Article Archive

September 2000


Past Issues

Features

Need to Select a Weigh Blender? Here's How Saturn Did It

Comparison testing of batch weigh blenders is becoming a more common practice for injection molders, large and small.

Two More LLDPE Families for High-Performance Blown Film

Two new families of “enhanced” hexene-copolymer LLDPE resins for blown film are said to offer excellent impact resistance and outstanding hot-tack and heat-seal properties. One resin family reportedly can replace high-end octene LLDPE while the other is said to equal or surpass the performance of VLDPE or metallocene LLDPE (mLLDPE).

Lagging Behind in the Productivity Race

Exactly two years ago, I discussed here some surprising statistics in Contributions of Plastics to the U.S. Economy 1997, a report from the Society of the Plastics Industry in Washington, D.C.

The Latest Instruments For Testing & QC

The huge triennial plastics exhibition in June showcased new developments in product inspection and lab instruments for testing mechanical properties, melt rheology, weatherability, color, and appearance.

Microcellular Molding Takes Off

New twist in foam injection molding is revolutionizing the way molders think about lightweighting parts. A microcellular foaming process, called MuCell, reverses the longstanding view that foam molding is limited to large, thick parts. Now it is possible to apply lightweighting to thin walls (0.5-mm) and small parts with critical dimensions.

From NPE 2000: The Latest Instruments For Testing & QC
The huge triennial plastics exhibition in June showcased new developments in product inspection and lab instruments for testing mechanical properties, melt rheology, weatherability, color, and appearance.If you are looking to outfit a new lab or upgrade an existing one, the NPE 2000 show in Chicago this past June spotlighted many new instruments for use in product development, material evaluation, and quality control.

Starting Up

Your Business in Brief - September 2000
Targor PP Process Goes to EquistarEquistar Chemicals, LP, Houston has formed a joint venture that will acquire the Novolen PP polymerization technology business from Targor GmbH of Germany, a subsidiary of BASF AG.

At Last...Softer Prices
Softer Prices At LastWhat goes up must come down.

Processor's Edge

Genpak Pioneers in PET Foam Sheet
 Soon after Genpak LLC launched its line of CPET trays for commercial baking in the early 1990s, the firm chose foamed PET as its next R&D target.

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