June 2003

Close-Up on Technology

‘Self-Reinforcing’ Thermoplastic Is Harder, Stronger, Stiffer Without Added Fibers
By the end of 2003, sample quantities will become available of a specialty high-performance thermoplastic whose inventors call it the first readily processable rigid-rod polymer.


Blow Molding at NPE 2003
More output, bigger parts, more complex shapes, and more automation are the themes to look for in blow molding equipment at NPE.

CAD/CAM &CAE at NPE 2003
Molders and tool makers looking for new capabilities in CAD, CAM, and CAE software will find a number of products worth investigating at this show.

Chemicals & Additives at NPE 2003
Compounders, molders, and extruders will find new answers to virtually all their additive needs at NPE 2003.

Compounding & Mixing at NPE 2003
Torque levels and output capacities of corotating twin-screw compounders coming to NPE are higher than ever.

Control & Monitoring at NPE 2003
In addition to numerous introductions of sensors and controls for temperature, pressure, and position, this year’s NPE brings an unusually large crop of plantwide process and production monitoring systems, including both high-end and entry-level versions.

Cutting & Trimming at NPE 2003
Robotic trimming and routing systems are a particular area of interest at the show.

Decorating, Printing & Finishing at NPE 2003
NPE will amply reflect the wide variety of plastics decorating and finishing options, with exhibits of pad, screen, ink-jet, dry-offset, flexo, and gravure printing technologies, as well as hot stamping/heat-transfer decorating, laser marking, and spray painting.

Extrusion at NPE 2003
NPE is typically a competitive display of the biggest, most dramatic equipment machine builders can muster.

Heating & Cooling at NPE 2003
Smaller, more efficient, and environmentally friendly are the themes for new heating/cooling products at NPE.

Injection Molding at NPE 2003
Show goers will see an electric injection machine in nearly every press maker’s booth this year, and electric/hydraulic hybrids in several.

Materials & Parts Handling at NPE 2003
Dryers, feeders, blenders, loaders, receivers, level sensors, system-wide controls, parts conveyors, and box fillers account for dozens of new products at NPE.

Materials at NPE 2003
The footprint of thermoplastic materials suppliers at this year’s NPE is going to be fainter than usual.

NPE: What's Different This Time
War, terrorism, and a sluggish global economy aren’t enough to keep NPE 2003 from being a fascinating show.

Polyurethanes & RIM at NPE 2003
 Although there is scant representation of polyure thane materials and equipment at NPE 2003, you will find some new and upgraded equipment at the show. High-pressure machinesRecently introduced high-pressure RIM machines will be featured by both Hi-Tech Engineering and Krauss-Maffei Corp.

Recycling & Scrap Reclaim at NPE 2003
Most of the news to be found at NPE in post-consumer recycling comes from Europe and concerns direct recycling of PET flake into sheet without repelletizing.

Testing & QC at NPE 2003
Plastics molders, extruders, and compounders will have a lot to see in testing and measurement equipment.

Thermoforming at NPE 2003
There will be fewer thermoforming machines on display at NPE 2003 than at many recent NPEs.

Thermosets & Composites at NPE 2003
While there are only a handful of exhibitors at NPE involved in thermosets and composites, it looks like there may be significant news in one area of leading-edge technology: fuel cells.

Welding, Bonding & Assembly at NPE 2003
New approaches to joining plastic parts will attract attention at this NPE, where an array of new models of many types will be at work and several new suppliers will be on hand.

CW Brabender
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