Injection Molding

Five reasons why Chicago will be your kind of town come October

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 19th, 2014

The Medical Design & Manufacturing portfolio of events has its Chicago moment on Oct. 15 and 16, when MD&M Chicago comes to the Schaumburg Convention Center. Showcasing innovations in materials, processing technologies, contract services, and much more specifically for the medical device sector, the exposition is accompanied by conference sessions exploring everything from product design to regulatory matters.

Technical article: Soft-touch for the price of two-component injection molding

By ENGEL
Published: September 19th, 2014

One of the key differentiating features of modern cars is the interior. In addition to the overall design, special attention is being paid to the quality of the surfaces. A variety of manufacturing processes have been created to give interior grained surfaces a soft feel. The Dolphin process, which is unrivalled in cost effectiveness, is set to join the ranks.

Registration open for SPI's Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

From managing a multigenerational workforce to learning how 3D printing may offer a 'giant step' for short run injection molds, the lineup for the Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL) is looking strong.  

The Business of Plastics Conference, also produced by SPI, will be held during the first three days of the exposition. NPE2015 attendees can now register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show.

The Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations. Session topics will include:

Eastman copolyester selected for newborn hearing screener

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 18th, 2014

A medical device used to screen the hearing of newborns has undergone a material makeover. Components of the Echo-Screen, which has been on the market for 10 years, originally were fabricated from a PC/ABS alloy. Presumably because of the BPA controversy, which some studies have linked to human health concerns, Natus Medical (San Carlos, CA) established new material requirements for its infant-care products, starting with the Echo-Screen. The company chose Tritan copolyester MXF121 from Eastman Chemical Co.

Injection molding provider Müller helps create new IML packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Müller, the Swiss specialists for injection molding and IML automation, worked with Uniplast, a provider of PP packaging for dairy products, on the product development of the 'SKET cup.' Müller cooperated closely with the engineering department of the Knauer Group in Dettingen, the German region of Swabia. In the Engineering Center of the Knauer Group, the SKET was implemented on a Müller Multiflex Pilot Cell. The SKET application will be demonstrated at Fakuma 2014, where Müller will be at the Arburg stand (booth 3101, pavilion A3).

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Friedrichshafen, Germany, which shares idyllic Lake Constance with Austria and Switzerland, would seem an unlikely location for an international plastics processing event. Of course, like any town of consequence in Germany, Friedrichshafen has a fairground (or messe, in local parlance), but one might expect to find shows for model railroad enthusiasts or, given the maritime location, pleasure boats rather than Fakuma, which attracts international giants of molding, extrusion, and other plastics processing technologies; materials; auxiliary equipment; and associated processing services.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Sigma

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Sigma (Aachen, Germany) will share booth space at this year's Fakuma with TecPart, an association that represents technical plastic part manufacturers in Germany and is a member of the German Association of the Plastic Manufacturing Industry (GKV). The initiative is designed to showcase how Sigma's simulation technology responds to the real-world needs of the injection molding processing industry.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Engel

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

When Engel unveiled the first tie-bar-less molding machine at K 1989 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the innovation was greeted with astonishment and even ridicule, acknowledges the company. But it had the last laugh. Twenty-five years later, tie-bar-less injection moulding machines represent one of Engel's biggest sources of revenue, with more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines sold around the world. Engel will celebrate this success story with a special presentation in the east foyer at Fakuma.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Arburg

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

They're baaack. After wowing crowds at the K show last year, Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) will bring its Freeformer additive manufacturing systems to Fakuma to demonstrate how plastic parts can be produced economically as one-offs or in small-volume batches directly from CAD data, without requiring a mould. Using inexpensive standard granulate, the systems can be used to produce fully functional parts, not just samples and prototypes, and achieve new geometries.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Sumitomo

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany) will demo the production of electric plug connectors on the Fakuma show floor to illustrate how efficiency-boosting measures can improve part quality while reducing production costs.

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