Published: October 14th, 2010
The processor of plastic rollstock plus thermoformed packaging says its newest development can keep food fresh, longer, without the need for EVOH as an oxygen barrier material in a multilayer packaging.
Published: October 8th, 2010
Sporting goods equipment supplier Riddell has chosen Milliken's Tegris thermoplastic composite for its next generation of shoulder pads, the LightSpeed. Tegris is primarily used as a composite armor material in military tactical vehicles, with some additional applications in motorsports, watersports, and construction applications. Milliken says its use here results in the lightest shoulder pads in football.
Published: October 6th, 2010
On the heels of its recognition by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative technologies for 2010, Australian packaging developer Smart Lid Systems has announced it will take its packaging to the U.S., first importing the thermoformed lids but eventually finding a domestic processor to take up the work.
Published: October 4th, 2010
After materials pricing and the challenge of globalization, it would be hard to find a hotter topic in the plastics industry than sustainability. But the terminology used in that realm is often too "fast and loose" for some experts' tastes, including those of Ramani Narayan, a professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University. During the recent Society of Plastics Engineers' thermoforming conference in Milwaukee, he railed against the improper use of "biodegradable," and his words found firm footing with many of the attendees.
Published: September 24th, 2010
Custom thermoformer Joslyn Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Macedonia, OH) is adding a new design center, revamping its quality control (QC) lab, and implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as part of a six-figure expansion project that it expects will create three to four jobs and increase sales by a minimum of 20%. Family-owned and in business for more than 35 years, Joslyn runs thin and heavy gauge materials, with in-house forming, trimming, and assembly, as well as design and tooling.
Published: September 23rd, 2010
Nobody knows what small-business owners need from government more than a small-business owner, which is one reason Ron Johnson says he's running for Senate in Wisconsin. Johnson, owner of Pacur Inc., a custom sheet extruding company in Oshkosh, WI, threw his hat into the ring and is running against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, a three-term incumbent. Johnson, a Republican, has noted that he's aware of the many issues that face small-business owners such as himself.
Published: August 20th, 2010
Frimo Inc. is opening a new $5 million technology center within its North American headquarters in Wixom, MI, with that site joining four such facilities in Europe. Fully operational in September, the tech center will feature tooling and production facilities for a range of polyurethane-based processes used for automotive interior products like instrument panels, door trim, consoles, headliners, seats, headrests and more.
Published: August 13th, 2010
Roger Kipp, VP of marketing and engineering at McClarin Plastics Inc., a heavy-gauge thermoforming and fiberglass molding company in Hanover, PA, has been named the Thermoformer of the Year by the SPE Thermoforming Div. Kipp's passion, contributions, and innovations for the plastics industry began in 1967 while a partner in the family's nonferrous foundry in Cincinnati, OH with his father and brother.
Published: August 4th, 2010
Although polystyrene (PS) has traditionally been the most widely used polymer in the thermoforming industry, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a popular choice for cold drink cups and deli containers, PP is rapidly gaining ground. This paper works to explain the advantages of the material, the challenges to forming it, and offers some proven solutions.
Published: July 29th, 2010
With the retirement of their father, Barry Shepherd, brothers Todd and Mark Shepherd took over responsibility for daily operations at Shepherd Thermoforming (Brampton, ON). Todd, the company’s president, has worked for the company for 23 of its 25-year history, and shared with us some lessons learned during that time, plus some thoughts for the future.