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Consumer Products

PLASTICS Reports Double-Digit Growth in Machinery Shipments in Third Quarter

Third quarter plastics shipments were up compared to the second quarter and on a year-over-year basis, rising 15.8% and 4.6%, respectively, as supplier sentiment and the trade deficit were also on the rise.

Injection Molding

Freudenberg Medical Opens New Global Headquarters in Massachusetts

The greenfield site in Beverly covers 36,000-ft2, will employ 48 and provide LSR and thermoplastic injection molding on presses ranging in tonnage from 40 to 220 tons.

Recycling

Avient Opens New CycleWorks Facility to Advance Recycling

Avient expects to introduce solutions throughout 2021 as new data is generated.
#sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

Carbon and Fast Radius Expand Partnership

Fast Radius is now the first production partner to add the L1 for general purpose use, which complements their existing lineup of M2 printers and Smart Part Washers. 

Automation

Wittmann Battenfeld Moves Into New Brazilian Location

Originally planned for March, the move to the larger site was delayed until August due to COVID-19.

Post-Processing

Enhanced Plastics Laser Welding System

Evosy’s Next Generation HMI laser welding system offers intuitive visulaization and simplified operation. 

SPONSORED

Performance Modifier Additives Make Standard Polypropylene Resins Perform Like Premium Grades

Polypropylene (PP) shortages have forced many processors to move to lower grade resins at the cost of lower performance and processability. Milliken’s DeltaMax Performance Modifiers upgrade these materials to enhance impact resistance, melt flow rates, and sustainability through the use of more recycled material.  
#sustainability #polyolefins

Additives

Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Masterbatches for PE Film

Ampacet’s new Halofree 709 and 229 boast outstanding flame retardancy in PE film at low addition rates.

Packaging

Top Packaging Innovation Award Goes to Henkel in Collaboration with Plastic Bank

The strong focus on sustainability and the circular economy evident in Dow’s 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards
#sustainability #economics

Injection Molding

Protolabs Launches Revamped Digital Quoting Platform

Initially unveiled in Europe, the new digital manufacturing platform will be coming to the U.S. in early 2021, bringing greater speed and flexibility to quoting of injection molded, CNC machined, and 3D-printed parts. 
#industry4-0

Additives

RTP Acquires Anti-Scratch Additives Patents from TenasiTech

RTP adds to its anti-scratch capabilities for engineering resins with TenasiTech’s nanoparticle additives technology  

Heating & Cooling

Temperature Control Unit Offers Compact design

Delta T Systems’ Eco family of temperature control units (TCU) has been extended to include the Compact model.

Heating & Cooling

Process Cooling Chiller Range Launches in U.S.

Swedish firm Atlas Copco is introducing the TCX 4-90A Process Cooling Chiller range in the U.S. with a variety of sizes.

Extrusion

The Three Causes of Screw Wear

You run the risk of wasting time and money by not understanding what’s causing your screws to wear.

Automotive

Evonik Completes First Plant of New Nylon 12 Complex

Evonik appears to be on track with bringing its major new nylon 12 production complex to fruition.  

Packaging

Priority Plastics Brings New Technology to U.S. for large PET Containers

Priority Plastics promises wIder neck openings, a variety of handle options, energy savings and quick changeovers with novel PET ISBM machinery.

Recycled Materials

AmSty and Agilyx Announce Certified Circular Recycling Pathway for Polystyrene

The two companies have been working to achieve this important milestone for polystyrene in support of a societal shift from linear to circular solutions for managing waste plastic. 
#sustainability

Tooling

Plastic Mold Buyers Guide to Be Updated

After nearly 25 years, the plastic industry’s guide for buying molds—Customs and Practices of the Moldmaking Industry—is being updated by the the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), in conjunction with  the moldmaking sector.

Additive Manufacturing

3D-Printed Hot Runner Manifold

The additive manufactured Streamrunner hot runner system from Hasco eliminates sharp corners for improved melt flow.

Packaging

Package Testing System for Healthcare & Food Packaging Markets

Ametek Mocon’s Dansensor Lippke 5000 tests for package integrity on the production floor or in the lab.