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Tips of the trade: Effective shutdowns and start-ups are key to profitable injection molding

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: September 30th, 2011

The weekend comes to an end and the shop floor again comes alive... a molder can learn to dread a full plant restart. There are many potential failures that can occur as a plant is returned to a production state. The following article addresses many key components that often lead to poor restarts. It also provides insight into some of the methods that can be implemented to not only reduce system breakdowns, but also can offer smoother start-ups with fewer problems.

South American BOPP and CPP film supplier enters North American market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 29th, 2011

South American BOPP and CPP film manufacturer Opp Film, SA, a subsidiary of Oben Holding Group, announced that it will immediately begin supply of its bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and cast polypropylene (CPP) films to firms in Mexico, Canada and the United States. The company recently established a North American distribution and technical support subsidiary in Houston to facilitate Opp's move into the North American market.

SPI opens up NPE2012 registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

With 187 days until the show opens with a new venue, date and schedule, the Society of the Plastics Industry has made the registration button on its NPE2012 website live. Moving from Chicago, June, and Monday to Orlando, April, and Sunday, lots of things about NPE2012 will be different, but one thing that hasn't changed is the sheer scale of the event with approximately 2000 exhibiting companies anticipated.

Ammo maker takes aim at weight savings with plastic cartridge casings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

Plastics have long played a role in fire arms, seeing use in everything from stocks to handgun frames but now they're looking to get inside the barrel with polymer-based cartridge casings.

Gammaflux and Milacron reach deal on hot runner temperature controls

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

Gammaflux L.P. and Milacron LLC have reached a private-label manufacturing agreement wherein Milacron will distribute the complete line of Gammaflux LEC and TTC hot runner temperature controllers as auxiliary equipment options available with its line of injection molding machines.

Ask the Extrusion Expert: Q&A with Allan Griff

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 29th, 2011

What properties affect ESCR? Can resin really be too dry? Which cross-linking method is easier to break down? Does HDPE gas pipe contain lead? You asked the questions, and Allan, host of our Extrusion Expert webcast series and independent engineering consultant, provides his feedback while also taking great exception with Bisphenol A naysayers.

Aussie injection molder, Austrian machinery and German mold combine for pipe fittings at China-beating cost

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 29th, 2011

With the molding machines in its stable, injection molding processor Technical Moulders Australia already has been supplying upwards of two million parts per day to one of its major customers, sanitary and building equipment supplier Reliance Worldwide. For a new project, the processor's longtime primary injection molding machine supplier, Engel, supplied not only the machine and the automation but also undertook project planning for the mold as general contractor.

Injection molding: BASF, Arburg team up for energy-efficient molding demonstration

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 29th, 2011

The plastics supplier and the manufacturer of injection molding machinery announced they will install and run an injection molding cell during next month's Fakuma trade show to illustrate for plastics processors measures for increasing energy efficiency in injection molding throughout the entire value chain, from pellet to part. Using a specially-optimized grade of BASF's plastic and the appropriate machine technology, the two companies will demonstrate how new developments can work together to reduce an injection molder's energy bill.

Green Matter: Polystyrene goes green? Plant-based styrene in ACTION

By Karen Laird
Published: September 27th, 2011

Biomass-derived monomers are nothing new. In recent years, breakthroughs in enzymatic and catalytic chemistry have steadily increased the quality and availability of bio-based feedstocks. Today, biomass is used to produce numerous renewable platform chemicals, while ongoing technological developments continue to yield new substitutes for petrochemical feedstocks.

iGPS pallet-tracking technology cracks theft ring

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 26th, 2011

Plastic pallets continue to be attractive to thieves looking for a quick buck, as PlasticsToday has written before. But the thieves that made off with pallets from Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS) Company LLC, got more than they bargained for.

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