February 2011

Close-Up on Technology

Four Key Markets Drive Material Advances At K 2010
Last fall’s K 2010 fair in Germany drew dozens of materials suppliers to show off hundreds of new products, aimed especially at packaging,medical, automotive, and electrical/electronics.

TOOLING: Standard Components and In-Mold Monitor Top the News at K 2010
K 2010 news in tooling aims at helping injection moldmakers speed product to market.

Processor's Edge

Energy Savings Pay Off Fast for Custom Profile Processor
More and more processors are looking an energy as a place to cut costs and improve their competitive position.

Know How

Extrusion: A Roll Is a Roll Is a Roll?
Chill rolls may looks simple and shiny, but they play a critical part in cooling and polishing film and sheet and are not all the same.

Injection Molding: How to Set Second-Stage (Pack & Hold) Pressure
Most molders work with two parameters for establishing second-stage pressure. But within Scientific Molding there are actually four.

Starting Up

Familiar Faces in WPC Launch
Profile extrusion veterans form new wood-plastics concern.

Missing Out on Tax Credits
You might be leaving money on the table.

Plant-Based PET, HDPE Uses Grow
Coke subsidiary Odwalla Inc., Dinubia, Calif. plans to transition all of its single-serve bottles to PlantBottle packaging of HDPE made from 96% to 100% plant-based materials.

Smart Line Control Works with Smart Phones
Recent upgrades have equipped Davis-Standard's EPIC III extrusion supervisory control system with extensive remote-access capabilities, allowing multiple lines to be monitored via a computer or cell phone from any location.


On-Site: 'Productive' Is More Than A Name For This Efficient Thermoformer
This processor was ahead of the game by offering value added solutions to clients, then widened the gap further by employing lean management techniques.

Tips and Techniques: How MedPlast Became a Multi-Shot Specialist
It started in a garage and evolved into a multi-plant, $100 million operation that holds particular expertise in multi-shot molding.

Tips and Techniques: How to Mold & Extrude Using Chemical Foaming Agents
Here are some tips and techniques for extruders and injection molders to refer to when using CFAs.

Keeping Up With Technology

BLOW MOLDING: Foamed PET Bottles for Beer
 WEB EXCLUSIVE: Now the foam isn’t just on top of the beer, it’s all around it.

MATERIALS: Acrylic Films for Flexible Solar Modules
 WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new type of acrylic-based solar barrier film for production of flexible, thin-film solar modules has been developed by Evonik Degussa in Germany.

Materials: COC Shines in Polyolefin Blends
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Topas cyclic-olefin copolymer (COC) from Topas Advanced Polymers Inc., Florence, Ky., is known for its sparkling clarity in medical, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and optical devices and packaging, but it is also gaining ground as an adjuct to polyolefins in coextrusions and blends.

MATERIALS: DAK Americas Completes Eastman PET Acquisition
On Feb. 1, DAK Americas LLC, Charlotte, N.C., announced the completion of its purchase of the integrated PET and PTA business of Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn.

MATERIALS: FR Polyphosphonate Goes Commercial
 WEB EXCLUSIVE: FRX Polymers, Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., is commercializing its inherently flame-retardant polyphosphonate, a new thermoplastic made by a polycondensation process similar to that used for polycarbonate.

MATERIALS: High-Barrier Nylons for Cosmetic Containers
DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Wilmington, Del., has introduced two new grades of Selar PA amorphous nylon for use as a high-barrier resin in containers for nail polish and waterproof mascara.

MATERIALS: New HDPE for Bottled Water Caps
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Surpass IGs153-A resin is a new octene-copolymer HDPE for injection and compression molding water-bottle caps.

MATERIALS: Polyolefin/Soy Meal ‘Bio-Composite’ Is New Sustainable Option
 WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new family of polyolefin “bio-composites” with 10% to 40% renewable content based on plant matter is new from Biobent Polymers, Marysville, Ohio.

MATERIALS: Wave of Price Increases Breaks This Month
 WEB EXCLUSIVE: In addition to the startling runup in PP prices reported in this month’s Resin Pricing column, a number of additional price hikes are slated to take effect this month in engineering resins, EPS beads, and thermosets:  •Nylons: DSM is adding 12¢/lb to its standard nylon 6 and 66 products and 20¢ to 25¢/lb to specialty Nylatron grades.

Resin Prices

Sticker Shock: PP Prices Soar By 17¢/lb
Other commodity materials flat to down.


The Practical Processor, February 2011
Your processing questions answered.

Time to Take a Look at R&E Tax Credit?
There is still time to capitalize.

Wood on Plastics: Short-Term Gain But Long-Term Pain in Medical?
Though alive and kicking, the future of the medical market is fraught with uncertainty.

CW Brabender
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