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Any given Sunday, Milliken’s PP composite makes for lighter, stronger shoulder pads

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

Sporting goods equipment supplier Riddell has chosen Milliken's Tegris thermoplastic composite for its next generation of shoulder pads, the LightSpeed. Tegris is primarily used as a composite armor material in military tactical vehicles, with some additional applications in motorsports, watersports, and construction applications. Milliken says its use here results in the lightest shoulder pads in football.

When life serves you lemons, pack their juice in bioplastic bottles

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 8th, 2010

Italian fruit juice bottler Polenghi expects to use PLA, a plant-based plastic, in up to 10 million extrusion blowmolded bottles. For the brand owner, the switch is proving relatively easy on its capital budget, with no need to change machinery or tooling.

Sustainability pervades Pack Expo competition, and so do plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

The 10 finalists in the Pack Expo Selects competition offer a variety of approaches to sustainability, many of them featuring waste reduction, yet almost all of them are made entirely or mostly of plastics. You can check them out and vote for your favorite online or at the show.

All-in-one silo, hopper, and machine feed system

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 8th, 2010

A hopper/mini silo system fabricated from HDPE that not only functions as a dry-bulk hopper and storage silo but also as a machine feed hopper that does not require constant operator attention, is "intended to replace the cardboard gaylord and wooden pallets that have been used in the plastic processing industry for years," according to its developer, David Wheatley.

Sidel opens South African subsidiary

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 8th, 2010

Present in South Africa for 30 years through its agent, the Sidel Group has created its own subsidiary in the country as a center from which to service its installed base of more than 400 pieces of equipment in Southern Africa. Since June the Johannesburg-based company has acted as the home base to support all countries in Southern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Innovation, collaboration, and policy keys to U.S. manufacturing success

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 7th, 2010

The American Mold Builders Assn. went to Washington, DC (Sept. 28-30), and members came away from their annual Fall Conference event hopeful that the input members of the Senate and House of Representatives received from the nearly 40 attendees will make a difference for manufacturing in the United States.

Plastic windshield ripe for the racetrack

By MPW Staff
Published: October 7th, 2010

Eyes have been on polycarbonate window glazing as the material most likely to replace glass in car fenestration, but another clear, durable thermoplastic—acrylic—is making news with its debut as the replacement for glass in the windshield in RED Motorsport's Lotus Exige racecar. 

Coke, Frigoglass partnership funnels PCR PET into cooler components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 7th, 2010

Beverage coolers supplier Frigoglass has paired with Coca-Cola Recycling LLC to convert post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage bottles into beverage cooler components. According to Tom Jezior, director key accounts, Frigoglass North America, the recycled PET comes from specially processed post-consumer bottles.

IQMS launches real-time process monitoring module that links to EnterpriseIQ ERP

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 7th, 2010

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software IQMS (Paso Robles, CA) launched its debut of RealTime Process Monitoring module, which directly connects manufacturing machines with the existing EnterpriseIQ manufacturing ERP system. This allows the system to capture, view, and analyze process data parameters as the parts are being produced. IQMS says that since everything is designed and developed by itself, no third party interfaces are required.

TI Automotive gets massive order from VW for blowmolded plastic fuel tanks, lines

By MPW Staff
Published: October 6th, 2010

The Tier One automotive supplier has been tasked by the world's second-largest carmaker to supply it with six million plastic filler pipes as well as up to 3 million fuel tank systems. TI Automotive's award-winning "ship-in-a-bottle" fuel tank design will be used for the blowmolded tanks.

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