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Plastics Technology May 2021
May 2021 | Digital Edition
COVER STORY

Total Transparency at Trademark Plastics

Trademark Plastics’ latest investment won’t let it see the future, but by giving it vision inside parts, the new CT scanner represents a more transparent tomorrow for its validation work.
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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing: Through the Molders’ Lens

Many in the manufacturing world experienced first-hand how agile and efficient 3D printing is when companies began to print products to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Custom molder EVCO expanded its 3D printing capabilities during this time to help produce parts quickly.

 


Biopolymers

Biopolymer Compounding on a Twin-Screw Extruder: Four Things You Need to Know

Global bioplastic production capacity is expected to increase to 4.8 billion lb by 2024, driven by OEMs and brand owners steadily converting applications to these “green” materials. If you’re looking to supply compounds to meet this demand, here are some key processing considerations you need to know.


Automation

How COVID-19 Did (and Didn’t) Change Automation in Plastics

The global pandemic invigorated longstanding trends and new market forces to push broad-based adoption of automation and robotics from the incremental to the inexorable.


Tooling

How the Coronavirus Transformed Training

A pandemic accelerated necessary changes in how we train current and future generations of mold-manufacturing professionals.


Extrusion

Solve Five Common Problems in Blown Film Coextrusion

The blown film industry has evolved from monolayer film structures to multilayer ones for a variety of food and non-food packaging applications. Here are typical problems with these structures and tips on how to solve them.
Injection Molding

Virtual Mold Qualifications Become Reality

You might be able to add mold qualifications to the list of things forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how NyproMold responded.