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Injection Molding

Fundamentals of Proper Press Shutdown

Press shutdown procedures have a significant impact on achieving smooth machine startups and restarts to improve uptime. Here’s a procedure you might want to deploy in your molding operation.
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Compounding

Is Your Feeding Technology Robust Enough?

Maybe not. But consider these factors to beef up your system to ensure reliable and even smarter performance.
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Compounding

Best Practices in Processing with Recycled Material

Inside: What brand owners are planning, and how processors ahead of the curve have already responded.
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Extrusion Know How

What You Should Know About Miniature Extrusion Screws

Very small screws have become more common with the growth of additive manufacturing. Designing such screws requires balancing their output requirements with their torque strength.
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Injection Molding

Tooling: How to Properly Size, Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 3

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.
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Injection Know How

The Cosmetic Process Window: Key to a No-Tweak, Robust Process

Establishing a process with the widest possible cosmetic window can help put your injection molding on cruise control.
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Know How

Tooling: How to Properly Size, Gates, Runners and Sprues, Part 2

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around.
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Multi-Screw Compounding

Compounding: Part 2 of 2 Demystifying Devolatilization

Here are some simple tools to help monitor and optimize your devolatilization process.
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Film Extrusion

Extrusion: Important Polymer Melting Equations for Extrusion Processors

The more you know about what happens in a screw, the more you’ll be able to work with your supplier to optimize design.
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Electronics

Award-Winning Package Boosts Lindar's Thermoforming Credentials

Custom thermoformer Lindar has experienced years of steady growth, with numerous technical advances to its credit, as it continues to expand its capabilities in packaging and industrial markets. 
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Purging Compounds

Be Proactive in Your Purging Program

True, it can be tough to take a machine out of production, but a purging maintenance program should be thought of as a direct line to cost savings.
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Materials

Materials Part 1: What Annealing Can Do for Your Process

Relatively rapid cooling rates in processing introduce internal stress. If functional problems in use result, annealing may draw down the stress to levels that may not be achievable during processing.
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Injection Know How

Don’t Get Caught in the Flash-and-Shorts Chase

Injection molding’s most common defects can have inverse correlation, where correcting one causes the other, leading to the “chase.”
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Injection Know How

Follow These Tips to Sanitize Machine Controller Screens & Buttons

Keeping your workers safe from the coronavirus makes it extremely important to institute a sanitizing procedure on all touch surfaces of the controller, screen and operating panel. I did some research and here’s what I found.
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Know How

Part 1: How to Properly Size Gates, Runners and Sprues

Get the sprue, runner and gate sizes close to ideal the first time around—without spending a lot of time on extremely complicated formulas.
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Extrusion

Try This Lower-Cost Purging Method

You might be able to reduce purging times and save money by scheduling processing jobs in order of the increasing material viscosity. But to get started, you'll need shear rate/viscosity curves for your polymers.
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Packaging

SPE Schedules First-Ever 'Virtual' ANTEC

Attendees can listen to keynotes and presentations live. Many presentations will also be recorded.
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Extrusion

How to Optimize Usage of Recycled Material

Processors need to “engineer” feeding properties similar to virgin pellets into their regrind to efficiently and economically utilize more of their scrap.
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Post-Consumer Recycling

Why—and How—You Should be Tracking Your Regrind

Ask yourself these questions to decide whether you need to implement a system to manage your scrap.  
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Blow Molding

Use a DOE to Improve Consistency of Your Resin-Drying Process

Conducting a drying design of experiments (DOE) will ensure your polymer is properly dried every time. Here’s how to do it.  
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