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Nine votes ultimately defeat California BPA and bag bans

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

Debating late into the night on August 31, the California state senate ultimately narrowly voted against two separate bans that would have had far-reaching effects on the plastics industry in the state, and ultimately across the U.S. A total of seven votes decided the outcome of the proposed plastic bag ban bill, AB 1998, while a bill that would have outlawed BPA in cups and bottles intended for children fell only two votes shy of passage.

How does my PET package impact recycling streams? Test it

By MPW Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

The PET recycling story is a success story, with consumers generally very well traned to associate the "1" on the package with the thought, "This plastic can be recycled." Rarely, though, is a PET package "just" PET. Labels, closures, additives, and more can hinder recycling and even create a PR nightmare for brand owners.

Survey of public’s impressions on manufacturing reveals paradox

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

Some 78% of Americans have a strong view of the significance of manufacturing, seeing it as very important to the country's economic prosperity, while 76%, indicate that manufacturing is very important to the standard of living in the U.S. Contrast that with the fact that 55% think the long-term outlook for American manufacturing will be weaker moving forward, with only 30% of respondents saying they would encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career.

Clarified PP fights way into high-end cosmetics application

By MPW Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

In its search for the best package to market a new line of bath oils, one European cosmetics brand owner opted for bottles that are extrusion blowmolded of clarified polypropylene (c-PP). More established materials including PVC and glycol-modified PET also were considered but lost out in the materials specifying race.

Mold maintenance tracking made even easier

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 2nd, 2010

The latest iteration of the MoldTrax mold maintenance tracking system is now available from principal distributor Progressive Components (Wauconda, IL). Version offers insightful upgrades and new functions that make tracking mold maintenance even easier.

California molder to open new plant in S. Carolina

By Rob Neilley
Published: September 1st, 2010

Based in California's Bay area, custom molder Jatco Incorporated has already gone international with a plant in GuangDong, China, and now it's going national with a new molding-centric facility that will open in South Carolina during the first quarter of 2011.

Tips of the trade: Prevent chatter marks on your extruded sheet

By MPW Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

So many things can go wrong during sheet extrusion that it's almost a miracle processors are able to produce as much good product as they do. Chatter marks can be a common problem when processing sheet, but with this checklist you'll be able to locate and fix a weak spot quickly. 

Pacific Plastics adds second cleanroom, all-inclusive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2010

Medical device molder Pacific Plastics & Engineering, a contract manufacturer and custom injection molder, added another stand-alone 1000-ft2 Class (7) 10,000 cleanroom within the facility’s existing footprint. The new cleanroom contains automated lines for assembly and secondary operations including pad printing, assembly, and heatstaking. This expands the company’s production line to include two Class (7) 10,000 cleanrooms, the first containing six presses, and five Class (8) 100,000 soft-walled cleanrooms.

Improved purging agent promises no residue at lower purging cost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

It's a big promise but the supplier says it has customers' firsthand experience to back it up. This new and improved purging agent combines non-melting but softening thermoplastic scrubbing granules with an expanding proprietary additive. This combination removes color and contamination without leaving behind residue due to the combined power of the thermoplastic's scrubbing action and the expansion of the additive.

Rotomolding project showing early gains

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

At the midway point in the three-year project's life, the company leading the research says good strides are being made in advancing rotational molding. Processors interested in the Rotoflex project can also track it online.

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