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Gloucester Engineering expands bag machine rebuild services

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 9th, 2014

Rebuilding and retrofitting old bag making machines is nothing new to Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC), which has long been a service the company has offered, but recently GEC expanded the capabilities of this service.

GEC can now take a used bottom-seal bag machine of any age, and from any OEM, and upgrade, retrofit, and remanufacture it with the latest servo drive and control package.

Coffee & Tea company launches recyclable coffee capsules

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 9th, 2014

Coffee lovers sure do enjoy their coffee delivered single-serve style. Worldwide sales of coffee capsules are estimated at about $10 billion, according to Euromonitor. But since the cups contain multiple layers: a plastic outer layer, a heat-sealed paper filters on the inside and a polyethylene-coated aluminum foil top, the cups can't be recycled as a whole unit.

PSI-Polymer Systems sells modified CSC continuous screen changer for a food industry extrusion application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2014

PSI-Polymer Systems has recently sold a modified continuous screen changer to a U.S.-based candy producer for use in what the company called a "challenging food extrusion application."

This purchase marks the fifth PSI screen changer this customer has purchased for their food process. The first one went into service in 2011.   

Arburg’s Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler retires

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Arburg has officially said farewell to one of what is surely the company's oldest employees, Managing Director Herbert Kraibühler. On April 4, around 180 guests - friends and associates from the industry - gathered together at the Arburg Customer Center in Lossburg to wish him well in his future endeavors.  A highpoint of the evening was the presentation of a newly created golden Arburg logo, presented by Senior Partner Eugen Hehl to Kraibühler as a special honor for his life's work.

QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

Four key inputs medical device OEMs want from contract molders

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 9th, 2014

Contract molders who want to do business with medical device companies need to know a few things about their customers' expectations. It's a whole new competitive world out there, as Harry Hamme explained at Engel's Medical Day event in Corona, CA, yesterday. Molding a part to spec on time and on cost is just the start. You also need to be a true partner with a creative streak.

Are you dismissing digital marketing? Why the decision to rethink this is critical to your future success.

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 9th, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, like in the past, reaching the right people with the right message is paramount to success. Whether we're looking to establish a dialogue with an OEM engineer or a Tier-One buyer, creating a meaningful connection remains that all-important first step.

Self-healing plastic developed

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 9th, 2014

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) have developed a novel polymer network that heals itself at relatively low temperatures. The healing process is very quick and can be repeated as often as necessary.

Romaco Group sells FrymaKoruma to newly formed ProXES

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

The Romaco Group is selling its stake in FrymaKoruma AG (Rheinfelden, Switzerland) and FrymaKoruma GmbH (Neuenburg) to a new umbrella corporation within the Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG Frankfurt). 

Demand for lidding films for ovenable applications continues to grow

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 8th, 2014

With schedules showing no sign of slowing down, more people are reaching for packaged food thanks to its convenience. As such, the trend for food on-the-go continues to open up new opportunities for packaging companies. The latest example of this is the expansion of the LumiLid brand from Toray Plastics.

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