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New robot options for material handling, palletizing

By IMM Staff
Published: May 17th, 2010

A high-speed, shelf-mounted robot for material handling provides flexibility and superior performance in high-payload material handling applications, while a four-axis palletizing robot has fast axial speeds and acceleration, which reduces cycle times and increases production output.

Eastman opens expanded Tritan plant, copolyester’s rapid rise continues

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 14th, 2010

Only six years removed from its decision to pursue an abandoned monomer as the key to the high-heat material it had sought at different intervals for decades, Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) marked another important milestone in the whirlwind development of its Tritan copolyester material, with the May 13 opening of a dedicated Tritan production plant at its Tennessee headquarters.

Injection molding: Taking work in-house cuts reject rate to near zero

By MPW Staff
Published: May 14th, 2010

By moving silicone seal overmolding in-house, this injection molder was able to reduce its logistics effort and increase the yield of good parts it produces. Now it requires less effort to make more good parts—in this case, milk foaming nozzles for coffee machines.

Oil-based dielectric fluid system features in new WEMD units

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 14th, 2010

Makino, a global supplier of advanced CNC machining centers and high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, introduced the release of the UPV-3 and UPV-5 Ultra-high Precision WEDM, which are designed with an oil-based dielectric fluid system for high-accuracy machining of hardened materials and mirror-like surface finishing capabilities.

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."

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