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Despite manmade (renegotiation of NAFTA) and natural (a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 21) challenges, Plastimagen (Nov. 7-10; Mexico City), Latin America’s preeminent plastics event continues to grow alongside its domestic plastics industry.

In conversations with major global plastics suppliers it became very apparent that regardless of what Mother Nature or politicians inflict, Mexico is very much a part of their plans now and going forward. Multiple injection molding machine suppliers ranked Mexico to me as their third largest market globally after Germany and the U.S.

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Plastics processors are often forced to consult external electrical experts on the knowledge and instruction needed to identify electrical issues. At high prices, asking for help can be a last resort. 

With MachineSense Power Analyzer, the diagnostics are performed continuously, and the analysis comes back in a form that you don’t need electrical engineers to understand.

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IPM has since then licensed its Fibre Tuff technology for the medical market to startup FibreTuff Medical Biopolymers LLC, Toledo, Ohio. Moreover, a group of Northern Ohio companies, including FibreTuff Medical, is pioneering the advancement of biomaterials using cellulose with thermoplastics made from sustainable resources in 3D printing medical devices. A key one is PAPC—polyamide/PP/cellulose blends. This biomaterial is bio absorbable and not resorbable by the human body—differentiating it from standard biomaterials like PLA and PHB for the medical market. Led by the Center of Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), this nearly $500,000 collaboration is aiming to create manufacturing of Class I and Class II medical devices in Northwest Ohio.

Said FibreTuff Medical Bioppolymers’ CEO Tom Hughes, “Northwest Ohio is ideal for this innovation because of the close proximity to raw materials and the innovative approach to healthcare…this technology allows the creation of medical devices with incredible accuracy in shorter time, which enhances the overall recovery plan and way of life for a patient—not to mention lower medical costs for the hospital.”

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As I’ve reported previously, this years SPE Automotive Innovation Awards contest yielded some very interesting finalists in all nine categories. Here are a couple from the Chassis/Hardware and Powertrain categories, many of which are industry firsts, that merit mention and made it difficult for this participating judge to make a final choice.

● Flexible PPS Fasteners for High-Heat Applications: This first-time application of replacing either metal and/or shielded nylon in high-heat fasteners appears in the 2018 Ford F-150 pickup. Using Fortran FX72T6 PPS from Celanese Tier I supplier/processor Lear Corp./Hellermann Tyton were able to achieve a 50% weight savings in this injection molded part via elimination of metal fasteners and shielding with substantial cost savings.

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We’ve asked you to save the date; told you about the all-new Parts Competition; teased the finalized agenda, which is now online; and now we’re letting you know that registration is officially open for Molding 2018.

Now in its 28th year, the annual Molding Conference & Exhibits event is the place for injection molders to connect with their peers, suppliers and potential customers. Over two-and-a-half days from Feb. 27-March 1, Molding 2018 will take place at the Hilton Long Beach.

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