Retiring Baby Boomers contribute to the moldmaking skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

The graying of America's moldmakers didn't just happen overnight. We've been aware for quite some time that in 2011 the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation would turn 65 and the retirement migration would begin. That has a lot of implications for manufacturing.

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

Names in the News: Conair, Meredith-Springfield, Engel and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

The Conair Group has appointed Partners Plastics Equipment to represent its full line of plastics auxiliary equipment in New England. The firm is headed by Ed Freier and Fred Charpentier.  The agency, which was founded by Freier, serves customers in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The territory is managed by Conair Regional Manager Roger Hultquist.

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Back-to-school means STEM will be in the forefront for the industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2014

Summer is nearly over and many kids are already preparing for back-to-school with activities such as shopping for new clothes, school supplies and wondering what awaits them in a new grade level with new teachers. One thing for sure, STEM will be at the forefront. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is being pushed hard through all grade levels in schools across the country as a way to prepare young people for high-paying jobs in the business of manufacturing and industry.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

House of Representatives approves permanent 50% bonus depreciation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 14th, 2014

Chalk one up for business and the industry. On July 11, the House of Representatives voted 258-160 to pass H.R. 4718 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent the additional 50 percent depreciation allowance (bonus depreciation) qualified property placed in service after December 31, 2013.

President Obama tells companies to pay suppliers faster

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 11th, 2014

A new initiative was launched on Friday, July 11 by the Obama Administration to ensure that small businesses get paid more quickly, and several dozen large companies have signed on. The new program called SupplierPay is a "private sector" counterpart of the government's QuickPay program launched in 2011 that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, the federal government is required to pay small contractors quickly - within two weeks.

Cryogenic solutions to plastic part deflashing and deburring

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2014

Cryogenic solutions for deflashing and deburring plastic parts is becoming an increasingly popular method for removing flash, burrs, and gate vestiges in molded or machined components. Typical removal methods of these residual burrs or flash, including hand-cleaning each part individually with an X-Acto knife, are time consuming and costly.

Micro Mold and Plastikos announce major facility expansion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 1st, 2014

When you've been voted as the no. 1 and no. 2 "Best Place to Work" in the plastics industry, it only makes sense that you're on the fast track for growth. Micro Mold Co. and sister company Plastikos, located in Erie, PA, continues to expand its operations, announcing a major facility and equipment expansion in order to satisfy the growing production demand from its global medical device OEM customer base.

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