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Breaking Barriers: Sheet Processor Makes Move on High-End Packaging Market

By: Jim Callari

Impact Plastics sets up new brand with game-changing disruptive technology that combines a novel PP with customized equipment that looks to upend the business of extruded sheet for barrier food packaging.
#planttour #polyolefins

Injection Know How

Back to the (Re)Grind

By: Garrett MacKenzie

Some amount of scrap—generated in startup, shutdown or defective parts—is inevitable. How can you reclaim regrind into new profitable parts?
#bestpractices

Construction

Performance Polypropylene: New Grades Tackle 'Engineering' Applications & Sustainability

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

New versions of this ultra-versatile material compete with more expensive ‘engineering’ resins and enhanced sustainability in applications from automotive and E&E to packaging, consumer goods and building construction.
#sustainability #polyolefins #Elastomers

Multi-Screw

Add Value to Your Compounding Operation

By: Jim Callari

Inside: Insights on three emerging, higher-margin growth areas for compounders.
#editorial

Compounding

Mitigating and Troubleshooting Underwater Pelletizing Issues

By: By Merritt H. Christian, Nordson Corp.

There’s a shift to underwater pelletizing systems as compounders strive to produce higher-quality pellets. But underwater pelletizers are not general-purpose tools. Follow these steps to help ensure you maintain throughput, pellet quality and efficiency.

Extrusion

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Candy

By: Jim Callari

With an AAGR of 11.8%, PE resin consumption is anticipated to reach 52.9 million lb in this market by 2022.
#polyolefins

End Markets

Genomatica Survey Shows Sustainability is Embraced by Americans Despite COVID-19

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

According to Genomatica’s survey, sustainability will have staying power even amid health and economic turmoil.
#sustainability

Biopolymers

Danimer Scientific Gets DOE Grant to Expand PHA Bioplastic Commercialization

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Of the eight biomanufacturing companies selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to recieve a total of $5.7 million, Danimer Scientific is the sole recipient focuses on biodegradable plastics.

Film

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Envelopes

By: Jim Callari

One of the fastest-growing PE film markets is expected to grow at a clip of  of 5.2% a year through 2022.

Engineering Resins

SPE ACCE 2020 Virtual Event to Feature Lanxess' Technical Director as First Keynote Speaker

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Lanxess’ Jose Chirino to present a roadmap for future mobility with a discussion on automotive plastics and polymer composites.
#polyolefins #Elastomers

Injection Molding

Five Questions to Ask Before Instrumenting a Mold

By: Brad Harvey, RJG, Inc.

There are plenty of good reasons for putting sensors in a mold—but what is most important for your application? Answer that first, before considering what type of sensor to use and where to locate it.

Materials

Mineral Additives Supplier and University Partner Expand Uses of Graphite to Thermoplastics

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Germany’s George H. Luh’s recent research developments look promising for broadening the use of expandable graphite to nylons and more. 

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Injection Molding Increasingly Complementary in Covid-19 Crisis

By: Tony Deligio

The coronavirus crisis has often simultaneously required the speed of additive manufacturing and the scale of injection molding.

End Markets

Use Automated Fever Scanning to Protect your People and your Business

This new non-contact temperature screening system from MachineSense is quick and easy to use. It provides an added level of health protection for employees and legal protection for the business.

Packaging

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Deli Bags and Wrap

By: Jim Callari

With an average annual growth rate of 7.9%, PE resin consumption in this market is anticipated to reach 25.2 million lb in this market by 2022.

Recycling

Project STOP Announces New Advancements to Combat Plastic Pollution

By: Heather Caliendo

Launched in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP works with cities to create effective waste management systems that eliminate plastics leakage into the ocean and create circular systems in Southeast Asia.