Bales wins AABE Business Excellence Award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 20th, 2015

Bales Metal Surface Solutions (Downers Grove, IL) announced that it has received an Annual Award for Business Excellence (AABE) in the family business category from the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Stacey Bales and Sara (Bales) Mortensen accepted the award on behalf of Bales at the AABE reception on March 11 in Addison, IL.

R&D/Leverage provides wide range of structural brand development with moldmaking services

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 20th, 2015

If you want to visit with a mold manufacturer who has gone way beyond just making molds, you should stop by booth S-28000 at NPE2015 and have a chat with R&D/Leverage (Lee's Summit, MO). The company is an innovation-driven, independent structural brand development and mold manufacturing specialist that has become a global supplier to brand owners looking for the complete package under one roof.

New metallized BOPP film from Toray provides enhanced barrier protection, extends shelf life

By Karen Laird
Published: March 20th, 2015

A new metallized BOPP film developed by leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (North Kingstown, RI) is currently being introduced into the market. The new film is claimed to offer superior metal-adhesion and barrier-durability performance for products requiring a prolonged shelf life.

Arburg presents innovative foaming solution at Technology Days 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: March 20th, 2015

At this year's Technology Days, machine manufacturer Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) put together an exhibition that, once again, did not fail to impress the more than 5,900 invited guests from around the world who attended the event.

Arburg shows off packaging solutions at this year's Technology Days

By Karen Laird
Published: March 20th, 2015

Among the exhibits on view in the Packaging Technology area at the Arburg Technology Days 2015 at the company's headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, were thin-walled parts, screw caps, flip-top and multi-component closures, all of which were being molded on the various packaging versions offered by Arburg to meet the notoriously stringent demands of the packaging industry.

Koplas 2015: Steam-powered tool temperature regulation unit enhances surface finish

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Systems that employ steam and cooling water to rapidly heat and cool tooling deliver benefits such as enhanced surface finish and faster mold cycles. Korean company Yudo-Suns (Incheon) introduced its latest equipment at the recent Koplas show in Goyang, the RICH (Rapid Isolation Cooling & Heating) SR system featuring an internal water purification unit.

PolyOne launches reSound NF reinforced materials for sustainable lightweighting

By Karen Laird
Published: March 19th, 2015

At this year's VDI "Plastics in Automotive Engineering" conference on March 18 and 19 in Mannheim, Germany, PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) announced the development of its new natural fiber-filled reSound NF reinforced materials. Developed for advanced applications in transportation, these materials contain a minimum of 30% biobased content, and are in current evaluations at several key automotive OEMs.

NPE 2015: Inductive tool heating produces high gloss, defect free surface finish in quick time

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 19th, 2015

Inductive injection tool heating technology expert Roctool is featuring its technology for rapid molding of composites and other plastic components at multiple booths during NPE, including the company's own (S15033) and those of injection machine builders KraussMaffei (W903) and Engel (W1303). The parts produced at these booths feature high gloss and no indications of weld lines or sink marks. 

Verstraete reveals Matte and UltraGloss in-mold labels at NPE2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2015

Orange peel, glossy and transparent have been the three primary label finishes used for in-mold label (IML) applications. However, Verstraete (Maldegem, Belgium) has developed many new and existing IML innovations, such as Metallic and Peelable IML.

At NPE2015 (booth S-36027), Verstraete will present its latest innovations: Matte IML and UltraGloss IML. Matte IML is a label that gives packaging a matte, natural look. With an UltraGloss label, the packaging gets a high-gloss finish, making the colors more intense.

Milacron unveils new brand and integrated product portfolio at NPE

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2015

It's show time at the Milacron (Batavia, OH) booth—the company's largest booth ever, by the way—at NPE (W-2703), and what a lineup! For the first time, Milacron is bringing all of its technologies together under a unified brand into what Milacron says "reflects the company's transformation into the industry's most comprehensive integrated plastics solutions provider."

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