PT Blog

Plastics Technology new Top Shops program for injection molding features several enhancements over the previous World Class Processor survey. Chief among these is the ability to directly compare your facility’s performance to other facilities like yours in a customized report showing how your facility fared across key metrics compared to all survey participants and the top performers.

Time is all you need to invest to receive at no charge a report valued at $500 and customized with all the metrics you provide. Participants in Top Shops programs at sister publications of Plastics Technology say the benefits of benchmarking range from reducing costs to increasing sales.

Read More

It’s that time again.

Plastics Technology is bringing the world of extrusion to a new location in Chicago at The Extrusion 2019 Conference. During this two-and-a-half-day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers and manufacturing personnel will be brought up to speed on technology developments impacting all types of extrusion operations.

Read More

New technology for tighter control of cold-runner injection of multicavity LSR parts, and for optimizing LSR process control at the mold-design stage are two of five presentations on liquid silicone molding at the upcoming Molding 2109 Conference in Indianapolis March 19-21. Leading off the Wednesday afternoon LSR session will be Gabriel Geyne of Sigmasoft Virtual Molding, with exciting news of enhanced mold-filling simulation that performs automated Design of Experiments (DOE) many times faster than possible with a human operator. Autonomous Optimization software can perform thousands of experiments without human intervention. What’s more, the software focuses the experiments toward achieving goals set by the operator, performing only those runs that help zero in on an optimized result. (Read more here.)

Though equally suited to thermoplastic injection molding, this presentation will examine a challenging LSR application that was demonstrated at Fakuma 2018 in Germany. By performing more than 60 different simulations, the software identified the optimal filling time, gate positions, and position, length and temperature of electric heaters in the mold (more details here).

Read More

The Swiss Guard is the group that guards the Pope while serving as the private army of Vatican City. Not much uniform-wise has changed from the group since the 1500s—colorful hues of the House of Medici in blue, red, orange and yellow, topped with a helmet bearing a crest of red plumes. But the oldest standing army was due for an update.

HP helped replace the metal helmets with 3D-printed PA-12 plastic ones that are durable, lightweight, weather-proof and much cooler, thanks to ventilation channels inside, the company says. 

Read More

Do your technicians have to scramble to steer a molding process back on course after it was thrown off-track by raw-material variations? If so, you’ll want to hear how to overcome such problems automatically at the Tuesday afternoon session on Medical, Packaging & Precision Molding at the Molding 2019 Conference, March 19-21, in Indianapolis.

You’ll hear Gene Altonen of iMFLUX, the new Procter & Gamble subsidiary, present the latest enhancements to the iMFLUX constant-low-pressure molding process, which initial users are reportedly finding to have remarkable advantages in molding parts faster with lower energy consumption and reduced warpage and molded-in stress.

Read More