Injection Molding

Getting involved with community opens doors for manufacturing’s future

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2014

If you want to teach young people the role of manufacturing in their communities - and open the door for manufacturing's future employees - get involved at the local level. Xten Industries, a Kenosha, WI-based injection molder and full-service product fabricator, began its formal association with Kenosha Unified School Ddistrict (KUSD) in the winter of 2008, when the company volunteered five acres of land next to the facility to be used by Harborside Academy as its Community Urban Garden.

Business is smokin' for French molder

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 18th, 2014

French plastics processor STI Plastics (Beauvoir en Royans) has announced that the first of two new production facilities will go online by late 2014 to meet growing demand for its development and molding services. The expansion is necessary to supply STI's current customers in the refillable e-cigarette and pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, according to French newspaper Le Dauphine Libéré.

New alternative decking, roofing and more in the news

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2014

With spring just around the corner, building products makers are hoping that homeowners will begin looking to upgrading their homes after a long, hard winter. The latest building and construction products introduced by some of the biggest names in alternative decking, railing and roofing products industry promise to make homes more attractive with less maintenance. And many of these products are made with a percentage of recycled materials, making them attractive from an environmental standpoint. 

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S&E Specialty Polymers expands current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

S&E Specialty Polymers has expanded its current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year. The company says it is equipped to handle a customer's tolling needs in a variety of polymers including PVC, PVC alloys, Low Smoke Zero Halogen, TPOs, TPRs and flame retardant & UV based concentrates.

Construction serves as an indicator for stabilizers market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

Stabilizers are indispensable for many products made from plastics and rubber as they ensure safe processing and prevent premature aging and weathering. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has to be treated with stabilizers. The market research institute Ceresana has just published a new study regarding the market for these additives and the research firm anticipates plenty of change on the horizon.

This exoskeleton is made for walking, among other things

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 15th, 2014

It's not quite the Power Loader you might remember from Aliens—not yet, anyway—but the wearable bionic suit from Ekso Bionics (Richmond, CA) is a big step forward for anyone who suffers from mobility impairment, or who just wants to lift and carry really heavy stuff. The technology was named by sister publication MD+DI as one of five startups poised to change medtech forever.

My customer wants me to submit to IMDS; what do I do now?

By Derrik Snider
Published: March 14th, 2014

As the economy tightens and manufacturers look for ways to trim costs, the largely unknown IMDS requirement gets pushed further down the supply chain. While the IMDS does nothing to improve your bottom line, you're still on the hook for it. What can you do?

Week of 3/10 to 3/14: Cool wearable medical devices slideshow and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2014

The global market for wearable devices is growing. And some of the technology is just pretty darn cool, which is one reason Senior Editor Norbert Sparrow decided to create a slideshow to highlight this innovative sector.

Five keys to capturing (and keeping) new business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 14th, 2014

We keep hearing from the automotive industry that there is a shortage of moldmakers. Yet, moldmakers keep wondering where all the business is? Surely, if there's a shortage of moldmakers, there must be more business out there.

Phoenix moldmaking and molding company owner, Arle Rawlings, passes away

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 13th, 2014

Well-known and respected moldmaking and molding company founder and owner, Arle Robert Rawlings, 73, passed away at the Phoenix Mayo Clinic on March 2, 2014, after a brief illness. Arle Rawlings, a journeyman moldmaker by trade, founded Mastercraft Mold in 1968, specializing in complex injection molds for a variety of markets and Fortune 500 companies.

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