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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: 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.

Chinaplas: Davis-Standard brings dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Shanghai, China — At Chinaplas 2014, Davis-Standard (Hall W5; Booth M41) will introduce its dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market.

In addition to a reportedly high speed and thin film, the machine has a unique winder on the line, according to Jim Murphy, VP of global sales and marketing for Davis-Standard. The winder has capability of being coreless, which reduces both material and disposable cost.

Chinaplas: Engel anticipates China to eventually become its biggest market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 21st, 2014

Shanghai, China — Fresh off the heels of Engel's recent announcement that it has founded a 100%-owned subsidiary in China, the company brought out its top management to talk more about this news at Chinaplas Media Day.  

"We wanted to show you how important this news was and we have brought our top management to show you this new company, Wintec," said Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel.

When a $50 3D-printed hand is better than a $42,000 prosthetic device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Jose Delgado, 53, was born without most of his left arm. He has a prosthetic hand that uses muscle signals from the forearm to open and close the fingers. Cost: $42,000, half of which was out of pocket. He recently got in touch with Jeremy Simon, who maintains the 3D Universe blog, to see about 3D printing a prosthetic hand. The so-called Cyborg Beast device cost approximately $50 in ABS material, and Delgado prefers it!

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