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Quickparts offering RP in new Somos NeXt STL material

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2010

Rapid prototyper and molder Quickparts (Atlanta, GA) has begun offering rapid prototypes made with the recently commercialized Somos NeXt material, which brings new toughness and durability to STL-made parts while still supporting critical feature detail and accuracy.

Gas-assist legal saga comes to a close

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

Calling the move, "the final stage of an international legal dispute which was fought through the courts on both sides of the Atlantic for two decades," Cinpres Gas Injection (Middlewich, England) has reached agreement to buy the "assisted molding" patents from the liquidator of Gibraltar-based Melea Ltd. The deal will also include the Melea trading name. Melea's patents were marketed by Gain Technologies out of the U.S.

ISM Index still shows expanding manufacturing sector, including plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

The Institute for Supply Management shows expanding economic activity in the manufacturing sector for July. While the figure of 55.5 is down from June’s 56.2, this marks the 12th consecutive month that the manufacturing sector has expanded. The overall economy grew for the 15th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM “Report On Business."

KraussMaffei hosts first tech days event at Shanghai site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

Plastics processing equipment supplier KraussMaffei hosted approximately 130 customers at its Shanghai location for its first Tech Day event at the site. Taking place April 28-29 at Krauss-Maffei Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd in the Pudong area of Shanghai, the event focused on new plastics processing developments, with a particular emphasis on the automotive and construction industries.

Get a grip on your part’s haptics

By MPW Staff
Published: August 5th, 2010

Processors and parts designers attending the K show this fall have a golden opportunity to put a new haptic test through its paces. By monitoring how test persons touch an object, and comparing this with the stated objective perceptions, the test can help determine if a part's haptics really are as pleasing to potential customers as its designer had hoped.

Dow to increase specialty elastomer capacity by more than half-a-billion pounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2010

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) says a "technology breakthrough debottleneck project" will allow it to increase capacity for polyolefin elastomers at facilities in Texas and Spain, so that once its new specialty elastomers plant in Thailand comes online, it will have a total global capacity for the products of almost 2 billion lb.

Move over, magnesium, as PBT is used for drill housing

By MPW Staff
Published: August 4th, 2010

Two parts are combined into one—and a metal die-cast part gets replaced with plastics—as a power tool now entering the market offers another showcase for thermoplastics' potential.

Thermoforming primer: The secret to clear PP packaging

By MPW Staff
Published: August 4th, 2010

Although polystyrene (PS) has traditionally been the most widely used polymer in the thermoforming industry, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a popular choice for cold drink cups and deli containers, PP is rapidly gaining ground. This paper works to explain the advantages of the material, the challenges to forming it, and offers some proven solutions.

Servo-driven pad-printing platform delivers enhanced versatility

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 4th, 2010

ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL) has released its latest pad-printing platform—the electromechanical servo-driven Syncro—bringing a host of benefits in the process. The ExpressPad pad system, for example, enables shorter set-up times and better operator convenience, while the ActiveDoctoring ink-cup hold-down system allows for increased doctoring performance as well as decreased wear on the cliché plate via profiled motion on the cliché index axis.

Lear swings to a profit, more than doubles earnings/share estimates

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 3rd, 2010

For the fifth straight quarter, automotive Tier One supplier Lear Corp. (Southfield, MI) increased its earnings, with sales improving by 33% over the year-ago quarter to $3 billion and a profit realized. In the August 3 release of second-quarter financial results, Lear said core operating earnings had increased by $242 million to $190 million, with the three-year sales backlog up half a billion dollars to $1.9 billion and an improved full-year outlook for core operating earnings and free cash flow.

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