NPE Trade Show

Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.

SPI does the numbers of record-breaking NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

Confirming what all of us who attended NPE2015 knew instinctively, SPI: The Plastics Industry Association has released final data showing that the event was the largest in NPE's 69-year history.

Moldmakers get plenty of help from Progressive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

Besides hosting a rip-roaring good time at its booth parties at NPE2015, Progressive Components (Wauconda, IL) is also known for all the products it offers through its sister companies to help make the moldmaker's life easier. For example, ToolingDocs, a mold maintenance and training company, is adding its custom-designed mold maintenance benches to its line of products.

Milacron unveils integrated product portfolio at NPE2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2015

When you think hot-runner systems, think Milacron. When you think mold components, think Milacron. That is Milacron's new strategy for integrating its products under the umbrella of Milacron. Whether it's injection, extrusion, blow molding, mold technologies, process control systems or hot-runner systems, think Milacron. Milacron is bringing these technologies together under a unified brand that reflects the company's transformation into the industry's most comprehensive integrated plastics solutions provider.

GriffsNotes: Six NPE2015 business resources to use now (even if you didn't attend the show)

By Allan Griff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Trade shows such as NPE2015 are not just spectacular events, like an eclipse or comet, that show up for a brief moment and then disappear. On the contrary, they have echoes. Exhibitors prepare for them, printing brochures and priming their sales force, so that even after the last machine is re-crated and sent off to its new owner, and the last box of giveaways is packed (or recycled), the echoes remain. Here is some advice on how to hear those echoes and make the most of them.

Proto Labs puts medtech manufacturers on the fast track

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 1st, 2015

It's good to be Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN). The $200 million rapid injection molding and machining company continues to record stellar financial results, with 25% year-on-year growth. Although it serves an array of industries, medical device manufacturing represents a sizable chunk of the business. PlasticsToday met with recently appointed President and CEO Victoria Holt at NPE2015 in Orlando, FL, last week, where the company had a booth. 

Mold specialist Männer highlights nozzles engineered for medical, packaging applications at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2015

German manufacturer of molds and hot-runner systems Männer (Bahlingen am Kaiserstuhl) had a lot to talk about at NPE2015 last week in Orlando, FL. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it has some festivities planned for later in the year that it will announce in the next couple of months. It also has a three-year plan to significantly expand its moldmaking capabilities at its U.S. plant in Lawrenceville, GA, and bring one aspect of the so-called German model—notably, an emphasis on vocational training and apprenticeships—to our shores.

Engel showcases performance, energy efficiency in packaging application at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2015

High-performance applications traditionally have been the domain of the packaging industry, but energy efficiency is also a trend in that sector. The new Engel (York, PA) e-speed 720 US injection molding machine, presented in North America for the first time at NPE2015 last week in Orlando, FL, brings those two worlds together. The new high-speed machine relies on the all-electric technology of the high-performance e-motion and e-cap series, uniting high injection speeds with maximum energy efficiency. 

Milliken's hyper-nucleating agent improves performance of plastic drug bottles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2015

A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin hyper-nucleated with Hyperform HPN-20E achieves a 30% improvement in moisture and oxygen barrier performance compared with conventional HDPE. The technology developed by Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) for over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles was introduced at NPE2015 in Orlando, FL, last week.

The coolest things at NPE2015: Canon

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 30th, 2015

On day two of NPE2015, Clare Goldsberry chose a mold running in a Sumitomo machine at the Canon Virginia Inc. booth producing yo-yos as the coolest thing of the day. But the yo-yos, which were handed out to show attendees, were only a small part of what made this project cool in Goldsberry's view. She wrote: "Canon Virginia, like many mold companies, is always needing skilled employees. And like many moldmaking firms, it decided the only way to get the skilled workers it needs is to provide the training. That led Canon Virginia to begin its own apprenticeship program."

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