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The Extrusion 2015 Conference: Open for Business
Registration is now open for a new conference that hits on all extrusion technologies. Go online and sign up: Nov. 2-3, Charlotte, N.C.
Columns Published: 7/21/2015
Contraction Accelerates Slightly
Third dip in four months.
Columns Published: 7/16/2015
EXTRUSION: How to Adjust for Shrinkage and Orientation
Polymers shrink and orient. Sometimes orientation is unbalanced, resulting in misshaped parts. But there are steps beyond tweaking the die that can mitigate these effects.
Columns Published: 7/16/2015
Second Contraction in Three Months
Slowdown among small-to-mid-size processors drags index down.
Columns Published: 7/1/2015
EXTRUSION: Another Technique for Controlling Melt Temperature
Flight widths are almost always designed at 10% of the screw diameter. But they can be optimized to reduce melt temperature and perhaps boost output.
Columns Published: 7/1/2015
Processing Market Flattens
Processing has grown significantly since the beginning of 2014, but April dipped 11% on a year-to-year basis.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
Transplants: More Evidence of Processing’s Resurgence in U.S.
While reshoring continues, another trend is emerging: Global processors setting up shop in America.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
EXTRUSION: Cooling: The Critical Function in Extrusion
Figuring out how much cooling your process needs is complicated. But there are ways to approximate.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
Processors’ Growth Returns
After a one-month dip, the market expands once more, though the rate has slowed.
Columns Published: 4/27/2015
EXTRUSION: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Run Your Extruders Dry
At least not for longer than a few minutes. The thin film that’s captured between the screw flights and barrel wall supports the screw and acts as a lubricant. Without it, galling can occur.
Columns Published: 4/27/2015

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