Injection Molding

NPE 2015: Inductive tool heating produces high gloss, defect free surface finish in quick time

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Inductive injection tool heating technology expert Roctool is featuring its technology for rapid molding of composites and other plastic components at multiple booths during NPE, including the company's own (S15033) and those of injection machine builders KraussMaffei (W903) and Engel (W1303). The parts produced at these booths feature high gloss and no indications of weld lines or sink marks. 

Verstraete reveals Matte and UltraGloss in-mold labels at NPE2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2015

Orange peel, glossy and transparent have been the three primary label finishes used for in-mold label (IML) applications. However, Verstraete (Maldegem, Belgium) has developed many new and existing IML innovations, such as Metallic and Peelable IML.

At NPE2015 (booth S-36027), Verstraete will present its latest innovations: Matte IML and UltraGloss IML. Matte IML is a label that gives packaging a matte, natural look. With an UltraGloss label, the packaging gets a high-gloss finish, making the colors more intense.

Milacron unveils new brand and integrated product portfolio at NPE

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2015

It's show time at the Milacron (Batavia, OH) booth—the company's largest booth ever, by the way—at NPE (W-2703), and what a lineup! For the first time, Milacron is bringing all of its technologies together under a unified brand into what Milacron says "reflects the company's transformation into the industry's most comprehensive integrated plastics solutions provider."

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

All indications are that this year's NPE event, which begins on March 23 in Orlando, FL, will be the largest in its history: More exhibitors, more international participation, and more attendees (although we won't know the latter for certain until the final tally). That's a lot of ground to cover.

To get you started, PlasticsToday has assembled a slideshow in advance of the event, highlighting what we consider to be five must-see exhibits at NPE2015.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: M.R. Mold

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

Collectors, you've got a friend in M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. (Brea, CA). A plastic injection mold, built in partnership with Craftsman Tool & Mold (S-16059), Progressive Components (W-4345) and Mastip Inc. (W-8191), will be running in the Wexco Corp. booth (W-1903). A large living hinge molded into a 3-x-6-½-in. survival box made with a PolyOne high-density polyethylene compound will be distributed to visitors, which they can then fill with a number of goodies by visiting the booths of participating companies.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: IceTech

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

Although a necessary part of manufacturing, cleaning technologies for molding and extrusion systems is not a sexy topic. So, how do you get eyeballs at a show like NPE2015, where companies have set up entire production cells, when you're hawking cleaning products? Easy: Display a glorious Harley plastered with polyurethane packaging foam, a notoriously difficult material to remove.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: Arburg

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

The freeformer additive manufacturing system from Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) will make its much anticipated U.S. debut at NPE2015. It has been called the "anti 3D printer" by Doug Smock on The Molding Blog.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: Sumitomo (SHI) Demag

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (Strongsville, OH) set a word record for bottle-cap production last year, which it is going to try to beat at NPE2015. The company will run a 96-cavity hot-runner mold on an El-Exis SP 420 machine molding a 29/25 water bottle cap with tamper-evident band molded by mechanical slides. Each hour, 180,000 caps will fly by the vision inspection system, or so the company hopes.

Koplas: Wintec injection machines debut in Korea; challenge local, Chinese OEMs

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 18th, 2015

Engel's China-based commodity injection machine offshoot Wintec officially debuted its machines in the Korean market at Koplas, promising to go head-to-head with local suppliers. Wintec president Peter Auinger says 15 machines are already in the field in Korea with another five on the way, and primarily operating in the auto and white goods fields.

Trexel President and CEO Steve Braig re-appointed to U.S. Manufacturing Council

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2015

Trexel Inc. (Woburn, MA) announced the re-appointment of Steve Braig, President and CEO, to the U.S. Manufacturing Council by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker for 2015 and 2016. Braig previously served in the 2013-2014 term in a leadership role as Co-Chair of the Tax, Trade and Export Growth Subcommittee. During that term he traveled to Washington, D.C., twice to meet with members of Congress to share the committee’s ideas on improving the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

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