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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: July 1st, 2014
Manufacturing appears to be flat month-over-month after the Institute for Supply Management's June Manufacturing Report On Business shows PMI (Purchasing Management Index) decreased to 55.3%, down 0.1% from May's reading of 55.4%. While the report shows that manufacturing remains on the "expansion" side of the equation (above 50 is an expansion while below 50 indicates a contraction), the industry isn't exactly booming.
Published: June 26th, 2014
Moldmakers are a creative bunch and often come up with ideas for products to make their jobs easier. That's how moldmaker Terry Allemann along with his father, Jim Allemann, a moldmaker for 50 years, developed the idea for their new patent pending pin measuring system, a state-of-the-art device that increases accuracy and reduces cost in the pin measurement process.
Published: June 25th, 2014
The world's largest low-pressure injection molding machine, designed and constructed by Infiltrator Systems at the company's Winchester, KY, manufacturing facility, took five months to engineer and nine months to build. However, today the machine is producing the Infiltrator IM 1530 Septic Tank product line being molded in a mold designed and built by Franchino Mold and Engineering of Lansing, MI. The mold installed in the press weighs 420,000 lbs. and molds a 15-foot long, 245-lb. polypropylene tank half, which the company claims is the world's largest molded part.
Published: June 23rd, 2014
At the recent Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive held in Novi, MI, in conjunction with amerimold, Mike Shinedling, advanced engineering manager for Street Racing Technology (SRT) and program manager for Chrysler's Viper, noted that vehicle was "born to be a rival of the Shelby Cobra." The Viper has a carbon fiber and aluminum body, and also has applications for composites and thermoplastics.
Published: June 17th, 2014
With manufacturing picking up in North America, many mold manufacturers are seeing a busy 2014, and the need to maintain short lead times. StackTeck, a mold manufacturer with operations in Ontario, Canada and a sales office in Mexico, announced that the company has made investments in new equipment to increase capacity and improve lead times.
Published: June 9th, 2014
I just finished another article on a manufacturing company that molds the plastics components for its products in-house, and is using additive manufacturing to make the cores and cavities for its molds - in less than 24 hours. That's the second article I've written recently about using 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), to build cores and cavities to enable the injection molding of the actual parts.