Blenders, Control Systems and More for Extrusion
Process Control Corp. is showcasing a range of its latest product offerings. These include the latest iterations of its G2 Gravimetric Batch Blender and the X2L Continuous Blender; a three-layer Gravitrol Extrusion Control System; powder feeders; a large C70 Color Touchscreen Control; the EasyLink Receiver for minimizing installation cost; and the SCADA Data Acquisition System for monitoring blender/extruder rates, alarms, automatic reports and more.
Despite what many people think, a ban on plastic bags would do more harm than good. A new initiative from the Plastics Industry Association highlights these and other economic impacts—aiming to change the conversation around plastics.
After years of closely monitoring an increasingly worrisome labor shortage, the Plastics Industry Association’s warnings about the widening gap between the sector’s need for skilled workers and the supply of such employees have shifted to full alarm. The association calls for “collaborative response across all levels of government and all manufacturing sectors” to tackle this critical issue.
Though the U.S. will have a long-term advantage in production and pricing of olefin feedstocks, other factors may have greater impact in the short term. Nonetheless, industry analysts paint a favorable pricing and supply outlook for resin buyers in this NPE year.