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Why control melt decompression? Just shut it off

By IMM Staff
Published: September 8th, 2011

That's the question, and succinct answer, that MD Plastics Inc. (Columbiana, OH), has for injection molders who normally have to control their resin melt via decompression to eliminate stringing and drooling. MD Plastics President Michael F.

Quantum Polymers addresses severe PVDF shortage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2011

As demand out of the renewable energy market sucks the market dry of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), plastics processors and manufacturers who need the material for other applications are left wanting. Working to fill the gap is Quantum Polymers, which announced the immediate availability of extruded stock shape plastic products made with Kynar 450 PVDF from plastics supplier Arkema Inc. 

Tennessee ropes in auto investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2011

Japan's Sekisui Plastics (Osaka) became the third company in the space of two days to announce a major investment in automotive plastic components in the state of Tennessee when it announced plans to invest $3 million in a second manufacturing facility for foam plastics, primarily used in automotive safety components, in Mount Pleasant on August 31.

Eastman adds to non-phthalate plasticizer portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2011

Eastman Chemical Co. has acquired Brazilian plasticizer manufacturer Scandiflex do Brasil S.A. Indústrias Químicas in part of its ongoing bid to become a leader in non-phthalate plasticizer products. Located in the state of São Paulo at Mauá, Scandiflex's 2010 sales revenue was in excess of $54 million.

Semi-finished parts supplier adds ISO 13485 to its plumage

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2011

For those plastics processors and suppliers active in the medical device or medical packaging industries, ISO 13485 is shifting from a "nice to have" to one of the expectations of some customers. It just makes it much easier for them to vet you as a reliable supplier. Having the certification is further proof you're serious about serving the medical industry and are a capable partner/supplier.

The Troubleshooter: Welcome back, unfilled nylon. How’s your mold?

By Bob Hatch
Published: September 7th, 2011

It is another day in the good old Central U.S. My dog Jake has been on his walk this morning and the big truck has delivered a small box full of parts for me to review. As often is the case, there is no note from the molder, but I have seen these particular parts in the past.

Partners hope to industrialize production of spider silk

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2011

Spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than both steel and Kevlar. Scientists postulate that, if used as a reinforcing material in plastic automotive parts, the spider silk's energy absorbing properties maybe great enough so that parts might even regain their shape after an accident. Wonderful factoids, yes, but knowing them has not made it any easier to use the material in the plastics industry. A newly announced development agreement could help change that as it speeds the industrialization of spider silk manufacturing.

Partners hope to industrialize production of spider silk

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2011

Spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than both steel and Kevlar. Scientists postulate that, if used as a reinforcing material in plastic automotive parts, the spider silk's energy absorbing properties may be great enough to cause parts  to regain their shape after an accident. Wonderful factoids, yes, but knowing them has not made it any easier to use the material in the plastics industry. A newly announced development agreement could help change that as it speeds the industrialization of spider silk manufacturing.

More auto investments for India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 6th, 2011

India appears to be the hottest market nowadays for automotive investment, with the latest company to break ground on a new assembly facility and engine plant being Ford Motor (Detroit). The $900 million complex will be located in the Sanand automotive cluster, where Peugeot (Paris, France) recently announced its intention to build an assembly facility.

Integrated particle and microbial monitoring in a compact, modular design

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 6th, 2011

Instead of a custom manifold system, remote sensor connections, secondary control of duplex vacuum pumps, and a data cabinet for all of the electronics and power, a new particle measuring system provides a complete central microbial and particle-monitoring system in a central 19-inch rack.

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