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Recycling

Follow These Tips to Give Your Granulator Blades the Edge

By: Steve Mussman, Wittmann Battenfeld

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions—and troubleshooting advice—to help you maintain your granulator blades. 
#bestpractices

Materials Know How

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials, Part 4

By: Mike Sepe

In this installment we discuss the discovery of Bakelite, the first truly synthetic polymer, known today as phenolic.
#Elastomers

Injection Know How

Process Monitoring or Production Monitoring—Why Not Both?

By: Robert Gattshall

Molders looking to both monitor an injection molding process effectively and manage production can definitely do both with tools available today, but the question is how best to tackle these twin challenges.
#monitoring

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

Profile Processor Combines People & Technology to Fuel Growth

By: Jim Callari

Custom Profile started almost 30 years ago with one employee and one extruder, and has evolved into an international processing business with three plants serving a variety of markets. And plans are in the works to expand further.

Know How

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 3

By: Jim Fattori

Follow these detailed tips to get the jobs you want. This installment focuses on the mold and the molding machine.
#bestpractices

Stretch

Blow Molder Bets on New Options in Large PET & HDPE Containers

By: Matthew Naitove

Priority Plastics is thinking big—large, wide-mouth containers and drums, that is—to offer new concepts to the U.S. market. The company is launching lines of industrial and consumer packaging made on machinery said to offer capabilities not seen before in the U.S.
#polyolefins

Injection Molding

Running Cold to Hot: Tipping Point to Convert to a Hot Runner System

By: Derrick Hennebicque, Husky Injection Molding Systems

As the original melt-delivery system, cold runners still have their place in injection molding, but when demand for a plastic part—and required production—rise, the move to a hot runner can unlock myriad benefits.

Electronics

Closed-Loop Recycling Makes Old Printer Cartridges New Again

By: Heather Caliendo

Canon runs a big recycling operation in Virginia where it collects and sorts toner cartridges, pelletizes the scrap, then molds new cartridges from the reclaim.  
#sustainability #closeupontechnology

Multi-Component

Overmolding Overhaul

By: Tony Deligio

An articulating mold and versatile auxiliary injection unit helped this molder rethink its tried-and-true approach to insert molding.
#technologyinaction

Recycling

Building an Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chain

By: Heather Caliendo

Atando Cabos, working with partners ExxonMobil and Engel, is taking discarded fishing rope and transforming it into raw material to reincorporate into the production chain as long-term recyclable products.  
#sustainability

Ripped from the Pages of Plastics Technology

By: Tony Deligio

Already gathering entries for its 5th year, Plastics Technology’s Top Shops continues to shine a spotlight on plastics’ premier processors.
#topshops

Injection Molding

New Technology Combines 3D Printing with Injection Molding

By: Heather Caliendo

This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton, and then injection molds a polymer around that skeleton.
#closeupontechnology

Extrusion

Use Rheology and Flow Simulation to Troubleshoot Extrusion Processes

By: Olivier Catherine, Cloeren Incorporated

Let’s take the mystery out of rheology by showing how the wealth of information it provides can be used by processors to solve real-world production problems.  
#bestpractices

Additive Manufacturing

Key Additive Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

By: Heather Caliendo

EOS, HP, Carbon and Essentium give a preview of what to expect from additive manufacturing in 2021.  

Resolve to Improve Your Plant’s Operations in 2021

By: Tony Deligio

The New Year brings new resolutions for many, and it’s well known that resolutions tracked and measured with metrics are ones more likely to be kept.
#topshops

Materials

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.
#resinpricing #Elastomers