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."

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

All indications are that this year's NPE event, which begins on March 23 in Orlando, FL, will be the largest in its history: More exhibitors, more international participation, and more attendees (although we won't know the latter for certain until the final tally). That's a lot of ground to cover.

To get you started, PlasticsToday has assembled a slideshow in advance of the event, highlighting what we consider to be five must-see exhibits at NPE2015.

Koplas: Wintec injection machines debut in Korea; challenge local, Chinese OEMs

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 18th, 2015

Engel's China-based commodity injection machine offshoot Wintec officially debuted its machines in the Korean market at Koplas, promising to go head-to-head with local suppliers. Wintec president Peter Auinger says 15 machines are already in the field in Korea with another five on the way, and primarily operating in the auto and white goods fields.

Trexel President and CEO Steve Braig re-appointed to U.S. Manufacturing Council

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2015

Trexel Inc. (Woburn, MA) announced the re-appointment of Steve Braig, President and CEO, to the U.S. Manufacturing Council by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker for 2015 and 2016. Braig previously served in the 2013-2014 term in a leadership role as Co-Chair of the Tax, Trade and Export Growth Subcommittee. During that term he traveled to Washington, D.C., twice to meet with members of Congress to share the committee’s ideas on improving the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

U.S. Rep. Miller tours PTI Engineered Plastics; echoes CEO's concern over medical device tax

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 18th, 2015

PTI Engineered Plastics (Macomb Township, MI) received a visit from U.S. Rep. Candice Miller at its facility on March 11. She presented Mark Rathbone, CEO, with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in honor of being named a regional Champion of Workforce Development and in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. During the visit, Rathbone expressed concern to Congresswoman Miller about the medical device excise tax, which is part of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. The medical sector is PTI's largest customer segment.

Infinity LTL introduces medical-grade compounds, clean compounding site at NPE

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 18th, 2015

A company that was founded in 1990 to cater to customers looking for small-order, custom color compounding has made some big news over the decades. Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds (Swedesboro, NJ) began operations in a 10,000-sq-ft facility, compounding and repelletizing polycarbonate regrind, which it then recolored, and reprocessing acrylic copolymers. Ten years later, it purchased additional land and constructed a new 70,000-sq-ft plant, and in 2007 the company opened a facility in Dongguan, China. The medical market has been a growing business area for the company.

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