Injection Molding

It's not too early to start thinking about March madness, NPE style

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 24th, 2014

The world's largest trade show and conference devoted to plastics, NPE will celebrate its 28th anniversary when it returns to Orlando, FL, on March 23 to 27, 2015. More than 2000 exhibitors from all strata of the plastics supply chain will fill one million square feet of space at the Orange County Convention Center. Upwards of 60,000 attendees are expected to visit the event to discover new technologies on the show floor and gain technical and market insights at the ANTEC 2015 and SPI Business of Plastics conferences.

Lindal Group invests in its Mexico operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2014

The Lindal Group, a German-based aerosol packaging provider, is seeing plenty of opportunity in Mexico. As a result, the company has positioned itself for future market growth in Mexico - and shortened supply chains for customers in Mexico that serve both the home and export markets.  

Adoption of 3D printing for cores/cavities remains low in spite of advantages

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 24th, 2014

While 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) has advanced dramatically in recent years, making possible myriad parts - both prototype and production - moldmakers remain reluctant adopters of the technology. However, as usual, OEMs seem to be catching onto the advantages of 3D printing for a number of applications including building single-cavity pilot molds quickly and cheaply.

In-mold decorating of durable products provides environmentally alternative to painting and chrome plating

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 24th, 2014

The regulatory burden on manufacturing has skyrocketed over the past few years. According to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the cost of federal regulations in 2012 was $2.028 trillion (in 2014 dollars). Of that amount, $330 billion was for environmental compliance. The average manufacturing firm in the U.S. pays $19,564 per employee per year in regulatory compliance costs (including OSHA, taxes and environmental). For small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees, that burden rises to $34,671 per employee per year, said the NAM report.

Absolute Haitian cites reshoring as a growth driver in North America

By Heather Caliendo
Published: November 21st, 2014

Montréal — Plastics machinery companies continue to ride the reshoring wave.

"Business is good in North America," Glenn Frohring, president of Worcester, MA-based Absolute Haitian, told PlasticsToday. "We are three to five percent stronger than last year, looking forward to a great end of the year and gearing up for next year."

So what is helping to drive growth for the company in North America? Yep, you got it - reshoring. 

"A lot of molds are coming back from Asia," he said. Frohring also cited a strong automotive market.

ResTech Plastic Molding acquires True Precision Plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 21st, 2014

ResTech Plastic Molding has completed its second acquisition of 2014 with the purchase of True Precision Plastics LLC, located in Lancaster, PA. George E.

Sipa launches new PET system to produce 'extremely' light preform production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 21st, 2014

PET packaging technology producer Sipa says it has unveiled the latest step towards the bottle production plant of the future. Launched at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, mid of November, the XTREME Sincro brings together in a single machine Sipa's preform compression molding system with a stretch-blow molding unit.

Top 10 showstoppers of 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 21st, 2014

The editors of PlasticsToday get around. In 2014, we attended trade shows and conferences in China, Germany, Japan, Canada and, of course, throughout the United States.

As the year begins to draw to a close, and the plastics industry gears up for NPE 2015 in March in Orlando, FL, we thought it might be a good idea to revisit some of the highlights from events we attended in 2014, from packaging that seems to disappear to a 3D-printed car.

Showstoppers of 2014: Bigger is better in additive manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 21st, 2014

One of the most exciting new products in the equipment category at the Rapid 2014 3D printing/additive manufacturing trade show and conference came from a partnership between Cincinnati Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that produced the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAMci) machine.

This big boy is a large-scale AM system capable of producing polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines.

Showstoppers of 2014: With Klear Can, what you see is what you get

By Karen Laird
Published: November 21st, 2014

A new multi-layer co-injection technology from Kortec Inc. allows the production of clear polypropylene (PP) cans for food packaging. The new packaging was introduced by Kortec, the innovative co-injection system supplier acquired earlier this year by Milacron, at Interpack 2014, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stackable design features a three-layer plastic construction (PP outer and inner layers, with an EVOH barrier) for shelf life up to five years, is BPA free, and offers options for colored plastic cans, in-mold labels, or standard labels.

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