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Published: 7/1/2019

Part 1: The Importance of Mold Temperature When Processing Polycarbonate
An often overlooked factor in optimizing the ductility of PC is the rate at which the polymer is cooled in the mold.

Published: 7/1/2019

A Bright Future for Thermally Conductive Plastics
Lighter weight, lower cost, and greater impact strength, moldability and customization are rapidly driving demand for thermoplastics that help keep electronics, lighting and car engines cool.

Published: 6/1/2019

Nylon 66 Replacement With the Aid of a Materials-Savvy Distributor
PolySource helped two OEMs—one in beverage packaging, the other in winter sports vehicles—transition from nylon 66 to polyketone (POK) compounds after parts failure.

Published: 5/23/2019

Five Factors to Consider When Molding PEEK
Are you a first-time molder of PEEK? Have you tried molding it and might be running into trouble? Take a look at five factors in the injection molding process that can help to avoid the need for troubleshooting when molding PEEK.

Published: 5/1/2019

Part 5: Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
In the final part of this five-installment series, we bring DMA to a practical level using the results for glass-filled nylon.

Published: 4/1/2019

Is a New Crop of Processors Emerging with More Materials Know-How?
Recent graduates of plastics education programs appear to be closing a longstanding gap in processors' contributions to materials selection for applications.

Published: 4/1/2019

Flat or Lower Resin Prices—Except for PS, PVC
Lower prices of feedstocks, slowed demand, record-high inventories, and lower-priced imports impacted resin prices.

Published: 2/1/2019

Several Thermoplastic 'Firsts' Among 2018 SPE Automotive Awards
With the addition of an Additive Manufacturing slot, all nine categories exemplify innovation and transferability in the use of plastics.

Published: 1/1/2019

Volume Resin Prices Enter 2019 on Downward Path
Significant declines in feedstock prices, general year-end slowdown, and resin export/import issues contribute to this trend.

Published: 11/30/2018

Nylon 66: Pricing & Supply Issues Spur Processors to Consider Alternatives
While the nylon 66 tightness may not prove long-lasting, resin suppliers, compounders, and distributors have mobilized to offer processors an array of ‘replacement’ materials.