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The Importance of Melt & Mold Temperature
Molders should realize how significantly process conditions can influence the final properties of the part.
Columns Published: 11/28/2011
The Effects of Stress
Previously we have discussed the effects of temperature and time on the long-term behavior of polymers. Now let's take a look at stress.
Columns Published: 10/25/2011
The Strain Rate Effect
The rate of loading for a plastic material is a key component of how we perceive its performance.
Columns Published: 9/30/2011
The Effects of Time
Last month we briefly discussed the influence of temperature on the mechanical properties of polymers and reviewed some of the structural considerations that govern these effects.
Columns Published: 8/23/2011
The Effects of Temperature
The polymers we work with follow the same principles as the body: the hotter the environment becomes, the less performance we can expect.
Columns Published: 7/27/2011
Resin Buying Strategies - November 2010 Year-End Tabs Flat or Slightly Higher
Except for PP, prices of commodity resins bumped upward in November.
Columns Published: 1/5/2011
Processor Strategies - Royal Group Profile Maker Gives Environment The ‘Royal’ Treatment
When you’re already a leader in your industry, you might be tempted to simply stay the course and not worry about issues such as sustainability and carbon footprint.
Columns Published: 1/4/2011
Resin Buying Strategies - November 2010 Resin Prices Mostly Flat or Soft
Prices of commodity resins other than PVC moved up in September—and, in the case of polypropylene, rose a bit more in October.
Columns Published: 1/4/2011
Resin Buying Strategies - October 2010 A Brief Respite from Price Hikes?
Prices of commodity thermoplastics, except for PVC, moved up last month.
Columns Published: 1/3/2011
Resin Buying Strategies - September 2010: Prices May Stabilize… Briefly
Prices of commodity resins, except for polypropylene, fell a bit more last month.
Columns Published: 12/23/2010

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