Extrusion 2016 Conference: Call for Papers

By: Jim Callari 13. April 2016

Plastics Technology Magazine is bringing the world of extrusion together in one place, at one time, once more, at The Extrusion 2016 Conference—submit your paper by May 25.


During this unique two-and-a-half-day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers, and manufacturing personnel will all be brought up to speed on technology developments, best practices, tips and techniques, and troubleshooting impacting all types of extrusion operations. The event will take place Dec. 6-8 at the Le Méridien/Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.


Last year’s event—the first-ever such conference produced by Plastics Technology—drew more than 350 people. As a result, we have contracted with a larger hotel, added a half-day to the program, and moved the conference a month later to take into account that many of you and your customers will be attending the K Show in October.


Here is a link with a few more details on the event. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities.


The program will start the afternoon of Dec. 6 with presentations of interest to extrusion processors in general. These will include, but are not limited to, presentations on issues such as screw design; new materials and additives; high-speed extrusion; energy efficiency; changeovers; purging; controls; foaming; and important auxiliary equipment such as conveying, blending, filtration, melt pumps, size reduction, and much more.


The mornings of Dec. 7-8 will follow the same format. Then, in the afternoon of those two days, there will be four concurrent breakout sessions that drill down to the specific process: Film; Sheet; Pipe/Profile/Tubing; and Compounding.


To submit a topic for consideration, click here to send me a paper title and an abstract of 100 words or fewer by May 25. Or you can email me directly at Please try to minimize any overly commercial topics. Attendees last year indicated a strong preference to learn ways to maximize their existing assets and improve efficiencies, and by presenting you can establish yourself as a thought leader to help them to do just that.


Extrusion 2016

Survey Helps Plastics Processors Keeps Tabs on the Competition

By: Tony Deligio 13. April 2016

Do you track your facility’s productivity? Ever wonder how your best scrap rate, product changeover speed or on-time delivery ranks with your competition?


Take the 2016 World-Class Processor survey today and found out the answers to those questions and see how your operation compares to fellow plastics processors in many other performance metrics, while gaining information on overall plant size and output.


After a highly successful 2015 launch, the World-Class Processor survey is looking to expand the breadth and depth of data gathered to the benefit of our participants. Can you set aside 30 to 45 minutes to answer approximately 50 questions about your operations? If yes, you can benefit from the full data set anonymously and learn about your competitors’:


  • Average setup time
  • Scrap rate
  • Total amount of resin processed
  • Total number of different resins processed
  • Total number of active customers
  • Total hours shop doors were open
  • On-time delivery rate
  • Machine utilization
  • Accident incident


In terms of profile information, learn the following about survey participants:


  • Number and average age of primary processing machines
  • Secondary processes performed
  • Industries served
  • Materials processed
  • Total employees
  • Turnover rate
  • Shopfloor wage rate
  • Revenue per employee
  • Benefits
  • And more


In addition, the survey has process-specific questions breaking down participants by injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming and extrusion, including data on the size and type of machines employed, as well as products produced.


Set aside some time today for the free, 100% anonymous survey and build your industry knowledge. 


Plastics Technology 2016 World-Class Processor Survey

World’s First Aseptic Carton Bottle for Enriched Dairy Products

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 11. April 2016

Nova Chemicals and Tetra Pak collaboration has led to recent commercialization of novel package.


This week at the 2016 TAPPI PLACE conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, Nova Chemicals and Tetra Pak co-presented a paper on their successful collaboration to develop what appears to be the first aseptic carton bottle for ambient white milk.


Moreover, the oxygen barrier properties of Nova’s Surpass HPs667-AB HDPE made it possible for Tetra Pak to expand beyond ambient white milk to enriched dairy alternatives, including flavored and toddler and baby milk in its new Tetra Evero Aseptic package.


“The first generation of the Tetra Evero Aseptic package focuses on ambient white milk, but the ambition was to extend to a range of liquids that could be stored at room temperature throughout the supply chain and in retail outlets. To develop this, Tetra Pak searched for a new polyethylene with the exceptional oxygen barrier properties that this package required. Using Nova Chemical’s HPs667-AB resin, we are able to expand into some of the best performing categories in the global dairy market, such as flavored and vitamin fortified milk,” said Tunc Turkmen, product director for Tetra Evero Aseptic.


Produced with Nova’s Advanced Sclairtech dual-reactor process and single-site catalyst, HPs667-AB is a bimodal homopolymer, 6-melt index, 0.967 g/cc HDPE for cast film and extrusion coating. The material reportedly offers excellent barrier and stiffness performance, which helps converters and brand owners improve the sustainability of packaged goods in a wide variety of applications, including cereal, crackers, dairy and other liquids.


Experts from Nova Chemical’s Center for Performance Applications and Center for Applied Research in Calgary, Alberta, worked closely with the Tetra Pak team to qualify the HPs667-AB resin to meet the Tetra Evero Aseptic performance requirements. In addition, the Nova team helped Tetra Pak ensure that the barrier properties were retained throughout a complex, unique production process and the use of pigmented resins.


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Tetra Pak Evero Aseptic Package

Samsung Gets ISRI’s 2016 Design for Recycling Award

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 8. April 2016

First time a television has been built with a greenhouse gas emission as a building block.


Samsung Electronics America, Ridgefield Park, N.J., is the recipient of the 2016 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award for the use of environmentally-conscious materials and advanced recyclable design in its 2016 Curved Full HD TV awarded by The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).


