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Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing ‘Veteran’ Materialise Acquires Option to Buy Link3D

Materialise’s potential acquisition to accelerate roadmap to offer cloud-based access to integrated software platform  

Engineering Resins

Antimicrobial Fluoropolymer Compounds for Extruded Film Applications

AGC’s new Fluon+  EM-20010 ETFE antimicrobial compounds said to reduce growth of COVID-19 and dangerous bacteria.

Additives

Antimicrobial Based on Elemental Zinc Reduces Coronavirus on Surfaces by Up to 99%

Parx Materials’ Saniconcentrate expected to be a strong and safe tool in preventing the future spread of viruses.

Injection Molding

ERP Platform Keeps Molders Connected in the Pandemic

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers its users many tools and modules with manufacturing and plastics specific platforms like DELMIAworks touching everything from inventory and quality to bookkeeping and process and machine monitoring. 

Injection Molding

Slowed—but not Stopped—by the Pandemic, Custom Molder Catches Up with Its Plans for Growth

No one’s 2020 plans survived the pandemic unscathed, including those of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. But this injection molder’s vision of how it would continue to thrive as it approaches its fifth decade was simply deferred, not denied.

Medical

Growing Interest in TPEs for COVID-19 Related Medical Applications

United Soft Plastics reports on a surging intereste for TPEs for face masks, ventilators, and face shields due to their elasticity, resilience, and FDA compliance.  

Automation

How COVID-19 Did (and Didn’t) Change Automation in Plastics

The global pandemic invigorated longstanding trends and new market forces to push broad-based adoption of automation and robotics from the incremental to the inexorable.

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.

Commodity Resins

Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.

Will You Be Ready for the Next Disruption?

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

Recycling

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 5

Additive manufacturing has emerged as the supply chain hero in many ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the recycling industry continues its push for a Circular Economy.

Biopolymers

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 4

Good news was there if you knew where to look for it—in the pages of Plastics Technology magazine or right here on our website. Here’s a review of headlines you can feel good about.

Medical

20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020—Part 3

Processors and resin makers step up; biobased/renewable PP makes commercial strides; BOPE makes inroads as monolayer contender; and, performance PP for engineering applications & sustainability 'shines'. 

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.

Electronics

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.

Commodity Resins

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.

Automotive

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.

Automotive

'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.

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