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Molds and Tooling: The first step towards plastic injection profits

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: April 18th, 2012

Many processors have experienced the frustration of a poorly performing plastic injection mold. Poor process control due to tooling failures can be one of the most aggravating situations a molder has to face, especially when the contributing factors have been identified, yet the true nature of the problem is ignored. Mold design, maintenance and modifications are a plastic company’s first line of defense in a successful molding strategy, and one of the most common failures in an active response molding ideology.

Editorial: NPE2012 Part 1—The most important innovation at the show

By Michael Sepe
Published: April 18th, 2012

Starting with a title like this invites trouble. It is like the Rolling Stone surveys that list the 100 greatest rock and roll songs or the 100 greatest guitarists. No one is happy with the outcome. But if you had to look at one innovation at NPE this year that had the potential to save more money and prevent more problems in the industry, it would have to be the emergence, or re-emergence, of a sensor that has the ability to perform in-line measurements of moisture content in raw material.

NPE2012 Packaging Overview: Materials

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 18th, 2012

Not to be outdone by the machines, there was an abundance of new resins, compounds, and additives on the exhibit floor at NPE2012.

"There is more participation by resin manufacturers than we've seen in the last four or five NPEs, as these companies exhibit, host customer service centers, or sponsor special-interest initiatives such as our design competition," said SPI's Gene Sanders, Sr. VP, trade shows and conferences. 

Sustainability seemed to be a key theme among many material suppliers. Here's a collection of various materials at NPE2012:

West Pharmaceutical Services hosts grand opening

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2012

West Pharmaceutical Services’ Scottsdale Center of Excellence hosted the grand opening of its recently renovated facility that houses its Tech Group business segment, which manufactures molds and performs molding for the company’s Crystal Zenith prefillable syringe system. 

LSB launches new reheat PET resin

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 18th, 2012

Artenius, the PET and recycling division of Spain-based La Seda de Barcelona, has developed a new "fast-reheat" PET packaging material—Artenius FastFlow+.

The company says Artenius FastFlow+ captures heat energy in the blowing process and can save up to 20% of energy usage in production, which allows for a higher production output of bottles per hour. 

UL-certified PVC profile grade debuts at Chinaplas; colored PVC replaces painted ABS in air-conditioner panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2012

PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH) has debuted a UL-certified PVC extrusion grade for outdoor electrical enclosures at Chinaplas 2012 this week (Booth N1F41) in Shanghai. The grade is a solution from the Geon Rigid Vinyl family.

Another recent success in the sector is replacement of painted ABS with pre-colored Geon Vinyl rigid molding grades in air conditioner panel applications in a collaboration with Friedrich, a global air conditioner manufacturer who wanted to reduce production costs for their Kühl room air conditioners.

NPE2012 Packaging Overview: Machines

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 17th, 2012

"The return of the machines" was an appropriate theme for NPE2012.

There was roughly about 15 million pounds of freight shipped into the Orange County Convention Center at NPE2012, according to SPI. The energy usage for the machinery was a new record for the OCCC, which invested $4 million to get ready for the show.

NPE2012 surpassed previous NPE, featured more international visitors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2012

The NPE2012 plastics exposition (April 1-5; Orlando, FL) exceeded NPE2009 in size, and it attracted more participants from outside the United States than any other NPE in history, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial event.

Video chats put chin implant surgery front and center

By Doug Smock
Published: April 17th, 2012

What's hot in plastic surgery?

Use of specialized silicone, polyurethane and fluoropolymer materials to augment chins.

EPA proposes rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Electronic reporting will increase the speed with which EPA can make information publicly available, increase accuracy, and provide the public with quick and easier access to chemical information, according to the EPA.

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