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Molds & Tooling

GW Plastics Bets on Metal 3D Printing

Conformal cooling is goal of big investment at U.S. mold facility.
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Extrusion Know How

Cast vs. Integral: Which Feed Section Is Best for You?

Here are seven factors extrusion processors should weigh to help them decide between cast feed section versus an integral extrusion feed section.
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Injection Molding

Tooling: Hot Sprues—Mold a Disk or Not?

Having a hot sprue shut off against the parting line versus intentionally molding a thin disk has been the subject of controversy for many years.
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Engineering Resins

Novel ‘Flat’ Fiberglass Enhances Injection Molded TP Composites

Advances in fiberglass reinforcements for thermoplastics have evolved from conventional chopped strand to long-glass fibers to hybrids of long glass and carbon fibers.
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Automotive

Now You Can Injection Mold Unpainted Automotive Soft Skins

New S-TPE for interior trim challenges slush molding and TPV competition.
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Drying

Vacuum Drying Sucks Wasted Time From Process Set-Up

A switch to vacuum drying resulted in a completely revamped process for this custom molder.
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Purging Compounds

Follow These Tips to Power Up Your Purging Process

A properly executed purging process can save processors thousands a year in lost production while helping them increase output and avoid scrap. Here’s how to optimize your results.
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Automotive

New Engineering Materials for Challenging Automotive Applications

Nylons, PPA, and PPS for high heat and chemical resistance and/or high strength with light weight.
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Automation

Cobot Helps Molder Keep Pace

Collaborative robot boosts process efficiency by 25%, while unburdening workers from the shop floor’s more tedious tasks.
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Drying

Technology Takes Aim At Drying Specialized Resins

Novatec develops new at-the-press drying solutions for molders tackling highly tailored nylons and other specialty materials.
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Packaging

Air-Ring Upgrade Pumps Up the Output

Film processor Dallas Plastics boosts throughput by as much as 40% by retrofitting a new air ring—without the need for IBC.
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Commodity Resins

Why Drying Polyolefins Might Be Right for Your Process

From a technical standpoint, drying non-hygroscopic materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene may not be necessary. However, doing so may be advantageous to your process. Here are details.
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Heating & Cooling

Injection Molding: Nozzle Heaters & Thermocouples: A Case of Wiring Done Wrong

Incorrect placement of wires for these components frustrates molders and costs them money to boot.
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Injection Molding

Switching Hydraulic Oil Saves Energy & Machine Downtime

Test at leading molder shows a high-viscosity, zinc-free oil improves pump efficiency and runs longer, cleaner, and quieter.
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Additives

Thermoformer Chooses Clarified PP For New Food Containers

Lacerta expands beyond PET to offer one of the first clear PP packages with tamper-evident properties.
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Thermoforming

Success Through Process Diversity

From heavy-gauge to light, and from the medical industry to the transportation market, Brentwood utilizes its wide range of thermoforming capabilities and expertise to engage customers around the world.
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Mold Simulation

CAM Adds Agility to Custom Thermoformer

CNC machining permeates ATI’s business, making its operations more efficient and responsive.
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Automation

High-Tech Blow Molding At Agri-Industrial Plastics

This family-owned custom molder stands out in its use of advanced computer and automation tools to claim a niche in large, complex, and multi-layer parts.
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Packaging

Former Has a Full-Blown Focus on Sustainability

Shepherd Thermoforming’s operation has spared millions of PET bottles from death by landfill. It also has taken steps to slash its own energy and water consumption.
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Automotive

Vaulting to Number One Among Heavy-Gauge Thermoformers

For Wilbert Plastic Services, it’s all about bringing together design and engineering to add value for customers.
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