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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: 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

Part 4: Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
The presentation of DMA data can sometimes frustrate users and discourage its adoption. Those unfamiliar with DMA should insist on receiving data relevant to the manner in which the part they are developing will be used.

Published: 3/11/2019

Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (Part 3)
DMA provides a rich and detailed picture of polymer performance, and it can be challenging to understand all the things that we can and should know about our materials. But the fact that it may be hard does not mean that it should not be attempted.

Published: 3/7/2019

Get Materials Processing & Property Data On-Line or Via App
Plastics Technology, Mobile Specs team up to provide molders with processing data.

Published: 3/4/2019

‘We Don’t Shy Away from a Challenge’
Meredith-Springfield thrives on technically difficult blow molding jobs that others avoid. Its latest pioneering effort is pushing the limits in the new field of EPET.

Published: 3/1/2019

Commodity Resin Prices Bottom Out
Flat-to-upward pricing trajectory predicted for the five highest-volume commodity resins.  

Published: 2/1/2019

Hot Half-Dozen Applications Driving Developments in PE
Sustainability, consumer convenience, and evolving e-commerce packaging are driving new advances in polyethylene. 

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: 2/1/2019

PART 2 Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
Here’s a real-world example of a part failure demonstrating why DMA curves have more value than single-point data generated by HDT.