Design

Currier Plastics adds value with 3D printing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2014

Seeing the value in new technology is often a daunting challenge for molders and moldmakers. That has been the case with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) technology. As 3D printing has become an increasingly larger part of the overall manufacturing process in plants worldwide, more molders are adopting this technology for its value-added benefits.

Sorry, Mr. Customer – your non-conforming parts are your fault

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2014

They say that perspective is everything.

Kudos for composites: Innovative formwork debuts in new Uyllander bridge

By Karen Laird
Published: March 12th, 2014

Building bridges over busy waterways tends to be accompanied by delays and disruptions to shipping traffic. Installing the steel structure, building the wooden formwork for casting the concrete deck, erecting the falseworks to support the formwork, dismantling the falsework and formwork after the concrete has hardened - all of these activities will unavoidably inconvenience or even block the normal passage of ships and barges on the canal or river.

Transcontinental turns to plastic packaging to boost business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 11th, 2014

Transcontinental Inc. is a Montreal-based printing company specializes in print and digital media, the production of magazines, newspapers, and more. But like so many companies in the space, the company is experiencing declines in traditional printing and soft advertising in its media division. The company's revenue decreased by 5.0% in the first quarter of 2014, from $525.6 to $499.3 million, primarily due to the soft advertising market, which affected both of its operating sectors. In the printing sector, the volume in its marketing products and magazine operations decreased.

March Automotive Supplier Sentiment Index declines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 11th, 2014

When January 2014 kicked in, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association's (OESA) Supplier Sentiment Index remained unchanged, with the index remaining at 60. The 94 survey respondents were "somewhat more optimistic" - revealed by the uptick in this category. The best news was that no smaller companies (those with revenues of $150 million or less) indicated any pessimism.

Production pressures may mean suppliers will catch a break

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

"Hello, I'm from General Motors and I'm here to help you!"

BAE Systems 3D prints jet parts for the RAF

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

BAE Systems, a large global contractor for the aerospace and defense industries, has developed a number of 3D printed components - both plastic and metal - for use in jet aircraft, including the Royal Air Force in Great Britain. BAE's central engineering team and BAE Systems in Lancashire, England are developing these components.

DME increases stock of DIN Metric Components for North American moldmakers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

Increased demand from North American moldmakers has prompted DME Co., a mold technologies and product development firm, to boost its stock of DIN metric components by 40%, giving moldmakers more access to North American-style products supported with same-day shipping.

Two women recognized for their achievements in industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

Recently, two women received awards for their achievements in manufacturing. Liz Kautzmann, Laser/Fabrication program manager at FANUC America, has been awarded a 2014 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award from the Manufacturing Institute.

DME brings mold technologies to Mexico

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 7th, 2014

Molders and moldmakers in Mexico’s fast-growing plastics industry will have greater access to the advanced mold technologies expertise and support of global mold technologies supplier DME, as the company has established a permanent presence within Milacron’s integrated High Impact Technology Center in Queretaro.

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