ELECTRONICS

Heating & Cooling

Roctool Deployed by Rosti for a More Durable, Paint-Free Enclosure

Rosti turned to Roctool’s induction mold-heating technology to consolidate components in the enclosure and extend its service life.
#sustainability

Automotive

Chinaplas 2021 Kicks Off In Person

Postponed, rescheduled and ultimately cancelled in 2020, Chinaplas has returned this week with an in-person event featuring 3600 exhibitors in Shenzhen.

Elastomers

‘First’ Carbon Fiber Smartphone Developed by German Startup

Lanxess Tepex dynalite 208 TPU is the matrix material for Carbon Mobile’s ultra-thin and extremely light smartphone.
#Elastomers

Electronics

Closed-Loop Recycling Makes Old Printer Cartridges New Again

Canon runs a big recycling operation in Virginia where it collects and sorts toner cartridges, pelletizes the scrap, then molds new cartridges from the reclaim.  
#sustainability #closeupontechnology

Commodity Resins

Polyolefin Supplier Repsol and IMSE Provider TactoTek to Develop Optimized PP for Smart Surfaces

Repsol and TectoTek seek to jointly develop new PP-based Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE).
#polyolefins

Consumer Products

European Machinery Suppliers See Steadying Markets

After a sharp drop in activity at the start of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery sector has corrected with 2020 orders tracking only 3% below 2019 levels, while Austria’s Engel and Wittmann Battenfeld saw North American bright spots.

Injection Molding

Protolabs Accelerates Development Time for Covid-19 Contract Tracing Device

Protolabs helped a contact tracing and social distancing system move from idea to finished product in six weeks, permitting its manufacturer to get back to work and make thousands more of the devices that have subsequently allowed other businesses to come back online.

Automation

How to Automate High-Precision ‘Micro’ Insert Molding

What does it take to automate a horizontal injection molding cell to handle micro-sized inserts and molded parts? General-purpose top-entry robots and tooling may not be up to the job.
#bestpractices

Automotive

High-Performance Black Masterbatch for Styrenics

Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.  
#color

Consumer Products

Elix Polymers and Repsol Forge Circular Economy Styrenic Partnership

Styrenics compounder Elix Polymers and oil & gas company Repsol agree to incorporate chemically-recycled styrene into the production of ABS/SAN, in compliance with the ISCC PLUS certification.
#economics