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Hot runner quick-couple actuator eases assembly, disassembly, and valve-pin adjustment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 28th, 2010

A patented quick-couple actuator reportedly enhances this company's readily removable and replaceable clamp plate design, reconfiguring a product that was previously available on a limited basis with certain hot runner nozzles so that it's now compatible with the company's entire global product line of valve gate hot runner systems.

Eastman’s new copolyester suited for all EBM processes

By MPW Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

By avoiding melt fracturing, a new line of copolyesters is well suited for high-output extrusion blowmolding (EBM) technologies, including wheel and reciprocating screw systems, opening up opportunities in the juice, dairy, and distilled spirits markets, among others.

Names in the news: Berry Plastics, Lanxess, Constar, Fiberforge

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

Effective Oct. 4, 2010, Ira G. Boots will retire as chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics Corp. (Evansville, IN). Jonathan Rich, currently president and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials will take his place. Boots will remain with Berry as a member of its board of directors and as a business consultant. Boots, 56, has been an employee of Berry and its predecessors since 1978, running the company since 2001.

LTL Compounders adds SBC and TPU to ColorRx line of medical resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 27th, 2010

Having recently passed the 20th anniversary of its founding, LTL Color Compounders (Morrisville, PA) celebrated a bit more by adding styrene block copolymer (SBC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomers to its ColorRx line of custom colored medical grade resins. The line now encompasses a broad range of engineering and commodity resins.

PVC plugs prevent pollution transgressions

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 27th, 2010

Hydraulic oil through the floor drain leads to a financial penalty for polluting. Ryno drain plugs help processors comply with environmental regulations by providing a quick yet reliable means of ensuring that any spilled or leaking liquids cannot enter floor drains.

Free 2D CAD software for the Mac

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 27th, 2010

Creating, editing and viewing DWG files on the Mac platform is now possible with DraftSight from Dassault Systèmes (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France), and at no cost whatsoever to the user.

DraftSight generally takes a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators. Linux support will be available later this year.

First American Plastic Molding adds two 850-ton Cincinnati injection molding machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 24th, 2010

First American Plastic Molding Enterprise (South Beloit, IL) has added two 850-ton Cincinnati Milacron injection molding machines, installing one in its 39,000-sq-ft facility in South Beloit, with the second at its 22,000-sq-ft operation in Ocean Springs, MS. Currently, First American houses 24 horizontal presses ranging in size from 40 to 850 tons, with a 150-ton multi-station rotary-dial vertical clamp press that was recently brought on line.

Thermoformer Joslyn invests in design center, QC lab, ERP program

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 24th, 2010

Custom thermoformer Joslyn Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Macedonia, OH) is adding a new design center, revamping its quality control (QC) lab, and implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as part of a six-figure expansion project that it expects will create three to four jobs and increase sales by a minimum of 20%. Family-owned and in business for more than 35 years, Joslyn runs thin and heavy gauge materials, with in-house forming, trimming, and assembly, as well as design and tooling.

KraussMaffei and RAMPF collaborate single-sequence IM/PUR process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 24th, 2010

Saying that a single-sequence process to injection mold a part and immediately add a polyurethane (PUR) seal is now a reality, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH (Münich) and RAMPF Giessharze (Grafenberg, Germany) have announced that they will work together on high-pressure polyurethane processing.

Mold/hot runner maker männer to intro micro injection machine at K 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 24th, 2010

There's a new player, albeit with a familiar name, in the injection machine business. The männer Group (Bahlingen, Germany), well known for its hot runner systems and high-performance injection tools, will launch micro-män at K 2010, a micro injection molding system its maker says has a revolutionary concept and sets new standards.

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