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Siemens' new CTRL-Energy for machine tools

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 31st, 2012

Mold manufacturers use a lot of energy in their facilities, and the topic of energy savings in manufacturing is still hot. According to one report, depending on the company involved, machine tools can account for up to 48% of the total energy requirement a company uses, which makes energy efficiency in manufacturing a must to help reduce overall costs to manufacture to help gain a competitive edge.

In’Tech Industries adds its 13th SLA system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 31st, 2012

Greater demand in both the investment casting and industrial rapid prototyping sectors of In’Tech Industries Inc.’s additive manufacturing business resulted in the company’s decision to add another stereolithography (SLA) system. The addition of a 3D Systems IPro 8000 SLA System brings to 13 the number of SLA systems at In’Tech.

Sacmi and Sipa collaborate on new PET preform and closure solution

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 31st, 2012

Italian packaging companies Sipa and Sacmi have partnered to produce a new PET preform and closures solution for the operation of a cap on the neck of a PET bottle.

This collaboration combines Sipa's experience in the development of preforms, with that of Sacmi in the caps and closures marketplace. 

'Smart' hospitals fight medical errors

By Doug Smock
Published: May 31st, 2012

Look for a dramatic increase in use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) as hospitals battle costs, medical errors, and counterfeiting.

Patrick Sweeney, founder of ODIN (Ashburn, VA) says: "At ODIN we've been using RFID in health care for five or six years now and, true, the sales cycles are long, but the benefit is tremendous. Our specimen tracking solution took Mayo Clinic's industry average error rate from around 10% down to below 1%. That saves lives, and it saves money."

Acetal grade offers durable solution for vehicle safety

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2012

Seat belt system manufacturer Key Safety Systems (KSS; Sterling Heights, MI) has adopted the latest impact-modified generation of Hostaform S polyoxymethylene (POM) for the safety system in the subcompact VW up! The material is supplied by Ticona (Sulzbach, Germany).

As AM evolves, so does RedEye’s business model

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 30th, 2012

When Stratasys launched RedEye On Demand, a digital manufacturing service on Oct. 17, 2005, it was done with much fanfare, including ringing the bell on Wall Street. At that time, the process had progressed from its “rapid prototyping” status to being called rapid manufacturing. Its business model was based on quick-turn prototype parts using Stratasys’ patented Fuse Deposition Modeling (FDM) process.

Portola Packaging reduces energy by almost 20%

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 30th, 2012

Contributing to the energy conservation efforts at Portola Packaging were more than 20 different initiatives across all of its North America plants, which included wastewater management and improved air compressor optimization.

In addition, the company credits the energy reduction to the replacement of poor efficiency equipment.

Sabic launches two new high-clarity polypropylenes

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 30th, 2012

Sabic has extended its PP Qrystal line with the development of two new high-clarity polypropylenes. These random copolymers, suited for injection molding, were specially designed with unique flow behavior, providing processors with the flexibility to produce parts faster and with lower energy consumption, according to the company.

The new PP Qrystal grades include:

TPE resin pricing, May 21-25: PE eases; PP falls $0.01/lb; PE exports at lowest level in four years, PP shipments at a more than six-year low

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 29th, 2012

Processors sought sharper decreases than the $0.04/lb most recently offered for May polyethylene (PE) contracts, and although one producer dropped May PE contracts by $0.07/lb, this has yet to be seen industry-wide. Polypropylene (PP) contracts settled down $0.10/lb earlier in the month, according to spot trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), while spot markets for both materials have since traded well below these levels.

Low-cost carbon fiber composites target mega-market by 2030

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 29th, 2012

In a collaboration with a group of leading Japanese corporations, Tokyo University has developed two types of low-cost, high-performance CFRTP (carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics) prepregs for the mass production of ultra-lightweight cars which can be manufactured in fast molding cycles and are recyclable to boot.

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