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One Last Look at 2020

By: Tony Deligio

Before you turn over a new leaf to 2021, take a full accounting of 2020 with Plastics Technology’s Top Shops survey.
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Feeding & Blending

New Central Blending System Offers Greater Accuracy, Flexibility

By: Jim Callari

Developed by Israel’s LIAD and available from Ampacet, system features dedicated ingredient weighing hoppers conveyed to specific machines to eliminate the risk of batch contamination.
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Blow Molding

Plastiblow Re-Enters U.S. Market With Advanced All-Electric Machines

By: Matthew Naitove

A major Italian machinery brand, already well established in Latin America, is back in North America with service and spare parts support and a number of distinctive features on its all-electric blow molders.
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Automation

How COVID-19 Did (and Didn’t) Change Automation in Plastics

By: Tony Deligio

The global pandemic invigorated longstanding trends and new market forces to push broad-based adoption of automation and robotics from the incremental to the inexorable.
#business

Injection Molding

Injection Molders: Benchmark Yourselves Against Your Peers

By: Jim Callari

How do you measure up against the elite in injection molding? Find out by taking part in our annual Top Shops survey.
#editorial #topshops

Testing

Quantifying the Appearance of Plastics

Gloss, reflection haze, and transmission haze are three of the most prevalent effects on the appearance of plastics. With the help of multifunctional tools like gloss meters and spectrophotometers manufacturers can measure these visual affects to ensure the integrity of a products appearance from start to end. 
#color

Free Survey: *[No] Restrictions May [Ever] Apply

By: Tony Deligio

Apart from costing you some time, Plastics Technology’s Top Shops Benchmarking Survey is 100% free to participants, no asterisks or restrictions may apply.
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End Markets

Precisely Managed Melt Delivery Moved into the Hot Runner

By: Tony Deligio

Husky says its new UltraShot injection system miniaturizes the shooting-pot concept of a traditional two-stage injection system—putting it within the mold—to create proximity to the gate that all but eliminates pressure drop.
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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing: Through the Molders’ Lens

By: Heather Caliendo

Many in the manufacturing world experienced first-hand how agile and efficient 3D printing is when companies began to print products to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Custom molder EVCO expanded its 3D printing capabilities during this time to help produce parts quickly.  

Recycling

Follow These Tips to Give Your Granulator Blades the Edge

By: Steve Mussman, Wittmann Battenfeld

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions—and troubleshooting advice—to help you maintain your granulator blades. 
#bestpractices

Materials Know How

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials, Part 4

By: Mike Sepe

In this installment we discuss the discovery of Bakelite, the first truly synthetic polymer, known today as phenolic.
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Injection Know How

Process Monitoring or Production Monitoring—Why Not Both?

By: Robert Gattshall

Molders looking to both monitor an injection molding process effectively and manage production can definitely do both with tools available today, but the question is how best to tackle these twin challenges.
#monitoring

Extrusion

Profile Processor Combines People & Technology to Fuel Growth

By: Jim Callari

Custom Profile started almost 30 years ago with one employee and one extruder, and has evolved into an international processing business with three plants serving a variety of markets. And plans are in the works to expand further.

Injection Molding

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 3

By: Jim Fattori

Follow these detailed tips to get the jobs you want. This installment focuses on the mold and the molding machine.
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End Markets

Blow Molder Bets on New Options in Large PET & HDPE Containers

By: Matthew Naitove

Priority Plastics is thinking big—large, wide-mouth containers and drums, that is—to offer new concepts to the U.S. market. The company is launching lines of industrial and consumer packaging made on machinery said to offer capabilities not seen before in the U.S.
#polyolefins

Tooling

Running Cold to Hot: Tipping Point to Convert to a Hot Runner System

By: Derrick Hennebicque, Husky Injection Molding Systems

As the original melt-delivery system, cold runners still have their place in injection molding, but when demand for a plastic part—and required production—rise, the move to a hot runner can unlock myriad benefits.