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Switch bottles faster with BottleSwitch

By MPW Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

Stretch blowmolding machine manufacturer Sidel has developed what it claims will be a much more efficient way for processors to change molds on the company's machinery. The company says its new system enables processors to switch molds in less than a minute per mold.

Sidel says it has patented its quick format changeover system. The initial goal is to improve blowmolder flexibility by reducing the mold changeover time. Another benefit is that processors need not invest in storage silos or intermediate palletization.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 6-10: PE, PP steady; September $0.05/lb contract increase proposed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin market quieted over the holiday-shortened week, as limited buyer interest was greeted by an average flow of fresh offers. After rising in early September, commodity resin prices held steady across the board, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). TPE CEO Michael Greenberg noted that after heavy summer buying to restock inventories, buyers have started pulling out of the market.

CAM-do solution boasts broad feature slate

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 14th, 2010

Now in its 18th rendering, EZ-CAM from EZCAM Solutions Inc. (New York, NY) brings a broad set of product improvements to the toolmaking scene, including a new curve machining wizard, high-speed machining strategies, and new features such as pencil milling added to the 3D machining wizard.

Toray jumps into metallized PET breach

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 13th, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. responded to the global metallized PET shortage with its Torayfan PC3, an advanced metallized polypropylene film, which the company says “delivers twice the moisture barrier and three times the oxygen barrier of previous generations of Torayfan metalized OPP.” It is also ideal for metalized PET and foil replacement in tri-laminations.

Bayer retains listing on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Once again, Bayer’s stock has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), which is used as a guide by investors evaluating sustainability as a factor in determining investment strategies. Bayer, which has a separate website detailing its sustainability projects and achievements, has been on the DJSI World List since its inception in 1999.

Biobased plasticizer boosts PLA’s flexibility; additive increases heat deflection by 50°C

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Biopolymer technology company Lapol recently published an update on its continuing work to augment the mechanical properties of polylactic acid- (PLA) based bioplastics.

Purac enters into two bioplastics collaborations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Lactic-acid bioplastics supplier Purac has entered into two collaborations, announcing a project with Arkema to engineer functional lactide-based block copolymers, as well as work with a consortium that's developing a process to cull lactic acid feedstock from the pulp and paper industry's cellulosic waste stream.

Bound for IMTS? Check out these free workshops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Processors or moldmakers attending the IMTS 2010 tradeshow this week in Chicago will want to find time for these free workshops on 3D scanning as a tool for Q/A or for reverse engineering.

The workshops come courtesy of Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA; Ramsey, NJ), which will be holding them at its stand during IMTS 2010 in Chicago, IL on September 13-18, 2010.

Still investing, Currier Plastics adds production monitoring

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2010

Adding to a string of equipment and system upgrade investments made this year, Currier Plastics (Auburn, NY) recently added a real-time production monitoring software system to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to, along with improved production cycling, help increase Currier's energy cost advantage over glass for its plastic packaging.

Top 10 moldmaking tips for hiring and retaining good workers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2010

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of calls from moldmakers asking where they can find good employees. Many of the mold manufacturers are getting really busy—and that’s good! But many are also running lean because of the downturn over the past two years, and now they need to start hiring.

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