Molder Adopts ‘Semi-Smart’ Automation

R&D Plastics finds new and more sophisticated ways to use robots.
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Injection Molding

Molder’s Philosophy of ‘Giving Back’ Helps Attract New Employees

R&D Plastics participates in numerous programs to further plastics education with local universities and high schools. This effort breeds good community relations and helps attract new employees.
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Injection Molding

Faster Barrel Heating Makes for Speedier Startups

Swapping out OEM ceramic heater bands with special insulated TCS (Thermal Control Solution) heater bands saves California molder time and energy.
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Molds & Tooling

A Clearer View of Kortec's Co-injection Technology

Two decades after it was created and five years since it joined up with Milacron and its Mold-Masters brand, Kortec’s co-injection technology can yet provoke misunderstanding among processors.

Injection Molding

Rethinking Machine Nozzle Tips: Hybrid Design Boosts Flexibility, Efficiency

New cold-sprue and hot-runner nozzle tips promise utility across a wide range of materials, eliminating the need to swap out different tips for different jobs while also promising to solve scrap and process issues.

Hot Runners

Water Injection Beats Gas Assist in Lightweighting Car Door Panel

Renault’s conversion from metal-frame construction to plastics prototype switched from gas assist to water injection. Here’s why and how.


Nylon 66 Replacement With the Aid of a Materials-Savvy Distributor

PolySource helped two OEMs—one in beverage packaging, the other in winter sports vehicles—transition from nylon 66 to polyketone (POK) compounds after parts failure.


LSR Molders Now Can Tailor Cure Speed, Temperature & Durometer

Elkem’s LSR Select is enabling faster cures at lower temperatures and custom durometer blends. Dosing equipment has caught up with capabilities of this novel material system.
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Heating & Cooling

System Offers 'Lights Out' Mold-Channel Cleaning & Diagnostics

New system automatically cleans mold-cooling lines—including conformal channels—removing rust and calcium, among other deposits, while simultaneously testing for leaks, measuring flow rate and applying rust inhibitor.


Super-Compact Auxiliary Injection And Intrusion Units

Unusually compact secondary injectors outfit standard presses for multicomponent and sandwich molding.


Machine Builders Join Forces On Novel ‘Direct-to-Sheet’ Technology

PTi, Farrel Pomini team on sustainable technology platform that combines compounding and sheet extrusion at extremely high filler loadings.

Injection Molding

Cobots Help Molder Find ‘Right Balance’ Between People and Automation

Short-run, quick-turn custom molder uses collaborative robots selectively to make people more productive.

Engineering Resins

Is a New Crop of Processors Emerging with More Materials Know-How?

Recent graduates of plastics education programs appear to be closing a longstanding gap in processors' contributions to materials selection for applications.
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All Electric & Hybrid Machines

‘Mini’ Low-Pressure Injection Machine Makes Large, Thick Parts at Low Cost

It can mold 70-lb parts 1 in. thick using 100% regrind, and it can reproduce micro surface detail. Add to that its small size, frugal energy consumption, and zero upfront cost.

Stretch Blow Molding

Simultaneous Blowing/Filling Process ‘Breaks Down Walls’ in Supply Chain

Amcor’s LiquiForm technology supports new ‘holistic’ on-site processing service.


Several Thermoplastic 'Firsts' Among 2018 SPE Automotive Awards

With the addition of an Additive Manufacturing slot, all nine categories exemplify innovation and transferability in the use of plastics.
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Plentiful News in Hot Runners at Fakuma Show

More compact hot runners, even for large parts; smarter controls; unusual nozzle designs; remote mold monitoring; and a new source of LSR cold-runners.

Commodity Resins

Why Blow Molders Are Switching to EPET

High clarity, easy incorporation of handles, and recycling resin code No. 1 are the principal drivers for converting to EPET resins for extrusion blow molding.
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Downstream System ‘Rewrites the Rules’ for Medical Tubing Extrusion

Extrusion downstream expert Bob Bessemer joins Novatec to enter medical tubing market with innovative line of tanks and puller/cutters.


Headlines from Fakuma 2018

Integrating a special low-pressure process into machine controls; novel shop-floor quality-inspection technology; MES systems from machine and controls vendors; and sophisticated in-mold decorating.
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