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Additive Manufacturing

Key Additive Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

EOS, HP, Carbon and Essentium give a preview of what to expect from additive manufacturing in 2021.  

Injection Molding

Injection Molding: Store, Manage & Analyze Mold Simulation Data in the Cloud

Moldex3D iSLM helps manage, share and easily analyze large volumes of mold simulation data.

Additive Manufacturing

Ineos R&D Project Develops Styrenic Polymer for 3D Printing that Boasts 67% Energy Savings

The purpose of the PolySLS project was to develop and test a new styrene based polymer compound for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

Engineering Resins

Ascend Acquires French Compounder of FR Engineering Resins

Newest acquisition further expands Ascend’s flame-retardant portfolio and European footprint.

Medical

PTA Plastics Adds Six Injection Molding Machines

The injection molder split the new Engel and Wittmann Battenfeld machines between its facilities in Longmont, Colo. and Oxford, Conn.

Tooling

MGS Acquires Formteknik

The Wisconsin-headquartered supplier of molding, molds and automation cells adds three mold making facilities in Europe—Denmark, Sweden, Germany—with the acquisition.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Automated Crosshead for Elastomer Hose

Said to be engineered to minimize operator involvement and use of hand tools, thereby improving safety.  

Feeding & Blending

Sanitary Ribbon Blender with Bag-Unloading Station

Unit utilizes safety-limit switches that prevent operation of the agitator if any access ports are open or if the grating is removed.   

Resin Conveying

Energy-Efficient Vacuum Pump

Can run with pressure control or at a constant rotational speed.  

Commodity Resins

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.
#resinpricing

Processors End 2020 on a High Note

December’s Plastics Processing Index clocked in near 55, in line with the best readings since early 2019.
#economics

Resolve to Improve Your Plant’s Operations in 2021

The New Year brings new resolutions for many, and it’s well known that resolutions tracked and measured with metrics are ones more likely to be kept.
#topshops

Most-Viewed Stories of December 2020

Advanced screw design; clear, recycled bottles and new PCR packaging; polymer history; polyolefins for smart surfaces; new die-cleaning tech and more garnered reader interest as 2020 drew to a close.

Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Origin

The acquisition adds Origin’s software-centric additive manufacturing solution, which focuses on digital light processing for production-oriented polymer applications.

Biopolymers

Danimer Scientific Strengthens Bioplastics Market Position Through Merger

PHA bioplastic producer Danimer Scientific completes business merger with Live Oak Acquisition Corp.

Construction

Conair Parent Buys Conveying Systems Firm

IPEG purchases long-time partner company Phoenix Systems, which makes powder and pellet conveying and unloading equipment used by processors in high-volume applications.

NPE2021 Canceled

The Plastics Industry Association said the “in-person components” of NPE2021 (May 17-21; Orlando) have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
#npe

Commodity Resins

Dover Chemical Issues Price Hike on Organo-Phosphite Additives

Driven by increases in raw material and freight costs, Dover’s price increase includes TNPP used as a process aid in polyolefin packaging.

Hot Runners

Fast Heat Acquired

The supplier of hot runner controls and diagnostic products has been acquired by its former general manager, Chad Root, and long-time production manager, Manny Diaz.