Injection Molding

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show), part six

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

Injection mold manufacturer StackTeck of Brampton, ON, Canada, submitted the Gold Award–winning Best Thin Wall Package. Also owned by KFC, the 64-oz. IML TRIM Pail, molded by Srithai Superware, uses IML to enable a high-quality decoration on StackTeck’s thin-recess injection molded (TRIM) part, which has a wall thickness about half of what was formerly considered possible with conventional thin-wall molding technology. The full-wrap label provides extensive coverage on the container, and also acts to give this TRIM container added stiffness.

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show), part seven

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

Thermoforming was represented this year with the Hino Hybrid Badge submitted by molder TASUS Canada for brand owner Hino Motors, which won the Best Thermoformed Durable IMD Part Gold Award. The unique flexible IML badge, which conforms to contoured surfaces, uses a bright chrome fluoropolymer film that is environmentally friendly and highly durable.

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show), part eight

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

A new category was introduced this year, the Best Prototype Package, and the IPL SkinnyPack was judged innovative enough to take the Gold Award.

The IPL SkinnyPack is a thin yet strong packaging technology that fuses a flexible, printable film to a sturdy, rigid frame. It offers remarkable IML graphics for greater shelf appeal. SkinnyPack uses less plastic and is therefore lighter for improved eco-sustainability.

Non-profit molding company profits the disabled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.

Polyurethane foam enables medtech manufacturers to meet broad range of requirements

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Plastic materials used in medical applications must meet rigorous performance specifications, but increasingly they also must satisfy ergonomic and aesthetic requirements. And then there are cost considerations. Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) has published a press release describing how its polyurethane integral skin foam materials meet functionality, design, strength, and fire protection requirements in a specific medical application.

Custom and proprietary molder of K’NEX Construction Toys attends Walmart’s 2014 U.S. manufacturing summit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 21st, 2014

Walmart is continuing its search for 'Made in the USA' products, and on August 14, the giant retailer held a U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart's commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investing in American-made products.

Sepro America to install robots and conduct training sessions at Batavia, IL

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Sepro America is taking its robots and automation expertise closer to customers, with the installation of equipment and scheduling of a three-day training class in suburban Chicago. The site is expected to be the first of several facilities positioned in other regions of North America.

Paulson Training Programs partners with Northwest-Shoals Community College

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

A team of injection molding companies along with one the industry's most foremost training programs is teaming up with a community college to help solve the ongoing problem of the lack of skilled workers in the plastics industry. Paulson Training Programs Inc. announced a new partnership with Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) and area injection molding companies to provide Paulson's extensive injection molding library of training programs to students at NW-SCC.

After 25 years, Engel’s innovative tie-bar-less technology still going strong

By Karen Laird
Published: August 20th, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Engel decided to boldly go where no man had gone before. Going against the received wisdom of the time, the company developed a revolutionary, tie-bar-less design for its newest machines, which the company unveiled at the 1989 K Show in Düsseldorf. Although the logic of the new technology was clear to all, skepticism reigned.

Euromap to introduce energy label for plastics and rubber machinery

By Karen Laird
Published: August 20th, 2014

The European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, Euromap, is planning to introduce an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. An important European industry - the sector comprises some 3,700 companies with 100,000 employees  - energy efficiency has in recent years become a major theme.

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