Nanostructure mesh helps acrylic replace glass in automotive and other apps

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 24th, 2011

Polycarbonate gets most of the attention when talk turns to plastics' replacing glass in applications such as automotive glazing, but a new development in acrylic sheet could help that material penetrate more glass applications too. The new acrylic sheet, branded ShieldUp, has a nanostructure mesh that is said by its processing supplier, Altuglas International, to maximize the sheet's properties.

Renewable Remarks: TULiPPS flourishing as plastics simplify solar module assembly

By Debbie Sniderman
Published: October 24th, 2011

Earlier this year PlasticsToday brought you news from TULiPPS Solar (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) about the company's success developing new flame retardant thermoplastic automotive-grade composite materials for use with solar panels.

Scrub nurse’s idea taking form in thermoformed surgical tray

By Doug Smock
Published: October 20th, 2011

As a private scrub nurse for a general surgeon, Sharon Smith noticed a loss in operating room productivity due to time spent manually setting up and breaking down major instrument kits for surgery.

Tips of the Trade: Seven tips to consider when purchasing used machinery

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 7th, 2011

Most of the equipment it makes is tangential to the primary and auxiliary machinery in plastics processors' facilities, but Larry Stoma, design engineer for the Witte Co., a manufacturer of screeners, classifiers, fluid bed dryers, coolers, conveyors, and de-waterers, has shared some solid tips applicable to purchasing any type of used machinery. The Internet makes it easier to find such equipment, but asking the right questions is still key to making sure you understand exactly what you are getting.

At SPE conference, thermoforming companies highlight technology and discuss their concerns

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 3rd, 2011

Overseas competition, automation and technology, and "What keeps you up at night?" were among topics discussed at the recent SPE thermoforming conference. Processors, machine manufacturers and consultants weighed in with their opinions and thoughts.

Invent for the masses, eat with the classes; David MacNeil reflects on more than 20 years of manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 26th, 2011

Being successful in manufacturing requires a lot of marketing savvy, business acumen, and a great idea. Many years ago, I interviewed the winner of an SPI Western Region award, who told me that the secret to the success of any product is that it must be something everyone wants. "Invent for the masses, eat with the classes," that gentleman told me back then. But, he added, if you "invent for the classes," then you'll only be able to "eat with the masses."

Tooling M&A as Tooling Technology LLC acquires FPM Tooling and Automation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Heavy gauge thermoform tooling manufacturer Tooling Technology LLC (Fort Loramie, OH) announced the acquisition of FPM Tooling and Automation in Fremont, Ohio.

Letter from Schaumburg, IL: The 20th Annual Conference of the Thermoforming Division of SPE

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

From the turnout (close to 800 attendees, 74 exhibitors), the program and the activities, one would think that thermoforming is one of the major plastics processes, akin to extrusion and injection molding, rather than just a dependency of extrusion that makes the sheet they form. The Thermoforming Division of the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) has been running these meetings for 20 years now, and they have reached that critical status of "must attend" for many if not most in this field.

Product Watch: Automation solution for direct extrusion lines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

An order from a Turkish processor of thermoformable PET sheet prompted automation specialist BSG to add an additional software module for direct extrusion lines to its portfolio. The newly developed software is now commercially available and can be used for all types of equipment lines running direct extrusion. 

Thermoforming open house at Illig draws a crowd

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2011

The open house organized last month by thermoforming machinery manufacturer Illig offered a prime opportunity for plastics processors to eye advances in the company's range of automatic roll-fed thermoforming machines. More than180, most from Europe but also from as far as South America and Asia, made the trip.

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