Commodity Resins

Plastic Pallets Gain Ground In an Eco-Conscious World

Low-cost wood is still king, but plastics’ reusability is a growing attraction among manufacturers looking for sustainable material-handling options. The one major hurdle is today’s high resin prices.
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Plug-Assist Coating Improves Surface Quality and Formability

Manufacturers and users of plug-assist tooling have a new technique to improve the surface finish and cycle time of thermoformed parts.


Blow Molders and Thermoformers Try Plastic Rapid Tooling

Rapid prototyping (RP) equipment is increasingly being used to manufacture prototype and short-run production molds for blow molded and thermoformed parts.

Molds & Tooling

Coatings Give Aluminum Molds Cost/Performance Edge Over Steel

New cost-effective technologies are designed to make aluminum an attractive alternative to tool steels in a range of plastics molding processes. One method uses a plasma technique to convert the aluminum surface into a hard, dense, wear-resistant ceramic. Another approach uses electro-deposition to apply a surface coating with high hardness, corrosion resistance, and chemical resistance.


K 2007 Thermoforming: Packaging Lines Grow Bigger and Faster

There was plenty of news in thermoforming at K 2007 as suppliers rolled out continuous roll-fed packaging systems with greater output, enhanced cooling, reduced air consumption, and more automation.


Machine and Material Innovations Highlight SPE Thermoforming Conference

The industry’s largest twin-sheet thermoformer and the first North American source of halogen heaters were among the machinery and equipment developments at the recent 17th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference in Cincinnati.

Sheet Extrusion

Branched PVDF Gains Melt Strength For Film, Blow Molding, Thermoforming

Chain branching opens up lots of new processing opportunities for these fluoropolymers.


What's New at the Show in THERMOFORMING

Continuous in-line packaging systems will be the main emphasis in thermoforming at K 2007.


Dual-Cure PUR Coatings Boost Performance Of In-Mold Decorating Films

A new version of in-mold decorating technology, developed initially for exterior auto body components, uses dual-cure coating technology to provide a paint film that is both stretchable for good thermoformability and also provides the high gloss and durability of conventional paints.

All Electric & Hybrid Machines

Thermoforming: Ready for In-Mold Labeling?

After several fits and starts over the last decade, thermoforming IML appears ready for prime time, thanks to improvements in output and labeling technology. For now, the action is mostly in European packaging.