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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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Film Extrusion

Innovation, Customization & Sustainability: How Flex Films Focuses on U.S. Market

Global player in BOPET film has big plans for U.S. market with innovative products developed collaboratively with customers while paying heed to environmental concerns.
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Automotive

Auto Interiors Leader Brings Extrusion In-House

For first time in its 35-yr history, Legendary Auto Interiors is producing its own PVC sheet for floor-mat line.    
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Automation

Tenere Shapes Market Niche Where Metal and Plastics Meet

Joining metal and plastics to target some of today’s most dynamic industries, contract manufacturer Tenere reinvented itself—and its customer list—in 2016.
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Multi-Screw Compounding

Start-Up Compounder Seeks Niche in Short Orders, Quick Turns

Peak sets its sights on high-performance industrial and medical markets.
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Film Extrusion

Packaging Converter Launches Film-Extrusion Business

Polymer Film & Bag Inc. will start with three-layer capacity of more than 20 million lb/yr, with additional expansion plans already firmed up.
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Recycled Materials

An Agricultural Recycling 'Revolution'

Revolution is a leading brand bringing together expertise in recycling of agricultural film and manufacturing of plastic film, bags and irrigation tubing. The focus in all areas is to create sustainable closed-loop systems and use as much post-consumer resin as possible in all products manufactured.
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Blow Molding

Follow These Steps to Purge Accumulator-Head Blow Molders

Preventive purging with a commercial product between resins or colors and during normal shutdown and startup cycles can prevent excessive loss of resin and production time.
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Injection Molding

Tension-Indicating ‘Smart’ Bolts Make Mold Mounting Safer, More Efficient

No more guessing about whether mold-mounting bolts are tightened properly, with an alternative to unreliable torque measurements.
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Thermoforming

Thermoformer Sees Business Bump From New Machine Installation

Addition of fast-cycling form/cut/stack unit leads to new business over $1 million.
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Multi-Component

Molder Adopts ‘Semi-Smart’ Automation

R&D Plastics finds new and more sophisticated ways to use robots.
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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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Film Extrusion

How to Use 'Mapping' to Troubleshoot Blown Film Problems

Three real-world case studies show how processors solved common problems in blown film via the mapping technique.
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Heating & Cooling

Strike the Right Balance in Process Cooling to Improve Product Quality & Profitability

Weigh planning methodology and today’s technology to cost-effectively address your process-cooling needs.
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Automotive

Molder of Large Totes Save Material & Energy Costs with Recycled PP

Aaron Industries’ 100% recycled PP compound fortified with Milliken’s specialty modifier boosts MFI and retains strength.
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Additive Manufacturing

‘Cobot’ Molding Assistants Take on New Challenges

They’re not just for packing boxes anymore. Collaborative robots are proving themselves capable of more sophisticated machine-tending tasks.
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Injection Molding

Placing a Bet on Bioplastics

Steinwall has put years of R&D into learning to design and mold with biopolymers and natural-fiber reinforcements. Now that groundwork is beginning to pay off.
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Injection Molding

Implementing Automation Systems: How to Do It Right

If you’re thinking of putting a complex automation system for high-volume consumables into your plant, consider these tips on making sure both you and your supplier are ready to give it the best chance of success.
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