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Feeding & Blending

New Central Blending System Offers Greater Accuracy, Flexibility

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.

New Technology Opens a Predictive Window Onto Screw Wear

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.

Recycling

Closed-Loop Recycling Makes Old Printer Cartridges New Again

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.  

Additive Manufacturing

New Technology Combines 3D Printing with Injection Molding

This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton and then injection molds a special polymer around that skeleton.

Additives

Antiviral Additive Reportedly Kills Coronavirus on Plastics in Auto Interiors

In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications. 

Materials

Real-Time NIR Testing Can Slash QC Costs Up to 90%

Using the right near-infrared (NIR) measurement devices for the job is key—whether for moisture, composition analysis, or full-spectrum testing.  

Recycling

Researchers Combine Mechanical and Chemical Recycling

This research team is working on developing a novel hybrid chemical-mechanical technology for recycling and upcycling of laminated and multilayered plastics.

Additives

Have You Considered the Sustainability Benefits of Liquid Color?

Add less pigment to the solid-waste or recycling streams, save energy, and reduce waste to landfill, among other advantages.

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. 

Post-Industrial Recycling

Innovative Recycler Sets Sights on PET Thermoforms

Green Impact Plastics becomes first to focus on thermoforms in tray-to-tray recycling venture.

Injection Molding

Novel Nozzle Tip Prevents Stringing, Saving Molds & Cycle Time

New design is said to eliminate mold damage from nozzle stringing or work-arounds that slow cycles.

Blow Molding

Novel Dual-Wheel Blow Molder Allows Quick Product Changes

Two wheels, one extruder, two sets of molds: all you need to change products without a mold change.

Film Extrusion

‘Game Changing’ Flat Die Lives Up to Its Billing

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.’

Injection Molding

Melt-Temperature Measurement Shows New Potential for Monitoring & Control

Unique melt-measurement system provides new types of data for quality and process control. A new version is coming soon.

Injection Molding

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.

Medical

iMFLUX Leverages Its Resources to Fight Coronavirus

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.

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.

Commodity Resins

BOPE Takes Aim at BOPP & BOPET Films

Nova’s new biaxially oriented HDPE is seen as a more easily recyclable monomaterial contender versus multilayer BOPP or BOPET films.

Medical

Molder Pushes Limits of Rapid Tooling in Coronavirus Crash Projects

Harbec explores 3D printed aluminum molds with conformal cooling.

Injection Molding

Fast, Simple, Low-Cost Method Unveils ‘True’ Melt Temperature

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.

Sheet Extrusion

Sheet Processor Adds Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

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.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Medical Tubing: No Tradeoff of Speed for Quality with New Downstream Package

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.

Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing Helps Close the Loop for Armor’s Circular Economy

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.

Packaging

New Product ID Technologies For Industry, Retail & Recycling

Confirming material composition and manufacturing source, anti-counterfeiting, waste sorting, and retail check-out scanning may all get a boost from new ID technologies.

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