Plastics packaging: Placon introduces high-barrier PET option

By MPW Staff
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.

Any given Sunday, Milliken’s PP composite makes for lighter, stronger shoulder pads

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Plastics lids recognized by WSJ, and soon bound for U.S., Europe

By Matt Defosse
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.

At SPE’s thermoforming conference, a voice questions 'biodegradability'

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Thermoformer Joslyn invests in design center, QC lab, ERP program

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Plastics guy for U.S. Senate

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Frimo opens new North American tech center

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

SPE honors thermoformer Kipp . . . again

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Thermoforming primer: The secret to clear PP packaging

By MPW Staff
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.

Thermoformer’s survival through thick and thin

By Clare Goldsberry
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.


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