In-line spectrophotometer from Equitech promises to move color management out of the lab and right to the extrusion line to slash waste and improve quality.
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Husky partnered with Chem-Trend to speed hot-runner color changes, pairing a new guided procedure within the Altanium Mold Controller with Chem-Trend’s Ultra Purge brand of purging compound.
A new company called Mantle offers 3D printing equipment and materials that boast unique suitability for producing injection mold components, overcoming limitations of other printing methods.
Graham Packaging has developed a method of selectively reinforcing a bottle wall perpendicular to conventional parison programming.
New technology from Glycon takes real-time measurements of screw and barrel wear and provides data to guide processors as to when the time may be right to swap out these components.
Rapid Robotics is a new automation supplier that offers manufacturers an affordable rental model for “ready-to-work robotic machine operators.”
Developed by Israel’s LIAD and available from Ampacet, system features dedicated ingredient weighing hoppers conveyed to specific machines to eliminate the risk of batch contamination.
Allied Moulded Products saves labor and floorspace with Universal Robots’ new ActiNav autonomous bin-picking kit.
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A major Italian machinery brand, already well established in Latin America, is back in North America with service and spare parts support and a number of distinctive features on its all-electric blow molders.
Husky says its new UltraShot injection system miniaturizes the shooting-pot concept of a traditional two-stage injection system—putting it within the mold—to create proximity to the gate that all but eliminates pressure drop.
Despite their integral role in transforming pellets fed through the hopper into parts ejected from the mold, visibility into the performance, health and efficiency of screws is difficult to discern for many reasons, not the least of which being the fact they’re located inside a barrel.
Canon runs a big recycling operation in Virginia where it collects and sorts toner cartridges, pelletizes the scrap, then molds new cartridges from the reclaim.
This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton and then injection molds a special polymer around that skeleton.
In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications.
Kautex is redesigning its packaging machines with a modular concept to offer blow molders the widest range of choice in drive systems and cost-effectiveness.
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Using the right near-infrared (NIR) measurement devices for the job is key—whether for moisture, composition analysis, or full-spectrum testing.
This research team is working on developing a novel hybrid chemical-mechanical technology for recycling and upcycling of laminated and multilayered plastics.
Add less pigment to the solid-waste or recycling streams, save energy, and reduce waste to landfill, among other advantages.
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.
Green Impact Plastics becomes first to focus on thermoforms in tray-to-tray recycling venture.
New design is said to eliminate mold damage from nozzle stringing or work-arounds that slow cycles.
ExxonMobil’s new unimodal HDPE is said to represent a big leap in ESCR performance without compromising other properties.
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Two wheels, one extruder, two sets of molds: all you need to change products without a mold change.
Revolutionary ‘touchless’ die and control system for cast film and coating/laminating offer speed, efficiency and operational efficiencies to processors that were previously ‘unheard of.’
Unique melt-measurement system provides new types of data for quality and process control. A new version is coming soon.
Switching to a new synthetic grease helped an injection molder keep a difficult die running, eliminating unplanned downtime and cutting scrap.
P&G’s subsidiary pressed its design and moldmaking expertise into service to make face shields and nasal test swabs for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.