DRYING

Blow Molding

Where Are You Using Energy?

Few plants are able to accurately divide up their energy consumption by where it occurs, despite the fact that this is relatively easy to do.

Automation

Molder’s Message to Foreign Competitors: ‘Bring It On!’

An inspired combination of automation, ISO certification, use of certified resins, and strict adherence to a rigorous set of time-honed manufacturing standards are among the chief factors giving the Rodon Group, a 54-year-old custom molding operation in Hatfield, Pa., the confidence to boast that it can beat the pants off of Chinese part pricing, and Mexican pricing, too.And it’s not an idle boast.
#planttour

PET Processing - Extrusion

On-Site: Green Business Is Good Business for Fabri-Kal

"We tend to jump on things early," says John Kittredge. "F-K has been a pioneer in a number of things. Our earliest example was converting HDPE margarine tubs to ABS. After that we were a leader in thermoforming polypropylene, and then APET." Now it's PLA biopolymer.
#nanocomposites #Elastomers #sustainability

Injection Know How

Today's Lesson: Drying (Part 1)

Listen up, please: This is going to make your life easier.

Drying

Materials Handling: New Equipment Emphasizes Efficiency & Value

Visitors to the recent NPE 2009 show in Chicago were looking for materials handling equipment that could do more than dry, blend, or convey resins. It had to do those things while saving energy, providing faster and easier maintenance, speeding product changeovers, reducing labor cost, minimizing waste, and providing better value for money. The new products cited below addressed those needs and more.

Drying

Energy-Saving Dryer Pays Off In an Uncertain Economy

Plastics processors struggling through the recession need to save energy costs where they can, they need an affordable means to do so, and they could use energy-saving technology that pays for itself during times when plant throughputs are variable and below optimum capacity utilization.
#economics

Sheet Extrusion

NPE 2009 News Flash

Injection MoldingHybrid Press Has Electric ClampNew injection presses that combine servo-electric and hydraulic movements to achieve high performance with energy efficiency will be discussed by Arburg Inc., Newington, Conn.
#nanocomposites #Elastomers

Thermoforming

Know Your Plant’s ‘Energy Fingerprint’

It is commonly thought that energy use in plastics processing is fixed and uncontrollable.

Drying

Improved ResinWorks™ System has Smaller Footprint; New Features Make Central Materials System Easier to Use

The Conair ResinWorks™ central drying/conveying system has added new features to make the system even easier to use.