GX series injection molding machines make U.S. debut

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 12th, 2013

It was a new injection molding machine for the U.S. market for KraussMaffei Corp. in the new year, as the German supplier of plastics processing machinery premiered the GX Series of machines at a TechDay event in Warren, MI in January.

The event was held in conjunction with Proper Group International. KM said the GX 400-4300 in operation in Warren helped showcase modular automation cells with linear and industrial robots in different configurations.

Green Matter: Another rubber revolution in the making?

By Karen Laird
Published: February 11th, 2013

Rubber may not be the first thing that leaps to mind when words like 'innovation', 'bio' or possibly 'dandelion' enter the conversation.  Yet rubber, too, is quietly and, in its own way, making a stir in the renewable resources discussion.

Injection blowmolding combination delivers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 10th, 2013

Injection and blowmolding combine in the production of a resonator molded from polyamide materials. The internal (ID) section injection molded in the first step is then overmolded to form the external (OD) section via blowmolding. The resonator is used in 2012 model Ford Fusion and Escape models using the OEM's 2.0-L Ecoboost engine.

Plastic bag bans, bonus content

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 10th, 2013

Last week, PlasticsToday published a five-part comprehensive report on plastic shopping bag bans. I encourage you to read the report in its entirely on our site (slightly shameless self-promotional plug there). 

How Nypro will (and won't) change

By Doug Smock
Published: February 9th, 2013

Jabil Circuit's announcement last week that it plans to buy Nypro is one of the biggest plastics stories in years because it signals the sweeping changes taking place in global manufacturing.

Big chunks of the American plastics processing industry moved to Asia 10 or so years ago, and Nypro led the way, becoming a major supplier to the consumer electronics industry.

Jabil/Nypro will be the new global No. One in healthcare

By Doug Smock
Published: February 8th, 2013

When it comes to Jabil Circuit Inc., you can now take the "E" out of Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS)--the tag line used to identify the third-party contract manufacturers that mushroomed to handle outsourced computer and other electronics manufacturing in the 1990s.

The reason is the $665 million acquisition announced week of Nypro, one of the largest contract plastics injection molders in the world.

Evonik beefs up its medical plastics lineup

By Doug Smock
Published: February 8th, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever spinal column implant made of Vestakeep polyethetherketone (PEEK).

Evonik announced that the associated pre-market notification 510(k) has been successfully issued, simplifying the process for future medical device manufacturers to get approval.

Plastikos, Micro Mold boost medical capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2013

Plastikos and Micro Mold (Erie, PA) are investing $1 million in capital expenditures this year to boost cleanroom molding and precision mold making capacity.

The company is adding an 88-ton Arburg in its clean room, effectively increasing molding capacity in that area 50%. Capacity additions are also being made in its whiteroom medical and electronics. Additional inspection equipment is also being purchased.

GW Plastics reshores two large medical jobs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2013

Two big medical reshoring projects have prompted a significant expansion at GW Plastics in the Southwest.

A 12,000 square foot clean room expansion is now open at its Tucson, AZ plant for medical device assembly and packaging.

Company officials said that a program currently in production at GW's Dongguan, China facility consisting of precision molding, assembly and packaging for a drug delivery device created the opportunity for the development of a new application with the same customer.

Front end carrier removes metal from the equation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2013

The front end carrier in the new Golf 7 is completely made from plastic. This is reportedly the first without metal reinforcement and was developed with extensive CAE and simulation work.

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