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New cooling masterbatch for greenhouse films cuts down interior temperature in hot regions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 14th, 2014

In field tests in South Israel, greenhouse films produced with Tosaf's new cooling masterbatch IR8783PE reduced the peak temperature inside a greenhouse tunnel by up to 5°C in comparison with a conventional film containing a light diffuser, the company stated.

Polyurethane: Form meets function

By Lee Salamone
Published: August 14th, 2014

As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan's architecture firm in Chicago. Sullivan is known for designing some of the earliest skyscrapers using steel-frame constructions. His famous adage, "form follows function," is still used by many architects who recognize the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design. Wright later evolved the phrase to "form and function are one."

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Westminster Tool closes the skills gap with Westminster Academy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Finding skilled employees for the moldmaking industry isn't easy. Just ask Westminster Tool, a precision mold manufacturer located in Plainfield, CT, specializing in innovative manufacturing solutions in plastics and composites. The company designs and builds molds for the aerospace, medical and industrial markets. After spending $15,000 in nine months on help-wanted ads for skilled moldmakers, Westminster received four applications. Two of those were from individuals who were retired and wanted something to keep them busy part-time.

Lanxess beefs up compounding presence in US

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 13th, 2014

Engineering plastics supplier Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about $15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.

Ewikon and Sumitomo (SHI) Demag to hold Technology Day in September

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 13th, 2014

Ewikon Molding Technologies, together with Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, will host a Technology Day on September 23, 2014, at Ewikon's Technical Center located in Rockford, IL.

The one-day event will feature technical presentations from both companies as well as two molding demonstrations on the new SE100EV all-electric molding machine in Ewikon's Technical Center. 

Micromolding: A decades-old technology is enabling today's medical advances

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 13th, 2014

Micromolding has been around for some 30-odd years, but it's only in the past 10 years or so that it has really soared as an enabling technology in medical manufacturing, says Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Strategy, at Accumold (Ankeny, IA). "Demand for this technology has skyrocketed in the last decade," says Johnson, and it is a trend that continues to pick up steam, notably, in medical manufacturing. Recent market reports bear him out.

A delicate bouquet of...phthalates

By Karen Laird
Published: August 13th, 2014

Among the numerous chemical compounds that go into the making of great wine, one family of chemicals that was never supposed to be a part of the wine drinking experience was that of the phthalates. Yet, a new study from France reveals that many of the wines and spirits produced there are to some extent contaminated by these compounds.

RTP producing very long fiber compounds in Mexico: enhanced solutions for automotive and consumer goods sectors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

RTP Company (Winona, MN) has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico and is now producing very long fiber (VLF) compounds.  This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company's customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries. 

Superior Tooling adds equipment, new people to meet demand

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 12th, 2014

This year is turning out to be quite busy for moldmakers overall, which is always good news. Robbie Earnhardt, Ppesident of Superior Tooling Inc. in Wake Forest, NC, has been especially busy, and to help keep up with demand, the company has invested in new equipment and hired several new employees.

Superior Tooling specializes in the design and build of injection molds, blow molds and injection blow molds, compression molds, stamping dies and precision machining work for customers in the medical, packaging, automotive, aerospace and electrical markets among others.

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