Article Archive

August 2009


Past Issues

Keeping Up With Technology

Anti-Counterfeit Additives
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two companies recently announced developments in high-security anti-counterfeit “taggant” additives that can be compounded into plastics.

Mold Maintenance Training Center Opens in Ohio
One of the industry’s “best kept secrets” was the opening in March of the ToolingDocs Maintenance Center in Ashland, Ohio, says Steve Johnson, operations manager.

Italian Stabilizers & More Additives Available Here
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Durr Marketing Associates, Inc. and its affiliate Azalea Color Co., both of Pittsburgh, are the new exclusive North American distributor for additives from SABO SRL of Levate, Italy.

Additives Make PET Degradable
A couple of new additives have emerged to make PET bottles biodegradable.

Gravimetric Feeding Systems For Molding and Extrusion
A continuous loss-in-weight feeding system and a gravimetric additive feeder are new from ACS Group, New Berlin, Wis.

New Source of Fast-Cycle ‘Rapid’ Tooling
WEB EXCLUSIVE:At the recent NPE 2009 show in Chicago, Matsui Mfg.

‘World’s Largest’ Nanotube Capacity Comes on Line
WEB EXCLUSIVE: CNano Technology Ltd., Santa Clara, Calif., says it has scaled up its manufacturing in China to reach the world’s largest production capacity for multi-wall carbon nanotubes--500 tons (1 million lb)/yr.

Two New Static Ionizers
Two new products for neutralizing static and keeping dust off parts have been introduced by JDV Products, Inc., Fair Lawn, N.J.

Features

NPE 2009 Wrap-Up: New Machinery for Blow Molding
Several new developments include a brand-new compression blow process, the first foamed PET bottles, and a preform decontamination approach for aseptically filled products sold at ambient temperature. Attendees also saw a new stack-mold Multi-Parting Line concept that doubles bottle output within the same machine footprint. (Additional NPE blow molding news appeared in May and June—see Learn More box.)

NPE 2009 Wrap-Up: New Machinery for Injection Molding
New injection machinery at the show ranged from all-electric units for high-speed packaging or bioplastic processing to hybrid presses ready for the cleanroom. Other units highlighted multi-component molding with LSR and thermoplastics or super-compact presses for small parts. Several new machines targeted specific applications such as caps and closures, PET preforms, LSR, or integrated long-glass compounding.

NPE 2009 Wrap-Up: New Machinery for Extrusion and Compounding
Extrusion machinery at the June NPE show in Chicago showed inventive ways to get more out of your floorspace and materials.

Troubleshooter

Cooling in Tough Times: How to Save Energy and Maintenance
In today’s down market, plastics processors are discovering a whole new set of problems related to operating at reduced capacity.

CW Brabender
HammerTek
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