Product Watch: New blender handles up to 6 dissimilar materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

The new TrueWeigh continuous blender from Conair can be configured to handle from 2-6 different components in total throughput ranges of up to 700 lb/hr (320 kg/hr) or up to 3000 lb/hr (1365 kg/hr). Ingredient hoppers and dispensing augers can be sized to deliver any amount up to the maximum or as little as ¼ lb/hr (115 g/hr) with metering accuracy within 0.5% of setpoint, depending on the material.

MIM molder Smith Metal Products adds West Coast office

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

Metal and ceramic component molder Smith Metal Products is "exporting" one of its long-time employees, Mike Brown, to California from the company's Minnesota home. The new office in Los Angeles will help the processor better serve its customers, who manufacture for the implant and surgical device, electronics, defense, aircraft, firearm and consumer products' markets.

Galaxy Tool Corp. expands capability and capacity as it revisits its plastics heritage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2011

Galaxy Tool Corp. of Winfield, KS is positioning itself to once again become a major player in the injection and blow mold manufacturing industries. The company just made a major capital investment in equipment, including a new 5-axis CNC machining center from Fidia that went online at the company this month. The machining center will expand Galaxy's capacity with a travel of 157 inches on the Y-axis, 79 inches along the x-axis and 55 inches along the Z-axis, increasing Galaxy's large 5-axis machining capacity by 30%.

Asking the right questions helps Industrial Molds Group: a study in success

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2011

Providing value for customers means going beyond just building a mold; you need to be involved as early as the print. As Atlee Valentine Pope pointed out in our interview with her here and in the book she co-authored with George Brown Jr., CoDestiny, Overcome Your Growth Challenges by Helping Your Customers Overcome Theirs, providing real value for customers involves expanding your role with them.

So you want to be a profitable mold maker?

By Bill Tobin
Published: August 8th, 2011

During the most recent recession we've seen many mold making shops that seemed to have it all go out of business: state-of-the-art equipment, experienced employees and everything we'd normally associate with a successful operation. We are left wondering why are they out of business. The pundits blame it on foreign trade, the economy and many other factors.  These failures however are generally not the result of a single cause but a combination of factors. In considering these factors, you can better build a case for a successful business.

Key to plastics industry success? Try getting entangled with your customers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2011

Quantum entanglement basically means that when two molecules interact, then become separated by distance, and a measurement is made, entanglement causes one member of the pair of molecules to take on a different value (e.g. clockwise spin) than the other member, which will be found to have taken on a complementary value (e.g. counterclockwise spin). The gist is that there is a correlation between the results of measurements performed on entangled pairs, and this occurs even though the entangled pair may be separated by arbitrarily large distances.

Clay-based antimicrobial additives earn EPA registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2011

Furniture, footwear, appliances and sporting goods are some of the applications a Spanish supplier of engineered clay-based additives hopes to penetrate in the U.S. now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it for use there. Called BactiBlock, these antimicrobial additives help suppress the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria.

High-vacuum pumps increase conveying efficiency, decrease energy consumption

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2011

Plugged conveying lines, starved machines, and insufficient throughput capacity are some of the problems designed to be solved by two new pumps for use in high-vacuum polymer conveying applications. The MVP (MaxFlo Vacuum Pump) series and UVP (UltraVac Vacuum Pump) series are said to generate higher vacuum levels at a modest price premium versus traditional positive displacement pumps. 

New ownership and market focus helps contract packager succeed as thermoformer

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 5th, 2011

Business evolutions often take time and involve strategic marketing, planning and management changes. All three have been key to the evolution of Flexpak Corp., a Phoenix-based thin-gauge custom packaging thermoformer. Founded in 1974, Flexpak has been a family-owned company except for the two times (1976 and 2002) it was sold. Both times, the family re-acquired the business to save it from poor ownership. Now, new ownership is again is settling in, but this time it is welcome.

Bericap edible-oil closures 50% lighter

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2011

Bericap has cut the weight of closures for edible oils in 1-liter bottles by 50%, developing a range for 26-mm neck diameters that weigh only 1.37g compared to 2.74g. Bericap said the move was in response to an industry shift. In the past, the heavier closures were needed on the standard 29/21 neck for 1-liter containers when they were meant to fit glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

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