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Free webinar explores "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion"

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2014

PlasticsToday will host a free webinar, "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion," on May 12, 2014. During the one-hour presentation, extrusion expert Allan Griff will explore such topics as:

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

Chinaplas: Toshiba unveils lower cost made-in-China all-electric

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2014

The depreciating Japanese Yen has close the dollar price differential of injection machines made in China by Toshiba Machine to within 15-20% of those made by the OEM in Japan. With some processors enticed to shift back to made-in-Japan machines if the correspondng price premium is just 15%, the timeliness of the introduction of an even lower cost machine made by Toshiba in China could not have been better.

Chinaplas: Nissei plans expansion of China production capacity

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Increased demand for its made-in-China all-electric injection molding presses has prompted Japanese machine builder Nissei Plastic Industrial (Nagano) to initiate a relocation of its Taicang plant to larger premises. Speaking to PlasticsToday at the Chinaplas show currently being held in Shanghai, company president Hozumi Yoda said the move to a larger factory would be completed by December 2014 and boost production capacity to 90 per month (1080 annually).

Chinaplas: KraussMaffei Group expands production facility in Haiyan

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — KraussMaffei Group brought a little bit of Germany to China with an Alps festival featuring music and German food and beverages as it officially inaugurated the second production hall at its manufacturing plant in Haiyan, China.

Who caused the skills gap?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 22nd, 2014

We continue to hear a lot about the existence of a skills gap in manufacturing. A new survey, 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends, was recently released by Seminars for Engineers showing that a lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today. Twenty-seven percent of respondents to this survey cited lack of training; 20% cited outmoded equipment; 16% cited poor quality control; and 14% cited company morale. 

Good M&A communications go beyond the deal to plant a stake in the ground about the future

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 22nd, 2014

"This really is a big deal," thought the manufacturing executive, who had just signed the papers of an M&A transaction. "It will give us the critical mass we need to accomplish our financial goals, delight our customers, and provide new opportunities for employees in both organizations."

Firm receives patent for zero-fuel solar plastic molding system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 22nd, 2014

We all know the sun is a great source of heat, and it takes heat to process plastic. So what if the two could be combined to create an innovative molding process that doesn't use fossil fuels? LightManufacturing LLC, founded in 2010 as a solar thermal technology company, announced last month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued it a patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for molding plastic.

Taiwan to inaugurate 3D printing program

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan plans to kick off  a 3D printing development program this May. Under the three-year program initiated by the MOST, the ministry will spend about $2.33 million annually in research and development of 3D printing technology and its applications.

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

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