Film Extrusion

HLP Klearfold Supplying Up to 600,000 Face Shields/Day in Coronavirus Fight

Firm has reconfirmed film production lines for PPE.

Sheet Extrusion

Sheet Processor Adds Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

Laminex is venturing into APET for first time to make PPE in Mexico, after purchasing one of PTi’s demo production lines. The turnkey system will ultimately be used by Laminex for its packaging products.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Making the Cut: Pick the Right Cutting Technology for Pipe, Tube or Profile

Here is review of popular extrusion cutting technologies, strengths and limitations of each, and common problems and solutions.  


Eastman, Rotuba Collaborate on Face Shields for Coronavirus Pandemic

Compounder and profile extruder transitions its business operations from making pens to manufacturing face shields by utilizing an existing material.

Blow Molding

American Manufacturing Steps Up to the Coronavirus Challenge

Plastics processors are among the manufacturers that stepped up big-time in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud to turn over this space this month to Rick Kline Jr., president of our parent company Gardner Business Media, whose comments below (edited) appeared originally March 31 in a OpEd piece published by the Wall Street Journal.


Processing Index Contracts as Coronavirus Disrupts Economy

COVID-19 results in weaker new orders, production dips and a disrupted supply chain in March. But for how long?

Blow Molding

Auxiliary Equipment: Insulation Blanket Beats the Heat, Improves Safety

Blankets are also said by processor that uses them to be easy to use and remove.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Extrusion: Energy-Efficient Dryer for Complex Profiles

Novel system uses compressed air to dry profiles without damaging or distorting them.

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Extrusion: Flex-Lip Die Cuts Resin Use on Capstock Layers

Flexible hinge on multi-manifold EDI Ultraflex Die from Nordson reportedly delivers uniform weatherable layer for PVC siding, saving more than $55,000/yr in capstock cost alone.

Post-Industrial Recycling

Compounding: Closed-Loop System for Coex Film Reclaim

New system permits reclaim of multi-layer production scrap at rates up to 100%.