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Boeing’s James Griffing to serve as SPE president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2012

James S. Griffing, a technical fellow at The Boeing Company, is the new president of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), succeeding Russell C. Broome, it was announced at ANTEC 2012. At ANTEC 2013, Griffing will be succeeded by the new president-elect, Jon Ratzlaff, who is a technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.

How should the plastics packaging industry celebrate Earth Day?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 16th, 2012

Earth Day takes place Sunday, April 22. How do you plan to celebrate it?

Okay, I know Earth Day may not have the same appeal as Easter or 4th of July where families and friends come together for food and bonding, but Earth Day does help to serve as an important reminder that a small change can make a big difference in reducing waste.

Conair auxiliaries target medical extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2012

Conair has developed a specially designed suite of extrusion equipment aimed at the demands of the medical market.

"Medical extruders have told us that their key to success lies in controlling process variables," says Bob Bessemer, Conair sales manager, Medical Extrusion. "This equipment not only gives them control of their process, so that they can make higher-quality tubing, it also gives them set-up and operation features that make their process more efficient so they can make more money."

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750-lb weight reduction targeted by Dow-Ford initiative

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2012

By the end of this decade, the Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI) and Dow Automotive Systems (Midland, MI) plan to have developed low-cost carbon fiber and component-level manufacturing processes for high-volume vehicles that will enable a reduction in overall vehicle weight of up to 750 lb on future Ford vehicles, thus meeting fuel economy and electric vehicle range targets.

Best start for manufacturing technology orders since 1998; AMT and AMTDA merge

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 13th, 2012

In February, U.S. manufacturing orders rose 9.3% from January, and were up 35.2% when compared with February 2011. Orders totaled $444.06 million in February 2012, compared to $328.44 for February a year ago, according to the report released by the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

"Manufacturing technology orders are off to their best start since 1998," said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. "U.S. manufacturers continue to seek increases in productivity through automation and innovative technologies to increase their global competitiveness."

Engel and Plastisud create joint venture for cap systems in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 13th, 2012

Engel, the Austrian injection molding machine manufacturer, and French mold maker Plastisud have formed a joint venture for the production of sealing caps for water and soft drinks containers in China.

Plastics processor launches TE linerless plug closure for ESL and aseptic beverage market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 13th, 2012

Plastic closure processor Portola Packaging has launched its first tamper-evident (TE) linerless plug closure for extended shelf life (ESL) and aseptic beverage packages.

Portola's new Steri-Shield plug closures can be made in a variety of sizes ranging from 38 to 43mm, with or without a tamper-evident band. The line is used to seal juices, isotonics, dairy, energy drinks, milk, vitamin waters, drinkable yogurt, teas and others.

One-step SkinForm process went live at NPE2012

By Doug Smock
Published: April 13th, 2012

A novel one-step process that combines thermoplastics and reaction injection molded polyurethane in a  two-cavity tool was demonstrated in a live operation for the first time outside Europe at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL last week.

Carbon fiber-foam roof module concept employs RTM process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2012

In mid-2011, BASF (Ludwigshafen) took another step forward on the road to plastic applications in automobile bodies and chassis by establishing its cross-divisional, multi-material Lightweight Composite Team.

Study: More than 70% of Americans can recycle plastic bags and wraps locally

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 12th, 2012

First, Canada had its say about access to plastics recycling. Next up: the United States.

More than 91% of the U.S. population can recycle their plastic bags locally, and additionally, nearly 75% of people living in the U.S. can recycle other types of flexible plastic wraps in their own communities, according to a new study conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc.

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