Decorating, Printing, Finishing
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Hybrid Printers & Inkjets Made News at NPE
Processors looking for something new at the NPE 2009 show in Chicago found “hybrid” multi-process printers, high-quality inkjets, and other advances in printing on plastic parts.
'Piggable' Paint Recirculation Is Key to Efficient Color Changes
When an automotive molder wanted to upgrade from primer painting to multi-color coating, a big concern was costly downtime and material waste during frequent color changes.
How IML ‘Cuts the Mustard’ in Germany
The lightweighting advantages of in-mold labeling in times of soaring resin costs are highlighted by the experience of Germany’s largest mustard maker.
IML is for Large Parts, Too
The same economic and functional advantages that make in-mold labeling (IML) a growing trend in injection molded packaging are expanding its uses in large parts for durable goods as well.
Advances in Materials, IML and Tooling Highlight Rotomolders' Meeting
Several new resins and additives that raise part performance and improve processability were launched at the recent 32nd Annual Fall Meeting of the Association of Rotational Molders (ARM) in Detroit.
The Future of Vinyl Siding Fighting Back with Foam, Fiber Composites, and Even Paint!
Under attack from fiber cement, PVC siding makers are exploring different technologies to shore up their future.
Auto Glazing: Film, Coinjection & Coating Technologies Advance
Hard-surfacing options for molded plastic glazing now include plasma instead of wet coatings–and replacing coatings altogether with in-mold film lamination or multi-layer coinjection.
Dual-Cure PUR Coatings Boost Performance Of In-Mold Decorating Films
A new version of in-mold decorating technology, developed initially for exterior auto body components, uses dual-cure coating technology to provide a paint film that is both stretchable for good thermoformability and also provides the high gloss and...
Nanocomposites: Less Hype, More Hard Work On Commercial Viability
Nano-fillers for enhancing thermoplastics and thermosets continue to make headway in commercial applications, although at a slower pace than had been anticipated.
Thermoforming: Ready for In-Mold Labeling?
After several fits and starts over the last decade, thermoforming IML appears ready for prime time, thanks to improvements in output and labeling technology. For now, the action is mostly in European packaging.