You'll find it time well spent.

Along with our NPE2012 news wrap-up in this issue (save for our coverage of Tooling, which will come next month, and of Materials, which appeared last month), I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on what’s going on at our website, ptonline.com, and particularly with our Knowledge Centers.

I introduced these Knowledge Centers in this space last October. At the time, we had five of them: Blending/Dosing, Drying, Conveying, Electric Molding, and Sheet Extrusion. There are seven now, and plenty of fresh content in the established ones as well.

First, what’s a Knowledge Center? It is, in essence, a website within a website, or a “microsite,” where technical content on a very specific subject is compiled in an easy-to-navigate way.

Second, how do you get to a Knowledge Center? First point your browser to ptonline.com. (You obviously have done that already if you are reading this.) Once you get there, about a quarter of the way down the page, right smack in the middle, you’ll see hyperlinks to all of the Knowledge Centers with a “slideshow”-like display of some of the images pulled from these pages.

Once you get there, dig in. Check out one of our two new Knowledge Centers if you are interested in Mold Flow & Simulation. From that Knowledge Center home page click on Technical Tips to learn about cooling, processing, warpage and more. Or navigate to Mold Simulation FAQs to take a look at some of the most common questions and answers pertaining to molding simulation. If you need specific advice, submit your questions in the “ask the expert” section.

Or check out our other new Knowledge Center, focused on Feeding. Go there and learn about feeder types, applications, solutions, videos, and more.

Maybe drying’s a trouble spot for you, as it seems to be for many processors. (At least that’s what processors, materials specialists, and machine builders have been telling me for the last 20 years or so.) Click on that Knowledge Center to learn about a new way to measure pellet moisture on line.

We’ve also added another element to our website. Since 2009, we’ve been publishing “Know How” columns from leading experts in the areas of injection molding, extrusion, tooling, blow molding, and, most recently, materials. Now you can navigate to all the content on those subjects, at the click of a mouse right below the Knowledge Center section of the home page. After reading those articles, feel free to offer your comments on the subjects being covered.

At Plastics Technology we are committed to helping you raise your game in the global processing market. Please take advantage of these tools. All it takes is a little time. I think you’ll find it time well spent.