Rapid expansion: Test facilities in Sweden nearly doubled

By Karen Laird
Published: November 13th, 2015

Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.

Verstraete IML sweeps in-mold decorating awards

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 8th, 2015

Every year, the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA; Skokie, IL) organizes a parts competition to showcase the most innovative, creative and technologically advanced in-mold labels for durable goods as well as single-use disposables. IMDA is an organization of molders, printers, materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers in the in-mold decorating industry. This year is the ninth time that the awards ceremony has been held at IMDA’s annual symposium, and in which Verstraete IML (Maldegem, Belgium) has won awards in the various categories.

Cascades invests $4.5M toward expansion at two food packaging plants

By Kari Embree
Published: November 3rd, 2015

Cascades Inc. (Kingsey Falls, QC, Canada), a leader in the recovery and manufacture of green packaging and tissue products, is investing $4.5 million in its Plastiques Cascades plant in Kingsey Falls and its Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville. Both of these plants specialize in the manufacture of packaging for fresh food made from recycled plastic.

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.

Solegear’s bioplastic selected for smartphone case packaging

By Karen Laird
Published: November 2nd, 2015

Vancouver-based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and r-pac International (New York, New York), a leading global supplier of retail packaging, have collaborated with a major US-based consumer electronics retailer to produce smartphone case packaging in support of the most recent phone release from a market share leader. The name of the retailer was not revealed.

Covestro bursts onto plastics scene in vibrant color at Fakuma 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: October 22nd, 2015

Introducing a new name to the market can be a challenge, but it’s one that Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has taken on with gusto. Covestro, the company formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, went to enormous lengths at the Fakuma trade show last week to ensure that everybody knew their name. Curious, courageous and colorful: this was how CEO Patrick Thomas characterized the emotional values of the new company during a press conference at the show.

Thermwood leverages American Kuhne extruder, expertise for LSAM system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 20th, 2015

Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN), a U.S.-based manufacturer of CNC routers and customer of American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), a provider of engineered solutions for plastics, rubber and silicone extrusion, announced that its developmental system for Large Scale 3D Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) performed well during initial testing through its entire operating range. The testing follows a July announcement of its LSAM program.

Rapid launches Low Built Base granulators for sheet and film at Fakuma

By Karen Laird
Published: October 15th, 2015

At the Fakuma trade show held this week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, size reduction equipment specialist Rapid (Bredaryd, Sweden) officially launched its LBB 300 series, a granulator with a very low height for handling sheet and film scrap. A prototype of the LBB 300 series was first displayed at K 2013 in Düsseldorf two years ago, but its official commercial debut was not until this week in Friedrichshafen. It is available worldwide.

August manufacturing technology orders see decline

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 13th, 2015

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) reported that August U.S. manufacturing technology for machine tool orders totaled $285.92 million, a drop of 10.2% from July’s $318.48 million and down 21.2% when compared with the total of $362.65 million reported for August 2014. With a year-to-date total of $2.771.2 billion, 2015 was down 10% when compared with the same period in 2014.

New ISO standards address bonding in plastic-metal hybrid assemblies

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 9th, 2015

For the automotive and aerospace industries, saving weight is a top priority to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency for environmental protection. Now, thanks to hybrid mixed materials such as plastic-metal assemblies, these industries can rise to the challenge. But how safe are these products? Are the materials efficient enough to guarantee people's safety?

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