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It’s easy to understand why equipment monitoring is so often overlooked. Monitoring systems can be impossible to install, difficult to customize, with data that’s hard to understand and act upon. For companies who want to avoid all of the complexity, some opt to hire a technician to handle it for you, and some skip equipment monitoring all together.

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A key trend in automotive is the use of multi-material structures and, in turn, the ability to structurally join dissimilar materials and keep them together during the vehicle’s useful life, yet the need to separate them for repair, rejoin them and then separate them again at end-of-life for recycling has become increasingly important. This is particularly key for primary vehicle structures, which are far more safety critical than interior or exterior panels and, as such, vital to prevent unwanted separation during vehicle operation. They are also costlier to replace, which makes them highly desirable targets for repair rather than the junkyard if damaged.

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We’ve reported on stretch film, t-shirt bags, institutional can liners , and shrink film in previous installments of this blog series, which provide 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 recap Mastio’s research on consumer can liners.

The consumer trash bag market can be divided into the categories of national brand, private label, and generic market segments, the Mastio study notes. All three types of bags can be purchased by consumers in a variety of places including grocery stores, mass merchandise stores, and discount stores. National brand and private label bags are usually sold at a higher price than generic bags. Typically, there is very little, if any, advertising to promote the generic bags, further helping to lower the costs to consumers.

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Molded-in threaded inserts can be a great option for plastics processors looking for reusable threads in thermoset or thermoplastic applications. When strength requirements are a top priority, molded-in applications offer the best pull-out (resistance to the insert pulling out of the part) and torque performance (resistance to the insert twisting in the part when the mating fastener is torqued) for metal threaded inserts.

This insert type accomplishes the best overall bond when used with the right application. Here’s what to consider…READ MORE.

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Over three days in Long Beach, Calif. the Hilton Hotel will pack in some of plastics injection molding’s most preeminent minds at Molding 2018. If you have a nagging molding problem, there is a speaker, exhibitor, sponsor or fellow attendee who can guide you to the solution.

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