Injection Molding

Slideshow: Five ways 3D printing is revolutionizing medical technology

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 14th, 2014

We recently reported on a blood recyling device developed and marketed by British company Brightwake Ltd. that made extensive use of 3D printing to produce prototype parts. The technology resulted in tremendous cost savings and accelerated time to market, according to the firm.

Engel creates new subsidiary in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Engel Group has established an 100%-owned subsidiary called Wintec, which will start producing injection molding machines this summer. In Asia, the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier is targeting further sustainable growth with a clearly defined product range under the new brand. Peter Auinger, who has transferred within the Engel Group from Mexico to China, will be the subsidiary's CEO. 

Sacmi Group sells plastics division to US-based Kingsbury Group

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 14th, 2014

Packaging machinery supplier Sacmi has sold its plastics division to the Rochester, New York-based Kingsbury Group, which has a portfolio that includes Chrysler, Ford, Whirlpool and Honeywell.

"This sale is in keeping with Sacmi's desire to streamline management and focus more on the ceramics and packaging sectors," stated the Sacmi Group's General Manager Pietro Cassani. He will became a member of the American firm's board of directors.

Rice hull-filled PP grade ups green credentials of F-Series pickup

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2014

The 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck is lighter than ever, with extensive use of high-strength 70,000-psi steel and aluminum, but plastic is also playing a key role in the environmental credentials of the full-size truck, which may return fuel economy as high as 30 mpg. The electrical cowl bracket employed in the vehicle is molded from a rice hull-filled grade of polypropylene (PP). The development was initially reported by PlasticsToday here.

Vehicle recalls prompt attention to supplier warranties

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2014

Not long ago I wrote about a report on GM possibly requiring its suppliers to participate financially in any vehicle recalls regardless of whether particular supplier's parts were involved. It got some suppliers to sit up and take notice.

Advanced Molding Technologies doubles capacity; grows medical molding business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 11th, 2014

A toolmaker and mechanical engineer by training, Brett Nelson was frustrated building molds for someone else and seeing opportunities for improvement being ignored. So, he started a contract molding business, and 20-plus years on, he can take a great deal of satisfaction at having built a thriving company. Advanced Molding Technologies (Circle Pines, MN) has just completed its second expansion in two years, doubling in size to more than 84,000 sq ft. He credits the company's success to a laser-like focus on tooling and engineering and a proactive approach to meeting customer needs.

PM Engineered Solutions adds a Negri Bossi injection thermoset molding machine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

PM Engineered Solutions has added a Negri Bossi injection thermoset molding machine to its offerings. This acquisition allows PMES to expand its current thermoset capabilities, as well as continue to provide high-strength components through the Negri Bossi's manufacturing functions (25-363 ton, 22oz shot capacity shot-to-shot consistency, controlled process, repeatability).

Challenges of medical molding highlighted at Engel event

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 10th, 2014

It was a beautiful 90° day in the neighborhood, as more than 80 people made the trek to Corona, CA, on April 8 to attend Engel's Medical Day event. They were rewarded with an opportunity to garner insights from several speakers addressing themes of relevance to molders working (or wanting to work) with the medical device sector and to view a trio of Engel's molding machines running medical applications.

European part makers home in on Japanese OEMs

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 10th, 2014

Japanese automakers continue to expand their offshore presences in order to alleviate the impact of currency fluctuations. In 2013, the eight major Japanese automakers produced around 16.2 million vehicles outside of Japan, up 6.5% year-on-year. But their traditional Japan based suppliers don't always have the wherewithal to follow them offshore. So  Japanese OEMs are increasingly shifting to European suppliers with local operations.

Arburg’s Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler retires

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Arburg has officially said farewell to one of what is surely the company's oldest employees, Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler. On April 4, around 180 guests - friends and associates from the industry - gathered together at the Arburg Customer Center in Lossburg to wish him well in his future endeavors.  A highpoint of the evening was the presentation of a newly created golden Arburg logo, presented by Senior Partner Eugen Hehl to Kraibühler as a special honor for his life's work.

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