Published: April 22nd, 2014
We all know the sun is a great source of heat, and it takes heat to process plastic. So what if the two could be combined to create an innovative molding process that doesn't use fossil fuels? LightManufacturing LLC, founded in 2010 as a solar thermal technology company, announced last month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued it a patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for molding plastic.
Published: March 6th, 2014
What are the costs of making your product? If you don't know you probably should find out if you want to grow your business and be more profitable. aPriori, a provider of enterprise product cost management software solutions, recently announced the release of its latest platform, aPriori 2014r1, which enables users to better predict product costs in complex global manufacturing environments and supply chains.
Published: November 3rd, 2013
Brazilian firm Rotoline Industrial Equipment (Chapeco) plans to start up a facility for production of rotomolding equipment in Kent, Ohio in January 2014. The plant will manufacture shuttle and carousel rotational molding equipment with arms measuring up to five meters.
Published: October 31st, 2013
Centro, a custom rotational molder headquartered in North Liberty, IA, is expanding its presence in Wisconsin by opening a manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam, WI. Centro currently has seven molding operations, one of which is located in Horicon, WI, about 11 miles from Beaver Dam.
Published: October 21st, 2013
The rotomolding process is normally associated with linear low and medium density grades of polyethylene. New polypropylene (PP) micropelletizaton technology developed by compounding company HD Kunststoffe & Kunststofferzeugnisse and rotomolding grades of PP offered by Total Petrochemicals (07.2/D08), however, have opened up potential for penetration of PP into this application, bringing numerous benefits to boot.
Published: February 15th, 2013
Long known as a "fragmented" segment of the industrial supplier market, the plastics industry's—in particular processors and mold manufacturers—recent M&A activity is signaling that the industry is ripe for consolidation.
Published: January 24th, 2013
Companies spend a lot of money in hard assets such as buildings, machinery and equipment and software. But when it comes to financing non-capital assets such as marketing, sales, and people, they aren’t as willing to make those other investments needed to optimize the so-called soft assets.
Published: October 29th, 2012
Published: July 20th, 2012
Manufacturing is in the political spotlight these days and plastics in particular has the light of criticism shined on it. That’s why more and more plastics industry executives and company owners are getting involved in efforts to revive American manufacturing. Craig Carson, CEO of Jeco Plastics Products LLC in Plainfield, IN, spoke on June 29 at a briefing discussing research and development activities and competitiveness in U.S. industry.
Published: October 7th, 2011
Rotational molding involves placing powdered resin in a mold, clamping it shut, and then heating the tool while rotating it. The resin melts, coats the mold and forms parts. Now, a California company says it can help processors save on their energy costs by heating rotomolds using solar power.