March 2005

Close-Up on Technology

New Processes Give Automotive Molders An Edge in Cost and Productivity
Car makers' all-out effort to cut costs is giving rise to new paint-free technologies, including an innovative 'simultaneous-shot" injection molding process that was presented at the SPE Automotive Division's latest annual Innovation Awards ceremony.

New Sources of Help in Coloring Plastics
Two new color services for small to medium-sized firms that lack in-house color-matching and formulating expertise were announced at K 2004.

Unusual TPOs Displace Other Plastics In Hard and Soft Auto Parts
The advance of TPOs into new interior and exterior automotive applications was the theme of the latest annual Automotive TPO Global Conference, sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers in Dearborn, Mich.

Processor's Edge

The Man Who Kept Stretching
It's not unusual for an entrepreneur to sell a company, wait the required non-compete period, and then start up virtually the same company all over again.


If It Makes You Feel Any Better...

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Polyurethanes: New Approaches to RIM, Foams & Composites
Whether it was molding thermoplastic and polyurethane foam into one part in one machine, continuously foaming insulation between a metal pipe and thermoplastic skin, or pouring rigid foam behind a thermoplastic skin to replace steel refrigerator doors, there were plenty of novelties in PUR machinery and material among the exhibits at the K 2004 show in Dusseldorf last October.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Recycling & Scrap Reclaim: Turn Trash to Cash with New Compactors, Shredders and Grinders
Topping recycling news at the latest giant K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany, were new compactor technologies for films and foams that can densify plastic waste for recycling and even mold finished parts—not just save space in a landfill.

Rapid Tooling: It's Faster in Molding, Too
Rapid tooling technology is not just about speedy moldmaking. Now it also signifies higher productivity in molding. The latest RT technology achieves dramatically faster cooling and stands up to long-run molding, as well.

CW Brabender
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