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Tooling

Tooling: How to Properly Size, Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 3

By: Jim Fattori

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.
#bestpractices

Post-Industrial

Lindner Recyclingtech Installs Shredders Onsite Remotely

By: Heather Caliendo

After being installed remotely, the Micromat shredder has now been up and running for 200 operating hours without any issues. 

Mold Maintenance

Performance Plastics’ Secrets to Seamless Mold Transfers

By: Anthony Malone, Performance Plastics; Chris Lawson, Performance Plastics

Half of this Ohio-based molder’s client base started with a mold transfer. The firm shares the secrets of its success here.

Recycling

Leading the Charge: Brand Owners Moving to Boost Recycled Content in Packages, Products

By: Heather Caliendo

Leading brand owners and a big-box retailer discuss their recycling goals, which will impact processors and the entire supply chain.

Recycled Materials

Blazing the Trail In Processing PCR for Corrugated Pipe

By: Jim Callari

Just a decade ago, roughly 10% of HDPE corrugated pipes made by Advanced Drainage Systems used recycled material. That number is 65% now, and growing. Here’s how this processor became a pioneer in this field.
#technologyinaction

Materials

Ineos Teams Up with Herman Miller in the Production of Face Shields for Front Line Medical Staff Amid Coronavirus Crisis

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA is donating enough PP to Herman Miller which has repurposed resources to injection mold headbands for 20,000 medical face shields to combat COVID-19.
#polyolefins

Post-Consumer

How Graham Packaging Counters PCR Supply/Demand Squeeze

By: Matthew Naitove

Customers want more PCR—including food grade—than recyclers can supply. Solutions involve efforts to educate customers, employees, and the community at large. New technologies also offer hope.
#technologyinaction

Packaging

Price of PP First to Plunge; PE, PS, PVC, PET Are Next

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Coronavirus fallout: Slowing demand, higher resin inventories, low global material prices, plus labor and transportation challenges.
#pvc #polystyrene #pet

Materials

Borealis Steps Up in Austrian Face Mask Initiative in the Coronavirus Crisis by Producing Meltblown Fabrics on Unique Pilot Line

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Borealis’ new proprietary PP meltblown resin has boosted filtration properties due to its capability for finer fibers.
#polyolefins

Processes

Injection Pairs with Blow Molding for In-Mold Assembly

By: Matthew Naitove

At Sussex IM, compact cells of side-by-side injection and blow molding machines “assemble” reusable water bottles with insert blow molding and automated transfer, trimming and leak testing.

Drying

Spring Tips for Dryer Maintenance

By: Jason Sears, Dri-Air

The warm, humid weather really puts a strain on both the regeneration and process, so it is important that everything is in perfect working order. The time to check is now.

End Markets

How Two Compounders Step Up to Meet Rising Demand for Recycle Content

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Two compounders that specialize in engineering thermoplastics for technical applications discuss what they are doing to meet demands for PCR compounds.
#polyolefins

End Markets

ExxonMobil Collaborates with the Nonwoven Institute (NWI) to Help Accelerate Face Mask Production for Frontliners During the Coronavirus Crisis

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

ExxonMobil has donated 146,000 lb of PP and PP-based performance polymers to NWI for nonwoven fabrics used in medical face masks in the fight against COVID-19
#polyolefins

Medical

Single-Dose Purge Compound Yields Big Savings for Molder

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Blackhawk Molding switched to premeasured packets of a new purge compound for 63% overall cost savings.
#processorsedge

Injection Molding

Reopening America: Winnebago Industries Goes Back to Work

By: Matthew Naitove

Plants in five states have reopened, after a variety of measures taken to support employees, customers and communities.

Sheet

Sheet Processor Adds Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

By: Jim Callari

Laminex is venturing into APET for first time to make PPE in Mexico, after purchasing one of PTi’s demo production lines. The turnkey system will ultimately be used by Laminex for its packaging products.
#closeupontechnology