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Tips of the trade: Purging troubleshooting tips for injection molders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 25th, 2011

New to purging compounds? Or an experienced hand but recognize that you could use a refresher? Here are some best practices and troubleshooting tips beyond the set of basic purging procedures.  

Chemical recycling closes the LOOPLA for cradle-to-cradle PLA

By Karen Laird
Published: September 25th, 2011

Plastics processors understand well that plastics, whether petroleum-based or bio-based, are valuable materials for which a host of end-of-life options have been developed. Re-use and recycling routes are in place for petroleum-based polymers such as PET, PE, PVC and EPS, with energy recovery through combustion serving as the ultimate solution.

SIGMA's 3D simulation suite benefits Penn State Erie’s medical plastics program

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2011

SIGMA Plastic Services Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has donated a suite of its polymer process simulation software to Penn State Erie's School of Engineering, a gift valued at $3.7 million that will  add to the technical capabilities of the school's soon-to-open Medical Plastics Center of Excellence and current Medical Plastics certificate program, both of which address the emerging medical plastics market.

No dryer, lots of interest in PTi’s dryer-less sheet extruder

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 23rd, 2011

One way to reduce the energy, space, and maintenance impact of dryers in the extrusion of materials like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polylactic acid (PLA) is to eliminate the need for them altogether. That's the promise of the "dryer-less" twin-screw sheet extrusion technology that Processing Technologies International (PTi; Aurora, IL) showcased during a Sept. 20 open house at its company headquarters in Aurora, IL.

Stock markets may be down but plastic machinery sales remain brisk

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Global stock markets are getting hammered this year, but plastics processing machinery manufacturers in Germany and Italy continue to earn blue chip results. The trade associations representing those manufacturers in both countries shared their look on the year-to-date results and offered predictions for sales through the end of 2011. If the glass ball is telling the truth, then machine makers have reason to smile.

Tooling M&A as Tooling Technology LLC acquires FPM Tooling and Automation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Heavy gauge thermoform tooling manufacturer Tooling Technology LLC (Fort Loramie, OH) announced the acquisition of FPM Tooling and Automation in Fremont, Ohio.

TPE helps prison tray molder escape posse of application challenges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

You would be hard pressed to find a low-tech plastics application with more standards applied to it than the food trays used in correctional facilities. Food contact safety? Naturally. But tack on "ease of graffiti removal" and "inability to serve as a weapon" and your simple serving tray becomes a high-end project.

Open house highlights market potential for plastic pipe in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

Processors involved in the building and construction market read often of the demand for their services in the developing world, but rare is that fact so obvious as during a recent open house in Vietnam, hosted by a prominent plastics pipe processor and its extrusion equipment supplier. More than 450 international guests journeyed to Haiphong, Vietnam to learn more about the technology and trends shaping this market.

Letter from Schaumburg, IL: The 20th Annual Conference of the Thermoforming Division of SPE

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

From the turnout (close to 800 attendees, 74 exhibitors), the program and the activities, one would think that thermoforming is one of the major plastics processes, akin to extrusion and injection molding, rather than just a dependency of extrusion that makes the sheet they form. The Thermoforming Division of the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) has been running these meetings for 20 years now, and they have reached that critical status of "must attend" for many if not most in this field.

Metallized polyether sulfone reflector stands up to the heat

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2011

Auto Tier I supplier Delphi (Troy, MI) has recently started to employ a polyether sulfone (PESU) resin from BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) for the reflector used in an automotive interior lighting component manufactured using a metallization process.

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