PolyOne’s 2018 Color Palettes Influenced by Global Megatrends

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 11. January 2017

The four new palettes were developed to resonate with evolving and long-term societal trends.


Let’s take a look at the recently unveiled PolyOne InVisio Color Inspiration collection for 2018 and beyond based on long-term trends. Just last month, we reported on the importance of color from the point of view of societal trends and the ‘psychology of color’, featuring Clariant’s ColorForward 2018 color palettes based on four global social trends. A bit earlier, we discussed BASF’s Color Excellence Group and how they aimed for a long-term outlook and came up with their ‘scientific predictions’ on 2020 automotive colors by global region.


PolyOne designers investigated global megatrends and performed deep and broad color research to develop palettes that resonate with evolving and longer-term societal trends, explained Gary Fielding, director of global marketing, Color, Additives and Inks. “This year’s forecasts show an evolution from last year’s tone of paradox and passion.”


Here then is the InVisio Color 2018-and-beyond collection of four influential and emerging color palettes which reportedly examines a world of political, economic and social tensions, in which human beings pursue magic, chase yesterday, seek security and look for common ground—in the words of the PolyOne designers:


Public Privacy: Without a doubt, we live in an age where technology often outpaces our ability to develop safeguards against hacking. We’ve embraced the revolution with posts, tweets, likes, and shares at the risk of full disclosure. A saturated blue, glowing red and transparent chartreuse are suggestive of high-speed data streams, while foggy grey adds a note of stealth.



Polarized: Divisiveness or unity? Intolerance or acceptance? Our world is complicated; there is no escaping it. We live in a pluralistic society, one in which viewpoints clash. The Polarized palette reflects this conundrum through contrast and complexity. Multifaceted black shimmers with optimism, while purple hues shift to blue, depending on your perspective.



Chasing Yesterday: The last half century has been marked by several cultural touchstones. This trend is a nod to the lo-tech charm of vinyl records, the visceral tug of Polaroid images, and the energetic freedom of the psychedelic design aesthetics. We mix, mash, and morph the nostalgia to create something fresh and exciting. The palette reflects modern takes on classic hues, with bright limes and golden yellows framed by an updated cream.



In Pursuit of Magic: Challenging what is real and placing trust in the inexplicable, we seek to impart order over the chaos around us. Embracing the notion of self-empowerment, we are brought firmly into a world of limitless possibilities. Intrinsically magical in appearance, this palette extols well-being that’s imbued with a twist. Brassy gold conjures a positive energetic flow, while mystical purple hues exude calm and meditative qualities. 


How Many New All-Electric Machines Does It Take to Equal an Older Hydraulic Machine?

By: Tony Deligio 6. January 2017

If you’re looking at energy consumption, quite a few.


For February’s upcoming Processor Edge feature, I spoke with Cleveland-area custom molder Automation Plastics Corp., about its use of EnerNOC’s energy information software. EnerNOC works by measuring power intake of a plant at the main meter and then sending that data to the Cloud for analysis. In addition to consumption figures, it includes the ability to set alarms and compare/contrast overall energy usage to previous periods.


Apart from real-time insights into plantwide energy usage, Jerome Smith and Chris Miller of Automation explained to me that the EnerNOC data let them see how much energy specific machines use as that total plant power consumption figure adjusts during startups.


Those disparate levels of consumption came into clearer focus when a job had to be moved from an electric press to an older hydraulic machine, and Automation had to temporarily reshuffle its machine deck.


“We found that we had to shut down—I think it was like three electric presses—to kind of equal that one hydraulic press,” Miller said. “It was kind of a neat experiment to see how much difference there is in the technology from ‘70s and ‘80s, to a lot of the electric machines we have today that use hardly any electricity at all.”


Miller noted this gap is especially apparent when molding thicker parts that require longer-than-usual cooling times, during which the pumps on an older hydraulic machine keep on running.


To gain further insights into the power consumption of various cells in its plant, Miller and Smith said Automation is planning a test event where it will stage its start ups—basically start up a cell; note power levels; wait 15 minutes; and then start up another cell to see how the power level changes. This, in turn, could inform its pricing for machine time.


“One thing we’d like to know what is the cost to run that that cell,” Miller said. “What energy does it take to run that cell. That would help us with costing as far as, ‘What does it cost to run that cell if we were to sell it to someone to make parts for them?’”


As a EnerNOC spokesman told me, this level of insight can allow processors to more accurately quote machine time based on a specific press and its power consumption vs. simply dividing plant-wide power consumption by the total number of machines.


“Instead of spreading energy like peanut butter across all the product lines, shops will actually be able to understand it more accurately and more competitively price some of the different products,” the representative said. “It’s actually a pretty cool indirect benefit to gain that more competitive knowledge into their actual costs.”


Automation Plastics shop floor in Aurora, Oh.

Plastics Technology's Most Popular Tweets of 2016

5. January 2017


2016 was a busy year for Plastics Technology on Twitter (follow us @plastechmag) highlighting content from the magazine and sharing news from live events. See what you might have missed:













Plastics Technology’s Most Popular Know How Columns in 2016

4. January 2017

Temperature, pressure and time ultimately dictate plastics processing so it’s not surprising that Know How columns from industry experts on these topics are consistently among the most popular on our site.


Over the course of 2016, these columns were the most popular among visitors to the Plastics Technology website, drawing steady traffic month after month, and in most cases, year after year.


  1. The Importance of Melt & Mold Temperature
  2. The Effects of Temperature
  3. Calculate Shot Size Vs. Barrel Capacity
  4. How to Set Second-Stage (Pack & Hold) Pressure
  5. The Strain Rate Effect
  6. PBT and PET Polyester: The Difference Crystallinity Makes
  7. Injection Molding: How to Get Rid of Bubbles
  8. Density & Molecular Weight in Polyethylene
  9. How to Set Barrel Zone Temps
  10. When It Comes to Nylon, Don’t Do the Math


Want to Get More Out of Your Hydraulic Machines?

By: Matthew H. Naitove 3. January 2017

Get up to 10% more energy efficiency out of a hydraulic press without spending a penny on drive hardware upgrades.


Injection molders today have a daunting range of choices when shopping for the most efficient machine—all-electric, partially electric (hybrid), hydraulic with electric servo or variable-frequency (VFD) pump drive, or plain old-fashioned fully hydraulic. But what if you heard that you could get up to 10% more energy efficiency out of a hydraulic press without spending a penny on drive hardware upgrades?


At last October’s K 2016 show in Dusseldorf, the German chemical company Evonik (U.S. office in Parsippany, N.J.) revealed the results of tests in 2015 on its Dynavis oil-additive technology in a Boy 35-ton and an Engel 120-ton press. Comparisons with standard hydraulic oild showed energy savings of 6% to 10%. Details of the tests are available at


Normally, hydraulic equipment works at optimal efficiency when the oil is within a particular temperature range. Oils formulated with Dynavis technology (which utilizes Evonik’s Viscoplex family of polymer-based viscosity improvers) extend that high-efficiency temperature range.


The modified oils both flow better at low temperatures and remain more viscous at higher temperatures. When such oils are used in injection molding machines, the press reportedly uses less drive energy, and the oil does not get as hot and withstands shearing forces better. Until recently, Dynavis technology has been used mainly in construction equipment. Dynavis technology has been licensed to a number of hydraulic-oil suppliers around the world.


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