Automotive

Automotive continues to be a key end market for plastics processors of all types for under-the-hood, body and interior applications. OEMs have turned to plastics to cut vehicle weight while also reducing cost and improving safety, performance, and fuel efficiency. These trends are likely to continue in the future, and this zone is aimed at keeping you up to date on the materials, equipment and processing best practices you’ll need to compete.

Bekum EBlow 407DL all-electric shuttle blow molder
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Blow Molding at NPE2018: Blow Molding Systems Run the Full Spectrum at NPE

Machines for every process—shuttle, wheel, reciprocating-screw, accumulator-head, suction-blow, injection-blow, compression blow, and one- or two-stage stretch-blow molding—will be running in Orlando. There will be a host of new models, including electric and servo-hydraulic types.
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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.
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Specialty Alloys for Electrical and Weatherable Non-Automotive Transportation Uses

A new expedited service for color matching or rush orders, and additional stocking programs for shorter delivery times, as well as the addition of multiple warehouse locations, is being featured by Polymer Resources Ltd., Farmington, Conn.