#COVID-19

Engineering Resins

Small but Fast-Growing Distributor Unhindered by the Pandemic

With a focus on compounded and engineering resins, General Polymers aligns it market strategy to compliment the supplier and support the needs of processors.

Will You Be Ready for the Next Disruption?

Lessons learned from ongoing coronavirus pandemic should help business navigate through the next disruption.

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020

In the year’s waning days, it’s not hard to index the many, many negative aspects of the pandemic and the last 365 days, but some good outcomes can also be cataloged.

Automation

Plastics Processors Waking Up to the Digital World

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force plastics processors to revisit technologies previously overlooked, many of which will be on display at May’s NPE2021 show. In part one of a series on emerging trends and technologies to explore during the triennial event, we look at digital manufacturing.

Injection Molding

Protolabs Accelerates Development Time for Covid-19 Contract Tracing Device

Protolabs helped a contact tracing and social distancing system move from idea to finished product in six weeks, permitting its manufacturer to get back to work and make thousands more of the devices that have subsequently allowed other businesses to come back online.

Gearing Up for the Old Normal

With 2020 in a rear-view mirror, likely adorned with a face mask, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned and what’s in store.

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. 

Engineering Resins

Antifog PC Film for Visors, Lenses and Goggles

SABIC’s Lexan HP92AF film shown to have excellent performance in high-humidity frontline work environments.  

Additives

Tolsa's Biocidal Additives Demonstrate Viricidal Activity

Tolsa’s Adins Protection additives are powerful biocides active against bacterial, algae and fungi with new viricide performance including Coronavirus types.

Thermoforming

Prent to Open New Rigid Thermoform Medical Packaging Plant in New Mexico

Prent aims to start up new rigid thermoform facility by Fall 2021 in southern New Mexico.

Medical

Cadillac Products Debuts New Brand Line of Medical Gowns

As PPE demand rises, automotive supplier and packaging manufacturer Cadillac Products steps-up with new line of extruded medical gowns.

Injection Molding

Despite COVID-19, ERP Software Keeps Molder Working—Even from Home

ERP platform’s remote access, real-time operations overview, and transparency into production output and customer demand help custom molder weather coronavirus.

Additive Manufacturing

'10 Things We’re Seeing in Machine Shops Right Now'

Metalworking shops and plastics plants make for interesting comparisons of their responses to the COVID-19 challenge.

Automotive

Reports from PLASTICS, VDMA and Haitian Show Mixed Machinery Results

Second quarter North America sales grow, while over the first half of 2020, domestic sales were flat for Haitian in China, as German machinery makers saw sales fall 20% over same time.

Additive Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing Network Offers ‘Radical Transparency’ Over Multiple Processes, Providers & Continents

Fictiv now offers complete visibility of complete value chain from design upload to production, quality, shipping and pricing for metal and plastic prototypes and production parts from a “Digital Ecosystem” of 250+ partners in the U.S. and Asia.

Extrusion

Melt Pumps Play Key Role in Nonwovens Production

Processors producing melt-blown nonwovens for face masks are finding that pumps provide needed precision and efficiency in the extrusion process.

Medical

SABIC Steps-Up Specialty Thermoplastic Resins Fulfillment to Expedite Production of Critical COVID-19 Equipment

Two Chinese manufacturers swiftly received SABIC’s specialty engineered resins for the manufacture of much needed medical equipment. 

Injection Molding

Molder Pairs With Non-Profit to Ramp Up Fast Production of Affordable Ventilators

PMC SMART Solutions and Venti-Now Non-Profit worked together to determine the optimum product design and best assembly and testing processes to make production of as many as 1000 units/week as efficient as possible.

Packaging

GPS Online October 21–23: Pandemic Forces Changes in an Already Volatile Market

COVID-19’s adverse impact on a broad range of industries has dominated recent discussions of plastics. Against the backdrop of fragile economic conditions, ongoing trade tensions, and a lower merchandise trade forecast, what can the U.S. plastics industry expect in 2020 and beyond? Register for GPS Online to discover how you can turn these challenges into opportunities.

Additive Manufacturing

GM Using Stratasys 3D Printing Systems for Ventilator Tooling Production

GM’s director of additive manufacturing, Ron Daul, talks with Plastics Technology about the company’s investment in 3D printing technologies. 

Injection Molding

Novation Industries Ramps Up Unprecedented Production Volume for Face Masks

Molding parts every 18 to 28 seconds, filling a box every minute, and shipping an average three truckloads of product every day—Novation has risen to the coronavirus challenge.

Sheet Extrusion

Plaskolite Introduces Antimicrobial Safety Shields

Ccrylic and PC sheet is formulated with laboratory-tested silver ion antimicrobial technology.

Injection Molding

Additive Manufacturing and Injection Molding Increasingly Complementary in Covid-19 Crisis

The coronavirus crisis has often simultaneously required the speed of additive manufacturing and the scale of injection molding.

Injection Molding

Fakuma 2020 Cancelled

Show organizer P. E. Schall postpones Fakuma 2020 to October 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic.

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