Injection Molding

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

Hillary Clinton visits injection molding manufacturer in Colorado

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2014

Earlier this week, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Intertech Plastics, the largest custom injection molding manufacturer in Colorado. Clinton met with local business and non-profit leaders, as well as, several current and former trainees from Intertech's workforce development programs to highlight the benefits for businesses providing training, mentoring and hiring initiatives to young people. Clinton also spoke with employees on the factory floor about their workforce experiences and their career pathways through their training initiatives.

New stainless mold base steel offers high machinability and improved thermal conductivity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 5th, 2014

Industeel ArcelorMittal has developed an original patented free-machining martensitic stainless steel called SuperPlast Stainless (SPS), that has seen good success in the marketplace among mold base manufacturers. Mold bases manufactured with SPS offer high machinability to provide both high productivity and longer tool life, thus reducing costs. SuperPlast also provides high, consistent mechanical strength and hardness, optimum thermal properties to facilitate the removal of heat energy through cooling, and corrosion resistance to ensure mold durability and reduce maintenance costs.

Yes, Ben, there really is a great future in plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?"

Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.

Kentucky fast becoming the new Michigan

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, all I thought about were horses. After all, how can you be a kid growing up on a farm in Kentucky and not love horses? Not only known for horses, Kentucky is also the land of bluegrass and Bourbon whiskey. Today, Kentucky is also known for its automotive industry.

Wilbert Plastic Services growing with Kentucky’s automotive industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

The recession certainly took its toll on manufacturing, especially the automotive industry and the many suppliers, including the plastics processing and mold manufacturing companies. Wilbert Plastic Services (WPS), headquartered in Belmont, NC, also struggled as its Lebanon, KY, facility lost money during the downturn. That was 2009.

Reinforced PP grade applied in structural foam molding process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

A polypropylene (PP) grade with 20% short glass fiber reinforcement has been applied in a structural foam injection molding process (SFIM) to mold a dashboard carrier and air ducts in the FAW-VW Golf A7. The Fibermod GE277AIC grade from Borouge (Singapore) reportedly achieves high flowability paired with high stiffness and impact ratio, realizing high flow length and low wall thickness, plus high dimensional stability and weld strength.

Value Plastics builds new Colorado facility to meet growing demand from medtech sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

With two medical device manufacturers announcing last week that they would be shutting down operations in the United States and moving jobs to Mexico, it's refreshing to hear that Value Plastics has broken ground on a new facility in Colorado.

India's coming age: Will a seismic political shift finally deliver on the country's full economic potential?

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2014

For decades India has promised but not quite delivered. A corrupt political system, bureaucratic inefficiencies, masses of red tape, and protection afforded to local firms has hobbled economic growth in the world's largest democracy with the world's second largest population.

MoldTrax releases MT6 software for faster tracking of mold performance, maintenance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2014

MoldTrax, developer of software designed specifically for tracking the performance and maintenance of molds and dies, just got bigger, faster and stronger with the release of MoldTrax6 (MT6). New features developed for this unique documentation software system include improved "inventory monitoring" that allows the user to quickly see how many parts are left in stock; two new FastTrax Reports include inventory tracking and maintenance alerts.

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