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Online resource helps you get smart on laser welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

Laser welding systems supplier LPKF Laser & Electronics is seeing significant growth in orders, has added to its staffing and also has created a new English-language website where plastics processors can learn more about welding and specifically laser welding. The website is monitored by one of the company's U.S. employees, Josh Brown. LPKF is headquartered in Garbsen, Germany.

Austrian injection molding group Polytec acquires molder PPI, adds to own capacity too

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

After some rough times, the financials are back in order at the Polytec Group, the orders book is full and the future looks bright. The molder's management is betting on a continuation of these positive developments as it announced its intent to expand its operations in Lohne, Germany and Hörsching, Austria, plus purchase for about €10 million the injection molding company PPI Plastic Products Innovation GM & Co  (Ebensee, Austria). Total investment, internal plus the acquisition, will be about €15 million ($21.2 million).

Cooper Standard expands in Eastern Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Cooper Standard (Novi, MI)  plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, further expanding its global automotive body sealing and fluid handling businesses. 

"This is yet another example of Cooper Standard's strategy to support our global customers as they expand around the world," says Cooper Standard's COO Keith Stephenson. "In addition to initially supporting Ford, our new Romanian operations will offer sealing and fluid handling products to our other global customers."

Manufacturing has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to seize on energy efficiency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Neal Elliott's 2009 message to the senate committee succinctly laid out the stakes for manufacturing in the face of energy inflation and the globalization of industry. "Our country needs to prepare now if we are to be ready to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence the energy efficiency and sustainability of the manufacturing sector once it emerges from the current economic downturn," Elliott said. "The manufacturing sector and its contributions to the nation's economy and jobs have been ignored for far too many years, and it is important that this neglect be reversed."

Names in the News: Good things come in fives for Interplastic, Southwest Venture and for the PPI

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Thermoset resins supplier Interplastic Corp. has announced the 2011 recipients of its Scholars Awards. The company provides $2000 in college tuition assistance to five recent high school graduates. This is the eleventh year Interplastic (St. Paul, MN) has awarded the scholarships.   

Workstation design saves time, wins award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

First prize for the "Best Assembly Idea 2011" went to the "Pick-by-Shutter" ejector workstation. Although this particular workstation is not used in a plastics processing facility, details of it may spur processors to enhance or redesign the workstations in their own facility. It also is one potential answer to the multi-faceted question, "How can higher-cost labor countries keep their manufacturing industries intact?"

Material Thoughts: A TPV for car weather seals, a TPE for EPDM replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The mailbag this week brought news of a new thermoplastic vulcanizate introduced by ExxonMobil Chemical, plus a thermoplastic elastomer commercially introduced by Alliance Polymers & Services. The former material is being marketed for automotive parts such as glass encapsulated weather seals whereas the latter is of interest to processors seeking a cost-effective replacement for vulcanized rubber and EPDM in applications such as extruded glazing gaskets and seals for refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances.

Economic concerns drive down oil prices, and plastics follow suit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The news of economic concern and stock market volatility thatare filling the headlines of newspapers and leading off TV news reports also has left its mark on the plastics industry, with more pronounced fluctuation in the prices of resins one of the immediate outcomes. Many of the plastics pricing changes are moving in tandem with the sharp recent fall in the price of oil.

Simplify your shop floor to excel at even the most complex parts

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: August 11th, 2011

I once had a plant manager who had the perfect analogy for the use of visual management, by implementing an engineered shop floor layout with clear and concise instructions at each employee's workstation.

 The question he asked our team was this:
 "Why is it that when you look at a shampoo bottle, there are directions to 'Rinse, Lather and Repeat'?" 
His answer was simple, yet thought-provoking. 

"Someone at some point stood there with the bottle, trying to figure out what to do with it."

Sonoco to invest $15 million in Ohio packaging plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

Sonoco announced that it will build a 120,000-plus square-foot plant in Ohio, including PET injection stretch blowmolding and injection molding machines, to produce packaging and components for personal care products. Sonoco's Rigid Paper and Plastics division will develop the new rigid plastic container operation at its Beauty and Home Care campus in New Albany, OH, with the expansion expected to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2012.

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