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SPI and ANSI release new plastics machinery safety standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released two recently revised American National Standards and a new American National Standard on plastics machinery safety. 

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

The molding process is a science and an art at Winzeler Gear

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 19th, 2014

Is the molding process a science or an art? At Winzeler Gear, you don't have to separate the two. The company blends both in order to design and manufacture high precision high-tolerance molded plastic gears for the automotive, lawn and garden and office automation industries.

From the gallery of Fashion Gear Art to a distinctive new machine design and the walls of its facility in Chicago, you see the influence of modern art, fashion, design, and contemporary engineering in all aspects of the business.  

Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2014 goes to Festo

By Karen Laird
Published: March 19th, 2014

Lossburg, Germany — It's that time of the year again. Every year in March, the German town of Lossburg (population 6,700 people) is swamped by literally thousands of visitors, all headed for the Technology Days, the three-day in house event held annually at machine manufacturer Arburg, here high in the hills of the Black Forest.

Two women recognized for their achievements in industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

Recently, two women received awards for their achievements in manufacturing. Liz Kautzmann, Laser/Fabrication program manager at FANUC America, has been awarded a 2014 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award from the Manufacturing Institute.

Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

North American robotics shipments grow in 2013, while new orders contract

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 5th, 2014

Following a strong year in 2012, the North American robotics market recorded its best year ever in 2013 in terms of robot shipments, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 22,591 robots valued at $1.39 billion were shipped to companies in North America in 2013, beating the previous record of 20,328 robots valued at $1.29 billion shipped in 2012.

Did subsidies contribute to the demise of the Australian auto industry?

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 17th, 2014

Toyota Australia's decision to cease manufacturing in 2017 will likely mean the complete demise of the Australian automotive industry if radical new thinking is not undertaken by all industry stakeholders. So says a statement from the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers(Melbourne, Australia). And at least one party claims generous subsidies may have contributed to the industry's downfall by "dulling incentives to improve productivity, seek export opportunities, and diversify into other industries."

Sepro America expands its presence in the West

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 12th, 2014

Anaheim - Sepro America is feeling pretty comfortable in the western region of the U.S.

Paul Rudzinski, regional sales manager for Sepro, told PlasticsToday at PLASTEC West that medical processors in California and automotive molders in Texas were actively buying robots in 2013. To meet the market demand, Sepro expanded its product line and added sales representatives. As a result, Sepro America tripled its sales in the western U.S., compared to 2012. 

Plastics machinery shipments rise in Q3

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 27th, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding and thermoforming equipment) improved in the third quarter of 2013. Aaccording to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $3,276 million in Q3.

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