Published: August 21st, 2014
Published: August 20th, 2014
Assembly tools to facilitate efficient assembly are now being 3D-printed by automaker Opel. A six-strong team led by Virtual Simulation Engineer Sascha Holl prints plastic assembly tools in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which are used in Opel manufacturing plants across Europe.
Plasma treatment versus solvent treatment: surface adhesion improvement for polypropylene car bumpers prior to painting
Published: August 19th, 2014
Flame treatment improves the surface adhesion qualities of plastics prior to the application of paints, inks or adhesives. Once a surface is flame treated, coating ability is greatly improved leading to increased durability of the finished surface.
Published: August 18th, 2014
A modified BMW Z4 with an engine hood and roof module constructed from sandwich components with a sharkskin surface won a JEC Innovation Award at the Atlanta-based JEC Americas show this past May.
Published: August 16th, 2014
Japanese resin supplier DIC Corp. (Tokyo) plans to complete a compounding facility specifically for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2015.
Published: August 14th, 2014
It's not unusual for a 2D printer to combine the functions of a scanner. This option will soon be available in the 3D realm through development of the Blacksmith Genesis from Singapore-based start-up Blacksmith Group.
Published: August 14th, 2014
Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.
Published: August 13th, 2014
Engineering plastics supplier Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about $15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.
RTP producing very long fiber compounds in Mexico: enhanced solutions for automotive and consumer goods sectors
Published: August 12th, 2014
RTP Company (Winona, MN) has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico and is now producing very long fiber (VLF) compounds. This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company's customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries.
Published: August 11th, 2014
Demand from the automotive sector is one of the primary drivers of the phenolic resins market according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (Albany, NY). "[Phenolic] molding compounds are in demand from the automotive sector as they amplify vehicle efficiency, and promote fire-safety," says the consulting firm.