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At SPE conference, thermoforming companies highlight technology and discuss their concerns

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 3rd, 2011

Overseas competition, automation and technology, and "What keeps you up at night?" were among topics discussed at the recent SPE thermoforming conference. Processors, machine manufacturers and consultants weighed in with their opinions and thoughts.

Unique Tool & Gauge acquires Gauge Rite Inc.

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 3rd, 2011

Unique Tool & Gauge Inc., a Windsor, Ontario manufacturer of both steel and aluminum molds for the automotive industry, announced the acquisition of Gauge Rite Inc., also in Windsor. Gauge Rite is a supplier of gauges and fixtures to Unique as well as other customers in the tooling and mold industry. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Japanese wire harness supplier fined $200 million, executives to be jailed for cartel activities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 2nd, 2011

Furukawa Electric (Tokyo) ) concluded a plea agreement with the United States Department of Justice on September 29 under which the company acknowledged allegations made in criminal proceeding relating to cartel activities with certain competitors for automotive wire harness and related products and agreed to pay a fine of $200 million. Three U.S.-based executives, all Japanese citizens, will also be jailed in the U.S. as part of the agreement.

Top packaging award goes to PET bottle designer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2011

A design agency owned by packaging processor Billerud has been awarded the Best of the Show award from Pentaward, the only worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design, for its work on a premium PET bottle for Ramlösa, a longtime Swedish water brand available carbonated and still. The PET bottle replaced the long-established glass packaging.

The Troubleshooter: Runner connection causes part to run short of material

By Bob Hatch
Published: September 30th, 2011

It was late summer and I was running out of things to work on when the quick delivery company drove up in front of my office. It is a good thing I saw them coming because I had to quickly move Jake out from in front of the door so the driver could get through to deliver my package.

Tips of the trade: Effective shutdowns and start-ups are key to profitable injection molding

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: September 29th, 2011

The weekend comes to an end and the shop floor again comes alive... a molder can learn to dread a full plant restart. There are many potential failures that can occur as a plant is returned to a production state. The following article addresses many key components that often lead to poor restarts. It also provides insight into some of the methods that can be implemented to not only reduce system breakdowns, but also can offer smoother start-ups with fewer problems.

South American BOPP and CPP film supplier enters North American market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 29th, 2011

South American BOPP and CPP film manufacturer Opp Film, SA, a subsidiary of Oben Holding Group, announced that it will immediately begin supply of its bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and cast polypropylene (CPP) films to firms in Mexico, Canada and the United States. The company recently established a North American distribution and technical support subsidiary in Houston to facilitate Opp's move into the North American market.

SPI opens up NPE2012 registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

With 187 days until the show opens with a new venue, date and schedule, the Society of the Plastics Industry has made the registration button on its NPE2012 website live. Moving from Chicago, June, and Monday to Orlando, April, and Sunday, lots of things about NPE2012 will be different, but one thing that hasn't changed is the sheer scale of the event with approximately 2000 exhibiting companies anticipated.

Ammo maker takes aim at weight savings with plastic cartridge casings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

Plastics have long played a role in fire arms, seeing use in everything from stocks to handgun frames but now they're looking to get inside the barrel with polymer-based cartridge casings.

Gammaflux and Milacron reach deal on hot runner temperature controls

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

Gammaflux L.P. and Milacron LLC have reached a private-label manufacturing agreement wherein Milacron will distribute the complete line of Gammaflux LEC and TTC hot runner temperature controllers as auxiliary equipment options available with its line of injection molding machines.

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