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Introducing the Plastics Technology Expo

New trade show for all plastics processing to launch in the Chicago area in 2022.
#editorial

SPONSORED

Pre-Engineered Vs. Custom Vacuum Conveying Systems for Compounding and Extrusion

When it comes to vacuum conveying systems for plastics processing, custom powder handling solutions are not always required. Pre-engineered, turnkey solutions can be a perfect option for powders and bulk solids in a wide range of industries.

Technology News

Compounding

Haartz Buys Minority Stake in Peak

Automotive supplier Haartz invests in compounder in a move to facilitate growth for both.  

Heating & Cooling

Flow Controller Series Updated

A new control valve for more precise management of the flow rate is one update to the flow controller line Wittmann Battenfeld started its business with more than 40 years and 500,000 units ago.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

System Targets Large-Diameter Pipe

Downstream line is packaged with mono- or multi-layer die for PVC or polyolefin pipe up to nearly 25-in. diam.

Heating & Cooling

Temperature Control Units Updated

Included in the new Thermalotor TCUs from Conair are the first units available with the company’s new “common control”—a company wide initiative to standardize HMIs.

Injection Molding

Booster Unit Amplifies Microcellular Foaming

Trexel’s NC-Series Nitrogen Booster can reliably supply nitrogen supercritical fluid (SCF) to multiple satellite dosing units, creating a low-cost option to equip multiple molding machines with MuCell microcellular foaming.

KNOWLEDGE CENTERS

Gain in-depth knowledge in processes, products and technology from industry experts

Drying

Our Plastics Drying Knowledge Center is a complete multimedia resource on all things resin drying – from system configurations to install and maintenance.

Power Quality

Learn about one of the most serious issues in industrial facilities – and how you can optimize your facility for cost reduction and economic advantage.

Injection Molding

Explore articles and videos on the fundamentals of injection molding—everything from machine types to troubleshooting and sustainability.

Blending & Dosing

Deep dive into the basics of blending versus dosing, controls, maintenance, process integration and more.

Biopolymers

Danimer Receives Innovation Research Grant to Support Biodegradable PHA Plastic Solutions

Project to be conducted with University of Minnesota’s ForeverGreen Initiative to investigate pennycress oil in production of PHA for single-use products.
#Elastomers

Packaging

PET Base Tooling for Oval Bottles Boosts Stability, Trims Weight

Sidel’s new StarLITE HPC base design boosts bottle stability by up to 25%, cuts weight, and enables faster blowing and lower blowing pressure.

Elastomers

Antimicrobial-Containing TPEs for High-Touch Plastic Surfaces

Avient’s three proprietary TPE formulations inhibit bacterial growth by +99.9% and resist fungal and mold growth.
#Elastomers

YOUR BUSINESS

RESIN PRICING UPDATE

Commodity Resin Prices Rise, But PP Falls

  Supply constraints continue to be a key factor in further resin price increases.
#resinpricing #Elastomers #polyolefins

PLASTICS PROCESSORS INDEX

Index Reaches All-Time High … Again

Index hits record mark for second straight month, with quickening expansion in new orders, backlogs and production.
#economics

Calculators

Use these tools to help guide you through the part design and injection molding process.

Cost Calculator

Cycle Time Calculator

Snap-Fit Design Calculator

Engineering Resins

Conventus Moves Toward Industry Collaborations as COVID-19 Vaccines Surge

The distributor/formulator of high-performance plastics has started to in-person parts development collaborations as restrictions are loosened.  
#Elastomers

Post-Processing

Surface Analyzer with Smart Analytics for Quantifying Material Surface Quality

  BTG Lab’s Surface Analyst 5001 and IoT drive zero defect manufacturing.  

Testing

Oxygen Permeation Analyzer for Bottles, Pods, and Other Whole Package Forms

Ametek Mocon’s  Ox-Tran 2/48 measures the oxygen transmission rate of whole packages at ambient conditions.  

KNOW HOW - EXPERT ADVICE

Sheet Extrusion

How to Select the Right Cooling Stack for Sheet

First, remember there is no universal cooling-roll stack. And be sure to take into account the specific heat of the polymer you are processing.  

Injection Molding

What You Need to Know About Blade Ejectors: Part 1

Follow these guidelines to prevent premature wear, flash and galling.

Injection Molding

The Difference Between Knit and Meld Lines--and Why It Matters

In many part designs, flow fronts will inevitably be split, but how and where they come back together is hugely important to the molded part’s finished strength.

Packaging

SABIC and KraussMaffei Collaborate on Development of Innovative Thin-Wall Packaging

The partners launched their collaboration at the newly expanded Thin-Wall Packaging Applications Center at KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of Netstal injection molding machines  

Injection Molding

Falcon Plastics Expands Tennessee Facility

The South Dakota headquartered custom molder has broken ground on a 20,000-ft2 expansion at its site in Lexington, Tenn., allowing it to add new processing equipment.

Additive Manufacturing

Pelletized Concentrates for Additive Manufacturing

Chroma Color can provide small lots to large production orders in a wide range of standard and custom colors.
#color

CASE STUDIES

Resin Conveying

Molder Eliminates Line Blowouts with Deflection Elbow

Parker Chomerics eliminated chronic elbow failures since switching to Hammertek conveying elbow more than two-and-a-half years ago.
#processorsedge #technologyinaction

Injection Molding

ERP Platform Keeps Molders Connected in the Pandemic

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers its users many tools and modules with manufacturing and plastics specific platforms like DELMIAworks touching everything from inventory and quality to bookkeeping and process and machine monitoring. 
#technologyinaction

Automotive

Overmolding Overhaul

An articulating mold and versatile auxiliary injection unit helped this molder rethink its tried-and-true approach to insert molding.
#technologyinaction