Nissei enjoys hybrid success; debuts new all-electric series

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2011

Processors no longer think "Shall I go all-electric or stick with hydraulic or hybrid," according to Nissei Plastic Industrial President Hozumi Yoda. "Now that 'hybrid' machines employing our [inverter-driven] X-Pump drive enable energy savings over standard hydraulic machines close to that achievable with all-electrics, the question is more 'Which is the right machine for my application'," he explains. "You might go for an all-electric for a high precision application but a hydraulic machine if extended holding pressure is required."

NPE2012 show approaches sellout: Japanese presence assured

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2011

Leaders of the Japanese injection molding machinery sector and other local plastic industry heavyweights were out in force a few nights back at a reception organized by NPE organizer SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) coinciding with the IPF show in Japan. SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux welcomed almost 90 industry players to the event.

New PC/ABS device targets students' vision problems

By Doug Smock
Published: October 26th, 2011

A new plastic device hopes to help remedy vision problems, a significant disability affecting the learning potential of children.

A patent-pending technology developed by PediaVision (Lake Mary, FL) assesses a child's vision, eliminating subjective analysis that results from many of today's vision screening tools.

Vehicle lightweighting Korean style

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 25th, 2011

Thermoplastic olefin (TPO) nanocomposites developed by Korea's Honam Petrochemical Corp. (Seoul) have delivered a 25% weight saving versus 40% talc-filled polypropylene through thinwalling and lower density in a side sill molding used in a Hyundai vehicle.

IPF show update: Sumitomo enhances all-electric credentials

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 25th, 2011

Sumitomo Heavy Industries (Tokyo) has unveiled its latest all-electric series comprising 50, 75, 100, 130, and 180-tonne presses under the Sumitomo Demag EV Series banner at the IPF Show in Tokyo. Taking over from where the DUV series left off, Sumitomo says it has further upped the ante in terms of energy savings, environmental credentials and ease-of-operations with its latest offerings.

Medical Musings: The Industry Needs A Fresh Start on BPA

By Doug Smock
Published: October 25th, 2011

Bisphenol A (BPA) continues to develop as a major public relations problem for the plastics industry. Yesterday's release of a new study about pediatric issues with BPA seemed to create an almost out-of-control publicity streak.

VW's lightweighting wish list headed by low-cost CFRP

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 24th, 2011

Meeting European Union emission targets of 120 g of CO2/km by 2015 and 95 g/km for 2020 is a top priority for Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg, Germany), which expects to become the world's number two automaker in terms of output this year behind General Motors, turning out 8 million vehicles. At the recent JEC Asia composites show and conference held in Singapore, Armin Plath, Head of Materials Research and Manufacturing Processes at VW outlined some of the challenges that lie ahead.

ACC Criticizes New Pediatric BPA Study

By Doug Smock
Published: October 24th, 2011

A new study regarding unwanted side effects of biphenol A (BPA) has "significant shortcomings", the American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported today.

Mexico City bag ban piques PLA interest

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 24th, 2011

Extrusion equipment supplier Ghioldi set up and ran polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic on a blown-film line at the recent Plastimagen event, looking to capitalize on the local market's interest in biodegradable bags, spurred in part by an on again off again plastic bag ban. "We see a lot of interest in Mexico," explained Filippo Ghioldi. "No one really knows what biodegradable, oxodegradable, etc.

Penn State Erie Offers First-Ever Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: October 24th, 2011

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College is establishing a Medical Plastics Center (MPC) in Erie, Pennsylvania, in response to growing demand for plastics engineers in the healthcare field.

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