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Dry-aseptic filling gets FDA OK for low-acid aseptic products

By MPW Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

Processors blowmold bottles or injection mold closures, and don't handle bottle filling—but knowing your customers can switch to dry-aseptic filling could impact the design on your parts. Beverage bottle filling labelling equipment manufacturer Krones (Neutraubling, Germany) received a letter of non-objection from the FDA for a rotary dry-aseptic PET-bottle filling system featuring H2O2 as the sterilising agent.

Replace analog transducers with industry’s first configurable digital version

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 7th, 2010

A company out of Cincinnati claims it is the first to develop and market configurable digital transducers, with owners of injection molding machines one of the most important groups of customer for the company. In comparison to analog ones, these digital transducers are said to improve accuracy and reliability, and reduce power consumption. 

Automotive, plastics producers praise Korean trade pact

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 6th, 2010

Resin manufacturers and the automotive industry have hailed the new U.S.-Korea free trade agreement, which the White House forecasts will increase annual exports of American goods by up to $11 billion and support at least 70,000 American jobs.

Exports fuel chemical, plastics growth in 2010

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 6th, 2010

U.S. chemicals and plastics have overcome weak domestic sales in 2010 thanks to emerging market demand and low natural gas prices. Growth in emerging markets will be "a defining feature of economic developments during the next 10 years," according to the year-end economic outlook for the global chemical industry from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Those emerging markets are importing chemicals and plastics from the U.S. at a time when only the Middle East offers a better cost position to the Gulf Coast.

Laser sintering system builds mold in double-quick time

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 6th, 2010

Laser sintering has reportedly set new standards in terms of part quality and reproducibility, at the same time improving cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness, with the EOSINT M 280 from EOS (Frankfurt am Main, Germany). "The EOSINT M 280 adopts all features and advantages of the well-established EOSINT M 270 system, and makes it even more attractive for a wide range of demanding applications including tooling and series production," says Peter Klink, executive VP global sales at EOS.

All-electric roto feeder facilitates silicone, BMC processing

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 6th, 2010

With the development of the Engel roto feeder—a new rotary conveyor for continuous feeding of solid silicone or BMC materials to the plasticizing unit—avoiding inclusions and maintaining constant pressure during processing of these materials could become significantly easier and more economical.

Robot is an adept overhead mover

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 6th, 2010

Adept Technology, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) has debuted the Adept Quattro s800H with high throughput capabilities for applications with larger work space requirements. The unit is a parallel robot specifically designed for high-speed applications in packaging, manufacturing, assembly, and material handling, boasting a 1600-mm work envelope. The s800H is said to be an ideal overhead-mount robot when smooth motion, high throughput, and the ability to reach a large work space are critical for project success.

Managing supplier risk top priority for OEMs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 3rd, 2010

Small- to mid-sized companies often supply very large, global OEMs and that can spell trouble if those suppliers are not financially stable. Let’s face it, small molding and moldmaking companies do not have the financial wherewithal that big corporations do, and many got caught short in the downturn when banks cut off financing to many smaller suppliers. In some cases, the OEM has provided financial help to their major supplier just to keep them from failing.

Shaffer to leave Netstal, Sansoucy steps up

By Tony Deligio
Published: December 3rd, 2010

Rick Shaffer will step down as president and general manager of Netstal Machinery Inc. at the end of the year and be replaced by the company's current national sales manager, Michael Sansoucy. Reached at their offices in Devens, MA, the U.S.

Casey Container secures order for Ecopure-based biodegradable PET preforms

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 3rd, 2010

A U.S.-based bottled water company will take start taking delivery of approximately 250,000 biodegradable preforms a week from Casey Container Corp., marking that company's first purchase order.

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