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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.

Huhtamaki sells rigid packaging sites in Europe, continues business shift

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Huhtamaki is going to sell the majority of its European rigid plastic consumer goods operations to Island Lux S.à r.l. & Partners S.C.A., shedding operations that generated approximately euro 160 million in revenue and employ 1100. For 2009, company-wide net sales came in at euro 2.037 billion. Island Lux is an affiliate of Sun European Partners LLP, the European adviser to Sun Capital Partners Inc., a U.S.-based private investment firm.

Plastics guy for U.S. Senate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Nobody knows what small-business owners need from government more than a small-business owner, which is one reason Ron Johnson says he's running for Senate in Wisconsin. Johnson, owner of Pacur Inc., a custom sheet extruding company in Oshkosh, WI, threw his hat into the ring and is running against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, a three-term incumbent. Johnson, a Republican, has noted that he's aware of the many issues that face small-business owners such as himself.

Plant expansion prompted by demand for high-end polypropylene

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2010

Growing demand for high-performance, specialty polypropylene (PP) in end uses including pipes, film and healthcare applications, has prompted supplier LyondellBasell to increase the capacity of its PP plant in Brindisi, Italy.

Used machinery trader adds Turkey to its territory

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 23rd, 2010

MachinePoint, a leading trader for used plastics processing machinery in Europe, continues its international expansion with plans to open a new sales office in Istanbul, Turkey. The company's most previous international expansion was two years ago with the opening of sales offices in North Africa and India. It also has a physical presence in Russia, France and Poland.

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