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Injection Molding

Arburg Announces Live, Interactive Broadcasts

arburgXvision launches in January with 10 subsequent monthly broadcasts featuring simultaneous English translation.

Injection Molding

Engel Launches Used Machinery Business

Located in Prague based on Eastern Europe’s interest in second-hand equipment, the unit will buy back, refurbish and sell injection molding machines and robots.

Automation

Plastics Processors Waking Up to the Digital World

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force plastics processors to revisit technologies previously overlooked, many of which will be on display at May’s NPE2021 show. In part one of a series on emerging trends and technologies to explore during the triennial event, we look at digital manufacturing.
#npe #industry4-0

Medical

Keeping It in the Family: Medical Molder Grows with Second Generation at the Helm

Evolving from a two-man moldmaking company in a rented garage to three unique businesses, including a new medical injection molding unit, with 185 full-time employees, Micro Mold, Plastikos and Plastikos Medical enter their fourth decade family-led and poised for growth.
#planttour

Injection Molding

Get Better at Quoting Injection Molded Parts: Part 2

Follow these detailed tips to get you the jobs you want. Here we factor in the costs of scrap and regrind, along with energy and certain additives. 

Commodity Resins

Prices Up for Major Volume Resins

Blame global plant outages leading to tighter feedstock and resin supplies and higher feedstock costs. Add in some ‘catch-up’ resin demand.  
#resinpricing

Processing Expansion Cools in November

Industry growth slows after quickening expansion over the prior four months.
#economics

Medical

Is Your Ultrasonic Welder Up to the Challenge of Medical Processing?

New technology meets the industry’s requirements for repeatable, consistent welds in smaller and more intricate medical components. Follow these tips to make sure your equipment meets these market demands.  

Film Extrusion

New Die-Cleaning System Boosts Efficiency for Film Processor

IPG’s investment in Schwing’s cleaning system impacts processor’s bottom line by getting dirty film dies back in production quickly.
#dies #processorsedge

3D Scanner for Inspection of Large Parts

Exact Metrology’s new PolyScan XL8 said to be ideal for larger rotomolded or blow molded agricultural, construction, automotive and aerospace parts.

Injection Molding

Husky Announces Digital Event

Experience Husky will be a two-day interactive virtual event that will include webinars and presentations from subject matter experts; virtual tours of Husky campuses; and more.

Tooling

Italian Machine Tool Builder Sets up U.S. Operation

Firm furnishes CNC machines for sheet for tooling applications.

Commodity Resins

Braskem Partners with University for Sustainable Plastic Production Using CO2 Capture and Use

Braskem project is being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Consumer Products

European Machinery Suppliers See Steadying Markets

After a sharp drop in activity at the start of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery sector has corrected with 2020 orders tracking only 3% below 2019 levels, while Austria’s Engel and Wittmann Battenfeld saw North American bright spots.

Additives

Textural, Frosted Matte Special Effects Masterbatch for PET

Ampacet’s new Whispers Collection that provides a textured, frosted matte finish for PET applications within all market segments.

Post-Processing

Automated Vertical Wrapping System Boosts Throughput

Brown Machine’s NAS unit said to increase efficiency and reduce material costs.

Beckhoff’s Industry 4.0 Products Integrated With Siemens’ MindSphere

The TwinCAT internet of things (IoT) product family can now be integrated with Siemens industrial IoT-as-a-service platform.
#industry4-0

Thermoforming

Secure Customer Data Portal Billed a 'First' In Thermoforming

Brown Machine Group’s BMG Advanced Digital Readiness supplies customized process data to boost efficiency, reduce downtime.

Drying SPONSORED

Four New Developments in Plastics Drying

These four short videos provide a snapshot of what’s going on in plastics resin drying technology. Yes, there’s Industry 4.0, but also lots more to bring higher quality and efficiency to your injection molding and extrusion processes.
#industry4-0

Engineering Resins

Arkema to Divest PMMA Business to Trinseo

Venerable Plexiglas brand to join former Dow styrenics business..