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Sheet Extrusion

Breaking Barriers: Sheet Processor Makes Move on High-End Packaging Market

Impact Plastics sets up new brand with game-changing disruptive technology that combines a novel PP with customized equipment that looks to upend the business of extruded sheet for barrier food packaging.

Injection Molding

Coronavirus Test Kits Test MGS’ Manufacturing Mettle

MGS Manufacturing is marshalling its injection molding, moldmaking and automation skills in a tightly compressed timeline to outfit the equivalent of a full-scale injection molding plant for COVID-19 test kits.

Injection Molding

Molder Gets Into World-Class Shape

Shape Corp.’s Grand Haven, Mich., facility challenges itself and its employees to run leaner, pushing productivity and efficiency to new limits.

Automation

Tenere Shapes Market Niche Where Metal and Plastics Meet

Joining metal and plastics to target some of today’s most dynamic industries, contract manufacturer Tenere reinvented itself—and its customer list—in 2016.

Medical

Data Driven, Employee Owned

Approaching its seventh decade in business, PTA Plastics has shifted its location and remade its customer base since its founding in 1953, but many things have not changed in the intervening years, including an emphasis on people and leading-edge technologies.

Automation

To Succeed in Manufacturing, Focus on Your People First

It’s not easy being a custom injection molder in the NYC metro area. For Natech Plastics, the key is developing employees’ skills and commitment.

Packaging

Giving the ‘Royal’ Treatment in PET Packaging

In the U.S. for just seven years, Royal Interpack is emerging as a growing, innovative, customer-centric supplier of food packaging.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Profile Processor Looks Beyond Windows and Doors

Intek Plastics intends to maintain a leadership position in its core fenestration business. At the same time, it’s on a mission to leverage its expertise in materials know-how, engineering, technology and customer collaboration to become a force in other profile extrusion markets as well.

Automotive

Filling a Precision Molding Niche in Mexico

Originally opened and dedicated by Mexican President Vicente Fox in 2006, GW Plastics has expanded the business and capabilities of its facility in Querétaro, adapting and evolving along with that country’s thriving injection molding market.

Packaging

Lower Prices for PP, PS, PE, PET; Flat for PVC

Low feedstock prices, higher supplier inventories and slowed demand in most cases are key drivers.

Additive Manufacturing

Full Plate of New Technologies on the Table at EVCO Plastics

A new low-pressure molding process, 3D printing of production parts and prototype tooling, collaborative robots, and process monitoring with automatic QC are all on the menu.

Medical

Digital Manufacturing: Two Medical Molders Embrace Industry 4.0

‘Digitalization’ and ‘connectivity’ are loaded terms—shorthand for a whole new way of doing business. It can’t be accomplished in one go. But two Midwest molders in the sensitive medical field are already feeling the benefits of their initial steps in that direction.

Automotive

Worldwide Switch to New Gauging System Pays Off for Haartz

Leading supplier of sheet and roll stock for automotive applications reevaluated its thickness-measurement technology in 2012, and now has 15 scanners in place worldwide from one supplier.

Packaging

Molder Makes Coffee Pods From Compostable Resin

Fourmark developed the expertise to mold plant-based resin into the main component of the capsules.

Compounding

Meet the New Force in Color Concentrate Production

The new Chroma Color Corp. unites the production and technical expertise of four different firms to better serve the needs of a consolidating processor market.

Resin Conveying

Switch to Centralized Vacuum Supply Saves Molder Energy, Boosts Production

Less maintenance means more time for processing, thanks to elimination of vacuum pumps at each press.

Film Extrusion

Accredo’s Credo: Designed for Sustainability, Built for Success

In fewer than 10 years, Accredo Packaging has developed innovative packaging solutions—including the first-ever all-PE barrier standup pouch—while maintaining its commitment to being ‘green.’

Multi-Screw Compounding

Growing Compounder Targets Tolling

Illinois-based compounder BPC boosts capacity with high-output twin-screw to target more toll-compounding business.

Injection Molding

Industry 4.0 Gives DMT a Sharper Edge

Leading maker of blade sharpeners boosts productivity in captive molding with cutting-edge connectivity.

Heating & Cooling

‘Intelligent’ Cooling Helps Molder Improve Productivity, Profitability & Quality

Cost-effective and user-friendly process-cooling system gives custom molder the ability to do more with less.

Post-Processing

Inline Inkjet Printer Keeps Pace With Speedy Wire & Cable Processor

Huber+Suhner is outfitting its six high-speed extrusion lines with new high-speed, continuous inkjet printers.

Sheet Extrusion

The One Company Solution

Primex has vertically integrated its color compounding, sheet extrusion, and fabrication businesses to provide a single-source solution to customers in a wide range of industries.

Sheet Extrusion

New Screen Changer Boosts Productivity, Cuts Scrap for Extruder of PET Strapping

Cyklop’s move to a new-model, high-efficiency screen changer reduces number of screen changes and backflush waste while yielding uniform melt flow and high throughputs. 

Injection Molding

Paperless ‘Smart Factory’ Based on Automated Production Monitoring

Tier 1 automotive molder’s home-built production-monitoring and ERP systems, designed for “the little guy,” boost its efficiency rating and profits.