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Published: 11/1/2008

Colloidal Silica Processing Aid Slashes Molding Cycle Times
Ultra-fine synthetic silica particles have been shown in laboratory and commercial field trials to reduce injection molding cycle times by 20% to 30% in polypropylene, filled and unfilled nylon, PBT, and ABS.

Published: 9/1/2008

Industrial CT Scanning Speeds Mold Qualification
Qualifying a mold often can take weeks and involve several costly and time-consuming steps.

Published: 4/1/2008

Weather Testing For the Real World
Broader use of plastics in building products and a growing desire to minimize painting of automotive parts is increasing the need for reliable predictions of light stability and weathering performance.

Published: 12/12/2007

Enhanced Color Matching Data Management
A new digital color formulation program combines powerful matching software with an easy-to-use interface that reportedly makes sharing color information faster and more secure than previously possible.

Published: 5/1/2007

Recyclers Now Targeting Higher-Value Engineered Resins
Recycling news from the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC) in Orlando, Fla., in March focused on PET, nylon, and waste plastics in electronics—in other words, mainly on higher value engineered ...

Published: 3/1/2007

Taste and Odor: Understand the Role of Colorants and Additives In Food and Beverage Packaging
Do you know how masterbatch ingredients, processing, storage, and handling can affect taste and odor in packaged products? Here’s an introduction to the numerous factors in organoleptic properties and how they are measured.

Published: 3/1/2007

Non-Contact IR Analysis Simplifies On-Line Quality Control
A new method of mid-infrared analysis allows on-line monitoring of both the composition and physical properties of a plastic while it is being compounded or extruded.

Published: 2/1/2007

Ultrasonic Imaging Finds Voids, Cracks and Bonding Defects
As material costs climb, acoustic micro-imaging (AMI) is increasingly being used for non-destructive inspection and quality control of microelectronic components and assemblies, adhesive and welded bonds, solid part walls, and other applications whe...

Published: 11/1/2006

NPE 2006 News Wrap-Up: Testing and QC--New Lab Instruments Stress Affordability and Convenience
Thermal and mechanical testers, color and appearance sensors, vision inspection devices and CMMs—the NPE had them all in more compact, economical, and easy-to-use models.

Published: 8/1/2006

Laser Scanning Saves Time and Money for Digitizing Parts and Molds
Blow molded product designers and moldmakers are finding laser scanning to be a fast, accurate, and cost-effective method to replicate molds and create new designs for highly contoured and complex parts such as beverage bottles.