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Wittmann Battenfeld promotes stronger West Coast presence

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 11th, 2011

Wittmann Battenfeld took the first step in augmenting its southern California presence by exhibiting a fully functioning molding cell within its PLASTEC West booth, including a 73-ton Wittmann Battenfeld injection press outfitted with Wittmann auxiliaries and robotics, as well as a new Western Territory Manager, Carlos Chávez.

Bioplastics make their way into the tube and into the can

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 11th, 2011

Plastics made from renewable resources are being specified in some interesting new applications, including these two: a biodegradable toothpaste tube and "Blue Cat," a cost-cutting kitty litter box. In the toothpaste tube the material is used as most plastics are—extruded and injection molded—whereas in the litter box the bioplastic granulate is used as its litter. 

Pipe extrusion: Internal cooling system boosts productivity

By MPW Staff
Published: February 11th, 2011

Plastics pipe extruders are offered a new tool to help increase their lines' efficiency when processing polyolefins. Developed and manufactured by KraussMaffei Berstorff, this new internal pipe cooling (IPC) system is said to dramatically reduce the initial cost and space requirements for a new pipe extrusion line, while also helping increase the productivity of already-installed pipe extrusion lines.

Composite decking verified at 95% total recycled content

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 11th, 2011

MoistureShield composite decking products from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT; Springdale, AR) are now verified as having 95% total recycled content, up from the 90% total recycled content previously listed in company information. A new report issued by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) provides the independent verification of 57% preconsumer recycled content and 38% postconsumer recycled content, to substantiate AERT's claims.

Tips of the trade: Selecting materials & optimizing manufacturing for medical device carrying solutions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

With the increasing complexity of medical equipment, the development of carrying solutions for these products has become significantly more important. Carrying products such as cases, bags and pouches are no longer commodity accessories. Instead, they are now doing far more than just holding and protecting medical devices by also adding measurable functionality and usage value, thus meeting the specific needs of device vendors and their users.

PolyOne boasts new TPV alloys, approved colorants, and ISO 13485:2003 site certification at MD&M

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 10th, 2011

Specialty compounder PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, OH) has seen its recent emphasis on the medical market pay quick dividends with sector growth exceeding 100% over the last three years, according to Larry Johnson, marketing director, healthcare, at the company.

Plastics extrusion: Gear pump optimized for sensitive materials

By MPW Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

A new series of pumps, branded GPX, are said to help processors avoid the random peaks in melt temperature which may be caused either by the heating control system or by frictional heat. Key to the manufacture of these was to optimize the fluid heating system, leading to minimal frictional heat, and thus prevent an increase in the melt temperature.

Plastic blowmolding: Hayward Pool adds accu head machine from Graham Engineering

By MPW Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

The largest manufacturer of residential swimming pool equipment in the world, Hayward Pool Products, has taken delivery of a new accumulator head blowmolding machine from Graham Engineering Corp. to help Hayward meet growing business. The machine's ability to quickly change colors was a major selling point.

Evonik introduces antimicrobial acrylic

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 10th, 2011

After four years of development, Evonik introduced an antimicrobial acrylic to the medical device industry at MD&M West, hosting device OEMs and their suppliers at a breakfast event launching the new material. Cyrolite Protect is described by the company as an acrylic-based multipolymer compound designed for FDA-regulated Class I or Class II medical devices and covered by 510(k) PMN submission.

Toshiba launches revamped EC-SX injection machines at PLASTEC West

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 9th, 2011

Toshiba Machine Corp. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has debuted its completely redesigned EC-SX all-electric injection molding machine line at the PLASTEC West show. Originally launched in Japan prior to NPE2009, the machine's North American show debut had been delayed until this week in Anaheim.

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