The Clock Is Ticking: It’s Time to Register for Molding ’15

By: James Callari 10. April 2015
It’s the premier conference for injection molding in the world. And it has been since Amos Golovoy started it 25 years ago. The it to which I am referring is the annual Molding Conference. It’s now owned by Gardner Business Media, the parent of this magazine and sister publication MoldMaking Technology, along with a half dozen other manufacturing-centric publications.
If you haven’t registered for Molding 2015, I urge you to do so. It’s the “can’t miss” technical program on injection molding year in and year out. Click here and you’ll see the agenda laid out in its entirety. This is a conference by, for, and about injection molders, as several processors are among the members of the organizing committee (as are Amos and Matt Naitove, my colleague and executive editor of Plastics Technology). Molding 2015 is being held June 16-18, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Are you interested in medical and LSR molding? What about emerging technologies in molding, like, for instance, additive manufacturing? We’ve got it covered. These days, with shoot-and-ship a thing of the past, many molders are looking to add more and more services to their portfolio, which is why there is a session on value-added molding. And there’s a track on the business of molding as well. Are you up to date on the R&D tax credit? Are you interested in what other molders are doing to attract young talent? You’ll find out all the details about these and other matters at this event.
Over the course of three days, more than 25 presentations and panel discussions will help get you prepared from both a technology and business standpoint to solve the molding problems of today and take advantage of the opportunities presented tomorrow, next year, and beyond.
Learn more and register here.
And while you’re at the conference, try hard to make some time to also attend the neighboring Amerimold exhibit hall. If your molding operation is supported by a toolroom, you can check out equipment and services used in all aspects of mold manufacturing and maintenance. These include machine tools, cutting tools, CAD/CAM, mold materials, mold-repair products and mold components like hot runners.
Amerimold, which is presented by MoldMaking Technology, Plastics Technology, and Modern Machine Shop magazines,  also has its own technical, focusing on process innovations and best practices for designing, building, and maintaining molds.  
I hope you can make our co-located events in Chicago. I think there are more reasons than ever to go, and I trust you’ll be glad you did.

Slideshow of NPE2015

By: Heather Caliendo 8. April 2015

NPE2015 brought together all sectors of the industry. And at 1,100,000-plus net square feet of exhibit space, we're going to guess that you didn't see everything at the show. But I have good news! The Plastics Technology team has put together a slideshow of highlights from NPE. Check it out here

Extrusion Conference 2015: Call for Papers

By: James Callari 8. April 2015



Plastics Technology is bringing the world of extrusion together in one place, at one time, at The Extrusion 2015 Conference. During this unique two-day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers and manufacturing personnel will be brought up to speed on technology developments impacting all types of extrusion operations. The event will take place Nov. 2-3 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, N.C.


Each day will consist of morning 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 and much more.


In the afternoon of each day there will be three concurrent sessions that drill down to the specific process: Film/Sheet; Pipe/Profile/Tubing; and Compounding.


To submit a topic for consideration, please click here.


 Sponsorship opportunities and tabletop exhibits are also available.

Last Chance to Benchmark Your Hourly Rates

By: Matthew H. Naitove 8. April 2015

It has been a busy season for everyone, what with the humming economy, the giant NPE show, and occasional weather problems clogging up transportation. Maybe that’s what kept you from contributing your data to latest Custom Injection Molders Hourly Rates Survey.


We originally planned to publish the results of the December 2014 survey in April. But responses have been too few to give reliable results. If we can get enough data in the next two weeks, we could still publish December 2014 results in June.


If not, we’ll cancel that survey and try again at the end of June for data on the first half of 2015.


We have tried—and mostly succeeded—in providing you with Hourly Rates Survey updates twice a year. But if once a year is sufficient for you, we’ll stick to just a midyear survey.


But no survey will succeed without your responses. It’s totally anonymous and takes just 5 minutes, so what’s to lose?


There’s a lot to gain—the only objective source of average custom machine-hour rates for presses of specific tonnage ranges in different regions of the country. You can see the latest results (June 2014) here.


If you’re a custom molder, please take 5 minutes to fill out our online questionnaire form here. (If you have any difficulty with the link, cut and paste this URL into your browser address bar: 


Thanks, and please contribute to this unique survey to see data on your industry that’s not available anywhere else.

'Sustainable,Renewable' Materials Get Plenty of Attention At NPE2015

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 2. April 2015


Suppliers of biopolymers, such as MHG, and others who have bio-based raw material content and recycling content in their product offerings, such as DAK Americas, Charlotte, N.C., were among the several material suppliers at NPE2015 who saw plenty of action.


            MHG (Meridian Holdings Group) reported an “astounding level of positive response” at the big show, where it showcased its new generation of patented biopolymers based on PHA, as well as services such as R&D and toll manufacturing for bio-based materials the company now offers to business partners. This included the launch of a new website—, which provides all this information.


“These are exciting times for us, and I’m overwhelmed by the enthusiastic responses by so many people who are excited about the potential of MHG’s groundbreaking technology,” says, Dr. Isao Noda, CSO of MHG and the “father” of Nodax PHA. The company showed two new videos: “Canola Dreams”, which showed MHG’s canola fields, now in full bloom and soon to be harvested. The locally grown plants serve as the feedstock for Nodax PHA at the company’s Bainbridge, Ga., facility; and, one that revealed MHG’s latest developments, including the fact that it is one of the few biotech companies in the world to achieve almost 100% eco-compatibility for biopolymers that can be made at a global-scale capacity, yet leave a significantly lower carbon footprint.


Meanwhile, a discussion with John Cullen, director of sales & marketing at PET supplier DAK revealed that the company forsees the production of 100% bio-based PET within the next five years on a smaller scale and totally within the next 10-15 years. The company currently offers grades with 30% biobased ethylene glycol content as well as grades with 20% post-consumer recycle content.


“Four years ago, we started our work on producing paraxylene from by-products of plant-based materials and have shown that its performance is equal to that of petrochemical-based paraxylene. We have had inquiries here at the show, for 100% bio-based PET from food packaging thermoformers primarily. We are preparing to make 100% bio-based PET, which will be 100% recyclable as is the case with current virgin PET.”  In terms of PCR recycle content, Cullen notes that 25-30% is the highest resin suppliers can go without adversely affecting processability.  


Want to find or compare materials data for different resins, grades, or suppliers? Check out Plastic Technology’s Plaspec Global materials database.

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