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Week of 1/20 to 1/24: A peek inside a plastics facility and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 24th, 2014

Let me start off this blog article with a wonderful lead written by Clare Goldsberry:

"It is said that we can't know where we're going in our future until we understand where we've been in our past. History creates our present and our future, and that's certainly been true for John Currier, president of Currier Plastics Inc., a custom processor with injection and extrusion and stretch blowmolding capabilities."

Diverse processor Currier Plastics grows from its history, creates sustainable future

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 24th, 2014

It is said that we can't know where we're going in our future until we understand where we've been in our past. History creates our present and our future, and that's certainly been true for John Currier, president of Currier Plastics Inc., a custom processor with injection and extrusion and stretch blowmolding capabilities.

UPM Inc.’s Ray Dowling passes away

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2013

Raymond L. Dowling, who founded Universal Plastic Mold (UPM) in 1962 has passed away at the age of 80 due to complications from a heart attack. UPM grew from three machines and a few employees to 37 injection molding machines and 300 employees at its 127,000-sq-ft facility in Baldwin Park, CA.

Casting call: Could reality TV’s next big thing be in plastics?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2013

Reality TV has given us shows about everything from a family of duck call manufacturers to toddler beauty pageants, so why not feature a plastic processor? PlasticsToday was recently contacted by a television producer about a proposed series that will focus on a "forward-thinking" owner of a small business.

Slated for a "major primetime network", the associate producer billed the proposed series as a:

Engel offers complimentary lightweighting symposium, customer tour

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2013

Engel North America (York, PA) is hosting a complimentary single day event focused on lightweighting technology, offering molders technical presentations as well as a plant tour.

The more your customers know about you the better

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 7th, 2013

This week I’m in Traverse City, MI, at a two-day event hosted by RJG, “Scientific Molding Strategies for Managers.” It will feature a variety of seminars on processing using scientific/decoupled molding, training, and education to a group of invited RJG customers and others. It seems that these educational seminars and “Lunch & Learn” programs are becoming more popular as more companies are taking it upon themselves to educate customers and potential customers about their business, or technical topics in general.
   

Feiplastic: Brazilian PVC compounder finds local solution to bagging issue

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 18th, 2013

São Paulo—When you're compounding 240,000 tonnes of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) per year, small variations in the packaging phase can have big implications for the bottom line. That's the issue Brazil's Karina faced with its 25-kg bags of PVC compounds and masterbatch, which are produced and packaged at its facility in Guarulhos in the state of São Paulo.

Visit your Congress People—or invite them to visit you

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 29th, 2013

Visiting Washington, DC is a popular summertime event for families. It’s also a popular event for the plastics industry. Making a personal visit to your congressional representative or senator is a great way to show them that manufacturing means a lot to you, your family, your employees and your community, and helps the U.S. manufacturing economy as a whole.

Electric valve gate solves family mold riddle

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 1st, 2013

Irvine, CA—When Scott Rose described the application's geometries as "challenging", Spencer Cook could only shake his head and laugh. "Definitely," Cook reiterated. "Anti-molding 101," added Jose Ramirez. "Negative to zero draft, and if you operate in the stable part of the viscosity curve, 90% of the time, you would not make an acceptable part."

Unique mix of niches propels growth at Yankee molder

By Doug Smock
Published: January 24th, 2013

Construction activity seems to be everywhere at Built-Rite Tool & Die and  two sister companies in Lancaster, MA as they seeks to boost medical business and expand specialties in compression/transfer molding, insert molding, liquid injection molding, and mold making.

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