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Missed the Milacron open house? Take it in from your desktop

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2011

With a few years of experience with our successful webinars and the success last week of our inaugural virtual event, we don't need convincing that a Virtual Event can be just as instructive, and a lot more convenient, than traveling somewhere. For plastics processors who may have missed its open house in May, plastics processing machinery manufacturer Milacron has made the event "available" as part of an online presentation.

Editorial: As bullets fly, is Mexico shooting itself in the foot?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 14th, 2011

Mexico has become Mexico's #1 enemy. The violence surrounding the country's drug wars has been on the nightly news so often that now it almost isn't noticed. Several months ago, I contacted some molders and mold making companies that have facilities in Mexico to ask them about the situation. Is it interfering with business? Are you afraid to cross the border for business?

PLA enhancement in focus at Biopolymers Symposium 2011; reduced rates for the event with PlasticsToday

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 14th, 2011

Edward Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives at custom plastics compounder Teknor Apex, will be especially busy at this month's Biopolymers Symposium 2011 in Denver, CO as he makes three presentations, including one on the company's technology for resolving a long-standing property tradeoff that has limited the use of polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic. For processors interested in the event, read on to learn how you can save on your registration fee with PlasticsToday.

IAA report: Plastics replace metal in timing case cover

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 13th, 2011

During the IAA international automotive exhibition this year in Frankfurt, automotive systems supplier Mann+ Hummel is displaying a number of recent developments including an injection molded plastic timing case cover for a car's engine. The molded polyamide part is to replace significantly heavier metal ones.

Product Watch: Erema upgrades its plastics recycling lines with ecoSAVE additions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2011

Recycling of plastics already has a nice sustainable ring to it, and Erema's machines see use in the recycling of a wide variety of thermoplastics to include even printed films and equipment for bottle-to-bottle recycling for beverage packaging. Now the Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling machinery has developed is ecoSAVE package as a means for its customers to reduce CO2 emissions, power consumption and, as a result, production costs.

Plastic packaging processor adds tube extrusion to China operation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2011

Transparent plastic packaging processor VisiPak has expanded its capabilities in its facility in China with the addition of tube extrusion lines to the current molding and vinyl dip molding systems already installed there. The processor, part of dip molder The Sinclair & Rush Companies, says its extrusion capacity was necessary to meet the needs of customers globally as well as for new clients throughout Asia and Australia.

Manufacturing by the Numbers = Dichotomy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 12th, 2011

If you're confused by the latest figures from the various groups that produce monthly reports on the manufacturing economy, you're not alone. One day we're hearing of all the job opportunities that exist in manufacturing - positions that go wanting for people to fill them so manufacturing companies can meet demand in a more timely manner and grow their businesses - and the next day we hear that non-farm payroll remained unchanged for the month of August - not one company added a new job.

Special polyester makes for low-cost radiation-detection technology

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 12th, 2011

Teijin Chemicals Limited (Tokyo) has launched a polyester-based resin with a special molecular structure that emits blue fluorescence when exposed to radiation.

Water bottle scrap used to clean water

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 12th, 2011

Scrap plastics bottles shredded and coated with an amino acid have been proven to act as a cheap and effective means or removing arsenic from drinking water.

Editorial: Unrestricted free trade doesn’t benefit the country’s manufacturing industry

By Glenn Beall
Published: September 12th, 2011

Last week President Obama gave a speech with his view of the future of job creation in the U.S. The Republican party countered with its own ideas. Is unregulated commerce destroying U.S. manufacturing? Yes, argues Glenn Beall, author of our By Design series of article and Plastics Hall of Fame inductee, in this editorial.

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