Understanding the Effects of Paint On Plastics

Paint can have significant effects on mechanical properties of plastic parts. As illustrated by this OEM’s procedure in developing new-generation outboard-motor covers, there’s no substitute for thorough testing.
#bestpractices #color


WELDING: Micro Welder For Small Resistance Welding Applications

Miyachi's micro welder is well suited for small applications in the electronic component and battery pack markets.


Packaging: Food Container Relies on IML for Oxygen Barrier

Barrier coextruded in-mold label protects pasta sauce in injection molded tub.


Options For Plastics Decoration and Surface Treatment

New book analyzes recent trends in decoration and surface treatment of thermoplastics.


‘Sqrounds’, ‘billboard’, and why in-mold labeling is taking off

An increasingly popular packaging format, which lends itself to IML, could help the decoration technology finally take off in North America.

Injection Molding

How Pre-Loaded Ultrasonic Welders Save Time in Automated Assembly

Pre-loaded assembly systems mounted on a robot arm are a relatively new, time-saving concept in ultrasonic welding that maintains precision and process repeatability.
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Stretch Blow Molding

Blow Molding News at K 2013

All-electric machines of all types were the stars of the show, but there were a number of other noteworthy developments.


Molder Puts the ‘Art’ into Decorating

Custom molder took its expertise in in-mold coloring, IML, and IMD to the next level with the launch of a new division, Artistry of Plastics. The operation utilizes a proprietary technique, trade named Fabric Fusion, which merges resins with textiles to create a unique seamless product design.

Resin Conveying

K 2013: More Efficient, Flexible & User-Friendly Auxiliaries

It’s hard to generalize about auxiliary equipment, but a few trends stood out at K, including: greater energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and cleaning, controls that provide more real-time and historical process information and greater ease of use.

Stretch Blow Molding

Headlines from the K 2013 Show

Here’s just a taste of the innovations on display, a selection of the top headlines not covered in our September show preview.