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Extrusion

Take the Guesswork Out of Determining Screw, Barrel Wear

By: Jim Callari

New technology from Glycon takes real-time measurements of screw and barrel wear and provides data to guide processors as to when the time may be right to swap out these components.
#closeupontechnology #screws #industry4-0

Injection Molding

Slowed—but not Stopped—by the Pandemic, Custom Molder Catches Up with Its Plans for Growth

By: Tony Deligio

No one’s 2020 plans survived the pandemic unscathed, including those of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. But this injection molder’s vision of how it would continue to thrive as it approaches its fifth decade was simply deferred, not denied.
#planttour

Extrusion

Extrusion: Follow These Tips to Get Profile Die Design Just Right

By: Jim Frankland

Calculating polymer flow is fairly straightforward when designing a die for a simple round profile, but as the shapes get more complicated these calculations can get extremely challenging. Here’s what you need to consider.  
#dies

Injection Molding

Three Key Decisions for an Optimal Ejection System

By: Paul Thal, general manager, Thal Precision

When determining the best ejection option for a tool, molders must consider the ejector’s surface area, location and style.
#bestpractices

Testing

Take These Steps to Optimize Your MFR Data

By: Harry Yohn, Tinius Olsen

Make your life easier by paying close attention to the procedural steps detailed in the test standards.
#bestpractices

Processors Extend 2020 Expansion into New Year

By: Michael Guckes

Survey data report quickening expansion in plastics, notably in custom processing.
#economics

Commodity Resins

Prices Still Rising for Volume Resins.

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

  Global supply constraints on feedstocks and some resins, along with strong demand, are driving continued increases.
#resinpricing #Elastomers

Injection Molding

Meet Me in Chicago

By: Jim Callari

In Rosemont, to be more specific. Join us September 21-23 for a first-of-its-kind, in-person event that brings under one roof our annual Molding and Extrusion 2021 Conferences, together with our Amerimold tradeshow.   
#editorial

Thermoforming

Follow These Tips to Maintain the Life of Your Thermoformer

By: Alexx Strobridge, Brown Machine

Just a small number of regular adjustments can make a major difference in how your machine performs. Here are some tips and troubleshooting advice.

Digital Demos

Accelerating New Product Development with Quick Turn Tools: Raising the Bar of 3D Printed Tool Performance

By: Jim Callari

This demo will showcase Fortify's methods used at their in-house molding center to back up these claims - including competitive benchmarking.

Automation

New Player, Different Approach to Automation

By: Tony Deligio

Rapid Robotics is a new automation supplier that offers manufacturers an affordable rental model for “ready-to-work robotic machine operators.”
#closeupontechnology

One Last Look at 2020

By: Tony Deligio

Before you turn over a new leaf to 2021, take a full accounting of 2020 with Plastics Technology’s Top Shops survey.
#topshops

Feeding & Blending

New Central Blending System Offers Greater Accuracy, Flexibility

By: Jim Callari

Developed by Israel’s LIAD and available from Ampacet, system features dedicated ingredient weighing hoppers conveyed to specific machines to eliminate the risk of batch contamination.
#closeupontechnology

Blow Molding

Plastiblow Re-Enters U.S. Market With Advanced All-Electric Machines

By: Matthew Naitove

A major Italian machinery brand, already well established in Latin America, is back in North America with service and spare parts support and a number of distinctive features on its all-electric blow molders.
#closeupontechnology

Technology Never Sleeps

By: Jim Callari

Plastics Technology and MoldMaking Technology team up on a special print and digital May supplement that focuses on new products and technology drivers and trends to help keep you ahead of the competition.

Automation

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

By: Tony Deligio

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