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Effective removal of fine, weakly magnetic contamination at low cost

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 14th, 2010

ProGrade super strength rare earth permanent sight glass magnets from Eriez (Erie, PA) are designed to remove fine and weakly magnetic ferrous contamination from materials flowing to injection molding machines or extruders.

With two magnet diameters—1-inch or 5/8-inch (25.4 mm or 15.9 mm) and four sizes to fit most sight glass loaders—economical magnet protection for equipment and products can be achieved according to the supplier.

Micro-injection module yields milligram-scale parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 13th, 2010

Unlike other alternatives on the market that use a combination of screw plasticating and piston injection, the new module from Arburg (Lossburg) operates using two screws that "share" the preparation, dosing, and injection of the material.

Chinaplas shows it’s increasingly a product launching ground

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 13th, 2010

The size and importance of the electrical and electronics industries in China is prompting material suppliers to increasingly employ the stage of Chinaplas to launch new products targeting these sectors. Case in point—the latest eco flame-retardant (FR) versions of its polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polycarbonate (PC) resins from Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA).

Action Prototype adds rapid to growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 13th, 2010

Business has been quite good for Action Prototype & Urethane Casting, prompting the company to move into a larger facility on the Action Enterprise’s campus in Anaheim, CA. The new facility has 5000 ft2, more than double the former space in which the company was operating. “We were just a startup a year ago, so we only had 1500 ft2 of space,” said Chris Wentworth, co-owner and president of Action Prototype.

CMM probe is three times faster

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 13th, 2010

Checking molded parts for precision can now be carried out more efficiently with the PH20 5-axis touch-trigger probe head from Renishaw. To boot, the probe also brings 5-axis inspection to smaller CMMs for first time.

JM Eagle files motion to dismiss whistleblower lawsuit, claiming lack of evidence

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 12th, 2010

JM Eagle, a global manufacturer of plastic pipe, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a fired ex-employee because it lacks any evidence the company's pipe was substandard and failed to achieve basic legal thresholds for success. Additionally, JM Eagle filed a motion with the court to strike what it called "certain irrelevant and objectionable references in the complaint to the ethnicity and nationality of individuals connected with the company."

Injection grades of Mirel granted FDA food-contact certification

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 12th, 2010

Two injection molding grades of Telles' polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Mirel bioresin have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for use in food-contact applications. Effective May 11, Telles' Mirel F1005 and F1006 received FDA clearance, with the company saying that the news and the earlier start up of its Clinton, IA production facility allowing it to accelerate commercialization.

TPE North American resin pricing, May 3-7: PE, PP prices steady; is a drop in May contracts to come?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 12th, 2010

Overview: Steady prices and an easing of spot-offer flows characterized the North American resin market last week, after an extended run of sharp, downward pressure. Michael Greenberg, CEO of plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), said the spot monomer markets bounced a bit after a precipitous drop during the last part of April. As U.S. resin prices fall, the export market has once again become active.

Cereplast announces Malaysian distribution partner, earnings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 12th, 2010

Cereplast's (El Segundo, CA) bio-based plastics will now be available in Malaysia through an exclusive distribution agreement with CRS Technologies Sdn. Bhd (Kuala Lumpur). This move follows the company's entrance into southern China in April when it signed on S&P Sourcing Co. Ltd. out of Hong Kong to distribute its bio-based resins in the region. S&P operates a manufacturing and distribution facility in Shenzhen, called Vulcan Plastics Technology Co. Ltd.

Plastics in automotive: Warm welcome for Varysoft molding technique

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 12th, 2010

Injection molder Muffler-Plastic tooled out one of its Krauss-Maffei presses with a mold from Swiss moldmaker Georg Kaufmann Formenbau to demonstrate to automotive industry experts the Varysoft technique for back molding of decorative films onto a soft-touch foam. The technology is expected to see use in interior trim, armrests and maybe much more.

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