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Survey shows hiring optimism among plastics companies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The number of plastics companies likely to add employees in a new survey showed a marked improvement over last year. The Spring 2010 survey by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters found that 47.6% of companies polled said they were likely to add employees this year, compared to 18.3% in last year's survey.

More barrier, faster, using less material through new vacuum process

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, using a vacuum-based, roll-to-roll coating process that can coat several thousand square meters of foil in a single hour.

Silicone developments help extruders succeed in medical, food industries

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 2nd, 2010

One of the world's leading suppliers of silicone rubber has spent considerable R&D time developing materials designed to help make life easier for extruders, including a grade for co-extrusion onto thermoplastics with no need for pretreatment. The new materials will be officially introduced during the K 2010 tradeshow, which begins Oct. 27 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Film extrusion: Air rings offer greater flexibility

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 2nd, 2010

New air rings from Future Design Inc. (Mississauga, ON) enable processors of blown film to work within budget and upgrade their air rings as needed. For example, a user can begin with a standard air ring and up-fit the same air ring at any time to a manual profiling air ring. At any time after that, the same air ring can be up-fitted to a fully automated profiling air ring.

Plastic pushes metal aside in reusable medical device

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Medical device manufacturer GMD Inc. has introduced the first reusable trocar that has a thermoplastic handle. The plastic specified, a 20% glass-filled grade of polysulfone, met all necessary specifications and reduced cost by 75% over the previous all-metal version.

POM grades combine in coffee center

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The EQ.7 fully automated coffee center from Siemens Electrogeräte GmbH relies on Hostaform polyacetal copolymer (POM) from Ticona Engineering Polymers (Kelsterbach, Germany) for several key mechanical components.

Cleanroom conveyor minimizes particle count

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

FDA-approved plastic link style belting is a key component of a modular conveyor that comes ready for dust-free and cleanroom environments. The DynaCon modular conveyor has been independently tested and meets Federal Standard 209D Class 1 (ISO Class 3) ratings for airborne particulate matter in cleanrooms and clean zones.

Injection machines rebounding with performance and efficiency

By Rob Neilley
Published: July 1st, 2010

Makers of injection molding machines absorbed revenue drops of up to 60% in 2009, but they and their markets are in comeback mode, offering the market much new performance and efficiency technology.

All processing machinery suppliers took a financial drubbing in 2009, injection machine makers as much as anyone. Yet as this Sourcebook goes to press, machine makers are readying an array of new technology to show at K 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany that will surprise us with its breadth and creativity.

Film and sheet extrusion leaders look back, forward

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 1st, 2010

Leaders from Reifenhäuser, Gloucester Engineering, Windmöller & Hölscher, Macro, and Macchi talk new technology, new markets, and new post-2009 outlook for the film and sheet extrusion sector.

Outlook 2010: Baby needs a new pair of shoes, and much more, too

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 30th, 2010

Plastics processors live in interesting times. Unstable prices for plastics, steel, energy, and other inputs; difficulty finding good employees; competition from every corner of the earth; attacks on plastics from NGOs and other groups, as well as from some legislative bodies: There are enough issues in play to keep a processor occupied 24/7.

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