June 2020 ISSUE

Plastics Technology June 2020
June 2020 | Digital Edition
COVER STORY

Clean Conveying Cuts Costs and Enables Efficiency

Focus on three key areas when moving material for better-quality parts and less downtime.

FEATURES

Sheet

‘Untapped Workforce’ Helps Drive Growth at MDI

Minnesota-based firm extrudes corrugated HDPE sheet and fabricates it into all kinds of tubs, totes, boxes, and trays for businesses that include Fortune 500 companies. Its model is unique: a manufacturer in a competitive business-to-business environment that has a mission of providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities—in an integrated and inclusive setting.


Resin Conveying

Clean Conveying Cuts Costs and Enables Efficiency

Focus on three key areas when moving material for better-quality parts and less downtime.
Thermoforming

Five Big Advances to Track in Thin-Gauge Thermoforming

High speeds, automation, smarter process control, integrated vision systems, and better decoration techniques are becoming more common among practitioners of the ‘black art’ of thermoforming. Are they for you?


Automotive

How to Properly Maintain Aluminum Injection Molds

Aluminum and steel tools have some important differences, but also one key similarity: Routine maintenance will extend the mold’s life and boost the quality of its output.