The 2016 Curved Full HD TV (UN55K6250) incorporates easy-to-disassemble, snap-together parts that are made with minimal chemical content. The snap closures eliminate the use of 30 screws, making it easier for recyclers to disassemble their products. In fact, this television should take less than 10 minutes to disassemble.


Moreover, in its efforts to create an eco-conscious product, Samsung opted to substitute conventional plastic with eco-friendly polyketone made from carbon monoxide, making this television the first to be built with a greenhouse emission as a building block (read more about polyketone here).


Said ISRI president Robin Wiener, “Samsung’s products showcase the company’s efforts to focus on resource and energy efficiency as well as the use of single materials, unbleached chlorine-free paper, and nonuse of hazardous substances. Samsung’s concern for product recyclability has allowed them to move forward with an industry-first design that combines best-in-class experiences with an eco-friendly outlook, which makes them a perfect selection for this year’s award.”


For over 25 years, the DFR Award has been ISRI’s most prestigious award, annually given to the most innovative products designed with recycling in mind. To be eligible, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:


• Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;


• Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;


• Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;


• Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;


• Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment; and


• Reducing the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components, among other qualifications.


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Taiwanese Machinery Industry Aims to Make its Mark on the Global Stage

By: Heather Caliendo 6. April 2016

While Taiwan is small—for perspective Texas is nearly 20 times the island nation’s size—the country is invested in becoming a big player in plastics machinery.


According to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan is among the world’s top six producers of plastics and rubber machines with a production value of $1.533 billion in 2014.


Importers and exporters of plastic machines and materials will head to Taipei in August for the biennial Taipei Plas, which will have its 15th edition this August (Aug. 12-16; Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center).


In March, Plastics Technology took part in a media tour of machinery suppliers as part of a pre-Taipei Plas trip organized by TAITRA. One of the more interesting tour stops was Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture Co. Ltd., (FCS; Tainan, Taiwan), the largest injection molding machine manufacturer in Taiwan. It has three service centers—Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan—and it produces a wide range of injection molding machine models, covering clamping forces from 30 to 3,700 tons. The company has a goal to rank as one of the top 10 largest manufacturers of injection molding machines in the world by 2020. David Chen, executive director of FCS, said that the company fully realizes that cracking that top 10 would be no small feat.



One way the company seeks to achieve this goal is furthering partnerships. For instance, FCS is working with the MuCell microcellular molding process from Trexel Inc., Woburn Mass., on a thermoplastic automotive part. The company also has a partnership with a company in Europe on a machine that it will assemble in Taiwan and ship to Europe. In addition, FCS also just received approval from the Taiwanese government to set up a R&D center in Taiwan. All of these are cited as steps that will help the company reach top 10 status.


During Taipei Plas 2016, FCS will launch a new design of its multi-functional two-component injection molding machine, a two-platen hybrid injection machine and a 300-ton all-electric injection machine.


At Taipei Plas 2014, FCS displayed its horizontal rotary table two-component injection molding machine, which targeted large automotive parts and household electric appliance covers. This year, FCS is going to introduce a new design patent on its HB-350 RV injection molding machine. Using the VENT molding technology from Nihon Yuki Co., Japan, FCS says that the pre-heating and drying of plastic material “would not be necessary anymore.”


At Taipei Plas 2016, FCS will show that the 350-ton machine can cover the same mold loading capacity as a traditional 1,000-ton two-component injection machine. The company says that having only two platens and the horizontal turntable for its clamping unit saves space as well as makes it capable of producing single- and dual-component products. FCS says that it could satisfy the demand for products that use large two component molds (pictured below: 2-K parts molded on FCS machines for a U.S. customer).



FCS first introduced its two-platen hybrid eclectic molding system in 2006. It featured clamping force of up to 3,200-tons and more than 60 of the systems have been sold. This year during the exhibition, the company will show an updated design for this system, which the company claims offers performance that’s “running neck and neck with European brands.” The press reportedly retains the advantages of the opening-mold speed but also adopts an all-electric injection unit to help to shorten the molding cycle time. 


Also at Taipei Plas, the new 300-ton all-electric machine will debut. It features a Keba AG, Linz Austria, controller and a servomotor from Phase in Genova, Italy. FCS says that the 300-ton machine has the same mold loading capacity as a 400-ton injection machine. The company is planning to develop a bigger tonnage model (up to 450-tons) to cover the demand for larger products.


Another company on the tour had the stated goal of top 10 status, expect this time on the extrusion side. Fong Kee International Machinery (FKI) in Tainan City, Taiwan. FKI manufactures a variety of plastic extrusion machinery including blow molding and blown film lines and exports to more than 110 countries, with 81% of sales coming from overseas sales.


Also on the tour, Chen Hsong Holding Limited, which produces around 15,000 machines annually, with customers in more than 80 countries and presses with a clamp force range from 20 to 6,500 tons. The company’s headquarters are in Hong Kong, but it has set up its main manufacturing and R&D centers in Shenzhen, China and Taoyuan, Taiwan.


Company representatives shared some recent highlights, including the delivery of a Chinese made 4,500-ton, servo-driven, two-platen injection molding machine to Europe. In 2014, it shipped a 6,500-ton servo-driven two-platen injection molding machine to Israel. According to the company, these large machines broke records for the largest tonnage molding machine made in China and exported abroad. 

(Pictured: An aerial shot of FCS's facility in Tainan, Taiwan)


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