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Mold In Graphic Systems (MIGS; Clarkdale, Ariz.), which made its mark in permanent labeling of plastics starting in 1983 by revolutionizing how rotationally molded polyolefins could be decorated and has also made significant strides in the injection molding arena, recently launched its first ever training and certification program.

It was over 40 years ago that MIGS founder Mike Stevenson had a vision—with a different set of lenses. In his world, stickers, decals, and pad printing weren’t intended to simply be “good enough.” “Measuring up” to the status quo wasn’t part of the plan. With an obsession to create something that lived up to his vision for labeling plastic products, Stevenson set out to develop the initial Mold in Graphic, inside his family home’s garage in the late 1970s.

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We’ve reported on stretch film, t-shirt bags, institutional can liners , consumer can liners, shrink film, produce film, pouches, agricultural film and converter film in previous installments of this blog series, which provides snap shots of the results of 2017 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo. on the PE film industry. Here, we look at its analysis of meat and poultry film.

Total PE resin consumption in 2017 for meat and poultry packaging reached approximately 609 million lb, according to Mastio’s research, and the market is projected to increase at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.7% through the year 2020, reaching a PE resin consumption level of 679.1 million lb. PE film currently dominates the meat and poultry packaging market. Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) films, laminations, and coextrusions are also typically used in the institutional and retail prepackaged meat and poultry market.

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A novel new technology is said to convert PET waste back into virgin grade material for use in food packaging. Consumer goods company Unilever, the start-up company Ioniqa, a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and the largest global producer of PET resin Indorama Ventures are working together to pioneer this new technology.

Ioniqa has reportedly developed a proprietary technology that is able to convert any PET waste - including colored packs - back into transparent virgin grade material. The technology has successfully passed its pilot stage and is now moving toward testing at an industrial scale.

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By: Dave Necessary 11. April 2018

If You’ve Got a Problem…

My hope is that you read the title of this post and completed it as a Billy Swan lyric (…I Can Help) or a Vanilla Ice line (…Yo I’ll Solve It) or, indirectly lyrical, maybe some of the Rush fans out there ended with a Neil Peart quote (…take it out on a drum).

Regardless, we are here to talk problems, not lyrics. So, if you’ve got a problem, we want to hear about it (and we want to help and to solve it, but maybe not with a drum).

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Products from igus, a German-based manufacturer (U.S. office in East Providence, Rhode Island) of a broad range of engineered plastic linear guides, bearings, energy supply systems, robotic components and 3D printing materials and services, were recently used by two high-school robotic teams from Pittsburgh, Pa., to set four world records in this year’s First Tech Challenge global robotics competition.

Team #8393 -- The Giant Diencephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team, captained by senior James Walton, joined forces with the rookie team they have been mentoring this season (Team #6931 - The Substantial Monocephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team) to set their third world record at the South Central Regional Qualifier in York, Pennsylvania. The teams set the record for the most points scored in the 2018 FTC Challenge - Relic Recovery.  This challenge requires robots to collect and score “glyphs” (foam cubes) in various patterns, retrieve “jewels”, transfer “relics”, park on balancing “stones” and navigate to specific parts of the playing field—all autonomously.

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