Injection Molding

Water cooler gets self-collapsible packaging design

By Kari Embree
Published: November 18th, 2015

It’s a staple in the workplace and synonymous with people gathering together to discuss last night’s season finale of the latest show. And now the water cooler is getting a green makeover with its new collapsible packaging design to improve collection efforts for recycling. 

Simulation software accelerates design of reinforced-plastic parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 17th, 2015

An OEM version of Moldex3D embedded in Digimat-RP for injection molding simulation has been launched by e-Xstream engineering (Luxembourg), a wholly owned subsidiary of MSC Software. The system provides structural CAE engineers with an estimate of fiber orientation for finite element analysis (FEA). The fiber orientation estimate within Digimat-RP is based on fully integrated Moldex3D technology for meshing, flow simulation and fiber orientation computation. 

Investment in plastics processing plants has tripled since 2010

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 16th, 2015

Shale-advantaged resins are affecting job growth in the plastics industry in a big way, according to Martha Moore, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, for the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, DC). There is currently a "huge build-out" of capacity in the United States for plastics processing. "Since June 2012, plastics processing projects have been announced by over 400 companies in over 40 states, with additional projects in Canada and Mexico," Moore stated.

Global Plastics Summit: PE, PP capacity coming on strong

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 15th, 2015

In real estate, it's "location, location, location." In plastic resins, it's "capacity, capacity, capacity." At the recent Global Plastics Summit, organized by IHS and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association in Chicago, Nick Vafiadis, Senior Director, Global Polyolefins and Plastics for IHS Chemical, noted that for polyethylene (PE), a 0.03 cent increase per pound is a "reasonable expectation under regional market conditions." He added that ethylene constraints in the first and second quarters of 2016 will ease and PE prices will drop by a nickel.

Rapid expansion: Test facilities in Sweden nearly doubled

By Karen Laird
Published: November 13th, 2015

Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.

Celanese to add PEEK to advanced materials portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 13th, 2015

Global materials company Celanese (Dallas, TX) has announced that it will expand its high-end product portfolio by adding two premium product grades of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) in 2016. The company made the announcement as part of its Investors Day that it is hosting today to discuss growth-oriented strategies and initiatives it is putting in place. Celanese forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 10 and 15%, in earnings and cash flow, respectively, through 2018.

Plastic fuel injector wins SPE award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2015

A heated tip port fuel injector used on the Honda Fit and Honda City vehicles sold in Brazil to improve cold-start performance in ethanol-fueled vehicles has captured the most innovative use of plastics award in the powertrain category at last night's 45th Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala. The part was developed by Honda, Delphi Automotive and DuPont Automotive.

How to increase production capacity without adding resources

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 12th, 2015

As business rebounds after the long climb out of the Great Recession, many manufacturers are having the welcome experience of seeing orders and demands increase. This trend leads many companies to consider adding resources and expanding operations, but what happens if the economy takes a dip and you have added people to your payroll or invested in capital equipment that is no longer needed? It's a situation that suppliers to the automotive sector, to cite one example, know all too well.

Modified regulations for automotive glazing offer new design freedom

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 10th, 2015

Recent modifications to ECE R43 regulations for automotive glazing in Europe position acrylic resin as an ideal material for small quarter car windows, and materials supplier Evonik says it has the ideal material for the application in Acrylite Resist AG 100. Prior to the regulation modification, requirements called for a scratch-resistant coating material. ECE constitutes a set of internationally agreed regulations for motor vehicles that are adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

StackTeck showcases mold technology in Mexico and Colombia

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2015

StackTeck Systems Ltd. (Brampton, ON, Canada), a global manufacturer of multi-cavity, high-volume production molds for packaging, thin-wall packaging, closures, medical products and mold bases, showcased two of its precision, high-tech closure molds at Expo Plasticos in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week.

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