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Chamber volume and gravimetric dosing combine in ultra-accurate dosing unit

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2010

A new dosing unit for injection molding machines will debut at this year's K Show that claims to guarantee total accuracy in dosing the smallest quantities, irrespective of external influences. On show at the Werner Koch Maschinentechnik (Ispringen, Germany) stand (10/A21), The Exako is fitted with scales which register the actual weight and compare the value with the calculated set weight using a new control system.

Second quarter proves profitable for suppliers: “Left the crisis behind”

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

As financial results are posted for the first half of 2010, it becomes quickly clear that many plastics suppliers have benefitted greatly from an improving market.

At BASF, sales in its plastics business were up 48% in the second quarter compared with the weak level of the previous year. Earnings rose even more, by 153% compared to the same quarter in 2009 and also up over the first quarter of this year.

Berry Plastics sends PP booms, ropes, and bulk containers to Gulf for oil clean up

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN) is deploying polypropylene (PP) ropes, booms, and flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) made its Atlacomulco, Mexico manufacturing site to help in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill clean up and containment. Marketed under the brand name X-Sorbs, the Pom-Pom Ropes and Sorbent Booms act as adsorbent rather than absorbent products.

ExxonMobil posts 60% gain in earnings, chemicals up $1 billion-plus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

ExxonMobil's second -quarter earnings, excluding special items, were up 85% from the year prior, fueled by improved downstream margins and strong chemical results. First-half earnings of $13.9 billion were 60% above the first half of 2009. The chemical segment, which includes the company's plastics businesses, posted earnings of $1.368 billion-$1.001 billion higher than the second quarter of 2009. Stronger margins improved earnings by $840 million and higher sales volumes further increased earnings by $120 million.

Names in the News: Dickten Masch, Conair, Davis-Standard, DME, Synventive and more

By MPW Staff
Published: July 29th, 2010

Custom injection molder Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) has hired Andy Bondhus to work as a plastics engineer at the firm.  Bondhus will work out of the company's processing facility in Iowa, where he will support part design, mold flow, tooling, and tool design for DMP. Bondhus began his career at Lake Tool Inc. as a moldmaker, ran his own company (Plastic Solutions Inc.) for 11 years, and most recently was a tooling and design engineer at Innovative Injection Technologies Inc. (i2tech).

Electric SBM unit boosts productivity within a compact footprint, offers cavity flexibility

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 29th, 2010

All-electric, reheat stretch-blowmolding machine supplier Amsler Equipment Inc. (Richmond Hill, ON) now offers a three-cavity unit boasting 50% higher productivity for 2L containers (3600 2L bottles per hour) compared with a two-cavity unit, all within the same compact footprint. It can also run in single- or dual-cavity mode.

Citadel buys again, this time a supplier of recyclate-based compounds

By MPW Staff
Published: July 28th, 2010

For its sixth acquisition in just three years, Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. chose QTR Inc., which markets custom compounds based on recycled polycarbonate and other engineering thermoplastics. QTR's brand lives on even as the company is being integrated into The Matrixx Group, another Citadel holding. QTR had annual sales of approximately $15 million, more than half out of the automotive market, and ran its compounds off of three twin-screw and to single-screw extrusion lines.    

Expansion lets compounder add rigid PVC to its offerings

By MPW Staff
Published: July 28th, 2010

Expansions slated for two of its facilities means thermoplastics compound supplier Teknor Apex Co. will increase its supply capabilities for both rigid and flexible polyvinyl chloride compounds. The company has long offered flexible PVC compounds in the U.S., but rigid PVC compounds are new for the firm there.

The company, based in Pawcatuck, RI, plans in August to add a new flexible PVC compounding line with a nominal annual capacity of 13,600 tonnes (30 million lb) to its site at Fountain Inn, SC.

Robotic control optimized for injection, downstream cells

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 28th, 2010

An upgraded controller for use with standard, side-entry, and SCARA robots in injection molding and production cell environments is ahead of the curve in regards to connectivity and efficiency according to its supplier Wittmann Battenfeld (Vienna, Austria). The IPC-based R8 control facilitates complex interactions between the robot and injection molding machine, while its functionalities increases the productivity of any work cell. Find out more at Stand 10/A04 at the K Show.

PolyOne opens South Korea sales office

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2010

PolyOne Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has opened a wholly owned business development office in Seoul, South Korea in response to the "growth of consumer product design and manufacturing companies, as well as polymer processors, in the Asia-Pacific region," according to Willie Chien, president of Asia operations for the resin distributor and compounder.

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