January 2005

Close-Up on Technology

Colorant Makers Expand Services to Speed Customers' Product Development
Independent color-concentrate producers have been expanding the range of services they offer beyond simple color matching.

Engineering Thermoplastic Processes Like a Thermoset
The first quarter of 2005 will see the first commercial production of a dramatically new family of resins that offer the processing advantages of liquid thermosets plus the properties and recyclability of engineering thermoplastics.

FALL ARM CONFERENCE: Rotomolders Hear New Ways To Make Better Parts, Cut Costs
Rotomolding nylon 6 parts directly from caprolactam monomer and pulsed-air pressurization of molds to make tougher parts were new developments presented at the 29th annual Fall meeting of the Association of Rotational Molders (ARM) in Cleveland.

Look, No Glass! All-PP Fabric Composites Come to U.S.
Self-reinforcing thermoplastic composites made by consolidating woven fabrics of oriented polypropylene tape are already commercial in Europe.

Processor's Edge

Computer Simulation Gives Blow Molder an Edge
Spotting trouble before it starts is ingrained in the company culture at fuel-tank maker Vitec LLC.


1955-2005: Half a Century Of Plastics Technology
"A new industrial magazine is born." Fifty years ago, those words headlined the editor's opening statement in the first issue of PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Blow Molding: Outputs Keep Rising For PET, OPP, HDPE
Among the more unusual blow molding developments at K 2004 was a closed-loop control system that monitors and corrects material distribution in PET containers as they are produced.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Compounding: Quick Changes and Hybrids Add Versatility
New compounding technologies displayed at K 2004 included some unusual ways to broaden the range of products a twin-screw compounder can make.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Extrusion: Extruder Outputs Rise, Downstream Units Gain Flexibility
The show was packed with new equipment for pipe and profile, including extruders re­designed for higher outputs and/or lower cost, plus new ways to adjust die and calibrator diameters or switch dies and calibrators more quickly.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Injection Molding: Spotlight on Electric And Multi-Component Machines
Molders were treated to a trove of injection machinery introductions geared toward applications from micro-molding to packaging to large parts.

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Thermoforming: Twin Sheets and High-Speed Packaging Share Center Stage
Innovations in thermoforming at K 2004 included new twin-sheet technology for automotive fuel tanks, a highly flexible and modular "plug-and-play" industrial vacuum former, and a range of high-speed units for cups and packaging.

Plastics Industry Outlook - 2005
Business conditions for the North American plastics industry will continue to improve steadily in 2005.

CW Brabender
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