Engineering Resins

Headlines for the Next 50 Years

Ever wonder what it would be like to get tomorrow’s newspaper today? After reviewing the most important technical developments of the past 50 years in our October issue, we asked industry experts to help us imagine the biggest headlines in plastics from now to 2055. What we got was a mixture of predictions of what will happen and a wish list of what should happen.


Then and Now: 1955-2005 Processors Look Back on a Half-Century of Change

Last month, we reviewed how much has changed in processing technology since this magazine was launched in 1955.


Thermoformer’s ‘Black Art’ Legacy Remains Today

While the thermoforming industry has made major strides in moving from black art to science in the last 50 years, there remains an unscientific element to the process that makes it a unique and challenging business.


A Simple, Repeatable, Realistic Test of Thermoformability

A new test method enables sheet manufacturers and thermoformers to more precisely analyze and quantify the thermoformability of materials.

Commodity Resins

50 Ideas That Changed Plastics

Very few readers of this issue can remember, or even imagine, what it was like when an injection molding machine did not have a screw, but only a smooth-bore plunger.
#polyolefins #nanocomposites #tpe


Thermoforming PPS: New Resin Choice Adds High-Performance Opportunity

For parts needing high heat and chemical resistance, thermoformers get a new way to compete with injection molding.


Latest Enterprise Software Features Enhanced Scheduling and Web Access

Until recently, plastics processors looking for fully featured enterprise business software may have been aware of only two choices that were tailored specifically for their needs.


Engineering Thermoplastic Processes Like a Thermoset

The first quarter of 2005 will see the first commercial production of a dramatically new family of resins that offer the processing advantages of liquid thermosets plus the properties and recyclability of engineering thermoplastics.