Article Archive

April 2002

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Starting Up

Your Business in Brief - April 2002
Dow to End Nylon Sales for SolutiaDow Plastics, Midland, Mich., and Solutia Inc., St.

Your Business Outlook - April 2002
Mastio’s latest polyethylene film market study shows medical film to be the 10th fastest growing market within the 42 film markets that Mastio & Company follows.

Secrets of Water Injection
Molding with water is still more art than science.

Hourly Rates Dipped Again at Midyear
 Custom injection molders' machine-hour rates dipped 1.3% on average in the second quarter of the year, according to 122 plants responding to our latest semi-annual survey.


Why Long-Glass Molders Are Compounding In-Line
Compounding raw fiberglass directly into thermoplastic molded parts is growing rapidly in Europe, and now it’s coming here. D-LFT, as it’s called, promises to make large parts cheaper and stronger—but with new technological risks and higher up-front investment costs.

SBCs Are Back With More Capacity & New Grades
Two years ago, a supply crisis struck the SBC market. Some customers were forced to switch to other materials. Today, SBC producers hope to lure back processors with a surge of new resin capacity, new domestic suppliers, and new grades and applications.


Water Injection Molding Makes Hollow Parts Faster, Lighter
Water-assisted injection molding is the newest way to mold hollow or partly hollow parts.

Getting Your Money's Worth On-Line?
Buying plastics materials, equipment, or spare parts via the Internet is supposed to offer convenience, speed, and reduced transaction costs for both buyer and seller.

Close-Up on Technology

Low-Cost Process Makes Crosslinked PE Foam
A new way to make closed-cell, crosslinked polyolefin foam buns uses far less expensive equipment and less energy than conventional processes.

Boron Nitride Processing Aid Boosts Quality of mLLDPE Film
Compounders and processors of mLLDPE blown film who are looking for improved processability and film quality at comparable or even lower total cost may want to take a look at a new family of boron nitride (BN) processing aids.

Molding Simulation Gets Easier Than Ever
 In the mid-'90s, when Peter Rucinski worked for a plastics resin supplier, he broke his company's record by performing 30 mold simulations in one year.

Can Lasers Make the Cut For Trimming Complex Parts?
 In Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, laser trimming is reportedly making in-line thermoforming and trimming of heavy-gauge industrial parts more viable and cost-effective than in the past.

CW Brabender
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