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MedPlast gets China access with UPG

By Doug Smock
Published: April 5th, 2012

MedPlast Inc. (Tempe, AZ) continued its rapid growth track with the acquisition of United Plastics Group (UPG), giving Medplast ownership of medical molding plants in China. MedPlast CEO Harold Faig told PlasticsToday in an interview last fall that MedPlast wanted to buy a company with facilities in China.

March Manufacturing Index ticks up

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2012

The March Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management shows that the Purchasing Management Index (PMI) ticked up a percentage point to 53.4 from February’s 52.4, and 15 of the 18 manufacturing sectors surveyed are growing. While that represents good news and movement in the right direction, some aspects of the survey remain flat, while others are mixed.

Asaclean cleans up at NPE with live purging demonstrations, student poster

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2012

Dual purging demonstrations, with one for injection molding and the other for extrusion, including a color change from black to white resin, were highlighted at Asaclean's NPE2012 booth (West Hall, #3063). On a small lab-scale extruder, Asaclean is also undertaking a screw pull after running black ABS, offering attendees two rows of chairs to take in the technology first hand.

Kraiburg launches two new classes of materials at NPE2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 4th, 2012

Orlando, FL - Kraiburg TPE, the global supplier of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), launched two new classes of materials designed for the consumer electronics industry at NPE2012 booth (#61027).

The new olefin block copolymer (OBC) blends offer strong mechanicals, skin oil resistance, and enhanced bond strength to high-performance glass-filled nylon substrates, the company stated. These OBC blends are available in 60-80 Shore A hardness range, and offer resistance to sebum, olive oil, sunscreen lotion, and other oils.  

Wittmann Battenfeld boosts automation, machine capacity

By Doug Smock
Published: April 4th, 2012

Strong business conditions are spurring expansions at Wittman Battenfeld, including a major new automation plant in Europe, company officials said during a press conference held on the third day of NPE2012 (Orlando, FL, April 1-5). The company's booth at the show whirred with exhibits of integrated molding cells and next-generation auxiliary equipment, but the show-stopper was a fast-paced game of robots playing basketball at speeds that would have even impressed the newly crowned NCAA champions.

Show sales are brisk for RPET screen changer

By Doug Smock
Published: April 4th, 2012

Parkinson Technologies (Woonsocket, RI) is showing a prototype at NPE2012 (Orlando, FL) of a screen changer originally developed for elastomeric materials, but the big interest is coming from companies extruding recyclate, company officials told Plastics Today in interviews at the show.

NPE2012: Proco unveils take-out system with integrated deflasher and leak tester

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 4th, 2012

Orlando, FL—Proco Machinery Inc. has developed a take-out system with an integrated deflasher and leak tester.

The company demonstrated this new "all-in-one" multi-functional system for extrusion blowmolded bottles at NPE2012 booth (#542).

"This is a very unique system and is an industry first," Savi Krish, sales manager with Proco, told PlasticsToday. "This takes three functions and puts it into one station."

UBE boosts machinery output in Michigan

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

UBE Machinery, which specializes in production of large injection molding machines, is increasing production in Ann Arbor, MI as it introduces the UU2e Fusion, a two-platen machine that fits between the company's all-electric and standard hydraulic machines.

David Bernardi, senior sales and marketing manager, said he expects the company's domestic machine production to increase from 100 last year to the 120-140 range this year, partly due to the new machine introduction. Annual global production of big injection molding machines by UBE is in the 250 to 300 range.

Significant progress reported as liquid metal molding scales up

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

There has been "significant" progress in developing an injection molding system to accommodate the liquid metal process, and Liquidmetal Technologies (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) has already begun shipping molded components to customers.

Mark Sankovitch, president of Engel North America (York, PA) discussed liquid metal in an interview with Plastics Today at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL .

Engel eyes top spot in cap machines with all-electrics

By Doug Smock
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Engel demonstrated a high-powered, all-electric cap-molding cell at NPE2012 and disclosed its goal of becoming number one in the bottle cap production niche.

"Our cap business is growing 30% a year," said Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at a press conference, adding: "Our goal is to become number one in the cap business."

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