Molder PMT Named Manufacturer of the Year

By: James Callari 2. July 2014

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT) was named was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, held June 6, in Palm Beach, Fla. The El Paso, Tex. injection molder was named the top honoree among companies with revenues of less than $1 billion, and also received the Operational Leadership Award and the Sustainability Leadership Award.


PMT was selected based on its development and implementation of transformative projects that demonstrated innovation and best practices. PMT earned the Operational Leadership Award for its commitment to wide-ranging continuous improvement programs, which have yielded measurable results and contributed positively to quality, service, and overall company performance. PMT’s ongoing sustainability initiative has focused on reducing energy consumption and operational waste through various strategies, including the development of proprietary technologies that reduce the amount of electricity used by molding presses.


 “We are honored to receive these awards, which reflect positively on the entire plastics industry as well as our many PMT team members, who helped develop and implement the programs that earned us this recognition,” said Charles A. Sholtis, PMT’s CEO and owner (pictured). “These honors simply reinforce that the plastics industry is at the forefront of best practices in manufacturing.”


PMT was nominated by IQMS, Paso Robles, Calif., whose enterprise resource planning software solutions were said to have helped to power the injection molder’s initiatives related to both continuous improvement and sustainability.  


Collaboration Yields First Transparent, Conductive PC Film

By: James Callari 3. June 2014


SABIC Innovative Plastics and Cima NanoTech have collaborated to develop what’s billed as the first-ever transparent conductive polycarbonate film that could open applications in consumer electronics, household goods, automotive, architecture and healthcare, many of which currently use glass.


In development since late 2013, the film is cast by SABIC, Pittsfield, Mass., from Lexan in thicknesses ranging from 75 microns to 5 mm. A silver nanoparticle conductive coating, which comes as a wet dispersion from Cima NanoTech, is then continuously coated in a roll-to-roll process in a post-extrusion step. While curing, the coating then “self-assembles” into a random mesh-like network on the substrate (see image above).


Based in St. Paul, Minn., Cima NanoTech calls its technology SANTE, short for Self Assembling Nanoparticle Technology for Electronics. It’s said to be 10 times better than indium tin oxide in providing high transparency with ultra-low electrical resistance. It is also claimed to be mechanically robust, allowing the film to be thermoformed.


The new film is designed to provide “next generation” functionality, officials from SABIC and Cima NanoTech maintain. One major target is touch screens, states Jon Brodd, Cima NanoTech’ s CEO, where the film can reportedly speed up response times. The film is also said to offer “no-line” anti-fogging for automotive windows, and better EMI shielding effectiveness for electronics. It can also be used for transparent WiFi/Bluetooth antennas used in smartphones, tablets, laptops and all-in-one computers, adds Matt Gray, dir. marketing for Sabic’s consumer electronics business.           


Gray says the new film is currently available for customer trials. SABIC extrudes the film itself while the coating is applied by an undisclosed partner company in North Asia. Gray says SABIC  is exploring applications with Cima NanoTech for Lexan sheet.


Before its collaboration with SABIC, Cima NanoTech had used the coating primarily with PET substrates.


Maruka Opens Florida Tech Center

By: James Callari 22. May 2014

Maruka USA, the exclusive North American distributor of Toyo and FCS injection molding systems, will celebrate the grand opening of their new Technical Center in Largo, Florida by hosting a roundtable discussion between legislators and business leaders on the future of the state’s plastics manufacturing industry.


Scheduled for May 29, the Future of Florida Plastics Manufacturing event will cover job creation, workplace retention and tax benefits available to manufacturers and other businesses in the state.


The event is being co-hosted by 5 Nines Automation, the sales organization serving Maruka customers in Florida and a leading provider of robotics and automation solutions to the manufacturing market.  Steve Fage, founder of  5 Nines Automation, says the panel discussion will help processors learn how they can benefit from Florida's  Sales Tax Exemption Bill HB 7007. Passed on May 1, the bill provides temporary sales and use tax exemption for purchases of certain machinery and equipment.


After the panel discussion, Fage will lead a tour of the Technical Center’s training facility.  Dale Bartholomew, Maruka product manager, will then present a live demonstration of a plastics manufacturing work cell featuring an all-electric Toyo injection molding system, Yushin RCII-250 robot with indexing conveyor, and Conair self-contained loader, thermolator and 3-ton air cooled chiller. Throughout the event, equipment suppliers will be on hand to offer assistance and answer technical questions.


The event will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, followed by dinner. visit the Five Nines Automation website.

Check Out the New Purging Compounds Knowledge Center

By: James Callari 14. May 2014

Earlier this month we launched a new Knowledge Center on the Plastics Technology website. Sponsored by Asaclean, this Knowledge Center focuses on the matter of purging.


Whether you run a single extruder in a university lab, or 30 injection molding presses in a Tier 1 automotive supplier, sooner or later you will need to purge your machine. Some of these reasons are beyond your control, but one thing for certain is: which material you use to purge your screw and barrel.


Navigate this Knowledge Center and tap into information on purging compound basics, purging for injection molding and extrusion, purging tips on hot runners, and troubleshooting. There’s also a FAQ section and a place where you can direct a specific purging questions to an Asaclean expert.

Did You Miss Our Drying Supplement?

By: James Callari 14. May 2014


As a subscriber to Plastics Technology you should have received by now a supplement that was polybagged with our May issue. It was called Drying Done Right and it is chock full of advice on materials drying from experts in the field, including leading processors. If it’s sitting on your desk, I suggest that you open the bag and take a look (of course give the regular issue a thorough read too). I think you’ll want to keep it handy and will be referring to it often.

If you can’t get your hands on it—perhaps one of your colleagues lifted it?—then click on this link and go to our digital edition. You can download the entire issue as a PDF and circulate it among your associates. Or if you prefer you can access on via our online archives.

Happy drying.

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