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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...
Article Published: 8/1/2007
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.
Article Published: 5/1/2007
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.
Article Published: 4/1/2007
Rigid Packaging Goes Lighter, Thinner With Microcellular Foam
Molding higher volumes of a rigid thin-wall part typically means going to a larger press for increased injection and clamping capacity.
Article Published: 1/1/2007
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

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