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Recycling

Closed-Loop Recycling Makes Old Printer Cartridges New Again

By: Heather Caliendo

Canon runs a big recycling operation in Virginia where it collects and sorts toner cartridges, pelletizes the scrap, then molds new cartridges from the reclaim.  
#sustainability #closeupontechnology

Injection Molding

Overmolding Overhaul

By: Tony Deligio

An articulating mold and versatile auxiliary injection unit helped this molder rethink its tried-and-true approach to insert molding.
#technologyinaction

Recycling

Building an Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chain

By: Heather Caliendo

Atando Cabos, working with partners ExxonMobil and Engel, is taking discarded fishing rope and transforming it into raw material to reincorporate into the production chain as long-term recyclable products.  
#sustainability

Ripped from the Pages of Plastics Technology

By: Tony Deligio

Already gathering entries for its 5th year, Plastics Technology’s Top Shops continues to shine a spotlight on plastics’ premier processors.
#topshops

Additive Manufacturing

New Technology Combines 3D Printing with Injection Molding

By: Heather Caliendo

This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton and then injection molds a special polymer around that skeleton.
#closeupontechnology

Extrusion

Use Rheology and Flow Simulation to Troubleshoot Extrusion Processes

By: Olivier Catherine, Cloeren Incorporated

Let’s take the mystery out of rheology by showing how the wealth of information it provides can be used by processors to solve real-world production problems.  
#bestpractices

Additive Manufacturing

Key Additive Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

By: Heather Caliendo

EOS, HP, Carbon and Essentium give a preview of what to expect from additive manufacturing in 2021.  

Resolve to Improve Your Plant’s Operations in 2021

By: Tony Deligio

The New Year brings new resolutions for many, and it’s well known that resolutions tracked and measured with metrics are ones more likely to be kept.
#topshops

Materials

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.
#resinpricing #Elastomers

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

Blow Molding

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.