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NPE2015: The Right Show at the Right Time
In recent years, plastics trade shows in North America have sometimes been written off as out of fashion and in decline. But in around 140 days, a giant plastics trade show in Orlando seems likely to quash emphatically any notions of irrelevance for...
Article Published: 10/24/2014
TPEI Adds Laser Alignment to Service Offerings
Proper alignment of equipment should increase its overall lifespan.
Article Published: 10/24/2014
Color Compounder Enters Market with a Bang
To get noticed in the color masterbatch business—particularly in white—you’ve got to start big. That, and new technology, form the foundation for startup Neko Colors
Article Published: 10/23/2014
Celanese Acquires Conductive Plastics Compounder
The acquisition of Cool Polymers includes its thermally and electrically conductive compounds, as well as electrically insulative compounds, based on a variety of engineering plastics and elastomers.
Article Published: 10/21/2014
Barrel Repair: When Does It Make Sense?
Repairing a barrel can save you time and money vs. buying a brand-new one. But it’s not an easy fix and not even always possible.
Article Published: 8/26/2014
What Processors Are Doing To Bridge the Skills Gap
Seasoned technicians are leaving, and replacing them with youngsters is a challenge. But some processors have taken dramatic initiatives to change how young people think about manufacturing and are bringing the next generation into the fold.
Article Published: 8/25/2014
Solving Common Problems in Underwater Pelletizing
Pellet quality and consistency are critical to any compounding operation. But in underwater pelletizing, a variety of issues can stand in the way. Here’s how to fix them.
Article Published: 6/20/2014
Compounding PLA on Twin-Screws: What Testing Reveals
Twin-screw extrusion is the preferred method for compounding PLA and other biopolymers. But processing PLA is complicated because it’s sensitive to heat and shear. It’s also prone to hydrolytic degradation if moisture is present in molten PLA. Here’...
Article Published: 3/21/2014
Color Pioneer Charvat Dies
Long-time SPE member, teacher and consultant.
Article Published: 2/28/2014
More Growth & Equipment Investment For Processors This Year
Gardner’s research projects that processors will invest around $3.3 billion in primary machinery, auxiliary equipment, and molds and related supplies this year, about 10% more than its projection for 2013.
Article Published: 12/30/2013

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