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As in past years, we often hear from major colorant & additive masterbatch and compounds suppliers—such as Americhem, Clariant and PolyOne, as to what future color trends are on the way. Here’s what Clariant and PolyOne are up to for 2020.

Clariant: The ColorForward workshop was held this year at the Clariant ColorWorks center in Singapore. As they have every year since 2006, an international team of Clariant specialists came together for a week-long series of creative exercises aimed at defining four global trend themes that can be expected to influence consumers in the near and mid-term future, and selecting colors or color combinations that evoke an emotional response related to each trend. The result is a unique tool that can be used to help plastic product designers and marketing professionals make more informed color choices.

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To protect distributors and consumers from nasty surprises, Germany’s industrial printer manufacturer Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG (U.S. office in East Troy, Wisc.) has developed a new security ink. The company gives this ‘nasty surprise’ as an example: On Christmas day, a bottle of perfume waits under the Christmas tree. But unfortunately, its scent is somewhat off and it causes a skin burn. The product is a fake.

According to Leibinger, product piracy is on the rise within the European Union and beyond. The company cited a recent report from the Manufacturers European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which indicates losses of 60 billion euros have occurred within the EU from product pirating. Moreover, the copied products endanger the health of consumers. Cosmetics are a prime example, whereby criminals often mix heavy-metal compounds such as cadmium, nickel, arsenic and lead in the products.

“We want to protect manufacturers and consumers from these serious damages. That's why we developed a new security ink that can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into packaging lines as a tool for more security against product piracy,” explains Christina Leibinger, managing owner of Leibinger.

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Sponsored Content 28. December 2018

Dynamic Lift Control Optimizes Central Cooling Technology

Conventional chillers use a fixed pressure setting based on the warmest summertime temperature the condenser may see. As the ambient air is cooled, the chiller turns fans off of the air-cooled condenser or regulates the flow of cooling tower water to maintain the fixed pressure setting for the condenser.

An alternative method is what Thermal Care calls “Dynamic Lift” control technology. This method is used to adjust the pressure in the condenser based on the temperature of the outside air, the process heat load, and the peak efficiencies and performance points of the components in the chiller.

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Sponsored Content 27. December 2018

What to Look for in an Industrial Shredder for Plastics

There has been significant innovation in the industrial shredder industry for plastics processors. Not all shredders are created equal, and now, more than ever, certain product features can make a big difference in a machine’s life expectancy, as well as how easy and safe it is to operate and maintain.

With a long history of manufacturing shredding equipment for several industries and numerous patents in the field, Republic Machine well addresses features and functions that are important to getting the most out of a shredder. Here are a few components and features to consider:

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One goal of Plastics Technology’s live events—Molding, Extrusion, Amerimold—is to create an agenda that reflects live-and-in-person the magazine’s primary goal: helping processors improve their operations.  

At Molding 2019 (March 19-21; Indianapolis, Ind.), the opening general session—Best Practices: Molding for Consistent Quality & Optimum Productivity—features multiple regular contributors to Plastics Technology and it sister publications presenting on topics ranging from troubleshooting melt delivery and applying Design of Experiments to molding, to effective training methods and thinking of injection molding as a connected process.

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