Amcor to consolidate two Chicago-based plants

By Kari Embree
Published: August 12th, 2015

Australia-based global packaging leader Amcor Ltd. is consolidating two of its manufacturing facilities in the Chicago area. The Des Plaines, Ill., rigid plastic packaging plant will be phased into the existing Itasca, Ill., plant as a result of changing customer needs. The transition will take place over the course of the next 12 months where the Des Plaines employees and equipment will be relocated to the Itasca site. The company said they don’t anticipate any negative impact to employees’ positions during the consolidation.

Flexible dielectric polymer a candidate for energy storage

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 11th, 2015

Easy to manufacture, low cost, lightweight, and flexible, a new type of dielectric polymer that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and other high temperature applications, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

Why is LA Mayor Garcetti playing with polyethylene balls?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2015

As if Los Angeles didn't have enough water-related worries, the municipal Department of Water and Power (DWP) also has to protect the little water it does have in reservoirs from evaporation and harmful chemical reactions, such as sunlight turning bromide and chlorine into bromate, a suspected carcinogen. One remedy that the DWP has implemented is dumping four-inch-thick black polyethylene (PE) balls to cover the surface. Called shade balls, they reportedly reduce evaporation and prevent algae growth and chemical hazards.

Resin prices continue to slide

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2015

Spot resin trading activity slowed significantly during the first week of August, as befits the dog days of summer. The market was well supplied with material and prices fell further, reports the PlasticsExchange in its weekly update.

Milacron reports first quarterly results since going public

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2015

Executives at Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) were pleased with second quarter results, reporting sales of $301.3 million, up 1.8% from sales of $295.9 million in the year-ago period. However, sales gain spiked to 8.2% after taking away $18.8 million in the second quarter of “unfavorable effects of currency movements.” This is the company’s first quarterly report since completing an initial public offering (IPO).

Last chance to enter the world’s oldest design award for plastics

By Karen Laird
Published: August 11th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that a venerable institution like the sonorously named Worshipful Company of Horners could run anything quite so brazenly modern as a ‘Plastics Design and Innovation’ award. After all, this is a company to which the earliest extant written reference was in 1284.

Inclined ejection unit from Meusburger facilitates demolding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2015

Need a new and easy way to eject undercut parts without using a slide? Meusburger Georg GmbH & Co KG (Wolfurt, Austria) has a solution: The E 3248 inclined ejection unit used in combination with the E 32481 ejector.

Fundamentals of designing and manufacturing elastomer medical gaskets

By Markus Rossler ...
Published: August 11th, 2015

In medical engineering and in the pharmaceutical industry, elastomer gaskets are often used in injection and infusion systems in order to fulfil the primary requirement of ensuring the integrity of the medication in the primary packaging. This white paper submitted by Raumedic (Helmbrechts, Germany), a supplier of extrusion, injection molding and assembly services to healthcare OEMs, discusses the material sourcing and manufacturing issues that must be considered in these critical applications. 

LiquiGlide partners up with paint packaging manufacturer Pact Group

By Kari Embree
Published: August 11th, 2015

LiquiGlide Inc. (Cambridge, MA) is back in the news again with another exclusive agreement with Australia-based sustainable packaging manufacturer Pact Group Holdings, but this time it’s for paint. By implementing the patented breakthrough slippery coating technology, Pact Group, which converts primarily plastic resin and steel into packaging, will explore innovative new paint packaging solutions that will allow consumers to use more of the paint they purchase while reducing the environmental impact associated with residual paint.

Dynisco offers total-cost-of-ownership guidelines at Boothroyd Dewhurst forum

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2015

Most plastics processing companies are familiar with Dynisco Inc. (Franklin, MA). A global supplier of sensors, controls and analytical instruments for the plastics industry, the company is also deeply involved in the management science of total cost of ownership (TCO), coupled with early design optimization strategies, for reducing lifetime product costs.

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