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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.

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

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

Commodity Resins

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. 

Commodity Resins

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

End Markets

Is Your Ultrasonic Welder Up to the Challenge of Medical Processing?

By: Stephen Potpan, Rinco Ultrasonics

New technology meets the industry’s requirements for repeatable, consistent welds in smaller and more intricate medical components. Follow these tips to make sure your equipment meets these market demands.  

Extrusion

New Die-Cleaning System Boosts Efficiency for Film Processor

By: Jim Callari

IPG’s investment in Schwing’s cleaning system impacts processor’s bottom line by getting dirty film dies back in production quickly.
#dies #processorsedge

Drying

Four New Developments in Plastics Drying

These four short videos provide a snapshot of what’s going on in plastics resin drying technology. Yes, there’s Industry 4.0, but also lots more to bring higher quality and efficiency to your injection molding and extrusion processes.
#industry4-0

Injection Molding

“Injection Molding at the Speed of 3D Printing”

By: Matthew Naitove

Wait—isn’t that backwards?