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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.

European part makers home in on Japanese OEMs

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 10th, 2014

Japanese automakers continue to expand their offshore presences in order to alleviate the impact of currency fluctuations. In 2013, the eight major Japanese automakers produced around 16.2 million vehicles outside of Japan, up 6.5% year-on-year. But their traditional Japan based suppliers don't always have the wherewithal to follow them offshore. So  Japanese OEMs are increasingly shifting to European suppliers with local operations.

Gloucester Engineering expands bag machine rebuild services

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 9th, 2014

Rebuilding and retrofitting old bag making machines is nothing new to Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC), which has long been a service the company has offered, but recently GEC expanded the capabilities of this service.

GEC can now take a used bottom-seal bag machine of any age, and from any OEM, and upgrade, retrofit, and remanufacture it with the latest servo drive and control package.

Coffee & Tea company launches recyclable coffee capsules

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 9th, 2014

Coffee lovers sure do enjoy their coffee delivered single-serve style. Worldwide sales of coffee capsules are estimated at about $10 billion, according to Euromonitor. But since the cups contain multiple layers: a plastic outer layer, a heat-sealed paper filters on the inside and a polyethylene-coated aluminum foil top, the cups can't be recycled as a whole unit.

PSI-Polymer Systems sells modified CSC continuous screen changer for a food industry extrusion application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2014

PSI-Polymer Systems has recently sold a modified continuous screen changer to a U.S.-based candy producer for use in what the company called a "challenging food extrusion application."

This purchase marks the fifth PSI screen changer this customer has purchased for their food process. The first one went into service in 2011.   

Arburg’s Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler retires

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Arburg has officially said farewell to one of what is surely the company's oldest employees, Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler. On April 4, around 180 guests - friends and associates from the industry - gathered together at the Arburg Customer Center in Lossburg to wish him well in his future endeavors.  A highpoint of the evening was the presentation of a newly created golden Arburg logo, presented by Senior Partner Eugen Hehl to Kraibühler as a special honor for his life's work.

QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

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