Another report and more fretting over future of U.S. medical sector

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 26th, 2011

The United States is still the global leader in the biomedical industry, but countries across Europe and Asia are pursuing aggressive plans to close the gap and take the high-value jobs and capital this sector creates. That is the message spread in a new report published by the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan, publicly supported think tank

Names in the News: Osborne Industries, Engel, Vecoplan, LPKF and Simona

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 26th, 2011

Custom molder Osborne Industries Inc. has named a new president, and injection molding machine maker Engel celebrates a milestone and promotes a customer service director. Vecoplan has big plans for a recent college grad, and LPKF names a boss in China. Plastics processor Simona names a new member to its executive board.

Tips of the trade: Purging troubleshooting tips for injection molders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 25th, 2011

New to purging compounds? Or an experienced hand but recognize that you could use a refresher? Here are some best practices and troubleshooting tips beyond the set of basic purging procedures.  

Chemical recycling closes the LOOPLA for cradle-to-cradle PLA

By Karen Laird
Published: September 25th, 2011

Plastics processors understand well that plastics, whether petroleum-based or bio-based, are valuable materials for which a host of end-of-life options have been developed. Re-use and recycling routes are in place for petroleum-based polymers such as PET, PE, PVC and EPS, with energy recovery through combustion serving as the ultimate solution.

SIGMA's 3D simulation suite benefits Penn State Erie’s medical plastics program

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2011

SIGMA Plastic Services Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has donated a suite of its polymer process simulation software to Penn State Erie's School of Engineering, a gift valued at $3.7 million that will  add to the technical capabilities of the school's soon-to-open Medical Plastics Center of Excellence and current Medical Plastics certificate program, both of which address the emerging medical plastics market.

No dryer, lots of interest in PTi’s dryer-less sheet extruder

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 23rd, 2011

One way to reduce the energy, space, and maintenance impact of dryers in the extrusion of materials like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polylactic acid (PLA) is to eliminate the need for them altogether. That's the promise of the "dryer-less" twin-screw sheet extrusion technology that Processing Technologies International (PTi; Aurora, IL) showcased during a Sept. 20 open house at its company headquarters in Aurora, IL.

Stock markets may be down but plastic machinery sales remain brisk

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Global stock markets are getting hammered this year, but plastics processing machinery manufacturers in Germany and Italy continue to earn blue chip results. The trade associations representing those manufacturers in both countries shared their look on the year-to-date results and offered predictions for sales through the end of 2011. If the glass ball is telling the truth, then machine makers have reason to smile.

Tooling M&A as Tooling Technology LLC acquires FPM Tooling and Automation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Heavy gauge thermoform tooling manufacturer Tooling Technology LLC (Fort Loramie, OH) announced the acquisition of FPM Tooling and Automation in Fremont, Ohio.

TPE helps prison tray molder escape posse of application challenges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

You would be hard pressed to find a low-tech plastics application with more standards applied to it than the food trays used in correctional facilities. Food contact safety? Naturally. But tack on "ease of graffiti removal" and "inability to serve as a weapon" and your simple serving tray becomes a high-end project.

Open house highlights market potential for plastic pipe in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

Processors involved in the building and construction market read often of the demand for their services in the developing world, but rare is that fact so obvious as during a recent open house in Vietnam, hosted by a prominent plastics pipe processor and its extrusion equipment supplier. More than 450 international guests journeyed to Haiphong, Vietnam to learn more about the technology and trends shaping this market.

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