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There’s Still Time to Take the Top Shops Survey

By: Tony Deligio

Responses to the annual survey are tracking well ahead of the previous year, and you still have time to complete your response and see how your facility stacks up.
#bestpractices #topshops

Materials

PP Prices Jump 33¢. Other Volume Resins Up, Too

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

The extraordinary Gulf Coast winter storm contributed to demand exceeding supply for nearly all resins. PP prices reacted most dramatically.
#resinpricing #Elastomers #polyolefins

Injection Molding

Injection Molded Part Competition Announced

Along with presentations on how to perfect your molding process and exhibits with technologies to improve your molded parts, Molding 2021 will also highlight molded parts themselves with Hot Shots.

Materials

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials: Part 5

By: Michael Sepe

Creation of an invention like phenolic can be traced through a long chain of events and contributors. Here’s the full story.  
#Elastomers

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

Expanding Profile Extrusion Capacity? Might Be Time to 'Go Dual'

By: Ernie Preiato, Conair

Demand for building products is thriving, and profile extrusion houses are looking to expand capacity. The question they—and possibly you—face is to simply add more single-profile lines or “go dual.” Here’s what you need to consider.

Extrusion

Take the Guesswork Out of Determining Screw, Barrel Wear

By: Jim Callari

New technology from Glycon takes real-time measurements of screw and barrel wear and provides data to guide processors as to when the time may be right to swap out these components.
#closeupontechnology #screws #industry4-0

Injection Molding

Slowed—but not Stopped—by the Pandemic, Custom Molder Catches Up with Its Plans for Growth

By: Tony Deligio

No one’s 2020 plans survived the pandemic unscathed, including those of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. But this injection molder’s vision of how it would continue to thrive as it approaches its fifth decade was simply deferred, not denied.
#planttour

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

Extrusion: Follow These Tips to Get Profile Die Design Just Right

By: Jim Frankland

Calculating polymer flow is fairly straightforward when designing a die for a simple round profile, but as the shapes get more complicated these calculations can get extremely challenging. Here’s what you need to consider.  
#dies

Tooling

Three Key Decisions for an Optimal Ejection System

By: Paul Thal, general manager, Thal Precision

When determining the best ejection option for a tool, molders must consider the ejector’s surface area, location and style.
#bestpractices

Testing

Take These Steps to Optimize Your MFR Data

By: Harry Yohn, Tinius Olsen

Make your life easier by paying close attention to the procedural steps detailed in the test standards.
#bestpractices

Processors Extend 2020 Expansion into New Year

By: Michael Guckes

Survey data report quickening expansion in plastics, notably in custom processing.
#economics

Materials

Prices Still Rising for Volume Resins

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Global supply constraints on feedstocks and some resins, along with strong demand, are driving continued increases.
#resinpricing #Elastomers

Injection Molding

Meet Me in Chicago

By: Jim Callari

In Rosemont, to be more specific. Join us September 21-23 for a first-of-its-kind, in-person event that brings under one roof our annual Molding and Extrusion 2021 Conferences, together with our Amerimold tradeshow.   
#editorial

Digital Demos

Accelerating New Product Development with Quick Turn Tools: Raising the Bar of 3D Printed Tool Performance

By: Jim Callari

This demo will showcase Fortify's methods used at their in-house molding center to back up these claims - including competitive benchmarking.

Thermoforming

Follow These Tips to Maintain the Life of Your Thermoformer

By: Alexx Strobridge, Brown Machine

Just a small number of regular adjustments can make a major difference in how your machine performs. Here are some tips and troubleshooting advice.

Automation

New Player, Different Approach to Automation

By: Tony Deligio

Rapid Robotics is a new automation supplier that offers manufacturers an affordable rental model for “ready-to-work robotic machine operators.”
#closeupontechnology