October 2020 ISSUE

COVER STORY

Top Shops 2020: Molding More from Less

Plastics Technology’s 2020 Top Shops benchmarking survey reveals that the most effective molders are, not surprisingly, the most efficient, accomplishing more than their peers from a smaller manufacturing footprint.
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FEATURES

Electronics

Bridging the Gap Between 3D Printing and Traditional Manufacturing

At Essentium, both 3D printers and materials receive starring roles. 
Feeding & Blending

How to Ensure Reliable Feeder Performance When Handling PCR

Processors are being challenged to incorporate more recycled material into their products. Yet there are both economical and technical obstacles to achieving this objective—feeding among them. The design of your feeding equipment and the advantages that it will offer to your process will be more important than ever.


Extrusion

Shopping for a Barrel? Consider the Full Cost of Ownership

Beyond just the “invoice price” of a barrel, processors should consider factors like the composition of the inlay, quality of the backing material, straightness, concentricity, machining imperfections and packaging/handling, to understand the true cost of owning a barrel.