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.

AGC FluoroCompounds Group opens pilot plant to help manufacturers speed product development

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2015

AGC Chemicals Americas FluoroCompounds Group has opened a pilot plant in Thorndale, PA, to make it fast and easy for customers to receive small batches and samples of PTFE compounds. The pilot plant is located within the manufacturing facility of AGC's full-scale production plant.

Mack Molding wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2015

Not many molding companies can claim to be this old—or this successful—for this long. On March 17, Mack Molding's 95th birthday, the company announced that its Southern Division, with plants in Inman, SC, and Statesville, NC, has been chosen as one of four recipients of the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented during a luncheon at the S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo on April 14, 2015, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

Revolutionary 3D-printing technology found its inspiration in Terminator

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 17th, 2015

Remember how the T-1000 robot in Terminator 2 would constitute itself from a puddle of mercury-like liquid? That's what inspired a new 3D-printing technology developed by Carbon3D (Redwood City, CA). It could represent a quantum leap for 3D printing, producing solid final parts 25 to 100 times faster than current technology. Stents and false teeth printed while you wait are among the medical applications envisioned by the inventors.

3D-printed jigs and fixtures elevate production floor efficiency

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 16th, 2015

3D printing is playing a key role in enhancing production line efficiency and reducing costs through its ability to fabricate jigs and fixtures that ease the assembly process. Speaking to PlasticsToday at Intermold Korea 2015 in Goyang, Daniel Thomson, General Manager of Stratasys Korea highlighted this trend through several real-world applications that were on show.

Louisiana injection molder "makes it" in state with few converters

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 16th, 2015

What do you do if you just love to make things? Well, if you're Missy Rogers, you start a custom injection molding company! Educated as a mechanical engineer, Rogers grew up in Louisiana in the petrochemical industry and worked for a big oil company for a while. That's when she started learning about plastics. In 1999, Rogers read some data that showed Louisiana was number one in plastic pellet production and number 37 in plastic products manufacturing.

Evana Automation engineers safety, efficiency for leading medical device manufacturer

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 16th, 2015

Although it has only been actively pursuing partnerships with medical device manufacturers for about four years, systems integrator and developer of automated assembly and test systems Evana Automation Specialists (Evansville, IN) already has its share of success stories. The most recent one involves the design and installation of a robotic material-handling system for a prominent medical device manufacturer. The system transports a wire-shaping fixture to heat furnaces, a cooling quench and the final assembly line.

Berry Plastics and Klöckner Pentaplast agreement provides single-source packaging services

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2015

Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN) and Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Gordonsville, VA) have entered into a marketing alliance to offer innovative form, fill and seal packaging services to the food, consumer, pharmaceutical and medical markets. Klöckner Pentaplast manufactures forming films used to produce trays, while Berry Plastics manufacturers nonforming lid stock films using various sealant chemistries.

Citadel Plastics sold to A. Schulman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2015

Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. (Chicago, IL), a global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, today announced that its owners, private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the company to global plastics supplier A. Schulman (Fairlawn, OH) for $800 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Koplas: Korean injection machine builder Dongshin reinvents itself

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 15th, 2015

Regular visitors to the Koplas show in Korea would easily have thought they'd come across a new supplier of injection molding machinery if they walked up to the booth of Dongshin Hydraulics. Replete with a new logo and a black and white machine livery, the company's new equipment offerings drew accolades from visitors and fellow exhibitors alike.

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