Injection Molding

KraussMaffei Group expands production facility in Haiyan

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — KraussMaffei Group brought a little bit of Germany to China with an Alps festival featuring music and German food and beverages as it officially inaugurated the second production hall at its manufacturing plant in Haiyan China.

As part of the expansion of the plant, the production space was doubled and now covers 22,000 square meters. The company is continuing its expansion strategy in China, where it sees considerable growth potential for its brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal, the company said at its Chinaplas 2014 press conference.

Who caused the skills gap?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 22nd, 2014

We continue to hear a lot about the existence of a skills gap in manufacturing. A new survey, 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends, was recently released by Seminars for Engineers showing that a lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today. Twenty-seven percent of respondents to this survey cited lack of training; 20% cited outmoded equipment; 16% cited poor quality control; and 14% cited company morale. 

Firm receives patent for zero-fuel solar plastic molding system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 22nd, 2014

We all know the sun is a great source of heat, and it takes heat to process plastic. So what if the two could be combined to create an innovative molding process that doesn't use fossil fuels? LightManufacturing LLC, founded in 2010 as a solar thermal technology company, announced last month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued it a patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for molding plastic.

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Chinaplas: Engel anticipates China to eventually become its biggest market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 21st, 2014

Shanghai, China — Fresh off the heels of Engel's recent announcement that it has founded a 100%-owned subsidiary in China, the company brought out its top management to talk more about this news at Chinaplas Media Day.  

"We wanted to show you how important this news was and we have brought our top management to show you this new company, Wintec," said Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel.

Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Contract manufacturer MGS purchases Hospira molding facility in Buffalo

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

MGS Mfg. Group, headquartered in Germantown, WI, announced it has purchased Hospira's injection molding facility in Buffalo, NY. A formal announcement was made to facility employees on Monday, April 4, 2014, by members of Hospira and MGS management teams.

The plant employs 120 people and runs 40 injection molding machines, ranging from 100 to 400 tons, producing parts for Hospira's pharmaceutical and device businesses. As part of the agreement, Hospira employees who work at the Buffalo facility will join MGS. No layoffs are planned as part of the purchase.

In-mold labeling for durable goods makes gains

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

In-mold labeling (IML) for durable goods, also known as IMD (in-mold durables), is seeing more application requirements in the durables markets such as automotive, appliances, and toys. Jeff Denton, Marketing and Product Manager for Standard Register (Pasadena, CA), gave a presentation on IML at the recent IMLCON/IMDCON, and noted that in-mold isn't just for polypropylene any longer, referring to IML's popularity in the packaging market.

Prism Plastics plans for future based on successful past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

There are many reasons for the success of any custom plastics processing business including the machine technology used, the people in place who optimize that technology, the management, markets and customers within those markets. Prism Plastics, a custom injection molder headquartered in Chesterfield, MI, has long been an automotive supplier and in spite of the struggles of that market over the past few years the company has remained successful.

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