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Adhesion Promotion: Now Plasma-Treat the Resin, Not the Molded Part
A new approach to plasma treating applies the treatment to resin pellets or powder in order to achieve enhanced adhesion of paints, glues, or foamed-in-place urethanes to the molded part.
Article Published: 12/1/2006
Micro-Thermoforming Makes Its Debut
Manufacturers of micro-size components that until now relied exclusively on injection molding may have another option to consider.
Article Published: 11/1/2006
NPE 2006 News Wrap-Up: New Materials and Equipment for Decorating In and Out of the Mold
Among the latest developments in decorating and printing at the NPE show in Chicago were digital printers, flexographic printers for bags, and scratch-resistant heat-transfer foils for hot stamping and in-mold decoration (IMD). Also featured was new...
Article Published: 10/1/2006
Learning to Master In-Mold Labeling
As in-mold labeling, or IML, attracts a growing following among U.S. molders, some are finding that mastering a complex new technology is no small task.
Article Published: 9/1/2006
NPE 2006 News Wrap-Up: Thermoforming
Several new processing technologies unveiled at NPE point to thermoforming’s growing capability to produce in-mold labeled and decorated plastic parts.
Article Published: 8/1/2006
What to See at NPE 2006: Decorating, Printing and Finishing
While there is plenty of news at NPE this year in pad, screen, dry-offset, flexo, and inkjet printing, as well as laser marking, hot stamping, heat-transfer decorating, and some less familiar technologies—the real star of the show is summed up...
Article Published: 6/1/2006
Improved Machines and Molds Highlight Fall Rotomolding Show
Worldwide commercial availability of “ovenless” rotomolding machinery, new cast-aluminum molds that provide faster cycles, improved material pulverizing systems, and new graphic transfer systems for engineering materials such as nylon we...
Article Published: 2/1/2006
Headlines for the Next 50 Years
Ever wonder what it would be like to get tomorrow’s newspaper today? After reviewing the most important technical developments of the past 50 years in our October issue, we asked industry experts to help us imagine the biggest headlines in plastics ...
Article Published: 12/1/2005
Dye Sublimation Printing: Durable Color Decoration for 3D Parts
Dye sublimation, a dye-transfer process that got its start in the 1960s for use in textiles, has advanced in recent years to provide wear-resistant, full-color surface decoration of flat objects like mouse pads and tiles.
Article Published: 9/1/2005
Composite Coating Makes Glass Fibers Less Aggressive in Sliding, Turning Parts
Fiber-reinforced and mineral-filled compounds are not always compatible with use in dynamic applications, where parts slide, rotate, pivot, or move across each other. "When a glass-filled part rubs against a metal surface or even a similar glas...
Article Published: 8/1/2005

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