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.
Editorial Director, Plastics Technology
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.
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.
Using the right near-infrared (NIR) measurement devices for the job is key—whether for moisture, composition analysis, or full-spectrum testing.
Rapid Robotics is a new automation supplier that offers manufacturers an affordable rental model for “ready-to-work robotic machine operators.”
Senior Editor, Plastics Technology
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.
Two wheels, one extruder, two sets of molds: all you need to change products without a mold change.
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.
Executive Editor, Plastics Technology
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.
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.
Senior Editor, Plastics Technology
Harbec explores 3D printed aluminum molds with conformal cooling.
Long a mystery to injection molders, actual temperature of melt entering the mold is said to be revealed by an easy procedure that is repeatable and takes less than a minute.
Laminex is venturing into APET for first time to make PPE in Mexico, after purchasing one of PTi’s demo production lines. The turnkey system will ultimately be used by Laminex for its packaging products.
New technology from Novatec packages next-generation multi-pass tank, novel gauging technique, and enhanced coilers to boost rates to 1000 ft/min or more without tube-quality issues.
Manufacturing 3D printing filament was first a way for Armor to recycle its own reclaimed plastic waste. But now, this business unit is helping to close the loop on sustainability for plastic 3D printed products.
Confirming material composition and manufacturing source, anti-counterfeiting, waste sorting, and retail check-out scanning may all get a boost from new ID technologies.