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Plasma treatment equipment specialist opens new U.S. office

By MPW Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2010

Plasma treatment equipment manufacturer Plasmatreat held a full-day open house and conference in June to celebrate the opening of its new office and technical center in the United States. Located in Elgin, IL, the new center includes an R&D lab to let customers carry out trials and test series using the company's OpenAir plasma treatment equipment.

PC grade makes light work of optical applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 22nd, 2010

Styron LLC (Midland, MI) has debuted a new polycarbonate resin grade in the Americas and Europe specifically for use in optical media. Calibre 1060 DVD can be used for all optical disc applications including CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.

Wittmann Battenfeld retains Next Step for PR in the U.S. and Mexico

By IMM Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2010

The U.S. division of automation, auxiliary, and injection molding machine supplier Wittmann Battenfeld (Torrington, CT) has retained Next Step Communications Inc. (West Newbury, MA) to handle its public relations needs. Founded in 1996, Next Step Communications is a full-service advertising agency that specializes in the plastics and packaging industries. Greg Hannoosh, founder and president of Next Step, said his company will initially work to provide PR services for Wittmann Battenfeld in the U.S.

Blowmolding: Adding a row helps double the output

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

With its second row of molds, a new single-stage stretch blowmolding machine offers processors the ability to double output on the same footprint as a more established model, while also reducing energy consumption per bottle by about 40%.

Environmental and feedstock concerns dominate additives sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 21st, 2010

Amid recovering markets, suppliers of additives to the plastics sector are facing challenges in securing stable raw supply sources while a combination of consumer choice, legislation, and regulation is also transforming the additive types that resin producers and compounders demand.

Water and air cooling innovations to debut at K

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 21st, 2010

Two advances that will reportedly have a major impact on future cooling systems for plastics will be unveiled at the K Show by Eurochiller. Energy-saving inverter controlled compressors are employed in the latest water cooling system, while a free-cooling function will be introduced for air cooling.

Thermoforming: Long-glass-fiber reinforcement gives this sheet extra muscle

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

Thermoforming processors of large automotive or industrial parts who are keen to knock metal off its perch have a new tool to work with as the Penn Fibre division of Ensinger has expanded its product range, adding long-glass-fiber-reinforced polyolefin sheet to its quiver.

Exatec and ULVAC join vacuum, plasma coating, and PC for glazing advance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

Exatec (Wixom, MI) and Japan's ULVAC will collaborate on turnkey mass-production systems for the cost-effective, high-volume production of weatherable, scratch-resistant, plasma-coated Lexan polycarbonate (PC) vehicle windows.

PPA Extrusion grade finds home in engine compartments

By MPW Staff
Published: July 21st, 2010

An improved grade of polyphtalamide overcomes the material's inherent brittleness, giving extrusion processors the ability to use the material to replace metal in automotive engine compartment tubing applications.

Tech Mold opens white room in Gilbert testing facility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 20th, 2010

Tech Mold Inc., a leading mold manufacturer of high-volume production molds for the medical, pharmaceutical, packaging, and consumer industries, just opened a white room molding environment at its Gilbert, AZ, testing facility—Tech Mold East—to better facilitate the testing and qualification requirements for the many molds the company builds.
 

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