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New Technology Combines 3D Printing with Injection Molding

This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton, and then injection molds a polymer around that skeleton.
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Performance Modifier Additives Make Standard Polypropylene Resins Perform Like Premium Grades

Polypropylene (PP) shortages have forced many processors to move to lower grade resins at the cost of lower performance and processability. Milliken’s DeltaMax Performance Modifiers upgrade these materials to enhance impact resistance, melt flow rates, and sustainability through the use of more recycled material.   #sustainability #polyolefins

Technology News

Injection Molding

Remote Service Added to Machine Line

BOY says its Smart Remote Service establishes a connection between its service personnel and its molding machines via what “an integrated gateway.”
#industry4-0

Injection Molding

PlastiCert Adds Two Molding Machines

The Lewiston, Maine custom molder has added two new Cincinnati Milacron injection molding machines as it pursues its capital investment plan.

Engineering Resins

Small but Fast-Growing Distributor Circumnavigates Through Pandemic

With a focus on compounded and engineering resins, General Polymers aligns it market strategy to compliment the supplier and support the needs of processors.

Recycled Materials

Cosmetics Packaging Made with Eastman Cristal Renew

Axilone is producing luxury packaging with 50% certified recycled content in the U.S., Europe and China.
#sustainability

Post-Processing

Emerson Opens New Global Headquarters for Welding & Assembly

Emerson’s new Branson welding & assembly technologies facility features several technological capabilities. 

KNOWLEDGE CENTERS

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

Profile Extrusion

Technical articles, videos and troubleshooting take our Profile Extrusion Knowledge Center far beyond the fundamentals.

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.

Resin Conveying

A 360-degree look at resin conveying systems: types, operation, economics, design, installation, components and controls.

Recycling

Borealis and Tomra Open Mechanical Recycling Demo Plant

The new plant will produce ready-for-market fully formulated polymer pellets. 
#sustainability

Commodity Resins

First-of-a-Kind Nanotechnology-Based PET Compound Enables Differentiated Foams

SABIC’s new Colorcomp WQ117945 is based on an advanced nanotechnology additive masterbatch that can be adapted to other resins.

Recycled Materials

One of the First Portfolios of Sustainable TPEs Commercially Launched

Audia Elastomers’ new AudiaFlex TPEs are produced from post-consumer, post-industrial, biobased, and marine waste based sources.

YOUR BUSINESS

RESIN PRICING UPDATE

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.
#resinpricing

PLASTICS PROCESSORS INDEX

Processors End 2020 on a High Note

December’s Plastics Processing Index clocked in near 55, in line with the best readings since early 2019.
#economics

Calculators

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

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Automotive

Licensee of EconCore's Thermoplastic Honeycomb Technology Gets Two New Automotive Contracts

Mexico’s Fynotej secures two major contracts to supply automotive trunk load floors using Fynocore continuous honeycomb panel technology licensed from EconCore  

Engineering Resins

Polyplastics' PBT and PPS Targeted to Autonomous Driving Applications

Polyplastics sees its Duranex PBT and Durafide PPS as particularly suited to sensors used in radar and camera bracket systems.

Mold Simulation

Injection Molding: Store, Manage & Analyze Mold Simulation Data in the Cloud

Moldex3D iSLM helps manage, share and easily analyze large volumes of mold simulation data.

KNOW HOW - EXPERT ADVICE

Injection Know How

Improve Quality & Productivity With Advanced Screw Design

Most molders are still running with screw designs that haven’t changed much in 30 years. But they don’t need to.  
#scientificmolding #processingtips #screws

Materials Know How

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials, Part 3

In this series we delve into a discerning look back into the history of our industry and how we all got here.   

Injection Molding

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 2

Follow these detailed tips to get you the jobs you want. Here we factor in the costs of scrap and regrind, along with energy and certain additives. 

Additive Manufacturing

Ineos R&D Project Develops Styrenic Polymer for 3D Printing that Boasts 67% Energy Savings

The purpose of the PolySLS project was to develop and test a new styrene based polymer compound for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

Commodity Resins

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.
#resinpricing

CASE STUDIES

Recycling

Betting Big on Recycled PET

Distributor of virgin PET resins PolyQuest is also a growing manufacturer of recycled PET resins.
#sustainability #technologyinaction #planttour

Packaging

Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

Air-ring upgrade results in output gains up to 23% for leading film processor in Indonesia. Gauge uniformity also improved.
#planttour #technologyinaction #processorsedge

Testing

Materials Knowledge Pays Off at Teel Plastics

Well-equipped and well-staffed testing lab elevates competence of custom processor.
#technologyinaction #bestpractices