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Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials: Part 1

By: Michael Sepe

In this series we’ll delve into a discerning look back into the history of our industry and how we all got here.  
#Elastomers

Know How

Recycling: Expanding 'Circularity' through Advanced Recycling Technologies

By: Kim Holmes, 4R Sustainability

Recycling and achieving circularity for materials is at the core of the plastics industry’s evolving sustainable business model. Advanced technologies will play a big role.

Additives

Get Color Right With Digital Control

By: Earl Balthazar, Datacolor

Here’s a guide for compounders, color houses, and processors to overcome unreliable visual color analysis and eliminate unproductive and costly results. 
#color

Extrusion

PT Tech Days Continue to Inform

By: Jim Callari

Register now to hear technology experts address a wide range of topics in plastics processing. And access our archives to tune in to what you may have missed. It’s free.
#bestpractices #industry4-0 #editorial

Injection Molding

How to Plan and Implement Automation in an Injection Molding Plant

By: By Steve Williams and Rich Lachance, Sepro America LLC

There is no “one size fits all” solution in automation. When considering what it would look like in your plant, hone in on the staff, products, space, and goals that are specific to you and the automation system that you will be installing.  
#bestpractices

Injection Molding

Lights Out, Pristine Production In

By: Tony Deligio

The numbers beggar belief and the business belies description—Medical Components of America has six full-time employees, six injection machines and lights-out production that’s gone five years without shipping a bad part or missing a delivery.
#planttour #industry4-0

Film

Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

By: Jim Callari

Air-ring upgrade results in output gains up to 23% for leading film processor in Indonesia. Gauge uniformity also improved.
#planttour #technologyinaction #processorsedge

Packaging

Berry’s Bold Sustainability Benchmarks

By: Tony Deligio

Worldwide packaging behemoth Berry Global has staked out a market-leading sustainability position with ambitious near- and long-term goals. Executive VP and General Manager Brian Hunt discussed the company’s efforts with Plastics Technology, including a new line of PCR containing caps and closures.
#sustainability

Injection Molding

Residence Time and Residence-Time Distribution—Part 1 of 2

By: Suhas Kulkarni

Failing to calculate and accurately account for residence time can compromise material integrity before it’s even injected.
#bestpractices

Additives

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 Molding

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

Pipe, Profile, Tubing

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

Extrusion

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