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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.

Clamshell package doubles as storage box

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 28th, 2010

A German toothbrush manufacturer has turned to Zahoransky (Todtnau-Geschwend, Germany) for a fully automated solution to package interdental brushes. The high-quality, reusable clamshell pack being produced is designed so that it can also be used as a storage box.

Sweden’s Nolato acquires Contour Plastics for $22 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2010

Swedish molder Nolato AB has established a North American production base through the acquisition of Contour Plastics (Baldwin, WI) for $22 million. Nolato, which injection molds plastic, rubber, silicone, and thermoplastic elastomers, will rename the acquired business "Nolato Contour." Contour, which is largely focused on the medical market, has annual sales of around $22 million and employs 180.

TPE North American resin pricing, July 19-23: PE down, PP up; materials move a penny in opposite directions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2010

Overview: After a sustained period of heightened activity, spot resin trading slowed "a bit" last week, according to plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Price movements were mixed, with polyethylene steady to a penny lower, while polypropylene recovered another cent. Spot monomer prices were also mixed, holding in a tight range.

Bemis’ FreshCase film clears FDA and USDA regulatory hurdles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2010

Bemis Company Inc. (Neenah, WI) has received all necessary reviews and approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), clearing the way for it to sell its FreshCase film for fresh beef packaging applications.

Printing and coatings businesses Pagendarm and Sungan machinery create new JV

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2010

Germany's Pagendarm Technologie GmbH (Hamburg) and South Korea's Sungan Machinery Co. Ltd. (Hwasung-City) have announced the creation of a new joint-venture company called Sam Pagendarm (Hamburg) that will supply extrusion-coating and gravure and flexo printing machines for the flexible packaging market.

Pallmann and Deepak Poly Plast form Indian JV: PD Polygrinder

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2010

India's Deepak Poly Plast and Germany's Pallmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG (Zweibrücken, Germany) have announced a cooperative agreement to create PD Polygrinder Pvt. Ltd. The deal involved the Indian maker of plastic and rubber testing equipment with the German size-reduction specialist, with the joint-venture company to focus on the latter.

Platinum Tool attempts to assuage concerns regarding its solvency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2010

Canadian moldmaker Platinum Tool Technologies Inc. (Oldcastle, ON) is "fighting for its financial life" according to a July 25, Windsor Star report. According to published reports from the Ontario newspaper, the tool shop, which is headed in part by Dan Moynahan, who's also president of the Canadian Assn.

Contract manufacturer/molder buys customer's business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2010

Custom molder, toolmaker, and contract manufacturer Precimold (Candiac, QC) has completed the purchase of the Search & Rescue lighting division EJE Trans-Lite (EJETL) from one of its clients, Rutter Inc. of St. John's, NL, for which it had been molding all the plastic components for the past 12 years.

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