Injection Molding

Teleflex Medical OEM expands balloon catheter portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2015

Teleflex Medical OEM (Gurnee, IL), a supplier of custom-engineered catheters, has added balloon catheter manufacturing technologies to its portfolio of in-house capabilities. New product offerings include non-compliant, semi-compliant and compliant medical balloons for a variety of peripheral, coronary and neurovascular applications. The business specializes in components for PTCA (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty) and PTA (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty) procedures.

Auto sector drives booming demand for EMI-shielding Electriplast conductive resins

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2015

While conductive resins have been around in some form for more than two decades, historically they were used primarily for static dissipation using carbon black or low levels of chopped stainless-steel fibers. Today there's an exciting new technology developed by Electriplast (Canton, MI), an Integral Technologies Co., that provides an alternative to electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding using die-cast aluminum lining.

Engel showcases performance, energy efficiency in packaging application at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2015

High-performance applications traditionally have been the domain of the packaging industry, but energy efficiency is also a trend in that sector. The new Engel (York, PA) e-speed 720 US injection molding machine, presented in North America for the first time at NPE2015 last week in Orlando, FL, brings those two worlds together. The new high-speed machine relies on the all-electric technology of the high-performance e-motion and e-cap series, uniting high injection speeds with maximum energy efficiency. 

The coolest things at NPE2015: Canon

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 30th, 2015

On day two of NPE2015, Clare Goldsberry chose a mold running in a Sumitomo machine at the Canon Virginia Inc. booth producing yo-yos as the coolest thing of the day. But the yo-yos, which were handed out to show attendees, were only a small part of what made this project cool in Goldsberry's view. She wrote: "Canon Virginia, like many mold companies, is always needing skilled employees. And like many moldmaking firms, it decided the only way to get the skilled workers it needs is to provide the training. That led Canon Virginia to begin its own apprenticeship program."

PP compounds deliver weight savings to automakers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 29th, 2015

Advanced polypropylene (PP) compounds continue to enable automakers to save weight in their latest vehicles. PP supplier LyondellBasell recently outlined some of the latest commercial examples where the resin's role was crucial.

The coolest things at NPE2015: Arburg

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 29th, 2015

Arburg kept it simple yet effective, when it introduced its freeformer additive manufacturing system to North America at NPE2015: A woman and a saxophone, which she played quite well, sharing the spotlight with the equally sleek and elegant machine.

The coolest things at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 29th, 2015

NPE2015 may not be the greatest show on Earth—the Germans might take issue with that—but it came damn close! In terms of sheer size, this year's five-day event, which ended on Friday, is the second largest trade show in the United States, after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

IntegriCo Composites chooses Louisiana for its booming plastic railroad tie business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 29th, 2015

Recycling has become an extremely important part of plastics processing. Recycled material is in big demand, whether it's RPET for packaging or polyethylene for decking, fencing and railing, or used as the interior section in capstock products. IntegriCo Composites (Temple, TX), founded in 2005, recycles landfill-bound plastic—primarily polyethylene—into railroad crossties.

Hot cars take center stage at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 26th, 2015

Car culture is alive and well at NPE2015. A hot-looking automobile is one sure way to get the attention of attendees at this massive event currently happening in Orlando, FL, especially if you don't have a molding machine or blow molder running in the booth. Here's a quick look at some of the hot wheels on the show floor.

Wittmann Battenfeld showed off its robots in a high-energy pit stop display (W-2743). The company had its best year ever in 2014, with $369 million in revenue, and it's projecting $380 million for 2015. 

Conair installs mock cleanroom at NPE2015 to showcase expanded MedLine range

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 25th, 2015

As I walk the NPE2015 show floor, I'm always on the lookout for medical applications. There are quite a few, as it turns out, but one in particular that caught my attention was a mock cleanroom set up by Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) to highlight its MedLine portfolio. The installation is quite impressive, and if you are at all interested in cleanroom extrusion and molding, I encourage you to stop by booth W-2143 and check it out.

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