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Have You Considered the Sustainability Benefits of Liquid Color?

By: Matthew Naitove

Add less pigment to the solid-waste or recycling streams, save energy, and reduce waste to landfill, among other advantages.
#sustainability #closeupontechnology #color

Additive Manufacturing

Q&A: The Role of 3D Printing When it Comes to Optimizing the Supply Chain

By: Heather Caliendo

Greg Elfering, president of Ultimaker Americas, discusses the current state of 3D printing and what the future holds. 

Extrusion

Optimizing the Effective Life of Screws and Barrels

By: By Jeff Kuhman, Glycon Corp.

By adopting a few relatively simple practices, plastics processors can extend the life of the vital components of their plasticating unit. Here’s how to get started.  

Injection Know How

Injection Molding: Understand the Link Between Feed Throat Temperature & Bridging

By: John Bozzelli

Save time and money by properly controlling the feed-throat temperature. In some cases—but not all—it can help you solve a bridging problem.
#bestpractices

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

When to 'Adapt,' When to Retool?

By: Ernie Preiato, Conair

That is the question pipe and tubing processors typically confront when they specify a line for one product, only to have to add to the product mix when business conditions change. Here are some tips to guide you to the right answer.
#processingtips #bestpractices

Extrusion

Materials Knowledge Pays Off at Teel Plastics

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Well-equipped and well-staffed testing lab elevates competence of custom processor.
#bestpractices #technologyinaction

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

Fast, Precise Machine Helps Tubing Processor Make the Cut

By: Jim Callari

Instead of turning down a job or farming out cutting to another company because of downstream bottlenecks, Eagle Elastomer can now handle all extrusion process functions in-house. 
#closeupontechnology #technologyinaction

Testing

PART ONE How to Determine Viscosity Data Using a Slit-Die Viscometer

By: Chris Rauwendaal

Using a slit-die viscometer connected to a lab extruder can generate accurate data on melt viscosity at various shear rates and temperatures, a useful QC tool in processing.
#bestpractices #dies

Extrusion

How to Improve Production of Catheters and Stents

By: By Chris Weinrich, Conair Group

Advances in downstream extrusion equipment have boosted production control.
#processingtips #bestpractices

Molds & Tooling

Tooling: The Lowdown on Guided Ejection Systems

By: Jim Fattori

  When, where, how and why to use them.  
#bestpractices

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.
#closeupontechnology

Materials

Rising Prices for PE, PVC; Others Flat to Down

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

A reversal of the rising price curve for PP, PS, PET.
#resinpricing

Blow Molding

Processing Market Expands for Third Straight Month

By: Michael Guckes

New orders, production and employment sustain continuous industry expansion. With a reading of 52.9 in September, the index climbed each month in the third quarter.
#economics

Post-Consumer

Nova Chemicals Becomes Lead Corporate Sponsor for the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative

By: Heather Caliendo

The Nova Chemicals sponsorship will help bring two more marinas into the GLPC Initiative, bringing the total number of marinas participating to date to 13.
#Elastomers

Recycling

Try This Approach to Clean Up Your Recycled Material

By: Jim Frankland

CO2 can be used as a totally “green” solvent to remove many kinds of contamination in recycled plastics without the need for toxic solvents.
#editorial

Automotive

Bridging the Gap Between 3D Printing and Traditional Manufacturing

By: Heather Caliendo

At Essentium, both 3D printers and materials receive starring roles.