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Japan Steel Works has picked Stork as service partner for Western Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2014

Few things are as important to generating customer loyalty as a professional and reliable after sales service and support network. International suppliers of products of all kinds recognize this and tend to solve the problem by partnering with trusted local partners. A recent example is the cooperation agreement signed by plastics machinery manufacturers Japan Steel Works and Stork, which is, in fact, more or less a formalization of a practice that has existed for some 10 years.

Vehicle recalls prompt attention to supplier warranties

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2014

Not long ago I wrote about a report on GM possibly requiring its suppliers to participate financially in any vehicle recalls regardless of whether particular supplier's parts were involved. It got some suppliers to sit up and take notice.

Advanced Molding Technologies doubles capacity; grows medical molding business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 11th, 2014

A toolmaker and mechanical engineer by training, Brett Nelson was frustrated building molds for someone else and seeing opportunities for improvement being ignored. So, he started a contract molding business, and 20-plus years on, he can take a great deal of satisfaction at having built a thriving company. Advanced Molding Technologies (Circle Pines, MN) has just completed its second expansion in two years, doubling in size to more than 84,000 sq ft. He credits the company's success to a laser-like focus on tooling and engineering and a proactive approach to meeting customer needs.

Large mold bases from DME offer increased efficiency for moldmakers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2014

Moldmakers who have traditionally created their own large mold bases can now buy them as standard order from DME Co., saving time and increasing efficiency. The new mold bases come in plates up to 66 in. long, 54 in. wide, and 13 in. thick.

Survey: Manufacturers overwhelmingly choose U.S. and Mexico over China as low-cost location

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

When asked to evaluate low-cost manufacturing locations for the production of goods bound for North America, executives of small and mid-size manufacturing companies taking part in a survey chose the United States and Mexico over China by a four-to-one margin. That is one of the surprising findings of a survey conducted by Entrada Group, a Texas-based firm that assists companies in transfering production operations to Mexico. The survey was completed in early 2014, and more than half of the respondents identified themselves as being at the VP level or higher.

PM Engineered Solutions adds a Negri Bossi injection thermoset molding machine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

PM Engineered Solutions has added a Negri Bossi injection thermoset molding machine to its offerings. This acquisition allows PMES to expand its current thermoset capabilities, as well as continue to provide high-strength components through the Negri Bossi's manufacturing functions (25-363 ton, 22oz shot capacity shot-to-shot consistency, controlled process, repeatability).

Macro developed a new two-ply film extrusion method for 100% post-consumer recycled film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. has developed and patented a new process to produce trash bags using post-consumer materials. 

With conventional methods for producing bags with high amounts of recycled material, the reclaim is normally buried in the core layer of a coextruded structure between skin layers of mostly-virgin material. Macro says the issue with this method is that defects, such as gels/pinholes, may originate from impurities in the recycled materials of the core layer, which tend to migrate through all layers of the structure.

3D printing offered at local business services stores could be problematic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 10th, 2014

PostNet Neighborhood Business Center recently announced that its franchise in Minneapolis will become the first to offer 3D printing services as part of a pilot program to evaluate the 3D technology's applications for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Pregis adds converting line; moves to a new facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

Protective packaging supplier Pregis Corp. announced a multimillion dollar investment for a new proprietary and custom-built converting line at its Plymouth, IN, manufacturing plant. The new equipment will be used to produce low-density polyethylene hybrid cushioning (HC) film used by its AirSpeed Versa brand of protective packaging equipment. The new line is expected to be operational by the end of Q3 and will double previous production capacity. 

Challenges of medical molding highlighted at Engel event

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 10th, 2014

It was a beautiful 90° day in the neighborhood, as more than 80 people made the trek to Corona, CA, on April 8 to attend Engel's Medical Day event. They were rewarded with an opportunity to garner insights from several speakers addressing themes of relevance to molders working (or wanting to work) with the medical device sector and to view a trio of Engel's molding machines running medical applications.

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