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Know How

What You Need to Know About Blade Ejectors: Part 3

By: Jim Fattori

Follow these guidelines to prevent premature wear, flash and galling. The focus here is on corner radii.
#bestpractices

Feeding & Blending

High-Torque Twin & Novel Feeding System Debut for Compounding

By: Jim Callari

ENTEK takes the wraps off three innovations aimed at increasing productivity.
#closeupontechnology

Injection Molding

iMFLUX Plots Path to Autonomous Molding

By: Tony Deligio

iMFLUX used a virtual event in May to lay out a path to autonomous molding where “the machine is making intelligent decisions on behalf of the operator.”
#closeupontechnology

Materials

Foam PP to Improve Sustainability and Cost

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Cost-effective use of PP is a major consideration, but the biggest driver of PP foaming is pursuit of sustainability.  
#Elastomers #sustainability #polyolefins

Additives

Antimicrobial Based on Elemental Zinc Shown to be Effective Against Super-Resistant Fungus

Contributed by Lilli Manolis Sherman

Parx Materials’ Seniconcentrate technology now shown to be effective against super-resistant fungus by 87%.  

Recycled Materials

Making Polypropylene the Next Big Thing in Recycling

By: Heather Caliendo

PureCycle Technologies’ solvent-based recycling process returns polypropylene to a pristine state.
#planttour #sustainability #polyolefins

Post-Processing

Vacuum Technology Helps Thermoformer Hold Parts Precisely During Bonding

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

With Busch’s mobile claw vacuum pump, thermoformer Ernst Hombach found bonding parts extremely flexible, effective, and efficient.
#processorsedge

Molds & Tooling

‘It’s All in the Mold’ or ‘It’s All in the Process’?

By: Matthew Naitove

You’ve been waiting more than a year to interact face to face with industry experts. Here’s your chance to get fresh ideas about mold technology and mold cooling at PT’s Molding 2021 Conference.

Additive Manufacturing

SABIC and Local Motors Study Demonstrates Recyclability of 3D-Printed Parts

By: Heather Caliendo

The study determined that material from post-production parts and scrap can potentially be reused in large format additive manufacturing (LFAM) or other processes at amounts up to 100%.
#sustainability

Injection Molding

Prove Your Molding Mettle

Multiple injection molders have put their parts forward to win the first-ever Hot Shots Injection Molded part competition—enter your most unmoldable part to prove your plastics prowess.

So…What’s Ahead in Manufacturing for 2021?

By: Jim Callari

Reshoring...and lots of it, studies show. 

Injection Molding

So Many Routes to Molding Excellence!

By: Matthew Naitove

The first afternoon of Molding 2021 presents a smorgasbord of useful information on robotics, LSR molding, process control, “smart factories,” materials handling/drying/feeding, and more.
#bestpractices

Recycling

New LVMH Packaging Using Eastman's Molecular Recycling Technologies

By: Heather Caliendo

Eastman's Advanced Circular Recycling technologies produce resins from mixed waste plastic rather than fossil-based feedstocks.
#sustainability

Injection Molding

Choose Your Own Injection Adventure at Molding 2021

By: Tony Deligio

In addition to general sessions geared towards all Molding 2021 attendees, each afternoon of the conference allows molders to create an a la carte injection technology menu, customized to their learning palette.

Injection Molding

Molding, Extrusion, Recycling, Moldmaking: It’s All Here

By: Jim Callari

‘Here’ is Rosemont, Ill., Sept. 21-23, when molding and extrusion conferences co-locate with the Amerimold trade show under one roof.
#editorial #sustainability

Engineering Resins

Thermoplastic Composite Sings in Next-Generation Loudspeaker Cones

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Compression molder Dr. Kurt Mueller replaced a thermoset composite structure with a carbon-fiber reinforced SAN sheet.
#Elastomers #processorsedge