September 2003

Close-Up on Technology

‘Dry Cleaning’ Process Recycles Contaminated Film Without Water
Cleaning contaminated plastic film with water only transfers the contamination from the film to the water.

New-Generation SEBS Has Processing Advantages
Kraton Polymers has launched a new styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (SEBS) elastomer family that delivers better flow, lower warpage, and greater adhesion to other thermoplastics.

Processor's Edge

Thermoforming Is a Family Affair
Benjamin Manufacturing has succeeded as a family-run thermoforming business for almost 40 years. “BM” was founded in Paramount, Calif., in 1967 by Bill Benjamin, whose life-long passion has been to invent new building and household products. “I recognize needs, then create products to take care of them,” says Benjamin, who at 64 is still BM’s ideas man.


Hard Choices
Last month’s Big Blackout is still very much on my mind, not least because as I write this, my office still struggles without telephone, e-mail, or internet service.

NPE 2003 News Wrap-Up: Hot Runners
From complete hot halves to individual nozzles, a host of new products promise smaller gate vestiges, less maintenance, better temperature control, and lower cost.

NPE News Wrap-Up: Compounding
For nano-, long-glass, and wood composites, exhibitors presented new systems with four screws, tandem twin-screws, and twin-plus-single-screw combinations

NPE News Wrap-Up: Decorating & Painting
The Chicago show presented a whole new way to decorate. There were also plenty of improvements in ink-jet and pad printing, hot stamping, laser marking, and surface treating.

NPE News Wrap-Up: Materials
New materials at NPE 2003 target automotive, appliance, and packaging sectors. Engineering thermoplasticsdominate the news, but there were also severalnew TPEs and a few polypropylene introductions.

CW Brabender
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