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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Materials Knowledge Pays Off at Teel Plastics

Well-equipped and well-staffed testing lab elevates competence of custom processor.

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. 

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Israeli Pipe Processor Adds Potent Single-Screw Extruder

Billed as ideal for large-diam. pipes, new extruder provides processor with higher output and better quality while consuming less power.  

Mold Maintenance

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.

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.

Injection Molding

Screw-Recovery Problems Call for Special Screw Design

In injection molding, the penalty for using a general-purpose screw in an application that has special requirements often takes the form of longer cycle times. Barrier designs can help.

Automotive

How to Properly Maintain Aluminum Injection Molds

Aluminum and steel tools have some important differences, but also one key similarity: Routine maintenance will extend the mold’s life and boost the quality of its output.

Medical

EVCO Plastics Gears Up To Mold Coronavirus Test Kits

The firm has added shifts, reassigned people and injection machines—and is buying new ones—in a crash program to mold and assemble COVID-19 test kits.

Automation

Building a Better Buffer: Conveyor Tech at the Core of Lights-Out Molding Cell

An automatic climbing wall inspired the conveying technology at the heart of a lights-out two-machine molding cell churning out fully inspected and assembled automotive oil-filter drains.

Molds & Tooling

Plastic Molds for Chocolate “Molding” Formed From Aluminum Molds

Micelli Mold Co., one of a handful of chocolate mold makers globally, became one of Chinese injection molding machine maker Bole’s first U.S. customers, using its presses to mold polycarbonate chocolate molds in Long Island.

Recycled Materials

Blazing the Trail In Processing PCR for Corrugated Pipe

Just a decade ago, roughly 10% of HDPE corrugated pipes made by Advanced Drainage Systems used recycled material. That number is 65% now, and growing. Here’s how this processor became a pioneer in this field.

Recycled Materials

How Graham Packaging Counters PCR Supply/Demand Squeeze

Customers want more PCR—including food grade—than recyclers can supply. Solutions involve efforts to educate customers, employees, and the community at large. New technologies also offer hope.

Injection Molding

For Medical-Parts Molder, Better Chemical Resistance Just ‘Drops In’

Switch from PC/ABS to Eastman’s Tritan MXF copolyester helps PIM meet need for greater resistance to a wider range of disinfectants with no processing tradeoffs.

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.

Injection Molding

Small, Family-Run Vermont Molder Pioneers in ‘Lights-Out’ & Industry 4.0

Going back 37 years, T&M Enterprises dared to push available technology far beyond the risk tolerance of much larger firms.

Injection Molding

Bigger Press Opens Opportunities for Molder

Acting quickly, Pittsfield Plastics arms its plant with high-tonnage Haitian press to meet customer demand and open options for more large-part molding projects.  

PET Processing - Extrusion

Innovation, Customization & Sustainability: How Flex Films Focuses on U.S. Market

Global player in BOPET film has big plans for U.S. market with innovative products developed collaboratively with customers while paying heed to environmental concerns.

Commodity Resins

Auto Interiors Leader Brings Extrusion In-House

For first time in its 35-yr history, Legendary Auto Interiors is producing its own PVC sheet for floor-mat line.    

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.

Multi-Screw Compounding

Start-Up Compounder Seeks Niche in Short Orders, Quick Turns

Peak sets its sights on high-performance industrial and medical markets.

Film Extrusion

Packaging Converter Launches Film-Extrusion Business

Polymer Film & Bag Inc. will start with three-layer capacity of more than 20 million lb/yr, with additional expansion plans already firmed up.

Post-Consumer Recycling

An Agricultural Recycling 'Revolution'

Revolution is a leading brand bringing together expertise in recycling of agricultural film and manufacturing of plastic film, bags and irrigation tubing. The focus in all areas is to create sustainable closed-loop systems and use as much post-consumer resin as possible in all products manufactured.

Blow Molding

Follow These Steps to Purge Accumulator-Head Blow Molders

Preventive purging with a commercial product between resins or colors and during normal shutdown and startup cycles can prevent excessive loss of resin and production time.

Molds & Tooling

Tension-Indicating ‘Smart’ Bolts Make Mold Mounting Safer, More Efficient

No more guessing about whether mold-mounting bolts are tightened properly, with an alternative to unreliable torque measurements.