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Conformal cooling takes new twist

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

The holy grail of molding is the rapid cooling of molds, and while several techniques have been tried (and some have failed) conformal cooling of molds is making some headway.

Mold maintenance programs can expand your business opportunities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

Providing mold maintenance service means that mold manufacturers can extend their business further downstream and create new opportunities.

Karl Szanto, vp operations for Tech Mold Inc. once said, "The benefits of running a trouble-free mold are obvious; increased productivity and profitability are just the beginning. Good care, an aggressive preventative maintenance program, and a vigilant production crew are the keys to running a mold that will provide a long, trouble-free production life."

Baring all has its consequences

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 13th, 2011

Should moldmakers give away all their secrets to their OEM customers? How much is your intellectual property worth?

Tooling tech: New adaptive CNC control and pre-pocketed edge mold bases

By IMM Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

Increasing productivity has been key to U.S. mold manufacturers' ability to compete with offshore companies. Suppliers to the mold manufacturing industry contribute to those efforts with new and improved technology to help their customers in the moldmaking business.

Names in the news: Milacron, Dyna-Purge, Micron Products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

Tony Hopfer has joined Milacron LLC's (Batavia, OH) Global & Strategic Accounts Team to integrate the company's German injection molding machinery arm, Ferromatik, and its technologies into American markets.

Novamont announces partnership for Euro 500 million biorefinery

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

Polimeri Europa and Novamont announced plans for a new chemical plant that will utilize vegetable oil feedstock for the production of bioplastics, biolubricants, and bioadditives for elastomers. The bio-based chemical complex will be located on the island of Sardinia in Porto Torres, with a total estimated investment cost of half a billion euros ($700 million).

Will consumers pay more in cash and convenience to go green?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

Convenience vs. Conscience, what wins out in consumers minds when it comes to packaging? The answer may lie in the gender of the shopper. According to a recent study of 1011 adults commissioned by the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters, women are 14% more likely than men to select environmentally-friendly packaging over non-green, more-convenient alternatives.

Faster, better sealing for resealable bags

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 13th, 2011

A new multilayer coextrusion film utilizes DuPont's Surlyn material as a sealant layer for faster, more reliable sealing. DuPont says the film, which is used for resealable tubular bags, is the culmination of a two-year joint-development project with Südpack (Ochsenhausen, Germany), with the low-temperature sealing and good hot-tack of Surlyn allowing an increase in productivity on horizontal and vertical form, fill, and seal (HFFS and VFFS) equipment.

Avantium raises Euro 30 million for would-be PET replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 9th, 2011

Avantium (Amsterdam) has raised EUR 30 million, money it says it will use to develop and commercialize a next-generation polyester based on bioderived Furanics building blocks. Avantium will apply the funds to the construction and operation of its pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, as well as to develop more green materials, including a polyamide, on the basis of its YXY building blocks.

Plastic compounds target lead in radiation shielding

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 8th, 2011

Lead's time in medical devices is quickly running out and opportunistic plastics suppliers are jumping into the void being left by out-of-favor toxic metal to offer polymer compounds that offer equivalent radiation shielding.

"There's a move afoot to try and remove [lead] from the manufacturing environment because its hazardous to employees and difficult to dispose of," PolyOne's Larry Johnson said. "There are costs and concerns associated with it, so all and all it's kind of a bad actor, and people are trying to remove it."

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