Starlinger demos circular weaving technology at FEIPLASTIC in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H. (Vienna) will run a high-efficiency circular loom producing tubular fabric for sack production at FEIPLASTIC, which will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from May 4 to 8. The polypropylene tapes woven on the machine will come directly from the production of a Starlinger customer in Brazil.

Metal replacement, emerging technologies drive growth in U.S. demand for engineering plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

U.S. demand for engineering plastics is expected to rise 2.6% annually to reach 5.1 billion pounds in 2019, according to a report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Metal replacement in existing products along with technological advances that will open the door to new applications for engineering plastics will drive growth. Demand, however, will be tempered by weak growth in mature markets and increasing competition from lower cost commodity resins, adds the market research firm. These and other trends are presented in a new study, Engineering Plastics.

Peelable heat-shrink technology from Zeus reduces complexity of catheter manufacturing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 8th, 2015

Polymer extrusion company Zeus (Orangeburg, SC) will showcase its recently introduced peelable heat-shrink technology for medical catheter manufacturers at BIOMEDevice Boston next month. Described by the company as the "most significant product enhancement for catheter construction in years," FluoroPEELZ is said to offer users a new method for increasing yield and improving safety.

Test controller enables efficient composite testing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2015

The Composite Material Laboratory at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Delft has selected a Moog (East Aurora, NY) Portable Test Controller to be used for single-axis testing of composite materials such as fiber-reinforced polymers. This lab is used for research, education and commercial projects related to testing composite materials.

Next-generation valve gating from Mold Hotrunner Solutions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

Mold Hotrunner Solutions (MHS; Georgetown, ON, Canada) introduced its new line of next-generation valve-gate hot runners at NPE2015. Unlike other pneumatic, hydraulic or electric valve-gate hot runners, new Theo-Pro Black Box actuators and second-generation iVG internal valve-gate nozzles can operate directly inside the mold at temperatures up to 450°C (850°F) without seal wear or cooling.

Plastics in automotive applications focus of new conference

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

With automotive as one of the key end markets for the plastics industry in terms of materials, applications and processes, Plastics-In-Motion, an Automotive Plastics Conference & Exhibit, to be held June 1 to 4, 2015, at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI, will focus on all of these.

Moldmakers get plenty of help from Progressive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

Besides hosting a rip-roaring good time at its booth parties at NPE2015, Progressive Components (Wauconda, IL) is also known for all the products it offers through its sister companies to help make the moldmaker's life easier. For example, ToolingDocs, a mold maintenance and training company, is adding its custom-designed mold maintenance benches to its line of products.

Breast prosthesis company switches to 3D-printed molds; slashes development costs 50%

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 7th, 2015

We have frequently reported on the potentially disruptive nature of 3D printing in relation to conventional manufacturing technologies, and one more example just landed in the PlasticsToday inbox. Anita Dr. Helbig GmbH (Brannenburg, Germany), a manufacturer of bodices, swimwear and breast prostheses, is using a 3D printer from German RepRap (Feldkirchen, Germany) to produce molds for breast forms. By using this technology for product and tooling development, the company reportedly was able to slash development costs in half.

Prototype cylinder block incorporates fiber-reinforced plastic components

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 6th, 2015

It's self-evident that cars must become lighter in order to reduce fuel consumption. For most car designers this principally means body parts but the powertrain system, which includes the engine, also accounts for a large proportion of the vehicle's weight.

Hot-runner and cooling systems are hot stuff at NPE

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 6th, 2015

Synventive Molding Solutions (Peabody, MA), a business of Barnes Group Inc., proves that hot runner systems are a critical component for automotive molds. The company even showcased a 2015 Corvette in its booth at NPE2015, one of the featured hot wheels in PlasticsToday's slide show.

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