Hasco introduces compact hot-runner and in-mold memory systems

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2015

Hasco (Lüdenscheid, Germany) has announced the introduction of a mold memory unit that stores all the information about the mold directly in the mold and a compact hot runner system.

Machine Solutions adds to catheter manufacturing portfolio with PlasticWeld acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 3rd, 2015

A supplier of advanced equipment and services to the medical technology industry and an innovator in automating catheter and stent manufacturing, Machine Solutions Inc. (MSI; Flagstaff, AZ) announced that it has acquired PlasticWeld Systems. Headquartered in Newfane, NY, PlasticWeld Systems manufactures turnkey production equipment for catheter tipping, eye forming and drilling, soft tip bonding, tube cutting and related systems used in the production of disposable devices.

Five firsts at Fakuma: Ewikon

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: October 1st, 2015

Drop-in hot runner systems with nozzles screwed into the manifold offer tangible advantages for moldmakers, according to Ewikon (Frankenberg, Germany): The systems come completely assembled, facilitating their integration in the mold. Additionally, the mold design is simplified and the system itself is absolutely leakproof. Ewikon will introduce the next generation of its L2X drop-in system during Fakuma 2015 at booth 2203 in hall A2.

Yaskawa Motoman introduces injection molding machine software

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 22nd, 2015

Yaskawa Motoman (Miamisburg, OH) has introduced SPI Pendant software, an easy-to-use graphical interface for Motoman robots utilized in the plastic injection molding industry. It allows users to quickly create and modify programs without being versed in Yaskawa Motoman's proprietary INFORM robot programming language.

What makes Fakuma tick?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 8th, 2015

On paper, Fakuma shouldn't work. Friedrichshafen, Germany, and environs, which include nearby Switzerland and Austria, is a lovely spot for a relaxing three-day weekend, but an international plastics trade show?

Energy-efficient auxiliary dryer to debut at Fakuma 2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2015

A large energy-efficient auxiliary dryer will debut at the upcoming Fakuma 2015 show from Protec. The SOMOS  T140 eco dryer reportedly enables higher material throughput to the SOMOS T/TF eco series of mobile dry air dryers.

Laser-welded actuator housing molded from polyphthalamide

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2015

Materials supplier Evonik has scored a success with the application of a Vestamid HTplus polyphthalamide (PPA) grade in the latest waste gate actuator series from Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. These components control the flow of gas inside turbo chargers.

Inclined ejection unit from Meusburger facilitates demolding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2015

Need a new and easy way to eject undercut parts without using a slide? Meusburger Georg GmbH & Co KG (Wolfurt, Austria) has a solution: The E 3248 inclined ejection unit used in combination with the E 32481 ejector.

SPI supports Manufacturing Day

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 10th, 2015

The roster of Manufacturing Day 2015 sponsors grew with the addition of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which has pledged support at the silver level, the third consecutive sponsorship year for SPI. A grassroots effort by manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America, Manufacturing Day is an annual event that has grown in support and visibility across the nation.

Auto industry turns to laser welding for lightweighting

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 2nd, 2015

Lightweighting trends in automobiles is generating increased demand for laser welding systems according to one vendor of the technology. And whereas in the past Rofin (Munich, Germany) has primarily supplied diode lasers to end users through its group company DILAS, where they would subsequently be incorporated into a welding system by a system integrator or the end user, the company now reports that more customers are asking for complete laser polymer welding solutions.

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