July 2011

Close-Up on Technology

Economical Toughener for PC/ABS Also Boosts Flow of PC
Impact modifier addresses three key needs.

Novel Device Boosts Feed Rate & Throughput
Feed enhancement unit is aimed at low-bulk density materials.

What’s New in Mold Simulation
Seamless integration with CAD and FEA structural analysis is a common theme among the major software products.

Processor's Edge

A Pioneer in ‘Clean Compounding’
When Plastics Color Corp., based in Calumet City, Ill., established a new compounding plant in Southern California, the firm decided this couldn’t be an ordinary color/additive masterbatch facility.

Know How

Dead Screw Talking
There's a lot you can learn by conducting a post-mortum examination of your screw.

The Tools of Tool Maintenance
The root cause of many mold and part issues are ultimately determined by the ability to measure something within one or two tenths of a mil. Readings with precision measuring tools can determine whether a tooling component is to be reused, reworked, or scrapped out.

Starting Up

Biopolymers Add Something to Acrylics
Arkema blend consisting of 20% biopolymer doubles the melt flow of straight acrylic; 30% triples it.

DAK to Buy Wellman’s PET Business
Move follows DAK purchase of Eastman's PET operation.

DuPont Honors Packaging Innovators
Sixteen winners honored in 23rd annual awards ceremony.

Find the ‘Sweet Spot’ in Your Molding Process
It takes just six steps with new software.

Invite a Second-Grader to Your Plant
Currier Plastics' event aims at inspiring kids to pursue manufacturing career.

Long-Fiber PP Can Be Colored, FR and Tough
Start-up company developing rooftop solar panels based on PP long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites.

Nanolayers Enter Blow Molding
Technology mirrors Dow's recent development in blown film.

Optimize Plug Shape for Thermoforming
Software will adjust the shape to provide more uniform material thickness in the formed part

Recycled Resin Prices

Lower Prices Expected
Some of softness is the result of pressure from sagging virgin prices. The economic outlook is a factor too.


Energy Miser: Reducing Compressed-Air Usage
Many manufacturing sites operate on the assumption that compressed air is free. Usage is totally uncontrolled, and open air lines cost real money.

Look Before You Leap: When Direct Extrusion Makes Sense
The process offers great opportunities to extrude a better product at less cost, but it’s not for everyone. The formulation, product mix, and anticipated volumes must be carefully assessed to determine whether DE is the preferred manufacturing methodology.

Mold Filling Simulation: What, When, Why, How
Mold-filling analysis is the right direction to go, but if you want to arrive at your destination—good parts and an efficient process—you’ll need to pay attention to all the details and select an experienced professional to do the analysis.

Novel Fuel Systems Power Blow Molder’s Growth
Nano technology gives The Plastics Group a leg up on developing fuel systems for non-automotive applications

Keeping Up With Technology

ADDITIVES: A New Toolkit for Modifying PLA
New additives boost performance, processability, and appearance of biopolymer.

ADDITIVES: Additive Masterbatches for Security, Barrier, Durability, Processability & More
Denesting aid for thermoformed and injection molded packaging also helps with mold release and scratch reduction.

INJECTION MOLDING: Smaller Hot-Runner Pitch And Two-Piece Edge Gates
Smallest flat line nozzle allows cavity spacing of 5.5 mm.

INJECTION MOLDING: Two New Electric Presses
High-speed machines for clean room medical and packaging.

MATERIALS: A Variety of New Styrenic TPEs
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two suppliers recently introduced three lines of styrenic TPEs for a wide range of uses.

MATERIALS: Biobased Thermoplastics Move Up the Property Scale
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Four suppliers are bringing out higher-performance materials partly or wholly based on PLA biopolymer.

MATERIALS: Carbon Nanotubes Add ESD Protection
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The first grades in the new Stat-Tech NT line of plastic compounds containing low levels of carbon nanotubes have been launched for electrostatic dissipation (ESD) protection of electronic devices and packaging.

MATERIALS: Clear Styrene-Acrylic Gets Tougher
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ineos Styrenics, Channahon, Ill., has added a second, tougher grade to its line of Clearblend styrene-acrylic copolymers.

MATERIALS: Copolyester Gains Renal Care Applications
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn., has reported two commercial applications in renal-care devices for a special grade of its proprietary Tritan copolyester that was developed specifically for this market.

MATERIALS: LTL to Compound Solvay’s AvaSpire PAEK
WEB EXCLUSIVE: LTL Color Compounders Inc., Morrisville, Pa., has been named an authorized color compounder for AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK) resin from Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC, Alpharetta, Ga.

MATERIALS: New PC and TPUs for Medical Uses
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A high-flow polycarbonate and three TPUs have been introduced for medical applications by Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh.

MATERIALS: PEI Resists H2O2 Gas Plasma Sterilization
WEB EXCLUSIVE: New tests results published by SABIC Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., show that its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin resists hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization better than polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), another amorphous high-temperature engineering thermoplastic.

RECYCLING/SCRAP RECLAIM: Heavy-Duty Pipe Shredders
Designed to handle PVC, PE, or PP pipe up to 47 in. diam. with no pre-cutting.

RECYCLING/SCRAP RECLAIM: Melt Filter for Highly Contaminated Scrap
Reportedly can filter plastics with contamination levels up to 16%, vs. 0.5% to 1% for conventional filters.

Resin Prices

Commodity & Engineering Resin Prices Heading Lower
Entering the third quarter, prices of the four commodity thermoplastics are expected to be flat or lower. The outlook is similar for “commodity” engineering resins—ABS, PC, and nylon 6 and 66. Reasons include lower feedstock costs, slowed demand, improved supply, and low exports.


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Wood on Plastics: Dramatic Shifts and Opportunities in Electronics
Reshoring is a possibility as manufacturing of components will increasingly be conducted closer to market.

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