filled polypropylene (EOW-PP).

Innovative Central Cooling System Adjusts Water Temperature At Each Press

A year after installing an unusual new process-cooling system, Venture Packaging molds 10% more containers on 25% fewer presses with 46% fewer workers and 50% less scrap.

Parts Handling Is No Sweat With New Automated packing Systems

Two makers of parts-removal robots recently introduced examples of labor-saving equipment.

Porous Molds’ Big Draw

A new “breathable” mold metal is giving thermoformers better surface quality, finer detail, and shorter lead times. This new toolmaking material is proving its worth in both packaging and industrial applications.

Robotic Dispensing of Urethane Composite Backs Up Thermoformed Sheet

Stiffening of thermoformed plastics for transportation applications appears to be a new field of opportunity for reinforced-polyurethane dispensing techniques that produce low-density structural composites without costly glass mat or preforms.

Still Not Safe Enough

Plastics processing is getting safer but still has a long way to go.

Still Not Safe Enough

Plastics processing is getting safer but still has a long way to go.

CW Brabender
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