Molds, Dies & Tooling

Japanese molder targets low-cost, lighter plastic fuel tanks

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2015

Rather than invest in costly extrusion blow molding machinery dedicated to the production of plastic fuel tanks, Japan's Yachiyo Industry (Sayama) has developed an innovative system that retrofits to standard large JSW blow molding machines that it uses on its 21 machines worldwide to mold the tanks. Normally fuel tank blow molding machines extrude two sheets that are then blow-molded.

BMW's Carbon Core body snares EuroCarBody Award 2015

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 11th, 2015

A car-body construction that combines carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and steel has won the EuroCarBody Award 2015. Employed in the new BMW 7 Series, the Carbon Core body was given a rating of 41.87 out of 50 possible points—the best score ever to be obtained in the competition. The EuroCarBody Award is regarded as the world's most important award for innovations in car-body construction.

StackTeck showcases mold technology in Mexico and Colombia

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 10th, 2015

StackTeck Systems Ltd. (Brampton, ON, Canada), a global manufacturer of multi-cavity, high-volume production molds for packaging, thin-wall packaging, closures, medical products and mold bases, showcased two of its precision, high-tech closure molds at Expo Plasticos in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week.

Hasco introduces compact hot-runner and in-mold memory systems

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2015

Hasco (Lüdenscheid, Germany) has announced the introduction of a mold memory unit that stores all the information about the mold directly in the mold and a compact hot runner system.

Milacron misses Q3 revenue target; announces CanGen acquisition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 8th, 2015

Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH), a global manufacturer, distributor and service provider of plastic technology and processing systems, announced on Nov. 6 its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

NN Inc. furthers diversification goals with acquisition of Precision Engineered Products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 4th, 2015

NN Inc. (Johnson City, TN), a diversified industrial manufacturing company that operates 43 facilities in North America, Europe, South America and China, is on an acquisition/expansion roll. On Oct. 29, the company announced the opening of a precision ball bearing plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in response to increasing demand and growth in auto manufacturing. The plant, which has been under construction since June of this year, is expected to commence production this month, and will be co-located with NN's existing precision metal components plant in Juarez.

GW Plastics begins major expansion to satisfy demand for medtech molding, assembly services

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 2nd, 2015

GW Plastics (Bethel, VT) has announced plans to expand its manufacturing and technology center in Royalton, VT. The contract injection molder will break ground later this month on a 21,000-square-foot expansion, scalable to 50,000 square feet, to accommodate growth in its thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding and medical device contract assembly business.

Relativity and the perfect molded plastic part

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 2nd, 2015

Last week the Rodon Group released a new e-book, How to Manufacture a Perfect Plastic Part, which is a good primer on the topic of the four most important components to getting the "perfect" plastic part.

SPE nurtures next generation of plastics professionals

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 2nd, 2015

Attracting the next generation of plastics industry employees and trade association members is high on the to-do list of industry trade groups. On October 22, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Bethel, CT) announced a strategy to draw more young people into the industry and into SPE itself.

Injection molding simulation software designed to boost productivity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 29th, 2015

The newest iteration of plastic injection molding software from Transvalor S.A. (Mourns, France) includes several new features designed to improve engineering productivity and efficiency. In particular, Rem3D 5.0 combines parallel mesh generation technology, an intuitive user interface and realistic thermal conditions to provide an easy-to-use predictive tool for injection molding simulations, says the company. It showcased its product at the recent Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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