Names in the News: Good things come in fives for Interplastic, Southwest Venture and for the PPI

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

Thermoset resins supplier Interplastic Corp. has announced the 2011 recipients of its Scholars Awards. The company provides $2000 in college tuition assistance to five recent high school graduates. This is the eleventh year Interplastic (St. Paul, MN) has awarded the scholarships.   

Workstation design saves time, wins award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

First prize for the "Best Assembly Idea 2011" went to the "Pick-by-Shutter" ejector workstation. Although this particular workstation is not used in a plastics processing facility, details of it may spur processors to enhance or redesign the workstations in their own facility. It also is one potential answer to the multi-faceted question, "How can higher-cost labor countries keep their manufacturing industries intact?"

Material Thoughts: A TPV for car weather seals, a TPE for EPDM replacement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The mailbag this week brought news of a new thermoplastic vulcanizate introduced by ExxonMobil Chemical, plus a thermoplastic elastomer commercially introduced by Alliance Polymers & Services. The former material is being marketed for automotive parts such as glass encapsulated weather seals whereas the latter is of interest to processors seeking a cost-effective replacement for vulcanized rubber and EPDM in applications such as extruded glazing gaskets and seals for refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances.

Economic concerns drive down oil prices, and plastics follow suit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2011

The news of economic concern and stock market volatility thatare filling the headlines of newspapers and leading off TV news reports also has left its mark on the plastics industry, with more pronounced fluctuation in the prices of resins one of the immediate outcomes. Many of the plastics pricing changes are moving in tandem with the sharp recent fall in the price of oil.

Simplify your shop floor to excel at even the most complex parts

By Garrett MacKenzie
Published: August 11th, 2011

I once had a plant manager who had the perfect analogy for the use of visual management, by implementing an engineered shop floor layout with clear and concise instructions at each employee's workstation.

 The question he asked our team was this:
 "Why is it that when you look at a shampoo bottle, there are directions to 'Rinse, Lather and Repeat'?" 
His answer was simple, yet thought-provoking. 

"Someone at some point stood there with the bottle, trying to figure out what to do with it."

Sonoco to invest $15 million in Ohio packaging plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

Sonoco announced that it will build a 120,000-plus square-foot plant in Ohio, including PET injection stretch blowmolding and injection molding machines, to produce packaging and components for personal care products. Sonoco's Rigid Paper and Plastics division will develop the new rigid plastic container operation at its Beauty and Home Care campus in New Albany, OH, with the expansion expected to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2012.

Oderwald to step down as SPE’s director, search for replacement underway

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 10th, 2011

Susan Oderwald will step down as the Society of Plastics Engineers' (SPE) executive director at the end of 2011, ending a 10-year run with the association that she joined as deputy executive director in 2001.

Energy efficiency expert addresses best power practices for plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Dr. Michael Muller's presentation on energy efficiency in industrial environments during PlasticsToday.com's virtual event is definitely not his first foray into the field of energy smart plastics manufacturing.

TPE resin prices, August 1-5: PE and PP up $0.01/lb; market as yet unaffected by upstream crude and gas 'mayhem'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Resin markets endured a "tug-of-war" last week, with bullish momentum and price increase initiatives pitted against plunging world-wide markets for stocks, commodities, and energies. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange, did note, that in spite of what it called "upstream mayhem," downstream products, including monomers and resins, have not yet had a negative reaction. TPE did state that the market's sentiment has turned more cautious given overall uncertainty with the economy.

Names in the News: SAS Automation makes money with the sun, Steve McCance with us

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 9th, 2011

Robotic end-of-arm-tooling supplier SAS Automation figures that within three years it will have paid for its recent investment in a new photovoltaic solar array on its corporate headquarters in Xenia, Ohio.  Thereafter there is a good chance the solar array will turn into a moneymaker for the manufacturer.

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