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Recycling

Betting Big on Recycled PET

Distributor of virgin PET resins PolyQuest is also a growing manufacturer of recycled PET resins.
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Film Extrusion

Film Processor Boosts Line Performance with Air-Ring Retrofit

Air-ring upgrade results in output gains up to 23% for leading film processor in Indonesia. Gauge uniformity also improved.
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Testing

Materials Knowledge Pays Off at Teel Plastics

Well-equipped and well-staffed testing lab elevates competence of custom processor.
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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Fast, Precise Machine Helps Tubing Processor Make the Cut

Instead of turning down a job or farming out cutting to another company because of downstream bottlenecks, Eagle Elastomer can now handle all extrusion process functions in-house. 
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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Israeli Pipe Processor Adds Potent Single-Screw Extruder

Billed as ideal for large-diam. pipes, new extruder provides processor with higher output and better quality while consuming less power.  
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Injection Molding

Despite COVID-19, ERP Software Keeps Molder Working—Even from Home

ERP platform’s remote access, real-time operations overview, and transparency into production output and customer demand help custom molder weather coronavirus.
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Mold Maintenance

New Mold Grease Smooths Operations for Troublesome Tool

Switching to a new synthetic grease helped an injection molder keep a difficult die running, eliminating unplanned downtime and cutting scrap.
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Injection Molding

Custom Molder Helps Entrepreneurs Choose Optimal Colorants for Successful Product Launches

Blue Ring Technologies has zeroed-in on Chroma’s highly-loaded G2 colorant system for the production of high-quality parts.
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Injection Molding

Captive Molder Seeks Bigger Footprint in Custom Business

Pittsfield Plastics Engineering has spruced up its facility and added new technology as it seeks to expand its business beyond its proprietary line of reels and spools.
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Injection Molding

Screw-Recovery Problems Call for Special Screw Design

In injection molding, the penalty for using a general-purpose screw in an application that has special requirements often takes the form of longer cycle times. Barrier designs can help.
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Injection Molding

How to Properly Maintain Aluminum Injection Molds

Aluminum and steel tools have some important differences, but also one key similarity: Routine maintenance will extend the mold’s life and boost the quality of its output.
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Injection Molding

EVCO Plastics Gears Up To Mold Coronavirus Test Kits

The firm has added shifts, reassigned people and injection machines—and is buying new ones—in a crash program to mold and assemble COVID-19 test kits.
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Injection Molding

Building a Better Buffer: Conveyor Tech at the Core of Lights-Out Molding Cell

An automatic climbing wall inspired the conveying technology at the heart of a lights-out two-machine molding cell churning out fully inspected and assembled automotive oil-filter drains.
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Molds & Tooling

Plastic Molds for Chocolate “Molding” Formed From Aluminum Molds

Micelli Mold Co., one of a handful of chocolate mold makers globally, became one of Chinese injection molding machine maker Bole’s first U.S. customers, using its presses to mold polycarbonate chocolate molds in Long Island.
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Recycled Materials

Blazing the Trail In Processing PCR for Corrugated Pipe

Just a decade ago, roughly 10% of HDPE corrugated pipes made by Advanced Drainage Systems used recycled material. That number is 65% now, and growing. Here’s how this processor became a pioneer in this field.
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Post-Consumer Recycling

How Graham Packaging Counters PCR Supply/Demand Squeeze

Customers want more PCR—including food grade—than recyclers can supply. Solutions involve efforts to educate customers, employees, and the community at large. New technologies also offer hope.
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Injection Molding

For Medical-Parts Molder, Better Chemical Resistance Just ‘Drops In’

Switch from PC/ABS to Eastman’s Tritan MXF copolyester helps PIM meet need for greater resistance to a wider range of disinfectants with no processing tradeoffs.
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Injection Molding

Molder Gets Into World-Class Shape

Shape Corp.’s Grand Haven, Mich., facility challenges itself and its employees to run leaner, pushing productivity and efficiency to new limits.
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Injection Molding

Small, Family-Run Vermont Molder Pioneers in ‘Lights-Out’ & Industry 4.0

Going back 37 years, T&M Enterprises dared to push available technology far beyond the risk tolerance of much larger firms.
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Injection Molding

Bigger Press Opens Opportunities for Molder

Acting quickly, Pittsfield Plastics arms its plant with high-tonnage Haitian press to meet customer demand and open options for more large-part molding projects.  
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