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Tips of the trade: Prevent chatter marks on your extruded sheet

By MPW Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

So many things can go wrong during sheet extrusion that it's almost a miracle processors are able to produce as much good product as they do. Chatter marks can be a common problem when processing sheet, but with this checklist you'll be able to locate and fix a weak spot quickly. 

Pacific Plastics adds second cleanroom, all-inclusive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2010

Medical device molder Pacific Plastics & Engineering, a contract manufacturer and custom injection molder, added another stand-alone 1000-ft2 Class (7) 10,000 cleanroom within the facility’s existing footprint. The new cleanroom contains automated lines for assembly and secondary operations including pad printing, assembly, and heatstaking. This expands the company’s production line to include two Class (7) 10,000 cleanrooms, the first containing six presses, and five Class (8) 100,000 soft-walled cleanrooms.

Improved purging agent promises no residue at lower purging cost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

It's a big promise but the supplier says it has customers' firsthand experience to back it up. This new and improved purging agent combines non-melting but softening thermoplastic scrubbing granules with an expanding proprietary additive. This combination removes color and contamination without leaving behind residue due to the combined power of the thermoplastic's scrubbing action and the expansion of the additive.

Rotomolding project showing early gains

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2010

At the midway point in the three-year project's life, the company leading the research says good strides are being made in advancing rotational molding. Processors interested in the Rotoflex project can also track it online.

California bag ban faces August 31 deadline for passage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Update: The California state senate sent the proposed bag ban to defeat last night by a vote of 20-14, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Solar’s prospects push DuPont to EVA and polyvinyl fluoride startups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

DuPont has started ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) production at its Chinese joint venture Beijing Hua Mei Polymer Company Limited, with plans to market the EVA produced there under the Elvax brand. DuPont says the joint venture will supply a broad range of specialty EVAs targeting market segments like packaging, adhesives, wire and cable, footwear, renewable energy, and electronics.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 23-27: PE and PP up; September contract increases put forward

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were relatively slow for the second week in a row, in stark contrast to the frenetic trading seen in first half of August. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that there was a steady stream of demand, but added that spot supplies have been drying up ahead of contract price increases, which are slated to take effect for September.

MLS Analytical now distributing Teledyne Tekmar instruments

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

A partnership formed between Teledyne Tekmar Co. (Mason, OH), part of Teledyne Technologies Inc. and MLS Analytical will allow MLS to distribute Tekmar's VOC and TOC analytical instruments in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Northern Illinois.

Good help key to globally competitive manufacturing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Ahead of labor, materials, and energy costs, a new report states that access to talented workers capable of supporting innovation are the key factor driving global competitiveness at manufacturing companies. The 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, a research report from Deloitte's Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S.

Risk control tops agenda for medical devices

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2010

That's the view of Clariant Masterbatches (Muttenz, Switzerland), which was presenting its package of dedicated products and support designed to help customers' control risk in medical device manufacture and pharmaceutical packaging at the recent Medtec China show in Shanghai. (The Medtec show is organized by PlasticsToday owner Canon Communications.)

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