Cleaning Up - January 2001
Dirty Oil Bottles Come Clean After a decade of development and many twists and turns, CO2-based recycling technology for HDPE motor-oil bottles is finally in the right place at the right time.
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BFGoodrich to Sell Plastics BusinessBFGoodrich Co., Charlotte, N.C., has agreed to sell its Performance Materials business to an investor group led by AEA Investors Inc. and including DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and DB Capital Partners (an affiliate of Deutsche Bank AG). The sale includes BFG’s Estane TPU, Estaloc reinforced TPU, TempRite CPVC, Telene DCPD-based RIM resins, and Stat-Rite antistatic polymers.
Exciting innovations take years, or even decades, to make it into commercial production. Some never manage to get off the ground.
Two new developments that pack more machine into less space were among the many innovations on display at the recent 25th annual fall conference of the Association of Rotational Molders (ARM) in Atlanta. The conference also ushered in new laboratory machines and controls enhancements.
New film insert molding (FIM) technology is being used to make auto wheel covers and center caps that reportedly outshine and outperform chrome-plated or painted plastic and metal counterparts. These products utilize a new polycarbonate film laminate structure that boasts chemical and uv resistance, along with specially developed high-temperature inks.
Despite the advantage of speedy mold building, rapid-tooling technologies have gained only a toehold in the general moldmaking arena. But that could change as new developments improve dimensional accuracy, durability, and cooling efficiency to compete with traditional methods for making production tools.
The math is simple and compelling. A productivity increase of only 20% can double or even triple your profitability. Here's a look at how it works and how to get your company to make the effort.