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Injection Know How

In Search of a Universal Setup Sheet

Duplicating a process from one injection machine to another is frustrating and time-consuming. Develop a mold-specific setup sheet that works in all kinds of presses by differentiating plastic parameters from machine parameters and duplicating those plastic conditions from machine to machine, electric or hydraulic. 
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Multi-Screw Compounding

Compounding: Part 1 of 2: Demystifying Devolatilization

Very little has been written about this critical topic, and most of what has been published is theoretical. Here’s some practical guidance to help you better understand the process and improve your operation.
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Injection Molding

Act Sooner, Not Later, on Auxiliary Equipment Alarms

There can be real financial, safety, and quality benefits for processors who train plant personnel to interpret and respond promptly to various alarms. Real-world examples offer proof.  
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Extrusion Know How

EXTRUSION: Melting 101

Learn the basics on how polymer melts in a single screw. Barrel temperature plays less of a role than you might think.
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Mold Maintenance

Solving Issues with Gloss

Your problem may be related to tooling, material, processing, or combinations thereof. Here’s how to find the root cause.
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Post-Consumer Recycling

Finding the Right Melt Filtration System for Post-Consumer Recycling

To achieve high-quality pellets at the end of the recycling process, chose filtration technology based on both the input materials as well as the performance requirements of the finished material.
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Film Extrusion

Innovation, Customization & Sustainability: How Flex Films Focuses on U.S. Market

Global player in BOPET film has big plans for U.S. market with innovative products developed collaboratively with customers while paying heed to environmental concerns.
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Injection Molding

Custom Molder’s Strategic Edge: Top-Class Metrology Services

Molding good parts is not enough. Better and faster metrology services for tool qualification and process validation make the difference for Octex Group.
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Materials Know How

Polyethylene Fundamentals: Part 6 of 6

Don’t assume you know everything there is to know about PE because it’s been around so long. Here is yet another example of how the performance of PE is influenced by molecular weight and density.
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Multi-Component

Make Your Mark in Plastics Technology’s 'Top Shops' Survey

Benchmark your injection molding operation by being a part of our annual survey. Learn more about “best-in-class” practices that separate the tops shops from the rest.
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Know How

The Importance of Gate Geometry

Gate size and shape—unlike gate location—don’t often get the attention they deserve. Many common assumptions about gate geometry deserve to be challenged
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Extrusion

Extrusion: How Much L/D Do You Really Need?

Just like selecting the extruder size and drive combination, the L/D should be carefully evaluated.
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Injection Know How

Revisiting Shot Size vs. Barrel Capacity

We’ve covered this topic before, but it’s important enough to warrant another look..
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Injection Molding

Save Time, Money: Use a Mold-Design Checklist

Here are 15 examples of common molding issues that occur during an initial mold trial. Many of them could be avoided or corrected with a proactive checklist. 
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Materials Know How

Part 5 of 6: Fundamentals of Polyethylene

How the development of new catalysts—notably metallocenes—paved the way for the development of material grades never before possible.
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Post-Consumer Recycling

Learn from Injection Molding’s Thought Leaders: Register Now for Molding 2020

The world’s premier injection molding technical conference comes to Chicago, March 17-19.
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Single-Screw Compounding

Strand Pelletizing: Follow These Steps to Determine Your Water Bath Length

Use heat-transfer equations as a shortcut to get you in the ballpark of how long your pelletizing water bath should be.
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Extrusion Know How

What You Need to Know to Get into Coextrusion

Key considerations range from determining the right extruder sizes to tooling, matching material viscosities, and lots more. Take a look.
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Injection Know How

How Can Molders Achieve Effective Process Monitoring?

You have developed a proper process; now you need to monitor that process to ensure its stability through a run.
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Heating & Cooling

Is Your TCU Up to the Job? Mold Simulation Can Give the Answer

For realistic results, molding and cooling simulation must reflect the capabilities of the actual TCU to be used. Here’s how simulation can help determine whether your TCU is up to the job.
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