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Tips of the trade: Purging troubleshooting for injection molding

By John Pizzo
Published: August 23rd, 2010

New to purging compounds? Or an old hand but know you could use a refresher? Here some best practices or troubleshooting tips beyond the set of basic purging procedures.

Design feature thins walls, boosts strength in plastic pails

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2010

Vertical grooves and horizontal reinforcing ribs in the corners of a new rigid plastic container are at the heart of an innovative container sidewall strengthening system that has earned U.S. patent No. 7,740,149 B2.

ABS film and sheet products for solar, automotive and printing markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2010

A new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) film is being promoted for use as a backing material in alternative energy solar cells or as a sheet for luxury car interiors. The products also enables multilayer printing to show uneven surfaces, mainly for building-related materials. Techno Polymer Co. Ltd.'s (Tokyo) ValueTech line has been launched as a new business.

CostMate update integrates part pricing into Prospector

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 23rd, 2010

Plastic part quoting has just gotten easier with the latest iteration of the CostMate injection molding part cost estimator from IDES Inc. (Laramie, WY). The new CostMate has been integrated into the online Prospector plastics search engine so that resin information is transparently pulled into estimates. Prospector is a search engine for plastic material datasheets from 801 global resin manufacturers. 

A systematic approach to selecting your next hot runner

By Michael Phillips
Published: August 20th, 2010

The K show approaches, fiscal years are closing, and budgets are being prepared; as a result of all of these—plus recovery from the recession—capital investment is on many minds. We have asked experts from some of the industry's leading suppliers to offer their tips on how processors should consider as they buy new or upgrade current equipment. Thanks to Michael Phillips, director of marketing and sales support at Mold-Masters Ltd., for this article.

Ionization ensures container cleanliness

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 20th, 2010

Meech International (Oxfordshire, UK) believes the development of its new IonRinse system presents a major leap forward in terms of energy saving and sustainability in the field of cleaning blowmolded containers, bottles, jars and pre-forms for use in the food and beverage industries.

Frimo opens new North American tech center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 20th, 2010

Frimo Inc. is opening a new $5 million technology center within its North American headquarters in Wixom, MI, with that site joining four such facilities in Europe. Fully operational in September, the tech center will feature tooling and production facilities for a range of polyurethane-based processes used for automotive interior products like instrument panels, door trim, consoles, headliners, seats, headrests and more.

Firms join forces on prosthetic fingers for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 19th, 2010

Prosthetic fingers, molded from rigid polyurethane and then overmolded with a TPU elastomer, are helping returning soldiers regain the use of digits lost in war. Leading the injection molding effort on the project is Vanguard Plastics.

3D printing, Mars mission stimulate student interest in math, science

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 19th, 2010

For many grade-schoolers, talk of mathematics and science invoke a nearly universal response: yuck! At Starbase Minnesota, a non-profit educational organization serving nearly 4000 students each year from more than 30 inner city schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, instructors have found an assignment that eliminates this aversion—have the students plan a mission to Mars that includes building working rockets.

Atlanta debut for one-step SBM machine

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 19th, 2010

Nissei ASB Machine Co. (Nagano, Japan) will demonstrate its newest one-step stretch-blowmolding machine, the ASB-150DPW, during the 26th annual SPE Blow Molding Conference October 5-6 in Atlanta. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to view the new model during a demonstration session and lunch Oct. 6 at ASB headquarters in Atlanta.

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