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Processors End 2020 on a High Note

By: Michael Guckes

December’s Plastics Processing Index clocked in near 55, in line with the best readings since early 2019.
#economics

Most-Viewed Stories of December 2020

Advanced screw design; clear, recycled bottles and new PCR packaging; polymer history; polyolefins for smart surfaces; new die-cleaning tech and more garnered reader interest as 2020 drew to a close.

Will You Be Ready for the Next Disruption?

By: Jim Callari

Lessons learned from ongoing coronavirus pandemic should help business navigate through the next disruption.
#sustainability #business #editorial

Recycling

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 5

By: Heather Caliendo

Additive manufacturing has emerged as the supply chain hero in many ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the recycling industry continues its push for a Circular Economy.
#sustainability

Recycled Materials

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 4

By: Matthew Naitove

Good news was there if you knew where to look for it—in the pages of Plastics Technology magazine or right here on our website. Here’s a review of headlines you can feel good about.
#industry4-0

Materials

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 3

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Processors and resin makers step up; biobased/renewable PP makes commercial strides; BOPE makes inroads as monolayer contender; and, performance PP for engineering applications & sustainability 'shines'. 
#sustainability #polyolefins

Extrusion

20 Good Things to Come out of 2020—Part 2

By: Jim Callari

Business durability, online learning, value-added compounding, PPE reshoring and new barrier sheet tech/player—five more positive stories to come out of 2020.

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020

By: Tony Deligio

In the year’s waning days, it’s not hard to index the many, many negative aspects of the pandemic and the last 365 days, but some good outcomes can also be cataloged.

Injection Molding

Busting Myths: How Additive Polymers Affect Builds

With advances in additive polymers, it may be time to consider moving a traditionally manufactured part to 3D printing.
#npe

Injection Know How

Improve Quality & Productivity With Advanced Screw Design

By: John Bozzelli

Most molders are still running with screw designs that haven’t changed much in 30 years. But they don’t need to.  
#scientificmolding #processingtips #screws

Materials

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials, Part 3

By: Michael Sepe

In this series we delve into a discerning look back into the history of our industry and how we all got here.   

Automation

Plastics Processors Waking Up to the Digital World

By: Pierre Maillet, CyFrame

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force plastics processors to revisit technologies previously overlooked, many of which will be on display at May’s NPE2021 show. In part one of a series on emerging trends and technologies to explore during the triennial event, we look at digital manufacturing.
#npe #industry4-0

Medical

Keeping It in the Family: Medical Molder Grows with Second Generation at the Helm

By: Tony Deligio

Evolving from a two-man moldmaking company in a rented garage to three unique businesses, including a new medical injection molding unit, with 185 full-time employees, Micro Mold, Plastikos and Plastikos Medical enter their fourth decade family-led and poised for growth.
#planttour

Know How

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 2

By: Jim Fattori

Follow these detailed tips to get you the jobs you want. Here we factor in the costs of scrap and regrind, along with energy and certain additives. 

Materials

Prices Up for Major Volume Resins

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Blame global plant outages leading to tighter feedstock and resin supplies and higher feedstock costs. Add in some ‘catch-up’ resin demand.  
#resinpricing #Elastomers

Processing Expansion Cools in November

By: Michael Guckes

Industry growth slows after quickening expansion over the prior four months.
#economics